Saturday, May 30, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Our 23rd Wedding Anniversary

May 31

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Patterson Family Reunion

May 23rd, 2009 was a great day to have a family reunion. Our good friends, Bobby and Marlene Chandler, once again opened their home to us. We have had many wonderful parties at their home and love being by their beautiful lake. The weatherman called for scattered showers, however, God blessed us with an overcast sky and the it was extremely comfortable. We had wonderful food and great fellowship with each other.

Kynn and Spencer visited for a short while and then took a road trip to Birmingham, Al. to see Kynn's brother Herb. He was hospitilzed on Friday so two of my sweet men went to check on them.

Beckie and her family were unable to be with us because they had a family wedding on the Potterfield side. Beckie was disappointed that both of these family affairs fell on the the same date. We missed her so much.

Jim's children and Gene and his family were unable to be with us. Also, Pat and Flora Beth's daughter, Courtney is away on a summer internship. We missed them too.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Life and Times with Floyd

Floyd's new outside home.

Floyd's new friend

Floyd meets Chris Richards

Rub a Dub Dub

Time to eat.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

My friend, Anne, sent this to me. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.

WHY GOD MADE MOMS Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the followingquestions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2 Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of ?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostlyuse string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My Mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would bepretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did Mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad'ssuch a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do thandad.

What's the difference between moms & dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work atwork.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at yourfriend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think somekind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sisterwho did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on theback of her head.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Ladies Bible Study

Kynn and I have the priviledgeof teaching, along with my sister Cynthia, the newlywed Sunday School Class at Shandon Baptist Church. On Wed. nights, Cynthia hosts the ladies Bible Study in her home. We have such a great time of Bible Study and fellowship. This year we have done several topical studies and for the next few weeks we are going to study the book of James.

Last night, and again this morning, I have begun reading James 1. James just puts it out there, right in the beginning. Real fast like.

James 1: 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything. "

How many time have I read or heard this verse? A lot! But today, my heart is very tender toward this verse, because I am in a trial and so many people that I love are facing trials.

Earl is facing the reality that his father is no longer here. The reality of grief.
My dear friend has medical issues.
Keleigh's little girl has leukemia
A friend is dealing with a teenage child who is in rebellion.
Kynn's brother has Parkirnson's
A friend with big time relationship issues
Friends waiting and waiting for their house to sell

All of these are hard. Real hard.

We are not to be surprised by these trials, because God's word tells us we will have trials. I just did not want the trial today. Nor tomorrow for a matter of fact. But as I think about all of this, I do want to stand blameless and complete before him when he calls me home. Therefore, I must persevere allowing the growth of character. I read this today, "We can't really know the depth of our character until we see how we react under pressure." God wants to make us mature and complete, not to keep us from all pain. Instead of complaining about our struggles, we should see them as opportunities for growth. ?" Ouch!!! Growth anyone?

Thank you Father. We all have Hope! We can be called blessed.

VS. 12 "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. "

If you have a trial today, be encouraged.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Welcome Home Christopher

Another college year has come to an end. Christopher has completed his 2nd year of college at Anderson University and had a great year. He arrived Sunday night and came into the house and told us he had something to show us. He really wanted us to come outside. So, as we went outside, he told us he had a new pet. CHRISTOPHER, HAD BROUGHT HOME A DUCK! Can you believe it? Can I believe it? Can anyone believe it? Well, just believe it, because it is true. Christopher has a pet duck named Floyd. Now, I must admit, Floyd is cute. Really cute! But what does one do with a cute duck? Really, I am asking. What is he going to do with this duck? He plans on keeping it all summer. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Congratulations Tripp

Our Nephew, Tripp Potterfield, graduates from Lander University on May 2, 2009. Congratulations Tripp. We are so proud of you. May God Bless You as you begin this new chapter in your life.