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We love you…because you’re YOU!

This is a re-post of a blog I did around my birthday last year, I wanted to move it from yahoo 360 and share it here with ‘yall…

Yesterday was NOT a good day for a lot of folks, I saw the former CEO of AIG say that he’d lost about three billion dollars…A lot of people are having to accept the idea that perhaps they’ll be working past the time they had planned on retiring. We’re all concerned with the current state of the economy, it can get to you if you let it! Yesterday was my birthday, because my mother sent me a check for forty bucks I had the money to put gas in my car, go to West Plains and buy some groceries at Aldi with my food stamps,come home and eat lunch, and then later go to church. I’ve been having an alternator problem with my car lately. Last night after church it was dark and I had to turn on the lights. A few miles outta town it died on me and I was able to limp it into a turn off beside the road. We (my wife, daughter and I) got out of the car and my wife reached into the backseat to grab the ice cream we had bought in town to go with the cake she had made. I questioned her about that, not wishing for her to carry this melting sack for who knows how long it might take for us to somehow eventually get home, she persisted. We took off walking, it was a beautiful nearly full moon lit night but it was still quite dark. Within five minutes a pickup truck drove by us, stopped…came back and asked if we needed a ride (two women) We all loaded into the truck, girls up front and me in the back. These “Good Samaritans” took us all the way to my house which is located two and a half miles off the paved road down some of the worst roads in Oregon county…I’ve never been so thankful to anybody! Driving through the blackberry thickets,the lady driving mentioned how much she liked blackberries so when they dropped us off my wife gave her a couple of quarts out of our freezer we had picked last summer. After a few minutes of letting my nerves settle we had my birthday party…the ice cream was still frozen! Then my daughter gave me my present she had made, here are some pictures of the book she made for me…

this is the cover…

We love you when you’re sad, (notice she has colored me blue) that’s me sitting in my chair.

This is me when I’m mad!

you guessed it! me when I’m happy…about getting a job!

We love you because you’re YOU!…yup, I trained this one!

It’s quite a wonderful thing in these times of upheaval and stress and so much hardship to be able to appreciate how truly blessed I am. I’m so thankful to God that He loves me, a broken sinner! and that He not only has my present circumstances under control but my future figured out too! I’m so thankful that he gave me my family my friends and for the love they show me. and lastly, but NOT leastly, for the kindness of strangers!

blackberries homemade summer

Summers Almost Gone…

Summers almost gone... magnify

It does seem that way here where I live! It’s much cooler,and we’re actually getting a little rain lately. (signs of fall) What I have noticed this year is that the weather is actually very “normal.” We had some snowfall last winter, more than we usually get around here. The spring was very wet, like spring should be. Summer has been hot yes,but not nearly as hot as it was last year! Now fall comes to call…and because we’ve had an adequate amount of rain the leaves on the tree’s will be more colorful instead of just turning brown and falling off. It’s been a good summer, we had such a great crop of wild blackberries! I wanted to get a chance to share some pic’s of some of the highlights of my summer…so here they are!

them's "bramble's"It's just Mama Elroy's... by myboogers.

This is one of the cobblers I made with those berries! Let me tell you, there’s nothing better than blackberry cobbler and vanilla ice cream!

this is the preferred method, by myboogers.

can I get an “AMEN!”….

Here’s another home-made treat we enjoyed making this year, home-made applesauce!

first we pick the apples,


Then we cook them! AK000383

this is a food strainer, it saves doing all of the peeling!

AK000384 by myboogers.

then we just feed the cooked apples thru it and SHAZAM! you’ve got applesauce


cool huh? here’s a little “applesauce eater”

AK000378I'm gonna "yuck it up"

here’s another one, maybe a little too much “sauce” on the second one…

Our garden did great, we canned enough green beans and tomatoes to last us all year! here’s a few vegetable pic’s.

some of the first...broccoli

green beans gone WILD!dill weed blossom

And so, as the summer wanes and this blog grows tiresome I’m left in the familiar position of trying to tie it all together. It’s been a great year! Despite being unemployed, serving time in jail, blah,blah, yadda,yadda, you get the picture… My car is still running, (the one my pastor gave me) on the pieces of wire that my friend used to fix it back in (was it June?)

I used a piece of telephone cord to fix it! by myboogers.

No kiddin’, the white one is a piece of phone wire…lol, the other one is what was left of the wire after the squirrels chewed thru it.

Before you go, I want to give a little bit of my personal testimony regarding my situation. I’m very thankful for what the Lord has provided me with. However, I’m most thankful that through all of my circumstances He has shown me what really matters…HIM! I’m thankful that through my “bad luck and troubles” he’s taught me to trust Him, and to have peace in the storms of life! He’s taught me and my wife a great deal about what it means to “live your faith,” and He’s also teaching us what it means to be “empowered” by your faith. It’s my hope that if you’re reading this and you could use some encouragement that you would give God an opportunity to show you how much He loves you!