Saturday, October 17, 2009

Millport Baptist Fish Fry

Every year my church family at Millport Baptist Church gets together for a fun time and lots of great fish for our annual fish fry. While our plans were dampened by the rain (no fishing at Brother David's this year), our spirits were alive with the love of Jesus.

My adorable husband, Gary, and one of my favorite people, Coach Howard Byars, were in charge of feeding a huge crowd lots of really tasty fried catfish.

Mrs. Louise Freeman (the "original" Mrs. Freeman to me and my blessing of a mother-in-law), helped out in the "kitchen." Did I mention that she is also another one of my favorite people? :)

There was lots of time to spend catching up...

...enjoying familiar faces...

...time for secret-sharing...

...and time for LOTS of giggles...

Tucker enjoyed playing cars with Bailey...

...and a friendly game with favorite girl Beth...

...while Ella got into the action with her grandpa Randy.

Noah was plotting his next move...

...while Ben took it all in stride.

The adults enjoyed lots of conversation...

...including Mrs. Della's pictures of her new grandbaby, Marley Bristol. Congratulations to Mike and Janea's family on their new addition!

The adults enjoyed MORE conversation...

...while the kids enjoyed the swings...

...and lots of good food...

The church was packed with hungry folks both of the younger generations and...

the older generations.

I believe Tucker's happy face says it all: Millport Baptist Church is THE place to BE!

Come join us!
Sunday School: 9:30am
Sunday Worship: 10:30am
Sunday Night Services: 6:00pm
Wednesday Night Bible Study: 7:00pm

Brother David Honeycutt - pastor

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Remembering September 11th

One of our awesome teacher assistants, Miss Heather,
somehow managed to single-handedly organize an amazing tribute to
area "heroes" (rescue squad, EMT, sheriff, police, air-evac, etc.) in remembrance of 9-11.
Here are some glimpses into the fun the kids
(and teachers) had that day.

Here are the elementary kids anxiously awaiting the arrival
of the highlight of the tribute: the Air-Evac Helicopter!

COOL! :)

Ashlynn thought the helo was pretty awesome, as did her classmates.

Third grade began the tour of heroes with our fearless chief of police, Chief Allred. He let the kids get inside his car, honk his horn, and even run the sirens and lights! He wanted to
show the lights off to us, in case we'd never seen them. I told him
that was great, but that I was as familiar as I wanna be
with those blue lights! :)

The Lamar County Sheriff brought their cool-as-ice-truck and robot (see below).
Pretty knarly, huh? :)

If you look closely, in the big wad of kids (Ashlynn's class), you can see
the robot...the little black thing that looks like
a very flat version of WALL-E. :)
Who knew Millport was so high-tech?!

Mrs. Dotson and I took a moment for a friendly
photo-op in between stations. Aahh..what fearless
third grade leaders we are...LOL.

The Rescue Squad was working hard, teaching the kids about
the ambulance and the many people who work
together to save lives in our area
every day.

Here is a great specimen of some of the great ladies of
South Lamar. Note the umbrellas to keep the sun
off their delicate skin. Gosh I love these gals! :)

Below is the banner that Lisa Wright and Heather Fields made. If you
look closely enough, you can see into my incredibly junky and messy classroom right
above the sign. :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

What do you see when you peek at me?

Peek-a-boo! I see you! What do you see, when you peek at me?
Do you see...

a happy mommy...

a weary wife...

a stressed out teacher...

a loving woman...

an imperfect Christian...

a dear friend...

a caring daughter...

a tired lady...

a laugh-out-loud kinda girl...

What do you see when you peek at me?

I see you when you peek at me...
and this is what I see...

the apple of a father's eye...

the joy of life for Red and Louis...

a happy corner in Ashlynn's life...

a never-ending source of love in a mother's heart...

God's perfect love.

That is what I see, when you peek at me.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Baby Cussing...

Sometimes we believe it is best that we don't know the translation
of what Tucker says when he gets mad, but boy is it obvious
that he's mad! Punctuated with lots of
"doy, doy, doy's" and "bo baah bows,"
there is never any doubt in anyone's mind
that this little guy is an unhappy camper!

Zoomin' Dune-Buggy Grandpa!

Another thing we'll miss this winter will be Tucker Dune-Buggy riding with his Grandpa. Note the cool camo paint job! :)

Of course, no buggy ride would be complete without the accompaniment of
faithful companions, Lil Bit and Mitzy.

Critters of Summers Past...

With the brisk fall air beginning to fill our days, I began to think of all the critters and what-not we've come into contact here in the big city of Millport, particularly during the summer months. I guess it won't be long before we won't be seeing many of these once winter sets in.

This armadillo was caught by Mrs. Freeman (my wonderful Mother-In-Law) the day of our yard sale. It seems this critter had been digging up her roses and other garden areas
and she'd had enough! Tucker was both fascinated and
terrified by this creature...long refusing to go anywhere NEAR
where the cage was last seen.

These guys will NOT be missed! Amazingly, after we had our roof
replaced, we no longer had any wasps "mysteriously"
gaining entrance into our kitchen. Gary swore up and down
they all came in through the front door, but I know better! :)

I discovered this monstrosity in our butterbean section of our garden. Yeah,
I was thrilled - while he is actually quite pretty, I did not like the
idea of my delicate feet stomping around the knee-high
weeds (thanks Honey!), my gentle hands diving down
into the butterbean plants and tall grass (thanks again Honey)
only to have the possibility of something this large and
this "insecty" jumping out at me. Yeah, I know they
can't bite or anything...what's your point?

Ahh...Fred the lizard. He's such a cute little least as long as he stays
on our porch, frolicking amongst my house plants on the porch
railing. I'll miss his little greetings this winter - the gentle
bopping of his head up and down, the pink chin pouch
expanding out like a friendly wave of a hand.

We took down our hummingbird feeders about three weeks ago
and I've missed their chattering and wild
flying about ever since. I'll look forward to seeing
them again next year.

Several years ago, I was convinced we had a raccoon visiting
our porch every night, eating our cat's food. Gary told
me I was a crazy city girl until I finally convinced him
to set a trap. Lo and behold, the next morning, there he was,
a HUGE raccoon. So cute and cuddly...until he hissed and growled at me,
throwing his claws about and thrashing against his cage. They are
so cute to look at - from a distance - but their tell-tell
washing of their hands (in the cat's water bowl) gives them
away every time. :)

You know that piercing cry you hear on
shows where someone is lost in the desert? Well, this
summer I kept hearing it and I told Gary I thought it was a hawk.
Sure enough, it was! I managed to click a photo
of it in our backyard before it flew away. What a pretty bird!

Mr. Scaredy Spider is still living on his giant web on our
front porch, where he's eating up the gnats and other
annoying buggy-boos. I call him "Scaredy" because
anytime you walk anywhere near his web, he scrambles up
to the porch post and curls up in a ball like he's afraid. If
he only knew how much more afraid I am of him!!

HE'S BAAAACKK!! When I was pregnant with Tucker,
we discovered that we had a groundhog living behind our shed. We took
lots of photos of him one day when he ventured out (in broad daylight no less). Well, we haven't seen him in years and just this week, he popped up again, running under my vehicle, through
the garage, and out back behind the shed. He's HUGE. I don't know what
he's been eating, but he's certainly healthy. :)

It's never a dull critter day at our home in Millport, AL!