Saturday, April 30, 2016

On the Arsenal

Kendall and Landon got to take a trip to Redstone Arsenal the other day. It was Take Your Child to Work Day and Tara works for the Government so she took her two oldest kiddos along with her. Redstone really does this day up for the visitors...Robotics, Military Men, Food, Games and all sorts of fun!

Kendall, Tara and Landon.  If you are savy to Homeland Defense, you know that Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville is the home to a lot of the Defense Industry.  Many are employed on the Arsenal or they are defense contractors for the Military.

And of the defense contractors met up with Kendall and Landon! Grandpa was glad to have his two oldest grands on the Arsenal. He was able to introduce them to some of his co workers too.

Visiting Tara's office..they are happy to get to spend the day with Their Tara. And who knows, one day they might just be working on the arsenal as well.

Don't forget to come back on Monday for my May Giveaway!!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friend Day

Susan and I had a fun day strolling around Athens, Alabama. The weather was perfect and as I had not been to Athens in a while, I was amazed at all the new stores there.  We started off our time in Athens eating lunch at Clarks. It is a family owned restaurant located in an out of the way area but the food was delish. I got my meal, drink and dessert for $10.  And not far from the interstate was a Russell Stover Candy is really an outlet with great prices and I had to hold myself back here or I could have done a lot of damage! Put it this way, I do not want to walk 50,000 steps in one day to make up for my transgressions!!

I am helping with a wedding shower and I have been on the look out for a Thank You goodie to give out to our guests as they leave. I found these yummy things at a very reasonable cost! I will put them in cute little brown paper bags that I have already purchased. Oh Well, you will be seeing pictures of the shower later in the month!!

And I have to share that I was carrying my new summer bag on it's first outing...

It is perfect! I had been eying this bag on the Spartina website and I got to see it in person when my fellow MOPs mentor, Deanna, was carrying this exact bag! So I am copying Deanna!!  You all know I love Dooney and Bourke bags but they are so heavy! This Spartina Haig Point Bucket Bag was very comfortable to carry over my shoulder while walking and shopping.

Oh and I might have brought home a few pieces of Russell Stover candy! Doesn't everyone have a fruit and candy bowl???

I found these old spools at Bargain Jungle. I will probably take them to the little house as north Georgia is known for its carpets and textiles. Several of my family members have worked in these industries. Right now I have them on my breakfast bar with a candle on top! I also picked up a display easel for some of my needlework. And yes, I did get some discounted Easter Eggs at Russell Stover. I gave one to Marvin andI kept one for myself. The Coffee Big Bite is mine also. I have it hidden away for a nibble when I need one!!

My favorite purchase of the day was this cute flag...
I found it at Trinity's Gift Shop on the square.  Sweet tea makes life grand people!! While I was paying for my flag I happened to see some free samples at the register...
Vera Bradley perfume...I have not tried it yet but hey, I like free samples.

It is always fun to spend a day with a friend and I have the best ones!!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Retro Fashion

The Sixties called and they want their shoes back!! Well Kendall's Converse High Tops are nothing like the ones that were popular with the BOYS in the 60s. My sweet husband still has a white pair that he wore playing basketball in high school. Maybe Landon will be able to wear them one day!!

Kendall had her heart set on Zebra Print shoes for her birthday and Amazon obliged. However it took them two weeks to get here so I am assuming they came all the way from China. Kendall plans to take out the black laces and replace them with hot pink!  Then they will match her YODA BEST shirt. When I posted this pic on FB, several people loved her shirt. She is my quirky little grand.

Amelia has a pair of black low top Converse and I am seeing these iconic shoes everywhere these days. I think I will pass as they do not come with orthotics. Maybe Converse should look into that as all us children of the 60s might buy a pair for old times sake.

It is Friend Day. Susan and I are headed to Athens, Alabama. It is just up the road and we plan to swan around the square, shopping! Lunch will be at Clarks.  Deborah will not be joining us as she is on a trip with her husband and grandson. We decided to let her go!:) After almost 20 years of friend day we get pretty serious about not missing a Thursday.  Have a blessed day Bloggy Friends.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Prairie Home Companion

For most of my married life, every Saturday afternoon at five pm central time, we turn to our local NPR station to listen to Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion. I admit that Marvin listens to it more than I do but I enjoy the program. This year Mr Keillor is retiring as the host of the show and turning the reins over to Chris Thile.  And as PCH is so popular, there is a farewell tour going on. Marvin and I were fortunate to get tickets to the Nashville show on May 7th.   It will be held at the Ryman Auditorium, the original Grand Ole Opry building. We went to see Prairie Home there last May as well and let me tell you, people were much smaller back in the Opry days. The seats are church pews and you have a limited amount of space on the bench, so if you are going to a show there you might want to diet a bit before attending!:)  PHC has been around since 1974 when it only cost $1 to attend. Let's just say, it cost a bit more than that in 2016. Prairie Home is the most expensive show on NPR and many stations are dropping it with the retirement of Garrison Keillor.  They do not think young Thile can carry the show. I tend to agree with them. If it is going to continue to be popular, it will have to change its format. And all of us old people who listen, might just jump ship rather than move with the times.

My husband's father grew up in Waconia, Minnesota so we have lots of relatives out on the edge of the prairie. We get Mr Keillor's Minnesota betcha we do!!  Garrison Keillor is a master story teller and I enjoy all of his skits, Guy Noir Private Eye, Dusty and Lefty, the prairie cowboys and who can forget his ads for Powder Milk Biscuits..they give you the courage to get up and do what has to be done. But his tales of Lake Woebegon always leave me laughing. I guess all small towns are alike! I enjoy the fact that there is an Arlene Bunsen who lives in Lake Woebegon. I seldom hear of Arlenes in fiction.  I just love hearing the opening line for this tale...It's been a quiet week here in Lake Woebegon, my hometown out there on the edge of the prairie. Then we hear Mr K tell about various characters we have come to know and love. They are eating at the Chatterbox Cafe or they may be at church at Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility. The Lutherans are present and accounted for as well.  How Garrison Keillor can begin a random tale and have it all tie up neatly at the end of 20 minutes is amazing to me. And then he ends each tale with Lake Woebegon, where all the women are strong, all the men and are good looking and all the children are above average.

Over the years, both Marvin and I have noted that Keillor has become more liberal in his thinking and more cynical in his view point. I find that he cannot get away from his raising however. He still enjoys the old hymns...The Hopeful Gospel Quartet is a staple of the show. I think this goes to show that we never really get away from the old time values we were raised with no matter how hard we try!! I hope Garrison Keillor has a great retirement as he has earned it. And I hope he finds the peace he shares with his listeners each week in a little town where we would all like to live.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Market at Pepper Place

Katy invited us down to Bham to go to The Market at Pepper Place. She suggested we might want to plan a Saturday before the temps became unbearable. And summer in the south can be pretty hot! Grandpa and I got up bright and early on Saturday and headed to the big city. We had to make a stop at Krispy Kreme to pick up a dozen HOT donuts before heading to the Grimmlin house. Baylor associates Grandpa with Donuts so Grandpa obliges him with a box whenever we visit.  After scarfing down some hot donuts we loaded up for the trip to downtown Birmingham. The Market at Pepper Place is a Farmer's Market on steroids as you will see from my pictures. This market opens in April and closes at the end of the summer. Located on the grounds of the old Dr Pepper Bottling Plant, it attracts lots of visitors.  By the time we got there around 9:30, it was crowded with people, dogs, and lots of strollers, including ours that made sure Baylor and Elliott were safe with us.  Margaret walked along with the adults.

And it did not take Margaret long to find this booth offering samples of delicious chocolate cake.

It was a cake like my mother makes!! And isn't this beautiful hand writing? There were booths with farm products...produce, honey, locally made cheeses, breads, pork and beef.  Crafts of all kinds were available as well...pottery, soap, purses, scarves etc. It was pretty amazing.

We tease Katy about her love for condiments and sauces. She and Margaret enjoyed trying some of the homemade salad dressing.

Ben and Dad did a lot of waiting on the women!

Here is the whole motley crew. Ben wore his UAB shirt as the Market is near University of Alabama at Birmingham. Ben is a proud graduate of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, the REAL BAMA.  Grandpa had on his Northrup Grumman shirt showing his colors as well.

In addition to booths there was live entertainment. You can barely see the couple on the far right but they were dancing to the beat, quite nicely too.

I bought a small piece of the aqua green pottery at this booth of potter, Emily Conover.  I was amazed at her talent in producing this horse pottery.  Ms Connor told me that she will take a picture of an individuals horse and recreate it in pottery. These pieces were about $60 but it would be a unique gift for a horse lover. She does not have a website at present but hopes to have a facebook page soon. These vendors are happy to be chosen to have a booth at The Market.

So much for getting a picture with Nana. We were headed to the car at this point and we were all hot and tired. Note my Detroit cap...thanks to my cousin, Al, in Detroit, I was styling and profiling! I usually do not like this type of cap but this one fits beautifully on my above average size head!!  And see my Sweet Tea?

Now this is the size of Sweet Tea people in Alabama enjoy. We found this tea booth at the Market and let me just say, their tea is right up there with Milo's SweetTea. In fact,  I like Southern Yall tea better as it was just the right amount of sweetness. Nothing refreshes like sweet tea on a hot southern day.

So if you live near Birmingham, you might want to check out this great market. Katy and I agreed we might like to come back without the guys and kids!! And with all the samples, you will find a light lunch is all that is needed after a day at the Market.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Happy Birthday Kendall

This was Kendall's two year old birthday...she did not want us to sing to her. Uncle Ben stepped into the doorway to keep her from escaping.

Ever stylish thanks to her mommy!

Oh how we fought cutting that hair but it looked so cute on her!

Then she got glasses.  She looked so grown up!

Awards at the end of second grade.

Heading home from the beach with Nana and Grandpa...

And here she is rocking the Matilda Jane top that Aunt Lanny sent to her. New glasses and just a step away from looking like a teenager!

Kendall celebrated her birthday with a molten lava cake from Chilis.

What can I say about this young lady? She is my first grandchild so I did a lot of learning on her. I found out that she has many of the Grimm traits...strong willed, smart and funny. But she is also a very kind and caring child who does not want to see anyone excluded. She has persevered at softball and is coming along.  She reminds me so much of Marvin at times that I just have to laugh. She and her Grandpa take after Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory.  Both tend to think they know it all and will correct any errors in a heartbeat. One day Kendall corrected Grandpa and I told him, "Now you know how I feel!"  She has had some hard times in her life but she has come through with shining colors. I love this girl who had my heart the minute I held her for the first time. My birthday wish for Kendall is that she would love the Lord and serve Him all the days of her life.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Daddy Daughter Date

Katy posted this photo earlier today. Ben and Margaret are going out for a date. Daddy even brought her flowers.  Katy said Marg chose her own "most beautiful clothes".  This girl is a  hoot and a half. I cannot wait to see her tomorrow!!

I am posting tonight as we will be leaving early in the morning. The market is open from 9 to 12 so we must get up and get on the road to get there on time. I hope to post some pictures on Tuesday as Kendall's birthday is on Monday so I will be sharing some pictures of my big girl on her special day.

I am closing out my day by watching Easter Parade on Turner Classic Movies. Marvin is upstairs in the man cave! I have to say that I am really enjoying all the beautiful costumes and music. Judy Garland and Fred Astaire make a wonderful couple. I have always enjoyed Mr Astaire but I know that in this day and age he would never be a leading man! A young Peter Lawford plays Johnny and he has all the makings of a leading man but Fred Astaire wins the girl!!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sunny Days

I am almost finished with my latest Prairie Schooler Project! I have loved using these sunny colors and all the summer motifs have been such fun to stitch. Thanks to Marlene, owner of Cross Stitch Peddler, who showed me this distressed fabric that looks antiqued! It really gives the piece some character.

Off to breakfast with my friend, Diane. We have not been able to catch up lately so I look forward to some time with her. Then it is grocery day and ironing day. Saturday we plan to head to Birmingham for Pepper Place Market with the Hoova Grimms. We wanted to check out this open air market before it gets too hot.  And of course I can see all my little Grimmlins so that is just a bonus.


 One of my MOPs moms is a representative for Stamp it Up. She has been very generous with her time and her supplies enabling our MOPs group to make and place cards in some Sunshine Bags we did for a local charity. Laura is one compassionate and talented young lady. So when she invited me to join her Facebook page, Southern Stamp Queens, I did so right away. I love all sorts of crafts but I am at the point in my life where I do not want to have to organize and store any more supplies. Laura has made stamping easy for me because she provides the supplies, the place and the instruction. All I have to do is show up at her class and make cute cards for a very reasonable fee.  This month we made Mother's Day cards.

Three cute Mothers Day cards for only $5.  I would pay at the minimum $2 a card in the stores.  And these are handmade with love!! The card on the left is just says Hello so you could write Happy Mother's Day Inside or you could use it for a note card.

These tea cups are so sweet!!  And I learned some stamping tricks that will make the next class even more fun for me.

This one was my favorite.

I did not know you could stamp flowers and then punch them out!!

It was a fun evening. My friend, Deborah, lives just up the road from Laura's church where the class was held so she joined me at Fairview for crafting.  I also met some other sweet ladies who attend  Southern Stamping Queen classes.  Next month Father's Day Cards will be on the agenda and I will be going back for more stamping fun.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Stream

Just musing this morning on several topics....

1. I have decided to enable comment moderation on my blog. Several mentioned that the word verification was getting to be a pain. I hate those things too but they became necessary when spammers went after our blogs.  So now I see the comments and then publish them myself. It is not too time consuming and I hope it leads to more people taking time to comment.

2. I was saddened to hear of the death of Doris Roberts...the great character actress who will forever be known to me as Marie on Everybody Loves Raymond.  Raymond was one of my favorite tv shows and Marie was a hoot. She played the meddling mother in law role to the hilt.  I read her autobiography and she was a very interesting lady. She was also a good cook, just as she was on the tv show.  One of my favorite episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond was the one where Marie gave Deborah, her Daughter in Law, a recipe but she had changed one of the ingredients to be sure Deborah's results did not match Marie's. I have a few recipes from my sweet MIL that do not taste like hers did! Did she pull a Marie on me?

3. Well I am still having problems in the reading department. I picked up the latest cozy mystery, Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier and I stopped reading about half way through. I have read this author's books since she wrote her first one 24 years ago.  Ms Meier's last four or five mysteries have just been a platform for some of her liberal ideas. That along with stories that are just silly will ensure that I read my last Lucy Stone mystery.

4. And while we are talking about reading. Have any of you read the book, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes? It has been popular for quite a while but I just finished it. Without giving out spoilers, the bottom line of the book seems to be that euthanasia is something to be considered if your life is too difficult. This book is being made into a movie so I watched the trailer and I am sure it will be a success at the box office. Mr Bates from Downton Abbey plays the main character's father. And the actor who played Finnick in The Hunger Games is the male lead. What concerns me about this book is that it IS well written and IT will be an influence on younger readers.  It reminded me that if you have no moral compass, it is easy to see death as an answer to a problem. Such is our culture today!

5.And speaking of our culture, I am becoming more appalled at the crudeness that is becoming normal in every day life.  Personally I liked the days when your mama washed your mouth out with soap if you said a bad word!   I blame social media for a portion of this...people have lost their inhibitions. Television also bears some of the blame, the words you hear on Network Television has led to me stop watching most shows. Marvin and I were watching Jeopardy the other evening and one category was Television. We had not heard of a single show!

6. I will end that depressing line of thought by telling you about my bartering session with Kendall. We were shopping the other day and she saw a shirt she wanted. It was a Nike brand so it was not inexpensive. I thought I would teach her about bartering. I told her I would make a list of 10 chores she could do at my house to pay for the shirt. She was on board right away! So this afternoon after she gets home from school she will start working off her shirt.(I did give her the shirt right away which might have been a mistake, we will see!)  The main portion of the work involves cleaning baseboards in the house. This is a chore that is harder and harder for me to do and I think her young legs will be better at moving along the baseboards!  It will take her two or three weeks to accomplish her work. I am determined that she will do it all and do it right!

Ok, hopping out of the stream and getting ready for a day of cooking and cleaning. Yall have a good day too!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Prom Time

Spring means Prom Time. My niece, Laura attended her last prom as a highschooler. She will be graduating on May 27th. I am not sure how that happened as it seems she was just born several years ago! I thought you might enjoy seeing some of her pictures.

On our family farm. You can see the driveway to our  future little house in the background.

This photo was made at Praters Mill, an old grist mill in the area.

I liked this one...

I cannot write this post without adding my own two cents worth. Back when I was in high school, I never considered going to the prom because my parents thought prom was a slippery slope to a life of dancing and card playing!  Mother and Daddy were very conservative.  High school was pretty much a wash out.  I was on the nerdy side and I spent most of my time flying below the radar, not wanting to draw attention to myself. Except for the friendships I had with several girls who are still friends, high school was just a stepping stone to moving on the college, or for me, nursing school.  I never will forget the first time I took the bus downtown in Atlanta with some friends. When we got off the bus on Peachtree Street, I thought to myself, "Now this is where I want to be!!" I loved the energy of Atlanta back in the 70s. It was quite different for this little country girl who was born and raised 90 miles up the road but it might as well have been on another planet!

I still love Atlanta. I would not want to live there but visiting is fun. And I have a new appreciation for where I grew up. There is a lot to be said for both places. We truly are a sum of all our experiences.

Monday, April 18, 2016

My Guilty Secret

I love the flavored popcorn from Kernel Kullman in Cullman, Alabama. I do not get to the store very often( which is a good thing!).  Thursday afternoon the BFFs traveled to Cullman to do some birthday shopping for Audrey. We had lunch at All Steak, then wandered the Warehouse district, where Kernel Kullman is located.

Kernel Kullman can be found online so you too can try this deliciousness. My favorite blend is the one pictured, called Dorothy. It contains all the flavors mixed up. The lady behind the counter told me that the new best seller is Birthday Cake, which is like the most decadent Kettle corn ever.  I have to say I love the Cinnamon and Banana flavors best.   I have to go back to Cullman on Thursday to pick up Audrey's gift  and it is going to take all of my self discipline to avoid this wonderful shop.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Its That Time of the Year

Yes, it is spring, when many in my family have birthdays. In addition to that I have three wedding invitations and I anticipate several graduation invitations so I have a GIFT list on my calendar to make sure I get gifts and cards to everyone.  Oh and Mother's Day will be here before you know it so I have some gifts to purchase for Mother and my daughters. I always try to get each of them something for Mother's Day to let them know I appreciate how they are taking good care of my grands. I do the same for the dads on Fathers Day.

Son in law, Todd, has a birthday on Monday so I made his favorite chocolate chip cookies, added a card with some cash in it and delivered it to Amelia. When I saw him at the ball field last nigh I got a big hug. Oh yes, we are at the ball field a lot now as well.  And when people are huddled under blankets in Alabama in mid April, that is unusual.

Kendall will turn 10 on the 25th so we are having a girls afternoon. I ordered one of her gifts from Amazon, Converse high top sneakers in zebra print! She plans to get some hot pink shoe laces to replace the white ones that come with the shoe.  Today we will hit up Target for a cover for her ipad, stop by Academy sports to look for shoelaces and finally we will have a molten lava cake at Chilis! She and I are big fans of this dessert and as our birthdays are about 3 weeks apart, we will indulge.

Next Saturday we are driving down to Bham to go to the Pepperpot Market with Ben, Katy and crew. Katy shared with us that it is an amazing downtown event held each Saturday from 7 to 12. Steel City Pops has a booth so I am planning to try this frozen treat I have heard so much about. Apparently they have popsickles in all sorts of flavors!

So our spring is busy and Nana and Grandpa are going to have to get with the program!! Do they still sell Geritol? ( All you older readers will know what I am talking about!!).

Friday, April 15, 2016

Baylor Update

Thank you so much for praying for Baylor! He is NOT allergic to Ruby but to Oak Trees and Grass. And as my smart blog friend, Leslie Anne, suggested, Ruby was bringing the pollen in on her fur. So Baylor is on an allergy med that he will need to take during the spring and summer and it is in granule form so Katy can sneak it inside his nutella sandwich treat. Giving Baylor meds is not pleasant for anyone!

And another praise, regarding the Geminii speech program that Katy implemented with Baylor. They are seeing lots of progress in his speech.  While Baylor is not totally non verbal, he cannot carry on a conversation and it is hard to know what he wants and needs. Katy said she found him in the kitchen the other day looking in the cabinet for food. She asked what he wanted and he looked and her and said, Choose? Choose Bread. Now this may seem like a baby step to most of you but it is a big step for Baylor Man.  Katy told me that the video modeling of Geminii  taught him about choosing. And by bread, he meant a sandwich.   Keep those prayers going up Friends!!

Katy also told me that they got their fence installed yesterday...another answer to prayer! The sale of their townhouse freed up some money to help make their home environment much safer for Baylor.  My heart is full of praise this morning!  Thanks to all of you who are on the Autism journey with the Grimms. Katy knows that there are many who pray and she will often text me to get the prayer warriors praying! We know where our Help comes from!!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Books and Movies

As I mentioned before, my reading has not been as enjoyable this year. It seems every book I start, I put away as not worth my time! I had an update on my Good Reads challenge for 2016 this morning. I have read 20 books out of the 50 that I set as a goal.  None of the 20 were very memorable! I did finish one this week that held my attention, The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.

The Chaperone is a parallel story of two women. One of the women is the silent screen star, Louise Brooks, a real person in time.  Cora Carlisle is the other woman, a fictional character. Both live in Wichita, Kansas and when Louise has the opportunity to go to dance classes in NYC, she needs a chaperone. Louise's own mother is not to be bothered so she asks for a volunteer. Cora steps up as she has a motive for going to NYC herself. Cora, now the wife of a prosperous Wichita lawyer and the mother of twin teenage boys, has always had a secret shame. She was left at an orphanage in NYC and then sent west on one of the many Orphan Trains. Taken in by a lovely older couple, she still feels the need to find out who she really is and why her life took that tragic turn.  Cora pays a high price for her trip to New York as Louise is not your average 15 year old girl and seems to be bent on getting the attention of every man in the city, and not in a good way.  The trip is eye opening in many ways to Cora and brings her a life long happiness that she never dreamed of finding. But prices are paid for that happiness as we find out as the book takes Cora back to Kansas.  As for Louise, she goes on to find fame on the big screen but because of her poor choices in life, many influenced by her childhood, she soon finds herself bankrupt and back in Wichita.  This book gives the reader a lot to think abour...choices and how they can have long term effects is a biggie.

Marvin and I also saw two movies that were pretty good...notice I said pretty good. Sometimes I wonder what has happened to rhe REALLY good movies. Seems there are fewer of those nowdays. We saw The 100 Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren. Helen Mirren always elevates any project she is involved in. An Indian Family imigrates to Europe and through a series of misadventures, they end up in France.  They open an Indian Restaurant right across the street from a One Star Michelin French Restaurant. You can imagine what ensues! Last night we watched Big Eyes. Set in the 50s and 60s it tells the story of Margaret Keane who painted the children with Big Eyes that became the Rage in the commercial art world. However, Margaret's husband, Walter, the master salesman, convinces Margaret to allow him to take credit for the paintings.  When Margaret finally wakes up and smells the coffee, she takes Walter to court over ownership of the paintings. As I get older, I do like pieces that take me back to the years when I grew up so it was fun to visit the 60s again. Amy Adams won a Golden Globe for her performance. She is one of my favorite young actresses. Although, at 41, I guess she is not so young anymore either!!

It is Friend Day and we are off to Cullman to lunch and to do some shopping.  I always look forward to Thursdays!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Not so Wordless Wednesday

I wanted to title this Wordless Wednesday but I just could not do that. Isn't this the sweetest picture? Audrey is going to read up on the parenting methods that Mom and Dad plan to use!:) She has grown so much in just a month.  It is hard to believe that she will be one year old on May 8th.  We are planning to attend her birthday party and we will also take part in a special Korean first birthday custom.

Now I am off to the courthouse to pay for Car Tags. I am hoping I am there early enough in the month to avoid the lines!! Then home to do some ironing and cleaning. I am thankful that I am home to do all these things!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Our Ladies Conference

First Bible Church of Decatur has been my home church for almost 20 years now. Our women's ministry is W3, Women Walking Worthy.  Three years ago the leaders of our congregation decided the womens ministry needed a shot in the arm and W3 was born. I have to say that it has really made a difference in the relationships between the ladies of FBC. Our Bible Studies, Titus Ladies Group, Widows Group and the new Ladies Sunday School Class have been life changers.  The W3 leadership decided our Ladies Conference would be held at the church this year, eliminating the expense of hotel and travel for the attendees. Child care was also provided by our trusted FBC caregivers.  If you wanted to attend Anchored, every barrier was removed!  Here are photos of the event, some were borrowed from our church website.

WE worked hard on Friday afternoon to get all the tables decorated as well as the speakers podium. This sweet lady is Ella, who came up with the color scheme and decorations. Every church needs an Ella!

Centerpieces were given away as door prizes at the Saturday session. You all know I have a cross wall and sweet Ella made sure I took home an extra cross! It is hanging on my wall now and will remind me of our Anchored Conference.

Sorting the name tags...I really enjoyed working with this organized group of ladies. You can see our Goodie Bags in the background. They were filled with some fun items emblazoned with W3. And one of our sweet helpers saw how wrinkled this tablecloth was and ironed it so everything would look its best!
We had 135 ladies in attendance for Anchored.

By 3 pm all was done!  I am a very organized person and I was impressed with how quickly and efficiently we all worked together. I wonder if we were all camels( competent personalities in a popular personality test).

My friend, Rosemary, and me manning the check in table.

This sweet mother daughter duo took orders for the pretty tee shirts.

Everyone loved the color and the Bible verse.

Our speaker, Sheila West, along with some of the W3 leaders.

 It was quite a sight to see so many ladies fellowshipping together.

Our W3 chairman, Dianne, welcomed everyone to the event.

And we had an all girl worship team to lead us in Song.

I think we can all use a little dose of HOPE in the world we live in today! Times of spiritual refreshment are important to all believers.