Archive for January 20th, 2008

Grandpa Collie and the Angels Rejoiced

A couple summers ago on a Friday at the end of Vacation Bible School, #2 told me on the trampoline in the backyard he wanted Jesus in his heart.

Today, #2 decided, unbeknownst to me, that this was the day he wanted to let everybody know that he had trusted Jesus as his Savior and be baptized.  This was not something I or anybody else prodded him to do.  Totally his choice.

Any of us who are followers of Christ, one of the greatest joys we have is seeing our children make that step in their own faith journey.  I’m pretty happy to have seen all three of my children make that decision.  It’s the beginning for #2 .

I was the exact same age he is when I made that step.  I didn’t totally get it, but, I got what I needed to understand at the time and I have grown with it in the almost 30 years since.

I can tell you one thing, I’ve never regretted choosing the Jesus way at all. It has not meant that my life is perfect and that I was suddenly stripped of any sin in my life. I didn’t suddenly turn into Snow White and have bluebirds chirping on my shoulder.  I’ve fought, and still fight, many battles.  It has never meant that I have never uttered a cuss word,  said something about somebody I shouldn’t have, done things I’ve regretted, given in to things I would’ve been better off not giving into, that I haven’t hurt somebody’s feelings with my words or actions…It’s not going to be that for #2 either.

We’re just sinners saved by grace is all.  And very grateful.

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7

Gone Clear

Two of my favorite tv types have passed away in the last couple days…

sam_the_butcher.jpgAllan Melvin is known to people of my generation as Sam the Butcher.  Others he’s known for his appearances on The Andy Griffith Show and from Sgt. Bilko. (I wish they showed Bilko in reruns. That was one funny show)  and to others as the voice of Magilla the Gorilla or Barney Hefner on All In The Family.  He could play a bad guy really, really good.  He did TONS of voices for all sorts of cartoons.

I have always thought that Suzanne Pleshette was the most beautiful woman ever in television.    I have also alwayspleshette-s.jpg wished I had a speaking voice like hers.  Dang.   Did you know she was married to Troy Donahue?  Then later in life, married Tom Poston?

In a world of blondes, to me, Suzanne stood out with that dark hair and amazing blue eyes.  I can remember, even as a little, little person watching The Bob Newhart Show, whenever she was on camera, you couldn’t take your eyes off her.  She was great in The Birds, too.

Another movie I loved Suzanne in was The Ugly Dachshund.  That movie made me want a dachshund sooo bad.  I couldn’t afford one in 1991, but, I got a little poodle/pomeranian mix puppyquattro.jpg that I named Chloe after one of the dachshunds in that movie.  I finally got me a dachshund in 2003.

This Was Cool, I Don’t Care Who You Are

You know how you have some days that are just wild and bizarre and then others that are just surreal and leave you thinking…”Now this was an interesting day full of contrasts?”   Your Sista had one of those days yesterday.  It actually had begun the night before, but, that’s a post that deserves its own, special slot and I’m not in the mood to write about that spectacle just yet.

#2’s basketball game was first on the agenda.  That’s not surreal.  Perhaps the score was…26-2 the last time I checked and the Bluegrass Boys  and Girls were not winning.

I get to the point, especially if my Adderall hasn’t kicked in yet, that I just can’t deal with that sorta pitiful loss. (Truthfully, the above is what happened and I just couldn’t get interested)  Does that make me a bad mother?   I hauled it down the hall and spent a few minutes trying to brush up on my less-than-madd piano skillz (Me and Tara O. are the Yoot Choir directors now y’know) but that lasted about 2 minutes.

So after the creaming by the Bible Baptist Boys and Girls, me and the Smiff Kids hauled over to Grandma’s.

Grandma was having a special taping yesterday.  I don’t know in the history of Southern Fried Flicks if it has ever been taped on a Saturday.  I don’t think she’d have allowed a Saturday taping if it was just say, the Baldknobbers.  She might’ve for Cousin Jody.
However, when this guy says he’ll come to your house and do your show, well, you’d do it at 2 in the morning if that was when he was available…

We had a blast getting to meet and visit with Larry a little bit.  He was on a really tight schedule, but, I think Larry was having such a good time with us, he’d have stayed all afternoon if’n his people would’ve let him.  He got a big kick out of us telling about the time we left our name at Logans as the “Git-R-Done’s” and how they announced over the mic.  Hee.

You never know what celebrities are going to be like.  It’s awful to meet a celebrity type you like a lot and them be an arse or having an off day or whatever.  Larry (his real name is Dan. Did you know that?) was every bit as great as we wanted him to be and then some.

I was blown away with how much cuter Larry/Dan is in person.  TV does not do him justice.  At all. He couldn’t get over the fact that I have been following him since before the world knew who he was.  I used to read his commentaries faithfully and forward them to people.  His commentaries/blog was a big inspiration for me to blog, actually.

He broke into lines from “Cars” to #2 and it was just the neatest thing.  The Manchild, who knows all of his bits and just loves him and the other Blue Collar guys, was pretty awed to meet him.  The Manchild loves comedy and comedians.

The Holy Tara was a little nervous standing next to him to have her picture made.  Larry picked up on that right away and said “You ain’t nervous are ya?” (Pictures on the Flickr. Over there > or is it over there <?