Saturday, November 29, 2008


FINAL SCORE: Denton Guyer 28 Abilene Cooper 7

REGIONAL PLAYOFFS! Tonight the journey continues for the Cooper Cougars, as they travel to Aledo, Tx. to play the Denton Guyer Wildcats. Kick off is at 7:30 sharp. The two teams are evenly matched in many ways. Coach says, "It's gonna be a cat fight"! With the Cougars playing the Wildcats, it's likely to be just that! Those you who live in the area can listen to the game on 1340 am and might be able to follow along at

I'll post results asap!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The turkey is thawing...The pies are baking....
Mouths are watering...

Hearts are full...

The door is open...

Family has gathered...

....except for two.

And though we are thankful and for so much. No one can fill your empty chairs.

We are praying for you. You are men making a difference. We are grateful!

Saturday, November 22, 2008


CHAMPIONS they are! every sense of the word.
Today the Abilene Cooper Cougars defeated the El Paso Del Valle Conquistidors, 56-10, for the Region I, 4-A Area Championship. The team did an amazing job! Next week we'll play Denton Guyre, in the Regional Playoffs at 7:30, in Aledo, Texas.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Graham Kracker! ...a tasty treat!

While Painting in Midland, this week, I thought I'd introduce you to one of my favorite stores, Graham Kracker. What owner Kim Sneed, started as a small home based, baby bedding business has grown into a large mail order custom bedding company. From the moment you walk in the door you know you're in for a treat! Surrounded by colorful displays and floor to ceiling storage bins filled with fabrics, trims, embellishments and down inserts. All of the above elements collide under one roof to form a creative combustion. Highly stimulated by the colorful sites and sounds, I find myself happy as a child in a candy store! So if you're in the market for custom bedding, be it baby through adult, visit for a little peek!

Or call 800-489-2820. Ask for Leslie! She's a gem!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Kelly's Room... life is a blue-sky of opportunity!

Two weeks ago, I posted photos of a room that Kimberly and I had painted for 9 yr. Kelly Crook (Painting with Kimberly). The large scale, metallic silver, Baroque pattern painted on the walls is elegant in a 'hip and edgy' sort of way. Last week I completed the project and wanted to share those photos too!

Adjoining the bedroom, is a well lit sitting area. A lovely little room that I'm sure Kelly will enjoy. At the initial consultation, I was asked to paint empty picture frames on the long wall, which is a great way to display children's art, photos and memorabilia. Keeping the baroque design in mind, I decided the frames must be 'ornate and over the top'!

First I sketched them on the wall and then painted on non metallic but coordinating base colors. After they were dry, I applied a liberal coat of metallic paint to each frame. Next, I emphasized the faux ornamentation with darker colors, painted faux shadows around everything and before you know it, you've got a wall full of fun & fancy frames!

Next up! Kelly's closet! Wonderful, by the way, with built-in desk and custom island on casters and plenty of storage. At the far end, there is a little open area where Kelly will set up her Barbie houses. A perfect place for a mini mural! I love the whimsical style of this project and had way too much fun painting it! It is simple and sweet but full of little details, which are actually tiny but I took close up photos so you can see them! A pink park bench. A leaping squirrel! A bicycle. A man with balloons! A row of pink park benches. The family's three dogs!

...chasing each other!

A birds nest!
Kelly, discovered a little additional space and declare it a 'Barbie theatre'! So I gave her an outdoor drive-in. Which I'm pleased to say, she has actually been to a driven-in movie!

I'm so happy with the with the way this room turned out! I think it will be a lovely, transitional area, that will grow with Kelly and provide a beautiful backdrop for her story.

God's blessings to you Kelly! With your eyes on Him and your hand in His, you'll find love and peace at every twist and turn of life's journey!...and know that while I painted on the walls that surround you, I prayed for you, for your family and future happiness, for you all!