Saturday, December 13, 2008

I love Christmas!

New this year...
5 handmade ornaments...
reflecting our children's families and Tom and me!

Grayson Girls...ladies small group!

Wonderful Christmas Party!
We missed you, Cheryl, Bev, Cynthia, Peggy...

Sierra Leone Mission Trip 2009

Promoting Sierra Leone and
Dominican Republic mission trips for 2009.
Just 2 of 29 trips scheduled.

Mom and girls...less Allison

Sal, we missed you terribly at Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


We were blessed recently to have
a young lady from Germany
spend the weekend with us.
She fit right in with family and friends!
Love you, Leonie!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A favorite place

This bridge, about 3 blocks from our home, has become a favorite spot during all seasons over the last 34 years. I look forward to driving over it almost daily! :)

From My Utmost for His Highest, Nov 20: "When once you realize all that it cost God to forgive you, you will be held as in a vice, constrained by the love of God!"

Friday, October 31, 2008


Quilts from left to right...
The squares for the 4 on the left were done by mom's mom in the 50s to early 60s. She died before she got them quilted. Friends or family have finished them for me throught the years. The one in the middle with the snowman was done by tracing and coloring the pictures from a farm coloring book, then ironed over with wax paper. I believe there are still 2 quilts that Mamaw Medearis started that need to be quilted. The burgandy lap quilt was done by either dad's mom or her sister Aunt Chee. And I won the one on the right in dad's family reunion drawing this summer. My goal is to wear them out while I'm alive to enjoy them!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My Friend, Titus!

Catch up on "The Life of Titus" under my favorites.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Quilt

This is a well-worn
quilt that was made by
my grandmother.
My aunts said most of the
fabric was from
old dresses of grandma's.
Some was from bright colored
feed sacks.
I feel so blessed that
my name was drawn at
our summer family reunion
to receive this treasure.

Grand kiddos!

Coming up:
Choir Jam Session for Christmas Music
Ladies Small Group
Grayson County Jail Bible Study
5K Walk - Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer
Seed Sowers Prison Ministry Meetings
Camping Get-Away for Tom and Me

Sunday, September 28, 2008

We Walk for Stacy!

Lots has been happening.
Our daughter and her children from Houston were here
for a week while her husband cleaned up after Ike.
She had the opportunity to visit with
many friends and family.
Plans are underway for Sierra Leone 2009.
Our team from this year had an evening of fun,
and several intend to make the return trip.
Tom has been asked to be part of
a 6 man construction team
to South Africa in February.
We are praying toward that end.
Our pastor's wife had her first
chemo treatment and she is doing well.
A bunch from the church will be
walking a 5K in her honor on October 18th
(t-shirt above).
My students will be taking 6-week exams
Wednesday. Unbelievable!
This school year is flying!
Seed Sowers Prison Ministry
is preparing for our fall banquet.
God exceeded our expectations last year.
We anticipate a great night
November 14th.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Arbor

From our daughter in West Texas:
This is a picture from our back yard. Rob built this arbor last year out of wood from an old swingset that someone threw out. The morning glories have just been amazing during this fall weather!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Another Busy Week!

Neat things have been going on around here...
Friends Steve and Cathy came for a visit.
They are in from the
United Arab Emirates.
While they furlough they'll be staff missionaries at
Union College in Tennessee.
It was great the see them.
We celebrated birthdays for 2 of the
granddaughters - Hunter, 10 and Harley, 4.
Eleven more volunteers were trained last Saturday
for prison ministry.
God just keeps on blessin.'
Our choir has started working on music
for Christmas.
I love the holidays!
I usually load Christmas CDs in the car
in October, and no,
I don't get tired of them.
We had great services at the
county jail last night.
A full house!
I had the opportunity to speak to the
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
on our campus this morning about
prison ministry.
I'd say there were close to
50 faculty and students.
They plan to be involved in a couple of our
Seed Sowers projects this fall.
A real blessing!
Our pastor
is doing a book signing tomorrow
Live Forgiven.
Soon there will be nearly
200 small groups
from our church
doing the 6 week study simultaneously.
Be sure to click on
Pastor Jeff Warren
under my favorites for details.
Things are in the works for
Sierra Leone 2009.
We can't wait!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Back to Work!

What a busy week!
Back to work on Monday after 11 weeks off.
New curriculum this year, so plenty to do.
Lunches out with various co-workers to catch up
on each other’s news.
Seed Sowers Prison Ministry meeting Monday evening.
Open House at school Tuesday night.
Sierra Leone planning meeting Wednesday, followed by choir.
We've had some long overdue rain here this week.
It reminded me of our time in!
The Hummingbird above was one of
several outside our cabin at Yellow Pine Ranch.
Lots of odds and ends to do tomorrow.
I hope to do a little relaxing.

Friday, August 15, 2008

FBC Van Horn Youth

I had the opportunity while we were with Rob and Julie to speak to some of the youth of their church. What a great group of people! They spent 4 days this week involved in "Mission: Van Horn." They ministered to folks all over town. True servant's hearts.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Rob and Julie

Rather than travel straight home from Colorado we drove south through New Mexico to El Paso, then 120 miles southeast to Van Horn, Tx. Our daughter and her husband, Rob, rolled out the red carpet as always. This was the first time Beck's parents had been in their home. One evening they invited a few friends over for an informal share time of our Sierra Leone mission trip. God raised up several prayer partners from Van Horn leading up to our trip. What a blessing!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Groom, Texas

As we traveled northwest across Texas toward
the family reunion
we decided to take a detour to Groom.
Here the tallest cross in the Western Hemisphere
stands at 190 feet high.
It is visible from 20 miles in any direction.
There is also a path with a series of statues that begins with
Jesus before Pilate and ends at the empty tomb.
It is quite moving!

Monday, August 11, 2008

43rd Annual McCray Reunion, Cuchara, Colorado

Recently 58 family members converged on Yellow Pine Ranch in Cuchara, Colorado for our (Beck's dad's) annual reunion. It was wonderful to visit with family from Colorado, Texas, Idaho and Hawaii. And after weeks of Texas heat...WOW!!...the cool temps were great! Some of the highlights:
16 of us met for breakfast near
Des Moines, NM
as we traveled up from various places in Texas.
From there we caravaned to Mt Capulin (volcano) for the
opportunity to take in an amazing view.
A drive along the Highway of Legends from Trinidad
to Cuchara.
Excursions to Blue Lake and Bear Lake.
A bear entertained us on the side of the road.
Other bears strolled through the ranch at night turning over
trash cans, drinking from the
Hummingbird feeders
and leaving paw prints on our car.
Family meals for the whole group of 58 with great food.
My name was drawn to win a
well-worn quilt made by
my grandmother
over 50 years ago...a treasure!