Saturday, December 20, 2014

Odie's Christmas Memories Past = Surprise Visitors

Happy Saturday friends! On this last Saturday before Christmas I have one more Christmas memory from Kansas to tell you. It is a good one! 

My Mom's family "The Morgans" always celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. During the Wichita years when we were away from Ohio on Christmas Eve we would always call and talk to everyone as the family was gathered together. In 2001 we called just like before and the Morgan's were preparing to eat our traditional Christmas Eve meal of pizza. Later in the evening Mom and I tried to call several times and there was no answer. I thought it was very strange that no one was home for hours. 

At 6:00 AM Christmas morning I discovered why there was no answer on their phone in Ohio.  I was awakened by the sound of our door opening, my Mother screaming and then my Gran's voice. I was so excited! I hurriedly crawled through the house to get to them. I have no idea why but I was barking like a dog. I say the "Odie spirit" came over me. LOL!! 

My grandparents and Aunt Kim had traveled all night to surprise me and Mom. Dad knew they were coming and had kept the secret for weeks. I tell you it is one of my favorite Christmas surprises. 

Thank you again Gran, Papaw and Aunt Kim for making the long drive to be with us'. Y'all made 2001 a very memorable Christmas!!

Now back to present day. With Papaw Danny Morgan home and recovering from open heart surgery, we are gearing up for a very Morgan Christmas again this year. It is going to be a joy to gather at Gran and Papaw's in Hillsboro this year on Christmas Eve. There is no telling how many good memories we will make.

We will also gather with the Boggs Family on Christmas day in the afternoon. It is sure to be a wonderful time there as well. I am really looking forward to all of our family time before we leave for revival the day after Christmas.

I know that some of you have had a very rough year and Christmas will not be the same as it has been in years past. I pray that God will bless you with peace and comfort during these days. I am praying for you.

To close out the post today I am posting some pictures I have on my camera roll from the last several days. 

Traveling in the Green Machine to Ohio. Yes I was awake the whole trip. 

Christmas singalong with XM

Starbucks makes any trip better. 

Dinner with Hisle family in Indiana on the way home. Thank you for all for the invitation tom meet, the yummy meal and the great fellowship.

Pictures from our time at the hospital. 


I found a taco truck in the gift shop at hospital! Too bad the tacos were not real. 

Last Saturday we took a quick break from hospital food. We had a scrumptious lunch at Longhorn. 

A very sweet lady that goes to church with my grandparents loaded us down with snacks and goodies at the hospital. It was a very thoughtful gift!

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!


Friday, December 19, 2014

Dryden Rd. Pentecostal Church

Thursday I worked on more organizing in the barn, Kelly Jo spent the day with her family and then we went to our home church Thursday night. It was super great to be home even if Bro. Bennie did have me preach. There is just something about being home with the folks that have prayed with us and stayed with us through thick and thin. We always love coming home.

Sunday morning we should get to hear Bro. Bennie preach. That is really going to be a treat. Since we are leaving a week from today that will probably we the only time we get to hear him while we are home. We will try to soak in as much as possible.

Kelly Jo spent the day with her Mom and Dad at HOME. Danny was sent home from the hospital Wednesday five days after emergency open heart surgery. He is doing well and we are so thankful that God has helped him. He will be recovering for a while but he has improved dramatically and quickly. Praise God. 

Today's plan calls KJ and Odie to spend the day down in Hillsboro with the Morgan's again and I will work on the barn with a little side trip to Acapulco about 11:00. I hate to eat in a restaurant by myself. Yesterday E.J. Lamb met me for lunch. No telling who may show up today.

Odie snapped a few pictures at Dryden Rd. Church last night so I will share those with you. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great weekend.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Revival In Pictures - Waynesville, Ohio

We had a a wonderful five services of revival at Dodds Pentecostal Church in Waynesville, Ohio. As long time reader know this is the church I was raised in and it is always a thrill to come back home and preach revival. I really appreciate Pastor Kelly Rogers inviting us home and for always keeping the door wide open for us.

God seemed to really speak to us in revival and touched folks in the altar service each and every night. Thank God for His love, mercy and compassion toward us. He is a great God and greatly to be praised!

It is always a blessing to be in service with my family and this week was no exception. We also had visits from extended family and other local churches and that was great too. It is hard to compete with Santa Claus but I believe that revival is worth it. Don't you?

I will allow the pictures to tell the rest of the story. Thanks for tuning in.