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


Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Foto Friends

Linking up today with Debbie at Breathing in Grace for Friday Foto Friends.

A sunrise one morning last week.

And the glow from a sunset.

I have been attempting to make yeast rolls by hand as my mother always did. At a Christmas party, we got into a discussion about the techniques of making bread and the pros and cons of stand mixers. One of the ladies said she uses her Kitchen Aid every day and it was her opinion that I should have one. So, after looking into it, I decided to go ahead and make the plunge since I do like to bake. I have always relied on my little Hamilton Beach hand mixer which I received 46 years ago in one of my wedding showers. It still works, but it does have to really chug hard sometimes!

Here is my new mixer kneading for me.

My first attempt at cinnamon rolls.
They were good, just not as pretty as I would have liked.
I made them again and did much better.

I stayed busy yesterday getting a lot of filing done, organizing for upcoming tax time, and now I'm trying a recipe for bread pudding made with leftover cinnamon rolls. Really, DH and I can't eat all those and we won't be able to eat all the bread pudding either, but I'm having fun experimenting!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Nostalgic Hodgepodge

Happy to be welcoming Joyce back and joining her for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. You know the routine: answer the questions on your blog and link back to Joyce right here Thank you, Joyce.

1. ASAP typically stands for 'as soon as possible'. What else could it stand for in your life right now?

In my life right now, it has to be:

"Am Standing and Praying."
Standing on God's promises - praying for His will.

2. Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea? Why do you suppose that is? Is it a good thing or no?

It depends upon the topic. If it's something I am familiar with, I will speak up. If not, I listen to get an understanding and what others have to say, then I can see whether I have any input or not. 

3. What do you remember best about being 12? 

I remember my 12th birthday. My Mom thought it would be fun to have a "tacky party." Everyone came dressed in their tackiest. I'm hard pressed though to remember what we did to have fun that day, but I know that we did. LOL!  Sunday School parties, outdoor fun around the neighborhood playing softball, sleepovers with friends and roller skating at the Holiday Roller Rink on Saturdays. At 12, I was also looking forward to wearing my new pink dress Mom made for me to wear to the 6th grade banquet, and wearing a bra that actually had a cup size! I also remember looking forward to going into junior high and being on the drill team (said dream was blown a couple of months later when we moved across town and I had to switch schools. That was a memorable and upsetting event.)

4. January 18th is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Which character do you relate to the most, and why? If you're stumped go here for inspiration. 

The quiz says I'm Winnie. I have been told that I am easy to get along with and friendly and I do like honey!

5. What's an app you use that helps simplify or make life easier for you in some way? 

Find iPhone is one of the very best ways I have found to help me be sure about whether my DH made it to his destination or where he can be found if he is unsure of where he is. Thanks be to God for this app.

6. San Francisco (CA), San Diego (CA), San Juan (PR) San Antonio (TX) Sanibel (FL)...you have an all expenses paid long weekend to one of these destinations. Which one do you choose and why?

I have heard so many good things about San Diego that I would love to visit there someday. Wondering now why we never have. Having lived in San Antonio for three years I can recommend it as a wonderful destination.

7. Share with us a song that makes you feel nostalgic? For what? 

Many, many songs bring back memories. I can tell you what the weather was like, who I was with, etc., etc., as I am sure you can as well. But just a few: Silver Wings by Merle Haggard, and I am dancing with DH again that first night we met. Makes me wish time hadn't passed so quickly.

"Kiss me each morning for a million years
Hold me each evening by your side
Tell me you love me for a million years
Then if it don't work out
Then if it don't work out
Then you can tell me goodbye."

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Breaking Up is Hard to Do by Neil Sedaka has me rolling happily around the roller rink on Saturday and wishing now I could put on a pair of skates and go for it!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Major Announcement!

Stop the presses! 

It's a Major announcement kind of moment. A very special young man, my nephew, is being promoted ... again! 

He set out imagining this at five years old and now, at 31, he is living and excelling at the dream.

Congratulations, Major!

High Five for this great accomplishment! 
So proud of him!

Happy Dance!

It may be rainy and cloudy outside, but I'm doing the happy dance inside today with my new computer!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thankful Thursday

In light of my computer woes, it wasn't in my plan today to post anything. However, the day I did have planned went somewhat awry and I was reminded in all of the challenges how much I have to be thankful for. 

The past year and a half in dealing with the memory loss of DH and other even more serious health issues have caused the weight of problems and decision-making to fall to me. Since it has been a gradual process, I feel the Lord has allowed it to come little by little to ease me into this role. Now however, the past couple of months it seems to be falling heavier. 

In addition to decisions relating to our retirement, car repairs, the garage door opener breaking, then my computer, and yuck! made the discovery that rats have found a sweet hiding place in the sauna on the upper outside deck! That led to the realization of many other things that are going to have to be tended to. 

This morning as we got in the car to go run errands, the message came on informing me of "0" air in the right rear tire. A FLAT! It was somewhat of a circus trying to get enough air in the tire to get us to the tire store and then my DH headed off without me and went to the wrong place. I panicked of course, but was able to get him on the phone and instruct him as to where he needed to be. 

When I finally saw him pull into Discount Tire, I was able to breathe a great sigh of relief, and as we stood waiting for assistance, I noticed the sounds from the intercom were of Christian music playing. "I'm no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God." Those words caused me to truly breathe an even greater sigh of relief and peace in that moment. God is good. I thank Him that He is our perfect Provider for our material needs, and He also brings comfort to my anxious spirit reminding me of who He is and who I am. Good, good Father. 

"When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul."
Psalm 94:19

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


I still don't have a computer, and I'm unable to post pics in my blog on the iPad. I don't know why.

Anyway, just posting today to say I am so SAD and so MAD at the same time!

I just found out the sweet dog next door was taken to the animal shelter. What a sad end to such a beautiful, loving, friendly dog. Upon learning of this, I checked with the shelter to see if Buddy is still there to be rescued. He was not, and I can only pray that he was adopted and is enjoying the love and attention he craved. People, this family has been through at least five pets and they don't seem to understand that dogs need attention. They love to be your friend. Just be theirs. Dang. Don't leave them out in the back yard and throw food at them and expect them to live in the freezing weather and walk around in the muck in the yard. I'm so mad. But I'm crying, too. I wish I had known sooner. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Last of 2016

My computer has been giving me fits for the past few weeks, so I'm doing this quite hurriedly to be able to wrap up 2016 before we get too far into 2017. It has been a year of ups and downs, very good, good and some not so good some of the time, but came down to a great finish! 

The month of December was filled with the joy and fun I had hoped it would be. I enjoyed the season of Advent, celebrating with family and friends, and all that God has blessed me with. I give Him praise and glory for the life He has given to me ... this earthly life and my future, eternal Life with Him.

With my family for the Gift of Christmas

Dinner with RuthAnn and her Dad, Wayne

Great concerts in December, fun parties with different groups of friends, 

Christmas Eve Service at our church,


family fun on Christmas Day! 
Church and dinner afterward.

Jason mixing up his grandfather's recipe for egg nog, 
a family tradition he wants to continue.
(My first taste of egg nog that knocks you for
a loop!)

My brother and his family at Branson, Missouri.

A visit from Sara and her boys, Brady and Noah
with Jack in the middle. 
Bowling first ...

Noah and Kate

Kate won on the kids' side

Sara got a strike!

Brady smiling at the pine cone Brady made for him.

Everybody received what they asked for.

But Jack informed me that the Planks were
"not on my list, Nonnie! 
not on my list!"
(Mommy assured me he circled them in the
catalog and would love them.)

She was right. They love them!

Brady must have topped this at least 20 times.
Noah about 4 times

Brave Ninja Warriors

Brady on his Whipstick!

At the park

At the movies

or inside

For some reason, watching a movie on iPad is
more fun than on the big TV!
A lot more togetherness there for sure.

Brady, the most mature, is allowed to eat
a peppermint stick on Nonnie and Papa's bed
(Papa's side anyway!)

Sweet kids!

Whether at home or out and about, it was fun! From early morning quiet times, to the loud craziness, playing Bingo, watching kids perform, listening to sweet voices singing in the car, trying to decide where everybody would sleep, opening gifts, White Elephant exchanges, food, and lots of it!

Playing Hearts, Jack taking orders from everybody for breakfast with his pad and pencil ... Kate wanting to know why Grandpa and Nonnie can't sleep on the pallet instead of her! Brady waking up on Thursday wanting to know what today's activity would be! LOL! Brady and Noah asking for grilled cheese sandwiches every day and actually begging for them as they left for home. What? Wow! Really? The word from them is Nonnie makes the best pancakes and grilled cheese. 

Drones, Legos, American Girl doll, Planks, superheroes and Ninja obstacle course to play with at home!

And one of my most interesting gifts was this.


Some of my best thoughts come when I'm in the shower or driving. 
Now I have no excuse!

And from my sister who is loving her coloring book:

Good job, Roberta!