Archive for November, 2008

Train Table

November 27, 2008

It is obvious to anyone who has spent time around li’l Avery that he loves trains. I take a lot of credit for that as I love trains as well (apple not falling far…). This year we have taken the task of making his wish list to Santa for him. In anticipation of a Christmas day train set (Brio), I made Avery a train table over last weekend. Looking online, there are tons of sites dedicated to wooden trains and so I found one with free plans for the table. I chose for no apparent reason and really like the design. I used 3/4″ birch plywood for my table and got the electric blue paint at the local ACE hardware. We’re planning on covering the table top with either green felt or some other type of design, but will wait until Christmas Eve to start toying aroung with track set-up. There are also tons of websites with track layout ideas. I think I’m enjoying this as much as he will.

I was planning on posting a picture of the table here, obviously didn’t. Wait for Christmas…


Wrong for many reasons

November 13, 2008

We passed by the Hermitage Hills Baptist Church, just down the road from us. They have one of those fancy electronic signs out front that allows them to convey a lot more information than the average church. Not so sure that this is a good thing. They were advertising a “Hamburger Eating Contest.” Now it is entirely possible that I missed the preceeding or following screen that gave more information as to why, but even so, isn’t gluttony one of the seven deadly sins? According to wikipedia (the modern day authority on most every thing out there), “The modern concept of the Seven Deadly Sins is linked to the works of the 4th century monk Evagrius Ponticus.” Obviously this concept isn’t laid out in the scriptures, but something that I chuckled about on my way home the other day. I can’t wait to see them host a couch potato marathon, while watching Se7en.

In Paradise

November 8, 2008

Papa (Charles Milton Massey) peacefully passed into glory with his savior this morning around 11, eastern time.  All his children were there and we all know he is so happy to be reunited with his bride of almost 70 years and to finally see Jesus face to face!  I really am praising God for his answer to prayer and happy he is no longer in pain or suffering.  When you have lived a long life, as he had, it is sad to see him go b/c I am going to miss him, but I am more happy for him – Hallelujah! 

Papa and meGrandmommie and Papa

Those of us remaining here will remember him well,

          how he always was interested in all his grandchildren’s lives,

          how he would threaten to give knuckle sandwiches and then hug us,

          how he loved to see our annual ‘talent shows’ every Christmas we were down there,

          the way he was alway honest about his concerns and feelings – because he loved us,

          how he always would say, “…and I kinda like you, too”, or “…and I love you muchly” after you would tell him you loved him.

Papa – enjoy heaven, give Grandmommie a big kiss for me, and know I love you so very much and will miss you, but rejoice in your eternal homecoming. Love,  Jen


November 7, 2008

Life at the Mixon household is never normal.  Things are always going on.  Right now, I am awaiting ‘the call’ from my mom to say my grandfather has gone to glory.  He turned 89 on the 5th of this month, his very close buddy, Billy Graham, turned 90 today (no, I’m serious, they went to Bible College together!) and I believe they are both ready to see Jesus.  Papa is definitely ready to see his bride.  He’s taken a downward turn the last week and is just not rallying like he did before.  I think he is actually waiting to see his two sons who were driving down today to be with the family. My Aunt lives in Tampa and he’s been living with her for the past month or so, my mom made it down there yesterday, and he recognized that she was there.

He’s been pretty out of it, but by God’s goodness, I was able to call him and actually speak with him on his birthday.  A little window of clarity that I am very grateful for.  I spent a lot of time with him while I was in Tampa the past 3 years, and really really miss not being right there with him.  Yes, he’s sometimes a stern man, but he is really a teddy bear underneath it all and I was privileged enough to see that.

I don’t expect Avery will be able to come with me when I go down for the funeral.  He’s already had a quite eventful Summer and Fall with 2 full weeks of unplanned emergency absences. So, I’ll probably be boarding a plane with my two little munchkins in tow in a few days. I really just pray God will call him home soon and he’ll be able to say goodbye to his 4 children before that happens.

“Swing low, Sweet chariot. Comin’ for to carry me home, Swing low, Sweet chariot. Comin’ for to carry me home.”   I love you, Papa and will see you again in paradise!

Stay Tuned

November 4, 2008

Most people will be closely watching the election results today and tonight, so I feel little pressure to produce anything entertaining here for a least 24 hours. I have much to write in regards to our vacation last week and will try to get those thoughts down soon. Just wanted you to know that I hadn’t forgotten about you.