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, April 19, 2019

Saturday 9 and Mighty Clouds of Joy

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme! Get the questions here and share your answers on your blog.

Saturday 9: Mighty Clouds of Joy (1974)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here
I remember this song and now I think I need to add it to my Pandora list!
1) This song celebrates serenity. Are you feeling peaceful this morning? 
Yes! I am a peaceful person 95% of the time, I would guesstimate! 
2) The lyrics include allusions to sun and clouds. How does the world look where you are? 
My world is peaceful. 
Is it sunny or cloudy?
As I write this, it is a gorgeous day, perfect blue sky, with fluffy white clouds. The temps are to reach 70 and everything is greening up outside from the recent rains.

3) This week's featured artist, BJ Thomas, is in the Grammy Hall of Fame for another hit record that uses weather as a metaphor, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head." Make up a Hall of Fame that you believe you should be inducted into. (For example, Crazy Sam has inducted herself into The Meme Mistress Hall of Fame for her service to Saturday 9.)
In light of what our daughter-in-law shared with me the other day, I will say Nonnie has inducted herself into The Baking Cookies for Neighbors Hall of Fame. Amy said that their neighbors are moving and she told Kate that when new neighbors arrive, she will have to bake some cookies to take to them. Kate replied to her, "Mom, if you're gonna give cookies to the neighbors, then you will need to get Nonnie to bake them!"

4) When Crazy Sam hears this song, she always sings along ... loud. Is there a song you simply cannot resist singing along with?
Too many songs that make me sing along and out loud … especially when in the car!! Just about any song from the 50's and 60's, or a good old gospel song to belt out or a praise song! One of the songs from a group called the Mighty Clouds of Joy is one of those gospel praise songs! Everybody Ought to Praise Him!!!

5) BJ Thomas has performed this song at The Grand Ole Opry. The Opry has been broadcast on the radio every week since 1925, nearly 95 years ago! Of course, back in the 1920s, radio was the only broadcast media. Today we have other choices. Is listening to the radio part of your daily routine? 
When I'm in the car, I sometimes tune in to listen to someone like David Jeremiah or Charles Swindoll. If they aren't on, I plug in my phone and listen to my favorites on Pandora, depending on my mood.

6) Though their dress code is lenient, country music fans who attend the Opry for a live show are warned: "Just remember, there's one rule we take very seriously here at the Grand Ole Opry -- you must wear something." Easter Sunday is a day many of us dress up. What will you be wearing today? 

Saturday I will be wearing jeans and a top. On Resurrection Sunday, I will be wearing my Gracekids t-shirt with jeans as I will be serving in preschool. 

7) Easter is recognized as the start of the spring season. What are you looking forward to this spring?
I am looking forward to my brother and sil coming to visit for my birthday! I am also looking forward to visiting the nursery to buy some plants for the patio.

8) Lilies are popular at Easter. Do you have a favorite flower?

I love roses, peonies, bougainvillea, and at Christmas, poinsettias. Seeing the roses bloom in the spring is something I miss.

And watching the peonies pop up out of the ground. Last fall everything in front of the house was dug up due to a water leak. We had new landscaping put in, which I am pleased with, but I noticed yesterday one of the four peonies we had before is making its way up behind a new shrub. Anxious to see how it does. The flowers that come up after such trauma are a kind of picture of how life works for us after difficulties from which we think we can't recover.

Hoping to see some blooms again!

Really, flowers are something I enjoy no matter if it's the wildflowers, bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, I think they're beautiful!

9) Which would rather find in your Easter basket: yellow marshmallow chicks (aka Peeps) or a plastic egg filled with pennies? 

No contest … a plastic egg filled with pennies … anything but those Peeps!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Recap Events: Seder meal, Open House and Book Club

The past few days I have been focused totally on preparing to share a lesson with our Tuesday Morning Bible Study, Ladies of Grace. The past couple of years I have been asked to "teach" on Passover and Communion. Now it's over and I thoroughly enjoyed it and had good feedback. Here is a photo of the table I set for a visual aid so everyone could taste and experience in a small way the bitterness of slavery, the sweetness of freedom, and our communion with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It always blessed me to re-read the passages in the Bible about the Exodus, the Passover, and the Last Supper.

Afterward, we delivered the 100 gift bags to the nursing home we visited. It was also a blessing to see the joy on the residents' faces as we shared the goodie bags and prayed with them.

Last Thursday morning our BSF had a special pizza party after the lesson. It was another opportunity to get to know a few of the ladies from my discussion group a little better. The two on the left are  mother and daughter.

The facilitator of the group is standing in the center - she is truly a sweet lady, as they all are. This has been a good year as I transitioned into a new BSF closer to home and I'm really glad I made the move. It's wonderful making new friends and still seeing my old friends from the previous church.

After the fellowship, I received a text from Amy informing me that the kids had an open house that evening if we were interested. So, change of plans for us and we were glad to go. It turned out to be a good thing for Amy as she was caught up with something going on at her new job, and Jason was at the fire station. So we ended up being the grandparents visiting open house to see what the kids have been up to.

Jack wanted to be first and he was very eager to lead us on a scavenger hunt to look at different things in his classroom. 

He just couldn't find the favorite page,

but he did show his favorite book.

Who is sleepy, kind and good!
Who loves my hover board, iPad and dog.
Who feels kind, loved, and nice.
Who fears breaking a leg, arm, and my nose!

Kate's hand!

The Alamo Project was very good.

Sweet Kate!

The Thinker!

I liked this!
Do the math to learn her age, shoe size, birthdate, etc. 

Friday morning our book club had the first meeting. There were eight of us and oh my goodness, we had so much fun. So much insight into the book we read, News of the World, which I thoroughly enjoyed and would read again and also recommend. We discussed it, critiqued it, laughed, and everybody just clicked (or did we clique? We are certainly not excluding anyone who might want to join us)! I am looking forward to our future meetings. Now that I have finished my research and preparation for Passover and Communion, I am ready to begin reading Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (she wrote Unbroken, which was a wonderful book, although it was difficult to read about all Louis Zamperini and the other POW's suffered in WWII.

We had torrential rains on Saturday with large and strangely shaped hail. The roofing people have already come by but I plan to wait. 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Saturday 9: April Love

It's a cool and stormy weather kind of day here in Texas. 
Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme! You will find the questions here to get started.

April Love (1957). Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here. I loved and still do love this song and the movie and Pat Boone. We saw him in concert in the 70’s.

1) In this song, Pat Boone sings that April love is a wonder reserved for the very young. Do you think the sensation of falling in love changes as we grow older? 

Probably. I feel it’s more about a crush when we are young, a little more shallow, but very sweet.    However, I have friends who fell in love at 15 and 16 and are still married 50 years later. And my brother and sil met at 16, married at 19, are still happy in love 🥰 42 years later and still going strong.  Must be something to that young, immature love. I’m thankful I didn’t marry the ones I had a crush on. When I met my DH, that love was truly a wonder! I was so happy.

2) "April Love" reached #1 on the charts. Between this song and "Love Letters in the Sand," Pat Boone had a career year. Only one artist sold more records in 1957: Elvis Presley. When you think of Elvis, what's the first song that comes to mind? 

You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog!

3) Pat was extremely busy in high school. He wrote for the school paper, ran track, and acted in school plays. Share a memory of your extracurricular activities during high school.

I didn’t do too much during high school, I was more involved with the youth group at church, Christ's Ambassadors, aka CA's. I was honored to be elected Miss CA when I was a junior in high school. At school, I was in the pep club and attended football games to cheer our team, but that was about it, except for the Red Cross. 

4) It was his track coach who introduced Pat to the new girl in school, Shirley Foley. Three years later Pat and Shirley married, and remained man and wife for 65 years, until her death earlier this year. Who is the longest married couple you know?

Our dear old friends, Vern and Lotus made it past 65 years just before he passed away. They knew each other for one month before they married. We loved them so much and they often shared their stories with younger marrieds at church. Vern was a great friend and role model for my husband.

Beaming at an anniversary party we had for them.

Lotus on a camel in Israel with Vern to her right.
They were in their 80's when we took this trip!

5) Pat has lived in the same house for more than 60 years. He once received an offer to sell it for $18,000,000 but turned it down because it's the Boone family home and he simply doesn't want to leave. Do you plan on moving in the foreseeable future? 

I would like to, but there is no plan at this time. It’s overwhelming to think about and DH is happy here.
6) Pat has a warm friendship with his neighbors, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Pat has mentioned in interviews that he has enjoyed bike rides around Beverly Hills with Sharon. Tell us about one of your neighbors. 

The family to the left of us is from India and they are very nice people. Both the mom and dad are RNs and they have a son and daughter. They are Syrian Christians and wear their cultural attire when they attend their services. We talk, but aren’t close. I used to bake cookies for their children. Their daughter is at Texas A & M, and she is very smart and beautiful. She certainly has blossomed. Their son will be graduating high school this year. 

This was taken shortly after they moved in.

They are a beautiful family.

7) Mr. Boone was very critical of Barack Obama, enthusiastically supports Donald Trump, and has appeared on Fox News to express his views. How do you feel about celebrities talking politics? 

I respect that they have opinions, but unfortunately, many of them aren’t able to do it in a decent way. I’m sick of hearing threats from them and the hate that is in the news daily. Being critical is one thing, being mean is quite another. 

8) In 1957, the year this song was popular, Dr. Ian Donald pioneered the use of ultrasound technology. Today ultrasounds are commonly used by doctors in diagnosing conditions affecting the eyes, blood vessels, kidneys, gall bladder and more. Have you ever had an ultrasound? Oh yes!

9) Random question: You're sitting alone in a restaurant, waiting for a friend. The waiter brings you a drink and the compliments of a member of the opposite sex seated at the bar. What's your reaction? Are you flattered, shocked, embarrassed, intrigued or annoyed?

Hmmmmm. I don’t think so. I would have to tell the waiter to say thank you, but no, thank you.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wednesday Medley Celebrating Siblings

Wednesday Medley this week is all about siblings! You don't have any siblings? Terri says if you are an only child, substitute an aunt, cousin, or a friend if you want to participate! Grab the questions right here to answer on your blog and link up with Your Friend from Florida on Wednesday! No rules … just fun!

National Siblings Day (also referred to as Sibling Day) is observed on April 10. It is a day created to honor our brothers and our sisters.

Siblings. They are sometimes our best friends or our worst enemies. At times, siblings will provide us with our biggest competition, strongest encouragement and remind us of our most embarrassing moments.

1.  Stealing the questions from the National Day Calendar:  How many siblings do you have? Are you rivals or do you support each other in all you do?

One sister, Roberta, and one brother, Phil. We love each other. 

That hat!!! and haircut!!! Ha!

2.  Have you heard of the Birth Order Book?  What are your thoughts on the premise that your birth order affects everything you do in life?

I haven’t read the book nor do I know much about it. I will say some of the effects for my family would be that my sister and I being two years apart grew up and shared some things together that my younger brother did not. He was nine years younger than me and in some ways, he was an only child since he didn’t have a sibling close in age. 

However, he and I are extremely close in the sense that we are so much alike that my sil says we are twins separated by 9 years, i.e., we think alike, have the same opinions, likes and dislikes, pet peeves, etc. I just wish I was as smart as he is. I do think because he came along later and was a boy that maybe he enjoyed some privileges my sister and I did not, but I believe I can honestly say there were no favorites by my parents and I don’t think there was any jealousy on our part. 

I’m the oldest. My sister says I am a controller. That’s all I’m going to say about our birth orders. I think my parents did a good job of being fair, giving all they could to us with a sacrificial love that did not give us everything we may have wanted, and that each one of us have been successful in relationships and our work ethic and most of all, in relationship with the Lord. 

3.  Is there something that you still do that drives your siblings crazy?
I will have to ask them. My sis may think I’m a little too fussy. My brother may think I’m too prone to dwell on my failures. 

4.  Are you closer to your siblings now than you were when you were younger? Yes  

5.  Would you dare to tell us an embarrassing story about a sibling?
Not too embarrassing, but maybe about my sister: we had a neighbor who borrowed often. One day she came over to ask for two eggs. Roberta gave her one egg and my mother asked why she didn’t give two. Roberta exclaimed "because those eggs have double yolks!"
Also, people were always commenting on how cute my sister was and one time when an older lady remarked, you sure are cute, Roberta replied, "well, you’re not!"

6.  Tell us something random about your week.

We went to Austin to visit our daughter. It was a beautiful drive there on Friday and I so wished I could take pics along the way of the bluebonnets and other wildflowers, but I was, and always am, the driver. Blankets and blankets of color covered both sides of the highway all the way down I-35. 

Bluebonnets in Ennis, Texas

Hill Country, Texas

The reports say that 2019 was the best year for bluebonnets since 2009!

Saturday was a very stormy day with lots of rain, so we stayed indoors and played cards and 42 until later in the day when the sun came out. We went to watch the girls’ soccer team from Brady’s school and it felt good to be out. 

On Sunday we were to return home and what a trip it was for me as more severe storms had come early Sunday morning and I was racing trying to stay ahead of the rain. Oh my though, the fog was with us all the way until it finally cleared just before Dallas. 

My sister and niece came on Sunday afternoon and we had a nice visit with them. Roberta wanted to treat me to dinner for my birthday next month.

It was a good weekend. After my sister left, I did two loads of laundry only to discover the washer had leaked out all over the kitchen floor and into the dining room. So thankful I got downstairs in time to see what was going on and sop up all the water! What a big mess!! The repairman came on Tuesday so we are back in business!

Happy Siblings Day!! I'm thankful for mine!