Monthly Archives: October 2016

Keepin’ the Hope Alive (What to Do When You Can’t Find Your Car)

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 I have birthed and diapered the bottoms of three babies, then helped keep them fed and clothed for a collective 28 years.  I have pulled a camper behind my Suburban all by myself.  I've shampooed show pigs and cleaned horse stalls.  I've maneuvered through some pretty exhausting and muddy teenage obstacle courses. I've done some stuff. But sometimes I flat can't remember where I parked my car. Thankfully, all those years I was

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Friday Lunch on Congress Avenue

Have I told you how much I love Congress Avenue? There's just a certain something special about it.  Here it lies in the capital of Texas, not at all hustle-bustle or in a hurry.  Nope - it's laid back. In fact, if you just say it kinda s-l-o-w, stretching out the syllables, enunciating with a d-r-a-w-l, letting the two words drip off the tongue like honey, until they sort of become one - then you'll get the feel -- the feel of Con-gressss-A-ven-oooo - Texas' most influential address. I had only seen the Capitol Building twice

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Swag, Swagger and Swagbucks

If you're a word nerd like me, you notice and are fascinated by new words and by same ol' words with brand new usage. Case in point? Swag. swag/noun       1.a curtain or piece of fabric fastened so as to hang in a drooping curve. Using this word in this way, today, will make people look at you like you have two heads. swagger/noun       1.how one presents him or herself to the world-shown by how the person handles a situation-and shown in the person's walk Using this word in this way, today, will make people look at

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On Every Word

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4

My sister-in-law is a fabulous cook.  When we are at their house, she and my brother whirl in slow motion around their kitchen - hovering over the stovetop, twirling around the island, gliding over to the fridge, and flowing past the spice cabinet, together and separately, as if it were some kind of culinary ballroom dance. He leads - "We need this diced," - and she follows,

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Trail Mix and a Mix of Trails

When our kids were little, we LOVED piling them into the back of our 14-year old Suburban and high-tailing it to the mountains.  We rigged up a TV and let them actually lie on their sleeping bags with the seats down, watching Aladdin as we drove.  (Excuse me for a minute while I hyperventilate over how unsafe that was!) Two snacks were always along for the ride - homemade cookies and a big bag of Mountain Trail Mix from Sam's.  I LOVE a good trail mix. I always thought it would be fun on those family trips to hike the trails

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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Two known facts:  1)Boys like to eat.  2)Fried chicken makes boys very happy. We've eaten at lots of great Austin restaurants, but until Keagon came home begging and pleading for fried chicken, Gus's wasn't on our list.  I mean, yes, I love fried chicken, too.  I just usually think of getting a bucket for a picnic.  Or frying up a bunch in my mom's electric skillet for a Farmer Family Function.  That's on Sunday, though.  This was a weeknight.  Ain't no way I was going to fry chicken on a weeknight. But when the boy is home, and

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What’s Your Jericho?

What promise are you praying around?  What miracle are you marching around?   What is your Jericho? - Mark Batterson (The Circle Maker) Mike isn't very much of a reader.  I love to read and can never get enough.  Once in a while, however, I pick up a book, start reading and then decide mid-page that it's good enough to ask him to read it with me.  The Circle Maker is one of those books. When my kids were in high school, I loved attending their Friday morning pep rallies. The skits were funny, the school spirit was at its peak,

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Love the Ones You’re With – A Day Trip to Brenham

If you're down and confused...And you don't remember who you're talking to...Concentration slips away...Because your baby is so far away... -Stephen Stills (1970) OverFiftyers have a lot more in common than our love for '70s music and platform shoes.  One big thing is this:  The kids don't live at home anymore.  If we're lucky, we might have one that comes home from college in the summer.  Lots of us are blessed to live in the same town with our kids, but if not...we make plans to see them whenever, wherever and however

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5 Things I Always Do While Hanging Out in the Airport

I've never been bored in an airport.  From baggage check to baggage claim, I love the whole process. I love to travel, and I love to fly.  Lots and lots of other people do, too.  It's staggering, really, though, how quickly airline traffic has become so accessible to the masses.  Southwest Airlines alone now operates almost 4000 flights a day to 98 cities with more than 100 MILLION CUSTOMERS A YEAR!  For OverFiftyers, that's an incredible concept, considering most of us grew up only flying on special occasions with our

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