Sunday, October 19, 2014

Honor – Courage - Commitment

Hubby and I traveled to San Diego this week to attend the graduation of our grandson at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. We watched the impressive military ceremony with tears in our eyes and pride in our hearts.

Pvt. Benjamin J. Powers

Courage, Honor, and Commitment are the core values of the United States Marine Corps. The Corps motto, Semper Fidelis, means “Always Faithful.” The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor on the emblem he wears symbolize the commitment of the USMC to defend our nation – in the air, on land and at sea.

Our prayers will be with Ben as he honors and defends our nation. We are proud of our wonderful young marine.

(Picture by Kayce Powers)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hot Dogs and S’Mores

It had many years since I roasted hot dogs over a campfire, but last evening I rediscovered the joy of open-fire cooking with members of my Sunday School class. Once my dog became black, I slapped in on a bun and slathered it with mustard. A big helping of relish completed my perfect creation. Yum! It tasted as good as I remembered and was enjoyed along with baked beans, deviled eggs, chips and dip, and hot apple cider.

The most delicious treat of the evening was saved for last. S’mores. By the time I was ready to fix my treat, the fire had died down and my marshmallows were toasted to perfection over the hot coals. My campfire treat made the whole idea of microwave s’mores laughable. It’s not just the gooey center, it’s also the crispy outside that provides that finger-licking-good chocolate and marshmallow stuffing between two graham crackers.

As we were finishing our meal, we enjoyed a beautiful orange and red sunset. This reminded me of something I heard a while back: “Do not worry if you feel low; the sun has a sinking spell every night, but rises again all right the next morning.”

Because I enjoyed this fall activity so much, I was inspired to bake an apple pie. This is the first foodie picture I’ve ever posted. (Well, by definition, I'm not actually a foodie.) Maybe I should have done some “staging” with a cookbook and my pretty yellow mum. Too late!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

OKWU Again

This week I’m off to Oklahoma Wesleyan University for the fall Board of Trustees meeting. During the sessions, the board will receive reports and approve administrative plans for future growth and development of this thriving faith and learning community.

While on the campus, I will enjoy a latte at Doc Lacy’s, the wonderful coffee house that honors my dad, and take in the beauty of this incredible campus. I’m always impressed with the administration, faculty, staff, and students at this outstanding Christian University.

Picture by friend, Sondra Cave
(Note the lake and beautiful campus buildings reflected in the windows.)

From the OKWU website:
Unapologetic in our commitment to the truth of Christ and the truth of Scripture, OKWU models a way of thought, a way of life, and a way of faith. This is a place of serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom.”