The Party Barge

As our exciting day came to an end we drove to meet some new friends and take a sunset ride on Lake Verret. Glenn & Lisa had been telling us about the Party Barge ride we had scheduled and I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that there was a communication error. You see, when I heard party barge, I thought of the picture to the left. I had no idea who all would be on this thing, I was just sure it would have a bathroom. Well, many of you may know, Sun Tracker makes a Pontoon boat that many call a party barge…LOL yes, we went with a few new friends on a peaceful pontoon boat ride on Lake Verret. There was no need to pull out my new gold shoes and change out of that orange shirt that I wore ALL day and had on in EVERY picture.

The store that I mentioned in my first post, Pierre Part Store, is owned/ran by Ken & Karen St. Germain. We visited the store earlier Saturday and I was able to meet sweet Claire, Ken, and our captain for the afternoon ride, Ken’s son Kyle. {sadly I didn’t have my camera in there with me}. They were so kind to give Tim & me a basket full of goodies including 2 Tervis Tumblers with their 100th Anniversary Logo on them. A keepsake I’ll always enjoy. 🙂

We met Karen earlier that day while riding through town and found out that she is their State Representative. She was very ‘down to earth’ {not sure if those Cajun’s know what that means…it means the REAL DEAL} and was very proud of her community.

We loaded up on the St. Germain’s Party Barge with our Captain Kyle, his friend Cheri, Glenn, Lisa & their daughter Shadie. The ride was absolutely beautiful.

Interesting things about these cypress trees. The things around them are cypress knees. Click here to watch Troy Landry explain what their function is.

As you can imagine, after a long ride away from land with four women on a boat, we were in desperate search of a bathroom. Thankfully we came upon Mr. Mark Newchurch’s camp. His home was across the road {I’ll explain about their camps in a later post} so Glenn ran across the road to ask for use of his facilities. He was kind enough to let us park the boat and enter his camp.

The sun was setting so we headed back to shore. We had to get back in time to eat at Landry’s Seafood. Tim had waited as long as he could for some good ‘ole Cajun Cookin’. The drive home was just as beautiful. The sun setting through the cypress tress was breathtaking. 

We made it back safely, thanked our Captain, and headed to eat at Landry’s.

to be cont…

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We Finally Meet

After an adventurous morning in Pierre Part, we decided to drive back to Duffy’s to see if any of the Landry boys were there. When we arrived there was a small crowd…a sure sign they would be there soon.  We parked the car and ventured our way to the cooler. We saw Bubba Landry and chatted with him until the boys rolled in. 

Jacob was hunting with his younger brother this season, so Mr. Troy was home resting. I spotted his red truck pass by so we quickly made our way to the front of the store. Everyone stood back as he got out of his truck. I shouldn’t surprise you that I was the 1st person to go up to him. I’d been planning this trip for 4 months, I wasn’t about to be last in line lol. He was so kind to us and spent as much time as he could talking with us. I decided it was rude to take up his time and not share him with the other fans, so Tim & I explored his boat. 

It was neat to see all of his “tools” {far lack of a better word} that he used for hunting. I tried to get Tim to sit in it, but he wouldn’t.

After getting our items signed and visiting with Mr. Troy, we headed to the cooler again to wait on Jacob. The camera crew rolled in so we knew the gators were on the way. They had sent word that Jacob had 2 big ones. We had no idea they would be as big as they were. The producer sent Mr. Troy back home to get his blue shirt that he always wears and then they revealed the catch. The crowd stood back as they tossed most of the gators out of the boat and then…the lift pulled up to the boat and removed 2 monster gators. Can I tell you that this was a learning experience for me. They were both males…that’s all I’ll say. 🙂

We got Jacob to sign some items for the kids and took many pictures of these monster creatures. Today was my 1st close encounter with alligators so I was a little nervous about being among them. Not to mention the smell that reeked under the shelter. Mr. Troy told us that once a gator is shot, they vomit. You can imagine how pleasant the smell was. Tim had his phone taking pictures and videos and sending them to the kids and his family. People were going crazy sitting on them and touching them all over. It was almost more than I could handle. And then…Mr. Troy called us over and said, “sit down let’s take a picture.” I can’t tell you how horrified I was…but I did it. Lisa was able to capture the moment on camera. Yes, I was about to cry.

After all of the excitement was over, we went to a local burger joint, Buddy’s Drive-In, for a late lunch. 

The day was far from over. We regrouped {as I like to say} and got ready for a ride on the Party Barge.

to be cont…

 

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the Cajun Michelangelo

Saturday morning we began our day by FINALLY traveling in to Pierre Part, LA {it was only a few minutes from our cabin}. We met Glenn and Lisa and together went to Duffy’s Shell Station for coffee and conversation. As we walked in the door, I quickly spotted Jacob Landry and a few older gentlemen sitting around in the back corner drinking their coffee. When we walked in everyone began their ‘good mornings’ and Jacob was introduced to…the girl on the phone from Georgia and her husband Tim. I spoke with Jacob on the phone a few days before we arrived and I was so excited that I talked the entire time. I’m not even sure that he was able to talk back to me. I can assure you it was a phone call he’ll always remember lol. {Glenn says I sound like Mickey Mouse on crack}. I allowed Tim to have a chance to talk with him {after all, he’d heard enough of me} and their conversation was quickly guided towards the cork board filled with ‘trophy deer’ pictures.

The television crew began coming in getting ready for the big hunt. As Jacob and the crew left, the little men just sat and chatted longer. No one was in a hurry around there. Sort of a nice pace for Tim and I to experience. As we looked around at…well…the service station and the small selection of cajun reeboks I noticed a little man gather up his pan of pancakes and head out. I found it cute that this little man cooks pancakes and takes them up to the store for whoever to eat on.

One of the men told us that Troy had a big gator in the cooler out back and we should take a look at it. This was my first experience with a alligator close up and I was not prepared for the smell. He was HUGE…but not as big as what we saw later that day. 

While at Duffy’s, we met a man named Adam Morales. I overheard Glenn tell him, “yeah, I’ll bring them by.” I had no idea what we were about to encounter. After a nice warm breakfast from a local station/store, we headed to Atchafalaya Swamp Treasures. “The Driftwood Man” aka “the Cajun Michelangelo” had a nice little home buried beneath thousands of pieces of driftwood. Mr. Adam has spent years boating the swamps, looking for pieces to put together, or to just simply add an eye to. I found this video on YouTube that some previous passer-bys videoed: click here. His work has been featured in numerous magazines and art shows. His talent is truly breathtaking.

This piece was one of my favorites. One side is the mother and the other side is the baby. He only added the eyes.

These are the Swamp People. The little boy on the end is Mr. Adams grandson and Mr. Adam is the tall guy on the right.

I thought these turtles were pretty neat as well.

This is one of the few table designated to body parts. THEY WERE EVERYWHERE!

Mr. Adams cypress driftwood art museum was such a unique expereince. We had no idea that we would be going there, but we were so glad we did. He was so kind and he enjoyed showing us what nature has to offer in the swamp. If you’re ever in the New Orleans/Baton Rouge area, he’s worth the drive.

Atchafalaya Swamp Treasures   338 South Bay Road  Perre Part, LA  70339

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We arrived

As we traveled I-10 the anticipation of meeting our new Cajun Friends was just about to get the best of me. I had NO IDEA what the weekend would hold, but I knew it would be good. We passed the USS Alabama Battleship, the exits to Biloxi and the sites of New Orleans.

As we approached Bayou Corne we found our little cabin and settled in.

Around 5:30 Jen the photographer arrived for pictures, as did our wedding guests. The preacher, Darren, and his wife Malinda, Glen & Lisa, our host family for the weekend, and Mr. Arnold Blanchard from Tony’s Seafood.

Hadn’t met Mr. Arnold yet {probably the only person in Pierre Part I hadn’t spoken to on the phone} but he was so kind to stop by and give Tim & I a welcoming gift. If you can see this close enough and know me well enough, you’re asking, “what will Jaye do with this?” I asked myself the same thing lol. I think I’ll get a few more lessons from our new Cajun family before opening the box. 🙂

We had a great ceremony on the wharf by the bayou {I think I said that correctly} and enjoyed cake with our new friends. Afterwards, Tim & I went to the Grapevine {which was so unique and delicious}. We settled in our little cabin on the bayou excited about what Saturday would bring. Little did we know that it would be as amazing as it was.

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and we’re off!

With months of secret planning, and the help of my friend Shanna, operation Secret Anniversary Trip was on. The kids were in safe hands with Katy, Mandy, and my mother mainly in charge, so I was at ease with our long trek. Tim has known my desire to travel to Vegas and let Elvis renew our vows {how romantic I know lol}, so he felt strongly that was what I was planning.  We began our trip on Thursday and he had an idea where we were going. We traveled to Pensacola {to break the trip in half} to see our good friends John & Jennifer {AKA the Good-Lookin’ Couple}.

With John & Jennifer in on the secret, we had a great visit and then off to bed with a “have fun in Vegas” slip up from John. Jennifer arranged our wedding cake so I snuck it in the jeep while Tim was getting ready. We left their place Friday morning and had a surprise breakfast {which Tim figured out as well} with our friends Josh & Kristin. Josh & Kristin are in ministry in Pensacola at Liberty Church. When we first met, we connected with them instantly!

With our belly’s full and Tim’s mind rolling with the good advice that Josh shared…we were off. I felt sure that Tim had it figured out by now, but he was sure we were boarding in New Orleans. We decided it was time to share the surprise. After telling him the story, starting back in June, he drove in disbelief. I tried to video his reaction, but there wasn’t one. Silence. He honestly didn’t believe that we were traveling to Pierre Part, LA, to hang with some people we didn’t know. After he processed the change from Vegas to Pierre Part, he got a bit excited.

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Hey Baby, let’s go to Vegas…or not! ;)

Many of you may not know that Tim and I renew our wedding vows every 5 years. September 21st was our 15th wedding anniversary and this year was my year to plan. After years of planning a trip to Vegas to let Elvis renew our vows, my plans drastically changed. Tim {like many others} has taken a STRONG liking to the show Swamp People. His favorite hunters on the show hands down are the Landry boys. As we sat one day in June watching the show, I realized that the BEST anniversary gift I could ever give Tim would be to visit Pierre Part and meet those Landry boys. Boy, did I have some planning to do. I began googling Pierre Part and came up with 1 store with a website. That store was Pierre Part Store. I called the number on the website, asked for the floral department {because I was planning a ceremony along with the trip} and was connected with a sweet young girl name Claire. Our conversation began like this, “Hey, I know this is going to be the strangest phone call you’ve ever gotten. I’m Jaye Bice from Albany, Ga and I’m trying to plan a surprise anniversary trip to Pierre Part in September.” I gave her many more details about how Tim thought we were going to Vegas and how he would much rather go to Pierre Part {you must know that EVERYONE in Pierre Part thought that Tim was cRaZy! They’d much rather be in Vegas than there.} Sweet Claire took my name and number and told me she would get some names for me and call me back. To my surprise, she called back. She gave me the number to Duffy’s Shell Station {the Landry’s family business}, Bell River Baptist Church, and the Justice of the Peace. I called the church first…left a long crazy message, then the J.O.P., and then Duffy’s. By the end of that week, the entire town new some crazy girl from Georgia was calling around trying to plan a trip. A few days later the PW from the church called me back. Malinda Carpenter and I became buddies quickly and she was as excited {if not more} as I was about my  anniversary surprise. She began helping me plan and gather numbers to local people. She found these little Cajun Cabins on Bayou Corne {my new Cajun friends will be so proud that I referenced that…you can only imagine how confused I was with the Parishes, Bayous, and Lakes}. I called Mr. Dennis {the owner} and spilled my long story to him. One thing I wanted to make sure of was that we experienced the area to its fullest. I wanted Tim to experience the lifestyle of the cajun culture…and the cookin’. Mr. Dennis gave me the number to a man named Glenn Templet {pronounced Tome-Play} and you guessed it…I called him too! His sweet wife Lisa answered the phone and thankfully didn’t hang up {she told me she almost did lol}. With both of us a little scared and unsure of what the other would be like, we began to plan. This family made sure that we had the experience of a lifetime. Little did we know, we would become friends for a lifetime too.

Months of planning went in to this trip…so it’s going to take a few blogs to tell you all about it.

to be continued…

{photograph by Jen Menard}

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Breakfast Muffins anyone???

For those of you who know me well know that I am not Rachael Ray or Paula Dean. I’m more like Betty Crocker and Chef Boyardee (only because I use their boxes and cans quite often). To be blogging a recipe is a sure sign that this recipe is quick and easy. Today I made our favorite Breakfast Muffins for lunch. It’s always a hit around the Bice household; for us and for those who happen to be visiting when they come out of the oven. I’d love to say that I created this easy delicious recipe, but I got the idea from a dear family friend. So, for those of you wanting to indulge some easy yumminess here you go…

You need the following:

 1 lb of ground sausage

2 cans of Pillsbury Biscuits (I get different varieties each time…Homestyle, Buttermilk, Butter Tasting. They all work)

1 lb bag of shredded cheese

6 to 7 eggs

Muffin pan

Large Tupperware container

Steps:

First you brown the sausage and drain.

Next, scramble the eggs. (You can use the same pan. The grease from the sausage gives the eggs a little flavor)

Mix the sausage, scrambled eggs, and desired amount of cheese together in a Tupperware container. (I put a lid on it and shake it to mix. The cheese begins to melt to the spoon when stirring)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open the can of biscuits and flatten them out. Once flattened (by hand) you can place them into the muffin pan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fill each biscuit with the mixture and bake according to the biscuit can directions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there you have it. My first blogged recipe. If you have any easy ideas that will feed many, please comment and let me know.

Be Blessed…

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What would you say if someone asked…

 

We continued this past Sunday “Living in Joy”. Tim walked us through Philippians 3:1-11 {click here to listen}. Here’s a bit from the message that I though I needed to share.

 

If someone asked you, “are you a believer” what would your answer be?

I go to church. I was baptized when I was 12. I joined the church. I went to VBS EVERY summer. I give regularly to a church. I read my Bible every day. Each of these answers shows confidence in the flesh, and doesn’t have anything to with saving us. These are all great things to practice, but if we are true believers, who believe that Christ died for our sins & He is the only way to heaven, then we must believe that our works won’t get us anywhere. You see, there is NOTHING we can do. We can’t “do” our way into heaven. It’s what HE did for us.

In the book of Philippians we read the accounts of the Apostle Paul. Paul’s heritage couldn’t save him. Paul’s experience couldn’t save him. Paul’s wisdom couldn’t save him. Paul’s works couldn’t save him. Paul’s religiosity couldn’t save him. Neither can yours. {Philippians 3:4-6}

“Like most religious people today, Paul had enough morality to keep him out of trouble, but not enough righteousness to get him into heaven. It was not bad things that kept Paul away from Jesus-it was good things. He had to lose his religion to find his salvation,” Warren Wiersbe.

Paul continued his entire ministry counting or evaluating his life and what he had. He realized that without a true relationship with Christ, he had nothing…and neither do we. James 1:26 “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” Do you have a true personal relationship with Christ?  You may ask, “What does that look like?”  For me, it means seeking him by praying and reading His word. Loving my neighbor. Humbling myself and realizing that without Him, I am nothing. Excepting the fact that His grace is enough and there is nothing I can do on my own to earn a spot in Heaven. When Christ died on the cross, He didn’t make us righteous, He declared us righteous. Not because we earned it or deserved it, but because He loved us that much.

What does your personal relationship with Christ look like? Are you a believer? The answer to that is NOT what you DO, but it is who you are…in HIM.

Be Blessed…

 

 

 

 

 

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My side of the story…

Ahh…Deeper Still. It’s always such a huge party celebrating Jesus and His love for us with thousands of other sisters {and a few brothers} in Christ. This year our 10 hour trek to Kentucky led us not only to the conference, but to some tasty eating and an unforgettable tour of Churchill Downs. Being the social butterfly that I am, it shouldn’t surprise you that our seats in the nosebleed section were amazing! You would have thought they had us on stage. The thing about this party is…you always leave with tons of favors. Now I’m not talking about material things, I mean real life applications that are LIFE CHANGING.

So, here we are {6 of us from the big city of Albany}, at the very last Deeper Still, anxiously awaiting the word that these 3 amazing women will bring to us. My sweet sister Mandy blogged about our first speaker, Kay Arthur {click here to read}. Here’s my side of the story…

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Joy

As I sit today in an empty house (kids are at my parents and Tim is at work), I can’t help but to hear noises in the stillness. I’ve been working on my computer most of the morning, jumping from blogs & websites, and seeking direction in several areas in my life. I have a few areas that seem undone to me; I know realize that God’s timing isn’t my timing. As you can read, my mind is in manic mode. As I took a break from my desk, this sweet verse came to mind.  I came across a blog (posted in 2008) that I thought would be great to share.  Hope this blesses you as it has me today.

Nehemiah 8:10

Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

“Have you ever felt God speaking to you so strongly that all you could do is listen and cry? I often get this, and yesterday during church was one such time. It was one of those moments when I realized that God has a message for me, and he will continue to speak it until I get it. He is so good, and almost mischievous this way. He has been speaking to me all this year about how I need to love him and love others, and he reinforced that message yesterday.

Our sermon was about joy, and specifically Nehemiah 8:10. But if you read Nehemiah 8:1-12 you will get a better feel for what is happening, and why the joy of the Lord is our strength, and what brings about real joy for us. The people of Isreal are encouraged to eat, drink and be joyful AFTER they have heard the law of the Lord, it has been thoroughly explained by their teachers/preachers, and they have wept in repentance. And what do I hear God saying in all of this? Read the Bible, seek its meaning, repent, and then go and share over food and drink to receive real joy. (For further reading on this topic, I really recommend a certain sermon of Charles Spurgeon.)

Want to be happy? Go to church, read your Bible, learn all you can about it, repent of your sin, and then share your table and your time explaining to others what you have learned.”

Be Blessed…

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