Thursday, May 23, 2013

Guest Posting and Cow Camp Hosting

Hi Y'all. It's been busy busy over here at the Honey Pot.


Today I'm guest posting for one of my besties, Hannah.
 She has this amazing series called

I'm sharing my heart about a few things I've learned of late in my journey of motherhood. I'd love for you to pop in and read it along with some of the other posts from ladies who have shared their hearts too. If you do pop in, please say Hi and make sure somewhere in your comment you say "Geaux Tigers"....Hannah really will love that.

And speaking of what Hannah loves...she loves to give and give back.  She has beautiful necklace in her shop that she is donating all the proceeds to the tornado relief in Oklahoma. She's also celebrating her shop's anniversary this week with all kinds of coupons and giveaways.  So go!  Run!

Ok. So now you know about the guest posting....
Let's get on to the Cow Camp Hosting!

What is Cow Camp you ask?
It looks kinda like this...
It's our annual Memorial Day Family Weekend where we get to hang out all weekend together fishing, eating, swimming, playing board games, riding four wheelers, shooting guns....and all kinds of fun stuff.  We all sleep together in one big ole room with lots of beds.  It is totally fun city. The above pic was from two summers ago.

We missed getting together last year because it was so close to Lydia's wedding but I've got lots planned for this years Cow Camp and I can't wait.  It will officially starts tomorrow when everybody starts arriving, but my mom gets here tonight and we will be hauling all the goodies and supplies down there today!....Eeeeep!!  I'm so excited!

I even created a little banner for the occasion!
(Check out the tutorial I used here.)

And I pulled out the flags and sparklers!


Oh wait.  You're probably wondering why we call it Cow Camp huh?
Well, it's mostly because we have to share it with these ladies...







We don't get much service out at the camp but when we head to the pool, I'll probably upload pics.  So if you want to follow along with some of our Cow Camp shenanigans,  we will all be using the hashtag #cowcamp2013


                             

Monday, May 20, 2013

Teachable moments {rescuing the perishing}

Nick and I are always thankful for teachable moments with the grand kids....times where we can impart eternal truths that will stick with them for life.  We wasted the early years when our girls were this age living for ourselves and we try to redeem the time everyday now.  One of my favorite teachable moments happened while they were staying with us this last time.


We loaded them up on the four-wheeler in their pj's and rubber boots to go feed the donkeys.
It was a normal day in every way...
until the ride home. 

We checked the mail and was about to head to the house when we noticed something standing in the road just a little ways up the road.  It was a little yearling doe.  We figured it would run off but we headed in that direction to give the kids a closer look.  We knew immediately something was wrong when we were able to get this close to it and she didn't even budge.


Nick pulled us over to the side and he got off the four wheeler to check out what was going on.
She had been hit by a car and was in shock. We all just sat there in amazement as we watched him pet her and talk to her gently. 
She would not budge for anything so Nick picked her up and carried her to the side of the road.  She was so worn out she could barely lift her head.  The girls and I were crying over how sad it was and I really thought she was dying right in front of us.  Nick decided to bring us home and come back and get the deer.  Deer getting hit by cars are a pretty regular occurrence where we live and we knew she probably wasn't gonna make it.  But we decided to seize the moment....and teach the girls first hand about compassion..... and possibly death.

By the time he got back with her, she was pitiful. She was so tired and so near death.
The kids were amazed as they watched their paw paw tenderly pet her and talk to her gently, as he tried to keep her calm and as comfortable as possible.






There were lots of questions.
"Why did this happen Paw Paw?"
"Is she hurting Paw Paw?"
"Can you make her  better Paw Paw?"
"Is she gonna die Paw Paw?"

All those tough questions that us grown ups don't always have answers to.  We were honest with them and told them that she might not make it.  But that we were gonna help make her as comfortable as possible and we all prayed and asked the Lord to heal her if it be His will.

They even petted her themselves....being so gentle and kind.  Mimicking what they saw their  Paw Paw doing.


Bill, one of the men in our church, is our resident "vet".  He raises cows and donkeys and has a heart the size of Texas.  Nick calls him "Boaz" because of his thoughtful and generous spirit.  We called him and he came by and picked her up and brought her to his house where he has a pen. He wasn't sure if she was gonna make it either but he gave her some antibiotics and cleaned up her wounds.  We knew that the next few hours would be crucial.  So we just continued to talk to the girls, preparing them for her possible death and sharing with them what a blessing they were to the little deer keeping her company so she wouldn't be alone.



I couldn't wait to see Bill the next morning and I could tell by his expression when I saw him at church that it was good news!  She had made it through the night and up on her feet and looking much stronger!  We couldn't wait to go check on her!

The girls had named her and couldn't wait to tell her.  Rosalyn wanted to call her  Pearl but Jules liked "Pickle" because she had heard her Paw Paw say she was "in a pickle" when we found her.  It was a big debate over which name so they compromised.  We call her P.P. ....short for Pickle Pearl.









I honestly couldn't believe the little thing made it!  She was so pitiful when we found her. 
And then I realized how great of a lesson it really was.

Had we not come and rescued her that day, she would surely have perished.  Either another car would have hit her again or her wounds would have become infected without the antibiotics.
Apart from our help, she was as good as dead.

And so it is with us. We too are perishing. Apart from the saving grace of Jesus we will surely die in our sin.   We too need a rescuer to come and scoop us up out of harms way.

But unlike the deer, whose nature stays the same, we have a nature that can be changed.
 When we are rescued, we become a new creation.  God changes who we are and what we are about.

"If anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation.   Old things have passed away. Behold: all things have become new."  2 Corinthians 5:17

I'm so thankful that God rescued me 16 years ago from a life of selfishness with no eternal value.  I was just like the little deer...vulnerable and destined for destruction until He came and scooped me up out of harms way and delivered me.  As I watched Nick being so tender with her I realized just how patient and merciful  God has been with me over the years. He is such a loving Father that wants to comfort His children.  He wants to see us prosper and grow strong in the faith.  He wants the best for us. I'm so thankful for this teachable moment for the grand kids.....and for me.

And every time we go check on Pickle Pearl this old hymn comes to mind.

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch then in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o'er the erring one, lift up the fallen.
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.

Happy Monday.
May we all be found doing something that makes a difference eternally.
Let's get busy.

                                                                                                


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Thursday, May 16, 2013

My near perfect day

This is just a touch from my Mother's Day.
If my own mom and my oldest daughter could have been here to celebrate with me....
 it would have been perfect.
But I'm thankful for the near perfect days too.


Flowers from Lydia. 


Cute tea cups from Lauren...she had one for everybody. So sweet of her to share her vintage goodies.






    
                   My friend, Jami, gave me this sweet cross stitched cloth that I adore.



Getting to worship together...always a fave of mine.   Carolyn is my fave. And the fact that Lauren texted Lydia before she got there to call dibs on sitting next to me is my fave too.

It was a bittersweet day because it my last Mother's Day to wake up to a chick in my nest.  Next year all three of my girls will be in there own homes.  Lauren made it super special for me.....I woke up to a mountain of presents and ended the day with a pedicure.  She went out with a bang.

Group pics after church. It's tradition.



 I'm so glad I get to be the momma to this man's children. 

My girls know how I love cards.  These are some of my faves.

Nick grilled me some chicken and  my brother surprised me with ribs.
I definitely indulged.

Facetime with Loni.



My precious mother in law, Ms Dianne.  She is such a blessing to me.

Nick and his momma.

Lydia and her boy.  She totally celebrated being Henry's momma.





He's my favorite grand-dog for sure.



I'm thankful.  So very thankful.
My near perfect day was pretty wonderful.

   

a punk, a pumpkin and a peanut
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