Some of My Favorite Memories

Going through some of the old pictures, I loved remembering these times.

 

Nancy Grace McGill, Nancy Jo Elder, two little cousins

Nancy Grace McGill, Nancy Jo Elder, two little cousins

Nancy Jo, 2 year old

Nancy Jo, 2 year old

 

Tricia, Nancy, Rita and Daddy at Corpus 1941

Tricia, Nancy, Rita and Daddy at Corpus 1941

Nancy in 6 th grade

Nancy in 6 th grade

Nancy and Junior on beach at Port Aransas

Nancy and Junior on beach at Port Aransas

Bride Nancy

2 year old ring bearer

2 year old ring bearer

 

De, Nancy and Andrew

De, Nancy and Andrew

with Sarah Louise and little Nancy

with Sarah Louise and little Nancy

Tricia, Rachel and Nancy

Tricia, Rachel and Nancy with Marci’s puppies

Benjamin and Andrew on South Concho River

Benjamin and Andrew on South Concho River

Camp Rock fun, Rita,Anna Nancy, Elizabeth Ann

Camp Rock fun, Rita,Anna Nancy, Elizabeth Ann

Nancy & Missy at Port Arnasas

Nancy & Missy at Port Arnasas

D. Andrew, Nancy, Benjiman

D. Andrew, Nancy, Benjamin

 

 

Grandma

Grandma

Grandma, Andrew & Rachel

Grandma, Andrew & Rachel

Nancy's engagement picture

Nancy’s engagement picture

 

Thoroughbred Horse

A thoroughbred horse

I painted this thoroughbred horse for practice

Not Bob's Quarter Horse

This is the first picture I painted of Bob’s quarter horse, I had to start over from scratch, another lesson learned ~

This picture today is a thoroughbred horse I painted for practice. I have painted a lot of horses in the last 60 years and it has always been a pleasure. People treasure their horses, there is a special bond between them. Ranchers use quarter horses in Texas,  I painted a quarter horse  for someone who was giving it to her husband for Christmas one year.  She gave me a photograph to go by, mesquite tree, calache road and their recognizable ranch land in the background. This was going to be an easy one. I loved doing it, but I did ‘doctor up’ it up just a little, you know, a little more muscle, longer legs, what I thought would enhance it.  I showed it to Jim Cawley ~a horse expert and friend~  to  have him critique it before I delivered it . His comment was, “Dang, that is a fine horse but that is NOT Bob’s horse!”, so I started over from scratch and painted Bob’s real horse. Jim taught me a lot about horses, I have had to remove the perfectly painted whiskers in a horse portrait, re-work the eyes (moon eyes are not acceptable) and  every horse has to be the exact color. Horses have four legs, sometimes I would have liked to have painted them standing in tall grass, the legs are no fun.

At War with Raccoons

So this one got away, it was Sunday morning and I was getting ready for church. To much going on to take care of him. He would be back~

So this one got away, it was Sunday morning and I was getting ready for church.  Too much going on to take care of him so I told him to get gone.  He would be back~

It is official, I have declared war on the coons. No more whining and getting all stressed, they have to go. When I was seeing so many green apricots under my big tree, I though it was the wind. Then one morning I went out to find all the apricots off the tree and half eaten ones covering the ground. It was coons! I set the live trap and had caught a big coon by the next morning. It was Sunday and I decided that was too much to handle and then go to church so I turned him loose. Then on Monday  I found another coon in the trap and I tried my .22 but it only clicked, it didn’t fire. I was losing my courage but sat down and tried to figure out what was wrong with the gun. I could see two bullets jammed in the barrel. Not good. So I got the smaller .22 that Austin had loaned me but could not find the trick to loading it.. It was a strange little gun and it had been a while since he had showed me how shoot it.  I put water and food in the live trap and a burlap sack over the top to shade the coon while and studied the gun situation. Finally around 3:00 in the afternoon, I figured it out, I pushed a lever and it dropped down and there was a little hole where I could  put in the shell.  I shot the coon. I hauled him off to the pasture. As I was checking my other new fruit trees, I found my 3 year old Loren peach tree (I had  lovingly nurtured from a seed) with it’s 12 peaches gone and tender young branches broken and hanging. I had put 6 ft. wire cages around all my new fruit trees but a coon can climb right over the top. Last night I set the live trap and found it on it’s side this morning,  the door wasn’t even snapped. No coon and no can of Special Dinner cat food. I won’t give up until I get them, this is war~

Vacation in Corpus Christi

Our very first time to see the ocean.  It was an unbelievable thrill, the best vacation ever~

Our very first time to see the ocean. It was an unbelievable thrill, the best vacation ever~Nancy was three years, here with Tricia and Rita. What fun!

It almost feels like summer time and always reminds me of care free time when school was out for three whole months. In 1941 we packed up and went to Corpus Christi on vacation. It was an all night trip in the car loaded with five people, water groceries,and a few clothes. The very first time three little girls got to see the ocean.
The waves came one after another, taking us on a thrilling ride on the air mattress.

The waves came one after another, taking us on a thrilling ride on the air mattress.

It was such a shock, Mother tried to tell us how big the water was but I kept thinking of the river at Christoval and with some trees standing out in the middle of the water. There were no trees in this water! As far as you could see, nothing but water. The waves were white with foam as they rolled up on the sandy beach. It was magical. We went to the coast many times after that but it could never compare to that first time.

Tricia and I came home with a zillion freckles, Nancy came home with not a single one!

Tricia and I came home with a zillion freckles, Nancy came home with her usual peaches and cream skin. That is our red headed daddy with us, he got a terrible sun burn.

More Pictures

1939 Elder sisters
A photographer came to our house in 1939, he had a big camera on a tripod and a screen which he set up next to the wall. I remember that my dress was red and Tricia’s was blue. He gave Nancy a little black lense  cover to hold so she would stay still. Tricia and I were excited to see that lense cover was showing when the pictures came.
Elizabeth's wedding day

Elizabeth’s wedding day

One of my favorite wedding pictures of Elizabeth and John. They were married at the head of the Nile River on Jan. 30 of last year. Blessings for this beautiful couple. Soon you will be a real farmer’s daughter~
Tumbleweed Smith came to visit  Jitter Joe

Tumbleweed Smith came to visit Jitter Joe

I have met a few famous people; Lady Bird and LBJ (he looked right over the top of my head while he was shaking the hand of the one next in line). The really most famous person I ever met was Tumbleweed Smith. He came to the house to talk about baptistery paintings I had done and spent 2 hours looking at the miniatures and watching Jitter patty cake. He wrote a nice article after our visit and did a radio interview. There are a lot of really nice folks in the world!  He is one of them~
My sweeties

My sweeties

My favorite picture of these two. I sure do love my family.
Rita Ann, Nancy Jo & Tricia

Rita Ann, Nancy Jo & Tricia

Here we are~Rita, Nancy and Tricia in 1968. We used to get together every few months back then. It was always sad when everyone went back home We loved each other so much.
Mark & Stacy Mae

Mark & Stacy Mae

One of the best things Stacy did was bring Mark into our family. They just celebrated their 17 year wedding anniversary. He is a peach! She is a lawyer.

From Screened Porch to Sun Room

When I finally got near the top of the list for the carpenters to come and start work on the new sun room, I was ready. I had time to refinish most of the furniture to go in there, buy fabric for the table and cushions, make a comforter for the day bed with cushions and bolsters’. 
Frank, his son and Steve working on the new  redwood framing.

Frank, his son and Steve working on the new redwood framing.

The wood framing was getting in bad shape so it had to all be replaced.

The wood framing was getting in bad shape so it had to all be replaced.

The six double windows are easy to slide open, everything has been insulated.

The six double windows are easy to slide open, everything has been insulated.

The windows went in fast but the finishing work took a long time.

The windows went in fast but the finishing work took a long time.

I painted animal pictures from when I was in Kenya, and found some wonderful tableware on Amazon. When the workers went home in the evenings, I would run out and set things up to see how everything looked.

Nice looking inside and out~

Nice looking inside and out~

The six double windows are large and insulated, Frank Cranik came and installed a vent from the heating and cooling unit so it is perfect winter and summer, it is a dream room.  Tomorrow I will show you the new sun room all finished.  

 

 

New Beds for The Orphans

it is hard to believe 22 mattresses and blankets, plus bed linens could fit in this pickup.

A project that has been in the works since last summer came to an exciting conclusion during this Christmas visit to Kitale, Kenya at the Children’s Rescue Centre. This summer Paul and Lisa made the trip to work six weeks at the orphanage on projects and teach the children about Jesus. (He was also there to visit with Elizabeth, our missionary/nurse). They found that new mattresses were desperately needed. The children were sleeping on molding and foul smelling foam pads. When they came back home, Lisa Dees talked to different Baptist Churches in her area and they, as well as other individuals made the funds available to buy the new beds for the children. What a blessing! Then a  six months wait until a group could make the trip back to Kenya during Christmas and buy everything. Almost as soon as we arrived in Kitale, Lisa, Benton, Paul and Abbie went to town and found everything they needed. The mattresses were good ‘memory foam type’ and the prices were right. There was enough money to also buy Mattress covers, sheets, and blankets. They were delivered to the orphanage that same day on a pickup. Not exactly like a furniture truck delivery, there was a trick loading over twenty mattresses in the bed of the pickup. When they got there with them, the kids pulled their old beds out of their rooms and piled them some place to be hauled off, then unloaded the new ones.

everyone lined up and started carrying things to their rooms 

Those who were big enough made their own beds up and then helped the younger kids with theirs.

the blankets were  nice quality, gifts from Valera, Glen Clove, Hopewell, Christoval, and Emmanuel  Baptist Churches made these purchases possible, as well as donations from individuals

With real  sheets and blankets, everyone was wanting me to come and take their pictures with their new beds. There were two sets of bunk beds in each room.

a happy face

even Naomi, the house mama got a much needed new bed. I loved this young woman~

I never found a place to buy a pillow in Kitale, the kids didn’t have them and probably didn’t need them.

this is one of the men from the church there who volunteered to paint the rooms. They turned them from dark and dull into bright as sunshine. What a change.

What a wonderful time! A few days later, the team went to a hardware/paint store in town and bought pretty aqua and pale pink paint (Benton and Abbie chose the colors) and all the rooms were covered in fresh new paint. The painting was going to my job and Abbie’s  but men from Eagle Vision Jesus Praise Centre volunteered to do it. What a thrill it was to see this dark drab place turned into something fresh and pretty.  A huge ‘thank you’ to all who supported this effort, your prayers, love and gifts have made a difference, what a blessing~