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


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Fishy Hodgepodge

Fun questions from Joyce today and she's fishing for some answers from us. Copy the questions and answer on your blog, then post your link to Joyce right here

1. Have you ever been fishing? Did you catch a fish? If so did you keep it or throw it back? If you haven't been fishing is that something you'd like to try?

Daddy took my brother, sister and me fishing up and down the creek by my grandma's house in Northwest Arkansas. We caught several little fish and kept them to be able to show Mom and our grandparents our success of the day. Then we buried them. Guess we should have thrown them back because they weren't big enough to eat. That day it was just all about being together and the memory is still fresh in my mind. The only other time I've been fishing I didn't catch anything. My Dad so wanted my brother to like fishing and hunting, but it wasn't Phil's thing. The one time Daddy got him out to a pond to fish was a bad experience and a water moccasin kept following them around the pond. My brother saw that as a curse and a sign that he should never fish!

Fish out of water, big fish in a small pond, living in a fishbowl, packed in like sardines, this is a fine kettle of fish, plenty of fish in the sea, fish or cut bait...which fishy phrase most recently applies to some area of your life?

I can't think that any of those apply at this time in my life unless it's fish or cut bait ... and that I don't even want to try to explain. 

2. What's something you're always fishing for in your purse, wallet, desk, or kitchen junk drawer?

Always looking for my sunglasses in my purse or a twist tie in the kitchen junk drawer. 

3. Your favorite fish tale or movie?

Fish movies ... Flipper was just okay. I'm embarrassed to admit that many years ago, we saw A Fish Called Wanda and thought it was hilarious, however, these days, I wouldn't. So that leaves me with Finding Nemo. A group of us from work went to see that movie together and had a blast laughing and being silly! 

But my favorite fish tale is Jesus multiplying the five loaves and two fish to feed all those hungry people. Now THAT is a great fish tale and wouldn't it have been an amazing thing to witness as the disciples distributed the fish and bread? 

4. Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight or night? Explain why you chose your answer.

Sunrise. The morning finds me at my best, ready to start the day, bright with optimism, and looking forward to either getting done what needs to be accomplished or simply enjoying the morning hours. 

5. What's the oldest piece of clothing you own and still wear?

This sweatshirt from 1978. I love it! Happy and cozy. 

My Squarehead Selfie!

Got DH to take this one.

6. We've got one more month of (officially) winter here in the Northern hemisphere. Are you feeling the need for a getaway? What's been the best and worst part of your winter so far?

For me, the worst part has been that we really didn't get to experience any winter. The best part was during the months of November and December, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Both months brought unexpected surprises and memories for which I was very thankful. I don't feel the need for a getaway just yet. The most important priority is to get DH well and then we can make some plans. We have a trip scheduled for April, so hoping we are fit and fiddle to go. 

7.  The Wednesday Hodgepodge lands on National Margarita Day...will you be celebrating? Frozen or on the rocks? Are you a Jimmy Buffet fan? If so, what's your favorite JB tune?

No margaritas here, but if I were celebrating, it would be on the rocks. I only know of one Jimmy Buffet song: Margaritaville. It brings back vacation memories from the summer my husband died. My nephew put together a video of that vacation and part of the background music was Jimmy Buffet's song. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We ate at a Jimmy Buffet restaurant in Louisiana somewhere, I think New Orleans when we did our Mississippi River Cruise. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Foto Friends and a Medley of Pics

Time flies when you're having fun ... when you're busy ... when you're just idling ... or just hiding. So, except for Valentine's Day and the Hodgepodge, a couple of weeks have passed now since recording anything, trying to keep track of events just hasn't been the top priority. So now my Friday Foto Friends has become a medley of happenings from the past couple of weeks!! ;-)

The sunsets last week were stunning and worth stepping outside to get a pic.

We went to visit our daughter and family February 3. They were having a big surprise party for our son-in-law's mother, Sue, as it was a big birthday for her - 65! What a nice party it was and made me a little misty-eyed because she has not only been blessed with a wonderful family, but has been fortunate to grow up in a town where her parents and grandparents and even great-great grandparents grew up. To still be there with all her children and their families and the children all being part of that family circle just seems so idyllic to me! Having moved around several times as I grew up and losing track of people from my younger years and then even moving away from my family and high school friends, it hasn't been possible to hold on to life long friends. (I'm not complaining, just saying.)

At home before the party, taking care of business.
Brady is a most responsible boy and so disciplined.
Here he is feeding the fish AND the eel.

Brady also takes care of the dogs and does other chores around the house. His discipline includes being a very healthy eater and I have said before that he will turn down sweets for fruit. At ten years old, he even keeps a food journal, is an all around athlete and, of course, is a straight A student, as is his brother Noah, and his cousins.

The eel creeps me out. I've never seen this much of him before.

Noah is demonstrating a few moves against the punching buddy they got for Christmas. Having this fellow around gives the boys a place to vent out their feelings rather than against each other.

Cousins at the birthday party.

Here is the whole family with Sue, the birthday lady.

Sue with her husband and three sons.

Sue and me.
She was truly surprised and moved by this wonderful turning out for her celebration.

Noah looks like the guy from that movie Up.
At least the balloons didn't carry him away. They were
weighted down with blow pops.

My DH just keeping an eye on everybody.

On Saturday, we had fun playing cards, Monopoly, and went to see the movie Monster Trucks, which Brady declared was the best movie he had ever seen!

Last week DH and I went to see A Dog's Purpose. Now that was really an enjoyable movie. We both laughed and cried and I couldn't believe it, but I actually shouted out loud and we applauded at the end. Such a sweet and easy on the eyes movie. I now have the sequel, A Dog's Journey on our Audible collection and we will be listening to that.

Amy's Razor

Amy also had a birthday and what she wanted was a razor like the kids have so she could ride alongside them. I was happy to grant that request because I thought it was such a great idea (since I too had wished I could keep up with them.) Here they are. Too bad the lighting at the restaurant parking light wasn't that great, but she loved the razor scooter. The following Saturday the kids came over and Amy let me borrow it to ride to the park with them. Sooooooooo now, I have experienced the hover board and the scooter and that is enough for me. I think I had best take care of my arms and legs and body so I can take care of DH.

At the park teaching a 2 year old how to steer her Barbie car!

Now I have saved what I think is the sweetest for last. The Friday before Valentine's Day was a Daddy Daughter dance and it was Kate's very first one. I love it and the way Jason was so sweet to make his little girl feel extra special for that date.

Who's at the door?

It's Daddy with flowers for Kate.

Dad thought of this himself with no prompts from Mom.

This picture just moves me.

And they are ready to go.

Jason is one of the most tender hearted and
gentle giants I know. How precious.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hopping back on the Hodgepodge today and you can too. Just copy the questions from Joyce to your blog, answer them, and link back to her at From This Side of the Pond.


1. What do/did you call your grandparents? If it's something unusual tell us the story behind the name. If you're a grandparent what do your grands call you? Who chose your moniker?

On my Mom's side of the family, it was Granny and Grandad. On my Dad's side, it was Grandma and Grandpa. My Great-Grandmother was Grandma Sanders.

I am called Nonnie and DH is called Grandpa by Kate and Jack and Papa by Brady and Noah. Sometimes that can be confusing. He started out as Papa, but Kate began calling him Grandpa at an early age and it has stuck with her and Jack. I was Nana to Brady and Noah until Kate came along, and then I had to switch off as Amy's mother had always been called Nana by her older grandchildren. Totally confusing!! So I searched out names for Grandmothers and liked Nonnie because it was Italian, and it rhymed with Connie. (I am seeing a pattern here that Kate rules!)

2. Ever taken a road trip along the California Coast? If so what was the highlight of your trek? If not, any desire to do so? If you were to take a trip along the California Coast what's one attraction you'd have on your must-see list?

The road trip along the California Coast is something I have wanted to do for years and still hope we can do someday. Seeing the redwood trees and the drive along the Pacific coast would be beautiful. It would be interesting to see the Hearst Castle and I would love to stay in a bed and breakfast by the ocean. Carmel by the Sea! Sounds so lovely.

3. What are three things you don't know how to do?

Only three??? I don't sew or craft, but I really would like to like to. And I play the piano a bit, but I don't know how to just sit down and really play the way a piano should be played. Wish I had stuck with my lessons.

4. Tom Peters is quoted as saying, 'Celebrate what you want to see more of.' If that's true what will you celebrate and more importantly, how will you celebrate?

Last Saturday we had our quarterly children's workshop at church. One of the fifth grade boys was recognized and honored (celebrated) for all He has accomplished in our Grace Kids Scholars program. In addition to a long list of active undertakings he had accomplished, it was truly amazing to hear he had memorized over 200 Bible verses and to listen to him recite chapter 12 of the Book of Romans. I celebrate that and would love to see more of our children learning at an early age not only to memorize and read scripture, but to LOVE God's Word. I think we celebrate that at our church by honoring these kids for what they've done. I think my celebration over that is in my heart.

5. Thursday (February 16) is National Almond Day. Do you like almonds?
I do like almonds.
Which would you prefer-an Almond Joy or a macaroon?
I want somebody to make Mounds with Almonds. Or change Almond Joys to be covered in dark chocolate.
What's something you make that calls for almonds? My trail mix has almonds, walnuts, pecans, raisins and dark chocolate chips. And sometimes we have slivered almonds in green beans.

6. What does Saturday morning look like at your house?
If the kids are here, it's laid back and I'm making pancakes, then we play indoors or go to the park. If it's just us, I make breakfast and then I read and DH naps.

7. Share with us a favorite book you've read this winter.

Oh my! I have only read one book through to completion. Just bits and pieces of several other books. I read Coming Home by Rosamund Pilcher. It was good and held my attention to the end, but I wouldn't call it a favorite.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

My random thought is to say thank you to Joyce for the Hodgepodge. The past two weeks my mind has been consumed with all kinds of things and trying to blog just wasn't doing it for me. The Hodgepodge is a way to get back in there and visit everybody.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My Funny Valentine

We saw this sign in Jefferson, Texas one year and both found it pretty amusing and true to our life, as I'm sure it is to many others.

The conversations about Valentine's Day have to do with chocolates, flowers, and so forth. And yes, I love chocolate and flowers and cards, but early on I saw that store bought cards, and the other items were not DH's "forte." He would rather surprise me by doing things for me or giving gifts that are more practical, more functional. It literally "hit home" with me with the first birthday gift from him: an automatic garage door opener. What? Although I admit his way of giving caught me a little off guard at first, I have come to appreciate the thoughtfulness behind most of the gifts and the joy it brings him to surprise me with those gifts of love. And he puts a lot of time and effort into the cards he makes for different occasions. (So be careful, little lips, what you say around him, because the mere hint of some wishful thinking may result in receiving something you may wish you had thought through a little more carefully.)

Dear Heart's love has forgiven me a multitude of sins (and I have forgiven him more, he would tell you.) ;-)  
His responses to my really big boo-boos?? "You can do no wrong in my book."  (So why does it bother him so much that I leave the light or TV on in a room?)

We have had a lot of fun and adventures in our 31 years together. 

Definitely "one of a kind."
Wisdom from Kate at four years old about Grandpa:
Me: What are we going to do with that silly Grandpa?
Kate: "I think we are just going to have to keep him
until he starts to stop being silly."

The kids did the best they could with the materials I had here on Saturday!
We had fun making the valentines anyway.

My sister is loving her colored pencils and
coloring books and sent this to me.

We are always, always - no matter what we feel or think - recipients of God's love and goodness. Everyone, whether they acknowledge it or not, is a recipient of God's love.

Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Today is the first day of February!! Another year is beginning to spread its wings and take flight! It's also time for another Wednesday Hodgepodge with Joyce. Answer the questions on your own blog, then hop back over tomorrow to share your answers.

1. Can you believe it's the end of January? What was the best day of January 2017 for you, and why?

I think January 1 was a good day, but I don’t see it as the “best” day. It was the beginning of a new year and it began with great encouragement and hope that this will be a good year, that I will continue to wait and see what God has for me and my DH, and I will continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord as I abide in Him. January has been a good month all in all and I was glad when the presidential transition was finally complete.

2. What sounds make up the background noise in your life?

I take it you are meaning that literally, so I will say sounds of birds outside, children playing in the park behind our house, DH’s TV. When I’m in the car, the sounds are of music playing praise and worship or teaching on the radio. At home, for the most part, it is quiet and peaceful.

3. I read on the Power of Positivity website a list of ten things to drop from your life right now. They are-

anger outbursts, people who put you down, regret, negative self talk, being a people pleaser, the notion you need to be perfect, the past (but keep the lessons learned!), gossip and judgment, comparing yourself to others, and the word hate (focus on what you love instead)

Which thing on the list do you most need to drop? Are you trying or will you try?

I don’t gossip, but I do make mental judgments and I am working on that.

4. What is sacred to you?

My time in the morning with the Lord and my Bible. It is most precious to me and as I go to sleep, I am already looking forward to the next morning. When I arise, first thing I get a cup of coffee and settle down to read, pray and work on my Bible study. When we travel, or when company is here, that is something that I miss greatly and must purposefully carve out that time.

5. January is National Oatmeal month. Are you a fan, and if so how do you like it?

I grew up despising the stuff preferring Cheerios or Frosted Flakes … anything but oatmeal. But one year at a retreat, that was the only option for breakfast. Because it was served with butter, brown sugar and raisins, I gave it a try and discovered that it wasn’t bad. We now have oatmeal a couple of times a week doctored up with those things, along with walnuts. Irish oatmeal is terrific … when I cook it! I don’t care for restaurant oatmeal at all.

6. What feelings does twilight stir up in you?

Sometimes melancholy, sometimes songs about the end of the day such as Deep Purple or Now the Day is Over; mentally reviewing things that were accomplished or just saying goodbye to another day that has slipped away. Each day I am thankful that I had it and could enjoy it.

7. Something you're looking forward to next month?

I really can’t think of anything spectacular, so I guess I will be surprised. We will be going out of town for a special birthday party celebration for our son-in-law's mother which should be fun; DH will most likely be having surgery so I am looking forward to getting past that and having him be well.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I’m still trying recipes for bread. Tonight, I am working on whole wheat rolls and they are not rising. The last batch in another recipe rose beautifully, so I don’t get it. The yeast is fresh. I wonder if I didn’t knead it enough. And now they have finished baking and we sampled them with dinner, I will be moving on to the next recipe!

I also confess I watched several – not all – of the Mary Tyler Moore Show episodes aired last week. She was always one of my favorites from the old Dick Van Dyke show and I so enjoyed her show in the 70’s. But it was disappointing to me that they didn’t run the earlier shows with Rhoda Morgenstern and Cloris Leachman when Mary first moved to Minneapolis. I thought those were the better shows.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Trump, Trudy and Triumph

Beware! This first paragraph is a rant!

Whatever your political beliefs, I think most of us have to agree that insanity is trying to rule in our nation at this time. And I am not referring to the President! I am referring to people who have gone crazy with hatred over their disappointment, bitterness, outrage and outright meanness over the fact that their candidate lost the election. Enough has been said. Enough of all the threats and mean comments. It is so unfair. This morning ... very early this morning around 2 a.m. I lay awake thinking about this man that everybody is hating on. (I will say that he was not my first choice either.) But he campaigned with his own money working tirelessly with what I believe to be a sincere desire to Make America Great Again! I really think he means it! He is taking no salary, he is trying to make good on his promises, his wife and son are not there with him to support him, he is trying to surround himself with good people ... and because he is not playing the political games, he is being bitterly opposed and hated with vile public speeches and posts. He's only been in office ten days. Ten Days!!! Good grief! We gave our last president eight, long years to do something and watched as he and his wife proclaimed all kinds of negative things about America putting us on shaky ground in race relations by causing more division. In times of trouble, he went off to vacation or play golf!

People please, can't we just give Trump a chance? Of course, I realize the people who read this are giving him a chance. The people who need to hear won't listen. So it all comes down to another rant by another person who has no platform. So I did what I could today. I called my congressman and expressed my views and that I support our president.

On another note, my little Trudy is still with us. DH cannot part with her.

And my friend, Liz, who suffered a stroke at the young age of 22, and has been paralyzed for the last 11 years is now working with a personal trainer who specializes in helping disabled people. She has so much hope and determination, my prayer is to see that young woman get out of that chair and be able to walk.

Liz, you are amazing!
Never give up!
Every little success is a triumph!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pink Saturday and Hearts

Linking today with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for another Pink Saturday

It will only be a couple of more months before we begin to
see these beauties again.

A spectacular sunset from the other evening!!

Our son called yesterday to invite us to dinner with them last night. What a wonderful surprise. We usually meet up with them and eat out for dinner. It was a fabulous meal he had prepared: ginormous steaks, asparagus and sweet potatoes, all cooked on the grill to perfection, along with a delicious salad that Amy prepared. I asked if I could bring anything and he said no, but I took it upon myself to use that new KitchenAid mixer and whip up Mama's Pound Cake by Paul Deen. That cake is easy and so very good. They all agreed and I only came home with a couple of pieces.

We got to meet the newest addition to their family, Heidi, their new German Shepherd puppy! What a fun, fun dog. Why didn't I take a pic of her? She was the sweetest and the kids are loving her.

Heidi lookalike from the Internet!
Beautiful dog.

No sooner had we walked in the door than Jack had to show me the 100 piece puzzle he and Daddy had put together. He was so proud, so I took a picture. Speaking of proud, we are so proud of all four grandchildren - straight A's for the older ones and all E's for Jack, who also received purple and blue for being kind and helpful. The qualities of good manners, kindness, helpfulness, and love are the qualities in them that we are especially proud of.

On a more somber note, last night when we arrived home, our dog Trudy was out on the floor unable to get up. She is still unable to stand and we have been discussing all morning whether it is time. It is so obvious and heartbreaking to know that our sweet little Trudy, who is 17 years old (and maybe older - she was a rescue) may need to be put down in the next few days. We know in our heads, but our hearts have not come to that agreement yet. And I can see that Trudy's spirit is willing as she wags that little tail, but truly her body has lost its strength.

So we will hold her and love on her for the next couple of days and then we will say good-bye.