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


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wednesday Medley

Thank you, Terri for the Wednesday Medley of questions for us.

1. The Circleville, Ohio, Pumpkin Festival starts today. All things pumpkin are everywhere. What is your one very favorite pumpkin flavored food or drink? Do you wish it was available all year or do you only want it in the Fall?

Pumpkin pie!! No, I only want it in the Fall. The rest of the time I'll take chocolate!

2. What product would you seriously stockpile if you found out they weren't going to sell it anymore?

Funny, I can't think of a thing except no sodium Herb Ox beef bouillon packets. 

3. What is the most interesting thing you have seen online this week?

I don't know. Lots to choose from. Is Elizabeth Warren really a native American? Should Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have timed their pregnancy to happen after the big wedding? Some people apparently were angry about that. I did enjoy seeing the pictures of the princess bride and groom and all the sweet children who were in the wedding.  Avenetti turned on Stormy Daniels? What??? What passes for news these days reminds me of the old Enquirer magazines.

But I found this story to be interesting and sweet: A diabetic 6 year old boy sold pumpkins to raise money for a service dog so he wouldn't have to ride to school alone.  


4. Is it better to be a "big fish in a small pond" or a "small fish in a big pond"?

I like being a small part of something big. Sometimes when I wondered whether what I was doing at my job mattered, I was always brought back to the big picture to see it from a different perspective. In the ministry I worked for, people's lives were touched and many were changed. If I could look at it from Heaven's perspective, my being a small fish in a big pond mattered. Many little fish working together to minister to others. And I feel the the same way about my small part in my church, and even my jobs with law firms all my 45 years, what we were doing made a difference.

5. My Joe has become obsessed with playing chess on the computer. Do you play chess? Are you good at it? I don't play chess, but DH always liked it and tried to teach me back in the day. I just couldn't get interested in it. It seemed like a good idea to get him to play chess on the computer, but he is no longer interested. Now I wish I had learned.

6. Tell us something random about your week.

Our church holds a conference every year for pastors across the nation. Pastors from small churches come for knowledge, encouragement and tools to take back home with them to help them lead their congregations. Tonight I will be helping put together 500 notebooks for each of the pastors who attend.

A Monday Recap on Tuesday!

I sat down at the computer yesterday morning to do a Weekend Recap and, much to my surprise and distress, my computer was not connected to the Internet. No matter what I tried to do, no matter what I unplugged and plugged back in, no matter how often I refreshed, restarted, and moaned, I could not get it to work! What??? No Internet ... No News ... No Weather ... No Facebook? I couldn't even Google to see what is the problem and how to fix it? How would I make it? And how would I remember even what happened over the weekend? 

No matter. I read most all the day, worked with pencil and paper to do my BSF homework, made a chicken pot pie, journaled, napped, and made it through the day. Finally, I tried the computer again with the same results and so I called the local A T & T store to see if the rain had something to do with it all. No, they simply told me all of the ATT in Dallas - Ft. Worth was down. So, there you go. Nothing I can do to fix things of that magnitude.

This morning I learned that there was an electrical fire at headquarters. How did I discover that? Internet up this morning! Yay!!! Yay!!!

So, it's a good thing our weekend was fairly quiet! Lol! DH was wiped out all weekend from the surgery he had last week. While it may be that surgeries these days are less invasive, they still play havoc with your internal parts, especially when they are messing around in there with your aorta. Thank the Lord he is beginning to feel a little better now, but for the most part, he has done nothing but sleep for the past five days. And still is.

Friday evening the kids came over to visit and brought pizza with them. Saturday was quiet and we did not get to attend our monthly concert. I so hope we will be able to next month as we have already missed two of them. The rain has been non-stop here and everything is soppy so we stayed in. That's fine. DH wouldn't have felt like getting out anyway. There is rain in the forecast for the next two weeks. Unbelievable. I did go to church on Sunday morning alone and that's pretty much what our weekend was like.

Yesterday we did have to get out to take DH for lab work so I suggested we have breakfast out afterward. He's always up for that, and, on such a rainy and cold day, LeMadeline always sounds good. A French breakfast in front of a fire is quite cozy.

My phone couldn't capture them, but up there by the yellow sign is a group of birds huddled together trying to stay dry. Either that, or they are doing a Monday Morning Recap!!

Tenley cuteness!

Daddy love!

And Jack lost his two front teeth!!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Happy Birthday Tenley!!! You're so Big!!

Our trip to Virginia this weekend was short on the quantity of time, but very sweet on the quality of that time spent with family and celebrating Tenley's first birthday! So, this post is mostly a pictorial post and in hindsight, I might have been better off to make a few collages!

This weekend was our first chance to see the home of my nephew and his family and what a wonderful house it was. I loved everything about it, especially the back yard and decks. Trees!! I love trees!!!

So comfortable for just lounging around.

Grandpa and Omi with Tenley

She woke up happy and ready to celebrate!

Proud Mom and Dad

Dig in!

And she did dig in with a gusto!
(Rocco and Samson were so ready!)

Grandpa with Tenley

Her first Mercedes

Lucky little girl with all these cool gifts

Hunter loves Tenley and if you were looking for one of them,
you could bet on finding the other, too
We all had a wonderful time and the trip was definitely worth it!

Londyn found a real friend in Tenley's Grandpa!


Lincoln with Daddy

Londyn doing some exploring.

Aunt Crystal and Uncle Billy

DH and me with Hunter and Tenley
There were plenty of kids to go around for everybody!

Happy Birthday, sweet Tenley. We love you!

So we came home, rested up a couple of days, went to the hospital yesterday and praise to God, the surgery for DH went perfectly, was successful and we learned the damage was much worse than previously thought, so the timing of this was perfect! Thanks be to God, He makes all things beautiful in His time! DH is to rest for a few days and see the doctor next week for a follow-up!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Wednesday Medley

It's Wednesday Medley from Your Friend Terri from Florida. I like your questions today, Terri and hope I get a chance to read everybody's answers. I will be at the hospital all day waiting for DH procedure! 

1. This week is County Fair Week in my old stomping grounds. The Fairfield County (Ohio) Fair holds fond memories for me, especially of the marching band show on the race track, in front of the grandstand, and of 4-H sewing projects. Do you have a memory to share of a county or state fair!! 

My memories of the State Fairs in Tulsa and here in Texas are few. The first time I attended with friends, I was 15 years old and Daddy gave me $5 to spend. My mistake was trying to win a stuffed animal and losing all my money! A lesson on gambling learned early in life! A memory from the State Fair of Texas was the year DH and I had moved into our new-to-us house and we went a little wild at the fair signing up for home improvements!!!

There seems to be something magical about the fair at night with all the lights and the sounds and smells … funnel cakes, corn dogs, cotton candy, candy apples, turkey legs and fried whatever! This year's offering of fried foods include fried Oreo and fried Snickers. Here are our kids enjoying the State Fair this year.

2. If animals could talk, which would be the rudest? The black grackles!

3. What mythical creature would improve the world most if it existed?

Maybe a unicorn! Little girls are so entranced by them that maybe it would be able to win over even the grumpiest!

4. What is something that everyone looks stupid doing? Eating tacos and it doesn't all make it in your mouth? It's funny when somebody else stumbles in their own clumsiness and then turns around as if to see what caused it! I know it always makes me feel pretty stupid. Or pushing hard on a door when it plainly says PULL!

5. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful? Wisdom

6. Tell us something random about the rest of your week! The rest of my week will include meeting our Monday friends on Tuesday, seeing DH through Wednesday's surgery, BSF on Thursday and who knows what Friday will bring? Saturday we will finally see Jack play flag football and that evening we have another concert to attend. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Friday Foto Friends

Too many things going on this week! Anniversary, Birthday, Bible Study, running here and there. Today I give to you a couple of cloud photos. I love cloud photos! And so hello Friday Foto Friends and Deb at Breathing in Grace. I look forward to seeing everyone's Fall colors!

And sharing this from a friend

"Autumn is my favorite season because the chlorophyll which makes the leaves green is now moving underground into the roots to protect the tree from dying in the Winter freezing months. It reminds me to go deeper in my understanding and to know the value of my roots in Our Father's Love and His Holiness which sanctified and preserves us blameless."

"Rooted and grounded in the Love of God to comprehend with all the Saints. Love is in the bond of perfectness! Filled with the fullness of His glorious Life by the Power of God, His Spirit of Holiness." ... His light always shining on His perfection of all things. Psalms 50:2

Colossians 3:14; Ephesians 3:15-21 & Romans 1:4; 11:16; Jude 1;1&24 Always-N-Joy, Joanne

I only want to add to that in the Spring as the leaves are coming out and turning green, the Fall colors are hiding inside there, too. They already contain what it is necessary to later give them the brilliant colors in the Fall before going underground to the roots. What a wonderful cycle. Maybe that is redundant, but it's something I like thinking about. God is such a God of the miraculous. 

And here is a cool graphic from one of the BSF ladies with gleanings from our study in the Book of Joshua.

Happy Columbus Day!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A Kindness From a Friend for a Happy Anniversary!

Certainly can make you feel loved! Yesterday was DH and my wedding anniversary. We really hadn't planned on doing anything and were discussing whether I would cook dinner or we would go out when I received a text from my sweet friend Alice inviting us to come for dinner last evening at their house. How could we pass up a deal like that? It was a simple meal, she said. Spaghetti squash, salad and banana cream pie. Alice is an excellent cook so I knew it would be good (even though I am not a fan of bananas in cream or pudding!) 

On the way to their place, I decided we should stop and buy a bottle of wine, which we did, and when we arrived, discovered she had already opened a bottle of red. The table was set beautifully, candles were burning, and a floral arrangement for us. 

It was truly a wonderful evening and after having a couple of glasses of wine, I may have been a little giddy and when I went to fill up Alice's glass, I poured the wine right into her glass of water!!! And that banana cream pie was DELISH!!!

Sweet, precious friends!

Ah! The simple life!!!

Thirty-one years ago, on a beautiful October day, just such as the one this day, I went to work dressed in a new, green silk dress. After trying very hard all day to concentrate on my work, I finally was able to leave at 4:00 p.m. to meet my husband-to-be and his two children, Sara, age 10 and Jason age 7. We drove over to Cedar Hill, Texas where we would be joined together in matrimony. It was just the four of us for the simple ceremony performed by my former pastor in his study, with DH's kids to be witnesses.

Afterward, we four celebrated with a wonderful dinner at the top of Reunion Tower overlooking the bright lights of Dallas. We then went to the home of one of my very dearest friends who had prepared a wedding reception for us. It was a happy day!

Happy Anniversary to us!

It's still a happy day!

We always laugh about this little saying!

Wednesday Medley

Teaming up today with Terri for the Wednesday Medley.

1. October 3rd is National Boyfriend Day. Ladies, who was your first boyfriend?

His name was Doyle Gene and we were 5 years old. He was my boyfriend who turned out to be rat when he threw a rock at me and hit me in the head. My first boyfriend was named Mike and I thought he was wonderful. We dated and he gave me his class ring. His mother didn't like that and insisted I give it back. So glad nothing came of it because I think he turned out to be a loser.

2. Who was your first celebrity crush?

I don't think I really ever had a crush on any celebrity. I really liked Elvis, but didn't really have a crush on him. I actually wrote him a letter once, but never mailed it because his song Crying in the Chapel touched my heart so. On second thought though, I remember little shivers of excitement watching Ricky Nelson sing on Ozzie and Harriet!!! Lol!!!

3. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Fried rattlesnake.

4. What famous artist, dead or alive, would you want to paint your portrait? William Adolph Bouguereau. I love this painting.

5. What Are You Most Likely To Stay Up All Night Talking About?

I think my friends and I could stay up all night (if we could stay up, that is) sharing experiences of the things we've been through and how God saw us through them. Also throw in some political discussions, grandchildren, and health issues!

6. The new Fall season has begun on TV. Which show are you most looking forward to seeing?

Poldark and Call the Midwife.

Thank you, Terri!!