Thursday, August 30, 2012

Devotions

The weather is getting good enough and cool enough where Dennis and I can go outside in the evenings again.  We love to sit on the deck and talk and then do our devotions.  There is not a better place on earth to read and meditate than in your yard.
We have our favorite devotional books to read out of and some we have read and put up for awhile and then get them out again later.  I love Max Lucado and Joyce Meyer, they speak to me.  I'm sure everyone has their favoite and I would love to hear them!
Much Love, Cheri

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bittersweet

This last week has been tough and joyful all at the same time.  One of my best friends daughter got married this week and she was the most stunning bride.  We had a storm on the evening of the wedding and the electricity had gone out at the church, but 10 minutes before she walked down the aisle the electricity came on.  My husband said, "God is winking at us."  The ceremony and celebration after was a joyous event and everything was beautiful and perfect, except for one thing.  My friend whose daughter was getting married was not in attendence because cancer had taken her life a few years ago.  My other good friend took over the role that she had promised and made this the most perfect wedding I have ever seen.  I know Cathy would have been so proud and happy.  Sometimes things that are joyous and beautiful can also be bittersweet.
                                                   The beautiful church
                                                            The happy couple.
                                                  My family!

Prairie Dogs

When we went on our road trip with Whitney to Canton Lake we saw these little creatures. They are prairie dogs and they used to have their home on the south end of the lake. When the construction started for the new dam they moved to the north and the Canadian side of the lake. They are so cute, (yes, I know they are a menace to some) but I love to watch them. They are so fat and cuddly.




There are so many of them running around!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Villefranche-sur-Mer

For my vintage weekly post we are going up the coast from Nice to Villefranche-sur-Mer.  I fell in love with this little fishing village.  I loved the narrow cobblestone streets and all the fishing boats in the harbor.  It was so colorful and peaceful.


I could live there!!!

This is NOT two of my photos, remember vintage weekly is BEFORE digital, but I wanted to show you the true beauty of this village.



Vintage weekly  is a blog to put your "before" digital photos on. You can link up to Jane's blog through the link she has posted there.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

M*A*S*H*




I was watching the TVLAND channel the other day while I was cleaning my living room and MASH came on. That opening song takes me right back to high school, on the farm and everyone huddled around the T.V. to watch MASH because we wouldn't miss it. It always gives my heart a little tug cause it reminds me of my daddy and he loved that show. It was a special time when we sat and watched our favorite shows.  There were no cell phones, no computers, game boys or play stations.  We all watch TV as a family and actually had to get up and change to one of the three channels we had to choose from.  We usually had two channels but we had three on a good night if one of the boys got on top of the house and turned the antenna just right.  I think that is partly what is wrong with families today, there is never time spent together without something else going on.  I have my DVR set to record The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show,  there is nothing more funny than these two old shows .









 Another theme that reminds me of my daddy is the Dallas theme.  He would plan his farming chores around this show!  The night they revealed who shot JR he was at one of our basketball games and he would go to a phone and call someone to see who shot him.  I love these memories and hold them in my heart, I wonder if our children will do the same?





Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"He Is With You"




A woman at our church sang the song "He is with You" by Mandisa last Sunday. This song tugs on my heart strings for two reasons. One because I love the message, that God is always there even when we don't feel it and two it gets very personal to me with this verse:

He is with you in the conference room
When the world is coming down on you
And your wife and kids don't know you anymore
And He is with you in the ICU when the doctors don't know what to do
And it scares you to the core
He is with you
We may weep for a time but joy will come in the morning
The morning light

The most scared I have ever been in my life was when Dennis was in the ICU Trauma and your life has been turned upside down in a split second. I have wrote about this before but that is when I latched on to Psalms 30:5:
This is a repost of one of my very first posts on this blog:

The days went by in a blur.Dennis had a trachea put in when it became apparent he was not going to breathe on his own.He wanted me to play the CD player we had there for the other patients so they could hear the Christian music we had.He was in so much pain, but most of all he just wanted to go home, go back to work and everything be ok.My heart broke for him and what he was going to have to face and I started having doubts that God even knew we were there.But it seemed like every time the doubts would sweep in, one of my friends or just some random person would come and say exactly the right thing or phone me the exact right scripture and God would give me the strength to pull myself up and start again.I read a scripture during those long evenings and it became my favorite verse to go back to.It’s Psalms 30:5 “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”Every night I would read that scripture and somehow found the strength through His Word to start again the next  day. 


                                                     Much Love, Cheri


Monday, August 20, 2012

Rain!

This is what I did Saturday morning.
Sat in my chair, cuddled with my dog who is scared of thunder, and watched the rain.  Thank you God for showering us with your many blessings!  More please, thank you....

Saturday, August 18, 2012

More of Nice, France

For my vintage weekly post this week I did a couple more pictures of Nice, France.  I think this place holds a special place in my heart because it was the first city I touched down in when we went to Europe.  I got off of the plane and had to pinch myself.  It is a beautiful little city with an oldtown that is gorgeous.  This is the place we stayed while we were there.  Not the most posh but defintely affordable.
The first thing we did was walk from our Hotel to the ocean.  I'm sure you could see we were tourists  from a mile away but I didn't care I was so happy!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Our lake is dryin' up!

Dennis wanted tp get out of the house last weekend and our daughter Whitney was here visiting so we drove her to the lake.  When I say the lake I mean Canton Lake, to us who live here it has always been "the Lake".  She hasn't seen it since we have had this horrible drought and also they are working on the dam .  You can walk a long ways to get to water and then a long ways to get in deep water.  It's so sad but hopefully some rain will come soon.




This is the spot my husband and I met, 32 years ago!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Computers

When I posted the blog about Dennis and his computer a lot of people seemed interested about the dragon naturally speaking program.  It is a hands free program that is awesome to use for anyone, but especially for people who can not use their hands.  When you install the program it will give you a series of stories to read and get the computer trained to recognize you voice.  You can also set up commands like "password"  and it will type your password so you don't have to type it in.  He can say go to email and it will take him to his email.  Like all programs there are glitches and this one is no exception but the rewards far out weigh the bad.  He also has a program, called "Magic Cursor" and it is like a mouse.  He has little dots that you can wear on your forehead. cap or glasses and you hover over an icon or letter and it will click like a mouse.  It's an awesome program to have.  Here is a picture of Dennis with the dot on his cap. We put the dot on a clippie and clipped it to his cap or visor.
That little dot moves a dot on the screen and works just like a mouse.  When you stay on the icon for a second it clicks.
Dennis can now Skype, email, facebook  and  now he does his own blog.  I love technology!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Beach in Nice, France

This is a shot of the beach in Nice.  Now, first I did not know that the beach was rock and I also did not know that the water would be as cold as it was , but it didn't matter because it is truly beautiful.  This is my post for vintage weekly.
My daughter Whitney


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Deacon and Toby...the best medicine

A lot of people don't get people who love animals.  Some of my best friends don't love animals and they have very patiently tolerated all of my animals through the years.  But, I can tell you that as a caregiver they are the best possible medicine for me.  When I get home they are jumping for joy with all the unconditional love only an animal can have.  When I am crying they are right there in my face trying to lick my tears.  When I am happy, they are happy. When I am lonely they are my company. I will tell you that my dogs are as spoiled as dogs can get and they are very jealous of each other. One is a poodle and one is a schnauzer and they don't mix well ......during the day. But when it's night, night time they are two big teddy bears and all of their dislike for one another goes out the door.




LOVE.MY.DOGS.!!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Little House on the prairie part 3 (and last)

After I walked through the inside of the building I went to the outside of the building where they kept the machinery. I knew what some of the machines were but not all.






 I love that there is a statue of a horse in the middle of all the stuff!!!


I do not know what this is can someone enlighten me??





So that is the end of the sod house tour.  I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting it actually was.  It is funny how when you grow older these things take on new meaning because when I was a little girl I thought this was the most boring thing ever!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Nestles

 When we were in Holland we drove by the Nestles factory there. These photos are a little grainy so sorry!  Plus I was on a bus going from Brugges, Belgium to Amsterdam

Another windmill we saw along the way.
                                                                                                                                                                                           This is for my Vintage Weekly post!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Little House on the Prairie part 2


So I showed you the outside of the sod house so we will go to the inside.  This is the kitchen and dining room !  It is the original stove that was in the house.




Next is the bedroom and piano room and eating or whatever room.



There is only two rooms and I can not imagine raising a family in this house.  God knew when to put me on this earth!  Next post I will take you outside to look at the farm equipment.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

6 years ago today

This is a repost of my journal entry of the day we left the Oklahoma City care (and I use that term lightly) facility and flew to Houston.  My husband was so drugged he thought he was in a cartoon and I had to board a very small medi-vac plane with him, two nurses and one pilot.  They had to kept him breathing by using an ambu bag because the vent has issues above so many feet.  I was scared, lonely, and I had never been to Houston before in my life.  This was 6 years ago today and we have come a long way since the journal entry.  This was now our new home for 60 days of rehab and I am so thankful that God paved the way for us to get there.  They saved my Dennis's life.
Here is my repost :
Day 88- Leaving Select! Yes, I will miss some people that were here, like the respiratory therapists and some of the nurses, but this place almost killed Dennis and I couldn’t wait to get out of here. I had to say goodbye to my daughter. I felt like we had abandoned her for these last months and now we were going to be so far away. My mom had said goodbye the night before, she couldn’t bear to watch us leave. We were now going someplace that we wouldn’t have visitors popping in on us anymore, we were alone. The thought of living in Houston petrified me, but you dig deep and knowing that God was right beside me somehow helps you manage to plow through. The plane ride was scary, very scary. It was a 6 passenger plane with no co-pilot. But nothing was scarier than walking into T.I.R.R. in the medical district of Houston, Texas. We met Dr. Donovan the head of the spinal unit and then went to the room. It was too sterile and very old. I kept thinking that it needed a rug. I just wanted my mom and my dogs and I wanted my daughter. But most of all I wanted my husband, my soul mate, my best friend, to wake up and tell me everything was going to be OK. Unfortunately, you don’t always get what you want but, but somehow God gives you the strength to go on.