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

Hats fav

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.


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

Happy Father’s Day Thoughts

Taking a little trip down memory lane, I did this post on facebook last night:

Facebook post on Father's Day June 16 2013

And then I began thinking about my Heavenly Father — you know the One Who Made us all?!

Father's Day Post

Photo credit: Rex Morache cover art from After the Big Bang publication

Father’s Day is not just about your earthly dad.  I am pausing to say thanks to my heavenly Father for all His tender loving care along the Way!  I am grateful especially for His patience, mercies, healing touches and gentle nudges at just the right time.  He does things in a way so that I can see and hear and understand a little more about Him each time!  The unfolding revelation and the comfort of His presence is beyond compare and an eternal promise.

I have a lot to be thankful for!



Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Rhonda Ratliff Steps into Heaven — We will Miss Her Dearly!

Rhonda Ratliff steps into heaven January 2012

Our loss is truly heaven’s gain!  I know she is dancing for joy now and free from pain.

Rhonda was a best friend and a most faithful prayer partner for many many years.  I guess we met as a result of Susan and Richard White who sent her my way for financial consultation back in the 1990’s although I am not sure of the year and we may actually have first met at the bible study in their home years ago.

Anyway, she did an amazing job of getting her financial affairs in order through some very difficult circumstances and with much prayer and wise actions was able to turn things around and bless many in the process.  She lived a life of ministry seeking first the kingdom of heaven and I am very sure there was much rejoicing there upon her recent arrival.  I knew she was instantly in the presence of the Lord and free free free.  While I mourn with her family on her passing, I am just a bit jealous that she beat me there.  I look forward to our reunion in eternity and encourage any reading this and knowing of her time with us to smile and remember how she blessed each one of us the best way that she knew to do so.

I remember her decision to go work with Joyce Meyer’s Ministries and also her decision to return to the Dallas area.  Each decision carefully turned over to the Lord and time spent actively seeking His guidance in all matters.  She loved her family dearly and cared for her dad through difficult times and his relatively recent passing.

She has supported each one of her friends and many she did not know personally in prayer.  Many of us received almost daily devotionals from her and it was always a good reminder to me about putting first things first.  When my mom was bedridden, Rhonda would come over and help me with her and just be with us when we both really needed a friend.  She was and is the definition of a friend.  She was there when needed to encourage and do what she could about matters.  The ripples of her good works will go on for eternity and I look forward to seeing her again.

But the most precious thing above all is the knowledge of her deep and abiding love for the Lord.  What a sweet sweet spirit just to be with her!  With lots of love and warm memories of times spent together~


NOTE:  Rhonda’s memorial service will be this Monday at 3 PM in the Cindy Nichols Chapel at the First Baptist Church in Denton, Texas.   The church is on Malone street and the chapel is on the north side.  There will be a gathering after the service at the church.

What follows is a letter I received at my earthly father’s passing that applies to Rhonda as well so I share it with you now.  People who know the Lord, know where they are going but we only have glimpses of how glorious it will be.  Somehow Claire gave me a special glimpse with this letter and I hope it ministers to you in your time of need as well.

Preface:  This is just one of the special notes received when my earthly father, Ted Franklin Crosnoe, passed on September 18, 1996.  It has ministered to me so often and so strongly that I share it with those experiencing the loss of a loved one.  Somehow Clare’s letter helps me catch a glimpse of the other side and look forward to the day we will see each other again.  I share it with you now in the hopes that it will bless you as it has me.  In loving memory of my dad and of your loved one also./sc

Our Lord’s Day, 22 September 1996

Dear Sandie,

Kevin Reed gave us the news that the Lord had delivered your father from “the

body of this death”, and taken him home to glory.  I am both glad and sorry to

hear of it.  Glad, of course, for your father, for “to die is gain”, and he can now

see God face to face and is delivered from the spiritual battles of this life.  I

grieve, though, for you and your mother.  It seems now like such a long time until

we shall see our departed loved ones again, though laid in the balance with

eternity I’m sure it must really appear miniscule. But since we are a body and

have need of each other, we feel it keenly when one member is absent, and I

know that you must miss your father greatly.

I hope the Lord will remain especially close to you during this time, that you might

be cheered by His presence.  I praise Him for your father’s holy life, and that He

gave your father grace to persevere to the end.  I was just reading over the

promises in Revelation 2-3, to “him that overcometh”, and they are so thrilling

and marvelous: your father will be given to eat of the tree of life, which is in the

paradise of God; will receive a crown of life; will not be hurt of the second death;

will be given the hidden manna and a white stone with a new name written; will

be clothed in white raiment, and Christ will confess his name before his Father

and his angels; will sit with Christ on his throne; and will be made a pillar in the

temple of God, and will go no more out.  Surely “eye hath not seen, nor ear

heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath

prepared for them that love him”!

Our prayers will be with you and your family.

Love in Christ,

Clare Cason

Van Alstyne, Texas

One Great Thing about Having a Blog? Being able to Embarrass Your Nephew on His Birthday!

Richard Byron Caswell (1985) in England

Was he cute or what?

Sorry folks hope you aren’t too disappointed, but only the family gets to see the naked baby pics!

He’s all grown up now and married to his sweetheart Tracy and building his first house.  He’s a bit of a genius (yes it runs in the family) and has a great sense of humor (yes that does too) and gifted musically (this is where the resemblance drops off) and in sports (and completely disappears here).  He’s really rather special, but don’t tell him I told you that.   I don’t get to see him often enough.  We share a love for computer gadgets and Far Side type Humor and even Dr. Who.

Caswell – Crosnoe Family Tree for our Little Lord Byron

Here’s a little about the family tree and yes Daniel Boone is in there somewhere, but even the family cannot agree exactly where.  You see, Boone was my mom’s maiden name.  Byron is a true blue Caswell.  I have to remind him now and again about his Crosnoe heritage and Boone well that is way off the radar.  But he does know how much his grandparents and aunt (ant) on that side of the tree love him.  At least I hope he does and remind him now and again with something like this post!

Anyway, squirt,  I do hope you have a special day and get everything you want that you don’t  already have (a very short list to be sure!).  But the best things in life don’t come in a box or even in the mail.  So I am sending you a smile mixed with a lot of love and a prayer for His blessings to be upon you this day and always!

Happy Birthday Byron!

Far Side 1985 flashback with Gary Larson


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