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Category Archive for 'Happiness'

There is a particular word that can stop time.  It is the word that will be like a bee sting.  It is a word that makes all things new.  In the nano second after you hear this word, whatever was bothering you will suddenly seem extremely trivial and unimportant.  In a moment, in the twinkling […]

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Yesterday a dear friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer. My heart sank and then I remembered that even in the pain, cancer cannot steal joy. As we approach Easter, I’m reminded that cancer cannot destroy the hope we have in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I also remembered this “Survivor’s Speech” that […]

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In the decade-plus years since 9.11, I had never heard this story. After the terrorists attack of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2011, Manhattan shut down – all subways, tunnels, bridges, and trains were closed.  People ran to the water’s edge.  Realizing there was no way off the island, some even jumped in […]

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Happy Birthday to me!!!

My twin sister Kathy and I celebrated our birthday this month and for the first time in many years, we were together ON our birthday!  It took some planning since she lives in Florida, I live in Oklahoma and we always see each other on the 4th of July when our entire family meets in […]

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Mourning Doves and Perseverance

This mourning dove became the object of our admiration and affection. The landscapers had leaned the ladder against one of the posts on our carport. Within an hour, there was a nest and that was that. In “googling” Mourning Doves, I learned they are not very good nest builders. That’s the truth – it was […]

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Curb Appeal – Before & After

  To receive an “occupany certificate” last May, we had to have grass and at least two trees so we planted a Cleveland Select Pear (with beautiful bark) and a small, wimpy “it will grow” crepe myrtle; but that was about it. Our plan was to wait until spring break this year to landscape so […]

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Beautiful Beasts – SPIDERS?

Unbelievable!  Beautiful!  Incredible!  We’re pretty certain you will agree! As an Oklahoma native son from Tulsa, Thomas Shahan’s love of nature began to focus on anthropods – yes, spiders – for their beauty!  Interestingly enough, his subjects are not in the Amazon rain forest or on a remote island somewhere.  Thomas captured these creatures – […]

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Merry Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! We loved having Taylor home for Christmas so that we could all be together.  Some highlights were going to church and singing the Hallelujah Chorus. Taylor got to see the house for the first time….. We celebrated Christmas with Bob’s mom and family in Enid.  The kids hit […]

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Wise Men Still Seek Him

Every Christmas we find meaning and incredible joy to realize that Jesus was born and came to us to be our Savior and our Lord.  How in our wildest dreams could this possibly be?  We want to be like Mary who submitted her will to God’s will and whose soul glorified God, like Joseph who […]

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Grand Tour

We watched as boards and bricks turned into a home so we wanted to share a little Grand Tour with you.  Thank you for sharing this special time with us and for celebrating a vision that became reality by the very real blessing from God.  We pray that the house will be a place that […]

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