Monday, May 31, 2021

Weekend Write Up 5/31/21

Today is Memorial Day and we are planning to spend a little time this afternoon with my family at my parents' house. They usually get together on Memorial Day to celebrate my Dad's birthday which is the 28th. It is unusual for us to be in Ohio this weekend, but we will take advantage of the opportunity.

What do you and your family traditionally do for Memorial Day? For many of my school age years, I went to the local cemetery with some organization or another and took part in the ceremony to honor veterans. I was there with Cub Scouts, Webelos and band on various years.

Memorial Day was also opening day for the local pool when I was a kid. We always wanted to be there on opening day, but it did not always work out. The pool is long gone now and it is too cold anyway. Global warming is not working out this weekend.

We have also taken part in church services in the cemetery many years ago. If we are home, we try to visit a week earlier near our daughter, Ali's birthday, but sometimes we will visit on Memorial Day.

Weekend Write Up
Since today is Memorial Day, I guess it is officially still the extended weekend, but the regular weekend wrapped up yesterday. It was a wild and wooly weekend immersed in our temporary normal and we enjoyed it very much. 

Friday, my brother Steve helped us all day on a project in the barn and Saturday he brought his son Isaac and we made a whole lot more progress in a few hours. It was wonderful to spend time with Steve and Isaac and it was very good to get some work done too.

We had an exciting day planned for Sunday. I had committed to baptize one of my first cousins and Pastor Kelly Rogers had asked me to preach next door at Dodds Sunday morning. 

The service Sunday morning was good, the baptizing was great and the meal that KJo and Odie prepared was great as well. All in all it made for a wonderful day and left me spent and ready for bed by 4:00 PM.😍 That is wishful thinking!

I have been trying to get videos of Sunday's services to upload to YouTube. IF I am successful in getting through the molasses, one of them should be up this evening.

Kelly's niece, Morgan was having a graduation party in Highland county Sunday evening and KJo and Odie drove down for that. I could not make it, but Odie provided some pictures to enjoy.

That makes for a lot of pictures in one weekend post. I hope you enjoyed them. Thank you for reading Mile Markers today.


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Our View Out The Front Window 5/30/21

Our view is unchanging this week so how is this for something to entertain your eyes?

Sunday Morning Sanity
Romans 6:3  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 

Christ died for us so we could die to sin.
He raised from the dead so that we could walk in brand new life!

Thank you for stopping in today. I hope you have a super great Sunday!


Saturday, May 29, 2021

A Day Set Aside For Remembering

Hey Friends,

This is Odie reporting in today. Thanks for stopping by to visit with me.

Papaw Eugene
Yesterday was a very special day, my Papaw Eugene's birthday. He deserves to be celebrated all weekend. My Papaw is one of the best men on this earth! I wish all of you could really know him. 

We are blessed to have him in our lives! I thank God for handpicking an incredible grandfather for me and my cousins. 

I wanted to take a moment to wish my Papaw a very Happy Birthday! Papaw, I love you with all my heart! Thanks for loving me and for being amazing! You are my hero!

Memorial Day
This is Memorial Day weekend and Monday is Memorial Day 2021.  This is a national holiday that is officially set aside to remember the countless men and women, that have given their lives for our country. I appreciate my fellow American's ultimate sacrifices for the freedoms that we enjoy today! 

Our soldier's stories are not fictional. They are, in fact, true history. We have visited Arlington National Cemetery, Gettysburg, and many other memorials honoring our fallen soldiers. It is a sobering thought when I pause to remember what these memorials stand for. They gave their all for our country!

There is a song that really brings things into perspective for me. This song has been rolling through my heart this week. I decided to share it with you today.

It is titled More Than a Name On A Wall. This is a beautiful song and melody! I encourage you to really savor these lyrics today. I hope you enjoy More Than a Name On A Wall too.

Thanks for reading and spending part of your day with me. I hope you have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend.


Friday, May 28, 2021

More Great Company!

Today is a very special day in our family. Yes, it is! Today is my Dad's (Eugene Boggs) 78th birthday. We are so thankful the Lord has allowed us to keep him to this point. We hope to have him around for at least 20 more years!

Happy Birthday, Papa Bear! We love you so much! Thank you for your love, help and guidance each step of the way.

More Great Company!
Tuesday and Wednesday were great days and I told you we were expecting more fun on Thursday. I was correct! The Williamson's and the Collins' were not the only friends visiting the Ark and the Creation Museum this week. Some of our great friends from Wichita were also visiting those attractions.

Yesterday they took time to drive up from northern Kentucky to eat lunch with us and spend a few hours with us.

Can you see what we recommended for lunch? If you said Acapulco, you would be right on! They all seemed to enjoy it. My parents joined us too and it was super great to have them with us. The weather was perfect so KJo and Odie set up tables in the garage and on the driveway.

Our visitors are from Bethany Revival Center in Wichita, the church where Steve and Karen live and work. That means we got to spend some more time with Steve and Karen too! 

Sheldon, Jackie, Mary and Malia with Steve, Karen, KJo and Odie


After lunch and fellowship, Steve loaded them up and gave them a tour of our grand little town. It is green and beautiful around here right now, so I hope they enjoyed it.

We have several big things planned for the weekend. Hopefully, we will get lots of pictures and share them all with you later.

Thank you for stopping in today.


Thursday, May 27, 2021

A Great Week So Far

Did you see yesterday's A Word For Wednesday?

A Great Week So Far
Tuesday and Wednesday were exciting days around the Lazy OD Ranch. We were blessed to spend time with family, friends and more family. We really enjoyed the visits.

Tuesday KJo's mother, we call her Gran, and one of Kelly's nieces, Morgan came over. They were picking up some graduation decorations that my sister gave them and it was wonderful to see them.

We do not get to see Morgan all that much and we are glad she tagged along. This was the first time she had seen the house.

Tuesday afternoon we drove to Florence, Kentucky to meet wonderful friends for a meal and fellowship. The Apostle Donald C. Williamson, Sis. Gayla and their daughter and son in law, Sis. Rachel and Bro. Kevin Collins were in northern Kentucky visiting the Ark and the Creation Museum.

We were hoping they had time for a visit and we are so glad they squeezed us in.

Long time readers know that we love these folks and that we cherish their friendship. We seldom get to see the Williamson's outside of Alabama or the Collins' outside of Oklahoma and Alabama, so this was a special treat for us. We enjoyed the meal, but we especially enjoyed visiting with our friends.

But the fun was not over. Wednesday, Kelly Jo and I were blessed to have my brother Steve with us all day long. He and Karen are home this week and we love it. We worked on a barn project while he was here, but nothing too strenuous. Mostly Steve and I supervised KJo.😊

It was wonderful to have him with us all day. We have more special friends that are supposed to visit today and Steve should be back too. We are looking forward to it!

Hopefully, I will have pictures of all that later. Thank you for spending a few minutes with us today.


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A Word For Wednesday - The Cross And The Memory of Sin

I posted A Word For Wednesday a few minutes ago on our YouTube Channel. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. I appreciate the feedback we have been receiving over the last few months since I began this series. Thank you for your kindness.

I am reading and commenting today from The Cross In The Christian Experience by William M. Clow. Specifically, I am reading from the excellent sermon The Cross And The Memory of Sin. I have recorded this in three parts and today is Part 1.

I love this sermon and I hope that you do too. If you enjoy this, please subscribe, thumbs up the video and share it with someone or several someones.😍 Thank you for stopping by today.


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

My Mind Is Dangerous At Night

I am a vivid dreamer. Kelly Jo tells me I need to write novels or movie scripts from some of the ideas that wander through my head when I am trying to sleep. I am often neck-deep in adventure or preaching or driving or flying without any assistance or running for my life or shooting a gun that will not work.

No wonder I wake up so tired some mornings.

A reoccurring dream that I have involves getting up to preach in front of a large crowd and I can not find my scripture text. Recently, I dreamed I was asked to preach the first service of a new camp meeting aimed at the lost in the inner city. The host introduced me very kindly and I went to the pulpit.

I opened my leather notebook to find my Bible and iPad were gone. What in the world? I looked around on the platform at all of the preachers and a few of them were smiling at me. Someone had taken by Bible and notes and the grinning preachers knew it.

Thankfully, someone asked to testify and that gave me a few minutes to gather my thoughts. The trouble was, my thoughts would not gather. At that moment, I was not even sure of my name.

I started sputtering to the congregation that my Bible had been stolen and I woke up! Whew!

That reminded me of a nightmare I had years ago. We were somewhere preaching revival and I got a call from a church that I have never been to before. I did not know anyone from the church and no one knew me, at least I thought no one knew me.

The call was from the head deacon. He was calling to tell me the church wanted me to be their Pastor. I asked him when they wanted me to start and he gave me a date about six weeks off. I told him we would be there.

I never heard another word from him or anyone else in the church for the whole six weeks.

The appointed Sunday morning came and we walked in the door feeling as foolish as we could be. We wondered if they were even expecting us. No one greeted us or welcomed us or said a word to us about being the new Pastor.

After the singing, the deacon got up and introduced me as the new Pastor and told me to come and preach. I walked to the platform, opened my Bible and could not find my scripture.

Here I am, the new Pastor, no one there has ever heard me preach and I can not even find my scripture. I do not know the end of the story. Thankfully, I woke up before they threw me out on my nose.

Be careful sleeping out there. It is a dangerous world.

Thank you for stopping by Mile Markers today.


Monday, May 24, 2021

Weekend Write Up 5/24/21

It was a normal weekend, I suppose, or at least it was what poses for a normal weekend at the moment. Erma Bombeck said "Normal is just a setting on your dryer" and I guess that she was about right.

Odie went to the parade in town for graduating seniors Friday and attended the outdoor graduation Saturday. Myself, I stay as far away from high school as I can get. I left that place 36 years ago and I have horrible nightmares about going back on a regular basis. I am not going to walk in the door voluntarily.😊😒

I spent quite a bit of time in my study. I love reading and honestly, that is about all I felt like doing. The trip home from Mississippi took a rougher toll on me than I first thought. I need to toughen up!

Sunday was a busier day. Bro. Bennie had asked me to preach Sunday morning and I was glad to try. I used the oxygen machine while preaching as I did last Sunday. I tried, unsuccessfully to remain calm, but my levels stayed up. KJo said that I was a lot more exuberant than  I was in Mississippi. I guess that I was a little excited, but I stayed in one spot.😎

Sunday afternoon was the open house get together for my nephew Luke's high school graduation. It was right next door at Dodds so it was easy for us to attend for a while. It was good to see a bunch of folks that we had not seen in a long time.

Sunday night we went to our home church again and enjoyed the service so much. Bro. Bennie preached great and then prayed for folks with special needs. Praise God for His help and His Word! It was an awesome service.

We were blessed over the weekend to have guests for meals in the house. If all goes well, we will have more this week, hopefully from out of state.

Please enjoy the pictures from the weekend. Thank you for stopping by.


I mentioned Sunday that we spent some time at the Cemetary too. That was Saturday afternoon.