Steps of Faith

Steps of Faith

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Welcome My Guest Blogger.....

Hey Y'all.....I have a huge surprise!  On this Tuesday afternoon, I have a Guest blogger......   It is  none other than my youngest granddaughter....Mylee Jo!!



Mylee is 10 years old and she will be going into the 5th grade in just about 3 weeks.   

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Hi, this is Mylee and Shug is my grandmother. I love, absolutely LOVE, "Ty" babies. It's kinda my thing to collect them. Uuuh, lets see, how many do I have 1...2...3...well you get the point. To be exact, I have 43 and I'm not planning on stopping now. I'm posting a picture           
of them, it's a lot of them right?   
 Now, this is just the beginning of  my collecting them.  
I really want to start a blog.  see you next time bye for now!


Have a nice day!
Mylee Jo

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Changing my mind......

I think I may be changing my mind!  But hey.....this is most definitely a woman's prerogative....Right?   

{Prerogative is one of those words that I always mis-spell.....How about you?  I want to say
      PER-OGATIVE}

Anyways.....I really think I'm having a change of interest in Interior Decor.....  That's right!  As in the interior decor of our home.




As you can see.....I'm a RED person!  I really like the color Red, but I may be getting a little tired of it!    


I have always loved antiques.....and I still do....BUT, it may be time to let them rest a bit!



More RED......



Ha....Sam did not know that I was snapping a picture of him...


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I'm thinking WHITE!!!!!!

Yes....I want to go with more white and touches of sage and grey!


                                                                      Photo Source: Pinterest
                                                                   
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Photo Source:  Chip and Joana 


I really like these looks and I love how the white adds so much brightness to a room....

A little paint.....a few pillows and throws.....add some glass containers and white hydrangeas.....use some more greenery....Change the covers on my dining room chairs.....Change a rug or 2 and replace all red items with sage/white and a few grey decor.

Pretty Simple!!!  

Hugs....Shug ๐ŸŒน




Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thought I would post just a few more Alaska pictures.   

I have had several people ask me how Sam got the fish that he caught back to Texas.    It was so easy!!!!

The fishing resort where he was staying, processed the fish and froze them solid and packed them in special coolers.   They were then loaded on the plane, along with Sam's luggage.  Sam landed at DFW in Dallas and went straight to the luggage claims area and his FISH were there, right beside his luggage.   

All together, each guy on the trip was able to bring home about 65 pounds of fish.   I didn't realize how much 65 pounds would be, but it filled up a complete section of my freezer.  



 A few eagles....    This was as close of a shot as Sam could get with the camera that he had on the boat.  
 I think this is such a beautiful picture.    ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

These are "Yellow Eye Rock Fish!"    Something interesting about these fish is that they have Ivory Ear Bones..   

Just like the ivory tusk on an elephant.   

One of the guys that was fishing with Sam, saved the Ivory Ear Bones from one of these fish and is going to have some earrings made for his granddaughter.   

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By the way.....Sam, along with the other 3 guys on his boat.....caught 4 small sharks.   They threw them back!  


My friend, Pam @ Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner........always has great recipes for cooking fish.  I'll have to re-visit some of those recipes to make some great meals out of these fish.     Y'all stop by her place and check out all of her great recipes...

Enjoy the rest of your day....

Shug ๐ŸŒน

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

I am super happy to have this fisherman home! 


Sam has been in Alaska for the past 8 days on a fishing adventure!



This adventure included 8 to 10 hours of fishing every day.... EXTENDED daylight hours.....Lots of Good Food.....little rest....fabulous pictures of Bald Eagles, and tons of fun!!


I think he was exhausted in this picture!   lol....




His "King Salmon" that he caught on the second day of fishing...



                                                       
                                             Picture from the fishing resort.




Beautiful picture of Bay fishing....


He was so tired when he got home yesterday and he hasn't even had time to download the pictures from his camera.   I can't wait to see them!  

Needless to say.....He stocked our freezer with lots of Salmon, Halibut, Cod and more!  Woo Hoo!

Glad he is HOME!!

Shug ๐ŸŒน


Monday, July 23, 2018

All I can say is that it is more than HOT here in East Texas!!!!



Sam had this little guy out near the tomato plants to keep the birds from doing so much damage to the tomatoes, but who needs him when the heat is what is doing all the damage?



                                                                   Totally Scorched!!



This is really BAD!!!   ALL of the tomato plants are burned completely up.   




And.....these are flowers that have completely bit the dust, in spite of all the watering I have been doing.   I'm guessing my water bill is going to be ↑  UP this month!!!!  


A leaf from the redbud tree in my yard.     :(


105....104....102...    these are a few of the temps that we have been dealing with.    TOO HOT for me!

Praying for cooler temps and RAIN!!  ☔☔☔☔☔☔☔☔☔

Take care and stay Cool!

Shug......๐ŸŒน

Friday, July 13, 2018

I've been putting it off.....but yesterday, I made the decision to stop at a large business, to pick up a few things that I have been needing.

Gosh.... I do not know why I always dread going there.   Seems like I always spend a lot of money when I go....which could be one of the reasons I put it off until I absolutely have to go....OR....it might be that I don't like the big crowds!  This business is certainly a busy place!!!

Here's my story for today!  I got all my shopping done yesterday,  and then I checked out and paid.  As I'm headed out to my car, one of the guys who works there, said to me....."Would you allow me to make you smile this morning, by loading all of your stuff into your car for you?  That way you can go ahead and get your car cooled down."  

Now..... this guy had sweat streaming off of his face.  He was one of the guys that gathers the carts from out in the parking lot, and makes sure that there are carts in the Entrance for all the shoppers.

I told him that he had already made me smile, just by offering to help me.  I then thanked him and told him that I needed the exercise and that I would load it myself.  I told him that I certainly appreciated him offering.   

It was so hot and humid out in that parking lot.....  as I was walking away, I heard this tiny voice.  It was the other side of my brain that said...."Are you crazy?  Do you know how stinking HOT it is out here?  What were you thinking by saying you needed the exercise?  You've never worried about exercise before!!!!!"

This young man was so very kind to offer to help me......and, as I got in my car, I saw him run over to help a man and woman... I watched a few minutes and I saw him load all of their items in the trunk of their car.  He then took the buggy and went back to his job of moving carts.

As I drove off..... I thought to myself.....why is it that good things like this never get talked about?  If something bad had happened, like perhaps he had accidentally hit the side of a car with a buggy.....then a manager would have been contacted immediately!!

OR..... if he had just looked at someone wrong, then you can bet that he would have been reported to management.   

I have the phone number for this business keyed into my contacts, and I have Blue Tooth, so I decided I would call and just let the manager or assistant manager know how polite this young man was.

I called and got customer service and explained that I wanted to speak with the manager or the AM.    Before I could even say another word, the woman on the other end of the line responded in a very gruff voice..... "What's the PROBLEM...?"   I could hear total frustration in the tone of her voice.  

I said..."Mam....I would just like for them to know that they have a very kind and helpful young man working for them and I would like for the management team to recognize him for his kindness and his work ethics."

We spoke for a few more minutes and she took the description of the young man I was talking about.   She assured me that she would let the manager know that I called.   

I know that places like this are very busy, and I know that they probably get a lot of complaints.  But, from the tone of her voice, I'm guessing, that they do not receive very many compliments....!!!!

Isn't it sad, that in our everyday life, we automatically think of everything being a Problem?  I know that I don't work in the business world, and that I don't see many of the things that others see......But, I would certainly hope that if I did, that I would at least be able to look for goodness and not assume that just because someone wants to speak to the person in charge, that there is a 
always a Problem.  Did someone say...."Negativity?"

Here is the definition of Problem......
prob·lem
หˆprรคblษ™m/
noun
  1. 1. 

    a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome.


    synonyms:difficultytroubleworrycomplication, difficult situation; 



Also:  a source of perplexity, distress or vexation....an intricate unsettled question.   


Because of this One question coming from the lady in Customer Service, of "What's the PROBLEM".....I almost felt defeated in trying to recognize the goodness, the kindness, and the hard work....that I had witnessed from this man.   Thank goodness, his attitude made a huge impression on me and I was determined to let his good deeds be recognized...

I hope that this small scenario in life that I have talked about today, will inspire each of us to pay attention to our own reactions, as to how we respond in our everyday life.  

Shug ๐ŸŒน











Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Last evening, Sam and I were doing a little shopping at Best Buy.....

He is getting ready to go on a big trip and needed a few things for his camera.  

At the end of the month, I'm going to take a class that will teach me how to use my camera correctly and how to improve the pictures that I take.  

SO...........

While he was gathering his items, I was busy looking at Camera Lenses.  With each lens that I looked through, I was trying so hard to find that perfect focus.

I must have looked through a dozen lens, and to my surprise, I found several that had a good focus.....but none of them was able to capture the clarity in distance that I was looking for. 

A little later that evening, I was thinking about how I was being way too particular about the view I was looking for in each lens.   Isn't it an amazing thing how the Lord can use a simple thing like me shopping for a camera lens, to speak to my heart?

Mind you.....I did not have my glasses on when I was doing all this looking through those lens!!!!   I wasn't seeing the clear picture because my eyes where not focused.   If only I had pulled my glasses out of my purse and used them as I looked at each camera, I may have seen a different kind of light.....a different kind of picture,

In the same way, this is exactly how we sometimes view life!!  We are expecting what our minds have told us to expect......However, we fail to look through the eyes of the Lord as HE guides us to see and do what he has planned for us.   

We are expecting perfection, not realizing that our own eyes are sometimes closed to what God has planned for us.    

God has a perfect view of our Future......HE already knows each Blessing that HE has planned for us.  HE is waiting to show favor upon our lives.   We need only, to stay focused on HIM and HIS word.....We need to walk in the Light and by doing so, the vision of our future will be much more clear. 

I am reminded of a time when my vision of life was not where it needed to be.  It's almost as if I found something wrong with everything that God was sending my way.  What I didn't understand, was that there were challenges and hills to climb, but at the time, I had no idea....no clue as to the Beauty that would be mine, once I reached the top of the mountain.  

My view was the BEST.....it still is the BEST.  God had a future for me that I could not yet see while I was climbing.  BUT....once I stepped aside and allowed HIM to guide me, my vision became more clear and I soon realized that my life was being brushed, day by day, by the divine Master.  {It still is}        HE's the painter of the skies.... The skies proclaim the work of HIS hands.

How clearly the skies reveal God's Glory!!

I want to see all that HE has planned for me.....I want my life LENS to capture every bit of God's awesome Glory and Grace.  Each and every day, I want to see the splendor of God's Love!

Hugs,

Shug ๐ŸŒน





    





Sunday, July 8, 2018


Oh my goodness.....how true this is!!!!!



I love music.....I love singing....and I know exactly in my mind, how I want to sound!  I've heard it before.  NOT FROM MY OWN VOICE, but from singers like Carrie Underwood or Lady Antebellum!  These two ladies have such beautiful voices.

Most of us have heard others say {and some of us have even said it ourselves}....."I may not be able to sing very well, but when I get to Heaven, I'll be in the Heavenly Choir."

Heavenly Choir or not....I plan on spending eternity, SINGING to the LORD.  

Honestly speaking.....Music has such a way of changing the mood in so many situations.  

There is nothing like the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit during Worship Service.  Singing with all your heart, Praising the Lord.

Music can move us when we are on a date night with the love of our life. ๐Ÿ’— 

Soft music has a way of calming us when we can't sleep or when we are in a stressful situation. 

As I stated at the beginning of this post.....I can NOT sing!

Or....can I?


When I say that I can NOT sing....I actually mean that the melody of my singing is not very pleasant.   Singing is easy!!  But, making a beautiful noise is NOT!

I am always in constant prayer for my husband, for my children and my grandchildren....However, I have found that when I quietly sing my prayers for all of these people that I love, I find such Peace..... and I experience such a personal and VERY REAL conversation with God.   

I would encourage each of you to SING to the Lord.....Sing your prayers....Sing of your Love....Sing Prayers over your family!

You will be Blessed!!!!

Enjoy theBlessings of this Day....

Shug ๐ŸŒน 





Saturday, July 7, 2018

Lets see.....what has been happening around here for the past couple of weeks???  



Celebrating Father's Day.....






We celebrated Tyler being home for about 10 days.....In this picture,  he is making a speech at a wedding he was in...



Dancing with his mom at the wedding......much fun!

New picture of all 6 grandkids...... ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—



Celebrating 4th of July {a little EARLY}   before Tyler has to fly back to his AF Base.



Tyler and Mylee Jo doing a little dance.....


Family at the wedding......


Lots of eating out......Here is Shanda, Mylee and Tom....we are eating at "Walk-On's"      My first time to eat here and it was really very good...



Bella sleeping in her NEW second house.   She really does fit in the thing, but she always sleeps with her head hanging out....

AND......

I had double eye surgery on July 3rd...


Check out these lovely eye shades that they gave me.  

My eyes were super swollen for the 4th of July, so I didn't get to see a single "Firework" in the sky.....

Hopefully....my eyes will be clear in a few days....

This has been the happenings around here for the past couple of weeks.....

Fun times!!

Shug ๐ŸŒน



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