Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hicksey Chicks Live....

Once a year we as sisters try to get together to have a good time. And we like to have the next generation coming along to join with us. Sometimes life throws unexpected curves at you, sometimes you just need to let your hair down and relax a little, and sometimes you need a good friend to share your life with. We're a group of sisters that call ourselves the Hicksey Chicks and we decided Saturday night would be our night to shine! ! And we rented the movie "Mama Mia" cause it is so good to dance to. So come along and have some fun with us! Grab something to use as a microphone. We like to use remote controls but anything will do...
It's the Hicksey Chicks live....

We're kinda like the Supremes, only better....

We're gonna teach the little ones how to dance and have fun. First you lift your leg...

throw those inhibitions out the window...

maybe grab a partner..

and let the good times roll...


It's time to laugh and let your cares go out the window for one night...

Bashful....We'll help. First, you lift your arms over your head..

Then you shake you butt......

Little Gracie is gonna show us how.... even the little ones can shake it...

My sister's grandson is not too sure about this party ....wait till I tell my dad!
My momma is gonna be in big trouble when she gets back home...
Look who's behind the door! Our photographer Rachel...
And where is niece Angie? Oh , doing the necessary things. She'll be having a baby boy soon!

Boy all that dancing was hard work....
It's been a long day. But we'll get together once again this time next year and do it all over again. Just a small break from each of our worlds of stress and problems and challenges and accomplishments. And a time to be silly and laugh lots. So till next year, good night from "The Hicksey Chicks!"

Thanksgiving 2009

We planned it a week early, combined both family lines this year for Thanksgiving and had about 55 people show up for our annual dinner. I got to see nieces and nephews and cousins met cousins they had never met before. I cooked the meats and everyone else brought food and what a dinner it was!
I like to separate my turkey breast from the dark meat and cook them separately. So here is my breast waiting for the dressing to be added around it. This year I took my grandmother's dressing recipe, modified it by adding cut up apples and then added the store bought packages of dressing. Tasted excellent. I am sure my grandmother would have done the same if she was living in this day and age.
Remember that Pork Tenderloin that our friends smoked for us a few weeks ago and I froze. Unthawed it, heated it and it was excellent. Gonna throw another one on the smoker this week cause they have called and said they will be firing it up!

Baked several half hams and they are sliced and waiting to be heated also.

Table is laden with desserts. We had so much food that you couldn't get it all on your plate the first trip. There was the meats, rolls with butter, varied salads, mashed potatoes with gravy, scalloped potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, broccoli and rice casserole, baked beans, dressing, noodles, chicken and dumplings and on and on. But, it all tasted so wonderful..
In the Bible they always blew the shofar to rally the troops. We have something kinda like that and Lonnie likes to blow it every year. Works right?
Have to practice a few times first. Here's my dad and Lonnie enjoying this moment. I remember my dad calling in the dogs with one of these.

So here goes. And what a sound it makes. Good thing we only blow it once a year!

And line up we did.

Here's my sister with her little grand-daughter enjoying their dinner

Tye is probably texting while he waits in line. He's either going deer hunting or already been.

The gazebo is finally done and the chairs and tables are set up out there as well as in the entryway and out on the porch.

My nephew Josh plays by ear so he and his mom were checking out my piano.

It was a beautiful day outside and the cousins had a great time playing together. I noticed they all had to check out the chickens and ducks also. For some of these kids that is quite a novelty--going to the chicken house and gathering the eggs.
Now it is time to find a recliner and sit back and visit and take a short nap. Aah, life is good and let's never forget it!

Tool Belt Jims newest project....

I bought this antique wood cooking stove several years ago at an auction. Now that the gazebo is enclosed, our plans are to hook it up in there. It will be beautiful when it is cleaned up! I love the colors of the old appliances. This one says it was made in 1927 I believe. The cool thing is I have my Great Aunt's dining room chairs and they are the same color turquoise as the stove and they are already in the gazebo. How cool!
We had even stored some old cast iron cookware in there that we had forgot about.
I can hardly wait to see it all cleaned up and ready to use. This is going to be my old fashioned outdoor kitchen just like they had in the "good ole days". That saved the big house from getting heated up when they did their canning. What a handy place to have if hard times ever come again.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Preparations are being made...

I've got the overflow room set up for tomorrows Thanksgiving dinner. I think I can seat about 20 out here and Tool Belt Jim is putting the door up on the outdoor gazebo that he has been enclosing and I think I can seat about 20-25 out there. Then when you count the kitchen which seats 8 and then the living room I should be able to seat 55 or so.

Wish all my family could make it tomorrow but one son lives in South Carolina. Police Officer son gets off work at 7 in the morning and has to be back at work at 3 in the afternoon so he needs to stay home and sleep. But I am thankful that I get to see family that I haven't gotten together with for a long time. I know we'll have a good time.

I have my ham slowly baking today. I have already made my dressing as well as the brocolli/rice casserole. Tomorrow I will add some broth to the dressing and add some ham juice to the brocolli/rice casserole and I think they will taste great.

I am cutting up the turkey and just leaving the breast whole. Then instead of putting the whole turkey on the table, I will put some dressing around the breast and it will still look nice but I won't have all the other mess. That way all the dishes are cleaned up, the turkey is deboned etc.

Nothing like the smell of ham baking and turkey roasting.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Cloud of Witnesses...

By David Wilkerson

Hebrews 12:1 tells us that the world is encircled by a cloud of witnesses who are with Christ in glory. What does this multitude of heavenly witnesses have to say to the present world? We live in a generation that is far more wicked than Noah’s. What can these witnesses say to a human race whose sins exceed even that of Sodom?

Our day is one of great prosperity. Our economy has been blessed, yet our society has become so immoral, violent and anti-God that even secularists bemoan how far we have fallen. Christians everywhere wonder why God has delayed his judgments on such a wicked society.

We who love Christ may not understand why such gross evil is allowed to continue. But the cloud of heavenly witnesses understands. They don’t question the mercy and patience that God has shown.

The Apostle Paul is among that cloud of witnesses, and he bears witness to God’s unlimited love for even “the chiefest of sinners.” Paul’s life and writings tell us that he cursed the name of Christ. He was a terrorist, hunting down God’s people and dragging them off to be jailed or killed. Paul would say to us that God is being patient with this present generation because there are many who are like he was, people who sin in ignorance.

The apostle Peter is also among the cloud of witnesses, and he too understands why God is so patient. Peter’s life and writings remind us that he cursed Jesus, swearing he never knew him. God withholds his judgment because there are multitudes still who curse and deny him, just as Peter did. The Lord won’t give up on them, just as he never gave up on Peter. There are many like him whom Christ still prays for.

As I consider this cloud of witnesses, I see the faces of former drug addicts and alcoholics, former prostitutes and homosexuals, former gangsters and pushers, former murders and wife-beaters, former infidels and pornography addicts—multitudes whom society had given up on. They all repented and died in the arms of Jesus, and now they are witnesses to the mercy and patience of a loving Father.

I believe all of these would say, in one unified witness, that Jesus didn’t judge them before they received his mercy. God still loves this mad, immoral world. May he help us to love the lost as he does. And may we pray to have the love and patience he is showing the world right now

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

More grandkids pictures...

Loved this photo of my son Kevin's kids. Their mother is a great photographer and I am sure she is the one who took this picture. They are doing a great job of raising their kids in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord" as the Bible says. Hope they always stay as close as they are to one another now. They are growing up fast! The next generation!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thanksgiving is approaching...

Gonna do something different this year and have both sides of the family over at the same time for Thanksgiving dinner. Looks like we should have about 50 people . The enclosed gazebo is just about finished and just in time. Tool Belt Jim put the final exterior door up this past week and the weather has just turned cold with light snow possible in the forecast.

I've got two turkeys to cook, a couple hams and a pork loin smoked. Does that sound like enough meat for that many people? Rather too much than not enough, that's my thinking.

The older I get, the more I want to see my family spend more time together. Hope you all are looking forward to having a Thanksgiving dinner with your friends and family also!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My dad wanted to show me something....

and it was out in the barn...
I remember sitting on the steps to this old barn and cracking walnuts and picking the nuts out with a nail and eating them as I went when I was a little girl....

Here is his wood pile all stacked and ready for the winter. Wow!

I am afraid of heights and even though our old barn isn't all that tall, I could never go up and see what the loft looked like cause I was too chicken to climb the ladder.
Did I ever tell you how much I enjoy old barns? Probably so. Anyway....

Farmers are combining trying to beat the coming rain...

Our prayers for safety go out to all the farmers....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Salute to my father-in-law

My father-in-law doesn't talk much about his time spent in the service but I want him to know I appreciate and respect and honor him for being one of those brave men who left their families and went to fight for their country. He ran a bulldozer and was a very heroic man. We honor you today Gaylord as well as all veterans!

Freedom was not free! Thank you to our veterans today!


Originally Titled, "JUST A COMMON SOLDIER"

by A. Lawrence Vaincourt ©1985

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

© 1985 A. Lawrence Vaincourt

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Declarations from the Psalms...

I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us go unto the House of the Lord.” (Ps. 122:1)

Better is one day in Your courts, than a thousand elsewhere (Ps. 84:10)

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His Name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations… (Ps. 100:4-5)

Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise (Ps. 48:1)

I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee. I will praise you as long as I live. And in Your Name, I will lift up my hands..(Ps. 63:2-4)

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever, with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known to all generations. I will declare that Your love stands firm forever. (Ps. 89:1-2)

I will praise you, O Lord, among the people (Ps. 35:18)

From the rising of the sun to the setting of the same, the Name of the Lord is to be praised… (Ps. 113:3)

Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord! (Ps. 150:6)

Shout with joy to God all the earth! Sing the glory of His Name. Make His praise glorious! Say to God, How awesome are Your deeds! All the earth bows down to You, they sing praise to You, they sing praise to Your Name. (Ps. 66:1-4)

O Lord God Almighty, who is like unto You? You are mighty, O Lord, and Your faithfulness surrounds You. The heavens are Yours and Yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it. Righteousness and Justice are the foundation of Your throne, Love and Faithfulness go before You (Ps. 89:8, 89:11, 89:14)

What God is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles, You display Your power among the peoples… (Ps. 79:13b-14)

All the nations You have made will come and worship before You O Lord; they will bring glory to Your Name. For You are great and do marvelous deeds; You alone are God. (Ps. 86:9-10)

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, Let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the sheep of His hand….(Ps. 95:1-3, 6)

Amen and Amen…

Monday, November 2, 2009

Kaden playing with his first train

Great-Aunt Myrtle

Went to visit my Great-Aunt Myrtle who I have always called Grandma Myrtle today. She is 91 years old and spent a lot of time today staring up at the ceiling like she was in another world. She was married to my Great Uncle who worked for the railroad in his younger days and he build models of trains that kids could ride. They operated a "kiddie land" for years and years and my Great Uncle made the rides for this park. There was airplanes, the train, a Ferris wheel and merry-go-rounds. My Great Uncle passed away in 1980 and she has lived alone ever since. They never had any children of their own and I am her guardian. God told me one day she was to be my responsibility and that is O.K. with me because I love her very much.

My Great Aunt rode all over the country in a side car while her husband drove a Indian motorcycle. She kept a journal of their trip across Kansas when they were first married and I love to read of her travels. She has owned many neat cars including a pink Cadillac. Myrtle was 20 years younger than her husband and my guess is he treated her like a queen. She has always been a little spit fire and usually came out on top if you crossed her. Yet, she has a sweet spirit and always volunteered with Meals on Wheels and helped with the Red Cross blood mobile in her younger days. She was a Sunday School teacher for years and years and as she stares intently at something I cannot see above her, I wonder if God is showing her something special.

Take time to visit the older generation and let them tell you the stories of their lives. Most of them have lived in a day and time totally different than today. They are the generation that lived through the great depression and it changed them forever. We can learn a lot from them if we will take the time to sit and listen to what they have to say.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Police Officer Son Tim

! Fulfilling his destiny....part of it anyway. How I love that boy! He is my last, my baby, my son of my old age. That's what I like to tell him. That and "you owe me, I gave birth to your 10 pound butt".

Kaden at church with Nana...

You've heard of "standing on the Word" haven't you. Kinda like that anyway...
Kaden is learning to sing to God cause his Nana teaches Him to do so...