New Series for New Moms — Dear Mama by Rachael Joy Tapp

If you are just starting a family or well on the way you don’t want to miss this series.  i’ve only known Rachael Joy Tapp for a few years, but it seems like we’ve been friends forever.  She has wisdom beyond her years.  She lives in the Panhandle with her husband, Joshua and their children.

Rachael and Joshua lost their first child during the pregnancy. They have a precious two year old daughter, Hadassah, and just recently gave birth to premature twins, Levi and Gideon.  So she has a bit of life experience but she wraps that in practical tips and guidance from above.   I know you will enjoy each segment so be sure to connect with her and her blog.   I will try to add links to this post as they are released.

Here is her own bio in her own words.

Here is the series announcement.

Article one: Dear Mama, Who Just Gave Birth

Article two: Dear Mama, Who Wonders why Kids are like This

Article three: Dear Mama, Who Is Going on a Trip

Article four: Dear Mama, Who Thinks I Don’t See

Article five: Dear Mama, There is No Room for Fear

Article six:  Dear Mama, Learning to Feed the Family

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Dear Mama Series

President Trump on Budget & Spending Cuts along with the Mulvaney Appointment – a real win for the Taxpayer!

Trump says a lot in a few words  “We must do a lot more with less”  Hiring freezes are already in place and he is working on a cabinet that knows how to manage wisely.  All this bodes well for the overworked American taxpayer.

Congratulations to Mick Mulvaney — here’s the backstory and some insight into how good he is as an appointment —

“Part of the job is saying ‘no,'” Mulvaney told The Post and Courier on Friday, less than 24 hours after being sworn in as the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Read more here:  http://www.postandcourier.com/news/mick-mulvaney-says-he-s-about-to-become-the-most/article_4c41fbb0-f560-11e6-a987-7b7ca7088149.html  It is worth noting that had Rand Paul become President, Mulvaney would have been his selection for this job as well.

trump-on-budget-and-spending-cutsh/t Joshua Lock for the links

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – President Trump on Budget & Spending Cuts along with the Mulvaney Appointment – a real win for the Taxpayer!

A Proclamation from George Washington in 1789 and Thanksgiving Words to Proclaim 2016


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This is a wonderous holiday.  It lacks the commercial spin of some of the other holidays.  It is a time for getting together with family and friends and remembering the One who made us; the One we are here to serve with thanksgiving in our hearts.  May we bless Him and be blessed in the process.
Here is how one of our founding fathers set apart the day in 1789:

THANKSGIVING DAY 1789
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
– A PROCLAMATION

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

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Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
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And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
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Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
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(signed) G. WASHINGTON.
More on George Washington available via The Papers of George Washington
Also published here via OK-SAFE

Email via Jim Hollingsworth (Idaho) Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789

A copy of the original Centinel printing is also available.

Some interesting history concerning Thanksgiving.

PROCLAMATION
thanksgiving-proclamationThis year a general theme for me has been proclamation.  It is important what we think.  It is important what we say outloud.  It is important how we say it and when we say it and how often we say it.  If we are really serious about a matter, we repeat it.  If we are asking our children to do something, we repeat it until it happens.  If we want something from the king (or Congress), we keep bringing up the matter until it occurs.  Please consider reading some of these verses around your dinner table and proclaim His word to your family and friends!
Some scriptures about Thanksgiving for you to proclaim:

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

—Psalm 9:1

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!”

—Psalm 50:23

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

—Psalm 92:1

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!

—Psalm 97:12

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

—Psalm 100:4

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!

—Psalm 105:1-2

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

—Philippians 4:6
More scriptures and references here:
Derek Prince’s book on Prayer and Proclamation
THANKSGIVING THROUGH THE YEARS:
 Thanksgiving Card version2 2015

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A Thanksgiving Prayer (2009) – My little ‘sermonette’  on the matter of the importance of the holiday.

And so once again I send blessings from my house to yours.

I thank God for your friendship and your labor

for Life and Liberty in our land.

 

Blessings,

Sandie

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A Tribute to my Aunt Betty and an Era Ended for the Boone side of the Family

Betty Lou Boone was the last of four children born to Sunset Boone.  She and Frank were the youngest and their mother was known to us as Mama Boone.  Evelyn was the oldest and next was my mom Jimmie Amelia (their mom’s both died shortly after they were born).  They all grew up in and around Munday Texas.  Here is an article about Sunset Boone from 1952 (the year I was born) when he revisited his hometown and the city he was named after, Sunset Texas, at age 69.

Montague County Times June 20 1952 - The Portal to Texas History

Click on pic to view source document about Sunset Boone visiting Sunset Texas at age 69

The article says he was born February 8, 1883.  It also talks about him being in the dry goods business through the years.  I know a few stories from their childhood that mom told me growing up, but really just enough to know that life was difficult for them.  They lived through the depression era and WW2 and it affected them all differently but dramatically.  They all survived and married and had families.

All the cousins have stayed in touch, but the best memories I have are sharing secrets with Melinda at their home in Lubbock or at the lake house for the 4th of July and fireworks.

When Betty’s husband KK was alive, he was the life of the party always telling stories and entertaining the crowd.  He was a clock-maker & repairer and was very talented.

My first summer job growing up was with Frank and Betty at C F Boone Publications.  They did military directories and in later years event booklets like for the Elvis Memorial, and major hurricanes and tornados.  Betty always loved work!  Frank was a marketing genius and Betty could make it happen and their publications did very well through the years.  She and KK had one son, who we all adored, Kim.  He was talented musically and gymnastically.  He married and had one son, but he had difficulty with substance abuse and died way too early for us!  However, I should mention that he knew the Lord and I am confident in the Lord’s sovereignty on these matters.

Betty was a great cook (as were several members of my family) and a couple of our family favorites are credited to her in Recipe Treasures here (available in larger format to read/download).  We always ate well at family gatherings!
Shoepeg Corn Casserole Sweet Potatoes

 

Betty Mom Dad Evelyn 50th 1993

Betty Kimbro, Jimmie & Ted Crosnoe, Evelyn Moore

Sheri Jan Melinda Betty 50th 1993

Sheri, Jan, Melinda, Betty

In December of 1993, my Mom and Dad celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  My sister, Paula, and I threw a grand reception and dinner party for them and nearly all the family was there.  I must say a really good time was had by all!  These are the best photos that I have of Betty from that event.  I would note that Betty was like a second mom to my cousins after they lost both of their parents through the years.

Later in life my Mom suffered from a series of increasingly debilitating strokes and ultimately was bedridden. During that time, I was her primary care coordinator and was literally on call 24×7 with very few breaks, but somehow Betty managed to come to Garland where Mom and I lived at the time and give me a much needed break. I don’t even recall now where I went, but I do so much remember her gift of time to help me out and give me a much needed vacation. As I recall she did this for me on a couple of different occasions during that time.

I am so grateful that we became close and shared about the Lord with one another.  She had expressed to me concern that she didn’t know the Lord “like my Mom and Dad did” and she wanted to.  I remember praying with her that she would know Him and be confident in her salvation on several occasions.  Her confidence grew and she was of late very much ready to go home.  I thank my heavenly Father for His provision for Ralph and Melinda to be able to have Betty with them over the last few months and be with her at her passing to her heavenly home.  I would love to see the video of her greeting there as the ‘baby of the family.’

We will miss her dearly and yet we shall see her again in His time!

 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Revelation 3:5

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – A Tribute to my Aunt Betty and an Era Ended for the Boone side of the Family

 

Hats and a Trip down Memory Lane — Happy Father’s Day

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Most of these were my dad’s hats and not even his favorite — that would be the golf hats and the Stetson (aka Ten Gallon hat pictured below). Trouble with that one is my mom wouldn’t let him wear it much. But he loved it and so did I. So every now and then he would put it on for me. Wish I had one of those pics, but the memories will have to do.

The gold hat in the center was of course my mom’s. She had a black one with a veil with a very special dress given to a friend for a party years ago. The hat that says Nassau, we insisted dad buy when we vacationed in Nassau in the Bahamas one year. It wasn’t really his style, but he wore hats all the time and of course we thought he needed one for the trip.

Just the thought of Nassau brings back a flood of good memories on the beach and with family. Some of the best beaches in the world there! I particularly like the ones with no waves and there were plenty of those there. I remember discovering the casinos where I put in a quarter and nothing happened. That was the beginning and the end of my gambling career.

Here is the infamous Ten Gallon Hat and the original box.

Ten Gallon Hat - DadsTen Gallon Hat in original box

 

 

Stetson Hat Advertising 1924

I did a little research and the Ten Gallon Hat was actually just one style of the Stetson hats. Here is one of their classic ads from 1924. Apparently it didn’t have to do with holding ten gallons of water but something about how many hat bands it would hold from galon in Spanish.

“Most experts argue that the name “10-gallon hat” is actually an import from south of the border. Cattle drivers and ranchers in Texas and the Southwest often crossed paths with Mexican vaqueros who sported braided hatbands—called “galóns” in Spanish—on their sombreros. A “10 galón” sombrero was a hat with a large enough crown that it could hold 10 hatbands, but American cowboys may have anglicized the word to “gallon” and started referring to their own sombrero-inspired headgear as “10-gallon hats.”

For more on this topic see story and some great pics of days gone by here.

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I miss you both Mom and Dad! Thanks for being wonderful parents and for all the good memories. Till we meet again~Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Hats and a Trip Down Memory Lane

Some Thoughts on Mother’s Day…

Excerpted from WND Article here:

‘THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE’ RULES THE WORLD’

Bill Federer recounts history of Mother’s Day

Anna-JarvisMothers’ Day was held in Boston in 1872 at the suggestion of Julia Ward Howe, writer of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

But it was Anna Jarvis, daughter of a Methodist minister in Grafton, West Virginia, who made it a national event.

During the Civil War, Anna Jarvis’ mother organized Mothers’ Day work clubs to care for wounded soldiers, both Union and Confederate.

 She raised money for medicine, inspected bottled milk, improved sanitation and hired women to care for families where mothers suffered from tuberculosis.

Read more

woman by cradle

American poet William Ross Wallace wrote: “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”

More thoughts from Bill Federer

 In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. via Wikipedia
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Proclamation 5801 — Mother’s Day, 1988

 April 26, 1988

 

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Maternal love is the first tangible bond any human being knows. It is a tie at once physical, emotional, psychological, and mystical. With all of the words that have been written about motherhood, all of the poems of tribute and gratitude that have been penned through the ages, all of the portraits of a mother and child that have been painted down the centuries, none has come close to expressing in full the thankfulness and joy owing to mothers.

The mark of motherhood, as the story of Solomon and the disputed infant in the first Book of Kings shows, is a devotion to the well-being of the child so total that it overlooks itself and its own preferences and needs. It is a love that risks all, bears all, braves all. As it heals and strengthens and inspires in its objects an understanding of self-sacrifice and devotion, it is the parent of many another love as well.

The arms of a mother are the newborn’s first cradle and the injured child’s first refuge. The hands of a mother are the hands of care for the child who is near and of prayer for the one who is far away. The eyes of a mother are the eyes of fond surprise at baby’s first step, the eyes of unspoken worry at the young adult’s first voyage from home, the eyes of gladness at every call or visit that says she is honored and remembered. The heart of a mother is a heart that is always full.

Generation after generation has measured love by the work and wonder of motherhood. For these gifts, ever ancient and ever new, we cannot pause too often to give thanks to mothers. As inadequate as our homage may be and as short as a single day is to express it — “What possible comparison was there,” a great saint wrote of his mother, “between the honor I showed her and the service she had rendered me?” — Mother’s Day affords us an opportunity to meet one of life’s happiest duties.

In recognition of the contributions of mothers to their families and to our Nation, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 770), has designated the second Sunday in May each year as Mother’s Day and requested the President to call for its appropriate observance.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby request that Sunday, May 8, 1988, be observed as Mother’s Day. I urge all Americans to express their love and respect for their mothers and to reflect on the importance of motherhood to the well-being of our country. I direct government officials to display the flag of the United States on all Federal government buildings, and I urge all citizens to display the flag at their homes and other suitable places on that day.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth day of April, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twelfth.

Ronald Reagan

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 2:34 p.m.April 27, 1988]

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Happy Mother’s Day 2016

Happy Mothers Day

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.  (Exodus 20:12)

Special thanks to Liberty.me for the great graphic
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