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Happy Birthday Ginger!

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

Ain't she sweet?



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!
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

Happy 40th Birthday Tracie!

January 29, 1969 



1983–The year we met.


Tracie & John

Tracie & John

STILL together!  Amazing, isn’t it?
And here’s to hoping you and I still will be after posting this picture…
Oh, I’m certain it was great then and all.  I wore blue lame, remember?
But I’m thinking the Louisiana Plantations are going to call wanting that dress back.
Rena & Tracie-DSHS Reunion

Rena & Tracie-DSHS Reunion

Denham Springs High School class of 1987 20th Reunion
Happy Birthday, Tray! 

40 Things I Love About You

  1. Your unconditional love for me
  2. Your smile
  3. Your roast beef
  4. Sharing your Diet Coke with me
  5. Your eyes
  6. Standing by your man through ever changing plans
  7. Picking up where we left off after long separation
  8. Your love for my family
  9. Singing Karaoke with you
  10. Your ability to hold multi-level conversations
  11. Introducing me to Mixed Nuts
  12. Your Barbie feet
  13. Sharing the same shoe size
  14. Sharing chocolate
  15. Late night chats catching up
  16. Our trips to Pensacola (We need one!)
  17. Eating Fritos and Bean Dip together
  18. Letting me wear your new clothes before you wear them
  19. Your honesty
  20. Willingness to pull an all nighter when “the plague” visits
  21. Being the “nit” pickiest friend
  22. Your ability to “roll with the punches”
  23. Cleaning the toilet for me when I’m sick… BEFORE I throw up
  24. Coming to my rescue at a moment’s notice
  25. Having your only baby girl born looking like me 
  26. Surviving a zoo of stray dogs and cats, pet birds, rabbits and other creatures
  27. Your sense of direction
  28. Maintaining sanity in the midst of chaos with four kids
  29. Working hard
  30. Doing it right or not doing it at all
  31. Giving your last dollar or cup of laundry detergent when needed
  32. Keeping the ’70s fashion alive
  33. Finding humor in every situation
  34. Mentoring Cammie
  35. Crying when I cry
  36. Rejoicing when I rejoice
  37. Our past studies in the Word
  38. Loving the unlovable
  39. Loving Jesus Christ
  40. Sharing 26 of your 40 years with me

Here’s to many more memories together!  May this be your very best year yet.  Never settle for anything less than Christ’s best for you.

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 

For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow:  but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

Again, if two lie together, then they have heat:  but how can one be warm alone?

And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Happy 40th, Tracie!





Happy Birthday Tina!

January 28, 1971



Look at Tina fabulous from 199something!



I couldn’t put a picture of Tina fabulous without adding one of Kenneth, her other half.

As I was typing birthday posts for my sister, Ginger, and my best friend since 9th grade, Tracie, I realized that a dear friend of mine has a birthday today.

So, I picked up the phone and gave her a call….

Tina and Kenneth have been close friends to my family for a very long time.  Tina’s father was once my Pastor.  A very special man he is.  And Tina and Kenneth are as well.  Kenneth has been “part of my family” for many years.  Since I was in high school.  He’s pretty much an adopted brother.

On our way home from Cammie’s basic training graduation in Fort Jackson, we were blessed to stay with them in Georgia.  I had grand intentions after our trip to post follow-ups on some of our highlights including our stay with Tina and Kenneth.  That didn’t happen.

So, I’ll take this opportunity to do so now.

Visiting with our friends was such a blessing to all of us.  Mom and Dad had some time to catch up with Kenneth while Courtney and I spent time with Tina and her daughters, Kayla and Alyssa.  We girls all took a ride and left Sophie behind with Mom, Dad and Kenneth.  Mom called my cell cracking up.  Sophie was having trouble refraining from devouring Tina’s dish of holiday Hershey Kisses.  I told her, “NO MORE,” before I left and Mom was quick to remind her.  Sophie told her, “I LOVE chocolate.  And chocolate loves me and chocolate loves my mouth.” Good times.  Good times.

I only wish we could’ve stayed to attend church with them and our former Pastor.

Tina blessed us with not one, but three Dolce and Gabanna purses for Courtney, Cammie and me.  What an unexpected Christmas blessing!  Tina, I wonder if you realize how much that meant to me when you first blessed Courtney and let her pick out a purse.  And then had her pick one for Cammie and then ME.  You know how girls are!

We love you, Tina!  We’re looking forward to seeing you all when you come for vacation the end of  February.  CAN’T WAIT!

P.S.  I’ll tell Mom to get the baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy ready. 😉

Happy Birthday, Tina!

As I talked with you tonight, this is what came to mind:

…for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.  2 Timothy 1:12

Standing with you my friend!