Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Things to know about me

A few things you might not know about me that I would like to share with you.

Some are good, bad, ugly and indifferent.

I have three sisters....I'm #3.....Kinda like singing from the hymn book, the third verse is always left out.  LOL

I have two nephews, Justin and Jonathan

I have two children, Erin and Sam

I have one grandson, Elijah.....I know....I'm not old enough to have an adorable grandson.

I have a great nephews, Brayden

I have great nieces, Carson, Ella and Lauren

I have never lived outside of the great state of TEXAS

I love Blue Bell Ice Cream...Dutch Chocolate, which is made in Texas.

I am a chocoholic

I love push mowing and I like to change up my lines in the yard.

I detest critters.....snakes, lizards and spiders.
     My daughter was drenched with a glass of iced sweet tea when she attempted to put a lizard on me.  LOL

I was a Misdemeanor supervision officer for Adult Probation.

I've worked since I was 16 years old.

I am OCD

I like for everything to be alphabetized......even my pantry

I've had a total hysterectomy and gall bladder surgery.

I am addicted to Dr. Pepper, Original TEXAS drink!!



I read this article, mainly because I am a PK, and just thought it was worth sharing.   Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

Katy Perry...Why Pastors' Kids Go Awry

Katy Perry is currently the highest profile P.K. that has gone awry.  In a recent interview, she said she is no longer a Christian and doesn't believe in heaven, hell, or "an old man sitting on a throne."

Katy represents a host of P.K.'s who have struggled with their faith.  Recent stats from Barna research says that...
  • 40% have gone through a period where they significantly questioned their faith
  • 33% are no longer active in church
  • 7% no longer consider him or herself a Christian
What causes this?  Pastors who were asked answered:
  • 28% - unrealistic expectations were placed on them
  • 18% - negative experiences in church
  • 17% - father or mother is too busy at church to spend time with them
  • 14% - faith not modeled at home
  • 9% - influence of friends or peers
What Pastors say they've done best in raising their kids:
  • 37% - introduced them to Christ and maintained a Bible-focused home
  • 21% - spent time with them and supported them
  • 12% - loved them
  • 10% - taught them good values
  • 9% - allowed them to make their own choices and be themselves
 What Pastors said they wish they had done better:
  • 42% - had spent more time with their kids
  • 8% - wish they had been more understanding
  • 5% - wish they had given them more Bible teaching
  • 19% - no regrets, wouldn't change anything
I have a special place in my heart for kids who are P.K.'s because I am one.  I grew up to serve the Lord and live for Him.  Looking back here are a few reasons...

My parents practiced what they preached.  I could argue with what they believed, but I couldn't argue with how they lived what they believed.

My dad and mom spent time with me.  My dad spent hours with me in the backyard practicing pitching with me when I was in Little League.  When I got into high school and played basketball, he was there in the stands cheering for me.  My mom poured her life into me, always there for me.

I was able to see past the negative side of ministry.  Yes, there are negative sides to ministry.  Sheep bite and people are not perfect.  At times there are politics.  The church is made up of people.  People who struggle and have weaknesses like we all do.  But I was able to see past that and see the bigger picture.

I made a personal choice to follow Christ and my faith became my own.  I came to Christ when I was a young child.  It was a very real experience which I can still remember to this day.  When I was in high school, God begin to speak to me about being a Pastor myself.

My parents had never asked me about being a pastor.  In fact, they had mentioned several times I should consider being a school teacher.  And I had personally told God I would never be a pastor.  Yes, I would be faithful to church and serve Him...but not working for a church.

But when God calls...you have to make a choice.  You can say "yes" or you can walk away from His will for your life.  After struggling for months, I made the choice to say "yes" to God's plan for my life.

I said that to say this.  At the end of the day, each person must decide for themselves if they will follow Christ or not.  Yes, godly parents do make a difference and help cultivate the soil, but they cannot make the decision for their child.

Do I blame Katy Perry's parents for the road she has chosen?  No.  She picked this path.  I could have just as easily chosen to go down a path away from God.

If your Pastor has kids in your Children's Ministry, I want to encourage you to...
  • Love them.  They are just like the other kids in your ministry.  They want to know you care about them, not because of who their father is, but because of who they are as an individual.
  • Let them be kids.  They are not perfect.  They are going to misbehave at times and make mistakes.  Don't say, "You should know better.  You are the Pastor's kid!"  This places unrealistic expectations on them. 
  • Don't mistreat their parents.  When you talk about the Pastor or cause strife in the church, you not only bring hurt to him, you hurt his kids as well.  Even if they don't know the details (hopefully their parents are protecting them from the negative side of church), they sense when there is strife and division in the church.
  • Pour into their lives.  Just because their father is the pastor, doesn't mean they don't need other people to teach them, mentor them, and speak into their lives.  Yes, my parents were my primary spiritual influence, but there were also lots of godly leaders who poured into my life over the years.  They all had a part in my decision to follow Christ.
  • Don't place unrealistic expectations on their father that causes him to be gone from home all the time.  Help protect their father's time.  They need a father at home just like other kids.  Don't contribute to them resenting the church because it took their father away all the time.
What are your thoughts about P.K.s?
If you are a P.K., share your experience growing up.
Are you a Pastor or staff member in ministry who currently has kids at home?
What are some other ways we can support and encourage P.K.'s?
What are some other reasons why you believe some P.K.'s walk away from God?

Monday, November 25, 2013

More Blogging Adventures

Well since I've been away, I've enjoyed reading a lot of blogs and making new friends.  I've still got so much to learn about blogging and more than anything, I need MORE TIME!  

I've recently learned that I've got less than 5 years until I'm eligible to retire so hopefully I will have this down pat and be able to jump in and have some giveaways of my own.

I never really thought that people won things from these blogs but boy was I wrong.   Following are a few of the recent items that I've won and I'm giving credit to the bloggers that hosted the giveaways.

I won a $50 gift certificate to www.catchingfireflies.com    Following are the items that I chose with my GC. These are hand warmer hot beverage cups.

I won two cute swagger tags.

Oh yes I'm enjoying my one gallon of virgin coconut oil from Tropical Traditions.

A $50.00 gift certificate to passionately rivalicious which I got to use for my niece, Halle Camille Chalker, since she is a Baylor Bear,   I'm surprising Camille and my sister, Amy Chalker with one of these beautiful scarves.  Sic 'em Bears  As of this writing, Baylor is 9-1 with their football team.

Easy as Pie Cookbook.   The newest trend in baking.   LOVE LOVE LOVE IT

Since I'm known as a collector of cook books, another addition....The New Southwest Cookbook.

Trixi Treasures Snack mix.....These look so yummy and I got two bags of each, Spicy, Original and Mild.

A two pack of Icential Coolwraps.   A nifty and "cool" way to keep things cool while traveling or keep anything chilled while at home.

The best way that I have found to keep up with the giveaway opportunities is thru www.bloglovin.com
Check it out.

Until we meet again, May God Bless our great country.


Sunday, July 7, 2013


I started reading blogs a few years ago and that encouraged me to start writing my own.  I did this off and on but just got so wrapped up in reading others that I let my own blog slip away.  Well, I've started again and hopefully I can get a post in about once a week since I hold down a full time job.
I've started noticing that a lot of bloggers were having giveaways so I immediately jumped on that wagon and started completing the rafflecopter entries.   To my surprise I started winning some things and now I'm addicted even more.   So with laptop in lap, I proceed to reading those blogs.   I will share some of my favorite blogs on my blog at http://www.spurlocksweetadventures.blogspot.com/ so go check that out.

Now to gloat a bit, following are some of the items that I have won of recent days:

Albion Fit workout top

OOFOS flip flops

Kiddie Carbon Monoxide Alarm

$75.00 Target gift card - Heather's French Press
Joel has already told me if I keep this winning up, that I will have to quit my job and blog all day.  So guess what I'm doing, looking forward to early retirement.

So hopefully as I leave you today, you can find some good blog reading and hopefully be as blessed as I have been of late.

May God continue to bless you and our great country.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Happy 8th Birthday, Elijah

Eight years ago today, Elijah Frank Spurlock, made his entrance into this world and never in a million years did I realize how much that little man would change our lives.

When he was just two months old, Hurricane Rita made her entrance into East Texas and caused us all a lot of discomfort.  Joel and I along with Sam were headed North to stay in Woodville at Joel's mothers apartment when we received a phone call from Erin asking if her and Elijah could go with us.  Many nights of no electricity were filled with me singing and talking to Elijah, NON-STOP  He was a great distraction during our misplacement due to the hurricane.

 As he started growing up PawPaw made sure to teach him everything he possibly could, even push mowing.

As he grew into a sweet young boy, time flew past and the next thing we were attending was his Kindergarten graduation.  WOW how time flies.

Uncle Sam & Elijah
 On his 6th birthday in 2011, we took him to Blue Bell Creamery in Brenahm on our way to San Antonio for a fun filled weekend.   I believe that Joel and I had as much fun as he did.

MeMe and Elijah at Blue Bell in Brenham

Elijah celebrating 5th birthday at San Antonio Riverwalk
Elijah and Paw Paw at JW Marriott

Now in 2013, we celebrate 8 years and not much has changed except some of us have hit the 50 + mark and keeping up with the energy of an 8 year old can be a challenge.

Elijah celebrating his birthday with cake and gifts!

We've enjoyed every moment that we've gotten to spend with him and look forward to many more.  During his visits, he had made friends in Wildwood.  He loves the outdoors and playing baseball, frisbee, swimming at the Wildwood beach and when our cat, Francesca was living, he gave her a lot of attention.   After his trip to Brenham, he made sure to give his friend a Blue Bell hat......very COOL.   If you haven't gone to the Blue Bell Creamery you must make a point to make that trip.  An awesome place and the tour is very informative.

Mason Brown & Elijah
Francesca & Elijah
Tonight we celebrated his birthday during the Shoffitt Family sponsored firework display in Wildwood.  So why not celebrate Elijah's birthday and our country's independence all in one.  He doesn't need to know that they really were  not celebrating his birthday.

Firework Display at Wildwood

As we sat and watched the fireworks display from the bleachers in an open field, someone starts to play Lee Greenwood's God Bless the USA which brought a tear to my eyes.  But then again, any patriotic song does that to me.  I'm so thankful to live in a country with so many freedoms.   That freedom comes from the many men and women in the United States Armed Forces who fight for our freedom and so many who gave the ultimate sacrifice......their life.   To each of you I say, THANK YOU!  

Click link to listen to Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA"

Let's never forget our Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave his life for our sins so that we may spend an eternity with him.

John 3:16

King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

So now I'll leave you with a few faces of my precious grandson, Elijah!

Erin, Elijah & Joel

Elijah and NeeNaw
Elijah trying out the deer horns
Silliness in a box

Until next time, may God bless you and our great country,

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Father's Day 2013 / Caddo Lake State Park

As Father's Day approached, I took the time to reminisce about my awesome Dad.  He was the best father a girl could want.  He truly was my "first love".   I loved him with all my heart and he was my "hero".  I loved the times we spent together, especially on Lake Sam Rayburn doing a little white perch fishing.   When he left this ole world, my life was changed forever.  I'm just so thankful for the wonderful memories that I have and pray that each and everyone of you have that special relationship with your Dad.   

My father, Jimmy Dean
12-13-1937 / 09-24-2009

Since our children were not able to spend time with their father, Joel Spurlock, I decided to take him on a weekend getaway to celebrate Father's Day and his 51st Birthday.  Not knowing where we could go for a one night stay, I still had "fishing" on my mind from thinking about my Dad so I decided our road trip should take us North to Caddo Lake State Park.  I checked the website and found out they rented their cabins for a two night minimum.  Oh well, we wanted to fish from the pier anyway so we paid for our day pass to fish and entered the park.  As we passed the cabins, Joel said we were going back just to see if they had a vacancy for one night.   Me being the pessimist that I am, I knew it was a waste of time, but we turned that Ford Escape around and headed back to the check in station.   I timidly asked if they had a cabin available and to my surprise the "Owen's" did not show up for the first night stay so the park allowed us to rent the cabin for one night.  Thanks Owen's Family!!!   YIKES was I ever shocked.  Now we had to make a quick trip back to Marshall to get all the items we needed for our stay.   


If you are ever in the area, Caddo Lake State Park should be on your agenda for a very relaxing stay.  One thing that I learned was that if you are in a State Park, you can fish from the banks without a fishing license.  Only if you get into a canoe or a boat would it be required for you to get a fishing license.  Even though the Game Warden's were patrolling the area, we were safe but not everyone was so lucky.   A lot of adult beverages were being poured into the river.  LOL  Made me think of a joke about the song "Shall we gather at the river"
Game Warden patrolling the river

So Joel and I unpacked our items and settled in for a short weekend stay in our very rustic cabin.  This cabin did not have a TV and I thought, what are we going to do, but after that stay I realized how wonderful life is and how wonderful conversation can be without so many distractions.   Just had the opportunity to enjoy God's beautiful creation and nature.  This cabin had two bedrooms and one bath along with a dining and living room combination and a unique kitchen with a two gas burner stove.   In the winter time, we want to go back and get good use out of the two gas fireplaces.  Outside we grilled and spent time on the welcoming porch with it's adirondack chairs and enjoyed reading from our Kindle's and just listening to the wildlife.                                        

Joel at our rustic cabin

As I sit here and type, the TV is blaring and I wish I was back at Cabin 5 on Caddo Lake State Park where you get to enjoy "peace and quiet".   I will return, SOON.  

While driving around and enjoying the scenery, the picture below shows the unique landscaping of the area.  I love moss so much and just wished I could bring it all back home to Southeast Texas.  Just close to this home we got to enjoy a garage sale and conversation with the homeowner and visited a flea market.  So much fun even in the heat.  

Moss covered fence close to a garage sale

I've always heard of Uncertain, Texas but didn't realize that I would actually get to visit.   Some days in my life I feel as though I live in Uncertain a lot.   Well the one sign that brought a chuckle to us both was the "Church of Uncertain".  Growing up a preacher's kid (pk), I felt like a lot of churches that my Dad pastored were churches of uncertainty, especially at business meeting.  LOL

Church of Uncertain

We did get to take a Steamboat Tour of Caddo Lake called "Graceful Ghost".  The boat captain provided so much information about the Lake, pros and cons.  There were parts of the lake that were in the movie "The Color Purple".   So beautiful but unfortunately due to a massive growing giant salvinia, the boat tours are moving to the River located at Big Pines Lodge.  You'll get the history of Lake Caddo but from the river views.

Sights from the Paddle Boat Tour

So now Joel and I have decided that we want to visit all Texas State Parks.  One down and many more to go but I have my State Park guide with me so off we go.   You can also visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us and get great information about all parks so you can start planning your next weekend getaway.

So I leave you today with memories of the past and memories of the future to come.  

Toes to Toes we will keep you updated on more exciting travels.

Until next time, may God bless you in your travels and bless our great country.