Monday, October 24, 2011


I know the title has you wondering.  I posted yesterday that I had a Peyton story about this gun.

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When Peyton was 13 or 14, we went to Tulsa for a shopping trip.  One of Peyton’s goals for the day was to talk me into taking him to Hooters, you know, the restaurant with the exquisite cuisine and modestly dressed waitresses.  It wasn’t happening.

The grandpa of the people we were with, had a booth set up at the gun show in Tulsa.  We dropped the boys off for a couple of hours.  It was a reprieve for all of us.  When we picked them up, Peyton had purchased this .22 pistol from the grandpa.  He gave him a really good deal on it Smile.

Here’s a closer look at the handle.

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Do you see that emblem???  It’s an owl.  Peyton called this gun his Hooters pistol.  Dang kid.

Hope this made you smile.  I am.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

2nd Annual PDJ “Let ‘Em Have It” Shootout

We had the shootout yesterday and it was a success.  Several competitors, lots of friends & some good food made it a great day.

As people were eating and visiting, I heard Peyton’s name brought up several times.  Makes me smile.  I am thankful Peyton’s friends are comfortable talking about him.  During these (almost) 4 years, I hope Tom & I have conveyed the fact that leaving this earth does not mean the end.  It is the next step of our eternal journey.   It is so important to talk about people who have gone to Heaven before us.  They are part of our past, but more importantly they are in our future.

On a side note:  God is in the details.

A few days ago, I was thinking about the pictures I wanted to take at the shootout.  I wanted one of all the cars parked in front of the house.  I then thought about how difficult it is to take pictures and visit with everyone.  God provided the answer to my dilemma and He fulfilled it with excellence.  I did take a few pictures, but Jake took the majority of them and he did an exceptional job, including the one of the front of the house …….that I didn’t even ask for……God is good like that.

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Here are some more pictures.  Evidence of a good time.

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I’ve got a Peyton story about this gun.  I’ll share it tomorrow.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Catch up Post

I’ve looked over my last few blog posts and wondered what I have been doing since the last time I posted.  I’ve been living life.

I’ve baked, cleaned, worked, cooked some great soups, had people over for dinner, etc.  Life in the Jackson world is good and blessed.

I recently got a promotion at work.  It has been a small rollercoaster with people adjusting to the changes, but has turned out right and I am excited.  This new position will stretch me right out of my comfort zone and I AM NOT NERVOUS!!  I know God is with me and He enables me to do what I cannot do.  That excites me even more than the actual promotion.  God is good like that. : )

Tomorrow is Peyton’s 20th birthday.  Tom & I went to the cemetery today and changed out the floral arrangement.  We have several of these stored in our attic from Peyton’s home going service.  The one Tom chose has a cowboy boot and deer antlers in it.  I don’t even remember seeing it before.  It’s weird the things that stick in my mind about that time and the things that don’t.

We are having the 2nd Annual PDJ “Let ‘Em Have It” Shootout tomorrow.  We’re hoping for a big turnout.  I’ll post pics after the event.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Another “Coincidence”?

On this blog, I hope I stress the fact that God loves us so much.  He shows us everyday and if we will pay attention, we will see it.

This is an obvious example of His love for us.

A friend of Peyton’s (& ours) was having a bad day.  She pulled up behind a white Dodge pick-up at a stop light.  She took a picture of what she saw.  It made her day better : )

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Baseball was Peyton’s sport of choice while growing up……………7 was his number ………and he drove a white Dodge pick up.  We never had stickers made like this and don’t know who these people are, but God knows. 

He wanted to tell her He loves her and He cares about every aspect of her life.

He loves and cares about you too!!!!

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p.s. This wasn’t coincidence.


A group of us from church went to see Courageous.  I knew it was a Christian movie, but didn’t know much else about it. 

It took me by surprise. 

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, so I won’t say much, but there was lots of laughing and crying going on in the audience.

I’ve seen Fireproof.  The message in it is good, but my opinion of the acting………not so good.  This show is much better in the acting department.

Have any of you seen it??  What did you think?


Check out the trailer on YouTube.  I couldn’t get it to embed in this post for some reason, so I settled for the movie poster.


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