Cim and Courtney’s Baby Can’t Wait

Thursday, September 1 –

Courtney developed some issues that ruled out the home birth they were planning. They went to Plainview to meet the doctor their midwife suggested they use instead. Then the doctor suggested they just not go home at all. Before the day was out, Anna Bella was here. Isn’t she just so darling?

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Baby Shower in Lubbock

Everyone’s getting excited about Cim and Courtney’s little package that’s soon to arrive. The baby shower was held in Lubbock. The theme was, “pink or blue? we wish we knew”. She got lots of cute items and the refreshments were very yummy.





Courtney with hostesses, Andrea Shannon, Abby Phipps, and Sunny Tidwell.




The pressing question: guests were asked to choose which sex they predicted the baby would be and write their name on the appropriately colored paper outfit. The outcome was 9 girls to 8 boys, so it was pretty close.





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:

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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Ladies of the Matador Church of Christ Host Shower

Sunday, April 26 –

Many old friends were in attendance at Diann Campbell’s house Sunday afternoon as the area ladies honored Courtney and Cim and showered them with kitchen goodies. Each one brought a recipe and all the ingredients, including the pan, needed to fix it. It was very fun.

Shower in Lubbock for Courtney and Cim

Saturday, April 25 –

We had a nice shower at the home of Joy Rainey, grandmother of the groom. Many friends and relatives came to congratulate the couple and bring a gift for the new household.

Road Trip

Friday, March 13 –

A couple of proud uncles came up from Texas on a fast trip to see Alan. Courtney and Andrea came along, too. It was their first trip to Tennessee.




Sunday afternoon everyone was outside enjoying the warm weather. Check out this video to see what was going on.


Cimarron Engaged!

Saturday, January 17 –

Cim is officially engaged to Courtney Marrs of Amarillo! They’ve set a wedding date of May 23. Please keep them in your prayers as they plan for their life together.



Courting Courtney


Sunday, May 4, 2014


Well, I guess it’s official, as of a couple of weeks ago. In case you hadn’t heard, Cimarron and Courtney Marrs of Amarillo have embarked upon a courtship. We enjoyed having her and her sister, Mackenzie visit this weekend.