Saturday, July 13, 2024

Another Andrea Odie

 Hey Friends,

This is Odie, coming to you from Kentucky. We are enjoying time with family this weekend at Carter Caves State Park. Today, it is time for the annual Boggs reunion. I am confident this will be a fun filled couple of days. It is always fun to catch up with our Boggs cousins!

We will soon bring you a full report on the Boggs reunion 2024. Here is an excellent video of pictures and memories from 2021. Dad compiled this back then. I liked looking back on this video a few days ago.

Another  Andrea Odie

Now, for the main topic of this post. Most of my regular readers know that I am Andrea Boggs, but better known as Odie to most people. I love my name, Andrea.

I am proud of my birth name, which Dad chose for me before my birth. I am named after a cousin. When I reached adulthood, I had to use it daily for business. Also, a few family members and select friends call me Andrea.

I do have my own namesake. My best friend named her second daughter Andrea after me. We have jokingly called her little Odie. Andrea Blakenship is now a beautiful teenager.

Here is the backstory to my name nickname. Odie has been my identity since around 2 years of age. Dad also tagged me with this name. As a toddler, crawling was my method of navigating. My long brown hair was mainly in a doggie ear style, and I crawled better with my tongue hanging out of my mouth. Dad thought I resembled the cartoon dog Odie.

The name has stuck with me all these years. I like having a unique name that makes me easily recognizable, so I have chosen to keep that my primary name. Most people do not even need to hear the Boggs part of my name because I am just Odie.

When I meet somebody new, they often want to know the history of my name. I have a few funny stories about people trying to figure out my name! Sometimes, I overhear conversations about my name, which makes me laugh.

Something happened a while back that I have been wanting to write about. I was on the phone with a business, doing something for our family. The kind lady taking my info asked if she could ask me a question. I agreed and this was her response. Is  Andrea your  real name and Odie a nickname? I said yes, and gave my explanation.

The lady then told me she has a niece named Andrea, who goes by Odie. She thought her nickname was also connected to the dog. I really could not believe my ears! Are there really two Andreas who go by Odie?

I was so surprised! I wanted to ask if she was my aunt. LOL? She was in an area where I have lots of family! She did tell me the niece lived in a different state than me. 

I asked her to have her family look me up online. It would be neat to connect with the other Andrea Odie! I have not heard from anyone yet. If you are reading this post and are aware of this other person, please leave a comment!

Well, I will quit my rambling! Thanks for reading as I conveyed my conversation. It is just more proof that you never know what you will learn in one day.


Friday, July 12, 2024

Boggs Family Reunion at Carter Caves State Park

We are gearing up for a big weekend again and I am sure that Odie will treat us with a bunch of great pictures. We will make our way about three hours from home to Carter Caves State Park just outside of Olive Hill, Kentucky.

Saturday will be the annual Boggs Family reunion at Carter Caves State Park. We do not always get to attend, usually we are in Revival many miles away, but we are excited to be there each time that we can.

The park is a beautiful place with miles of trails, cave tours, a wonderful campground and beautiful lodge with a great restaurant. We have been vacationing there and having reunions there as far back as I can remember as a child.

It is also one of the first places that Kelly and I went together and spent a few days walking miles of trails and falling in love with Carter Caves for ourselves. 

We have had some of our fifth wheels there and the bus there several times. There are only a few places the bus can fit in the campground, but we have enjoyed camping there with our Kentucky family on various occasions. 

If you search Carter Caves on the desktop view of our Mile Markers, you can find posts like this one with hundreds of pictures of scenery, family and even church services. 

We plan to be in church with Boggs family on Sunday and then make our way toward home Sunday night by God’s grace. We are really looking forward to the weekend.

Thank you for joining us today.


Thursday, July 11, 2024

Revival Memories, Summer Revival and A Word For Wednesday

Thank you very much for watching A Word For Wednesday each week and the current Summer Revival Series. It is always nice to have you with us AND to hear from you as well.

It is kind of strange to realize that we are in the fourth year of producing A Word For Wednesday. I never dreamed that I would have anything left to say when I began In January 2021. There are some weeks that I feel like I have exhausted every possibility and then my mind opens to a whole treasure trove of Biblical insight and stories that stir me spiritually.

I reckon I will continue until the well of my mind goes completely dry. I think I have another week or two in me.😍

We have really enjoyed the Summer Revival Series the last several weeks and we hope to run through July and maybe a week or two into August. It has been wonderful to get back to the roots of our YouTube Channel and the ten weeks of revival in 2020.

The link above will take you to the playlist of those 61 services and below is the very first service.

We had no idea what we were doing. We had begun the YouTube channel in the previous 48 hours and we were learning on the fly. However, we wanted to be instruments of revival and we were doing it the only way we could think of at the time. 

It worked out pretty good and we were spiritually blessed because of it. You may notice that Odie's voice is included during the first three weeks of revival but she is not physically present. We are having church in her garage and she is in the house using a cordless microphone and in-ear cordless monitor to hear us.

Kelly and I had been exposed to Covid the week before in Australia and we had been cautioned by the Australian government to self-quarantine for three weeks. That is exactly what we did. This was the first service where Odie joined us in person 21 days after we returned to the US and the 18th night of revival.

It was a very uncertain time in the world but God gave us revival in the middle of it. We will always look back fondly on those days. Even though Covid beat up on me pretty badly in 2021 and is still affecting my health three years on, it can not kill revival.

Thank God for revival then and thank God for revival now, Thank you for joining us too! We plan to crank up again tomorrow evening at 8:00 Eastern.

Thank you for stopping by today.


Wednesday, July 10, 2024

A Word For Wednesday, The Importance of Personal Revival, Boggs Family Ministries

Good Morning! Thank you for joining us today. We are so happy to bring you A Word For Wednesday. A few moments ago I posted A Word for Wednesday on our YouTube Channel. Please give it a listen and leave us a comment here or on YouTube. 

We Need revivals in our communities, families and in our nation. We need to experience God corporately. But we must experience God personality. We must have personal revival! It is widely important. 

Thank you for reading and watching today.


Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Introducing Carson Lee Shoemaker

Hey Friends,

This is Odie; thanks for stopping by to visit today. It is always great to see our friends here each day. If you are a new friend, welcome! I hope you enjoy the blog and make this a regular stop.

Carson Lee Shoemaker
Today, I get to talk about one of my favorite topics, my family. Our newest  Boggs family member is 2 weeks old today. This is the newest grandchild of Uncle Steve and Aunt Karen Boggs. He was born on their anniversary this year.

Carson Lee Shoemaker arrived on June 25th. He weighed 7 lbs, 2oz and 19in, as he made his earthly debut. 

His birth was 4 weeks before his original due date. Carson had to go to the NICU to get a little help with breathing. 


Thank God for hearing and answering all the prayers for baby Carson! After a few days, he could breathe fully on his own! 

He spent a few more days in the NICU learning to eat and grow. 

Saturday was a big day in Carson's life. He got to go home!

Deidre and Ben were ready to bring their newest addition home! 

Now, they can start navigating life as a family of 5.

I know this Mama was thrilled to have all 3 of her babies together!

Big brother, Charlie and big sister and Chole Jean were past ready to meet their baby brother!

It makes me happy to see Carson loved by his Bubby and Sissy. Charlie is so excited to be a big brother again.

Chloe Jean is now a big sister. She loves her "Carsey," and I am confident she will be a little Mama to him.

Congratulations to the Shoemakers! We love your family of 5 and could not be happier for you all! 

This baby has already weaved his way deep into my heart. Yesterday, I had my first Facetime call with the little man. Now, I anxiously await the day I can see and hold him. I can not wait to love on him!

Carson is a precious gift from God to the Shoemaker family and an excellent addition to our Boggs family! Thanks to Deidre and Ben for allowing me to introduce their handsome boy to my friends!

Thanks for reading.


Monday, July 8, 2024

The Weekend Dispatch 7/8/24

I hope you had a great weekend. Our weekend was super. It started Friday with me doing as little as possible to stay alive and ended with an awesome Sunday.

Friday I did nothing but prepare for the revival service. At 8 o’clock we kicked off the fourth in our summer revival series and had a wonderful service. You can watch at your leisure, free of charge, at the link immediately below. ❤️❤️

Saturday, I prepared for the services on Sunday and not much else. Do you see a pattern developing here?

Sunday, we finally made it next-door to Dodds Pentecostal church for the whole day. Pastor Jay Osborn had invited me a few months ago and we had scheduled a date. I had to cancel because of a sudden onset of Shingles. Lots of fun. 

The second time we scheduled, I canceled to make the emergency trip to Mississippi to help Pastor Ricky Boler. The third time worked out perfectly. It was wonderful to have to services with lots of family and friends and the moving of God’s Spirit.

Both services were amazing and we enjoyed the day very, very much. It was worth the wait for us and I hope it was for the church. 

Odie captured a bunch of great pictures and that pretty much wraps up the whole weekend for us. Please enjoy the pictures and accept our thank you for coming to join us today.