Saturday, January 14, 2017

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Griffin Adventures take on Disney World 2016

 Before we left town, we visited with PaPa Jim at his assisted living home. He has dementia so we visit for us now more than we visit for him. We took him his gift and I think he was looking for the peanuts I always get him. Oops. I forgot. I will make it up to him. We plan on driving all day and getting as close as possible to Orlando. I will keep you posted on here about our journey. 

We went by nanny's house to see her before we left. I think she should have come with us:) I cut and colored her hair this week and I think she likes it! 

We are loaded down and ready to take on four parks this Christmas. The fifth day we will go back to our favorite park. We have never been. Two years ago a friend gave us a ten day trip and we took Brody. We made it to the gate and he grabbed a girl by the hair. It was not good. Security held us for two hours and it proved to break us. We left, got our money back and drove to the coast. 

As soon as we put it in park, Bubba got a phone call that his mom had cancer. We drove back to TN that night and started another journey. We lost her in February of the year. Needless to say, we are ready to try this again. Prayers have been said and we are off. 

Atlee is the photographer, Ian is the videographer , Bubba is the iPhone specialist and I am the writer. Well, we will see. 

I hope you enjoy our adventures!
 
 Here we go....

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Lucky Buck Jewelry

Lucky Buck Jewelry has had a great year and for that we are very thankful.  Please continue to watch our page as we upload one of a kinds in January and February.  Blessings to you and yours!

I have a friend...


I HAVE A FRIEND, HER NAME IS TERESA.

 

Have you ever had a friend that you admired and wanted to be like? I have that friend and her name is Teresa.  Her mother taught her by example.  If I’m telling the story right, her mother worked a second job for 28 years and never spent the money on herself.  She spent it all on others who were in need.  What an incredible testimony!

My friend watched her mother give back all of her life.  I have always heard not to teach your children to share, but to give.  I have raised my children that way and just witnessed my son give away his favorite winter coat to a friend that liked it.  Sometimes that is hard to watch(when I just bought it)but so worth it for the recipients of the good will.  Your efforts are always rewarded.  Can you imagine how many people Teresa’s mom helped by her 28 years of giving back to the community?

The Bible tell us to help ease others’ burdens and to share our food and clothes…..

 

Isaiah 58:6-7 ERV “I will tell you the kind of day I want---a day to set people free.  I want a day that you take the burdens off others.  I want a day when you set troubled people free and you take the burdens from their shoulders.  I want you to share your food with the hungry.  I want you to find the poor who don’t have homes and bring them into your own homes.  When you see people you have no clothes, give them your clothes!  Don’t hide from your relatives when they need help.”

 

We have an opportunity today to minister to a family for Christmas.  Pulling together our resources, we took them out to eat at Cracker Barrel and then on to use their gift cards at WalMart.  My prayer is that the waitresses, the cashier at the store and the people standing in line felt the love of Jesus seeing someone making a difference.  To me the most wonderful gift of all, is spending time with one another.  Watching my daughter help one of the children at the store, cutting up pancakes, holding the baby, makes me wonder if she will be like Teresa’s mom giving so unselfishly her whole life.  My daughter posted on Facebook how thankful she was to spend the day with the family.  That filled up my love tank to the top.  The Bible tells us that we may never know when we are entertaining an angel.  I can’t get over the look on the lady’s face behind us in line at the store.  She thanked us three times for helping the family.  I know she was blessed by my friends generosity.  Not only did Teresa get the children gift cards, but she bought groceries as well.  Teresa is just like her momma and when I grow up, LOL, I want to be just like her.

 

Hebrews 13:1-3 ERV “Continue loving each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. Always remember to help people by welcoming them into your home.  Some people have done that and have helped angels without knowing it.  Don’t forget those who are in prison.  Remember them as though you were in prison with them.  And don’t forget those who are suffering. Remember them as though you were suffering with them.”

 

When I’m around Teresa, I want to share the Good News and I hope people see God’s grace in me.

 

Acts 20:24 ERV “I don’t care about my own life. The most important thing is that I finish my work.  I want to finish the work that the Lord Jesus gave me to do---to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.”

 

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, help us to see past our own wants to help others’ needs. 

 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Lucky Buck Jewelry

Dear friends and family, 
We will be heading out to Tennessee this weekend for the Goats, Music and More Festival in Lewisburg(our hometown).  We are excited to see all our friends and family.  Lucky Buck Jewelry has certainly provided us with some adventure this year as our business has nearly tripled. Please check out our improved web page www.luckybuckjewelry.com as we are so pleased with it. 
We are extremely grateful and thankful for the extra as I have not worked as much because of the Achalasia.  I have had four surgeries this year and have had some relief of the symptoms.  I am currently waiting on a response from a surgeon in New York.  Very few hospitals do the surgery I need next and even fewer accept my insurance.  I will be keeping you updated as we go, but until then if you will keep us in your prayers. 
Our next show is in Rome, Georgia at the Chiaha Harvest Festival on the 21-22nd and  then onto Franklin for the Pumpkinfest on the 29th. We have a show every week or weekend in November too.  We love this crazy schedule and the people we meet along the way.  Thanks for all your support.
Wendy

Lucky Buck Jewelry

Dear friends and family, 
We will be heading out to Tennessee this weekend for the Goats, Music and More Festival in Lewisburg(our hometown).  We are excited to see all our friends and family.  Lucky Buck Jewelry has certainly provided us with some adventure this year as our business has nearly tripled.  We are extremely grateful and thankful for the extra as I have not worked as much because of the Achalasia.  I have had four surgeries this year and have had some relief of the symptoms.  I am currently waiting on a response from a surgeon in New York.  Very few hospitals do the surgery I need next and even fewer accept my insurance.  I will be keeping you updated as we go, but until then if you will keep us in your prayers. 
Our next show is in Rome, Georgia at the Chiaha Harvest Festival on the 21-22nd and  then onto Franklin for the Pumpkinfest on the 29th. We have a show every week or weekend in November too.  We love this crazy schedule and the people we meet along the way.  Thanks for all your support.
Wendy

Saturday, August 27, 2016

As is.....

We may not be "new and improved" at 50 like we thought, but we're the best "as is" models I know!  

Thursday, August 25, 2016

PaPa Jim.....


This is my step father of thirty years. He was a wealth of knowledge in every conversation and now doesn't know how to use a call button for the nurse. He was a Paul Bunyan of sorts knowing how to build or do anything with his hands and now only has one hand to use.  He was a social butterfly who never met a stranger and now he fights to remember his words. He loved his Dutch oven and campfire cooking but now can hardly feed himself and uses a sippy cup to drink. He could drive a tractor, truck or RV but now uses a wheelchair for transportation. 
He suffered with diabetes for years before we noticed his "shuffling" of his feet. He always said it was the shoes. We went camping nearly a year ago in GA and that was when it all changed. He asked us directions to get out of the park. He was so lost. At some point he was having mini strokes. We soon had him at the Dr and received a diagnosis of Lewy bodies dementia and Parkinson's disease. Following all of this, Jim got shingles on his head and in his eye and had a bigger stroke. We were brave and thought we could bring him home if we had all the right people to help. Not so much. 
 
After two weeks, we made it back to the rehab facility and there he has settled.  He spends his days sitting quietly wondering how we will be able to get a flight out to get back to our homes. 
To be continued......

Sunday, August 21, 2016

ACHALASIA update.

Dear friends, 
I'm sorry I haven't written and given you an ACHALASIA update. I had surgery for the fourth time since October to try and eat properly on Friday. It appears as though I am either allergic to Botox or anesthesia. Last time my lip was numb for 17 days and we dismissed it. This time my face, neck and upper back has a type of hemorrhage under the skin that looks like a rash. My eyes are jaundiced and bloodshot and I have had a small headache and general pressure feeling. Thankfully it is not a rash that itches. I told the doctor it feels as though I have done 1000 sit-ups but otherwise, I am in no pain to speak of just discomfort.  That is to be expected from injecting Botox into my esophagus. I had the procedure done in Birmingham but spent the day with Dr. Christianson at Marshall South yesterday. He took excellent care of me and could only find one documented case of what appeared to be happening to me.  It is hard to rest so I am up writing to you my friends. I would appreciate your prayers for me and everyone who suffers from ACHALASIA. My sweet Ian asked why God allowed ACHALASIA to happen to me and my answer is always, "Why not me?" With friends and family support, we are beating this together. Thanks for all the milkshakes, soup and ice cream you have delivered throughout this journey. Chocolate seems to go down too! #luckyme #blessedwithfriendsandfamily #ineverythingpraiseHim