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MUD PIES

This blog is dedicated to my husband, David Magee, who just turned 70. Happy Birthday to a great guy who often sticks to something even if it means swallowing a little dirt. I’m not sure why the determination this time. Maybe he wanted to show the other kids he was the real deal. Or maybe he just needed the minerals.

I love to tell the story,
For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting
To hear it like the rest.
I Love to tell the Story,
A. Catherine Hankey

MUD PIES

“David and Bobbie and I used to make mud pies. Bobbie and I pretended to eat ours and then threw them over our shoulders. David ate his.”
“You guys were wimps,” David responded with a grin.
David and Gary’s friendship spans over 65 years. They remember riding tricycles and playing cowboys together. Every time we meet, we tell the same stories as if for the first time. We laugh and cry just as hard each time we hear them.
Once when we got together, our daughter, Judy, joined us. “I know a lot more about you now, Dad. I think I have enough scoop to blackmail you.”
When we get together, we tell another Story over and over. We share different experiences, but all come through the shed blood of Jesus.
My sister, Jodie, and I talk almost daily. We compare grandkid episodes—her nine grands and seven great-grands and my five grands. One of us grammar fanatics might call the other for no other reason than to share a misplaced modifier she read in the newspaper. Jodie keeps me informed on current events.
We also discuss the Old and New Covenants, Jesus’ healing ministry, predestination and free will. We compare sermon notes—taken 2200 miles apart. We may not always agree, but there’s that desire to dig in and learn more of the old, old story.
Denise rarely talks to me without sharing a word from the Word.
My 99-year-old mother lives with us. When she’s not making New Mexico enchiladas, biscuits or lemon pie, she’s usually sitting on the porch with her nose in her Bible. I can’t walk out to say good morning without her stopping me: “Listen to this. I’ve never noticed this verse before.” Or, “what do you think this means?” She’s one of those who know it best, but she’s still hungering and thirsting for more.
One of these days, we’ll celebrate in glory. We’ll talk about mud pies and Jesus’ love.

And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:46-47

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MORE GOOD TIMES IN OHIO

CARD SHARK ANNA

CARD SHARK ANNA

THEY MUST BE RELATED--LOOK AT THE MOUTHS!
THEY MUST BE RELATED–LOOK AT THE MOUTHS!
THE WHOLE FAM DAMILY
THE WHOLE FAM DAMILY
TORRANCE LEE AND GEORGIA LOU SHAW--GOOD BUDDIES

TORRANCE LEE AND GEORGIA LOU SHAW--GOOD BUDDIES

CLAY AND EMILY IN THE KITCHEN--CUTE COUPLE
CLAY AND EMILY IN THE KITCHEN–CUTE COUPLE
WATCH HER--SHE MAY BE YOUR GREAT-GRANDMOTHER, BUT SHE CHEATS

WATCH HER--SHE MAY BE YOUR GREAT-GRANDMOTHER, BUT SHE CHEATS

SOLITAIRE CAN BE HARD SOMETIMES

SOLITAIRE CAN BE HARD SOMETIMES

COME ON IN, IT'S SUPPER TIME, WE'RE FAMILY

COME ON IN, IT'S SUPPER TIME, WE'RE FAMILY

IT'S GREAT TO BE COUSINS!

IT'S GREAT TO BE COUSINS!

HOW'D YOU BLOW THE TOP OFF?

HOW'D YOU BLOW THE TOP OFF?

SHE PLAYS JACKS TOO?
SHE PLAYS JACKS TOO?
SHE LOST AT SOLITAIRE
SHE LOST AT SOLITAIRE

G’nite folks.  May you have good friends and good cousins and good food!

Marty

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JO AND HARVE’S PLACE

MAIDEN PICKING LETTUCE

MAIDEN PICKING LETTUCE

CATCH IT, DAVID
CATCH IT, DAVID
CATCH IT, PAPA!
CATCH IT, PAPA!

Greetings.  I’m glad to be back.  I was locked out for a few days.

Enjoy with me the Ohio countryside enhanced by the TLC of Jo and Harvey Bond. 

 
 
 
 
Fair are the meadows, Fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring.
Jesus is faires, Jesus is purer,
who makes the woeful heart to sing.
Fairest Lord Jesus (Anonymous German Hymn)
A DECK OF CARDS

A DECK OF CARDS

TREEHOUSE IN THE PARK

TREEHOUSE IN THE PARK

JULY SHOWERS

JULY SHOWERS

 

REST FROM YOUR LABOR

REST FROM YOUR LABOR

                                                                                                                                  
Blessings!
Marty

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A SURPRISE MEETING

PICT0100At the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, we met an old friend, Gai Brajkovich, from our previous church in Clovis.  David switched seats with her.  This certainly made the flight go by faster.  I wonder if the pilot drove faster because we were talking and laughing so much, he wanted to get us out of there.  PICT0101PICT0102Maybe it wasn’t turbulence at all.

David and I make pretty good chauffers.  Is the Cincinnati airport hiring?  That might make a pretty good retirement job. 

Gai is an officer with Parents Without Partners, and she came to attend a conference.  We’re here for a family reunion with our kids all the way from the Middle East. 

If you don’t meet an old friend at the airport this summer, try taking Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends.  You could read the whole book in a transcontinental flight.

Blessings!

Marty

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THE “42” QUEEN

PICT0091PICT0090PICT0089This is a picture book on how to play “42,” a Texas domino game.  It’s a game that makes funny faces come on my mama.  Sometimes she laughs uncontrollably.  Linda, in the second picture, shows how you can hide your dominos from the other players.  She doesn’t know we can all see her hand now.  In the last picture, it looks like only Paul is paying attention.  Just watch Paul and you’ll soon know how to play.  If you want to have fun, watch the lady in blue.

There are no 42 instructions in Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends, but there are lots of stories about my mom, Georgia Lou. 

Blessings!

Marty

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THEY SHALL SEE GOD

My dear blogees.  I attended Antelope Valley Christian Writers’ Conference in Lancaster, California, this weekend, with my good friend Denise Arzoian.  I had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with none other than the first-place winner of their annual contest–Denise Arzoian.  I was so proud.  Denise is not only an excellent writer, but my spiritual mentor.  

I asked Denise for a portion of her winning ten-page article.  If  I’d known what part she would choose, my face would have been the color of my skirt in this picture.  So, a little sheepishly, I give you Denise and a glimpse of her writing–and the person she is. 

 “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”  – Matthew 5:8

             My eyes locked on to this verse with vise grip intensity.  See God?  I want to see God, I thought.  I don’t profess to have such a pure heart, but I know He’s working with me to change my heart.  Lord, I prayed silently, I want to see You.  With that, I closed my Bible and began preparing for work.  Several times throughout the day though, that verse came to mind   “…for they shall see God.”

           Since praying that prayer, God has shown Himself in numerous ways.  For example, as time marches on, the few close relationships I have become sweeter and deeper and richer.  Marty gives me such freedom in our friendship.  She gives me freedom to be me.  She knows when to draw me close and let me express my deepest fears and my dirtiest laundry without judging.  She knows when to give me space when I am overwhelmed.  She allows this and lets me off the hook completely guilt free. 

            She speaks truth.  She is simple and uncomplicated and transparent.  She has no ulterior motives.  She is good for her word.  What you see is what is.  She grows dearer to me every day.   

             Suddenly it occurred to me.  I just saw a glimpse of what God is like.  He used Marty to reveal a truth about Himself. 

 “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”   – Matthew 5:8

How has God revealed Himself to you?

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GREEN CHILE STEW AND FUN

Wonder what I can do with this stuff.  Maybe these girls with know

Wonder what I can do with this stuff.

Maybe these girls know

She means business

She means business

This honey is married to precious
This honey is married to precious
Every Mexican meal needs a little Brit!
Every Mexican meal needs a little Brit!
Do they get their hair done at the same place?
Do they get their hair done at the same place?
See, I can cook!
See, I can cook!

We all had fun at New Hope Community Church on March 11, 2009, Women’s Bible Study group.  We enjoyed green chile stew, pinto beans and sopaipillas!  Yum.

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