Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fun, Food and Family

We had a really nice time this past week.  My parents flew in from Tennessee and my brother Nathaniel and his family (the one with the 6 little boys!!!) gathered at my house to spend the holidays together. This was the first year that I officially hosted "Christmas" as my house for my family and it was nice to be able to stay home and have everyone come here!  It is a rare occasion that we ALL can get together (my parents, one set of grandparents and my other brother all live in Tennessee... with extended family spread out in Washington, Oregon, Utah and Northern California) but it was nice to at least have SOME of them here.   I traditionally make candy during the holidays and this year was no exception - Almond Roca, Peanut Butter Balls, Haystacks, Martha Washingtons and Fudge... (I'm eating a piece of Roca as I "speak"... I mean "type") We fixed a big Beef Tenderloin Roast dinner on Christmas Eve (which is also my brother's birthday) and had fresh tamales and the "works" on Christmas.   All in all, everything turned out really nice.  I thank God for placing me into such a great family!  

(I didn't get as many pictures as I wanted....  too busy with other things...  but here are a few I did get...)

Sunday, December 21, 2008



Jesus is the Reason for Every Season!

During this time of year, the saying, "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" is often quoted by Christians in an attempt to defend Christmas as a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I don't want offend those that have oft quoted that BUT I think that .... Jesus is the REASON for EVERY SEASON!! He is the reason for EVERY DAY! Over the years, there has been many discussions and concerns about those that want to "Take Christ out of Christmas" ... making it Xmas or whatever... Let me offer a different line of thought for discussion...

Wikipedia states that:

The Mass is the Eucharistic celebration in the Latin liturgical rites of the Roman Catholic Church. The term is used also of similar celebrations in Old Catholic Churches, in the Anglo-Catholic tradition of Anglicanism, and in some largely High Church Lutheran regions, including the Scandinavian and Baltic countries. For the celebration of the Eucharist in Eastern Churches, including those in full communion with the Holy See, other terms, such as the Divine Liturgy, the Holy Qurbana, and the Badarak, are normally used. Most Western denominations not in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church, such as Calvinist Christianity, also usually prefer terms other than Mass.   

The term "Mass" is derived from the late-Latin word missa (dismissal), a word used in the concluding formula of Mass in Latin: "Ite, missa est" ("Go; it is the dismissal").[1]  The Council of Trent reaffirmed traditional Christian teaching that the Mass is the same Sacrifice of Calvary offered in an unbloody manner: "The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different. And since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and offered in an unbloody manner... this sacrifice is truly propitiatory" (Doctrina de ss. Missae sacrificio, c. 2, quoted in Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1367). The Council declared that Jesus instituted the Mass at his Last Supper: 

Therefore, a "Mass" is a celebration of Jesus' DEATH on the cross.  So how did the term "ChristMAS" (Christ's Mass) become a celebration of His Birth?  I'm not going to go into all the history of Christmas and all the issues that we could possibly have with it's background.... that I will leave entirely up to you and your own research!   I just thought it might be interesting to contemplate that rather than taking "Christ" out of Christmas, that we could possibly say that we should take the "Mass" out of Christmas and JUST HAVE CHRIST!  Jesus is ALIVE and living in us ...  everyday!

The feelings of nostalgia seem to come alive at this time of year.  American traditions of Norman Rockwell Christmas Pictures ...  Bing Crosby singing "White Christ***"(sorry please don't be offended - I just couldn't resist)... falling snow, twinkling lights & the smell of pine (or homemade candy if you prefer) live in our hearts and memories.  It's a time to get together with those you love...  have fun and laugh lots ... eat and talk long...  play games and sing carols ....  give gifts and lots of LOVE!  AND REMEMBER ....  JESUS IS ALIVE  - LIVING IN US AND HE  IS THE REASON FOR EVERY SEASON!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Photography is More Than Fun -- It's Educational!

Some of the young people in our church have really been getting into photography and had a "photo shoot" this last Saturday with Olivia and Logan.  The pics below were taken by Paige Abeytia (daughter of our Assistant Pastor) and really turned out great!  Not only was it fun for the kids, but they're all learning something in the process.   (We homeschoolers look for the real life learning in everything! None of that sedentary learning for this family!)   IT'S EDUCATIONAL!?!?  --- that's my kind of fun!  lol

  ... and we can never have enough pictures of our kids!!!

**** You can see more shots on Olivia's Blog*****

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Get In That Holiday Mood.....

I really don't like to post "youtube" clips, but I was trying to figure out a way to play this song on my blog and this seemed the best way.....  I listen to this version every year to get in the Holiday mood!  I'm sure many of you have heard it before....  but if you need that good "belly-laugh" again, here it is......  hehe --- haha ---- hoho ----yaaaaaahahhahahahh

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Giving Thanks!

How to observe Thanksgiving

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends
 instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count you health 
instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

~~Author Unknown.~~

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

17 Year Pastoral Anniversary

This last weekend we celebrated our 17th Year at Life Tabernacle!  What a GREAT Church family we have.  They surprised us with a very nice afternoon lunch at a local steak house --- almost everyone from the morning service was there (200+)!  In the evening service, they blessed us with a wonderful program of memories, pictures & gift.  We were privileged to have our friend, Bro. Keith Clark as our guest speaker.  To top off the day, we baptized one and one got the Holy Ghost!  It's been a wonderful 17 years and we love Life Tabernacle!!!!!  

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Home from Tennessee

Well, it's been a couple weeks since I posted... obviously!!  We arrived back home today and are trying to get unpacked and caught up.  Tennessee was beautiful and we had a great time visiting with our family.  We didn't really do the "tourist" thing this time, although Olivia did get to go to Dollywood with Grammy and Amanda.  We just spent a lot of time relaxing, visiting and eating.  As my brother, Anthony, would say, "We don't eat because we're hungry, we eat to keep from gettin' hungry!"  Those of you that know my Mom, know that she is a fabulous cook and she didn't disappoint us...  lol! 

 As you can see by the pics below,  Anthony took Dean & Logan skeet shooting - which, I'm sure is going to having lasting effects...  they were both hooked with the first shot.   The love of gun-smoke runs deep in this family.  

It was nice getting to be there for my Dad's 64th Birthday - We don't get to do that very often! We combined his birthday dinner with "Thanksgiving Dinner" since we won't be there for Thanksgiving.  Check out that beautiful cake...  another of my Mom's specialties!  Good food and good memories!

So glad that I got to visit with Papaw and Mamaw.  They are incomparable grandparents and I'm truly blessed to be their favorite............................oldest granddaughter!  (lol - had those other grandkids going for a minute!) 

All in all, we had a great time and I miss everyone already!

There is something wrong with my new camera - I'm going to have to return it, I think...  But here are a few pictures I was able to get...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Off to Tennessee....

It's been awhile since I've posted - as you can tell.... Soooo much to do and sooooo little time! Right now I'm sitting in Sacramento Airport (surfing the web on Olivia's laptop while she is getting another Starbucks!) ...waiting for my 6:30am flight to Kodak, Tennessee via Atlanta and Nashville. It's going to be a looooooong day! I'm looking forward to spending some time with my family and enjoying a few weeks of fall colors in the beautiful Smokey Mountains.

And to those who think I'm going to miss Election Tuesday ---- I've already voted - California has "early voting" this year --- which was great because we'll be in Tennessee on the 4th. Olivia can't vote this year, but is excited that she and Logan will be voting in the next Presidential Election in 2012! I think she already has a candidate picked out!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

So Sleep, Beloved

 Excerpt of an article by Rachel Starr Thomson (Homeschooling Today; Sept/Oct 2008 Vol. 17/Issue 5).  

“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.”  (Ps. 127:2-3)  The Bible has some really special things to say. This is one of my favorites. It deserves to be memorized, embraced, and highlighted as a “life verse” for all of us.

Sometimes we associate sleep with laziness or apathy. It’s true that sleep can be abused, like most things in this life. It’s a gift of God that we can

twist for fleshly ends. But I still love this verse, because sleep is often a very good thing—a sign that we are resting deeply. Godly sleep is a sign of trust, of resting in God, of laboring for a very good Master.

Naturally lazy I may be, but I know what it’s like to work really, really hard. I’ve spent eight or more hours doing hard physical labor. I’ve pulled

thirty-six-hour work stints, pushing to launch an event until I couldn’t see straight. In fact, by the time hour thirty-six rolled around, I had to ask

a friend to listen to the little greeting speech I was giving people at the door and tell me if I was making any sense. I didn’t know! 

I also know what it’s like to lay awake all night because of worry, excitement, or fear. I’ve done it before a big move or a dreaded meeting. I’ve done it when circumstances seemed ready to eat me or someone I love alive. Tossing and turning, stomach twisting, butterflies playing where no butterflies should be—nights awake are not fun.

With all this typically human experience behind me, I am warmed and thrilled by the promise of this verse. It is a promise for anyone with a job to do, whether that job is raising a family, homeschooling children, building a house, serving in ministry, or creating a career. The bigger and more eternally important the job, the more these words encourage and empower. You see, encapsulated in the twenty-six words of verse two are several soul-comforting truths.   ------

I need to be reminded that it is "vain" for me to act as though the burden is mine alone.  God has my work in His hands.  He had given me tasks and will help me finish them.  He has given me burdens and asked me to let Him carry them.  There surely is a work to be done ---- responsibly, skillfully, and wholeheartedly.  But more then that, it must be done in faith -- with such trust in God that we can step back,  give it to Him and fall asleep each night in peace!

Psalms 127:1 "Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain."  

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Life Tabernacle Ladies Get-Away

What a nice, relaxing time I had this last weekend  ...  spent with some wonderful ladies from Life Tabernacle!!!  We found a great deal on a cabin up at Shaver Lake and decided that it would be a great alternative to the "Men's Camp-out"!  (We thought we'd "rough-it" a little... )  The weather was so nice and the "no-pressure" schedule was great!  We're all ready to go again....

Thursday, September 18, 2008

SIS Retreat

Another year of SIS (Safety in Sisterhood) ....  chocolate, friends, laughter and a few tears....  I totally enjoyed the pampering and the food!  Thank you Stephany and Tulare Ladies for all your hard work and hospitality.  Enjoyed sharing a room with my friends, Lorraine and Susan, once again -- love you both!  Made some new friends and had fun with some old ones....  Overall, it was a very successful SIS Retreat!  May God Bless all of you --  Truffles, Nuts & Chews!

Truffles, Nuts & Chews!!!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!!!!

Today, September 13th, is the birthday of my beautiful Mother!!!  I know... I know... she looks like my older sister ... I've been told that a thousand times!!!  We ARE ONLY 19 1/2 years apart! 

This blog could not begin to contain all that my Mom means to me (or ALL the things that she does!!!).  Let's just suffice it to say --  She's a whiz!  I probably will go into all of her glorious attributes at sometime or other on this blog.  But today, I just want to say a BIG......

Happy Birthday Mom!!!!!  

I love you,  Your Favorite Daughter!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Grandma Nonie

Just been thinking about.... and missing.... my Grandma Nonie.  Last week was her birthday and I guess that may have triggered the thought.  Well, at least she thought that was her birthday.... she was given away, along with her sister, when she was five years old because her mom was marrying a man that didn't want the girls (but would keep the boy)!!!!!!  She was handed from family to family, separated from her sister (she said, she remembered that she cried more when she was separated from her sister, than when she was separated from her mother!)  Finally, a policeman heard that she was being used to beg for a blind man and his wife and rescued her.  They put her up for adoption and she was adopted by a widow that had a boarding house - Grandma Davenport (as we refer to her) ------- AND that was in the early 1900's!!!--- Can you believe that?!?!  She had every excuse to be bitter, hurt and angry --- BUT Grandma Nonie was anything BUT ---- She loved her family, her God and her friends!  She was full of laughter and you could feel that in her home.  She wasn't a singer by any standard, but I can still hear her as she would sing her favorite song..... "This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Saviour, all the day long...."

Every now and then, I feel an overwhelming feeling to go to Grandma Nonie's house!  I want to just jump in the car with my kids and run up to Stockton, turn on to Yosemite Lane off of Harding Way...  pull up in that long red driveway.... probably go in the back door... see her as she comes "around the corner" in her house dress...  hear her laughter - as she claps her hands together.... sit down and eat tuna and crackers in the breakfast nook ... play a game of Uno or Scrabble... or just talk....  (okay, I better stop, I already have tears in my eyes and that tight feeling in my chest!!!!)...  But I know if I go, she won't be there, because she's been gone 14 1/2 years now!  Wow... time flies...  It's funny, but I still have dreams of Grandma Nonie and I wake up crying.  She made such an impact on all that knew her -- especially her kids and grandkids!  By the way, she was my great-grandmother and that is an old picture of her, my Papaw Willie (who died when I was almost 5) and my Papaw Jack (the baby) at the top of this post!  She was alive when both my kids were born (five generations!).  I wish they could have really known her!!  She was truly very SPECIAL!  When I am a grandmother.... I pray that I can be half the grandma she was!  

Here are some more pics!  Enjoy!

Five Generations - Grandma Nonie, Papaw Jack Renison, Papa Larry Renison (my Dad), Me and Logan. 

Sunday, September 7, 2008


Just got back from a "spur-of-the-moment"  4 day trip with my friends Lorraine and Susan (and Cherish).  We met in LA with no special plans but to spend time together....  we laughed, talked, walked, talked, shopped, talked, slept in, talked ....  I think Lorraine and I even made Susan a little nervous with our "heated" discussions a few times. =)  But we're STILL friends!!   I took my camera along, but I don't think I took one picture -- I was too busy relaxin' to remember! We had a good time and I appreciate their friendship.  

Never forget the days I spent with you. Continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours. - Ludwig Van Beethoven

Sunday, August 31, 2008

First Impressions of Sarah Palin

Now I must say that Senator John McCain's choice as his Vice Presidential running mate made me feel a little better about MY "choice" this coming November!  Sarah Palin is definitely a lady after my own "political" heart... (if there is such a thing!!!)  I love that line in her acceptance speech when she refers to telling Congress that "if the Alaskans wanted a bridge, they would build it themselves!"  I've listened to her speak and did some background reading on her and her family.  Wow, Sarah is a strong and dynamic Lady (Yes, with a capital "L"!) ....and she can hunt too!  She has already inspired me in a way that few have before.  Margaret Thatcher was always on my list... and now I have a new name to add.

Here is a list of a few of Palin's accomplishments:
  • She has had a 80 to 90 percent approval rating
  • Governor for two years
  • She has passed a helpful reform bill for Alaska.  Alaska had a corrupt system until she stepped in.
  • Stopped the "bridge to nowhere" that would of cost over 400 million dollars to tax payers
  • In charge of the National Security of the largest pipeline transporting 25% of our nation's oil
  • In charge of one of 120 federally funded Counter Terrorism units in Alaska
  • In charge of Disaster 1 - a unit that went to aid The World Trade Center
  • Union membership and took out "mob" union boss
  • A small town girl from a working family 
  • Stopped pork spending
  • Created a surplus and got rid of a deficit
  • Stood up against oil companies
  If you haven't had a chance to hear her speech, I'm including a link below.  A big thumbs-up to Sarah Palin!!!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Happy 15th Birthday Olivia!

Olivia Antoinette Domingues
   Born August 19, 1993

Oh ... you beautiful doll.....

I can't believe my "baby girl" is 15 years old.... Wow, how time swiftly passes...  I'm not sure why, but when I start to write about Olivia, all these lyrics from songs seem to start playing in my head....  "Oh, you beautiful doll"..... "You are so beautiful to me"..... "Brown-eyed girl"..... "Olivia, Olivia, O-O-O-O-O-O-Olivia, Olivia, Olivia, Mommy loves you soooooooo" (No, you probably haven't heard that one before!!!  That's the one that use to put her to sleep ---- as I rocked her on my shoulder.... sniff-sniff)....

She's lovable, funny and always ready to "go".... the energizer-bunny incarnate!!!!  She loves people (especially babies!!!!) and is always willing to lend a hand.  Olivia has always claimed to want to be a neonatal nurse (even when she could barely say the word).... I think she just likes babies  --- a great "mom-in-the-making"!  She seems to be a natural at cooking, cleaning (when she gets motivated) and everything digital/electronic...

Olivia, I want you to know that your Dad and I are so proud of you!  You're a very special young lady....  I admire your strength of character and your willingness to do what is "right".  You have great leadership abilities and will be able to influence many through the years - remember to take that responsibility seriously!  I appreciate your love and relationship with God --- let that relationship grow and flourish -- it's the most important one of all!!  

Happy Birthday Baby-doll!!!!  "I love you forever, I love you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be!!"

***My other blog (Kingdom Academy) has an additional slideshow of the "Vintage Vogue" clips of Olivia that you see mixed in the above slideshow.  Check it out.....

Senior Camp Blessings

This year's Senior Camp was a tremendous blessing.....  as you can see from the pictures.  It was Olivia's first year as an official "camper" and what a great year it was!  Every night the kids poured to the altar..... very few were left in the "pews".   I am so thankful for the touch of God that both of my children experienced!  May the memories and experiences be landmarks that they can return to and "remember" in the years to come.

God's Will

Just wanted to share an adorable picture of my youngest nephew, Jadon and a quote concerning finding the Will of God from a book that I was reading this evening...

"God's will for you is exactly what you would choose for yourself if you had sense enough to know."  Tommy Tyson

....... Jadon looks like he might have the sense enough to know!!!!  What do you think?!?  lol

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Affirmations of a Revolutionary

Excerpt from "Revolution" by George Barna

I am a Revolutionary in the service of God Almighty.  My life is not my own; I exist as a free person but have voluntarily become a slave to God.  My role on earth is to live as a Revolutionary, committed to love, holiness, and advancing God's Kingdom.  My life is not about me and my natural desires; it is all about knowing, loving, and serving God with all my heart, mind, strength, and soul.  Therefore, I acknowledge the following:

> I am a sinner; broken by my disobedience BUT restored by Jesus Christ in order to participate in good works that please God.  I am not perfect; but Jesus Christ makes me righteous in God's eyes, and the Holy Spirit leads me toward greater holiness.

>God created me for His purposes.  My desire as a Revolutionary is to fulfill those ends, and those ends alone.  When I get out of bed each day, I do so for one purpose:  to love, obey, and serve God and His people.

>Every breath I take is a declaration of war against Satan and a commitment to opposing him.

>God does not need me to fight His fight, but He invites me to allow Him to fight through me.  It is my privilege to serve Him in that manner.  I anticipate and will gladly endure various hardships as I serve God;  for this is the price of participation in winning the spiritual war.

>I do not need to save the world;  Jesus Christ has already done that.  I cannot transform the world, but I can allow God to use me to transform some part of it.

>My commitment to the Revolution of faith is sealed by my complete surrender to God's ways and His Will.  I will gratefully do what He asks of me simply because He loves me enough to ask.  I gain my security, success, and significance through my surrender to Him.

>I am not called to attend or join a church.  I am called to BE THE CHURCH.

>Worship is not an event I attend or a process I observe;  it is the lifestyle I lead.

>I do not give away 10 percent of my resources.  I SURRENDER 100 PERCENT.

>God has given me natural abilities and supernatural abilities, all intended to advance His Kingdom.  I will deploy those abilities for that purpose.

>The proof of my status as a Revolutionary is the love I show to God and people.

>There is strength in relationships;  I am bound at a heart and soul level to other Revolutionaries, and I will bless believers whenever I have the chance.

>To achieve victory in the spiritual war in which we are immersed, there is nothing I must accomplish;  I must simply follow Christ with everything I have.

>This is no greater calling than to know and serve God.

>The world is desperately seeking meaning and purpose.  I will respond to that need with the Good News and meaningful service.

>Absolute moral and spiritual truth exists, is knowable, and is intended for my life;  it is accessible through the Bible.

>I want nothing more than to hear God say to me, "Well done, My good and faithful servant."

Thank You, God, for loving me, for saving me, for refining me, for blessing me, and for including me in the work of Your Kingdom.  My life is Yours to use as You please.  I love You.

..... I couldn't have said it better.........

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Distinguished Members of the #1 Team

....."Isn't she lovely..... isn't she wonderful..."


What a handsome hunk ... dude... or
whatever the latest "girl-killer" word is.... :)lol

I just saved these photos from my nephew, Weston's Blog.  He took these while we were in Santa Cruz and he did such a good job!   I thought that some of you would like to see them ... My "kids" are growing up and I'm sooooo proud of them.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

I see a trend.....

When I began this "blog" some time ago, I had originally hoped to spend time recording some of my thoughts. (Not that they are worth that much ... but ...)  I'm seeing a trend in my posts though.... birthdays, anniversaries, parties(even tonight we spent time with our friends, Stephen & Susan Hill,  at a Brazilian Churrascaria for his 44th Birthday) and lots of pictures of my family and friends!   Wow...   April, May & June have been very event"full" months.   

So if I could articulate the "Lori Lore"  or what I've learned through this trend I'm observing,  it would have to be ......  relationships are what matter!  

Cultivate relationships with those you love and really LOVE them!  Because in the end.... “People Will Forget What You Said, People Will Forget What You Did, but People Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel.” 

Other quotes that bring clarity to this trend....

“You've spent your whole life running and running, trying to catch up with something that has never been there for you. And all you've done is go farther and farther away from the precious love that's been waiting for you all the time.”

"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."

No road is long with good company.  ~Turkish Proverb

“Life gives us brief moments with another...but sometimes in those brief moment we get memories that last a life time...”

"Memories are the treasures that we keep locked deep within the storehouse of our souls, to keep our hearts warm when we are lonely.”

~ Treasure your relationships, not your possessions. ~

So when you notice a "trend", maybe it's time to stop, take note and learn the lesson!

****Note - The above photo is my Mamaw, her sister - Aunt Nema and their best friend.  They are still friends today!  A great picture of what relationship is about.****

Happy 63rd Anniversary Popie & Marmie!!!!

At their home in Sutter, CA....
Still going strong and enjoying each other....

What a nice looking couple!

With their two oldest daughters Linda & Bev...

Having fun dressing up...

With all three of their girls.... Bev, Linda & Debbie

Like I said on my previous post (both of these posts were "posted" on the same day....oops) my other set of grandparents, Lonnie & Lorene Journey, celebrated 63 years of marriage on June 27th!

I truly have been blessed with good, godly grandparents on both sides of the family.  They are all in their 80's now and look young and live independent lives.  

Marmie & Popie are still wonderful host/hostesses for all those who visit their home.  Great cooking and conversation around the table.... maybe a game of Skip-bo or Phase 10....  staying up late and laughing.... talking out in the garage with Popie while he tinkers around on something...   these are some of the things you may experience while there.

I also spent many summers at their home in Redding, CA .... playing with all their office "stuff" and "pretend" driving all the vehicles sitting around outside (Popie drove a logging truck for many years and is a "certified-grease-monkey")....  and staying up all night with the girls and going garage selling/thrift shopping with Marmie (She worked for the school district for 25+ years as a baker so she had the summers off)...  WHAT FOND MEMORIES!

They are very special people.   Their faithfulness to each other and to the Lord have been an inspiration to me and my family.  I love them both dearly!  Happy Anniversary Popie & Marmie!   (I'm not sure if they will see this post.... they don't even own a computer or have internet but I wanted to honor them anyway and show what a wonderful heritage I have!)

Happy 65th Wedding Anniversary Papaw & Mamaw

Christmas time in Kodak, Tennessee

Papaw & Mamaw with their first child (My Dad!)
I love this picture  -- Papaw looks like one "cool dude" and Mamaw so "glamorous"

Their 25th Wedding Anniversary - I think this was in Burney...

They call this their Wedding Picture - it's one of my all time favorites!

I wanted to post a few pictures in honor of my grandparent's (Jack & Olliefaye Renison) 65th Wedding Anniversary on June 26th. They continue to truly be wonderful examples to their family and all those that know them. A beautiful couple ----  bar-none! I love them and appreciate all the precious memories we have made over the years.

I spent many summers at their home in Burney, CA .... mornings with Mamaw and "cinnamon toast - not cooked and not warmed".... and even-though Papaw pastored a church and worked a full time job welding at the mill, he would put up tents for me to play house in and helped with whatever other hair-brained idea I would come up with.... times on Shasta Lake out on the boat fishing (I usually had a book somewhere).... oh the fun times!

They grew up in the "depression" and although we've teased them over the years, they learned to be hard workers, dependable, frugal and steady. They pioneered the churches in Tracy, Ca., Burney, Ca. and also pastored in Ashland, Or.  They evangelized over the years and taught prophecy seminars all over the country.  Until just these past few years, they would make an annual trek from their home in Kodak, TN around the country with stops in Arkansas, Oklahoma, California, Oregon, Washington and sometimes Idaho to visit family and friends.  They always made a point to be at all important events in our lives as they possibly could.  They visited and preached at our church here many times over the years.  Life Tabernacle loves them and fondly refers to Papaw as Bro. Jack"Jesus" (referring to a message he preached some time ago....)

They have always portrayed a wonderful picture of loving support to each other and their family. I'm sure they've had their ups and downs in the last 65 years, but I've only see the LOVE that they have for each other.

Happy Anniversary Papaw & Mamaw....  I love you both!  

I could go on and on .... but my other grandparents have an anniversary tomorrow (June 27).... and I need to post something for them as well.  I AM SOOOOO BLESSED TO STILL HAVE MY WONDERFUL GRANDPARENTS AROUND!!!!

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