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For all you do and more… !

Here’s to you with a new look and all that is to come!

Your sis,

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The Daily Mercies: Why “In His Steps”?

Don’t forget to drop by Ginger’s @ Here’s My Cup Lord for our current issue of The daily Mercies.

Come on ladies, link up and leave those comments.

See you next Sunday.

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Read the fine print!

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We weren’t surprised when Courtney asked her boyfriend, Aubrey, to get her an Easy Bake Oven for her 16th birthday.  Not in the least. 

The girl can’t cook Easy Mac.  As soon as the mico-fast cheese product and macaroni hit the market Courtney convinced me to waste my money on it.  One day I smelled something awful.  Kinda’ like burnt popcorn.  I asked the girls what it was.  Courtney had a sheepish grin on her face. 

She was feeling all ambitious and decided to cook up some Easy Mac.  So she put the noodles in the bowl.   And then put the bowl in the microwave and turned it on for the required time.  I’m no Alton Brown, but it would appear that she missed a step.  Something important.  Like the water.  It was right there on the box.  AND the cheese product envelope.  She did finally graduate to correctly microwave cooking Easy Mac.

Congratulations, Courtney.

So, like I said, we weren’t surprised.  When Aubrey’s mom, Michelle, asked if she “reallly” wanted and Easy Bake Oven, I assured her that yes, yes she did.  She, in fact, needed it.  And if Aubrey is going to even consider a remote possibility of a future with her, perhaps it would be in his best interest to get the oven.  And then later she could try more challenging things.  Like perhaps a microwave cookbook.

dsc002641 Here, she summons the aid of the toddler.  Smart move!  You just might be surprised, Court!

When she pulled out the tiny little accessories she had this look on her face:

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And uttered these words:  “HUH?  I’m not FIVE!”

Really Courtney?  Really?  Next time read the fine print.

AGES: 8 & Up

Sure, she’s up in age from 8.  But you just wouldn’t know it… 

Anticipation

Anticipation

Potholders?

Potholders?

Careful, Courtney!  Those are cooked with a lightbulb.

 

Cookies, I think?

Cookies, I think?

RUNNNNNN!

RUNNNNNN!

That’s it… runnn, Sophie!  RUN!

Courtney, don’t you worry.  I’ll write Hasbro and ask them to make an Easier Bake Oven.
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Happy Birthday Ginger!

Happy Birthday, Ginger!  January 29, 1973
Ain't she sweet?

Ain't she sweet?

Pooky

Pooky

You were small enough to fit in Mom and Dad’s hands when you made your debut on January 29, 1973.  Your birth may have been premature according to medical standards, but you were right on time with God’s plan.  Though you were small in size, I’m certain that you had some mighty lungs.  And He was faithful to keep you.
I wonder how old you were when we realized you were endowed with the gift of gab?
Probably not when you were in Pre-school taking pictures and the photographer asked you if you were married.  You had your lip poked out in that picture.  I wish I had a copy of that one to post.  And the one of you sitting on top of the kitchen table. 
You were small, but somewhere along the line that belly poked out.  Maybe that’s why we started calling you Pooky.
Now you’re 5’2″ with eyes of blue.
Small in stature, mighty in Christ.
Throughout the years I’ve seen you grow amazingly.  I’ve watched you overcome so many obstacles emotionally as well as physically.  You’ve fought many battles.  Your love for the Word of God is evident as you determine to overcome.
I’m certain those places that you left behind will be the platform for your ministry.  They are now.  Every tear cried, every pain, every sorrow, every fear.  As they’ve turned into your victories, they are becoming your message.
I love that you listen.  You really listen.  That’s a rare and priceless gift.  You have been encourager and exhorter to me.  You are one of few people I allow to speak into my life. 
Blogging would not be as fun or fulfilling without you.  I truly believe God has opened doors through blogging.  And I’m looking forward to what’s ahead.
Keep on keeping on!
And Ginger, GET OUT OF THE BOAT!
Happy 36th Birthday!
May this be your best year yet!
I LOVE YOU, my sister, my friend!
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Isaiah 61:1-3
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Fatherly Advice

 Sophie was hiding in the pantry.

Caught Ya!

Caught Ya!

Eating a sucker.

After I snapped the picture, I took it from her and reminded her that she is not allowed to get candy without asking.  But I think she knew that seeing as how she was hiding in the pantry while eating it.

“Sorrrry,” she said, and then held out her hand to get it back.  I told her I was going to throw it away because she wasn’t supposed to get it and Dad was cooking supper.

There was weeping and gnashing of teeth.  I shared the news of the sucker trauma with Joe.

His fatherly advice:

“Sophie, you don’t closet it, baby.”

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God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson!

 

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It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning:  great is thy faithfulness.  Lamentations 3:22-24

Introducing the newest member of the Robinson family….

 

Mrs. Terri Robinson

December 5, 2008
Mrs. Terri Robinson

Mrs. Terri Robinson

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Mr. & Mrs. James D. Robinson II
Welcome to our family, Terri!  We always knew you belonged here.  You look just like us.  Let’s hope  we aren’t targeted for the next “You might be a redneck, if….” jokes. 😉
Terri and Delmar were married at The Botanical Gardens in Baton Rouge.  Notice the shots below of the kids running and playing through the gardens.
Terri wore red for redemption
Their journey together began over eleven years ago.  Like all couples, they’ve weathered many ups and downs over the years.  Terri has a son—Jade, 18 and a daughter—Amanda, almost 16 from a previous marriage.  We’re glad to have them as part of our family.  Terri and Delmar had their son, J.D., March 23, 2002.  Terri is also grandmother to Evan—Jade’s son.
As you continue your journey as husband and wife, I pray our Lord guides you in every area; that you will be united in your home and be as one with Him.
Three generations…
James Delmar Robinson I “Poppy”
James Delmar Robinson II “Delmar, Del, D Man”
James Delmar Robinson III “J.D.”

James Delmar Robinson I, II, III

James D. Robinson I, II, III

It’s hard to believe that he is my “little” brother.  He recently referred to me as “kiddo”.  Cracked me up.

My Big Little Brother

My "big" little brother

 The first Mrs. Robinson…

Our Mrs. Robinson

Our Mrs. Robinson

 

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Congratulations, Delmar & Terri!

And welcome, Terri!  We love you both!  May God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson.
 

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Happy Sweet 16, Courtney!

On January 23, 1993 at 9:45 a.m., you made your debut.
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Courtney Delynn Sutton

Well, your arrival looked a tad different than that.  But I couldn’t post ‘that’ picture!  I’m quite certain that the one above will be enough for you.  To me, you were a 6 lb 11 oz beauty.  However, I’m well aware that you will think “Monchichi” when you see this picture.  Cutest Monchichi I ever saw.

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Mom, what's this ball of hair?

Beautiful sisters.  Ugly couch.  You look lost under there.  You were such a good baby.  As you know, our best sleeper.  After the trauma of breaking Cammie from sleeping with us just prior to your arrival, I was determined to make some changes.  Oh, I rocked you.  But I worked hard at training you to sleep when I laid you down in your bed.  As a toddler, you would tell me when you were ready for a nap.  Now if you could just teach Sophie to do that.
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Princess Delynn

You danced your way into our hearts.  That grin says so much to me about your little personality.  You were a sneaky little thing.  You loved to play dress-up.  Do you remember when Poppy wanted to take you to the store with your dress-up clothes on?  I did NOT want you to leave the house in them.  But he insisted.  A lady in the store stopped Poppy to tell him that you were the most beautiful thing she’d ever seen.  Priceless.
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Preschool Graduate: Knows Everything!

We blinked.  And then you graduated Preschool.  You were a smart little thing.  You amazed us with Scripture memory.  If there was a preschool class clown, I’m sure you were it.  I remember when Mrs. Paula sent a note home saying, “Please talk to Courtney.  She constantly makes noises with her mouth.”  I put that note in your first scrapbook.  Sophie reminds me of you sometimes when she is working that little personality of hers. 

We blinked some more and you were coming home from Kindergarten telling me about some kid talking on the bus about sex.  *Insert composed mother here.*  I asked you if you knew what that was.  You flashed that grin of yours and said, “YES!  French kissing.”  Welllll now, where do I go from there?  I made a visit to Sunshine Christian Bookstore and found a series of age appropriate books on the latest topic on the elementary school bus.  Those books would be a tremendous blessing throughout yours and Cammie’s adolescence.  Allowing this subject to be open discussion for you and Cammie opened many doors for your peers.  Fastforward to age 13…  I’m pregnant with Sophie driving you and a van full of your friends celebrating your 13th birthday.  And the questions begin…  I would make a few phone calls for consent from other moms to discuss the forbidden topic.  What a night!  I hope you’ll always be able to talk with me about anything.  Okay, you can stop freaking out now. 😉
 
 
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DSHS Volleyball

 

Blink.  You start your first long term relationship (way too early).  Sophie is born.  Blink.  You you start high school, take dance and play volleyball…

 
 
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Dancing Queen

 

Blink.  You’re going to homecoming with Aubrey.
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Aubrey & Courtney

Courtney & Mercy

Courtney & Mercy

Blink, blink, blink…

You’re driving…
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And playing Powder Puff Football…

There you are in braids with the Sophomore Barbie Bandits. 

You continue to astound me with your grades, your devotion to your Youth Group, determination to NOT settle for anything less than your best and to live by your convictions.  As you make decisions and set goals for your future… as you grow in your relationship with Aubrey… as you grow in your friendships and learn which ones will last a lifetime (and I think you know 😉 )… as you enjoy your teenage years, get your first job with a real paycheck, get your driver’s license and YESSSS, eventually your first car… and most of all, as you grow in Christ…

May your light shine as brightly for all those around you as it has for us…

 

Role Model

Role Model

 
 
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And, remember, she’s watching you… and listening, too.
 
 
 
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And she still needs you…
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And he will always protect and love you….
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And I will always be your biggest fan!
 
Shine, Shine, Shine!

Shine, Shine, Shine!

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

I LOVE YOU,
Mom