Fun Time

Can I just let ya’ll know that as an empty-nester, I don’t get to do the things that I once did with my kids to have fun. I had more fun with my kids as they grew up than I’ve had in a life time of fun not having kids.

Well, this weekend, my brother and his family came down to spend the weekend with us. They brought two of their three children along with them, both girls, and we had a blast of a weekend. Fun that David and I didn’t even realize that we needed! They got in late Friday, so not much to do but catch up on the happenings in our lives, which I thoroughly enjoy doing with family on any visit, before it was time to go to bed from being tired from the days work.

Saturday, we all got up with no plans in mind for the day. My husband cooked breakfast for everyone and as we waited to eat, we all just visited with one another. I asked the girls, ages 10 and 13, what they wanted to do for the day and they both said “I don’t know”. Let me explain that my brother is not one to just “sit around” and do nothing. I knew I needed to think of something we could all do together before he and my husband decided to venture outside and find things to do that “us girls” didn’t wanna do; I had to act fast! I began naming things in the “metro mess”, as it is called in small towns with little to nothing to do, that we could all do together and everyone would enjoy it. After a few minutes of discussion, a few clicks of the mouse on my laptap, we had tickets printed to a place that we (us girls) had decided to go to in Grapevine. It is called “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”. It’s a museum of artifacts as well as a museum of wax people and other attractions of fun for anyone of all ages to enjoy. So we all clean up and get dressed after breakfast and off we go for a two hour drive to have fun together as a family.

My husband and I had been there before with our two kids, now adults, but it has been many years back. So once we got there, we were all happily amazed as we encountered 5 attractions of fun times together, in no particular order. In the Palace of Wax, the main event for us, most of the wax people figures were so life like that we all took pictures with the ones we liked as if they were the real person themselves. HaHa! They had all of the presidents, many celebrities, and even scenes made of wax from the bible. We did the Ripley’s moving theater where we all sat side by side in a separate chair with 7D glasses on for a wild ride in two separate inter active short films. Then came LaseRace, which none of us were crazy about, but it was still fun. We went through the Believe It or Not museum where they had this one particular man that is known for the worlds tallest man. I won’t go into the details in case you’ve never been, but we all laughed together and of course we had to take pics with him. They have a little gift shop that you can walk around and get some nice souvenirs, which we did, before stopping to have a snack and a drink at the snack bar. The girls got one of their hands made of wax for a keep sake while we sat and ate and enjoyed the few minutes of rest from all of the walking we had done thus far. But for me, the most fun was when we went through the fifth attraction……the Mirror Maze. We all laughed so hard together! And when we got split up, a couple of times, we would laugh even harder as we could hear one another and even see one another through the mirrors but we could not find one another. Each reach out to touch was only a touch of a mirror. Eventually we all found our way out, at separate times, still laughing at the enjoyment from it all. So much fun!

Sunday, we spent the day with our mom by taking her to breakfast, going to church with her, then taking her to lunch before it was time for my brother and his family to head back home. We don’t get to see them but just a couple of times a year so it is always nice when they break away from their busy lives of running a business all while raising a family, plus taking care of some of his wife’s family that live close by them, to come visit us and catch their breathes with some fun and relaxation.

My husband and I always look forward to family coming to see us any time they can.

My husband, brother, sis n law, two nieces
Me and my whole world
Me; having so much fun

Love One Another

Do you every ask yourself; “What is normal behavior?” Lot’s of people imagine “normal” as their own way of living life but God has called us all to stand out of the worlds “normal” crowd and just be whom He created you to be, no matter what crowd you’re in at the time. But is that accepted in today’s world? Are you accepted by not drinking in a crowd of “friends” that are drinking? Are you accepted by not smoking and or vaping in today’s world of “friends” that smoke and or vape? Are you accepted in what ever crowd you’re hanging out with, if you are not joining in on what ever that particular crowd of “friends” is in to these days?

My personality is not well liked by many people in today’s world. I am a very opinionated, out spoken type of person. I speak my mind, even when not prompted to, on just about anything and everything that comes up no matter whom I’m with, and often times with very little filter, if any.

I am a Christian and I stand firm on my faith and beliefs that Jesus is the Son of God and that we will all be held accountable for our actions here on earth when we die. I believe that Heaven and Hell are very real. I also believe that if you are not saved by Gods grace that you are not a christian, even if you “do good things” for others because good works do not get you to Heaven. Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV) says “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

I am also a take charge, get er done, type person. Some people may even say that I am controlling but I don’t see it that way. I see it as a, if you aint gonna say it or do it then just move over and let me do it so we can be done with it already type of person.

I am also known as a “redneck” which is most our “normal” in the South. I am not always “politically correct” in my speaking and behaviors but I try my best to live as Christ like, as I know how to, by my actions and responses to others… Before I was saved, I didn’t care how I made others feel by what I said or did, but now I do. My Texas accent, with that Southern draw, makes lots of people laugh out loud. Some times I am even asked to repeat a word, just so someone can hear me say it in my Texan slang and accent. And don’t even ask me for directions. HaHa! My directions are by “land marks”, not by north, south, east, and west. If you ask me about politics, you may think I’m clueless because I have my own way of explaining things to myself to make it make since.

All of the different characteristics that are within me, make me a unique individual created by God, as we all are. I do not care to be “liked” by everyone but I do care to be loved by them as Jesus called us to love one another. John 13:34-35 says “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

If you don’t like something about me, or someone else, that’s okay because we probably don’t like everything about you either. What matters the most is that we are able to love one another through our dislikes of one another. There is no need to point out everyone else’s characteristic flaws that you don’t like about them because we all have our own things about us that is not liked by someone. However, God created each one of us so that makes us perfect in His eyes.

The question here is: Can you look past someones characteristics that you don’t like in them in order to show true love, which is the love of Christ Jesus Himself? If not, you need to have a heart check. Just because we are different and have different ways about us does not mean that we can’t love one another.