Thursday, October 20, 2011

Day 128 Miss America 1981 Susan Powell

Susan Powell is from Elk City and was Miss America in 1981.  I was 11.  Yes...that means that now I am 41.  I'll do the math for you! :)

This weekend we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Miss Elk City pageant...nooooo, I'm not a pageant girl, never have been, never will be.  Not that 's there's anything wrong with that.  But I am on the board as a member this year.  They asked and I said yes.  Little did I know HOW MUCH TIME it was going to take!  sigh....

So Susan came back to Elk City to do a private fundraiser concert tonight and will host/emcee the pageant on Saturday night. ( $10 at door or at The Vogue). Tonight the tickets were $400 a couple! I know!  But people were there and people came! It was great! Very fun!  NO, I didn't pay that...see above statement about being a board member. :)

So I've had this pillow since I was 11 that was autographed by Susan in 1981.  I still have it.  My aunt had it made for me and did all of it! My mother still had the pillow in my room somewhere.  I had her dig it out for me.  So there I the Cabaret..with this pillow in my purse!  I was determined to ask Susan if she would sign the other side of the pillow for my little 3 year old, Hannalee!!  We all ooooh'd and aaawww'd at the pillow and marveled that I still had it!  Hannalee wasn't too happy about me leaving to go to  "the party" tonight.  But I told her I was going to meet "a princess"...I thought she'd think it was okay...that was the best way I could try to explain to her about who Susan is.

So....the pillow's autographed...once in 1981 and now again in 2011.  Thanks Susan!  And thanks for the free CD's straight from the recording studio!!! WOW!!!  Five cuts...just for tonight's crowd only and unmixed!  Very cool!!!

Thanks Great Kathy!  

Day 127 Our 7th Wedding Anniversary

No picture...but a sweet story to tell...

Sunday was our 7th anniversary.  We celebrated several different times and ways.  Dusty had to go to the endocrinologist in Norman on Wednesday so it gave us an excuse to eat out and shop a little in OKC and called part of that our anniversary too.

I had bought him a new Bible and gave it to him on Sunday.  I knew he would want to look at a different kind so we did that at Mardels on Wednesday.  We looked.  And looked.  And looked.  And looked.  Then it was time for the appointment.  We left and went back to Mardel's several hours later.  The employees thought we were still there..the whole time.  We assured them we had really left and were back! We cracked up!  But while we were looking at Bibles, litterally sitting criss-cross applesauce on the floor, we were just talking and trying to decided between two Bible...I told him just to get both etc.  Then one of sales ladies asked if were led couples ministry at our church.  We just smiled and said no....with a look of "why is she asking us this?"  She then told us we were just so cute together and to each other and went on!  AWWWWWWWW!   That was the best anniversary gift!  Very neat!

Thanks Honey! I love you!  Wifey

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day 126 Hannalee's Mail Call

Dear Hannalee....

You have been working so hard at Rainbow Lane and at Wee School!  You love school and a great student!  Maybe one day you'll grow up to be a teacher like mommy and daddy!  Maybe that will be God's will for you.  You just listen and pray and God will tell you one day!

We love your laughter and your giggles.  You love drawing and painting!  You also love getting into mommy's tape dispenser and staples.  It's all such fun though, isn't it?! :)

You've learned so much already this year!  I was so surprised when I came home after a long day to find a sweet card in the mail from you!  You were learning about community helpers at Wee school at our church and you mailed a letter because you were learning about the mailman!

Thank you for always doing your best! I am always grateful that God gave you to me and daddy and I love that you live your life with zest! I wouldn't have it any other way!

Thank you for loving me! 

"Ruth 3:11 NIV

And now, my daughter, don't be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character."

Day 125 Very First Report Card! WOW!!!!

WOW!!   I don't know why I ever worried! ;)

I'm not bragging (too much) but I'm really just posting this here so 
we can always remember this great very first school report card and 
share it with our grandparents!
(Plus at the end of this year the blog will all be printed into a book!)  

JJ wasn't too sure about it though when I read "S+" he thought about and could 
tell how excited his daddy and I were about it though!
Then he later said, "I thought it would say A+!!!" 
Ohhh...bless his heart...I told him that is exactly 
what it was like! 
His teacher called him a leader and mature!
Way to go JJ Reed! 
Keep up the good hard word!
It always is worth it when you can feel so proud of yourself 
and you can honor God with your behavior!
We can't ask for anymore or better than this!
Love you oodles!  LYL, Your sweet mommy  (YSM)

Day 124 Creation Pageant

What a treat!!  For the first quarter of JJ's school they memorized all 7 days of creation AND the Bible verses to go with them! WOW!  Each week they learned a new Bible verse, had to memorize by Friday and were given a grade over how well they memorized it!  At the end of this first quarter they then put on a class play.  All 4 of them! :)

Their teacher went above and beyond to make this a very special "first school program for them.  Not only did she decorate a backdrop for each day of creation she had a snack after the pageant to go with each day!! It was crazy good! :)  Ocean water, sun chips, fish crackers...everything about creation!  The kids even had their masks to be an animal that God created! What a hoot to hear them giggling "backstage" while they put on their tails and masks!  We loved it!

JJ we are proud of you and 
honored to be your parents!
You and Hannalee are our pure joy and blessings!
We give thanks to God everyday for the
love and laughter you bring to our family!
Thanks for all your hard work, respect and obedience!
We love you to the moon and back!
Mommy and Daddy

"My soul thirsts for God, the living God."
Psalm 42:2

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Day 123 The Corn Maze

JJ's school went to the corn maze in Weatherford last week.
The Kindergarten class had been learning all about the 7 days of creation so this was a great connection!
We had a guided  tour through the maze; had a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch; 
rode on the "bucket" train; feed the goats by hand;
petted the big animals; had a picnic lunch and got to go to the park!
It was great day!

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"The Universe was formed at God's command."
Hebrews 11:3