Wednesday, September 18, 2019

American Flag Etiquette

 American Flag Protocol
Federal law stipulates many aspects of flag etiquette. The section of law dealing with American Flag etiquette is generally referred to as the Flag Code. Some general guidelines from the Flag Code answer many of the most common questions:
  • The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.
  • The flag should be flown in fair weather, unless the flag is designed for inclement weather use.
  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
  • The flag should not be used for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it. (This is to include military insignia and logo flags)
  • The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
  • When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
  • The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
  • When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Good-bye 2018

2018 came and went with many rewards and struggles

January 2018

February 2018

March 2018
     Celebrated our daughter's 29th birthday!   How did this happen?

April 2018
     Celebrated my birthday one day after I had eye surgery to remove a ptygerium.  Not cancerous but just a nuisance.  It is caused due to wind and sun exposure

May 2018
     I somehow developed a severe intestinal virus that lasted for two months.   Joel and I took a road trip to Crosett Arkansas to support our great niece, Carson Grannon on her high school graduation.  We are very proud of Carson and wish her only the best at Henderson State University.  
     Sam and his friend, Chelsea Jennings, took a road trip that brought them straight to Texas via Colorado.  We loved the time spent with those two.   We took a road trip to Natchitoches, LA to celebrate mine and Joel's 17th anniversary.  It was great having the kids along with us.   We ate at the restaurant, The Mariner's, which was the place that Joel had proposed to me.  I loved everything about that day.

June 2018
     Celebrated my husband's birthday on the 18th and son's birthday on the 14th!   Also a celebration was my son's divorce that came as a surprising gift for my husbands 56th birthday LOL.   So thankful that he is over this time in his life and can move forward.
     For Joel's birthday we spent a couple days in Houston, mainly around the Galleria area.  We love the city life!!!!
     We celebrated Sam's birthday by delivering him a new vehicle.  He wrecked his Ranger in Illinois when an elderly lady pulled out in front of him.   Sam and Chelsea drove half way to Arkadelphia, Arkansas.   I drove up earlier that day by myself and enjoyed some quiet time.   Joel had to work so he showed up after work.    We had one night together but it was an amazing trip.

July 2018
     Started a new job as the Misdemeanor Administrator for the Tyler County District Attorney.

     Celebrated out grandson's13th birthday.   Seems like yesterday that he came into this world.   So blessed to have this young man in our lives.

August 2018
     On the 2nd of August, my husband and I were doing our normal morning walk, at 5:30 a.m., when I fell in a pot hole and broke my left ankle.  This is the second time this ankle has been broken.  On the 11th of August, we took our grandson, Elijah, to St. Louis, Missouri for his belated his birthday gift.   Our son is stationed at Scott Air Force Base just outside of St. Louis.   We toured the base, ate out at some amazing restaurants, visited the ARCH along with the City Museum.

September 2018
     Joel and I spend Labor Day at one of our favorite places to visit.....Hughes Landing!
    My mother married Billy Fondren.   They have gone to church together for some time and with their mates deceased, it seemed the right thing to do.   So excited for them.
     Our daughter and her husband, Sky, celebrated their one year anniversary.

October 2018
     A few days away in Fort Worth had us at the State of Texas Fair.    First time I had visited this place and I will forever put it on my list for future visits.

November 2018
     Celebrated Thanksgiving early with our daughter and son-in-law along with our 2nd grandson, River Andrew, in celebrating his 1st birthday.   We have so much to be thankful for and extremely blessed.

December 2018
     On December 4th my dear friend, Sandy Castilaw, went to be with the Lord.   This lady was such an inspiration to me.   She would text me almost every single day.   Her words of encouragement kept me inspired and motivated.   She will be missed by so many but I know that she is in no pain and worshiping with our heavenly father.  My hope is knowing that we will be reunited again in heaven.  I love and miss you Sandy!!
     We went to our daughters and took their Christmas to them and participated in having family pictures taken.   Not one of my favorite things to do but it was all in fun and making memories.
     On the 14th of December, I was notified that I was not a team player with the current Asst. District Attorney and I was being terminated.  This was such a blow since I had worked extra hard for the interim DA in getting the office ready for the new incoming DA.   After the realization that I was unemployed, I realized that all things happen for a reason and accepted it with God's help and am moving forward and looking to see what the Lord has in store for me in 2019.
     Tyler State Park is one of our favorite outdoor places to unwind.   We went and walked out in the park.   We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Tyler and enjoyed the many amenities this town has to offer. We attended a Christmas Eve Candlelight Serviced at FBC-Tyler.    This was an amazing experience and I look forward to attending many more.    Tyler is one of those cities that we dream about moving to one day.  Even Joel has been checking into the area for moving in a couple years.   Who knows we might end up in the city after all.

Wishing you a wonderful and Christ filled 2019!

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 three nieces, Camille, Kayla and Nicole

I have two nephews, Justin and Jonathan

I have two children, Erin and Sam

I have two grandsons, Elijah and River.....I know....I'm not old enough to have an adorable grandsons.

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'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 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    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
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 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,