Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What I Wore to the Symphony

 One of the many things Hubby and I enjoy about living in the 3rd largest city in the state of Louisiana is being able to hear the Shreveport Symphony.
We decided several years ago that we would take advantage of as many cultural events in our area as possible and there are many, with access to three colleges, numerous play venues, Opera Guild, and various musical groups as well as many churches who do amazing musical performances.

Our favorite though is having season tickets to the Shreveport Symphony.  It is one of the best symphonies in the country with notable director, Michael Butterman.

Last night's performance highlighted Liadov's beautiful "The Enchanted Lake", a Bartok Concerto for Orchestra and a Dvorak Cello Concerto featuring an outstanding young Shreveport native, John-Henry Crawford as soloist.

John-Henry, though only 21 years old, has already made quite a name for himself around the world as an amazing cellist.  It was a thrill to hear him perform one of these best-loved masterpieces.

So, what did I wear to the symphony?

In the south, you will see a wide variety of clothing worn to these events.  The youngest may wear blue jeans and tee shirts or long, lovely dresses.  The middle aged will wear anything from nice dress pants to expensive suits.  The older crowd may be bedecked in their sequins and furs.

That's the beauty of living in the south.  Hospitality reigns and everyone is accepted.

Because I am still limited in my selection of shoes, I am not wearing dresses yet.

I chose a pair of black dress pants paired with a black round-neck sweater.  This combination is so basic and can be worn with just about anything to dress it up or down.

The weather was cool and dry so I selected a purple suede jacket that offered warmth and yet was not too heavy.
I wore a very simple gold choker necklace with a black drop and small black stone/diamond earrings.
I kept the look near my face down-stated, yet complimentary to my coloring because of the attention drawn to the waist of the jacket.
 I also love the detail on the back of this jacket.
Suede is not the most practical material, however for those of us who live in the south, it can be a nice compliment during the winter and fall months when it isn't raining.

I love the shade of this purple which compliments my yellow skin tone.

Now, what would you wear to the symphony in your city?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

My Word for 2015!

I have noticed that several of the bloggers I follow select a word for their new year.

I have never done this but have admired that these ladies are sensitive to God's leading in this respect.

Several weeks ago I listened to a TV preacher as I was getting ready for church one Sunday morning.  He kept mentioning the word "Increase" in his message.

It really struck a cord with me and I began to pray about it and search the scripture regarding how God might want to use this in my life.

In my study, I discovered this word is used quite frequently in the Old Testament but in most occasions, it regards the "increase of numbers" such as offspring and flocks and harvests.

Yes, the Lord promises to bless and He has most definitely blessed and multiplied in abundance in our lives.  But, this wasn't what I felt God was wanting me to relate to my life right now.  He certainly doesn't want to give us more children or herds.  Lots of great grandchildren one of these days would be wonderful though.

As I studied, I began to see a pattern emerge as the scripture used the word and promise of increase.

For example in Deuteronomy 8:1;
"You must carefully follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase, and may enter and take possession of the land the Lord swore to your fathers."

The increase promised by God is conditional to my faithfulness and obedience.

Deuteronomy 30:15-16
"See, today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and adversity.  For I am commanding you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commands, statutes, and ordinances, so that you may live and multiply (increase), and the Lord your God may bless you in the land you are entering to possess."

Oh God, increase my faith and willingness to be obedient so that I will be ready to "possess" the challenges You lead me to!
David cried out to God from the depths of despair and assurance that even in that state, God would increase his honor and bring him comfort.

God, when my heart is broken and discouraged, increase my honor and comfort for Your glory!

"The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."  Luke 17:5

Father, without You I cannot believe. Please, increase my faith as you did for your disciples.

2 Corinthians 9:10 tells us The One who provides everything we need will also
"increase the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us."

 Please increase Your righteousness in my life that I might be a blessing to others.

"May the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we also do for you.  May He make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.  Amen!"  1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

   Father God, please increase and overflow my love for others just as you love me!
is my word for

May God bring increase to your life this year as well.

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Week of Granddaughter Events

It is good to finally have time to do a blog post this Monday.

This will be a very brief posting of big events in the lives of some of our grands.

Granddaughter #2, Cassidy, set a goal to be accepted into the University of Texas for this spring semester.  SHE MADE IT!  We are so proud of her for setting such a high goal and working hard to achieve it.  Her parents moved her into her dorm room on Saturday and she begins orientation today.
Hook um big, Cassidy!

In northern Indiana, winter high school dances are a very big thing and the invitations to these are even bigger.  They really require creativity on the part of the young man and two participating families.

Clay's surprise invitation to granddaughter #3, Savannah, was so sweet and creative and yes, both mothers were very involved.

While I was up there, we went dress shopping which was so much fun.  She looked great in just about everything she tried on.  I'll reveal the dress she chose and pictures of the big night at the end.
Which one do you think she should have chosen?

 This week, Granddaughter # 5 had her braces removed and was so happy to show off that beautiful smile.  I think she must have aged too many years in the process. 

 I mentioned in a previous post that I had done some paintings for Christmas presents.
These were two of the ones I gave my Indiana family.
The "Red Dress" painting was for the girls and the ocean scene went into our son's office.
I appreciate their willingness to accept my feeble artistic attempts and abstract interpretations.

Now, the big reveal from last night!
Isn't she gorgeous?
 Did she choose your choice?
We all knew this black dress was perfect the minute she put it on.  She is so elegant and dramatic.

Happy Monday and may you have a great week as we wind down the first month of 2015.

Friday, January 2, 2015

A Christmas Vignette Wrapup

 All the Christmas decorations have been removed for another year.
 What of this Christmas will remain with us won't be the
 lovely decorations or the childhood memories that are evoked,

The memories that will carry over into 2015 will be those
 special interchanges with each other that touched a heart for some unexplained reason at the time.
 It will be remembering those who weren't here this year.
 It will be remembering how we experienced the New Born King this Christmas through worship, music or giving of ourselves to others.
 Those special times around the table sharing memories and what was important for us at that moment to share with others we can trust.
 We will remember traditions that carry us from one year to another with anticipation.
 Christmas memories that will last are those that never change.
It is the sharing and receiving of cards and letters from friends we may see every week and those our lives touch only at this special time of year.
 It is fun things that send special messages only at this time of year.
 Those little gifts that we know were chosen or made just for us because someone thought enough of us to do something personal.
 For Hubby and I it always includes a trip into Amish country even for a couple hours where my camera lens tries to find a little something different each time.
 "A Pretty Place" that wasn't so pretty except for the ice-covered pond.
 A lonesome old horse that was smart enough to get on the backside of an old barn to shield himself from the biting cold wind.
 Yes, the decorations are out of sight now, and we've put out new calendars with dates marked for new appointments and some continued events from the past year.

How long we will carry the memories of Christmas 2014 with us will be determined by how important it is to hold on to them.
I think I will be selective and look forward to the new year with only those that bring JOY and HOPE for the future.

"If you seek it like silver and search for it [wisdom] like hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom from the mouth come knowledge and understanding."  Prov. 2:4-6

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ending and Beginning a Year

I didn't expect to see Hodgepodge questions this week with all Joyce has going right now.
Come join other New Year's Eve bloggers as we share together for
1. Share a favorite moment from your Christmas holiday celebration.

I think it would have to be when Hubby read the Christmas Story around the dinner table on Christmas night.  We usually do that after opening the "Santa" in the morning, but we didn't this year and I'm glad.  Sitting around the table offered everyone the opportunity to ask questions or share something that was meaningful to them.  It was a sweet time.

2. What would you say has been the biggest news event during your life so far?

I have lived long enough to have quite a lengthy list of big news events.  But, perhaps the biggest event was the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 which led to the end of World War II.
3. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala. What say you-like or no like? Would I find this color anywhere in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in this shade to either?

Love it!  Yes, you would find it in my home and it will probably find its way into my wardrobe at some point.

4. Would you rather meet your ancestors or your great grandchildren? Explain why.

That is a toughie!  I think every grandparent would love to see the continued lineage, but I think given the choice, I would like to go back and meet my two grandfathers and great grandparents.  I have heard so much about them and was told that I am very much like my paternal grandmother.
5. Share one life lesson learned in 2014?


That two healthy feet are better than one.  I know that was not very deep, but on this last day of 2014, that's about as serious as I care to get.

6. What was your best or favorite purchase made in 2014? 

A leather, stream-lined recliner for our office.

7. What is one thing you're looking forward to in the new year?

A trip to Vegas in April with our son and family as an early 50th wedding anniversary trip.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Grandson, Jackson has missed the last several trips south to visit his mother's Louisiana family because of football obligations.  Since he and girlfriend Chelsea were both out of school for a few weeks, he decided to take advantage of the time and opportunity to travel 1,000 miles to introduce her to them.  It was a surprise trip to everyone except his Aunt Lisa and young cousin, Spenser, who helped him with the plans.

The big reveal to his grandfather, other two aunts and uncles, and many cousins, was made today when everyone gathered for the big LSU vs Notre Dame game (which we won't talk about).  Big 6'4', 295 lbs boy and petite 5' girlfriend hid in a box to be unwrapped by the youngest little cousin.
 All reports indicate everyone was genuinely surprised and delighted with their Christmas present and Jackson and Chelsea are having a ball.

Happy News Eve!

Monday, December 29, 2014

And It Was Christmas!


Another Christmas and almost another year has come and gone.

What memories and or experiences will we hold on to going into 2015?

For me, it will be many of both.

2014 has been a fun, exciting, memorable year of time spent with family and friends and special times with just Hubby and me.

On this last Monday of the year I am grateful for the Christmas memories shared with our Indiana family.

Beginning with a Christmas Eve Dinner feast together before going to the late worship service,
 to fun, crazy times together,
it was a great Christmas.
From the Days!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Memories From Christmases Past

I thought since we are on the road to northern Indiana for our Christmas 2014 today, I would share with you some favorite moments from
a few Christmases Past.  Aren't the best memories those that include family and children?







 May you recall the memories that make Christmas the most meaningful time of the year for your family
we all continue to make
new memories.