Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009

Look at Kathy's precious clown! Isn't she cute ... and so happy! Lucy had to get decked out for Halloween so we could go downtown for the festivities. She really like that costume more than the picture reveals. Really!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

United Methodist Women hold Bazaar

Every year the UMW holds a barbecue and bazaar. It is a wonderful time to come together, work together, fellowship and be the Body of Christ to the world. Can you believe how much the four generations of women in Buffy's family look alike?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Vinton Town Celebration

We had a huge celebration of our town heritage today! Food, games, contests, music, dance ... we had it all!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Busier with my Cricut

Tri-fold cards, part 4
"Yippee! Another Birthday!"
Another card from A Child's Year cartridge.
The paper is from the Moravian stack by SEI
and is some of the most gorgeous papers I have worked with!

Busy with my Cricut again ...

Tri-fold cards, part 3
I call this one "Sweetness with an Attitude."
Look at that hand on the hip. Gotta love that girl.
This is from A Child's Year Cricut cartridge.

Still busy with my Cricut

Tri-fold cards, part 2
More cards for friends -- a card to encourage
called "popping up" and a card for a 59th anniversary
called, "A Good Mix." Both cards are made with the
"From my Kitchen" cartridge and the SEI Dill Blossom stack.

Busy with my Cricut

Tri-fold cards, part 1. I made this card for a
friend who needed to be "perked up" a bit!
This is made with the "From My Kitchen"
Cricut cartridge and the Dill Blossom paper
stack from S.E.I.

Garden Surprise!

This flower came up seemingly overnight and is so gorgeous!

Sunday, September 20, 2009


We surprised Linda S. and Peanut D. with a joint birthday party! Each thought they were bringing the other to their party. Boy, were they surprised when they each found out they were at their own party! Elvis was in the house for the big event!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Another Milestone -- 55 Wonderful Years!

Here it is, another milestone -- it is hard to believe that I am 55 years old! I remember when 55 was old ... really old! I consider myself to be middle age, however, I must admit to not knowing a lost of 110 year old folk. I guess age is truly a state of mind.

In light of my birthday, I thought I would share with you some of the photos that I have taken over the past few years that are my all time favorites. We will start with a picture of a much younger Lucy taken in 2003. I hope you enjoy ...

New Orleans' French Quarter

Now for a few photos of New Orleans' French Quarter ...

New Orleans' City Park

Now for a trip to City Park -- all pre-Katrina.

Lafayette, Louisiana

San Diego, CA

I took a trip to San Diego several years ago and found it to be a photography mecca. By the way, I was up in a different hot air balloon when I took that balloon shot ... the most incredibly wonderful experience of my life!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Honoring our Graduates

My Cricut went into overdrive producing Graduation Bouquets for each of our 9 graduates at church.

Congratulations to our Vinton High School grads: Travis, Derek, Kaitlyn, Chantell, Joe, Adam, and Crystal. We are sending five of these grads off to McNeese State University, one to my alma-mater Oklahoma State University, and one to cosmetology school.

We also honored Lindsay who graduated from McNeese on Saturday and began her Physicians Assistant school at LSU-Shreveport on Monday. Congrats!

Our final honoree was Jessica who is a a graduate of Vinton High, McNeese and now University of St. Augustine (Florida) with a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. She has already started her new career at West Calcasieu - Cameron Hospital in Sulphur -- you go, girl!

The bouquets turned out nice and were fun to make!

Honoring our Graduates -- photos

Monday, April 20, 2009

Time for Reflection

After Easter I often take a spiritual retreat with several of my clergy colleagues. Our usual retreat is the St. Joseph Abbey, north of New Orleans outside of Covington. St. Joseph Abbey is a Benedictine Monastery and while there, we enter into the cycle of the monks -- morning prayers, noon mass, evening vespers ... and silence! Do you have any idea how difficult silence is to maintain?

This year our retreat took us to Ponchatoula, LA to Rosaryville. Rosaryville is the original site that the Benedictines settled in the 1800s. However, they moved upstream to their present site and a group of nuns took over the retreat house at Rosaryville. I enjoyed the openness of the retreat. Without the cycle of the monks we were on our own. We were still to observe silence, but ... did I mention how hard that is?

The three days were gorgeous. I filled them with meditation, reading, art work, and of course, photography. I always find it hard to enter into the time and harder still to return to the world.

Images of my Reflection

Friday, April 17, 2009

Relay for Life

Tonight we celebrated life with our cancer survivors in Relay for Life. Our plan was to be at the high school stadium, but the weather ran us inside to the American Legion. It was surely nice to be inside and high and dry as the storm raged outside!

The evening began with the walk by the cancer survivors around the circle of luminarias decorated in memory and in honor of loved ones.

Dancing and margaritas (non-alcoholic, of course), rounded out the evening.

Relay for Life 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Sunday Morning

Christ the Lord is risen today ... Alleluia!