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, July 19, 2017

A Relative Hodgepodge

It's another Wednesday Hodgepodge with some good questions from Joyce. Copy the questions from her right here and link to her blog with your answers!

1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents?

In all honesty, I do not believe I was as close to my grandparents as our grandkids are to us now. Maybe when I was much younger. Our cousins who lived in the same town with them saw them more often and were much closer to our grandparents.

Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them.

I loved my Granny - my mother's mother. When Granny hugged you, you were caught up in those arms and buried in her breast. She was loving and had a beautiful laugh; she was generous, a good cook, and she gave good gifts. We loved to go to Granny's house and for her to come to ours.

She was anxious for our welfare. I will never forget the day I hopped on my cousin's motorcycle and I was such a smarty pants at 19 that when he tried to explain the gears, I informed him my car was a standard and I knew about gears. HA! When I pressed the handle for the gas, I took off and headed across the street, through a few lawns, back across the street, through  a few more lawns and a bush. All in first gear. Finally, I tipped over. All the while Granny was waving her arms and yelling, "can't somebody stop her? Stop her!!" A hilarious memory and I can always hear the cry of Granny as the rest is a blur. My cousin and everybody else who was there laughs about it to this day. I just continue to be thankful at the way God has kept me throughout my life in my dumbness!

Was there a reason my arms were outstretched?

My Granny gave me the pink dress I'm wearing in this pic
for my 7th birthday. And I'm holding up the Bible my parents
gifted me with for my birthday.

With my Granny and my Mom about a year before my Mom passed.
Granny passed away about seven days after Mom.

2. What's an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?

A doll. I have no idea whatever happened to my doll. Most of our toys seemed to disappear each time we moved. Hmmmmmmm. Hey! But I do still have the Bible!

Playing dress up in Mama's dress and heels
because Mommies don't wear shorts! At least none
of the mommies I knew.

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain.

There are trees behind us and how I wish we had more of them. I would love to have a yard full of trees. Looking outside my window, maybe I sometimes see the work that needs to be done instead of simply enjoying the wide open view. In life I sometimes do see the details in the circumstances more than the big picture, but I usually come around to the big picture. This life is temporary and Heaven is waiting for me. (I'm interested to read everybody else's answers to this.)

4. Do you like sour candies? No. Which of the 'sour' foods listed below would you say is your favorite?

grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats

Tart cherries would be the favorite, but I like some of the others listed. Greek yogurt mixed with granola and fruit is good, sauerkraut is all right, buttermilk is great for baking and I used to like it mixed with cornbread.

Have you ever eaten a kumquat? No. I do remember hearing some mention of kumquats in a W. C. Fields movie clip. What's your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list? That would be cherry pie.

5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it's going so far.

2017 has been expensive thus far. The best news of 2017: DH's surgery was successful. (Exactly 15 words.)

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Speaking of 2017 being more than half over now, I am looking forward to Fall. However, I am savoring the time for now and not trying to rush the seasons. All too soon it will be Thanksgiving, then Christmas and another new year.

We had some sweet little visitors Monday night and Tuesday. They found the toy box first thing Tuesday morning.

Brady and Noah called to bring us up to speed on what was going on in their world. They were very excited to tell us about their Dad's safari in Africa and sent a few pics. I have no idea where in the house he will put his newest trophy. I'm sorry if the pic offends, but this blog is a journal of events in our family.

Monday, July 17, 2017


It was a fairly quiet weekend, our only activities being routine,  such as church, resting up, doing a few things around the house, and the grocery store.

Saturday morning I sat outside to drink my coffee, listen to some wonderful praise and worship music, and enjoyed a beautiful sunrise. Sunsets are usually what I have a chance to take pictures of, but Saturday morning was gorgeous.

Things should liven up a bit tonight as we are expecting overnight guests.

Kate and Jack are still with Nana in the country. And Nana says "what happens in the country, stays in the country!" I think Mama might be a little anxious about what is happening there.

Cousin Ty is showing out!

So young!
My sister and her husband celebrated 40 years of marriage yesterday!
I remember the day of her wedding very well. She looked beautiful, but I have to tell you, the wedding was at her sister-in-law's home, the AC was broken and it was HOT, HOT, HOT!!!
She handled the situation much better than I would have. I suppose your wedding day is a day to just be happy and thankful, no matter what!

And that's all I have on this Monday evening.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Continuing on each day in my commitment to walk in the early mornings! This morning's walk was interrupted with a young man calling out to me and holding a little dog. He wanted to know if the dog was mine or if I knew who it belonged to. Well, NO! He then went on to tell me how and when and where he found the dog and that the Animal Shelter wouldn't be open until 10:00 am and he had a Rottweiler and therefore didn't want to keep the dog any longer and blah, blah, blah. Ugh! Why do I feel responsible? Such a cute little dog! So, knowing I still have a little kennel at home, I said I would keep him until the Animal Shelter opens.

Wouldn't you know it? The shelter is full and could I please keep the dog until Monday. How could I say no?

This little dog is so cute and so very sweet that I would keep it except for one little thing. Well, maybe two little things. He is a male and he likes to heist his leg up to mark his territory. I always said I would never, never have a male dog in my house. The only one allowed is my brother's dog, Howie and Phil always takes care to see that Howie goes outside.

I have posted everywhere about the dog ... called the shelter ... posted in our NextDoor neighborhood. I drove all through the streets where he was found, but no signs anywhere. We also took him to our vet this morning for them to scan and see if he had a chip since he has no tags. Would you believe that so far today there have been five Chihuahuas missing?  

He is a good little dog and I'm so glad we still have the little kennel. He goes right in and sleeps and when I put him outside, he stays close to the house to do his thing. I am calling him Max until something has been decided for his future.

Meanwhile, Kate and Jack are having adventures with Nana and their cousin, Ty.

Jack wanted to hold the weapon of snake destruction!

That's more adventure than I really want to have.

My Dad

My Dad would have been 93 years old today.
Happy Birthday, Dad and I am so thankful knowing you are safe in Heaven.

Dad and Mom with their firstborn ... me.

Daddy, me and my doll.
Guess I got tired of waiting for dinner and
decided to eat my doll.
Our little family in 1957.

Daddy doing a little whittling.
I guess it was relaxing for him or
a stress reliever when company was around.

He was certainly a proud man
when baby brother came along.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Recap

It's been a very active week for us!

Sunday: we saw Memphis, a musical loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s. The music, acting and dancing were good, but I was very disappointed in the bad language throughout the show.

Monday: I took my friend Lisa out for birthday lunch and then DH and I went to the movies (Despicable Me) with Kate and Jack. Jack came home with us to stay the night. I love it when that boy looks up at me with the cutest little grin and announces, "I'm coming home with you tonight!"

Tuesday: we went to the water park. 

Wednesday: I had a me day getting a haircut and much needed highlights and went to church Wednesday night. 

Thursday: Birthday lunch with my buddies Nancy and Sherri, and Kate came to spend the night with us. I took her back this morning to her mom and Kate and Jack are now with their Nana having a big time.

Today: DH and I went to see a very good movie, which I highly recommend. It was Maudie and based on a real life person, Maud Lewis, a Canadian folk artist from Nova Scotia. She remains one of Canada's best known folk artists. (Wikipedia.) What a sweet and tender story of a person burdened with handicaps and some very hard breaks in life. As the reviewer from pluggedin.com said, "I walked into Maudie pretty sure of what it would be: sweet, quirky, problematic in places and inspiring in others. It was all that. But I wasn't expecting to walk away with a new hero: a four-foot-something painter worth looking up to." You can read about it here. I was totally fascinated with this sweet lady and found some of her paintings online and the tiny cabin she and her husband resided in. Their love story did not begin as a love story, but it was quite unique. 

She painted on everything! Including the interior of their house!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Old Friends

We three amigos go back 42+ years and we were so young ... ages ranging from 24 to 35 at the time our friendship was forged. We worked together for about 18 years and have been through many experiences together, good times, lots of laughter, many heartaches, death, life, marriages and divorce over the years. So many changes in our lives.  They have been faithful friends. These days we gather together for each of our birthdays and on this day we celebrated Sherri.

Sherri, Nancy and Connie

This is the only photo I can find with all of us in it.
Front row left is Sherri, Nancy in center.
I'm the tall one of course in the very center,
pigtails and all!
A silly day at the office!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Chatty Hodgepodge

As Joyce says, Wednesdays roll around fast, don't they? That means it's time for another edition of the Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog, then jump back here tomorrow to share answers with the universe.

1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional)

I had a little chat with a man down the street as we both were getting our mail at the group mailbox. The "how you been" kind of casual stuff progressed into more serious conversation as we shared about our families. He was asking about our grandchildren. In my asking whether there were any grandchildren yet for him, he expressed his sadness and his daughter's great disappointment in her infertility. I told him that having lived through that disappointment for many, many years, I could relate to her deep pain. He asked if I would pray for her and her husband. It was a good conversation.

2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall...which one are you most like and why?

Hmmmmm. I think maybe like a river. A river flows steadily, sometimes deep, sometimes shallow, it has boundaries on either side, but it's always moving, and flowing toward something much greater ... the ocean. It's always going forward ... it doesn't flow backward. A river can overflow as can the joy of my heart or sometimes go dry. When it's full and flowing, it can satisfy the thirsty.

3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? No. Delaware is called 'the first state' because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What's your state's nickname and does that moniker make sense to you?

Texas is nicknamed the Lone Star State to signify its former status as an independent republic, and as a reminder of the state's struggle for independence from Mexico. The "Lone Star" can be found on the Texan state flag and on the Texan state seal.

Of course it makes sense.

If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?
I would ask why would you change a good thing?

4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Chicken penne pasta.
Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers? Pot roast with vegetables.

5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?

Keep your marriage your priority. Make sure you connect with each other and stay focused on your family. That will keep you focused on what's important for baby.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

It's difficult to think of just one tip for new parents. There are so many things to think about. I suppose patience and trying to be relaxed with it would be important and to follow your instincts. And it is never too early to teach them of Jesus' love for them and for them to love Him. Our pastor says statistics show that too often people drop out of church when children come along because they have so many excuses ... too tired, too busy, etc. It thrills me that our grandchildren are learning at an early age and have given their hearts to Jesus. The pic below is a clip from a video of our nephew's daughter "reading" the Bible and she is telling it like it is. So precious.

And from our Tuesday.
Jack loves playing jacks.

New swimsuit and new haircut!

Brother and sisterly love!

We had a fun day at the water park. Grandpa, the kids, Amy and me. Now we are home, full of pizza and other snacks from the afternoon, feeling the sunburn pain, and it's time to take a rest.