Monday, August 20, 2018

Weekend Woundup and Weview 8/20/2018

I wonder why I ever say something like, "Man, this has been a full weekend"? Do they make any other kind of weekends? I think they are all full. This weekend was super full and super fun!

The last couple of weeks we have been preparing for a very special event. We hosted an open house and dedication for Odie's house Friday evening. We invited all of the churches, individuals and families that contributed with materials, labor or finance to the house project. 

Although we did not want anyone to feel obligated to come from a long distance, we wanted all of them to have a chance to witness first hand the miracle that they helped to bring to pass. We had people from California to Virginia that came and I think Odie, Kelly Jo and I had smiles plastered on our faces bigger than Texas. It was an awesome evening that will cause us to smile for a long, long time.

People started arriving early and they went right to work on our last minute punch out list, cleaning and preparation. Bro. Scott and Sis. Kim Morris came on Thursday along with Bro. Sheldon and Sis. Barbara Walley from their church. Bro. Mitch and Sis. Lynn Boggs and four of their boys, Bro. Jimmie Radcliffe and Bro. Eddie, Sis. Tina and Bro. Jordan Deane all arrived on Friday.

Thanks for all the help friends!

Our friend Jorge and his wife at Acapulco! 

Bro. Marc Lamb and Bro. EJ Lamb brought over Bro. EJ's golf cart to assist in the festivities.

Here are a few pictures from the brief dedication service on the front porch of the house Friday evening.

I will have more to say and many more pictures tomorrow by God's grace.

We visited with friends Friday night until they were all worn out and then Kelly and I went into Odie's house and we sat and visited with Odie in the afterglow of the love that had been shown to our family all evening long. We breathed deeply and enjoyed the moment and what a wonderful moment it was.

After the long build up to the big day on Friday and all of the excitement and joy we shared with family and friends before, during and after the event, surely you would not blame us if Saturday was unproductive, lazy and anticlimactic, would you?

What? Are you serious?

The days keep getting bigger and better all weekend long!

Saturday morning we set up our sound equipment in Dodds church next door and then we drove to Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky to eat lunch with Steve and Karen. We had met a couple on vacation that own a Mexican restaurant called Montoyas and we promised them we would try to visit their restaurant. Saturday was the day and we had a great time with Steve and Karen meeting new people and having a fine meal.

We left them and drove about 15 minutes to a church in Union, Kentucky. Why church in the middle of the day on Saturday when our sound system is already set up at a church over an hour away?

The Isaacs of course!!!

Yes, the Isaacs were singing at Union Baptist and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting before and after the concert and we loved all the singing in the middle. It made for a long drive and a late night afterward, but it was worth every moment.

Sunday we had Homecoming next door at Dodds Church. I appreciate Pastor Kelly Rogers inviting me home to preach this special service in the church where I was raised. I always enjoy it.

The Lord touched us in the service and drew some men to the altar. Oh Praise God for His help at Homecoming. It was a wonderful day for people to come home to the Lord!

Pastor Kelly Rogers

Of course the Homecoming meal was great too. My cousin Gerald made some greens that ought to make the front page of the local paper. Wow! They were good!

That about wraps up our wonderful weekend. Tomorrow I hope to post pictures from the open house and dedication and Tuesday night we begin Indoor Fellowship Meeting at our home church. Bro. Duane Galiher is preaching the day services and Bro. Bill Parks is preaching the nights. It is going to be outstanding!

Thank you for stopping by today.


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Our View Out The Front Window August 19, 2018

The view out the front window has changed this week, but it changed back to the inside of the barn doors. You have seen those numerous times. 

I will give you a more exciting picture instead. This is the beautiful view I had Friday evening.

Look at all those beautiful people in front of Odie's house! That is awesome. I will tell you more about it tomorrow.

Have a super great Sunday.


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Majestic Creations

Hey Friends,

Happy Saturday! This is Odie checking in from Ohio. This has already been a weekend full of activity. We have been planning and looking forward to it for a long time. We will have a full report on last night's event soon to share with you. 

If you live in the Waynesville, Ohio area I want to invite you to a special service tomorrow. It is Homecoming at 1:00 PM at the Dodds Pentecostal Church. We will be there ministering in the service.  It is always a privilege to be with Pastor Kelly Rogers. Dodds always has a delicious meal after the service too.

Then on Tuesday night campmeeting begins at Dryden Road Pentecostal Church. We are anticipating a wonderful move of God at our home church this week. I look forward to seeing some of you there. 

Thank you for all the compliments on my home. I have heard from several of you that enjoyed the photos that we have shared recently. I am thrilled with how it all came together!

All the pictures I have in my house right now were taken by people I know. One picture I took myself in the Bahamas.

Our dear friend Bro. Ron Conner contributed a lot to my decor. I can not say thank you enough to to Bro. Ron and Sis. Deb!  He gave me access to photos that he has taken and allowed me to use them. I have eight of his pictures in my collection. I love all of them!

I have been waiting several months to tell you about a special business. It is finally the right time. The business is called Majestic Creations. All the photographs are taken by my friend Shavona Deane of Cantonment, Florida. Her eye for photography amazes me. You can visit her website here. All of her pictures that I have showcased are in her coastal gallery found here.

Two years ago she showed me some pictures on her phone and I knew I wanted her work in my house. In February I sat down with her to go through her portfolio. It was a tough choice but that day I chose four amazing pictures. Then recently I added three more. Yes, you will find I am surrounded by seven Majestic Creation pictures. 

I love her ability to capture the majestic beauty of God’s amazing creation. Shavona will do whatever it takes to get a perfect shot. She truly loves her work! Thank you, Shavona, for sharing your talent with me, and allowing me to use your pictures!

Here are pictures of the prints I ordered from her. I have them hanging up now. They are amazing and really helped me achieve my decor goals. All of the frames I purchased at the store At Home. 

Theses three are in my Master Bathroom 

These two are in my living room. 

I had help from my Uncle Steve getting the next two printed. He works for Spring Dot printing. Both projects turned out incredible! 

This one is across from my bed is titled Pathway to happiness. I love waking up to this sight everyday that I am home! Bro. Steve's company printed it and he and Aunt Karen had it mounted.

This picture was one I had to have in a big print. It is going to be in my spare room. The company my Uncle Steve works for did a great job with this one too! Click here to see how this was printed. This process is called SpringFrame.

I highly recommend Majestic Creations. Please check out Shavona’s website. She has lots more coastal theme pictures. She also has a beautiful country theme portfolio too!!  If you need a great photographer in the Pensacola, Florida area for a special occasion look Shavona up for more information. 

Thank you for visiting today. Have a great weekend.