Monthly Archives: May 2018

Best Burgers in Austin, Texas – Everybody Has a Favorite

Best Burgers in Austin, Texas - Everybody Has a Favorite After four years in Austin, we’ve taken a bite out of a bunch o’ burgers, my friends. Some we’ve tried on the advice of friends, and others on the recommendation of a website or two. At this stage of the game, here’s our very own list of what we  now think are some of the best burgers in Austin. If you’ve ever moved from your hometown to a big city, you know how much fun it is to explore all the restaurants in your new locale. It’s even more fun to ask the locals about

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#20 – Proverbs 3:5-6 – 66 Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren

Dear Grandparent:  This is #20 in a series of 66 Bible Faithbuilding Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren. The thread that weaves itself through these verses, one from each book of the Bible, is designed to create a heart of strong faith in you and your grandchild as you commit them to memory together.  May God add his blessing to every word.  THE VERSE Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make your paths

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Where to Find Berries in Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service worked on a strawberry sustainability project to help Texas growers. Since the project began in 2013, the Service estimates that its efforts may have helped 15-20 new growers develop sustainable strawberry fields, yielding many more acres of the juicy berries we Texans love to eat. As for blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, Texas is growing plenty of those as well. National Pick Strawberries Day is observed every year on May 20. That's also just about the end of strawberry season

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What to Do For your Mom When You Can’t Be There on Mother’s Day

For everyone who has a mom or is one, Mother's Day can be a delightful occasion. Gifts, flowers, fruity desserts and cards are the order of the day, while moms just get to sit back and soak it all in like a sweet slice of southern pound cake covered with syrupy strawberries. Sometimes You Can't Be There But what if you're not actually able to actually BE with your mom on the second Sunday in May? Of course, you would be if you could be. Yet, there are times when it can't happen. One young girl I know is so sad she can't get

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An Elaborate Mother’s Day Picnic in La Grange, Texas

Aren't you glad May was designated as the month in which to celebrate Mother's Day? Yellow and pink flowers are blooming everywhere, the sun is shining, and the birdies are chirping. I don't know about you, but all of those things put together sure do make me want to go on a Mother's Day picnic. Mother's Day Traditions What traditions does your family have on this Sunday in May when it's all about Mom? When I was growing up in Amarillo, Mother's Day was a big deal for lots of reasons, but what was number one? Mom didn't have

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5 Books for Moms – Austin Over Fifty

Books for Moms Moms love books and books love moms. If your mom is like most, she's always got a list or a stack of what she wants to read soon or next summer. She discusses new reads with her friends and thinks about re-reading treasured favorites. In corners on shelves, in boxes in the attic, between the canisters on her kitchen counter, and in baskets beside her favorite chair, moms have lovingly placed their books. Is there a day that goes by when a mom doesn't touch a book?  There might be a day or two go by when we moms

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#19 – Psalm 23:1 – The Lord is My Shepherd

How many times have you heard the 23rd Psalm? Besides The Lord's Prayer, it is surely one of the most quoted, loved, and depended upon passages in the whole Bible. You might have even memorized the whole thing back in childhood Sunday school with all your first grade church friends. It's comforting at funeral services. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil ... " is an oft-quoted comfort for those who are saying goodbye to someone they love. Perhaps it has a doubly peaceful purpose as

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Ways to Help Our Aging Parents

If you ask me, one of our biggest challenges as Over Fiftyers is helping our beloved aging parents. The Kids are Finally Raised Just when we get our teenagers raised and are maybe even seeing some light at the end of the tuition tunnel, our parents begin to need our help. We love them so dearly, and we are always eager to do it, but, man, there’s a learning curve for sure. There are Lots of Gears to be Shifted Number one, it's just flat out hard to think of our parents as aging. Sure, we see some normal signs of all that goes

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