Traveling Independence Day Weekend?

43 Million Americans Will Travel This Fourth of July Weekend 

Low prices at the pumps are helping more people hit the roads.

Be sure to hit the roads early if you’re traveling for Fourth of July: A record number of Americans will be taking a weekend getaway to celebrate Independence Day.

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One More Thought!

One more thought before the NFL Super Bowl XLVII – 2013 fades into a fleeting memory.

The truth is, we all won on Super Bowl Sunday with a day full of a good ole American past time, regardless of the teams playing.

Football is well loved by women and men everywhere, whether it’s by sitting on cold bleachers during a school game or yelling at the television when their team does something memorable.

The two coaches are brothers in case you didn’t know it.

Brother against brother? Perhaps but they both have to go home and think about the other afterwards, and somewhere in that thought process these coaches will remember a time when they as little kids threw the ball back and forth between themselves.

So, maybe this is the day the motivation from Sunday has a few families tossing the old pig skin back and forth, or cheering on a family member during another life changing event; a birth, a move, a new job, a graduation. There are plenty of touchdowns waiting to happen.

Life Measured, Eating Cookies, Buy American, Hospice Extreme Makeover Continues

Power Thoughts:

  • “Life is not measured by the # of breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
  • “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God no matter what the conflict.”
  • “It is never too late in fiction or in life to revise!

Question of the Day: Mmmm, cookies… How do you eat your cookie? Please comment, like or share your answer… or call 800-944-8443.

Tips on how to eat Oreo Cookies: Al Ross style. I have to admit it I did not come by all of these by myself, my kids and friends have help with this find tune art of Eating an Oreo. Oh it works with Chocolate Chips too…

  1. Dip your Oreo in ice cold milk. This will soften the cookie outside so that when you bite a piece off, the whole thing will dissolve quickly in your mouth. Some people cannot resist the temptation to properly dunk an Oreo cookie. It even works well with Silk Milk.
  2. Twist it gently to open it, and hold the two pieces in your hands. Eat them in any manner that you would like.
    1. Lick the creamy insides with your tongue, one side at a time. Savor it as you eat, then crunch on the cookie itself.
    2. Lick or rake the creamy filling off with your teeth, allowing it to dissolve in your mouth. This will fill your mouth with a sweet, pleasant sensation.
    3. Pull off one of the cookies, lick out the filling, then put the cookies back together and eat them. You can do this with multiple cookies and make a tall stack out of it.
    4. Pull off both the top and bottom cookie. Eat them both, then eat the icing alone. This method works better with double stuffed Oreo’s.
  3. Eat it with ice cream. Nuf said…
  4. Smash the Oreo cookies up into crumbs or mini pieces. Make an Oreo pie. You can use Oreo crumbs as the crust. hmmmm
  5. Like my Grandson and Cookies Monster – crammed in and gobble gobble.
  6. Eat it normally… (Oreo Cookies WikiHow)

Hospice Extreme Makeover Continues

  1. The response has been awesome. yet, volunteers and funds still needed for Deep East Texas Association of Builders Extreme Makeover for Hospice.
  2. When: Demolition started Saturday, April 30 and continues until the ribbon cutting on May 13th
  3. Where -Hospice in the Pines, (former Community Medical Equipment) on Frank Street near Hill Street, Lufkin
  4. Contact: Brandy Terry, (936)875-3000 for more information.

121010 – Chronicles of Narnia, Strict Rules? Not!, Fun Family Events,

Power Thoughts:

  1. Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
  2. Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. ~ Hamilton Wright Mabi
  3. Remember, this December, that love weighs more than gold. ~ Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

Strict Rules? Not! Many people think being a Christian means following a strict set of rules to keep you obedient. But being a real follower of God means cultivating a loving relationship with him.

Jesus replied, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38 NLT

Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Our movie expert Bob Waliszewski, with Plugged In Online, roars about the latest film version of a C.S. Lewis book. Read the review at this link and hear the review after 7:50 am… Click on the arrow.

How To Buy Safe Toys For Your Kids: What to look for to ensure the toys you give your kids are safe. (Consumer Reports)

  1. The most important thing you can do to make sure the toys you bring home are safe for your child is to buy age-appropriate ones. Young children can choke on small parts, so take those age guidelines seriously.
  2. Look for “no phthalates” on labels. Phthalates are chemicals that are found in some plastics (they smell like a plastic shower curtain). They can be toxic if a child ingests them.
  3. Buy American products. Toys that are made in the U.S. have a better safety record than many imports.
  4. Watch for recalls. As we saw with the recent Fisher-Price toys recalls (more on page 83), any recalled toys should be removed from store shelves. But some may fall through the cracks, so check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s ongoing list of recalls, at It’s especially important to check if you buy used toys on eBay or at a yard sale or consignment shop.
  5. Don’t buy toys at the dollar store. When we went shopping with our safety expert, Donald Mays, he found a number of cheaply made toys that could be dangerous to kids.

Looking for a Fun and Family Safe Events This weekend?

  • Evening in Old Bethlehem 25th Anniversary – Bring family to visit the night Jesus was born in the old city of Bethlehem – Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11, 6-8 p.m. at George H. Henderson Expo Center, 1200 Ellen Trout Dr., Lufkin
  • Lufkin State School Christmas Workshop – Gift Wrapping from 8-5, Monday thru Friday til December 24th – Please call (936)853-2759 for more information.
  • Carpenter’s Way, Lufkin Concert of Lights – Now through December 31, 6 p.m. til midnight – Please call (936)632-6599 for more information.
  • Gold City in Concert – Saturday, December 11. 6:00 p.m. – Trinity Baptist Church, 2909 E. Lufkin – Please call (936)632-8450 for more information.
  • Nacogdoches Tour of Homes – 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes benefiting Historic Nacogdoches – Saturday, December 11 – Tickets available at the Visitor Center, 200 E. Main, Nacogdoches
  • Sara Groves O Holy Night Christmas Tour – Sara Groves “O Holy Night” Tour – Saturday, December 11, 7:00 p.m. – Carpenter’s Way, Lufkin
  • Apostolic Lighthouse Fundraiser – Huge Truckload outdoor, outlet sale. Cash only. All proceeds benefit the Apostolic Lighthouse Pentecostal Church Building Fund. December 11, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Apostolic Lighthouse Pentecostal, Hwy. 259 N,, Nacogdoches, TX
  • German Christmas Service – Angel Of Joy Lutheran Church, Lufkin – All readings and hymns will be done in German, sermon will be in English – Sunday, December 12, 3:00 p.m.

Life’s Purpose (pt 1), Music Boat Higlights, Airline Help For Good Friends

Power Thoughts

  • “What is certain is that problems never leave us the same way they found us. We will change.” — Unknown
  • “Storms are followed by sunshine. Winter is followed by spring. Your problems will get resolved given enough time.” — Unknown
  • “You control the effect of the problem by controlling the reaction. It can make you tough or tender. It can make you better or bitter. It all depends on you.” — Unknown

Life’s Purpose (pt 1): God wants you to know exactly where you’re going in life. He doesn’t want you unsure of whether the steps you are taking are the right ones. Instead, God wants you to stop and ask Him for directions daily! Like the prophet Jeremiah, you have a God–given mission.

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations. Sovereign Lord, I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!’ The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.”

Jeremiah 1:5-10

Best & Worst of the Music Boat 2010 Cruise

Miami Cab Drivers – Too Fast
Airline Extra Charges – Movies, Food, Exit Rows & Luggage
Unable to Communicate – Language Barrier
Little Sunburned

Rainbow on the Beach
Sunset over Miami
Great Concerts – David Crowder & Third Day
Snorkeling! God’s great creation
Good Friends & New Friends
Huge Discounts to Cruise with Jenn to Cozumel – Book This Week and Mention KSWP or KAVX!

Tell Us Your Airline Story: What is Your Favorite Airline and Why? Top 10 Airlines in the United States and Canada by Passenger Numbers – If you want to see what airlines in the United States and Canada carry the most passengers, then this top 10 list is for you. See who passengers are choosing the most as their airline of choice by who they are ticketed and flying with. This is not about travel distance, simply the most passengers. (

  1. Delta Airlines: Delta has emerged as the airline that offers the most international flights out of the United States, and has its main hub in Atlanta.
  2. Southwest Airlines: This grand-daddy of low cost airlines in the United States now breaks the top 3 in terms of passengers.
  3. American Airlines: American Airlines has long been the largest airline in the world, but has been recently edged out in terms of passengers by Delta.
  4. United Airlines: United’s main hubs are Chicago and Denver, with San Francisco a hub for many Pacific routes.
  5. US Airways: Since merging with America West, US Airways has jumped in size.
  6. Continental Airlines: Continental is regularly tapped as one of the top airlines to fly in the United States, and has hubs that include Newark and Houston.
  7. Air Canada: Canada’s flagship carrier serves both domestic and international routes, and is one of the five founding members of Star Alliance along with United Airlines.
  8. AirTran Airways: This low cost US airline launches airfare deal after deal.
  9. JetBlue: JetBlue is known as a low cost airline with a high level of customer service. With its main hub in New York, JetBlue serves the United States and much of the Caribbean.
  10. Skywest Airlines: Skywest serves as a regional airline for airlines such as Delta and United.