Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas 2009

What a blessed time we've had this Christmas. The snow delayed the arrival of all my children but they made it safely home. R's flight was rescheduled for Christmas Day and C didn't drive in til Christmas morning. B was on the road at least 8 hours Thursday. But they all have until Wednesday so we're sooo enjoying these days. We've had wonderful food, enjoyed some games, visited with other family, worshipped together, watched movies, heard about R's trip to China, and have plans to see Aubrey play basketball, see Casey video Granddaddy recounting his War experiences, maybe seeing a movie in Abilene, and visiting with each other more before all return to their work and lives away from our home. God is so good to us all. His love is overwhelming.
Wasn't the snow beautiful? I heard one weatherman say this was the fist time he announced a blizzard warning. B said that a blizzard was when you had to tie yourself around the waist with a rope in order to walk to the barn to feed the animals or to force them to run around the lot during the night to prevent them from freezing to death. least according to Little House On The Prairie. I don't know about that, but it was cold and the snow was blowing.
The snow did reduce the number of the extended family at our annual Christmas Tree but some of us did gather and visit.
I may very well live in this house the rest of my life. Then again, I may not. We have loved living here. We did most of the remodeling ourselves and there are probably pieces of Brian's skin hanging in the walls of this house. It was hard but rewarding. We learned a lot in the process. The thought of a possible move intensified the pleasure of being together again with our children who grew up in this house. I decided to get out all my Christmas decorations and I never enjoyed a holiday more than this one. So, I took lots of pictures. These may interest no one else but I wanted to have a record of this happy home and this happy time. It is also a safety precaution t keep pictures on a site such as Picasa. You may view some pictures of our extended family celebration as well as my own family activities at the Picasa Web Album site. I pray that your days are joyful. I pray that we all will draw near to our Saviour this new year. He is able. These difficult times are no surprise to Him and He will meet all needs. Our greatest need is to experience and share His love with a hurting world. God bless you with His purpose in 2010. Love, Jennifer.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

December 9th

This is a December that will be remembered for many reasons. While it has already been festive, the house is decorated for celebrating, and candles named "Home For Christmas" or "Heart at Home" fill the air with rich fragrance, there is also a tinge of sadness lingering. I've been packing my folk's belongings, readying them to be moved into one of our apartments next door. I've gone through drawers that contain momentos from my childhood, a box holding my dad's WWII "dog" tags, special dishes my Grandmother had, baby dresses my mother made for her two very loved girls, and many other objects evoking visions of my wonderful life with my parents. I am so blessed to still have them. Daddy is nearly 86 and Mama is 84. He is nearly totally deaf and seems to be getting more feeble. She is legally blind and crippled from a broken hip. They want to help with the packing but can't. They sit and watch as we disassemble their home. Once as I was in the other room, I heard my mother beginning to sob. Daddy slowly stood up from his chair, bent down to hug her and said, "Everything will be alright." They were active for so long, slowed some when each had a leg broken in a car wreck about 9 years ago. But they've been most independent. And they've been devoted parents and grandparents to my sister and myself and our families. It is an emotional time, probably the most challenging season of their lives.
Looking ahead, I believe it will be a good move. I will be just out the door and down a sidewalk. We will have an intercom or some system for communicating easily. I look forward to having meals with them and having them come down to watch a movie or visit. It's not as though they've been a great distance from me but this will be very close. I pray that the days we have will be very happy with laugher and good times together. They have given us so much love and I am thankful we are able to make this time as enjoyable and happy as it can be.
When we get their things moved into their apartment, I will post pictures.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving '09

We had a wonderful time during Thanksgiving weekend. Casey and Bree arrived on Wed evening and it was so goooood for them to be home. We missed Ryan who had a birthday during these holidays. We called and heard about his holiday and all that has been going on with him but wish he had been home. On Thanksgiving Day, Kim's family and my folks came over for lunch. WE all cooked too much and consumed too much. Brian's nephew and wife came from Dallas to visit that evening after her family get together in Abilene. They married in '07 and he has been in Iraq for a year so we were all so thankful to have them with us.
After lunch, some had naps and some watched football. Cash persuaded the "guys" yo play Legos with him.
How blessed we are. No one in the history of the world has as much to be grateful for as we. Just think how few have been in the position we find ourselves today. Most of the people who have lived would never have conceived of the conveniences or freedoms we enjoy. God has been so good to us. And we should be preserving these blessings for our children and grandchildren. Lord, open our eyes to the dangers and to the responsibilities and grant that we receive wisdom and courage for action from You.
Here are a few pictures from the album at the Picasa site.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pie Season

Hooray! It is definitely the season for pies. Tomorrow is the second Monday of the month which means it is my turn to cook and help with the Cornerstone & Company meal. So, I made a pumpkin and 2 1/2 chocolate pies. The half is the one in the bread pyrex which will be halfed between my folks and my spouse and myself, provided he gets home pretty soon. I enjoy cooking for Thanksgiving and am excited that we'll have nephews and families, along with two of my offspring, with us for Thanksgiving. One will be working, as well as celebrating his birthday during the Thanksgiving week and we will miss him. I think it's a good idea to practice cooking so, pies it is!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Puppies Are Growing...

As you can see, the labs and the terriers are growing. Thirteen of the sixteen labs have survived and all five terriers. You better call Kim to put your order in before they are all gone. haha

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Pretty Roses

Brian has kept a blue vase on my cabinet filled with beautiful pink rose these last three weeks. They've been extra pretty lately.
When he brings them in, they're just a small bud but in a few days they've opened wide.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Brian and I enjoyed spending time with his sister, Linda, and brother, Jonathan, and families Saturday in Dallas. Linda and Elias are with the Southern Baptists and live in London so we don't get to see them often. Casey spent the first semester of his freshman year with them when they lived on the island of Cypress. And Bree lived with them in London after she graduated from A&M and wanted to travel before working for ADM.
Their sons now live in Dallas so our Casey and Bree get to socialize with these cousins. Nathan (same age as Casey) works for Southwest Airlines and I don't know the title but he is a computer person. He is dating Lauren. Michael (same age as Bree) is a mechanical engineer and married another Lauren in the summer of '07. He recently returned from a year in Iraq. Brian's brother and his wife, Jonathan and Robin, live in Ballinger where Jonathan teaches school and Robin is the Runnels County Tax Accessor Collector. Their new granddaughter, Harlee, entertained us all. She is only 4 months old so she didn't have to try very hard to get lots of attention. She is beautiful. Her mother, Samantha, is a coach and teacher in Hermleigh. We missed Ryan who arrived back in the good ole USA that afternoon and Zach, son of Jonathan andRobin, who had previous social plans. We visited and enjoyed dinner together. Brian attended a weekend conference at Southwestern Seminary and joined us later on Saturday evening. I
posted pictures in the Picasa Album.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Sister and New Pups

My sister, Kim's place seems to be the spot to dump your unwanted dogs. At least, that is where lots of dogs seems to be found. Presently, they have Sadie, a yellow lab, Jake and Little Dog who are close to rat terriers, and Zip, a rat terrier who is 14 years old. (Zip recently underwent surgery for a huuuuuuge tumor on her side. She is much happier.) For a while, there was a male yellow lab, named Mojo. In their new home, Sadie and Mojo united in marriage as well as Little Dog and Jake, even though Kim used fences and walls and reasoning conversations to try to prevent these weddings. Of course, the baby carriage came next. They will need a 20 seated one. October 19th, Sadie gave birth to 15 yellow labs. October 20th, many hours later, she surprised them with #16. All but one survived. This happy event followed the birth of 5 new rat terriers to the other happy couple. The labs have their own little rock house and the terriers have a section of the yard and a "hut" house. I am having to buy more storage space at Picasa and will upload more pictures of the babies, but here are a couple.

Cash, Kim, Loyd, Floe, Fluff, Floyd, Dena, Lola, Dempsey, Leader, Zena, Sash, Rascal,Smiley, Big 'un,
This was taken on Tuesday before hte next morning's discovery of #16,whose name is Miracle

Cris with the terrier runt

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Good Day

Hi, Hope you are having a very good October. Today, Bree and her friend, Ellen came in. Bree's bikes were still here and they each needed one so they drove 3 1/2 hours to get them. And to eat lunch with us. It was a nice day. As I sat down at the computer tonight, I saw the same thing I do every time I sit here very long... these three spoiled babies. So, I took their picture.
I am not really one of those serious dog lovers. Really, I am not. I have never had a dog in the house till now. I wanted a dog a few years ago and found Elliott advertised from his home in OK. Casey met the owner and brought him home for me one Thanksgiving. He was suppose to be my dog. But, he loved Brian the most from the beginning. He is so attached to Brian. Then, I agreed to take the second Maltese, Georgie, the smallest yet one year older dog. He came to us with some serious issues. He had not been cuddled much and spent lots of time in his crate. When he first came, he licked his crate continually. He could not handle it if anyone touched his crate. It was his whole life. He has opened up and now he really loves me. He isn't sweet in anyone's eyes except mine because he yaps at them. My sister found the black mut/chihuahua on the highway and was unable to locate the owner. She brought her to Bree and she immediately loved Bree. Bree was in the office working for Brian when Kim brought the dog by and Bree took walked down to her apartment with her, opened the door, and Gypsy ran in and immediately up to the very top of the back of the couch. So, we knew she knew her way around the house and was probably used to being in charge. When Bree moved to the city and her schedule was such that she is never home, that would be miserable for Gypsy. So, of course, she is here now. And there isn't a sweeter dog anywhere. She is a perfect, loving companion. And she gets along well with Elliott. But, she does shed and that means I am cleaning the floors all day. I have a sheet on a chair and she does her resting on that sheet. I really wished I knew some elderly lady who would love a little black dog. But I don't. So there 'ya go... our three dogs.
I forgot toe tell you what I did... Bree told me that she had told Ellen that we would be so excited that they were coming! Bree told her that we love parades and that we would probably have a parade in honor of them coming to town. She, when I knew they were to be arriving , I went outside of town and stuck some American flags into the wet ground and I held up a sign that read "Welcome Ellen!" and I waved several flags also. Kim was suppose to get there to blow her siren but she was a little late.
Anyway, we did surprise Bree's guest who grew up in Chicago and enjoyed coming to Haskell.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Baby Blue

The other night during a lull in the heavy rain, Brian ran across the yard to turn a pump off. On the way back, he saw a little parakeet sitting on one of our metal chairs. At the same time, Millie the cat, saw the little fellow. Brian scooped Millie up and brought her to the utility room. Then Brian went out and caught the wet bird. He brought it to me and we wrapped it in a cloth while he drove out to Kim's to fetch an old bird cage. We cleaned it up and put the pretty, white parakeet in the cage. There is only one house in the neighborhood with children and they say it wasn't their pet. So, he is now ours. I am trying to tame him enough to sit on my finger and eventually get out of the cage but he is pretty wild right now. It isn't easy to take a picture because he will not be still but here he is. Brian named him Baby but since every time he walks through the kitchen and says "Hi Baby," I answer him as usual, I changed it to Baby Blue. He was nearly all white with just a little blue on his belly and a smidge of black on his wings. He is growing more blue feathers and I suppose he will be mostly blue.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Our Future

PLEASE read the article below written by a constitutional attorney after he read the proposed health care bill. PLEASE get a copy of it to your friends who still do not see the danger. We cannot be timid. I know people who absolutely refuse to read or learn about anything that contradicts their politician's or party's line. Some people just don't think that anyone would actually do any thing that would be this f-a-a-a-a-rrrrrr out. Well, they are trying. They really are.

Click below for the article.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pink Saturday

I am sorry this is being posted late in the morning but here is a beautiful peacock suncatcher that hangs in a window here by my computer. I found it at Charleston when visiting one of the plantations. These pretty birds lived in their gardens. The dingle-dangles are a pretty pink. Enjoy your weekend and remember to visit other pinks posts at HowSweetTheSound.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


I was thrilled to have family in my home Saturday for a luncheon to honor my Aunt LaVern for her 90th birthday. Her children brought lunch for about 40 folks and we enjoyed the delicious meal and lots of visiting. Traveling the furthest was Greg, the first son of Aunt LaVern's younger sister, from Chicago. Others came from Plainview, Dallas, Munday, Olney, Abilene, Waco, and Weinert. There are only three of the original eleven children born to Rebus B. and Emily Belle Guess living and Aunt LaVern is the oldest. She is the sixth child.
One topic of discussion was the fact that our Weinert cousins, along with all Weinert citizens, have been without water for three days. I understand it was restored by Saturday night but off again by Sunday afternoon.
A party which included friends was held at the Bever House from 2:00 till 5:00.
It was truly a red letter day for us all, visiting and loving on Aunt LaVern.

Isn't she beautiful?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Praying For Our Children

I have three grown children who are doing very well though there have been some "detours." Just the changing of minds, one involving a mate whose mind changed within hours, maybe minutes after the vows were said, and one involving a career change. I am 53 years old and, selfishly I am sure, I would love to see my children have Godly mates who are crazy about them, and producing Godly babies. I have asked the Lord to send these Godly mates, more than once. Maybe I have even reached the point of coveting - wanting my situation to be different. Brian tells me that if I am dissatisfied with the way things are and wishing they would change, I am coveting something else. I believe I can go to God and make any request but I also think I am to be full of thanksgiving and trust, knowing that He wants only good things for my children. And He loves them more than I am capable. I am in the flesh and even the best I can do for them or imagine for them is in the flesh. God sees everything. He is the perfect Father. Lately, I have been praying for them according to Ephesians and Colossians. Here are just a few of the verses...
Ephesians 1:17 I pray God will give them a spirit of wisdom and revelation that will allow them to know His fullness.
1:18a I pray God will fully enlighten their understanding (so they will clearly see the truth, the reality, of every circumstance.)
1"19 I pray they will experience the exceeding greatness of His power in us who believe.
Colossians 1:9 I pray they will have all wisdom and spiritual understanding to know God's will.
1:10a I pray their lives will please God by being faithful, living expressions of Jesus.
1:10c I pray they will always increase in knowledge of and intimacy with God.
1:11a I pray that they will always be strengthened with His might and meet every circumstance in is His power.
1:11a - 12a I pray that they will be patient, long-suffering, and Joy-ful as they thank God for everything.

I am so thankful for my children and the people they are. They thrill me. I am so thankful I am not in control and God is. I am so thankful that the God who created every star and knows each one by name loved my children so much that He gave His Son to die for them, taking away all of their sins forever. I am thankful they are in His loving hands!!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Pink Saturday?? Already?????

OK, my days are mixed up. I didn't prepare for Pink Saturday and just realized it is midnight. So, I am going to show you pictures of what I've been privileged to be a part of the last part of the week - Vacation Bible School at Cornerstone. I think you can find some kind of pink in most of the pictures. The theme is Jesus, Man Of Miracles and it is set in the days of the Bible. We wear "Bible clothes" and we go to the market, gather around the well, where we can have a snack at one booth, make necklaces at one, make a picture frame out of shells at the next, or choose other activities. We are divided into families within one of the 12 tribes so we have different ages in each group. We hear Peter tell of his experiences with Jesus, like walking on the water. And we hear Salimae (name we've given the mother of James and John) who tells us what she has learned from her boys about Jesus. (And she does have very important boys, you remember:> ) And we have time together with our "family" when we talk about miracles Jesus did and about the traditions of these days. We have one more night to talk about the only book whose words will last forever and the only Saviour who is the way the truth and the life with these precious children.

Worshiping in Song

Playing a game

Some recreation with Bows and "Arrows"

Hearing Peter

Hearing Salimae

Eating dried fruits and special treats

"Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One..."

You can see pinks at HowSweetTheSound. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Is This Shocking?

I have pasted below words from The American Center For Law and Justice concerning a "strike at the heart of the first amendment." Please read it. I heard a news journalist this morning (not on a major network) say that this is the first time in American history that this kind of threat has come from a president to the citizens.

I'm writing you with urgency. There's a very troubling development underway in Washington - a bold attack on your free speech rights directly from the Obama Administration.

A recent White House blog written by the White House Director of New Media states that ''there is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there'' both on the web and floating around in chain emails.

The blog continues, ''since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to''

This is absurd! In a nutshell, the White House is asking Americans to report on their neighbors, family, and friends who disagree with the President's policy choices on health care.

This new White House reporting program strikes at the heart of the First Amendment and has no place in this important debate about health care.

Make no mistake, this outrageous attack on free speech is designed to stifle public debate about the health care issue - including growing concerns from Americans opposed to making abortion services mandatory health benefits.

Americans have the constitutional right to express their opinion and concerns about health care. This wrong move by the Obama Administration is nothing more than a blatant attempt to intimidate those who have legitimate concerns about the health care plan.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Pink Saturday

I have not participated in Pink Saturday for several weeks but have been enjoying the summer. God is so good to us. There is much to be thankful for, including the color pink. And you can see plenty of pink at HowSweetTheSound where many ladies share their pink treasures. I visited a resale store recently and came away with this pretty pink tea pot. It is washed out in this picture but is actually very pink.

Here is one of my pink zinnias in a pretty red container I purchased on a half off sale in my cousin's shop.

My very good friend, Mary, visited in July, attending our 35t class reunion. We had a wonderful time. She left me this pretty pnk book marker. It is found today near Psalm 103, one of my favorite Psalms.

Have a joy-full day!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Few Pictures...

I am posting a few pictures taken in Peacock, where Brian is the Preacher. The school and businesses and most homes are gone, due partly to a tornado years ago. Our Church building stands. I like what a friend there did with some vacant lots. Also, in what is left of a house, she has placed flowers in the tiny holes in the stucco walls as well as household objects inside the house, to be seen through the windows as though someone still lives there. I thought you might enjoy seeing how she "prettied up" her old hometown.

Here are a few words from the Old Testament.
"When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work - this is a gift of God." Ecc 5:19
"Whatever you hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecc 9:10a
"Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. " Ecc 12:13

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly." Romans 5:6

"Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." 1 Timothy 2:6

"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven:
He hath made everything beautiful in his time:" Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11a

I share these verses with you today for God to minister to you what He wishes concerning time. Time is always an issue for me. I can get a lot of work done in a short amount of time, usually. I am sometimes late to functions because I keep trying to get one more thing completed. Time, the passing of it, came into focus recently at a class reunion and then when cousins from Illinois visited here - the first time in 26 years. I was involved with a wedding rehearsal, orchestrated and detailed on written instructions to the minute by the coordinator. And I have spent lots of time praying for God to intervene in situations... I believe we are alive to witness the winding down of the time alloted to us humans on this earth, at least at a point relatively speaking, near the end.

I do well to remember that God does things "in due time." He isn't flustered by a need to hurry. He works in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones on the time chart He is in control of. He can slow it or speed it, according to His purposes in our lives. I want to be in tune with Him. I want to hear Him so I will cooperate - not be in rebellion - with His time for my life events.

One more verse about God and His timing... "The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy." Psalm 103:8. How I Praise Him!!!!!!

Here is a recent picture of myself and my wonderful daughter. She and I were together at a wedding, rehearsal and all, this weekend. She is so much fun.

Monday, July 20, 2009

35th reunion of My High School Class

What a pleasure it was to visit my friends from Munday High School. We gathered at a Hilton Garden Inn Saturday. We rented the meeting room for the day so they catered lunch and dinner. We never had to leave and spent the day reliving high school days and learning how lives are being lived today. It seemed too short a time to be together. Some stayed the night and we enjoyed breakfast together before a little more visiting and then heading back to our homes. I was blessed to be in this class. We have wonderful memories and will be lifelong friends. It took us a while to begin getting together but now that we have, we don't want to let too many years pass before reuniting. We went to a small school and our class wasn't one of the large. We hope that we'll have more classmates come enjoy the fellowship in 2012.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Busy July

I hope you are enjoying your summer! We've had oppressively hot days with little rain. We are very thankful when it does rain!
Brian and I were in Charleston, SC for a week, visiting our son. We enjoyed seeing plantations and hearing about the history of the area. It is very humbling to think of the sacrifices made by the people who had the vision for this country. It was special to be in this area with rich history during the Fourth of July Celebration.

Of course, we enjoyed seeing Ryan and hearing about his life. We are so thankful for who he is. Here are a few pictures. The first two were taken at Magnolia Plantation. We saw the house, the barns and buildings necessary to manage the plantation, and the beautiful gardens. We learned about the lives of the family who lived there during those early days. Raising rice and indigo was their livelihood. Mr Drayton was the pastor of the Episcopal church, also.

This was taken during a walking tour of the walled portion of the city, before law and order were established. We were the only family that showed up for the earliest tour so we strolled with the guide at our leisure. The old church buildings have been through war, fires, and hurricanes. You can learn more about the history of the plantation and the area if you google Magnolia Plantation. There is an album of our pictures on the Picasa Web site.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Fourth of July Weekend

I am taking a break from blogging, face book, and all computer related activities for a few days. We have activities planned, company coming, and lots of "stuff" going on. So, have a great celebration. See 'ya later!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Independence Day Parade

Sunday was a busy but special day for us. We had our regular services at FBC Peacock, lunch with friends, then the monthly service we conduct at the rest home, the Annual Fourth of July Parade, the Patriotic Prayer and Praise Service, and finally the fellowship meal and watermelon feast. Our morning message dealt with the State of the Union, featuring power point visuals of some of our country's founders and special moments as well as today's situations. It was a call to remember where we started as a nation, our foundation, as well as how far from that we've come and the need to return to the original commitment of the founders. The parade is not a display of expensively decorated floats or costumes. It's a neighborhood gathering of American citizens of the Stonewall County flavor who have decorated their lawn tractors, golf carts, pickups, bikes or any other means of transportation they choose, and a march down the street from one church to another. The lead vehicle is Brian with his loud sound system and the last is George with his loud sound system. We all enjoy the beautiful patriotic music as it bounces off the houses.

I wore an Uncle Sam costume and rode our Rhoades Car, a two seated buggy style bicycle and invited my friend, Debra, to join me. I'll post a picture of two of the day. I love patriotism because I believe that the God of the Universe was active in the founding of this country.

I got a little confused about what time it actually was and dressed for the parade a little early. Brian said I should just wear that to the rest home, so the first picture is me playing the piano at the rest home service, ready for the parade.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Party For Special Friend

This morning, it was my pleasure to invite a special young friend, her mom (my forever friend), and another forever friend for a brunch in my back yard in what we call the Rabbit Deck since we once housed rabbits beneath this roof. Kristi has finished the first two years of Med school and is home for a vacation before she begins rotations in hospitals. She'll be putting all that book knowledge into practice. She also has a masters degree in epidemiology from Texas A&M. I wanted to get together for a visit before she left and let her know how proud we are of her. I tried some new recipes, brought out the blue willow, white table cloths, gossamer, twinkly lights, and cut flowers from the garden. We sprayed Listerine around the edge of the roof and we weren't bothered by the mosquitos. Have you ever heard of that approach? Well, either it was too hot for them to attend the party or the Listerine worked. Though we started at 9:00 this morning, it was still very hot, even with the fans blowing. I probably won't prepare a few of those recipes again (One involved putting sardines, mustard, and several other ingredients in the blender...) but I like to give them a try. I love these ladies and am so thankful God put them in my life! Here a few pictures and if you want more, click on the Icon for Picasa Web Albums in the left column.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

June 23, 2009

I am sending you these flowers today, bouquets I gathered for the tables at Cornerstone & Company.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Peacock Family Theatre

Brian has been the Pastor at First Baptist Church, Peacock Texas since March of 2003. We feel honored and so blessed to be with these people. Like so many West Texas towns, there isn't much left at Peacock. Years ago, there were several churches, grocery stores, gas stations, dry good stores, a bank and school. Only a a few store fronts stand, reminding people of those days. The only Church building left is ours. It is constructed of rocks from the area, has the familiar steps up to the sanctuary, and a basement where we have Sunday School rooms and a fellowship hall. And the people are generous, friendly, and love God's Word. After worship services, most linger outside, sitting on the steps or leaning on the half walls, visiting, in no hurry to part.

There aren't many people living in "Peacock proper." But there are a few families we wish we could interest in coming to our services. We have been visiting and praying they will have a desire to be a part of our fellowship. Last night, we had our first Peacock Family Theatre. We had a good turn out, though these unchurched folks didn't come this time. We watched Evan Almighty which has a good overall message of family priorities. If you haven't seen it, you might enjoy renting it. God tells Evan Baxter to build an ark. He obeys this seemingly ridiculous instruction. God made the statement to Evan, "What I do, I do because I love you." I don't know if the writer or producer realized how much truth is in the movie. It isn't a perfect sermon, but it was very good for our first Peacock Family Theater.

We enjoyed hot dogs and desserts before the movie and I forgot to take pictures. Here are a couple I took as people began coming upstairs for the movie. I hope you worshiped this weekend and enjoyed the fellowship in God's Spirit with fellow believers. We need each other so and won't these relationships become more vital in the days ahead?