On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31

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Monday, September 18, 2017

50 years!

This past weekend was the 50th reunion for my high school class. It was a fun time -- maybe somewhat maybe a lot boring for DH. But I'm glad we went and happy he is such a good sport. I really don't have a lot to say about the pictures. What I enjoyed most about the entire weekend was the ladies' luncheon on Saturday and the opportunities I had to visit with a few old friends. 


















We survived it!

Still young at heart



The organizers after the weekend is done!
Turn out the lights! The party's over!

What great memories and how wonderful to see all the old familiar faces again after 50 years - although some I have seen at three of the past reunions. Still ... what matters more to me are the memories I've shared and the faces of those I have lived with and loved over the past 50 years. So many people weave in and out of our lives. One day there will be an eternity to spend with our loved ones. We will never run out of time to share together our tales of the goodness God has shown to us in our life on this earth!

And another exciting release of information (which we already knew, but couldn't share) there will be another addition to their little family.




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Hodgepodge for all Seasons

Bible Study Fellowship begins today for me and this year we are studying the Book of Romans. It will be a great study and if you are interested, check out a study near you at https://www.bsfinternational.org/.

Wednesday! Hodgepodge! Copy the questions from Joyce and answer on your blog. Then link up at From This Side of the Pond. Thank you, Joyce for spurring us on.

1. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Sometimes. Elaborate. Sometimes it just creates more questions.


2. Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway? If so what was your favorite stop? If not, is this sort of trip on your bucket list?
It has been on my wish list for the past few years. Many years ago I did the planning for my boss to take a trip there and ever since, I have longed to go. It just hasn’t happened.

3. How do the changing seasons affect you?

The cooler temperatures in the Fall give promise to many delightful things that follow, such as the changing of the colors of nature around us, a feeling of refreshment from the heat of summer, a more routine structure and the holidays.

 
A trip to the Arboretum with these dear ladies.

Leaves!!!


I also find that Spring brings promises of a different sort, everything coming back to life, enjoying that gentle caress of a Springtime breeze, summertime and vacations to look forward to, but along with that, wondering if I will be able to take the heat.


As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward?
I think in the Fall, I remember the past events and the joy it brought, and it makes me a little melancholy. Now it comes with some confusion and some disappointment when things don't meet with expectations. There is relief that comes when it all works out anyway. (This entire answer about feelings has probably left you confused.)


Which season-season transition bothers you most?
Fall to winter.Why do you suppose that is?
Probably some of the disappointments mentioned above, but working hard on focusing on what really matters.

4. It's your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu. What are we having?
Either pot roast with all the trimmings or a Farmer Brown supper of Pinto beans with cornbread, fried potatoes and onions, fresh tomatoes, (cottage cheese and ketchup are special additions to the Farmer Brown supper.)

Do you ever lie about your age?
No, it wouldn't change anything. When I was 18, I did borrow a friend’s ID to order a drink in a club where our office staff went for lunch. The waitress was a little too smart for me. When she looked at the ID I gave her, she asked me to tell her what year I was born! Haha!! Our Oklahoma driver’s license back then had no photo on them.

5. What's a life lesson you've learned recently?

What I learned about love and forgiveness from the pearl.

When I have trouble with something someone has said to offend, irritate or hurt me, I always have to refer to what the Bible teaches about forgiveness, and 1 Corinthians 13. The other day as I was reading, I learned something new about the oyster and the pearl. Maybe you paid more attention to how that works. But I had missed something about the process of how the pearl is formed. I read:

"A hurtful particle intrudes itself into its shell, and this vexes and grieves it. It cannot eject the evil, and what does it do but cover it with a precious substance extracted out of its own life, by which it turns the intruder into a pearl."

Now somehow before I had missed that the oyster extracts a substance out of its own life. And what I saw in that is that the Holy Spirit has shed abroad the love of God into my heart. God is love. And so if my heart is full of the love of the God, when I am hurt or offended or irritated in some way, I can extract that love inside of me to cover whatever the provocation. Love covers a multitude of sins and now, when hurt or offense comes, rather than letting it remain and fester, I can make a pearl. I remind myself I'm "making a pearl."

And the more I thought about it, I realize that's what Jesus did at the cross. All the rejection and hatred against Him, He being God, being Love itself, extracted that love from His heart to cover our sins.


6. Insert your own random thought here.

This weekend is my 50th high school reunion. I am excited about it and a little nervous at the same time. Crossing my fingers and hoping for a memorable time with old friends. 1967 seems like only yesterday and yet, it's so long past. Wow. 50 years. It went by in a flash. Lots of water under the bridge. So many clich├ęs and ways to say, yikes! I never really believed I would be this old! I gives thanks to God for keeping watch care over me all these years. He has been good. He has been faithful.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

A Pink Saturday Recap

Me and my shadow on the trail today!

Unlike so many other places, right now we are enjoying beautiful weather.

Some of the sunflowers are still holding up.
Most of the others are a little bedraggled.

First neighbor with the pumpkins out!

Another neighbor really gets the orange on. I love this fire bush.

We were FREEZING the other night at the Olive Garden.
Fortunately, Alice had two sweaters in their car for DH and me.
I thought he looked kinda cute in her sweater.

Bill is probably one of the smartest guys I know! Really!  He speaks way above the rest of us when it comes to science and here he is explaining with the coffee cup why the evolutionists can't explain the lower strata. (Or something like that!)

Senior moments are getting to be the norm around here for both of us. After breakfast, DH took his plate to the kitchen sink and says, "What are these eggs for?"  I had forgotten to put them on his plate!!!!


A friend of mine from Oregon posted this pic from
the local TV station. I love it because I love firefighters
and they are heroes in my book!

This weekend is Patriot's Day at our church and the military, veterans, police officers, firefighters and first responders will be honored. It is always a great service and our pastor's goal in this service is for the next generation to see the people who serve be honored and respected. My heart is always full of pride and gratitude for those who have served. The replica of the Viet Nam memorial and desert boots representing Texans who gave their all are on display in our church parking lot.

All gave some, but some gave all.


Linking up today with Bev at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday.








Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Hopeful Hodgepodge

Here are the questions from Joyce for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog, then hop back here tomorrow and add your link to the party. See you there! Thank you, Joyce.

1. When you think about your future what do you fear most?

Being alone and not able to take care of myself.
Hope for the most?
That Jesus will return soon. And, if He doesn't come in my lifetime, that our kids will be able to live quiet and peaceable lives and enjoy life!

2. September is National Chicken Month. How often is chicken on the menu at your house?
Maybe once a week.

What's a favorite dish made with chicken?
Chicken Pot Pie. (Recipe below.)

What's something you're a 'chicken' about doing or trying?

Scuba diving! I always passed on this one even though I did take the brief course. My fear was that I would panic under the water if I saw anything scary. "So you guys have fun. I'll just wait here on the beach!"



Jason

Sara

DH


Also probably chicken to do some of the things I used to do like riding a motorcycle, snow or water-skiing or roller skating. At this stage of life, I really don't want to risk breaking any bones. And I won't be getting into any more helicopters ... hopefully. (Truth be told, I always was a little chicken on the motorcycle riding thing!!)


The day I rode this snowmobile I was following the guide on the trail. He had a big dog named Blue that ran behind us trying to catch up. As he came up on my right, he surprised me by jumping up on my snowmobile right in front of me to go along for the ride! My girlfriend was so distracted by this, she overturned her snowmobile because she was laughing so hard!


3. What are three things you don't own but wish you did?
  • A dog
  • A smart TV
  • A smaller one-story house
4. Would you rather be a jack of all trades or a master of one?
Being a jack of all trades right now would be a good thing.
Elaborate.
There are lots of small jobs around the house that I could be doing.
If you answered one, which one? But seriously, if I could master one thing, it would be the piano.

5. Ketchup or mustard? On what?

Mustard, on a burger or corn dog.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Kate and Jack were here this weekend. 


Kate loves the dollhouses and now we have four.

Jack wearing his dad's wrestling medals.

We played Bingo, Candy Land and
drop the clothespin in the bottle.
Remember that?
Jack thought it was pretty fun.
Prizes were $1, hugs or ice cream.
(They got all of it, of course.)


It's been so wonderful to see the way everybody has pulled together to help Hurricane Harvey survivors and to be able to help in so many different ways. 



Chicken Pot Pie
notes at the end of this recipe.
Ingredients:
  • 1 recipe homemade pie crust (step-by-step photos included)1
  • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 cup sliced carrots (about 2 carrots)
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery (about 1 stalk)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 and 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half2
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • sprigs of fresh thyme for garnish, optional

Directions:

  1. Prepare the pie crust as directed in my recipe, including chilling for at least 2 hours. I usually make the crust the night before. The pie crust recipe makes 2 crusts and you'll be using both crusts.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 12 minutes. Remove from heat, drain, and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, cook the butter, onions, and garlic over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until the onions are translucent and the butter is lightly browning. Whisk in the flour, salt, black pepper, thyme, chicken broth, and half-and-half. Cook and whisk until no flour lumps remain, then simmer over medium-low heat until thick. I simmer mine for 10 minutes. You want it to be a very thick gravy; simmer longer if necessary. Taste and add more seasonings if you prefer. Sometimes I add more thyme. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
  5. After the pie dough has chilled: On a floured work surface, roll out 1 half of the chilled pie dough. Turn the pie crust dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9-inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. With a small and sharp knife, trim the extra overhang of dough and discard. Place the chicken mixture on top. Top with frozen peas. Pour gravy over top. Roll out 2nd half of pie crust dough just as you did the first. Cover the pie with the 2nd crust and trim the extra overhang off the sides. Seal the edges by crimping with a fork or your fingers. With a small and sharp knife, slice a few small slits in the top crust for steam to escape. Using a pastry brush, brush crust and edges with beaten egg.
  6. Bake for 32 - 38 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. I use a pie crust shield to protect the edges from browning too much too soon. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. Makes amazing leftovers-- the filling is so thick on the next day! Reheat as desired. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Make ahead tip: Filling and gravy can be prepared 1 day in advance, cover and chill in the refrigerator. Assemble, fill, and bake the next day as directed. The pie crust dough can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using. The unbaked OR baked pot pie freezes well for up to 2-3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake as directed or bake to warm through.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Two 9-inch frozen (and then thawed) store-bought pie crusts are just fine instead of homemade. Puff pastry works too.
  2. Heavy cream or whole milk works instead of half-and-half to make an extra rich filling. I wouldn't use lower fat milks; the gravy will be too thin.
This is a wonderful recipe if you have extra meat or leftover veggies to use up. Turkey works wonderfully instead of chicken. You can use precooked meat. Simply skip the boiling and cook the carrots and celery with the onion and butter. Add some corn (frozen or fresh) when you add the peas. Feel free to add 1-2 Yukon gold potatoes, diced. You can cook them until soft with the onion and butter. Mushrooms are great too; you can add 1 cup sliced mushrooms when you cook the onion and butter. I wouldn't add ALL of these veggies though; you will weigh down the pie.
Feel free to add fresh chopped parsley, a pinch of celery seed, or even a little rosemary. As long as there is salt and pepper (definitely thyme too), the extra seasoning in the pot pie is up to you. Taste and season how you like.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Liz Flies!

I have written several times about my admiration for two of my close friends, Victoria, and her daughter, Liz. The story and testimony of Liz is truly amazing and continues to be more so with every achievement she makes in her journey since suffering a stroke at the age of 22 eleven years ago. She has gone through so many stages and as she has progressed, she has done things that I would probably have given up on long before. At the time of her stroke, she was very overweight, but as she went through her rehabilitation, she saw the effect her weight was having on those who helped her ... especially her parents. So she went on a weight loss plan and through her self-discipline lost weight with no exercise at all since she was unable to move in any way.

She has matured in her Christian walk by leaps and bounds. Not being able to move on her own or speak has not stopped her from listening and learning from what God has to say through His Word or the pastors and teachers at church. She is perfectly able to communicate with the Lord because He knows her every thought and desire.

Speaking of desires, it has been her desire to walk someday and this past year her mother and her discovered a physical trainer who works with people who have special needs. She has been working faithfully all year and now is able to lift not only her legs, but her legs with 15 pounds on them. She is truly working out and though it hurts, you know what they say! No pain, no gain! She is gaining strength and has more courage than anyone I know (that is, excepting her Mama!)

Recently, Liz had an adventure at a place here in town called iFly. It is a simulated skydiving experience and one we gave as Christmas gifts to our grandsons a couple of years ago. Well, I guess she had so much fun at iFly, she made the decision to actually sky-dive from a plane at 14,000 feet!! Say what?? Are you crazy, Liz? She. Absolutely. Loved. It!

I truly believe one day Liz will get out of that special chair and walk!


Just so you can see the difference ...
from a few years ago with her Mama

More recently on our annual outing to the Arboretum

And now! More exciting things than a walk around the park!
Strapped in and ready to go! 
Look at that beautiful smile!

She is strapped to this gentleman.



The video of this took my breath away!

Liz, you are truly one of my heroes for what I
think is called intestinal fortitude, or better than that ...
YOUR FAITH!

Her testimony is tattooed on her wrist.
"This is my comfort in my affliction,
For Your word has given me life."

And I bet she would be the first to tell you that her mother is the wind beneath her wings!




Minnie's Boots on the Ground Project

On Friday, I received an email asking for help in reaching the goal of packing 1,000 grocery bags for Hurricane Harvey recipients! On Saturday morning, I headed over to Minnie's Food Pantry to be a part of reaching this goal. Minnie's is a local non-profit organization whose goal is for a hunger free community. Minnie's stems from a personal experience of a family being in need and wanting to share with those who face the same circumstances. I love volunteering here because of the passion in what they do, their love for people, and the teamwork ethic that exists in this place.

This lady is the daughter of Minnie, the
founder of the food pantry.

This lady has a passion and enthusiasm 
with energy to match!

Race, religion, divisions don't exist here!

The motto here is "If you can't feed 100, feed just one!"

One truck loaded and ready to go!





Loved this day! Giving is what life is about
and where life rewards can be found!

I like the way the Message puts it:

"Give away your life; you’ll find life given back,
but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing.
Giving, not getting, is the way.
Generosity begets generosity.”
Luke 6:38

Later on Saturday, I met my dear friend and sister-in-love, RuthAnn, for the annual event Rejuvenate led by our Pastor's wife, Ms. Geni Brooks and her daughter, Kayci. We didn't take any pictures last night, but the memories will remain of the time spent together in the presence of God with about 300 other ladies as we sang, prayed, talk about gratitude and all the ways to express it was truly refreshing. RuthAnn has already committed to returning for Rejuvenate next year! It's a date!


from another good time of fellowship with RuthAnn