Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wild Olive Tees

I just think these Tees are the best!
And THIS is one of my favorites!!
And now it's being given away!!
OR - if you want to purchase one -the rewards are even greater - 100% of the proceeds go to help fund a heart surgery for an orphan in China - yep, NOTHING better!!

So Loved

Saturday, July 30, 2011

You Can't Mess This Up - BELIEVE ME!!

So you all probably already knew about this - I'm always the last to know!!! But just in case....
let me share my quick and easy dessert we are enjoying tonight!

We will call it -

"Even Becky Can Bake This Dessert"

1 Box Angelfood Cake Mix (1 step)
1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix
1 Bag Mini Chocolate Chips

Combine the top three in a container to save for when you are ready for your dessert!

Ok, let's just say you are ready now....

Get out your coffee mug and spray it with cooking spray.
Add 1/3 Cup of the Mixture
and 3 Tablespoons Water and mix well.
Microwave for 90 seconds.
Flip out onto a plate!

That's it - it's that easy! (And it was a hit here!!)

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Backyard Tour of Homes

It is my annual backyard tour - no summer would be complete without it - so here you go - enjoy what we are enjoying right out in our own backyard!!


Butterfly Heaven


Hosta in Bloom


Hosta Heaven

Starburst Orange

Fourth of July Beauty!

Mild Sunshine

Clematis Galore!

Burst of Orange

Pink Beauty


Snow Weed!

Royal Beauty


Dusty Rose

SO there you are - and you didn't have to get one mosquito bite!! (I won't tell you how many I inherited on this photo shoot!)

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Our Trip in a Nutshell

Now that we are home - it is time for a recap - our trip to Missouri.....

The Great Flood
We saw the Great Flood - and sometimes it came right up to the road we were driving on....

Sandbagging in MO Valley
We think they are READY!!

Scoping out the Flooding
Mighty Flood Waters

Checking out the Flooding
Men Checking out the Flooding

Posing for Mom!
In St. Joseph, MO

The Crew
At another great park in St. Jo

More of the Crew
Gotcha - you thought we were at the Parthenon, didn't you!?!?


Coffee Girls
Stopped in Kansas City at the Crown Center for some lunch!

Dixie Stampede
After our work in Joplin, we went to Branson to take in the Dixie Stampede!

After the Show
Yep - we were STUFFED - great meal and tons of fun!!

At the Audubon Center
Our friends, Mike and Ann, took us to the Audubon Nature Center in Joplin - it was hot but it was fun!!

At the Nature Center
The Bilby Crew plus our dear friend, Ann

First back to the Van!
Yep, they ran all the way back to the van - they won!! (We didn't even try to beat them - it was WAY TOO HOT!!)

At the Falls in Joplin
At the Falls in Joplin

This Crew was HUNGRY!!
Our Last Lunch with Mike and Ann before we left - we never got a picture of Mike - how did that happen!?!?

Waiting for Lunch
The Men were REALLY ready to eat after that hike!!

Bathing Beauties
The Mermaids had fun at the hotel pool!

Peace World!!
Peace World!!

Happy in the Water!!
With her floatie - she is unstoppable!!

We have hundreds more we could show you - but this will be all for now. We had a wonderful time - and loved seeing our dear friends!!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Our Joplin Adventure

We decided for our vacation this summer to spend some time visiting our friends in Joplin AND using some of our free time to serve. So we picked one of the hottest days so far, almost 101 degrees, and went to work!

Salvaging things out of the basement....

The girls found a yo-yo - it was a hit!


Believe it or not - we DID work!

It is truly amazing to see these giant trees totally uprooted....

And to stand inside the house and look up and out....

A Little Work Break....

We decked out in floppy hats, sunscreen, work clothes, masks, and work gloves - we were READY!!

Not kidding when I say it was HOT - oh my!!! We went through LOTS of water and Gatorade!

The girls and I went to clean a house that a lady is moving into - her home was totally destroyed in the tornado - nothing left. We enjoyed cleaning in the air conditioning!! BUT when we got done, we headed over to see the men -

Jada by some of the rubble....

There are really no words for the destruction out here - and this is 6 weeks later. We are humbled at the power of God shown through a storm - humbled at the attitude of these people who have been left with nothing - and humbled at the willingness of people to give to help others around them.
When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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