Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

The year has passed so quickly. So many memories, so many blessings, so many problems all rolled into one year. And so much more to cram into these last few weeks. I love this time of year. I know it can be a difficult time…

Thanks So Much!

Thanks So Much!

Sally the Cow is launching. YEAH!! Some of you have preordered already. Thank you so much. It has been fun seeing and hearing about your preorders. What a joy and a blessing to share this experience with you. I have already had two requests to…

Launching Sally

Launching Sally

We all get one chance at life. We start off with big dreams and ideas. Some we reach some we don’t. But one thing we do learn along the way is that time is precious and cherish every moment. No one lived that better than…

Feeling Excited

Feeling Excited

Amazon Well the last time I posted I was on the closet floor surrounded by picture boxes looking for a very specific picture. It was a picture of our family pet cow. And a pet she was. Not everyone has a pet cow but if…

A Bible Hero for Today

A Bible Hero for Today

I help with the children’s program at our church.  The last three sessions I have been sharing the story.  There are sixty plus kids in our program.  So classes are pretty large. We are sharing lessons on Bible heros.  My character to teach was Joseph. …

Meet Elbert Fin

Meet Elbert Fin

Today I came with my husband to the MMEA conference in Tan-Tar-A.  Although he has retired from teaching, he enjoys coming, seeing old friends and listening to the concerts.  I have come with him most years.  For some reason, this year I was flooded with…

My Guardian Angel Took My Bicycle

My Guardian Angel Took My Bicycle

I work on children’s books some of my time,  but my publisher (my son) is very busy with two jobs and a family.  I just figure if I go ahead and make the books, they are ready whenever he has time to format them and…

The Church Christmas Program

The Church Christmas Program

This painting is an illustration from my book The Old Shepherd Song.  It reflects Jesus life from Bethlehem to servant-shepherd to the cross.   For over 50 years the Osceola School held an annual Christmas Program.  The program was the complete story of Jesus birth.  It…

Divine Appointments

Divine Appointments

I thought I would share a few more illustrations from Mrs. Food’s Special Guest.  This illustration is at the beginning of the story.  Johnny, my husband, was awakened by the sound of the phone ringing.  He was excited because he figured it was Mrs.Food.  She…

Meeting the President

Meeting the President

If you have been reading my stories you know that I have created some childrens’ books.  The illustrations are painted with acrylics.  I thought it would be fun to share some of the illustrations from Mrs. Food’s Special Guest.  Yes, there really was a Mrs.…

Ozark Lad to South Pacific

Ozark Lad to South Pacific

My father grew up in Benton County during the late 20s and early 30s during the drought and depression.  He served in World War II in the 96th Chemical Warfare Company from 1942 to 1946.  To my delight he wrote his story down for our…

Mrs. Food’s Special Guest

Mrs. Food’s Special Guest

Writing children’s books has become a passion of mine.  My idea of a great children’s book is a story that brings to life the stories of our country.  So I started with our own family stories. The illustrations are acrylic on canvas sheets.  The pictures…

The Shiny New Red Accordion

The Shiny New Red Accordion

Life takes us on many twists and turns.  We don’t always see how it all fits together until years later.  We often times don’t recognize the blessings in our lives because we don’t get what we think we want. As a young boy, my husband…

The Old Shepherd Song

The Old Shepherd Song

The Old Shepherd Song was written by my husband it is a childrens’ story about an old shepherd who was at the stable the night of the birth of Baby Jesus. The illustrations are oil on canvas.   It is an easy fun to read story…