October 30, 2005
Return From Slidell, La

I have returned from Slidell, Louisiana. The trip lasted about eight days. I returned this past Saturday. I had a good time helping out. While I was there I wrote in my journal the details of the trip. So I should have some interesting blogs in the next several days. I also took over two hundred pictures. They are on our families website: The Carlton Family homepage. I cooked for our hardworking team. I also saw a lot of the devastation. It was a giant mess. I met a lot of good people from the church who have come together to help life get back to normal.

Posted by Linda at 07:39 PM
October 24, 2005
Departure to Slidell, LA

Saturday, 10.21.05

We left Tulsa Bible Church @ 6:50 am.

We took 3 vehicles-- 1 truck full of supplies such as sheetrock and insulation and lots of tools.
There are 10 of us.--
Forrest-- leading the group
Gary, Terry, Michael, Tom, Charles, William, Bill, Danny (not my Danny) and me. Forrest and Terry were in the supplies truck. Terry drove the "Silver Bullet" mini van with his sons-- Charles and William and Michael (Tom's son). We were in the "White Knight" mini van. Gary and Bill switched out driving. Danny was also in our van.

We had lots of snacks with us. We ate breakfast at McDonald's. I ordered a breakfast burrito and coffee. We ate our lunch at Wendy's. We also stopped a few other times to get gas and take a break.

We went through five states in one day-- OK, AR,TN, MS, and finally LA. The trip took 13 hours.

We crossed Louisiana border @ 8:30 pm.

We arrived @ Faith Bible Church in Slidell (pronounced with a long i), LA @ 9:59.

Then we went to a beautiful house owned by David and Wendy who have three cute small children, David-7, Ashley-3, and Joel-almost 2. Their home itself was not affected by Katrina. We had the privilege of staying there for the week. Since I am the cook I enjoyed cooking in Wendy's beautiful kitchen. (She was very kind to help me when I forgot to bring a few important cooking items from time to time.)

Posted by Linda at 08:44 PM
Katrina rebuild project...Day two

Linda called around 6:46pm. Seems they had a busy day. Since it was Sunday there's wasn't much work planned other than the absolute necessity, like unloading the sheet rock off the truck.

They went to church, then a dinner that the church held for them. Linda was impressed with the testimony time at the church. You can imagine what they've been through there.

After the dinner they went to New Orleans. She called me from there. She said they got to see the levees that had broken, and visited a cafe that served stuff I 'd never heard of.

Hopefully by tonight she'll be able to make some blog entries of her own. The problem is, she generally takes around two hours to do one blog, and that would be way too much time to spend on the host family's computer. I'm still stressing to her that it's important for her to do it.

She's also been taking a lot of pictures. We'll try to have those online when she gets back.

Posted by Danny Carlton at 07:27 AM
October 23, 2005
Katrina rebuild project...Day one

Linda called me last night about 8:30pm to let us know they'd just crossed the Louisiana border. They'd left at around 6:30am, and had been driving the whole day with about a half-a-dozen rest stops. She said the bigg, truck, used to carry the heavier supplies was driving a little slow, so they were a bit behind schedule...somewhere like 3 hours behind if I understood her right.

Posted by Danny Carlton at 07:09 AM
October 19, 2005
Who is Danny Carlton?

I've just got to brag on my husband's abilities. Around 5 years ago he started a message board for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. We have two children with this condition in which the adrenal glands malfunction. Over time the CAH message board has grown stronger as a needed support group.

A kind lady who has a grandchild with the condition is very active on the message board. Many questions are asked on the board but there was a question someone asked that had never been asked before and I love this woman's reply directly from the message board. Someone wanted to know who my husband was.

re: who is Danny Carlton?
Oct. 16th, 2005 5:28pm
Danny Carlton is a Godsend to all of us! He created this board for us to share our support and tears and fears and questions...no matter how small they seem. He offers education and encouragement to us all. He offers straight forward and honest answers and keeps us on the right track when our debates on an issue gets out of hand. He reminds us WHY we are here and offers his time and computer knowledge to help any of us. He is a Father , teacher, writer , husband ...stay at home Dad. In his free time he gives us this board to help promote ........ support and educate ourselves and newcomers to the world of CAH. He has exposed us to others who have needs greater than our own and prayed for us in our time of need and loss. There is NO way I can start too explain the value and human integrity that Danny Carlton has brought in to our lives. I thank God every night for this board and pray that Danny's work continues to help us through the future with CAH and our friendship with others on the board. When I count my blessings...Danny is on the top of my list....... as this board is our hope and our communication of knowledge. With out Danny we would not have any of this. Thank you Danny for being the person you are and showing us that the act of human kindness and dedication is still alive. You are so valued !

Those words are so encouraging we plan to post them on the wall!

Posted by Linda at 07:24 PM
October 16, 2005
Small Shallow Dish

Our family recently got a new kitten. On Saturday my husband took it to the vet. Our oldest, Sam helped pay the bill and thus it is considered his responsibility. We put the small cat in a pet carrying case while it "de-wormed" from all the medications the vet office gave it . Danny was getting its little area set up in the cage. It would need a water container, food container and a tiny litter box. We started discussing what we should use. Danny said we would need a small shallow dish. I suggested something and Danny said that would be too big. Then he asked me if he could use one of my lunch containers I said yeah and he left to go to the kitchen.

I was busy putting clothes away when Danny reentered our room. He came towards me with a unusually sweet smile on his face saying, "There . . . There's my small shallow dish." At first I smiled (a reflex reaction when I don't know what else to do or say). Then he gave me a big hug.

I was a little confused but I figured he had found the cat a dish. Then for a split second I thought he had a sudden change of character and decided to put aside all that stoicism that has so defined his personality. I then realized, "No.", he's being typical of his personality and playing a joke on me! I thought through what he had just said. He's calling "ME" a small shallow dish! I like being called small. I like the positive connotations of being called a dish but he just totally negated those two positives with one huge negative!! I AM NOT SHALLOW! There it was, his old self shining through brightly for me to see. He once again showed his great love for me by playing a joke on me.

Posted by Linda at 02:09 PM
October 09, 2005
My Utmost For His Highest

The book My Utmost For His Highest is a classic read by many Christians through the years and has been in continuous print since 1935. Although the author, Oswald Chambers has thirty book titles bearing his name he really only personally wrote one. Chambers became a Christian as a teenage under the ministry of the famous Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He then knew God has called him to teach the Bible and he did this in teaching and filling leadership roles in places all around the world. MUFHH was written from the pen of his wife of seven years. She was a court stenographer and would take verbatim shorthand notes when she listened to his sermons. Oswald Chambers was only 43 years old when he died (1874-1917).

A few years ago at a family Christmas party during a present swap, Danny and I won an updated version of the book from my little sister Deena. I spied it on the book shelf the other day and decided to read from it each day. (It contains a five minute devotion for each day of the year.) I wanted to dig into it to see if I could find some golden nugget quotes to cheer me on as a Christian. I found one on October 1. Last weekend I got to see Deena we started talking and she said she had found a good quote in a book she was reading and began to describe it. I nearly shrieked. I couldn't believe it she was talking about the same quote I read from MUFHH! The quote is simple but obviously something we both could relate to. Here it is:

"We are not made for the mountains, for sunrises, or for the other beautiful attractions in life-- those are simply intended to be moments of inspiration. We are made for the valley and the ordinary things of life, and that is where we have to prove our stamina and strength."

In the next days devotion it was repeated:
"The height of the mountaintop is measured by the dismal drudgery of the valley, but it is in the valley that we have to live for the glory of God."

If I practically apply that to my life, I must realize that within my humdrum ordinary life I must strive to do right. Daily routines get old after many years of doing them. Getting up in the morning, going to work, raising my 4 children, helping my husband, trying to overcome wrong in my life. . .not spectacular events but God considers them important. So, honestly, I should work to have an attitude of acceptance not frustration and I should thank God for "the here and now" of my life. If I try hard to do the things He wants today surely He will give me a fulfilling life.

Posted by Linda at 07:41 PM
October 04, 2005
Our Dad's Favorite Songs

This one's for my youngest brother, Daniel You could say, it's from Dad and me :)

When I was young and lived at home I always knew my daddy was in a good mood when he was singing a song. It would usually be in the morning. My dad had a really nice voice. It had a bit of deepness but was within normal range for a man. It had a softness to it too. I think he would try to copy the popular singers of his teenage years like Jim Reeves. Even as his young daughter it would calm me to hear his handsome voice as he would be up early getting ready for work . Last Sunday, my sister Deena told me that my little brother Daniel (who's in college right now) has gained an interest in old country songs. My dad's favorite songs are from the 50's when he was a teenager. So this blogs for Daniel so he can learn about classic country music from our daddy.

I went to the CMT (Country Music Television) website to find a good list to help me remember most of the songs he sang and liked the most. The list is from 100 Greatest Country Songs. It is found under the heading Music on the homepage, then, Radio CMT. You can learn a lot about country music through all of their catagories. The songs are played in full like you were listening to them on the radio.

Some of our Dad's favorite songs:
Hello Walls-- Faron Young
Roly Poly-- ??
Your Cheatin' Heart-- Hank Williams
Hey, Good Lookin'-- Hank Williams (I vaguely remember Dad singing this too Mom as she was fixing supper one night. She was probably cooking beans and cornbread!)
Walkin' the Floor Over You-- Ernest Tubb
You Are My Sunshine-- Gene Autry
Back in the Saddle Again-- Gene Autry (?)
Coal Miner's Daughter-- Loretta Lynn (Dad loved this movie)
Coat of Many Colors-- Dolly Parton (Like just about everyone Dad liked any song Dolly would sing)
Act Naturally-- Buck Owens (Dad used to love watching him on HeeHaw and this song is really funny, the Beatles also sang it. I wanna learn it too)
I Walk the Line-- Johnny Cash (Dad loved the man in black. I remember once as a little girl Mom got out our "45" of A Boy Named Sue and I watched Dad as he listened to the song. He laughed really hard and loud as he listened. (He was known for that when he thought something was funny!)
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry-- Hank Williams
King of the Road-- (I can picture the singer's face but I forgot his name!)
If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time-- Lefty Frizzell
He'll Have to Go-- Jim Reeves
Have I Told You Lately that I Love You-- Gene Autry (Dad also liked his famous version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)

Posted by Linda at 08:06 PM