Horse School

Sunday, May 31 –

Nathan, Stockton and Carolina went riding this afternoon. It had been a while since they had all gotten to go together. Nathan said his horse especially needed a lot of “schooling”.

These pictures were taken when they returned.

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May Skies

May was a very busy month this year. I’m afraid I wasn’t very regular about posting. However, I did find time to rush outside and take pictures of the beautiful and sometimes threatening clouds. So, for the sake of simplicity, this post contains most of the sky photos from the month of May, 2015…and there’s quite a few. Hope you enjoy! DSC_0383 DSC_0384 DSC_0386 DSC_0387 DSC_0409 DSC_0410 DSC_0420 DSC_0422 DSC_0423 DSC_0424 DSC_0425 DSC_0426 DSC_0427 DSC_0430 DSC_0431 DSC_0432 DSC_0433 DSC_0437 DSC_0439 DSC_0442 DSC_0443 DSC_0444 DSC_0447 DSC_0448 DSC_0449 DSC_0450 DSC_0451 DSC_0452 DSC_0455 DSC_0460 DSC_0461 DSC_0462 DSC_0463 DSC_0468 DSC_0470 DSC_0472 DSC_0473 DSC_0474 DSC_0524 DSC_0525 DSC_0526 DSC_0527 DSC_0529 DSC_0531 DSC_0532 DSC_0533 DSC_0534 DSC_0535 DSC_0537 DSC_0538 DSC_0539 DSC_0540 DSC_0541 DSC_0542 DSC_0546 DSC_0547 DSC_0551 DSC_0553 DSC_0555 DSC_0557 DSC_0560 DSC_0566 DSC_0568 DSC_0569 DSC_0570 DSC_0572 DSC_0573 DSC_0574 DSC_0735 DSC_0736 DSC_0739 DSC_0813 DSC_0814 DSC_0816 DSC_0818 DSC_0820 DSC_0821 DSC_0845 DSC_0847



Alan – Our Little Big Man

Just when you thought somebody’s grand kids couldn’t get any cuter, here come some more phone pics from Tennessee. This little chunk of sweetness weighs 18 lbs. now.
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The Little House

Marian had so much fun playing in Carolina’s playhouse. We would come to the sliding side window and pretend to order something. Then we would pay with a little “credit card”. Carolina’s little plastic cash register makes a little computer sound when you swipe the card through it. She also enjoyed washing the dishes, cooking and driving the car.









‘Lil Maestro

Wednesday, May 20 –

Marian loves music…especially when she’s creating it.

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Storm Chasing from my Computer Chair

Saturday, May 16 –

Today was the big race that Cim, Laredo, and the Phipps boys have been working toward. It’s called a “Tough Mudder” race. It was 11 miles of mud and obstacles. It was in a small Oklahoma town called Okemah, east of Oklahoma City. I’ve been worrying now for months about them being in that area of Oklahoma in mid may. It’s a tornado magnet.

Well, I was right. There were bad storms all day long. I found a live feed from KFOR Channel 4 in OKC. Also I had up TVN weather network on the internet. It has a map of the area showing storm chaser locations. You can click on a storm chaser and watch their live feed.

All day long I kept up with the storms. One tornado after another was forming. At one time the kids were in a tornado warning and a tornado even threatened Okemah a few hours after the race was over. I’m glad it’s over and the storms have moved on now into Arkansas.

Here are a few storm chaser pictures I snagged off the internet feed and from KFOR feed.

These first few are near Shamrock, TX and northeast into OK toward Sayre.

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If you’d like to check out the feeds I was on, here are the links:

Banquet in Black

Andrea invited Laredo to a banquet given by her LCU social club. They decided to both wear black. Don’t they look great?
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Mother’s Day Surprises

Sunday, May 10 –

Today was filled with very nice surprises. First, upon awakening, this was what I saw waiting for me on my desk.



a large vase of wildflowers, cards, posters and various notes.

As we left out for church, I was also surprised to see my pickup freshly washed.


Apparently, Stockton and Carolina had been out in their bedclothes at 6:30 doing the job.

After church, everyone rushed away from church in their various vehicles. ( which wasn’t strange as the boys are always dashing away somewhere without notifying me.) Nathan and I stayed and visited as we usually do. We stopped by Georgia’s to pick up Stockton and Carolina who often go home with her after church. I walked in the door to find everyone there and a large spread of food prepared and ready.



There were two kinds of enchiladas, fried rice, black beans, salad, chips and hot sauce! and for dessert, a wonderful cherry cheesecake with chocolate topping. Who wouldn’t feel special after this treatment?

Aren’t our children such a gift from God? We’ve been chosen to raise them and give them a good foundation in the Lord. As they are now coming of age and becoming responsible for their own lives before God, it fills my heart with gladness to see them making good choices and living amazing lives for God.



Branding Before the Rain

Thursday, May 7 –

This is a painting called “Hurry Up and Brand” that I created in 1991. It depicts two cowboys who have snagged a calf that was missed in the recent roundup. Will they have time to get a fire going and brand it before that approaching storm hits? Probably not.


However, our group recently had better luck. Cim and Laredo had some cows and calves to brand. Rain was threatening, and they really had to hurry, but Courtney and the other kids pitched in to help and they finished the last one just as the big drops began to hit.

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The New Fence

Nathan put up this nice fence to replace the one that was here before (and falling down).

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