Wednesday, May 25, 2011


We have one or two big events for our ladies each year. The theme for our 2011 Ladies' and Teen Girl's Spring Event was "Lady Bug! Lady Bug!. We emphasized being a godly lady in our walk, talk, dress, actions and thoughts. The first half of the program was lively singing, a fun time and a pasta and salad lunch. The teen girls presented a cute skit called, "What Not To Wear". After lunch we had testimonies and a devotion on "Being a Godly Lady". The turnout was great! We especially appreciated Mrs. Karen Pilalis and her daughter, Chelsea, coming over from Lighthouse Baptist Church in Heidelberg, Germany, to help with child care.

The Vierthalermarkt - Bacharach, Germany

We didn't realize when we decided to visit Bacharach, Germany, with our friends, the Johnsons, that they were having their bienniel midievel festival called Vierthälermarkt. It turned out to be the highlight of our trip. A midieval village is set up near the Rhein River with crafts, pigs roasting on spits, etc. The village occupants are dressed in midievel clothing, but here was the really interesting part of the festival - nearly everyone who came to visit the village were dressed in costume, too.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Our Trip To Bacharach, Germany ~

Gary and Sandy Johnson are sweet members of our church. Gary is getting ready to deploy to Iraq for six months and so we planned an overnight trip with them to spend a little time together before he leaves. We drove about an hour to the beautiful, quaint old river town of Bacharach, Germany. One of the buildings in the pictures below was erected in 1368. We enjoyed the time with Gary and Sandy and will tuck some very special memories away of this trip.

His Eye Is On The Sparrow ~

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31

This beautiful song has been on my heart for days. What an amazing, comforting thought that my Father sees even the little sparrow fall to the ground. He cares for the little sparrow and I am much more valuable to Him than the tiny little sparrow. When shadows of doubt and fear come, I can rest in the assurance that my heavenly Father knows right where I am and just what my needs are.

Words: Ci­vil­la D. Mar­tin
Music: Charles H. Gab­ri­el

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me


I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Emmy Rehearsing For Her Summer College Tour ~

Emmy was selected to tour in a singing group from Crown College this summer. And best of all, her group will be touring in Europe which will give us a chance to see her a little more. She sings in a mixed quartet that is made up of her and the Canavan triplets whose parents are missionaries in Ireland. They sound fantastic.

Our Fishing Trip~

Tom LOVES to fish! So for his birthday I gave him a fishing trip with me. We caught 13 beautiful rainbow trout. He was so sweet to take my fish off for me. It was a great way to celebrate his birthday.

The pond we fished in is in a very pastoral area. We watched the cows grazing on the hillside while we were fishing.

Happy Birthday, Tom ~

Tom celebrated his 71st birthday on May 9. I am so thankful for my husband who is a wonderful husband, father, pastor, soul-winner and friend. He is still my sweetheart and I love him with all my heart. My birthday gift to him was a fishing trip with me. He is a serious, passionate fisherman and so I don't usually go fishing with him (I would slow him down tremendously) but he asks me often to go with him. We had a fantastic time together just getting away and spending the time together but we had a very good day of fishing. We caught 13 very nice size rainbow trout. We had two of them for lunch today. I love you, Tom.

I love this picture of him in his Marine Corp uniform that the church bought for him several years ago. He is a proud marine!

Tom's Surprise Birthday Bash at Church ~

Tom was completely surprised when he was "tricked" into coming into the fellowship hall after church on Sunday night for a surprise birthday bash. I loved that they put his candles in a pumpkin pie, rather than a cake. Pumpkin pie is his favorite.

We have some of the sweetest people in the world.

Goodbye to the Villalobos Family ~

Another sad night saying goodbye to one of our finest families. Isa was a sound man, Tiffany was a children's ministry teacher and kitchen hostess, Brianna and little Isa are two of the sweetest children in the world. It was my honor and privilege to be Brianna's Sunday School teacher. They will be relocating to Fort Campbell, KY. And they will be greatly missed.

My Wonderful Mother's Day ~

Mark and Dawn (and Tom) made my Mother's Day so special. Flowers,cards, beautiful necklace and earrings , telephone calls and lots of sweet words.

Mother'Day Breakfast at Rhein River Baptist Church~

Mrs. Kathryn was the oldest mother present on Sunday. She is a precious lady who visits us from time to time. She was part of our church for several years but moved back to the states with her daughter and her family. It is always a blessing when she comes to visit us.

These are some of the Moms who were at the breakfast. We have some great ladies in our church.

Our men did a fantastic job of preparing and serving breakfast to our church on Mother's Day to honor our mothers.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Precious Mother ~

I thought of you today, but that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too.
I think of you in silence, I often speak your name.
All I have are memories and pictures in frames.
Your memory is a keepsake, from which I'll never part.
God has you in His arms - I have you in my heart.

I love you, Mother. Happy Mother's Day in heaven.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Madison Nicole is our third grandchild and she celebrated her 10th birthday today. We actually celebrated with her over a week ago when we were in the states, knowing that we would not be there on her birthday. Madison is so excited about life. Every day is a new adventure for her. We call her "Sunshine" because of her sunny disposition.

I was so happy to be able to be in the delivery room when she was born. Love you, Maddy Cakes.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mitch Receives His Master's Degree ~

Our son-in-law, Mitch, has celebrated another milestone - he graduated with his master's degree today from Tennessee Temple University. Mitch is a major in the army reserves and has served our country on active duty for four years and then 2 year long deployments to Iraq. He also has served on the Chattanooga police force for 15 years. He is a devoted husband and father and we are so thankful for him.

Our Town of Ringgold Hit By A Tornado ~

What a memorable trip we have had in the states the last two weeks. We literally outran or dodged tornadoes for two weeks. After the St. Louis airport that we were to fly out of to return to Germany was hit hard by a tornado, we rented a car and returned to our home in Ringgold, GA to regroup. As we traveled across Kentucky we stayed just a county in front of a tornado the entire way. And then when we finally reached our home in Ringgold, the town was devastated by a tornado. The tornado touched down and did extensive damage less than a mile from our home. The most serious devastation happened near I 75 where many businesses were destroyed. Seven people lost their lives and hundreds lost their homes and property. Tom and I are so grateful for the grace of God that spared us and our home. Our hearts and prayers are with those who suffered such great loss.

Emily Finishes Her Freshman Year at Crown College ~

Congratulations to our Emily Joy who has finished her freshman year of college. We are so proud of you, Emmy!!!