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


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thankful Throwback Thursday

70 years ago! 

The riches they left us cannot be measured in dollars and cents. Thank you, God, for the parents you blessed us with. Our lives are better because of the covenant they made on June 21, 1948. We thank you both for your love and faithfulness to each other and to us.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Fun, Fun Summertime Hodgepodge

Not gonna let my computer woes keep me from linking up today for the Hodgepodge with Joyce for some fun, summertime questions. Join in the fun with everyone here.

1. Summer is upon us this week in the Northern hemisphere. Tell us three things on your summer bucket list.

Summertime actually hit us here in North Texas just when Spring was getting started. I don't really keep a bucket list, however, these are three things that I would like to see happen before September. It didn't happen last year, but I can dream, right?
  • To take my DH to his childhood home to see his cousins.
  • To make my way to my hometown and my birthplace to see some of my cousins.
  • To take some kind of short little trip.
I think this is a doable bucket list and pray this happens. Now what is so hard about those? I'm just not liking to leave the house anymore that much. 

2. Something fun you used to do as a kid in the summertime?

Did you say "something fun"? Summer was all things fun. Oh, summertime as a kid. What bliss! So many wonderful things to do. We played hard and in my memories, I can still feel the fun we had on our street with neighborhood kids ... the way the grass felt under our bare feet, the sweat that poured off us from playing so hard ... standing in front of the swamp cooler to cool off ... catching lightning bugs and horny toads ... washing dirty feet at night before bed. We played ball, we played cars, we played house and grocery store ... games of croquet and sitting on the ice cream maker as someone strong turned the handle for homemade ice cream. We took the garden hose and had a blast blasting each other with it, even putting it down each other's throat playing dentist! Our mother would take us to the public pool to swim ... or jump around in the pool since we didn't really know how to swim. Walking to the school to check out books from the bookmobile once a week and feasting on a stack of books for the week. Having friends spend the night and talking and giggling late at night. Vacation Bible School! And don't forget the ice cream man! Oh joy!

Family vacations were to Arkansas to visit relatives and the memorable times there when Daddy took us fishing along the creek near grandmas house or the family going down to the river to swim ... again, playing in the river, not really swimming! Cooking hot dogs over a fire or eating lunches packed beforehand. Little day trips from Arkansas to Branson, Missouri or Eureka Springs. We never tired of the repeat visits, but one year we actually went to Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas. I'll never forget that little trip ... staying in the Jolly Roger motel (since we had no relatives in Texas! 😂)

After one of our little trips!

As an adult, my husband and I took my parents on vacation with us to Colorado and another trip camping. Those trips brought them so much pleasure, I wish we had done it more often. 

At Bear Lake in Colorado.

Just One something fun? I loved, loved vacation Bible School!

3. Rootop or backyard? What? Why?

Not sure I understand this. If I do, I think a backyard is best because that's what I've always known and enjoy the grass, trees and flowers.

4. Do you read food labels? Yes. Place importance on them? Yes. Trying Make an effort to find out/care about where your food comes from? Yes.

5. A song you'll have on repeat this summer?

10,000 Reasons, Matt Redman - I just don't get tired of this song.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

This past weekend I discovered a movie on Amazon Prime that was one of the most inspirational movies I have seen in a long time. Although the movie was hard to watch sometimes, and I cried throughout, seeing the end result of one woman's passion for orphans was just so wonderful! I decided I have to buy the book and read about the truly amazing woman who was the heroine of the story. Her name is Christina Noble and you can read about her here. https://www.cncf.org/ The movie Noble can be found on Amazon prime.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Recap of Father's Day

Father's Day Weekend was fairly relaxing maybe you could say somewhat boring? Really, it was nice and the dads in our family were honored. Jason cooked some really nice steaks for DH and me, which I appreciate since he's a Dad, too, who is raising such very "awesome" kids, (that is according to his own son's post on his bedroom door!!)

Caution: My awesomeness may be deadly!!! 

I failed to take any pics of DH with grandkids or Jason with his children, and, needless to say, since we weren't with Sara and her family, I just have to post repeats of everyone.

The two below are the ones I sent to the church for the Father's Day video!

Jason and family

Sara and family

I did manage to get pics of my nephews with their little ones.

Chase's first Father's Day with Tenley

"Happy first Father’s Day!!!! Tenley is the luckiest girl in the world to have you as her daddy! The love you have for her is unconditional and I am so glad I get to watch your bond grow. We love you so much!!!! Thank you for all that you do."

Billy and his little brood

"Happy Father's Day to our main man! Thank you for all you do for our family. We love you so very much."

Facebook is a terrific tool when used as it was supposed to be. How else could we keep up with everybody? I could hardly keep up reading all the tributes yesterday by friends and family written for their Dads, husbands, sons, etc. Very special love expressed.

Life is terrific where love grows!
May their homes be firmly built upon faith,
held humbly together by hope,
and ever lit by the light of God's love!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Saturday 9: Cat's In the Cradle

Welcome to Saturday 9 
Cat's in the Cradle (1974)

This song was chosen in honor of Father's Day. Hear it here.

1) This song began as a poem, written by Harry's wife Sandy before the couple even met. Have you ever tried your hand at writing poetry? 

Yes, but I confess my little poems weren't that great. This one is about my Dad (written a very long time ago and before the popular song Daddy's Hands, which song I loved.)

2) The lyrics include a reference to "The Man in the Moon." The original Mother Goose rhyme ends: "It's time for the children on earth to think about getting to bed." Do you remember what time your childhood bedtime was?  8:00 

3) When did you go to bed last night? 10:10

4) In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed the proclamation that made Father's Day a holiday on the third Sunday in June. Can you name all 45 Presidents? (No, you don't have to list them here.) 

I'm glad we don't have to list them because I cannot name all of them.

5) Since Sam's father is particular about his Cole Haan loafers, her Father's Day present to him is always a DSW gift card. Who on your gift list is especially easy to buy for? 

Our daughter-in-law. She will always tell me what she wants!! Makes it very easy.

6) Sam's father is a voracious reader. So much so that the local librarian knows him on sight and by name. When did you last visit your neighborhood library?

Grandson Jack wanted to go to the library Wednesday morning, so we did. Too bad we didn't realize summer hours were different and it wouldn't open until later that day.

7) Back when Sam was in high school, her father gave her driving lessons. Do you consider yourself a good driver? 

Yes. My Dad is the one who taught me to drive also. As I look back, I am amazed he allowed me to drive on the curvy highways in Arkansas before I had a license … and especially with all the family in the car! Wow!

8) He is a stickler about car maintenance and reminds Sam to check her car's air filter regularly, because a dirty air filter can reduce mileage. Share your own car maintenance tip. 

Regular maintenance and keep an eye on those gauges and tires.

9) Whenever he fills up the car, Sam's father also stocks up on his favorite candy: LifeSavers. So Sam is celebrating Father's Day by giving everyone a roll. Would you prefer Wild Cherry, Butter Rum, Winter Green or Peppermint? 

Wild Cherry.

Happy Heavenly Father's Day to my Dad.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Foto Friends

Happy Friday! Joining Friday Foto Friends today with Deb at Breathing in Grace.

White Rock Lake in Dallas

Dallas Arboretum

This vitex tree has dozens of bees swarming it! 
(You can't see them in this pic, but I know they are there! 
You just have to take my word for it! Haha!)

Part of our back yard and to the right of the crape myrtle stands Annie.

Crape myrtles have finally burst into bloom

I notice the pine trees growing these little tiny baby pine cones.

Sunset at the park behind us.

I worked really hard yesterday cleaning the downstairs windows. So hard that my right arm and shoulder are hurting. I was looking forward to coming downstairs this morning to see sunlight gleaming through sparkly windows! Not to be. The sunlight shows all the dingy streaks and the motions of my swiping to clean them. Now what??? 

(I know there is a spiritual lesson here somewhere. From my view of the windows yesterday, everything looked good, but the sunlight this morning proved otherwise. I need to keep the windows of my soul clean. It's only by the light of God's Word and His grace and power that happens.)

The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it gives understanding to the simple.
Psalm 119:30

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Snaps of Miscellaneous Summer Fun

He's baaaacccckkk!

Every time we eat Mexican food at this particular restaurant, 
Jack recalls the time we posed here for this picture.
What a great memory for a little kid of about 2!!

So last evening he asked me to take a pic of us three in front of the fountain 
(which fountain you can't see in this pic).

We've been playing around here, taking it easy,
and I promised we would go swimming.

The sky was overcast, so it was perfect!

But the nice thing is there is an indoor aquatic pool as well as
the pool outdoors. So we go back and forth. 

Grandpa kept himself busy relaxing in the lounger.

A good time was had by all.

And my sister was enjoying Denver.

And Kate was in East Texas with her Nana and cousin

And my sweet great-niece is now 8 months old.
She such a happy little thing!

Sooooooo, when I tried these on at the store, I thought they were great. 
Comfortable, colorful, and summery. 
After I put them on, removed the tags, and walked down for DH's approval, 
he thought they were PAJAMAS!!!! AAAuuuuuuggghhhh!
And now I realize they are just a tad too big! Too late.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Father's Day Hodgepodge

It is just about the middle of June now and another Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer this week's questions, then add your link at the end of Joyce's post right here. Thank you, Joyce.

1. What happens to the mail at your house?

If it is not something to be filed in the file folder, then it is promptly placed here:

Unless it's something that needs to be shredded.

2. Something you always splurge on? 

Hmmmmm. I don't mind spending a good amount on clothes since I seldom buy trendy clothes and I wear my clothes for-evah!!! Sad to say though, most of the time I'm wearing tee-shirts and jeans or shorts.

Any guilt associated with the splurge? Sometimes, but if it is something I really like and know I will wear it often, then no. 

3. There are many, but what are two important questions you think every bride and groom should ask/answer before they plan their walk down the aisle?

Long before taking that walk, the questions that need to be answered are the ones relating to commitment, money, children and most importantly, being clear about their faith and commitment to the Lord. I know. That's four. 

4. What's the best advice your father ever gave you?

Tell the truth.

5. Your favorite movie where a father features heavily in the storyline? 

I can think of a few, but I know when I read everyone's answers, I will slap my forehead and wonder why I didn't think of that!! But here goes a few I love. I never can settle on just one.

Atticus Finch

Loved Tevye - he loved his God and his girls.

A Dad Everybody Loved

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Father's Day! My Dad.

I think we kinda look alike.

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you. 

-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.