Susan Spess Shay

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Alpha and Omega

Sometimes when I’m referring to my baby sister and me, I call us Alpha and Omega–the first and the last. The beginning and the end.

Well, that’s only when we’re talking about my siblings. I’m going to share the REAL Alpha and Omega in our fam. And since niece Melanie already shared it on Facebook, I’m hoping I won’t get in trouble.

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My name is on there so I can get the photo cred. 🙂

That’s C&C–Carol and Christian. Carol’s the taller one, but they’re both pretty cute, aren’t they?

Alpha and Omega got along pretty well. Omega didn’t squeal or squirm and Alpha didn’t drop him.

Of course, he’s had a little practice with six kids of his own, twenty-one grandchildren (counting the two in heaven) and twenty (or so) great-grandchildren. He just might know what he’s doing. 😀

 

 

 

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2015–What Else is New?

Happy New Year!

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How many times have you heard that lately? How many times have you said it? So . . . what does it mean? Is it a command? images

Have a happy year, or else! Got me?

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It’s a new year. So, are you happy now?

And what’s it talking about being new? Me? Bahahaha! Not hardly!  susans-a-baby   In this new year, what new and wonderful things are you planning? Trips to take? Books to read? (I can suggest a few if you need help.) *wink*

Are there new dishes you want to cook? (I’m going to try some wok cooking.) Hobbies–arts and crafts– you want to try? (Is there anything I haven’t tried?)

Or maybe you’re planning to complete a marathon? (I’m not.) Run a 5k race?  (I’m not doing that, either.)

I am going to try to complete something that I’ve failed at before–reading through the Bible in a year. I’m not making any promises, but I’m going to try.

And I’m joining Beth Moore and a couple of my sibs memorizing scriptures this year. Instead of jumping around for my scripts, this year I’m going to take several in a row, starting with Mary’s Song in Luke 1 beginning at verse 46–“And Mary said, my soul glorifies the Lord.”

Then in two weeks, I’ll quote that one, and memorize 47–“And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” and so on.

What are you in 2015 so it’ll be different than 2014? Terminally Curious wants to know! 😀


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Happy birthday, Little Lulu

Do you remember the cartoon, Little Lulu? I’m not talking about her today.

Today is my sister Cindy’s birthday. Her nickname is Lulu.

cindySome of my favorite Lulu memories–

  • I made her a (paper) birthday cake on the day she was born with one candle on it. I even put the sticker I earned that day on the back, and sent it to her while she was still at the hospital. (She must not have liked it much because she didn’t bring it home.)
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  • She told one of the teachers most of us had for second grade that an upcoming sibling was “different.” (She was right, too! We’re all different!) 😉
  • Cindy and Deegan

Baby Deegan and his Grandmommy

  • When she was nine years old, Omega was born. Mom said she rarely had to get up for middle-of-the-night feedings, because Cindy got there with a warmed bottle first. (Cindy is a great mom! We learned from the best.)

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Not quite all of Lulu’s Crew. (Two babies missing.)

  • People get Cindy and Debbie mixed up a lot. Debbie always wanted to be twins.

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  • People get Debbie and me mixed up once in a while. Triplets? (Dreaming here. Sigh.)
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  • Cindy has five (count ’em. F-I-V-E!!!) children.  Only two of these are them. 🙂

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Here’s a couple more and one from above. (Clean up well, don’t they?)

  • Another favorite memory . . . when I was pregnant with #1 Son, G-Man was on 24 hour call so Lulu attended Lamaze classes with me. Not exactly fun, but sweet.

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Saturdays when we were kids was when Mama rolled our hair for Sunday.

  • When I had #1 and no one could (or would) figure out how to help me breast feed him, I told Lulu that when she became a nurse to never let a mama go home without helping her figure it out. Today she’s a certified Lactation Consultant–or something like that. Anyway, her job is to help mamas figure out how to breast feed their babies before they go home. She minds well, doesn’t she? 🙂

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Lulu at her oldest daughter’s wedding. Beautiful, isn’t she?

So . . . why do we call her Lulu? I’ll let you guess. (If you know the answer, make up a better one and post it here.) 😛

 

 


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Thanksgiving-ness

Rather than a day late and a dollar short, I’m gonna do this a day early.

At church this month, we’ve been blessed by having different women tell us what they’re thankful for. Each one has been thankful for Jesus, family and friends and most of them talked about that as well as other things in their lives.

I’m thankful, too. But as usual, I’m weird. (Maybe why I wasn’t invited to talk about it.)

I’m thankful I was born in a country where I didn’t have to wear a veil and be covered head to foot. Where I’m “allowed” to speak my mind and go and do and act pretty much the way I want. (Because knowing me, I was going to anyway, and this way I get to live through it.)

I’m thankful this is a country where I can talk about God (or not) and I don’t have to worry that my front door will be kicked in for it. Where I’m not risking my life when I share Jesus.

I’m thankful God gave us the Internet and Facebook so I can catch up with friends I haven’t seen (and sometimes didn’t know).    

I’m thankful for imagination. (Read it again. Yes. I’m thankful for the gift of imagination. It’s a biggie in my life.)

I’m thankful I have a job to go to and a story to write and a place that’s dry and warm (a little bit, anyway) to do it.

Did I mention I’m thankful for God and family and friends? I am.

What weird things (or not so weird things) are you thankful for this year?


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The Christmas Candle

Yesterday afternoon, G-Man and I went to see “THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE.”

On a scale of 0-5 stars, I give it an even 10!

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It’s probably the very best Christmas Movie of the Season!

The book the movie was made from was written by Max Lucado. (I ordered the book last night.)

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And I saw the script writers/producers on the local news last week, and I believe it said they went to school at Victory Christian School in Tulsa!

That’s why it’s showing in Tulsa now when it opens nation wide on November 22nd. (And Tulsa is very special!) 🙂

image1These pictures come from The Christmas Candle website.

I wish I could show you a picture of the village where the story is set. I want to visit! (Whether it’s real or not.)

The story was great, the acting fantastic, and best of all was Susan Boyle, the singer. Oh, my stars! God gave that woman a great talent. It was wonderful to hear her sing! Worth the price of admittance just to listen to her.

image2When we got home, I looked up some of the actors who looked familiar. The man here (the Candle Maker) has played Dr. Who as The Doctor (Voice). I’m not sure what that means, but I was impressed! 🙂

image12I’m feeling Christmassy already.

One man who has a pivotal role in the movie looked so familiar. He isn’t on the website http://thechristmascandlemovie.com but I looked him up on IMDB. Here he is–

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He’s Rachel Weisz’s brother in “The Mummy.” In “The Christmas Candle,” he’s a man, dying with consumption who’s not worried about himself. He’s concerned about his nephew who doesn’t speak and his daughter who has lost her faith.

He does such a good job, I felt like I knew him. Or should know him.

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The Christmas Candle is a beautiful, very well made movie with Christian values. I love having movies like this available and want to support them as often as I can.

I want to buy the video as soon as it’s available so I can watch it every year. It’ll be another one of my Christmas Traditions!

Have you seen CC? What was your favorite part?

If you haven’t, do you plan to?


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The Ultimate Artist!

One red leaf in the middle of the green leaves. Love it!

How long has it been since you’ve done something just for fun? Last weekend, G-Man and I did just that. We took the Talimena Drive. Even though it rained, even though it was chilly and wet and far from perfect, it’s one of those weekends I’ll never forget!

We went to McAlester and spent the night Friday, then drove on to Talihina Saturday morning, where they were having their 25th Fall Foliage Festival. We had a great time!

Then we left on the Talimena National Scenic Byway. All I could think on that drive is how lucky we are to have a loving God. He could have given us a world in shades of gray, but he gave us all this. He could have made only one tree or one type of plant to make oxygen, yet He excelled in variety.

Are we blessed or what?!?

Most of theses pictures were taken on that drive.

If you think about going, be sure to clean your windshield FIRST! And if there’s rain in the forecast, use Rain-X.

We found beautiful places along the drive that I never knew existed. We followed motorcycles (poor guys) that looked like tricycles with really long bars in the middle. Chopper Tricycles? I’m not sure what they were, but they were cool! (And great colors!)

But the most amazing part was the color God put on the trees. He is the ultimate artist! The colors are bright and beautiful without being garish.

I may have to blow a few of these up to frame for my walls. God, the ultimate artist!


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Breaking Fall

Know what’s going on in C-Town?

FALL BREAK!!! (Kids and teachers are thrilled.) When I was a kid, we got out for State Teachers’ Meetings, but it was really fall break. Now they don’t even pretend. It’s just time to get away. 🙂

Who cares which it is?

I love fall, don’t you?

Last year at this time, I left town. Grist MillRecognize that? I’ll give you another hint–

The wheel that turns the millGive up? It’s Wareagle! The coolest arts and crafts festival (biggest I know of) anywhere.

I love going. I love shopping. I love seeing what’s hot in the A & C world.

made from orange horseshoes. Now I just need to find an orange horse.

Wareagle is where I found Matilda.

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She still has the same sweet personality as the day I found her. (Her cat doesn’t make a mess, either.) 🙂

But Wareagle isn’t the only reason I love autumn. I love the cooler temperatures. And pumpkins.

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And gorgeous leavesLove the colorAnd Thanksgiving and family and caramel corn and apples. Lots and lots of apples.

Is Autumn your favorite season, too? What’s the best part for you?