I remember our time spent in Tucson, Arizona while Jack was on a temporary assignment for work. Our children were kindergarten and preschool age so it was exciting when Grandma and Grandpa came to visit for a week. We got to show them all around Tucson, and we took them to Old Tucson where back in the day a lot of old western movies were made.
Of course while we were at Old Tucson, Grandpa bought each of the kids a toy gun on a holster belt. The kids already had their cowboy boots and cowboy hats which they proudly wore that day, so their holstered guns made their outfits perfect.
While we waited for the Stage Coach to pick us up on their next run, the kids played with their guns. Grandpa chatted with the Sheriff nearby, and then had our son ask the Sheriff when the next stage was due. The Sheriff turned and looked at both the kids, then pointed at them said, “In just a few minutes… AND you’d better be on it!”
That was all our daughter needed to hear. She whipped out her gun and pointed it at the lawman. Our son was shocked and immediately told her “You don’t draw on a lawman!”
We haven’t let her forget that encounter, and we all laugh about it now. I think her kids, (all teenagers now) can laugh and visualize their Mom doing that back then. Jeremiah 29:11 continues to be her life scripture, go-to verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”