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Jamie and Mama

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 For many years I have called Mama on my birthday and thanked her for giving me life. It was a blessing to be able to tell her one more time, and to hear her voice.  She said it was a happy day when I was born.  That was sweet to hear.

 Thanks to Jamie for arranging our phone visit.  Jamie, in spite of his own serious physical problems,  manages to see Mama every day.  His sisters can never thank him enough for his faithfulness to her.  We are keeping him in our prayers as he continues to fight a battle against diabetes.  He needs a complete healing for his foot to be well again. 

Happy Birthday Jamie and thank you for all you do.  May God bless you.


Daddy’s Day

October 31st, 2011 1 comment

One year my Daddy was honored at The First Assembly of God Church in Pocahontas, AR. They named the day for him.

As part of the program, my nephew Donald, an accomplished musician, played Amazing Grace, as ‘Granny’ and I sang along.

It is with love that I remember my wonderful father, and his day.

By the way, since this picture was taken Don’s hair has turned gray and mine has turned red. Granny is the only one who hasn’t aged a day!

(Don is also a gifted potter.  Go to to see his remarkable work.)

(To read more about Granny, enter Granny Cravens in the searchbox.)

A Connection Between Sisters Without Barriers of Time or Space

October 31st, 2011 1 comment

On Audrey’s birthday I want to share  this special story about her, with love.

Our sister, Norma Sue,  was in Germany, pregnant, due any day.  We didn’t have constant communication in 1965, the way we do now.  In fact, an international phone call was very expensive and made infrequently.

We had no idea when Norma went into labor. So, when Audrey called Mama and insisted Norma was giving birth at that moment, she didn’t know what to think.  How could she possibly know?  When Darrell called from Germany  to announce that Lori had arrived,  the time difference was calculated and Audrey had been right on the money.

About ten years later, I went to the hospital in the middle of the night for Tim’s arrival. Because of my back problems, it was especially painful.   Audrey, without knowing ,  felt burdened to pray for me.  She said she prayed, “Come on Mary Etta, you can do it, come on!”  She sensed that it was a difficult delivery and her prayers reflected that.  In the morning  when she got the call that Timothy was here, she was relieved, but not surprised.

Three months later, Linda was expecting Matt.  Audrey called Mama and said that Linda was in labor but was doing fine.  Mama asked how she could be so sure and she knew, “I just know.”

This time the words Audrey says she kept repeating were, “Oh Linda, he’s so beautiful.  He’s so beautiful.”  She did not feel the difficulty related to Linda’s delivery as she had with mine, but just kept repeating how beautiful the baby was.

When Sidney called to tell Mama the news, she beat him to the punch, “We already know.”

“How could you possibly know?”

“Audrey told us.”

When they figured out the time, it matched when Audrey had called Mama.  Somehow she had known.

Linda’s  first words on the phone ‘home’ were, “Oh Mama, he is so beautiful.”

It was a closeness of sisterhood that was felt from state to state, even country to country. Amazing and impossible to understand, but special indeed.

Siblings have a bond that should never be broken.

Fun at Randolph Home

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The staff at the Randolph Home likes to cheer up the residents on the holidays.  This year they had a Halloween party and dressed in costumes.  This is Mama being teased by a nija turtle.  By the big smile on Mama’s face, she was getting a kick out of the foolishness.  In her day she could have made the costume herself.  It is good to see her looking so happy.  Thank you Randolph Home for the wonderful care you give to those who need it the most, our elderly loved ones.

There are some very creative people out there!

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Halloween? No, I'm just going for a swim in the deep end of the pool!

Is it Albert or Marilyn? Look at it from a distance and see.

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Pat Ballard, A Lesson by Example

October 30th, 2011 3 comments


While many her age have found a comfortable recliner and chosen to sit, Pat Ballard has chosen to continue a high level of excellence in her pottery.  She is seen here with 140 ‘little pots’ made for her grandson’s wedding reception, glazed in the colors of the wedding.

 They were filled with special M&M’s and added to each place setting.   You can imagine the delight that was expressed by the guests when they found out who had made them.  Grandma’s ‘little pots’ were a huge hit, and they became  treasured keepsakes of that special day.

It is an encouragement to me to meet active, wonderfully engaged and productive men and women within the ‘senior’ status, where I find myself.

These folks do not dwell on age or what they can’t do.  They do not settle into their weakness and assume that their relevance is over.  They find meaning in life and with faith in God, they take it as it comes, day at a time.

I know from experience that it becomes more of a challenge as the years add up, but enjoying the now makes all the difference.  So, whatever makes you feel like YOU, embrace it.  Share your life with others, being confident that you still matter.  In fact, your value is much, much greater than you could ever imagine.

Thanks Pat for the lesson by example.

It’s personal . . . God knows my name. He knows yours too!

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He Knows My Name

by Paul Baloche

I have a maker
Before my heart,
before even time began
My life was in his hands

He knows my name
He knows my every thought,
He sees each tear that falls
and hears me when I call

I have a father,
he calls me his own
He’ll never leave me,
no matter where I go

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
and hears me when I call

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
and hears me when I call

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call
He hears me when I call 

Sunday School

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The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot ‘s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, ‘My mommy looked back once while she was driving,’ he announced triumphantly, ‘and she turned into a telephone pole!’

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