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The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23




This morning, as I woke up, I felt the nudge to get up and drive to east Plainview & wait for the sunrise to be revealed. 

If you know me then you know I'm more of a sunset girl instead of a sunrise one. I enjoy my quiet mornings at home, not out. Today was a treasure to keep!




Fresh Find: Hahaha! Love this golf driver bird! 


Eyes to See


I'm not sure but, I think the grandgirls might have an interest in discovering what their eyes to see can see!  This weekend I enjoyed some very special moments with our oldest grand sister sharing some of her Ushka's "tips" on taking pictures. I loved watching her try different things to get the shot and how she sought to see the shot. Here are her first results...


laying down on your back




tree hugging & looking up



close up color



Our youngest loves to take pictures, too. I adore this picture, although I'm sure it wasn't a planned shot! LOL


It reminds me that we are to be the hands & feet of Jesus, sharing his love with a child...simply!


(hoping to share many picture taking moments with our three girls. there is so much to see!!!)


You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5


Fresh Find: LOVE this hat! 




We made a fast trip to attend our youngest grand-sister's 4th birthday party this weekend. They do grow so quickly, wow!

We always love seeing them. I especially love the things they say!!!


The birthday girl. We did lots of outside playing.




The grand-sisters getting gym birthday party instructions.



Mommy and birthday girl enjoy the giant umbrella twist.



Fresh Find: A great GOOD t-shirt for men in some great colors, too.








My grandparents lived at 1006 Nassau their entire married life. They moved there in the late 1920s. That is about 70 years in one tiny location. 1006 was a 2 bedroom and one bath home. It had a tiny, less than 8 x 12, kitchen until my grandfather added a dining area onto the side of it.

The wash house was out back attached to the side of what we called the little house. The barracks were behind that. This is where many an alcoholic stayed to recovery when the front bedroom was occupied.

On the south side of the property was the shop where Hugh R. Etter Electric was located after it moved from where it sat next to the city auditorium location (current Plainview City Hall block).

This picture is L-R: Hugh Robert Etter, his father, Cleon Huston Robert Etter, and my mother, Lorena Zoe Etter [Dayton] at age 18 months.

Lots of wonderful ministries went on in this home throughout the years. Lots of trials and valleys were overcome, as well. A house is a home when we allow it to be.

(On another note...a story for another time, I love seeing our Bo's fingers in pictures. His had been amputated by the time I came along.)


Fresh Find: Too twin cute!!!


Old Movies


I am so blessed to have the old movies my grandfather took over the years. They were taken before I was born but, they offer an awesome trip down memory lane...mostly on location in Plainview, Texas. There are a few trips to New Mexico and the canyons interspersed.

One of my favorite parts is the parade of huge balloons down broadway. That must have been so fun for everyone!

Balloons must have been a big draw back then. Here is a postcard showing off a balloon.


Balloon Gathering


I would love to host a movie night for anyone who would like to sit through the movies. They are old and they are somewhat difficult to see at times but, plenty of fun to watch. Our family has a beautiful legacy of nearly 100 years of living in Plainview, Texas!


Fresh Find: Every dog needs this!





Eaglets ! 2 of them!

I have loved watching the live streaming of the two eagles that have diligently cared for their 2 eggs.


Images courtesy of Pennsylvania Game Commission


Through snow storms & cold temperatures they shared the responsibility of protecting their eaglets.




Eaglet "1" enters the world on 3.24.2015




They wait for the second egg to hatch.




Eaglet "2" arrives 3.25.2015.




A terrible picture but the eaglets are getting lunch of fish.




Now baby eaglets, it is time for a nap.



You can view them here: Eaglets "1" and "2"!!! It is the little things that bring us the greatest satisfaction!


Fresh Find: Sweet bench!


You Awake?

Hi there.  It is 2:35 am.  I am just finishing up a few things.  Last night it was, I am ahead! In 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, God's word says:

Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who gives tender love. All comfort comes from him. He comforts us in all our troubles. Now we can comfort others when they are in trouble. We ourselves have received comfort from God.

What good does it do to learn and not use the lessons learned?  Go out today and serve God through all he has helped you to know through your life experiences.

I'm guessing something really exciting will be happening later on today.  I'm not sure yet what it might be but...I'll let ya know.

GIG (God is Great)

(I had a wonderful post about my childhood all ready to post and my host site went down & I lost it all. It has taken forever just to get this little bit posted. I'm headed to sleep now. LOL)


Fresh Find: Cute top.


Beautiful Day


We have had several beautiful weather days. I very much appreciate the warmth and sunshine. Shhh, I even planted a few plants. I know, I know, the weather will allow us at least one final cold spell but, I just could not resist!

I have everything in the backyard painted and put out ready to enjoy our little area of paradise! I'm ready to finish potting a few plants and ahh, the spring & summer life of Ushka!



This is a picture of the grand-sisters enjoying a beautiful day in California on their spring break. What fun they have together (on most days ;)



Our little grandgirl, pretty as a spring flower, enjoying a beautiful day of gardening!



Fresh Find: Cute black dot tennis shoes!


This is My Story, This is My Song


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Seven, 7 the number reminds me of half of a cross.  Seven is the age I was when I asked Jesus into my life, to be my Savior.  Only thing was, all said and done, I only gave him part of me.  I didn't realize it at the time.  I knew I wanted to go to heaven when I died, and I wanted to be forgiven for all my wrongs.  God showed me that he wanted more from my life.  Between my junior and senior years in high school our church youth choir went on tour to the northwest.  One evening during a performance, God showed me that my age 7 decision needed to be an age 16 commitment to make the cross complete.  He showed me his ministry of servanthood.  Each day I am in awe at the opportunities for growth.  Growth for me as well as others that he places in my life as I am sensitive to his desires for my life.


This is my story; this is my song, Praising my Savior, all the day long.

In 2013, I shared my Revelation Story, the story filled with answers that God so graciously provided me.

I want to share with you the revelation of my 58-year journey to my  “God-label” of Asperger Syndrome. For some reason, my mother labeled everything. We had Dayton labels in our clothes, shoes, on cameras, umbrellas, Bibles, well…Everything that could be labeled was so that it might be returned if lost to its owner when found.

A year or so before my Mother, Lorena Etter Dayton, passed away [2014] I had mentioned to her that I was on a journey. I asked her if she could share with me anything about my childhood that might help me understand that I was, in fact, on the spectrum of Autism, specifically Asperger Syndrome.

Like most everyone I mentioned these feelings to, she said she didn’t think I was Autistic. She did add very quickly that I was not a happy infant or toddler. I cried so much and could not be satisfied regardless of what they tried.  That was it. This was all of the information about my childhood that I would have to go on from the generations before me.

 Yet, I knew there was much more. After all, I have lived this wired for an amazing life. We are on a wonderful journey together, God and I. I don’t think it occurred to me that I was different in a way that could be “labeled” until I was over 50. I believe God reveals information and answers for us in his timing.

 As an adult, God began to uncover thoughts within me that directed me to begin a search for answers to the questions and feelings I had carried with me for so many years and I began discovering, connecting, and learning more about my divine wiring.

I was battling a re-occurring health issue. Believe me, I read about many illnesses during this time.  I could understand how those who don’t feel good could grasp onto every little symptom that is remotely similar to what they are feeling…just to have an answer. God provided an answer for my health, and while I was searching, I stumbled upon a web page one day and began reading about Asperger Syndrome. I felt an overwhelming peace. I thought, c’est moi, it is me, Phyllis, I have been found.

In 2012, I decided to Facebook message a former Plainview resident and friend, Jessica James Baldridge. They have an Autistic son, and she had worked for many years in the field of Autism in the Dallas, Texas, area. She led me to valuable information that would validate my feeling that I was, in fact, an adult female with Autism/Asperger Syndrome characteristics.

About a year passes, and I have a nudge to revisit the information from Mrs. Baldridge. I decide to retake the quiz to determine if there might be anything different in my life now, in comparison to then, that could have influenced the results. Once again, the results confirmed that I was most likely on the Autism/Asperger Syndrome spectrum.

It is at this time that God really began to reveal thoughts, feelings, characteristics, etc. of my life that would confirm within me that things did match up with an ASD diagnosis.

The earliest recollection that I could attribute to this new “label” for my life were the times my mother worked with me on the inflection of reading sentences. We practiced going up and down and down and up. We practiced periods, exclamations, and commas. She showed me that every word needed its own “color.”  I can remember her telling me that I spoke in a monotone. My mother helped me to understand that I was okay but that what she was sharing was how others needed to hear me talk and read.

As things began to connect within me, I continued to put the pieces of my puzzle together. Both of our parents worked outside of the home. I would be home many hours each week alone. I never minded the alone time, I remember enjoying it. When my parents came home, I would retreat to my bedroom.  I did play with other children in the neighborhood and had one neighborhood friend that is still a sweet friend today.

There were many other traits of this new revelation that connected within me; I was amazed. Who would have guessed? God knew.

God was revealing my wiring for his purpose. Above all, I want to glorify him and share his love through testimony and ministry.

It is the end of 2013, and I have searched and called different clinics and Universities in Texas that deal with children with Autism/Asperger Syndrome but, there was no link to anyone who works with adults, much less the female adult on the spectrum. I even emailed Tony Attwood. He is a clinical psychologist and author from Australia. He is known worldwide for his knowledge of Asperger Syndrome. He did respond to tell me that he would be in the United States for conferences, and maybe we could get together. I have been led to the most amazing people.

Again, God was not revealing anything more about where he was leading me. Then, I saw a link to a website that was maintained by Rudy Simone called Help 4 Asperger’s. I discovered that she also was the author if Aspergirls, a wonderful and confirming read for me. On her site, there was a page with Drs. Who Diagnose. There she was. Eva Mendes, with her expertise in adult women with Autism/Asperger Syndrome, and she lived in the U.S.A.

There was an email link, and I sent Eva Mendes a note thinking that she most likely would not respond but, she did. I called her, and we visited for some time. We talked about the reason I feel strongly that I need a diagnosis. That purpose is two-fold; one is that I need to know for sure in order to have a ministry to help others know and understand their wiring gift, and the other reason is so that I might be studied in order to further the understanding of the adult female with Autism/Asperger Syndrome.

This journey I am on has made me very apprehensive. It is as if the curtain is being raised for Act II. I have not traveled to this place & time alone. We are here because God is leading.

In March 2014, my husband and I traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to the offices of AANE (Asperger Association of New England) to visit a psychotherapist, Eva Mendes, regarding a diagnosis for ASD…for me.

We are all created neurologically different. People are wired differently. In my opinion, this design of unique traits allows our God of creation to be glorified in very different ways using varied abilities. We are all on the spectrum.

God wired me in the most beautiful way and I am honored to be his child. He led me to my acceptance of Jesus at the age of seven to protect me and to guide me into his ministry using my differences to His advantage. His plan for me started long ago and it will continue on with my eyes a little more open and having a clearer understanding of where he will use me in the days ahead…my heart is open.

Asperger Syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder, one of a distinct group of complex neurodevelopment differences characterized by social impairment, communication difficulties, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.

Chances are that unless we understand the characteristics or traits we will not recognize them among us. I realize that most will never know this about me unless God uses me to reach others. I never dreamed that the pieces I held in my hands, from the time I was young and still hold today, would come together in such a beautiful revelation!

We are all indeed special.

phyllis wall


Fast forward to 2015...

My testimony and Revelation Story remain fixed through my Creator who wired me for exceptionality. I'm in love with him because I know how much he loves me. When he created me, he created me knowing my every need. At my age of comprehension, he opened my heart and led me into his protective arms. From the age of seven, he has led me into the pages of Phyllis, Daughter of the King, journal.

He created in me a difference not to harm me, but to use me for his glory. Through obedience and faith, I have traveled from then until now. It is my desire to always be used by him. It is my happy place.

My testimony has definitely deepened through the knowledge of one little diagnosis, Asperger's Syndrome Disorder. Time after time throughout my growing pains years, God heard my prayers. He comforted me when I had no friends. He delivered me when I tried to fit in. He answered me over and over again.

I remember sitting in my daddy's recliner one evening as I waited on my parents to get home from work. I must have been a freshman.


As I sat there, with my knees pulled up to my chest, I asked God for someone to love me and someone to love. I was very specific about the type of guy I wanted. First, he had to be Godly. I wanted an athlete. He would need to be patient and quiet, as well. God, moved the Wall family to Plainview, during my freshman year. They began attending First Baptist Church. The rest is God's history. He brought me to a place where I could thrive and not be harmed. The God of deliverance. 

This is just one example of the many instances where God has been there for me in my life. I have sinned and God has led me home. I still sin and the Holy Spirit is there to nudge me into prayer for forgiveness.

This is my story, this is my song. Yours will look totally different. That is what is so beautiful about life. Each of us has a story. Each of us can have a song! Do you?



Fresh Find: I love this litograph t-shirt site. This one is The Bible.