Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hi Everyone!
Spring has sprung in SE Oklahoma, we've had lots of rain and the grass is growing….AND SO we are looking down more than usual…snakes, stingin' scorpions, centipedes, and 'the like' are in 'full swing ahead' and my Seattle husband Mark hasn't figured out yet why they all want to be in our house!

I am writing to you from seat 31E on American flight 670 from Washington Dulles in route to Dallas/Ft Worth today, Monday, May 16th. Our sore feet are certain we walked ALL of the Washington D.C. area….MONUMENTS!!....the Washington, World War II, Vietnam, Korean, Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, Lincoln, and Jefferson, as well as much of the Smithsonian. Oh yes, and many of the hotdog/pretzel stands along the way. What a clean and friendly capitol we have! It was a great experience. But, that was a side blessing, we were there of course to work at two local churches.

Shepherd's Gate Church was our first stop….Pastor Dan Duis and his wife Scotti treated us so special, they hosted us a few extra days so we could experience D.C. and also had us to supper at their home. We enjoyed the music of their sons Tyler and Sam and friend Brad's group Melodime…& thanks to Dave for his direction for the group. Catch the music of this band - they are so talented!!

Sunday we made the trip down to Monroe, VA (literally in the Blue Ridge Mountains) and sang for Mt Prospect Baptist Church - Doug Turner and his wife Sally had heard me sing at Madison Heights, VA back in 1991 and asked us come to the church where he is assistant pastor. Afterwards, they took us to Natural Bridge Hotel to stay the night and we toured the bridge this morning. It was as spectacular this am as it was in 1975 when I saw it as a Junior in high school. On the way to the airport, I got to see the Shenandoah River run through its valley….I love this part of the country with its rich history!

We don't take it for granted the work and preparation it takes to host concerts of this magnitude…thanks to all of you who host, pray, prepare, and also to those who travel to get to the concerts…yes, Jack & Marlene York and Denise and Jim LaFave…we appreciate you so much! We want these events to be the best they can be. THANK YOU!!

Mark and I THINK we fly a lot. We had the opportunity to meet a very interesting lady on the airport terminal bus who had left South Africa on the 15th, had flown thru to Washington, was on our flight to Dallas and in route to Los Angeles!!! She seemed a bit disoriented (no wonder), and we had the grand pleasure of helping her find her way. What a sweetheart she was! Mark made the comment to me, "There are good people everywhere". There sure are.

We are going home tonight, may get to visit daddy at Reba's Rehabilitation center…when we left Thursday, he was feeding himself (and doing a great job at it) and had walked 128 steps a day or two earlier. We go to Nashville to see Reba receive her Medallion for the induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame next Sunday. After that, we come home and get ready to go to Kearney and North Platte, NE, on the 28th and 29th, then back home for Jacksonville, TX, June 4.

We hope to see you along the way this summer…it's packed full of great things to look forward to: summer birthdays, a return home visit for our Marine Kyle Eaton and lots of concerts.

God bless you and thank you for your support of what we do.

Susie & Mark

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hi Everyone!
The news reports have been alive these days as our world has experienced natural disasters, tragedies, losses, military advances, and in the midst of it all, a royal wedding. Our prayers go out to all who have lost much and rejoice with those who are still intact and helping others.

Mark and I received news that we will be grandparents again (Mark's Tara), and also aunt and uncle (my niece Autumn). These are days of lots going on!

My father, Clark McEntire continues to improve and is walking with help! Our perspectives change as to what is good or bad, especially when a person goes from an almost comatose state to putting his cowboy hat on (with superb style, I must add) and tells his stories again. We are so thankful to you who have prayed, emailed, called and visited- we appreciate it so much!

Cowboy Church TV is still going great guns and our advertisement for our new CD "Passages" is doing well. I've been able to share my story of abuse to many folks around the country and the pairing of these two tools is very powerful!

Mark and I will be in Clovis, NM on Sunday May 8 for Cowboy Church at the Resistol All Around Ranch Rodeo; May 14th we will be in Chantilly, VA at Shepherd Gate Church & May 15th in Monroe, VA at New Prospect Baptist Church. May 22nd we’ll be in Nashville for Reba's induction; May 28th in Kearney, NE and May 29th in North Platte, NE. Check out our website for all the details

I want to remind you that our concert with Mud Springs Gospel Band in Antelope, OR will be August 14 @ 4 pm NOT the first weekend of August like we usually do. See you there.
Mark and I have so enjoyed being in the NW these last 2 weeks. Hiking, climbing, and eating great fish, visiting Anna and our kinfolks & friends here. We participated with Transition's Gate in Spokane and were so blessed to see so many support this great ministry.

We are still adamant about eating right, find information on the Paleo Diet on our website along with Advocare, and the skin products I use from "NuSkin". Contact us if you need more information on any if these products.

Ladies, make plans now to attend our annual Pamper Me Ladies retreat the first weekend in November in our hometown of Atoka, OK.

CHRISTMAS.....Yes, it's closer than you think! Let's get that Christmas program booked for your church, business, family, or office. Dates are still available!!

"May the angels protect you; troubles neglect you...." from "Never Alone",

Susie & Mark