Showing posts with label Special Friends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Special Friends. Show all posts

Saturday, September 30, 2023

September 2023 Fun With Saylor Brooke

Hey Friends,

This is Odie checking in from Alabama. I hope you are doing well! We have enjoyed our time this week with some dear friends! It started with an unplanned visit with Pastor J.R. and Sis. Teresa Alexander. God's planning is always good.

Being with some of our church family from home is always a blessing! The Alexanders have been friends of ours for a long time! We enjoy getting to catch up with them wherever we can. 

Wednesday was the start of revival with Pastor Donnie Williamson. Tanner Williams Holiness Church has been on our favorite church list for many years! The kind church family always welcomes us into their family with open arms! It is such a joy to watch God encourage our precious friends! 

We have one more service to wrap up our visit for this time. Tomorrow is Homecoming at Tanner Williams Holiness Church. We have been blessed to participate in many special days here! We love seeing this church minister to their community! It is our happy privilege to be here for Homecoming 2023!

September  2023 Fun With Saylor Brooke

The topic for today's post is one of my special little friends, Little Miss Saylor Brooke Walters! I looked back at a post from last year and had to smile. Click here to see that particular post. It was fun to compare pictures from then until now.

2022 setup day picture.

Last year was her first tent revival. What a difference 12 months makes? Princess Saylor will be two in just a few weeks. She is growing up so quickly! 

2023 setup day picture.

Here are a couple more pictures that show the change from year to year. First, we have a 2022 picture of Saylor with her Mama, Regan Morris Walters. Then, a 2023 version of the picture. I feel like she is growing up before our eyes.

2023 tent revival, Saylor was on the move and involved in every aspect of the week! I had a blast with my little friend from set up, the services, lunchtime and tent take down. 

Below are some more pictures that I captured last week. These are in no particular order. I will pop in with some commentary for context.

This was taken after the tent was down and put away. It was time for a goodbye, for now. I find it hard to leave when she is finally used to me being around again! 

Saylor with Aunt Kelly. Kids always love Mom! 

I can understand. Mom is very loveable! Here, they were reading and singing.

I think Saylor's favorite thing about last week was to push me! She would push on my chair and say beep beep.

The beautiful princess of Richton, Mississippi!

She would take me all over the place! Guiding me, saying beep beep and then saying go, back and round.

She even led me to her playroom. That means I have officially achieved friend status! Only some people get invited to the playroom. I was honored!

I could not go out to jump with her on her little trampoline like she wanted. She came and grabbed my finger and said, "jump". I said, "Baby, I wish I could go jump with you." One day, Saylor Brooke, I want to jump with you! 

Helping with tent setup

Time for a snack!

Watching the tent go up with Aunt RyRy

Tent setup is hard work. It was time to rest!

Papaw James and Saylor.

Trying to play the drums, like her Mama.

Well, there you have a glimpse into our September 2023 fun with Miss Saylor Brooke! We love this little girl so much! I am thankful to be with her a few days out of the year! I am already anticipating my next visit with her!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today! I appreciate you spending some time with me.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Happy Birthday Mamaw Martha 2023

Hey Friends,

This is Odie coming to you for another Saturday post. I hope you are doing well. We have been loving this tour of the northeast this time around! It is not over yet, and I am looking forward to the adventures ahead.

Can you believe we have reached the end of July? 2023 is zooming by, and it seems every day goes by in a blur. How in the world is it time for August already? Ready or not, August is knocking on our doors.

July has been a busy birthday month for many family members and friends. Every day or two, there has been another birthday or multiple birthdays to remember. I always try to call or text my family and friends. I like to celebrate their special day, even for a moment.

They are way too many birthdays for me to name them all here or post photos of those people. I will say Happy Birthday to the people celebrating in July. I hope you had a fantastic birthday and a blessed year ahead! We are thankful to have each of you as part of our lives!

Tomorrow is an extra special birthday in the Boggs family! This person deserves an extra shout-out today.

79 years ago, Bessie and Godfrey Isaacs welcomed their 16th child into the world. Martha Emma Isaacs was born on that very special day; she was the final girl in their family. One thing about it her birth had a significant impact on our lives!

Martha grew up to be a fine young lady and a beautiful woman. She is still beautiful today!

60 years ago, she caught the eye of Eugene Boggs. Soon they fell in love, married, and their family grew from there.

Today Mamaw, Martha Boggs, is the matriarch of our family. She is sweet, caring, loyal, and loving. We can not imagine life without her. Mamaw is always there to love on her family, pray for us and encourage us.

Happy Birthday, Mamaw! We love you to the moon and back! May this year be your best year to date! Thank you for being so wonderful!

Aunt Theresa recently sent the family this photo below of Mamaw and Papaw. I thought it was too good not to share in this birthday post. Theresa, thanks for the picture!

Many of you helped us pray earlier this year for Mamaw! Thank you so much for those prayers! Each and every one is very much appreciated. She has recovered exceptionally well from her fall. We thank God for helping her tremendously!

Please keep praying for both of my grandparents. I would love to see God heal them of several afflictions! I know nothing is too hard for our God, and He can give them new strength!

Thanks for stopping by to spend a portion of your time with me. See you next Saturday. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

A Praise Report-Update On Pastor EJ Lamb and Family

Many of you have been praying for Pastor EJ Lamb and his family the last few weeks and I wanted to bring a short update this morning.

As many of you know, Bro EJ and his family were in serious car accident on a Saturday evening in early June and they were plunged into a scary period with lots of unknowns for several days. Although most of them escaped without serious injuries others were hurt badly.

Their precious teenage daughter, Reese had internal bleeding and lots of damage in her pelvic and hip area. Once she was stable after a few days, she required extensive surgery and repair, but the Lord stood by and helped the whole family all the way through. They detailed one miracle after another that the Lord worked each moment of the way. Hallelujah!

Reese is now home and faces a long recovery. However, she has a beautiful spirit and a bright outlook on it all. KJo and I visited them with lunch Monday and we came away encouraged in the Lord. We enjoyed their company so much and appreciate the invitation to stop in.

Thank you so much for praying for the Lamb family. The situation could have been much worse than it was and we praise God for His help. They are going to need encouragement and strength throughout the process ahead, but we are expecting God to continue the work He has started.

Reese and the whole family, were as beautiful as they have ever been, but we did not take any pictures while in their home with one exception.

Stella was posing with her tortilla face and it was too cute to pass up.

Thank you for stopping by today and thank you again for praying for our friends.


Saturday, June 24, 2023

Family and Friends At Seminole Gospel Sing 2023

Hey Friends,

This is Odie checking in from Ohio. I am glad to be home for a few days. This girl is always glad to come back to my Ohio Beach Cottage. Soon we will be off on our next summer adventure.

Today I am here to give you a brief recap of last Saturday. We had a fantastic day! Last week, I mentioned we would be spending the day with family and friends. Dad also talked about the day in his Weekend Dispatch here on Monday.

Several weeks ago, a friend sent me a picture of a concert flyer. This flyer alerted me that the McNeills and The Isaacs would be singing in Seminole, Oklahoma, on June 17th.

The Seminole Gospel Sing has been going on in August for many years. We attended the huge outdoor multi-day event when we lived in Kansas. We have many great memories from our nights at Seminole listening to music.

This year the singing was moved from August to June. I was happy that it lined up with our visit to Crosslight! I was thrilled to be with the Isaacs again!

Due to the weather forecast, Saturday's concert was moved from an outdoor concert to a church. It was a lot of extra work for the people involved. They had to set up ad tear down all their equipment twice! I know the people doing the work were exhausted!

Moving inside was a wise decision. First Assembly, the new location for the evening, also had air conditioning. That is a feature we all appreciated on that 90-degree day!

It was awesome to see some of our extended family. Bro. Jud, Sis. Amanda, Bryanna and Emma Ingram. We do not often cross paths with them. I enjoyed getting to visit with them!

I can not believe these girls have grown up! They are beautiful and talented! Bryanna recently graduated from high school. Click here to check out Emma's Youtube channel here. Subscribe and tell her Odie sent you. 😀

The MC for Seminole Gospel Sing started the night with a few songs.

The McNeills are a Texas based family group. It is a Mom, Dad, nine children and a son-in-law that travel. Later this summer, a grandson is set to arrive and bring a new dynamic to the group. They are incredibly talented! I enjoyed their performance.

This was my first time to see them live. We had met them previously at an Isaacs concert in Texas. They are also big Isaacs lovers like me. Ben Isaacs has produced projects for them too.

Now It was time for the Isaacs to take the stage.

Greg Ritchie is a fantastic musician! I was blown away, once again, by his ability to bring so much life to a song.

The incredible Isaacs! I love every moment of their concerts!

The one the only awesome Ben Isaacs! I am still his number 1 fan!

Between me and the McNeill family, Ben had a big cheering section!

Becky is a walking miracle! She was hit in a head-on collision in December. She spent months in a wheelchair due to her injuries. Thank God today she can now walk. She still has ways to go to make a full recovery. It is amazing to see how far the Lord has brought her!

I really do not know how she does it, but Becky is singing and playing better than ever!

Levi Bowman did a phenomenal job singing an older Isaacs song made popular by his dad, John Bowman.

Josh Swift is an award-winning dobro player! Dobro is one of my favorite instruments. Josh can make it sing and talk like no other!

His crazy antics crack me up. You never know what he will do next!

All three of Sonya's children were with her in Oklahoma. It is fun when they join the Isaacs on stage!

Evya is 6, Gatlyn is 7 and Ayden is 11! All three of them are excellent singers! I am proud of them!

It is impossible to pick a favorite moment in The Isaacs set! I was speechless, amazed and inspired!

Nobody can sing and play the mandolin like Sonya Isaacs! As a girl, I always pretended that I was Sonya. A girl can dream, right? Part of the dream came true. I am blessed to travel on a bus and sing.  I just sing lower than I wished for, and I can not play the mandolin.😍

I love my Aunt Lily so much! Our visits are always short but sweet!

Becky is my hero and inspiration! She has shown that singing lower can be fun too!

Sonya is my encourager! She knows how to make me smile!

Bro. David Toliver and I always text each other from the Isaacs concerts we attend. This one we got to enjoy together.

Sis. LaJeanna Toliver and Kelly Jo, It was so good to see many friends at Seminole.

This is my beautiful friend Samantha Kite.

Terry is the one who alerted me about this concert. I was surprised to see him that night because he was out of state on vacation. Turns out he came back early just for the concert. 

He did not want me to have fun at Seminole without him! Thanks,  Terry, for the extra driving and for cutting your trip a day short. It was so good to have my friend part of these memories with me!

We enjoyed having Pastor Brent Moore enjoy the night with us too! It is exhilarating to share an Isaacs concert experience with a fellow music enthusiast!

Bro. Jud Ingram and I grew up together. Our grandmothers are 1st cousins. We had to have a picture to send home to the Ohio family and friends!

Also, all my fellow Pod'N Me Podcast fans will know this is Hershall and the Souper Fan together. We had to document this moment.

If you are unfamiliar with my favorite podcast, Pod'N Me, click here for more info. Seminole Sing memories from years gone by are often mentioned in the episodes. It was only fitting for some of us Pod'N Me listeners to meet up at Seminole.

Here is another one for my Pod'N Me lovers. This is the Souper Fan, Hershall and the Feedbacker "Talking Terry."

I am so glad we got to attend a night of Seminole Gospel Sing in 2023! 2003 was the last time we attended Seminole Gospel Sing. It was wonderful to see many friends!

We always love a chance to spend time with and hear Isaacs! We love our family! We made more memories that will last a lifetime! 

Thanks for reading today. See you next time.