Monday, April 30, 2018


We had another great OKC Marathon yesterday!  The weather was a little bit warm for the real runners (the half and full marathoners).  For the rest of us, it was perfect.  Our SIL ran the half and did well - the rest of our family did the 5K - mostly because we are also heading on a hiking vacation this week!  On the 5 K we were just having fun and as we approached the finish line we lined up conga style with our hands on each other's shoulders and the announcer called us the Centipede!  It was funny!  Maybe we'll get a picture of that finish soon (from the sport photo people)!

You can probably tell from my exclamation marks that it was a good day :)

Afterwards we went to Cafe Kacao to eat.  I would've never chosen this place, but our kids recommended it and it was delicious.  I got a massive pancake with mango and blackberries.  It's Latin cuisine and the place looks like a dive on the outside, but remember what your momma told you - never judge a book by it's cover!  While we were waiting, we stood outside the restaurant on Classen Blvd. and cheered for runners.  We had so much fun seeing the smiles on people's faces as we shouted encouragement to them.  I really did enjoy that.

Finally, we headed to our son's house for worship and communion.  Thankful, so thankful, for times like these!

Part of the Memorial, pre-dawn
 Family pic in the TAP building where Team OC gathers to pray


 Our Preacher coming in at the Finish Line

 Our SIL coming in at the Finish Line

Cousin coming in (yellow hat)

Just us being goofy before the race!

Saturday, April 28, 2018


A great tradition of service in our congregation is Day In The City.  It was started by The Hub's brother many, many years ago, and it's been a great tradition for us to work it as well!  We loved it when we could work side by side with our kids to help spruce up a school building or a home for someone in need.  This time we were able to help with home improvement for a newly widowed woman in our Bible class.  It's always amazing to see how quickly a group of people can accomplish something!  God's plan for the church was good in so many ways!

Sunday, April 22, 2018


We recently went and hiked on the trails at nearby Lake Arcadia.  Believe it or not, we got lost on a trail and since it was overcast, really had no idea which way was North!  All we could rely on was the sound of the highway nearby for some direction.  We did eventually come out to a road inside the campground so we knew we could walk on the road and find our way back, if need be.  It was a weird feeling.  Just a few miles from my own home and I felt lost!

It just reminds me that even people who are in their home place can feel lost at times.  And the saying:

 We eventually found our way back!

Friday, April 13, 2018


For years, salad at home had always been a boring side item ...but no more!  There are a couple of restaurants that I always choose salad as a main entree and I want to make more of them at home.  I think one of the secrets is being satisfied with whatever salad dressing you put on it.  I've tried to cut back on the dressing but at least I don't drown the salad in it anymore.  Here's my version of a new salad we had at Modern Market in Dallas recently, that I loved.  

Farmer's salad:
Spring salad greens
Herb baked chicken breast
Grapes and blueberries
Toasted pecans or almonds
Charred corn
Feta cheese

So there is the link for home-made dressing, but you can probably buy some kind of champagne vinaigrette if you wish.  Here's my to go-to recipe for home-made Caesar dressing when we make Grilled Chicken Caesar salads:

Healthier Caesar salad dressing:
1/4 c. plain yogurt
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 T. olive oil
1 t. lemon juice
1 t. dijon mustard
1/2 t. balsamic vinegar
1/2 t. worcestershire sauce
1/4 t. mashed garlic
 dash salt and pepper

Do you have a favorite restaurant salad you've recreated at home?  

Monday, April 9, 2018


 We just had our last luncheon for the school year for our Ladies Bible Study at church, known as CWBS.  The last couple of years the emphasis on fancy tables ($$$) has been downplayed and centerpieces have actually become a display for donations to various causes.

It's a great idea and takes the emphasis off outer beauty and more about giving.  It's always fun to see what different groups do...

 Africa table with donations of baby clothes for Neema House

Dental hygiene items for patients at Lighthouse Medical Clinic

 Spring table with pictures of kids they are helping at Village of Hope

Safari table with snack donations for our zoo playground volunteer builders

 Easter table with books and toys for a local group benefitting children

 Springy table with items for newborns in need

Cheerful table having a diaper and reading glasses drive

I missed a few tables but you get the idea!  So thankful for Bible study and the new friends I make each year in these groups!

Monday, April 2, 2018


 If you ever wondered what there is to see in Tipton, Oklahoma, here you go!  We had a busy last week with a lot of different activities but nothing traditionally Easter!  I went with The Hubs on a business trip to Dallas then we headed to his hometown of Tipton, Oklahoma for the weekend.  It was time for the High School Reunion which we try to attend every 5 years.  Since we drove, we took our bikes and unfortunately didn't get to bike in Dallas due to weather, but we did get to bike around Tipton.

Tipton is primarily a farming community so you see a lot of this...

and a lot of this!  This is a module of cotton waiting to be picked up and taken for processing.  I only tell you because I wouldn't have known until I joined the family, since I am mostly a city girl!  

Tipton Tiger water tower Downtown

Almost 100 years old, the Tipton Children's Home has served children faithfully through the years.  The Hubs actually lived there for 12 years while his parents were Houseparents.  He has a lot of fond memories and some specific food dislikes from his experiences.  

 The stately looking Administration building at Tipton Children's Home.

 Old farm implements in a park

 Sad vacant old buildings downtown

 The Crazy Cactus, one of our relative's snow cone business

The train by his Mom's house came right as we got home -   I like to see it up close when we're there and get a wave from the conductor!

Maybe I should've highlighted the school and their famous astro-turf football field!  After winning the state championship in football several times, they have a really great football field due to their patrons and town support.  It's a sweet little town that I wish could have a downtown renewal.  Lots of good people and a solid church there, though.  :)