Monday, December 21, 2009
May our lives not become so crowded with other things, even good things, that we leave no room for Jesus. Just as He invaded that stable with His very presence over 2000 years ago, may He invade our hearts and change our lives with His very presence.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Disturb Us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves.
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little.
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
with the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope and love.
(Sir Francis Drake)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The redeemed will sing forever, Jesus saves! Hallelujah!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
One of our favorite childhood recipes was our Mama's homemade biscuits with tomato gravy. It was a warm and delicious way to start our Sunday mornings before heading out to Church. So, we thought we would share the love with you and get you to share some back. Even if you don't have a recipe, just share something that brings back a special memory for you. It doesn't even have to be food - that's just what makes us smile! We will draw a name from the comments to receive this cookbook from Pampered Chef. Sorry the picture is so small, but it really is a good cookbook.
Here's our recipes.
Homemade buttermilk biscuits:
2 cups self-rising flour
1/4 cup Crisco shortening
3/4 cup buttermilk (give or take a little)
Heat oven to 450. In large bowl, cut shortening into flour until mixture resembles course crumbs. With a fork, stir in enough buttermilk to form a soft dough or until dough pulls away from sides of bowl (do not over mix). On lightly floured surface, knead just until smooth. Pull apart dough a handful at a time and pat into biscuit shape, then place in greased iron skillet and bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Fry enough bacon to make about 3 T of oil, (or you can use vegetable oil if you don't have bacon). Mix enough flour into the oil to make it the consistency of paste. Mix together and brown flour. Add enough milk to thin flour mixture, then add 1 can of whole tomatoes with juice. After tomatoes are in pan, cut them with the spoon to release juice. Mix and cook on low. If too thick, add a little water.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Food available at the Concession area
Order @ http://www.maytownfiredept.org/
Tickets are at Will Call
2005 Bluegrass of the Year,
From the Stage of the Grand Ole Opry
Monday, August 17th @ 7:30 PM
Maytown Baptist Fellowship Hall
4679 Birmingport Road,
Maytown, Alabama 35118
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Yes, she is a doll, isn't she?! Just like her big cousins, Hannah and Caleb. Kensley's mom Erica is my middle chick, she's a doll too.
Our cousin Edith (and Chris) also had their new little twins dedicated. Meet Chloe and Christopher (C.J.) Copeland, along with big sister Carlie. They are all three precious.
I wish I had pictures of all the babies, because they were all adorable! You are all so blessed.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Footnote: Although my family usually tries to follow rules, we have a confession. At the beginning of the graduation ceremony, it was asked that all noise and applause be held until all the names were called. Sorry, but when they called out Joshua Franklin Roe, we could not contain it: Todd, Hannah, Caleb, Erica, Gina and I screamed as loud as we could. Okay, so Mom, Dad, Steph, Willie, J.D., Kensley and Kayla followed the rules. That should count for something, right?!! :-)
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Let's start with our Mom (that is momma chick Ann). She loves the Lord and her family and has always made sure that we were close to one another. Sometimes when we talk about our family people always want to know why we are so close and it is definitely because of mom. She is strong and protective! Please do not mess with her Baby Chicks if you know what is good for you. One time some guys made crude advances towards one of the Baby Chicks and mom chased them down the mall they looked very frightened as if they were running for their lives! She always made sure we had anything that we needed and a lot of the things we just wanted. She always sacrificed for us to have things. She was always our biggest cheerleader and was always their for us from making our backyard birthday parties special to making Christmas mornings exciting! She always drove us and our friends wherever we needed to go. She passed along things to us such as cooking, music and kindness. She always drilled it in our heads that "if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all", the other sisters are better at that than I am I have a lot of Rosalie in me!! As for music we would all sit around the piano and sing together but I think Berby lip sync a lot of the time. When Deanna & Berby were small before my time she would pick roses and make corsages for them to wear on Mother's Day and then when I came along she still made sure we had our red carnation to wear on Mother's Day. One of the hardest memories to talk about is the first year she had to wear a white flower because Gran had passed away. We were all still heartbroken from the loss yet we were thankful that she was heaven and no longer in pain. When Gran could no longer live by herself because the cancer was so advanced our mom moved her into her house and took care of her it took so much strength and love. Our mom is a special woman and a blessing to our lives, she has been there from the time she put our first dress on to our prom dresses to our wedding dresses to helping us dress our own baby chicks and we are so thankful for her and could not begin to list everything on one post.
The next wonderful woman that we had in our lives was our Gran (Rosalie, our mom's mom). She knew how to spoil a kid. One of our greatest memories would have to be lunch at Gran & Pops house on Sundays after church. We would eat and play and enjoy the day together. I personally loved spending the night on Friday nights and eating Fudgecicles. I still to this day love a fudgecicle. She liked Halloween and she would dress up and always gave us a $2 bill in a card which was neat to get. She was fun, adventurous, strong and giving. She had battled and beat cancer before but her last battle with it she would not survive but she fought a good fight and stayed independent and strong throughout her battle and at the end she knew she was going to heaven and that gave her peace. Her strength and faith were so admirable.
Our Ninny is our dad's mom. She lived down the hill from us and she would make the best homemade fried apple pies. I can remember her letting me press the edges with a fork. Dee's favorite dish of ninny's was blackberry cobbler. When our Paw got sick from Alzheimer's she took great care him. She served him with a loving heart and that was so admirable.
Now, let's give a little love to our aunts; Aunt Kay is the Momma chicks sister and she has always been special to us. She has helped with many weddings and other important times in our lives. She is a very loving and giving woman whom we are all very thankful for and we love and appreciate her and hope she knows how special she is to us. We have lots of special memories with Aunt Kay from going on Women Retreats to have Christmas Eve at her house. We love You! Aunt Nancy is married to our Dad's brother and lived next door to us most of our lives. She is another one that can cook, I personally love the potato salad and pecan pie. She attempted to teach us to crochet which we are sure was a bigger task than she had anticipated. She has crocheted blankets for our kids too. We Love You!; Next is our Aunt Jeanie and our memories with her are all the kids at her house and playing in her back yard. She also always would hug you as tight as she could and kiss you all over your face!! Even as grown ups, when she sees us, we always get a squeeze and "how ya doing sugar"? We Love You! And last but not least Aunt Linda. We have many memories of going to her house she lived in Huntsville and Cullman so it was a treat to get to go visit. We have had many gatherings at the lake which are always fun. I guess our most fondest memory is of her playing the piano at Ninny's at the family Christmas party. We would all gather around and sing songs and you know our family loves music! We Love You!
All the sisterchicks have contributed to this post but since I am the one writing it I cannot leave without posting about my sisters. Of course I have cried the entire time I have been typing this and it took me two days but I am going to continue... Deanna for those of you that are blessed to know her know that she loves everybody and is a very compassionate person. Even though she married and moved out when I was only 7 she has always been involved in my life. She is a great mother and wife and now grandmother and I am sure her children rise and call her blessed!! She is not judgemental and is always there to listen to me when I am raging. She has the sweetest spirit and Lord blessed me when he made us sisters! For those of you that are blessed to know Berby (some of you know her as Beverly but I always got beat up for calling her that!) know that she is a strong person but she does have a sweet side. She is compassionate and very strong in her beliefs. She has persevered through alot and has come out victorious. She is a great wife and mother. She has been there for me and I can always depend on her. Both of my sister are women that love the Lord and serve him with a joyful heart wich is one of the things I love most about them. They have been role models for me and I love them both!
Now if you have cried and laughed while you were reading this post then I have done my job! Now to the fun part. I am sure many of you have great memories of you Moms, Grandmother's , aunts, sisters or friends so we want you to add comments and tell us some great memories. At the end of next week all the names of the people that have posted a comment will be put into a drawing and somebody will when a gift. We will go ahead and tell you it's not a car or anything close to it but it will be a sweet gift sent with love from the sisterchicks. We pray that you all have a wonderful Mother's Day and we leave you with a verse; We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Another favorite is one that my girls have heard way more than they care to remember: "Put your big girl panties on and deal with it". We all have to hear that piece of wisdom at times, cause let's just admit it, sometimes life stinks. But no matter how stinky it gets, God's mercies are new every morning! Anyway, I guess it didn't damage their self-esteem too much since Erica bought a t-shirt with that very saying on the back of it a couple of years ago.
This one was from a Beth Moore devotional: "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming---WOW---What a ride!" (author unknown) Of course, Beth was talking about our life with Jesus being a wild ride with Jesus, not a wild lifestyle!
Carol (work-friend) brought Barbara (work-friend) and I one of the cute flip things that sits on the desk with different scriptures and quotes in it and the cover has a cartoon lady with a hat, jewelry, scarf and all kinds of accessories on. It's titled, "If you can't lose it, decorate it". TOO FUNNY!!! One of my new favorite quotes comes from it: "Religion is like reading the menu. Relationship with God is like actually eating the meal. You could starve while reading the menu". (Anita Renfroe) That brought a smile when I read it, but WOW it is really profound (at least for me, I can't handle too deep). I don't want to have a mental list that I'm checking off: Bible reading - check, prayer - check, church - check, and on and on, but miss having a deeper relatinship with Jesus in the process. I want to have enough wisdom to know when it's time to be like Martha and being a doer of good things but also when it's time to be like Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus soaking in everything He offers.
And here's the last but the best one that I have loved since childhood: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life". (Jesus Christ) Now that's TRUTH. No other explanation needed.
Do you have a favorite quote or scripture from childhood? We would love for you to share it with us. Have a blessed day.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!"
3So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 8Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Here's a little background info. It's kind of long, so if you're interested or if you just have some slack time and want to do some mindless reading, then read on. If not, just go ahead and click the X button.
Dee (Deanna) and Berby (Beverly) were born in the mid 60's and lived with Mom and Dad in a small house in big 'ole Mulga, AL. We fought like cats and dogs, but we were the best of buds! One of our favorite past times was building tents with the bed sheets and furniture in our bedroom. What would start out as ordinary sheets would become a tent in a remote forest, or a castle on a beautiful island. Mama was a stay-at-home mom at that time, and one of the many great things about mamachick is that she would let us have fun! She would encourage our imaginations and creative juices. Sometimes, she would even camp out in the tent with us!
Daddy worked in the coal mines, and worked all hours of the night. He would always come in through the back porch which led to a door into our bedroom. He had black coal dust all over his face and his hair and clothes were a mess, evidence of the hard work he did to provide for his family. We would pretend he was a monster coming to find us and we would hide under the sheets, not making a sound or a move until he was securely locked away in the dungeon - which was when he was in the bathroom taking a shower - then we would giggle our heads off. Wonder how many times he thought his little girls were sleeping so peacefully??!!!
In the early 70's the Higgins household was in for some huge changes! A new arrival! Gina Kay Higgins: A new toy for Dee and somebody to fight with (when she gets older) for Berby. (Note from Berby: SHE started it!) Within a short span of time, we moved to Maytown, started going to Maytown Baptist Church where Mama was saved and Daddy re-dedicated His life to Jesus. What a blessing!
Gina was a bundle of joy, and nothing angered her much older and very protective sisters more than for someone to mess with the little sisterchick. Yes, even Berby. She might have whooped the tar out of her, but nobody else was gonna touch her! Dee loved sitting at the piano with Gina in her lap and playing broken chords on the piano, both of them singing old hymns. (Yes, Gina did have huge lungs and vocals way back then). Some things come full circle, just no one sitting in the lap! We all spent lots of time playing barbies together. It appeared that Dee and Berby were being good big sisters, but the truth is that Gina and Berby were just playing with Dee. We all loved riding our bikes down the hill in front of our house. It seems that Gina and Berby were in constant competition to see how many times they could crash and scrape up knees and elbows. There's sure to be scars even to this day.
Okay, that's all we'll bore you with today. All of our posts won't be quite so long, others probably will be. Please leave a comment telling us about one of your favorite childhood memories, then be sure to come visit us again.
"A happy heart makes the face cheerful" (Prov. 15:13)
Gina, Berby & Dee
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