Thursday, May 26, 2016

An early start....

A week ago we attended a dinner at our church.  It was a perfect opportunity to put ourselves in a holiday mood a few days early.

There was lovely patriotic decor on the tables.

Doesn't this platter look just like summer?!?

Oven fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, deviled eggs, and biscuits!  A perfect summer menu!

The week-end is ahead for us - Memorial Day.  I send you wishes for a good holiday time.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Kids Hope USA....

Have any of you heard of this program?  It is a mentoring program for elementary school students that has sponsorship of a church.  The program was begun in 1995 and is now in existence in over 31 states in all different types of schools including rural, urban, and suburban environments. 

A church in our community has sponsored a Kids Hope program at the nearby elementary school for seven years.  I had not been aware of this until last summer.  Although I am not a member of the church sponsoring Kids Hope, I was able to be added to the list of mentors.  

The student I was assigned was in the third grade!  That is the grade I taught for 20 years, so I felt "at home" with this student.  I went only one hour a week to spend time with him.  Sometimes we worked on class work, sometimes we played games, and sometimes we just talked.  

School is over here for the summer.  Before the end of the year, the guidance counselor assisted the Kids Hope students with this thank you gift....

The students painted the frame, made the card, and made their handprint on the tile.  Also, that's a really cute clip that can be used to clip papers, etc. together as needed.

For each of the Kids Hope children, I wish a happy summer.  It will be several weeks before there is a chance for us to begin again with mentoring.

I encourage you to consider serving in some way with children.  Perhaps there is a Kids Hope program near where you live.  It is truly a way to make a difference.

On to Louisiana....

One of the reasons for our recent trip south was to attend a wedding.  A former third-grade student, with whom I had kept contact, issued us the invitation to the very joyous occasion of her marriage.  We had not seen one another in nineteen years, and it was the happiest of reunions!

It was the highest honor to be asked to do one of the scripture readings during the ceremony.  

We were also very glad to bring home two of the center pieces used on the reception tables!

We send loving wishes for a long and happy life together to the newlyweds!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

One last look....

Before leaving Mississippi, here is one last look at a few items of interest.

This is where we met Sister and her Husband, along with Nephew and his Wife. It was actually the 20th wedding anniversary for Nephew/Wife, so we had a great celebratory meal together.

I have shown the grounds surrounding Mary Mahoney's earlier.  Isn't it amazing that it was built in 1737?!?  The restoration following Hurricane Katrina was undertaken very carefully.

This is something that we never have to worry about where we live.

Nephew's family has had to prepare three possible routes they would take in the event of an evacuation order.  That is a requirement of those families who are in the Air Force.

This was another chance to enjoy some of those specialities of the area.  I had wanted to have some gumbo, shrimp po'boy, jambalaya, oysters, and other seafood of the area, and that's what happened!:-)

More from Louisiana next!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Along the way....

Although the trip south that we recently took was probably possible to be done in one day's drive, we decided to make it a little simpler and stop along the way for an overnight.

It was great to have a reason to spend the night with a college friend.

This is the view down the street.  It is two lanes (one lane in each direction), divided by this wonderful grassy area.

No cars park on the street in front of the houses.  Instead, they use this alleyway to reach their individual parking spaces located behind their homes.

This is a view across to the water where the gazebos are located.  We were able to see some wonderful wildlife on a ride around the area the night before.

We crossed many bridges, of course.  These pictures show two instances why bridges are necessary.
There were times when the water was much closer than this one picture indicates.

I know that some people have a fear of crossing bridges.  I just try not to look downward!:-)

Have a wonderful week!  'Tis the last full one of May already!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

With not a lot of time....

....what does one do on the very first trip to the New Orleans area?

We were actually in the area for a wedding in Baton Rouge, and I was to read scripture during the ceremony.  That involved rehearsal, so we had very few hours on the morning of the wedding to make a hurried trip to New Orleans.

Off we went, found a parking place, and began walking!  Lots of walking!:-)  Our goal was Cafe Du Monde.  From where we were, this was our closest location - 

Not exactly the original site; however, still those delicious beignets!  I was too involved in the powdered sugar covered delicacies to remember to take a picture.:-(  I am able to tell you, however, that they were wonderful!

Had to bring some coffee home with us!  What a great souvenir!

And....we made it back to Baton Rouge in good time!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

In the area....

While in the Biloxi/Gulfport area, we paid a visit to the Visitor's Center where we watched a video presentation regarding Hurricane Katrina.  One of the displays featured an amazing carving from some of the wood from the trees damaged by the storm.  (I hope that's correct, Sister!)

We ventured to a restaurant in the Gulfport area for lunch.

Are you able to see the tasty items on the menu?

Fried oysters and a cup of gumbo were my choices!  Wish I could have brought some back home with me.:-)

The Half Shell has a gorgeous interior.  This is an example of some of the decor.

As we are fans of seafood, we had great difficulty making selections!  Everything sounded very appealing.  

More to come....