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This is an old advertising calendar for my grandfather "Bo's" business, Hugh R. Etter Electric.  It hangs in my work area where I'm reminded often of ALL I learned from him!!!



This leather bracelet is a nice Fresh Find for those who can handle wide things on their arms ;o)  I love the rings on this, too.



I like bunnies.  You have seen lots of pictures through the years that I have snapped of bunnies.  Maybe my love of bunnies started here...



The Easter Bunny had just come and we were off to church.  I just wonder how long those bunnies lasted in our lives?  I know my faith, told through the story of Easter, is with me still today.


I have to share this picture of my brother.  It was his College Hill school picture in 1958-59...a few years ago.  I love his little shirt.  Isn't he the cutest thing?


It is tea time and my Fresh Find is tweet-tweet-tweetin in time for tea!  Precious covered tea mug!



Long ago twirlers...



Back in the day these girls twirled together.  I recognize most of them...

Back Row L to R: Katie, Taryn, ?, Erica, and Pepper

Front Row L to R: Cerissa, Joanna, Chrissa, and Heather

I love these old pictures.  This one was circa 1989, I think.  The girls were lining up for the July 4th parade.  Looks like they are standing in front of the grain company on the corners of 11th and Broadway Streets.  Their coach was Jeanie Pennell.

The girls I have kept up with have grown into beautiful young women.  Another great thing about facebook is getting to see pictures of them!

Yup, sly as a silver fox!  My Fresh Find is "sly" and fun! A silver fox scarf.  You can dance the fox-trot wearing a fox scarf!!!  LOL



Exciting Day...

Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26

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Every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains; and the wild beasts of the field are mine. Psalm 50:10-11

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It is certainly time for our church's Coats for Kids gift time.  We do not want the children of Plainview to be cold and it will get cold here! 

But don't let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother's milk! There's nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. 2 Timothy 3:14-17

So many have heard about the love of Jesus since they were conceived and their mothers spoke to them about him in the womb. Many did not listen, but many found the peace that comes through accepting Jesus.  There are those, too, who have never heard the love God has for us through Jesus (John 3:16).  They have not heard, and it is our responsibility to be used by God to show them his love.

We will have over 1100 coats that will have been processed for Plainview's children in need. Many, many people give to this offering in many ways.  Every coat has been prayed over; asking God to bless the child who receives it and that they will know him as Savior.

What an exciting time in the life of our community.  Church members, community members, old, young, rich and poor.  All types have participated.  It is a WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) kind of ministry.

There is still time to bring a new coat by the offices of First Baptist Church, 8th and Austin Streets, in Plainview, Texas.  Sizes 0-3 through adult XXXL, girls & boys, are accepted.


This Fresh Find just looks Fresh.  It does not fit for wintertime, but maybe as we prepare for spring 2011???  I like it very much.


The Need for...

I think it is a sports guy on a Lubbock TV station that always says, "The need for speed."  In sports speed is very important.

Now, the need is not so much about speed, but detail.  It is time for some detailed cleaning.  Ugh!  As of today I will wait until an appliance is put in to start.  I have set November as my month to clean.  It will take me most of that month to get it all done! 

When I talk cleaning, detailed cleaning; it includes oiling all woodwork, cleaning all light fixtures inside and out, tops of cabinets get a good vacuum, every item is washed or cleaned in the appropriate manner, over 300 hats and hundreds of books get dusted, too. Everything gets a good cleaning!!!  Then after everything is cleaned, the floors get their shining.  Socks on my hands, me on my knees, cleaning and polishing the wood floors.  It is a sight, that's for sure and yes, my knees will be bruised.  Overall, not bad and very worth it!

This kind of cleaning happens twice a year.  We are fortunate the house is pretty air tight and that just touch-up things need to be done in between. 

So, looks like I'm going to have to break down and get 'er done.  I guess I will finish in time for the holidays!!! LOL

Then, I'll have the need!!! :O)


You can cook your sandwich in your toaster using this Fresh Find!!!  Hmmm, interesting.



A little bit...

Today was a day of a little bit.  A little bit of this and a little bit of that.  It was a day full of nothing, but a day full of everything.

So many families are hurting with deep pain.  My heart is heavy for them.  On the other hand God has shown me many blessings through answered prayers.

I came across this picture and I liked it:

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Today I am thinking about how we can be compassionate to others who do not fit into the mold with what we believe should be priorities in life.

Several great comments came via this facebook post:  Do you believe that God teaches us through his Word to be compassionate for those in need when their priorities enable them to be in need? Is this judging? Who determines priorities?

I call it discernment

I feel we should be compassionate for all.We do not have to enable them. Knowing right from wrong is not judging. God gave us examples to follow.

I think we learn compassion through the experiences we face....that said, I believe God commands us to show compassion no matter the circumstance. Compassion is different than condoning or allowing one to wallow in their circumstances. Sometimes the compassionate thing is to make someone face their circumstance and make changes. Sympathy and compassion are not necessarily synonymous.

I believe that when the opportunity presents itself, we should always help in whatever way we can. He didn't ask us to try and figure out who is worthy of it. Christians are called to a higher purpose. Love one another and show mercy.

We are going through this very thing right now with a family member. We have ALL been enablers for this person for years and things are NOT getting any better. They are worse actually. I try so hard not to be judgemental against person, but they evidently just do not want to make things better for themselves. So where do you draw the line? We were raised to be compassionate for ANYBODY in need. But it gets really hard when that person shows no kind of compassion like being THANKFUL for the help or showing any kind of sign that they are wanting to change things for themselves. So I ask you again----where do you draw the line? And are we being judged for losing our compassion for this person? Sad situation.

That's why I think God gives us wisdom. Enabling someone who never shows any improvement in their situation is not really helping. Acts 3:6 Silver and Gold have I none, but such as I have, give I thee. To me this means, I have helped you fi...nancially & now I can help you spiritually & now I can show you how to budget, I can direct you to jobs that might be available, I can direct you to other associations, but I have done what God directed me to do, now you must step out in faith and do for yourself. If bad health is involved, that might mean a different set of circumstances.

Proverbs 21:13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.

The Sheep and the Goats Matthew 25:31-46
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one... from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

To let you know what makes some of us decide whether to "help" or not, let me tell you of one of several experiences I have had. We were at McDonald's with the Grands one night, a lady walks to my car looking frantic, crying real tears & I ...roll down the window and ask if I can help her, she gave me a story about having a flat tire, service man told her it would cost $8, she said I have $8 but now that I had it fixed he wants $15 and won't let her have her tire & she is from out of town. My husband handed her $7 and she thanked us, God blessed us. Next day at my job, same girl same story, before I could get back to where she was, a girl I worked with gave her some money and she also went to one other employee before coming to me. I told her, she needs a new story because she had given me the same story the night before....then about a week later on 5th & Joliet same girl same story. There are truely people who need help, who really have difficult circumstances & the ones who deceive us are making it difficult to help anyone. So my question is, if we refuse someone who really is a user, really just needs a bottle liquor, or really just needs some drugs, are we wrong for not giving? That's what I meant earlier when I said that we need to pray for discernment. I remember my dad picking a man hitchhiking on the side of the road and feeding him breakfast, this man was truly needy & extremely hungry. I also remember a woman coming to our church and we gave her 3 sacks of groceries, she said, "what! No meat! I need meat!" Our pastor's wife said "Honey, if you are truly needy and truly hungry, this food will seem like a feast with or without meat." That woman walked away without the groceries!!!

‎2 Thessalonians 3:10, “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.”

For me I have to have the nudge of the Holy Spirit to know that what I am doing, I am doing in his name.  Have i been taken advantage of?  Yes.  Can I worry about it?  No.  When God asks us to help it may be for OUR learning and not necessarily for their help.


Today the Fresh Find is for the avid hunter, especially those who get mail.  Way cool!!!




God has closed many "doors" in my life this past year.  It has been a year that has opened my eyes and my heart to God in wonderful ways.  With each door that has closed God has been there reassuring me that it is good.  Is it easy?  The process is often long and hard, but the timing is his.  When I listen to him it is right.

He is at work in my life in a couple of areas right now where I sense closure, change.  His plan, his leadership, his way is where I find peace.

I'm open to change although it is often tough on me to make the change in my routined life.

Speaking of my life.  God has really placed something in my life that I'm looking into.  Kind of crazy, but could explain some things for me.  God is great.


Adelyn went to the Punkin' Patch today.


There are more pictures in her 2nd year album on the right sidebar :O)


Like this Fresh Find!


Different, but not less...

I finally made myself watch the movie Temple Grandin today.  I had to leave when they were being cruel to the animals.  When you don't see this type of thing, don't watch movies with these types of scenes, you become very sensitive to them.  I have always been very sensitive and affected by them.

Once I got past those types of scenes it was a very good movie full of success.  I love the quote: "Different, but not less."



Now onto watching our sweet friend's son, Michael Egnew, as Mizzou takes on Oklahoma.  Go Michael!!!


We use to buy mocassins every year in New Mexico.  They are so very comfortable.  Haven't owned a pair in years, but I am very tempted to splurge on my Fresh Find!!!