Monday, September 23, 2013

Living Proof...That Is What We Are

Last spring my cousin, Rita, called and invited me to join her, her daughter and other ladies from her church for Living Proof Live in Bossier City, LA. She and I have both taken and led Bible studies by Beth Moore...but this was Rita's first time to see her live.

Well, it turned into a family affair. Steeping in the Word is a great way to spend a weekend with those you love the most. Especially with such a gifted teacher and a heart healing topic like escaping the traps of the Enemy.

Back in June, we decided to invite her mom and mine to join us for the weekend. Then just the Sunday before, Derrick decided to send Meagan along for a girls getaway weekend.

Both mom and my Aunt Fran had three generations attending the event. It was a sweet time of fellowship and a memory I will cherish for years to come. Thanks for the invite, Rita. Sorry we took over your weekend! LOL!

Mom, Lauren (a friend of Brittany's), Aunt Fran, Rita, Brittany and Meagan
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Happy As Pigs In...

My Razorbacks are 3-0! After last year's gosh-awful season, I am taking the time to enjoy every moment that I possibly can.

We have had Game Day Watch parties every Saturday so far...even if it meant we had to pay to the watch the game.  I snapped these pictures on opening weekend ...but they really do tell the story of our season thus far.

August 31
vs. Lousiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
"It's the start of a new season, right?  
It can't possibly be as bad as the John L. Smith year, right?"
Final Score: 34-14
Our first 'W'!
September 7
vs Samford Bulldogs
"We are hopeful (like Bri)...
but still a bit anxious (like Delayne).
Come on boys, we gotta show the world that we are not pushovers."
Final Score: 31-21
Another 'W'!
September 14
vs Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
"Things are looking up!  
All smiles because we are playing a team that hasn't won a game in two years...
surely we can count on this 'W', right?"
Of course, then our QB went out in the first quarter after bruising his shoulder as he dove into the end zone for our first touchdown.
Final Score: 24-3
Today, September 21
at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
"Our first real test of strength.  
Will Brandon Allen be back in at QB?
Can the Razorbacks handle some stronger competition?"
We are chewing on our fingernails 
(or iPhones, as the case may be)...
and hoping for the best...
Because next week we face Texas A&M and Johnny Football, himself.

Man, it is going to be a long season!


Friday, September 20, 2013

And Since We Are Talking Football...

Here is our office staff in their NFL colors celebrating the kickoff of the 2013 regular season on September 5, 2013.

Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans and New England's going to be an interesting year!

I confess that at first I cropped this picture so that Wesley's Saints visor said 'aints'...which I found quite humorous but I know a few friends and family who take their N.O. football seriously!!  And, as my grandmother taught me, if you can't say anything good, then just don't say anything at all.  ;-)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Custom Fire Protection's College Colors Day 2013

I love holidays...even the made-up ones.

 And I love college football...even when my team is breaking my heart.

So it will come as no surprise to y'all that I love College Colors Day!  And I thoroughly encourage full company wide participation.  Unfortunately this year we only had three of us here!
Wesley sporting his proud purple LSU Tigers.  Me in my Arkansas Razorback red.  And Danielle representing football widows all across America!  (She cracks me up.)

I even took the day to change out the colors in my office.

Fall may not officially arrive until this Sunday, according to the calendar...but for me, it began on August 31 with the first kickoff to the sound of 'Woo Pig, Soiee!"

Let's Go Hogs!  2013 has to be better than 2012, right?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Taking Someone Else's Vacation

Way back in August...about the time I quit posting completely...we were honored by a last minute 'mini-vacation' visit from my cousin and her family.  Brandi and Joey decided to take a few days before Tiffany and Sarah started back to school and come down to Texas for a long weekend.

It was such a special time to me.  First of all, I really enjoy visiting with my family.  But even more, it took me back to the days when my children were young and Aunt Fran would come down to Texas for a week of day trip sight seeing or an overnight stay someplace new.

Brandi and Meagan are just a year apart, so many of their childhood 'adventure' memories are the same. This time around, they were able to revisit some of those memories with their children in tow.

Thursday we went to Galveston Island to enjoy a little Beach Time:

Beach Babe Delayne enjoying the waves

Family lunch at Tortuga

The we checked into Hilton's Galveston Island Resort for the night:

Friday morning we spent a little more time in the pool until check out..then we headed to Space Center Houston:

And finally, dinner on the way home...Aunt Fran's choice:

We had a great visit...Bri, Meagan and I teasing them about us enjoying their vacation.  Aunt Fran and I reminisced about watching our children playing in the surf and gazing at all the displays at Space Center while watching our grandchildren enjoying those same sights now.  It was a wonderful weekend.  We just wish that Kelli and the kids had been able to join us too.

I will close with this picture of our entire group from NASA:

Brianne, Joey, Brandi, Aunt Fran, Tiffany, Sarah, Delayne, Davin, me and Meagan

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