Thursday, January 18, 2018

Odie Is Excited!

I am running short on time this morning so only a small post. It may be a small post but it carries a great big bunch of excitement. Odie is bouncing off the walls! If she does not tear the BoggsMobile to pieces, she is still going to be sore and bruised!

We have a lot of great pictures that my Dad and Steve took from the siding install. I am planning to post them when the siding is completed. However, yesterday evening cousin Lisa sent these pictures and sent Odie into orbit.

This is the first completed side of the house as far as siding is concerned.


And more.

These were obviously taken at the end of the day and Lisa apologizes for the dark pictures, but we appreciate her forwarding them to us. The color is Deep Ocean blue and you will be able to see that in later pictures.

Here is one Dad took the first day as the first couple of pieces were being nailed on. Maybe you can see the color a little better.

That is all for today. Tomorrow we should have Revival In Pictures from Forts Lake. We are having a great time here, even with all of the historic cold and ice!

Thanks for dropping in. I hope you have a great day.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Vintage View Vendsday 1/17/18

It is time for another Vintage View Vendsay post. Thank you for all the positive comments, texts and emails in response to our first Vintage View Vendsay post last week. That was cool. I appreciate the feedback.

Yesterday's post was kind of accidentally a post with vintage pictures. You responded great to that post too. If you read that early in the morning, you might want to check it again. I updated it later in the day with quite a bit of information about the pictures.

I told you we have a bunch of pictures in our archives and the pictures I am posting today are reaching way back. These pictures were taken in the late 90's with the first digital camera I had ever seen, at least the first I remember seeing. 

My brother Steve purchased a Sony Digital Mavica in March 1998 for over $700. It could take 480x640 or 720x1068 pictures and also 15 or 30 second video depending on resolution. The video was max 320 pixels across.

The storage for the pictures was 1.4MB 3.5" floppy disc. It was so cool to take picture with his camera. I have a few batches of pictures taken with it and I will post more at a later date.

These pictures today were taken at various times in 1999. We were living in Kansas at the time so we missed these events. I remember the thrill we received when Steve would send a CD with pictures.

Holy Batboy, Robin!

Isaac feeding Victor. This may have been the day Isaac learned there are limits to everything in life!😛

Deidre, Victor and Isaac in the Cemetery on the bench near our little Ali's grave.

Baby Lauren in Steve and Karen's van. I think that is Deidre and Victor peeking over the seat.

A great picture of Isaac boy!

Victor boy!

Beautiful Deidre

The camera

Most of the rest of these were taken at Isaac's 5th birthday party in September 1999.

I hope you are enjoying the pictures. I am having fun going through them and showing them to you.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

48 Years Ago

Update: I have updated this post with names of the children in the pictures thanks to my Mother and my brother Steve.

I am having trouble getting anything to post correctly late Monday night as I prepare this post for Tuesday. My Mother Dear text me these pictures Monday evening while we were in church and they seem to be small enough to post well on low cell signal.

I will post the pictures Mom sent today. Hopefully  I can get the post intended for today, posted at a later date.

These are from 48 years ago this week. I do not remember the cake or birthday party but I do remember playing guitars with my brother Steve at this age. I also remember riding the little plastic motorcycle until it would go no more. It did not have pedals, I pushed it with my feet. I believe I had another one and I rode the wheels off of that one too.

I fondly remember my first bicycle in the picture below too. The training wheels did not last long and I was soon hooked on riding a bike. I would like to know how many hours I spent riding bikes between age 3 and 15.

I will need my Mom's help identifying the other kids in the pictures but I know this is my brother Steve below and I think the girl in red is my cousin Missy Upton.

According to Mother, left to right, Missy, Steve and Kelly Stroop.

If any one recognizes yourself or another of the kids, let us know who is who.

I hope you enjoy the pictures from 48 years ago. Thank you for dropping in for a while today.


Starting with the blond girl across the table and moving clockwise, Kelly Stroop, Mom thinks the boy in blue was a neighbor (Steve said his name is Scott Woolard), first cousin Eric Coffman and me.

Starting with the little one anxiously leaning toward the cake, me, Eric Coffman and first cousin Toni Upton. Mom says right behind me is first cousin Rhonda Livingston and right behind her is first cousin Annette Livingston.

Starting again with the blond girl across the table and moving clockwise, Kelly Stroop, neighbor, first cousin Paul Smith, Eric Coffman, me and Vikki Stroop.

Starting with the boy standing across the table on the left and moving clockwise, first cousin Mike Coffman, Toni Upton, Missy, Steve Kelly Stroop, neighbor boy, Paul Smith, Eric Coffman, me and Vikki Stroop.

It looks like I must be standing in the chair in this one then Missy Upton, Annette Livingston. Kelly Stroop is on the other side of me.

Me and Vikki Stroop eating cake. Thus began my life long love/hate relationship with luscious fat grams!

Here are a couple of bonus pictures in black and white.

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash!

Also a little more information that I confirmed with Mom. The pictures were taken in the house we were living in at the time on Franklin Rd. in Waynesville, Ohio. Dad and Mom and Steve were living there when I was born and we lived there until I was about 4 1/2.

I thought that was the house in the pictures but my memories of that house are a little sketchy. I remember our bedroom, the living room, some of the furniture and the outside.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Weekend Woundup and Weview January 15, 2018

The weekend flew by at a fast and furious pace. Well, all of it was fast paced until we ground to a halt in Baton Rouge area traffic Saturday afternoon, but I will get to that in a few moments.
Friday we had more great fellowship with Bro. Barry and Sis. Teresa Gautreaux. We enjoyed being with our friends and we miss being gone from them already. On our last day we had more great food and more great conversation.

Friday night was Youth Rally and several churches were represented. We have been acquainted with most of those churches and their Pastors for many years. It was good to see them as they gathered in.

I snapped a few pictures of the beautiful sanctuary before folks arrived.

Odie took a bunch of pictures of the Pine Prairie folks and the visitors.

One of the Pastors that was present has a strong connection to a church where we preached revival only a few weeks ago. Pastor Shamgar Deatherage is the son of Pastor John Deatherage in Bloomington, California. Shamgar is pastoring in south central Arkansas. It was good to see him again.

We hoped to get an early start Saturday morning since we had a big day planned. We were up way too late visiting with all the folks Friday night and our hopes of an early departure evaporated right before our eyes.

We pulled out of the church drive a few minutes after 9:00 AM. We stopped a few miles south of the church to fuel up. It was sunny but it sure felt cold!

The truck stop required payment before pumping so I guessed at the amount. It probably would have held 25-30 more gallons.

It was a beautiful day to travel.

As I mentioned, Baton Rouge traffic was a mess. We dodged one traffic backup only to run into another. We drove a few miles in order to get on I-10 and the on-ramp was closed. We had to do a U-Turn with the bus and car and found the I-10 on-ramp from that direction was closed as well.

That left us with one option. We backtracked a few miles to Hwy 190 and went through the town traffic until we joined I-12 on the east side of Baton Rouge. It made for a very long and very stressful morning.

The slow down and dodging hither and yon turned a 282 mile trip into 6 hours and 55 minutes! Wow!

We parked at Forts Lake, wired into the electric panel, carried in our sound equipment, changed clothes and hit the road in the Green Machine. I guess I figured 282 miles were not enough so we drove 115 miles to church! 

We have wanted to visit my friend Pastor Nathaniel Roach near Castleberry, Alabama and Saturday was the best time to do it. They were having their annual fellowship meeting and we enjoyed our first time visiting there. We walked in right before service and left right before they dismissed so we did not take pictures.

Sunday morning in Moss Point rolled around bright and early. It was cold but beautiful.

We love coming to Forts Lake. Bro. Cauley and his folks respond so good to the singing and preaching and that makes it much easier to have revival. Plus they have great singing here and we love getting to enjoy that. The singing was excellent both Sunday morning and Sunday night. I wish you could hear it.

We snapped a few pictures from the services. We hope to have many more on Friday.

That wraps up our second weekend back on the road. I hope they all can be so good this year! Thank you very much for reading.