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

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Saturday9 Could've Been

I'm a little late to join this party, but gonna give it a try anyway (hurriedly, I might add)!! It isn't too late for you to join right here!


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! Saturday 9: Could've Been (1987)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. I never heard this song!


1) This wistful song is about a love affair that ended. What song reminds you of a long-ago love? Then You Can Tell Me Good-Bye!

2) It was written by Lois Blaisch, a singer-songwriter who performs at clubs around Los Angeles and has sung outdoors at Disneyland. Would you prefer to attend a concert indoors, or outside under the stars? 
If the weather is nice, it would be fun outdoors. Dallas used to do a concert under the stars and in 1987, we attended an outdoor concert to see Reba McIntire. It was the 4th of July, and memorable because the next morning I would leave my Jay to travel to Seattle for the purpose of being the bone marrow donor for my brother, Phil. Otherwise, I like indoor concerts.

3) This week's featured artist, Tiffany, appeared on the TV talent show Star Search when she was just 14. She came in second. Though she was disappointed, she admits she learned from it. She studied the singer who won and says it made her a better performer. Can you recall a time when you weathered a tough time and came through stronger? 
The summer of 1987 might be one of them. Every storm serves to strengthen and when I look back, they serve a greater purpose, including strengthening my faith. I told about that summer story here.

4) Early in her career, she toured Alaska, opening for country legend George Jones. Have you ever visited our 49th state? (That's a correction; I made a mistake when I originally posted.) 
Jay and I visited Alaska in 2012. It was a wonderful trip!








5) Tiffany provided the voice of Judy Jetson in 1990's Jetsons: The Movie. Which cartoon did you enjoy more: the space-age Jetsons or the pre-historic Flintstones? 
I think I was in high school when these came out, and remember watching both sometimes.

6) In 2007, she appeared on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club and lost 28 lbs. Are you making an effort to stay fit during this stay-at-home period? 
I walk each day with the dog, but we don't stray too far from the house.

7) In 1987, when this song was popular, Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What's your favorite Aretha song? 
Oh mercy! I loved Aretha Franklin and it would be hard to choose. I'll go with Respect since it's the first to pop in my mind other than Chain of Fools and THINK!!! I DID LOVE THOSE SONGS!

8) Also in 1987, third-generation race car driver Marco Andretti was born. Are you a race fan? No.

9) Random question: Do you find it easy to sit still, or are you fidgety? 
I find it quite easy to sit still, but when I'm still, I can be easily distracted by this book or that, the phone, the iPad, the TV. Oh dear.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Spring Hodgepodge

I'm happy to link up again today with Joyce for the Hodgepodge. Join in for a Springtime medley of questions right here.

1. Has spring sprung in your part of the world? Spring seems to have sprung several weeks ago. How can you tell? The signs for me included the first daffodil I saw when stopped at a stop sign, a red bud tree in bloom, and all the pear trees blossoming out in white. Every year those trees are so beautiful and never last long enough. They remind me of Anne of Green Gables re-naming The Avenue the “White Way of Delight.” The sun and the breeze just seem to caress you when you step outside. 





Did March come in like a lion where you live? As I recall, it wasn’t that bad, it’s just had its ups and downs. Going out like a lamb or something more ferocious? The last day of March was sunny, beautiful and very calm.

2. The last thing that caused you to spring to your feet? Jumping up to run to the door to see why the dog was barking so ferociously.

3. Do you have a spring clean to-do list? Not really. What's one chore on the list you've already managed to accomplish? Ever since the “great shut- in” I’ve been cleaning closets. What spring clean chore do you most dread? Maybe windows.

4. Tell us something you've learned about yourself or the wider world as a result of social distancing/the virus crisis. 
People need people. People need Jesus. I see even more how much I appreciate my family and friends and I can’t wait to be up close and personal. I see people on all sides of the spectrum, the greedy ones taking advantage of the situation, the selfish ones who don’t want to cooperate, the fearful hoarders, and the generous who are reaching out to help.

5. Something you love that's the color pink? Azaleas. How I wish I could grow them. The people across the street have some that I can enjoy, but I love seeing them at the Arboretum and in the areas of Dallas where they are in abundance. 


These are in the back yard of a friend's home.


6. Insert your own random thought here. 
I had a fun video chat yesterday with my nephew’s family. A wild and crazy bunch. Here are a few pics I snapped as we talked.






And we've been Zooming our Bible Study Fellowship. It's a great way to get together when you're apart. For now, anyway.





It's nice we have many means of communicating, but I am ready for a real hug and a sit down conversation with a friend.


Not so random:





Monday, March 30, 2020

Home Alone and Memories of Plaid dresses and Pointy Glasses

Another Monday in our Stay-at-Home situation. I'm cooped up here by myself, with my dog Annie, of course. However, no matter how much I talk to her or how many questions I ask her, she doesn't answer. Yes, I talk on the phone, I Facebook way too much, I Zoom, I email. It goes on and on. I was handling the "aloneness" pretty well until last night. Something happened (I don't remember what) to trigger the feeling that yes, I am now alone. ALONE!! 

This little rant is not to evoke anyone's sympathy or self-pity. Just record-keeping. Please don't feel sorry for me. This is a time for me to draw closer to the Lord, for me to help somebody else, for me to be thankful for all He's blessed me with.

So this morning, seeing the photos people are posting on Facebook as they were when children looked fun. Especially Terri with her cat's eye pointy glasses and the plaid dress. Debby mentioned that we all had those. I had to look back through old pics to see if I could find one … and I found several. Not sure if I'm willing to post a pic of me with those glasses though. I hated them. 


Posing with my sister


The skirts were red plaid. 
My mother made them for my friend June and me.

Feeling pouty at my sister's birthday party.
(Pouting because it wasn't my birthday!)


I guess my sister didn't get the memo that day for plaid! 


Wearing a brown plaid "store-bought" dress


Me with terrible hair at a Sunday School class party.
Our SS teacher was so sweet and we all had to have our picture made
holding the Bible shaped cake.

Small pink checks for Easter

Checks with a ruffle and ready for first day of school.

No plaid here, but working the big hair and pointy glasses.

When I was in 5th grade, I had to carry my lunch in a brown paper bag one day because I left my lunchbox at school. Having put my glasses in the sack while I ate lunch, upon finishing, I forgot about the glasses and threw the bag away. Too late I remembered them and my poor Mother and Great-Grandmother traveled to the city dump to dig through and try to find them. Such desperation! I have no idea how they thought they could find them ... and, of course ... No luck! I was okay with that and just got along without the glasses until 7th grade. And then again, my choice? Another pair of pointy glasses as you see in the pic above.

Plaid skirt in high school.
(I don't think either of us wanted our picture taken here and nobody back then really taught us how to pose as the girls do these days.)

I hope everyone is finding things to do during this stay-at-home order. My travels have been limited to walking the dog and today it is too wet, windy and cool for a walk. 



Wednesday, March 25, 2020

HODGEPODGE REUNION WITH JOYCE

A great big thank you to Joyce for opening Hodgepodge for a while. In answer to your question, YES! It's kind of fun to be back! Kind of? I'm kind of excited! Last time we met was September, 2018. I pretty much depended on Joyce to nudge me into action and also Terri with Wednesday Medleys. So if you're excited about it too, link up right here for:


1. Tell me something big-important-happy-or sad that's happened in your life since that date. Just one thing. We don't know how long this current isolation situation is going to last and we might need to dole out our news bit by bit.

One thing for me is all of those things. The biggest, most important, sad thing was my Dear Heart moving up to Heaven. I’m missing him like crazy, but have to add there was some happy in the celebration of his life, which I shared here in December. I haven’t quite been in the swing of things as far as blogging goes, but must say the support I have received on all sides from family, church family, Friends, and my Bible Study Friends has been over the top! 

2. Might as well get this out of the way early on...COVID-19. On a scale of 1-5 how serious are you about keeping your distance? Explain. fyi-I didn't create the scale but have seen it several places online. Also fyi-we won't only have virus related questions each week, but for this first one it feels right.

I’m at number 4-Extremely limited, only going out when unavoidable, minimal contact with people.

I do walk my dog, I make quick runs to the grocery store (not that often), but I have contact with so many people through Facebook, telephone, and now Zoom for connecting with groups. 

She waits at the top of the stairs...
guarding the door ...
waiting for a bite of whatever I have ..
Just pretty much in my face.

Her favorite spot. She's good company!

 3. Raise your hand if you think you might run out of steam in the cooking department before it's all said and done? What's something delicious you've cooked or eaten in your own kitchen in the past week? 

I’ve been baking brownies and before the serious lockdown, I made a pot roast with all the trimmings for my family who visited. It. Was. So. Good. I also baked a delicious meatloaf for myself on Sunday, which I’m tired of eating and from now on, will freeze leftovers. 

4. What's a television show or movie you've seen recently (it could be an oldie) that you really liked?

I watched a documentary about Anne Frank which was excellent. 


Another old movie I watched was The Quiet Man with John Wayne. I’m also admitting now to have watched all of the Diagnosis Murder series with Dick Van Dyke. But I am reading a lot, too.  


5. Share something funny you've seen or heard this week. 

There are way too many funny memes about toilet paper. I’m guessing you will see several in the Hodgepodge. I like this one because our grandson has spent so many of my quarters trying to win a prize. I got a kick out of sending this one to him, but then I had to explain. You see, he doesn't worry about toilet paper! He's just a kid, and everything he needs, Mom and Dad will take care of.


6. Insert your own random thought here. 

While I eat my breakfast, I enjoy watching the birds fly about outdoors. They remind me that Jesus said they don’t worry, and neither should I. They know nothing about the Covid virus ... their day is spent flying about, looking for seeds or worms, and avoiding any predators as they guard their nests. 

I know God has me in His hand, I will trust in Him and not be afraid. If, six months ago, I had known what was coming: the loss of my husband, being alone facing the crisis in the news every day, I would have been so afraid. But now, I’m not. I know He has seen me through my circumstances in the past, and He will be with me today and in my future. He is my peace. 


Why should I feel discouraged?
And why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heavenly home
When Jesus is my portion?
And my constant friend is He
His eye is on the little sparrow,
And I know He's watching over you and me





When the kids were here, we couldn't visit the usual fun spots, like Urban Air,
so we went to the park. It was a cold, wet and windy day.



So we put them to drawing.

They were happy watching iPad!

A few years ago, they liked watching the TV.
I don't understand them wanting to watch the little screen!!!



Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Write This Down

Wading in familiar waters this morning with trembling legs that haven't been there for a while!! Haha!! Kinda feels like that.

In the past, I have written how my DH Jay would listen to music and when certain songs would strike a chord in tune with his feelings, he would come to me--usually that meant running upstairs to find me and make me listen to the words because they said what he wanted to say to me. Here are the lyrics to one in particular that was especially meaningful:

Write This Down

I never saw the end in sight; fools are kind of blind.
Thought everything was going alright, but I was running out of time.
'Cause you had one foot out the door, I swear I didn't see
But if you're really going away, here's some final words from me.
Baby, write this down, take a little note to remind you in case you didn't know,
Tell yourself I love you
and I don't want you to go, write this down.
Take my words, read 'em every day, keep 'em close by, don't you let 'em fade away,
So you'll remember what I forgot to say, write this down.
I'll sign it at the bottom of the page, I'll swear under oath
'Cause every single word is true, and I think you need to know,
So use it as a bookmark, stick it on your 'frigerator door,
Hang it in a picture frame up above the mantel where you'll see it for sure.
You can find a chisel, I can find a stone. Folks will be reading these words, long after we're gone.
Baby, write this down, take a little note to remind you in case you didn't know,
Tell yourself I love you and I don't want you to go, write this down.
Take my words, read 'em every day, keep 'em close by, don't you let 'em fade away,
So you'll remember what I forgot to say, write this down.
Oh I love you and I don't want you to go, baby write this down.
Now, please know that the scenario of someone leaving never happened in our house. But it was the other verses and the chorus that he wanted me to remember, and he would sit there with tears in his eyes watching me as we listened to the song together.

That brings me to this little story:

In going through our safe deposit box, I found a letter I had put in there many years ago that I wanted to preserve. It was a letter from Jay written before we were married. Seven legal size pages! I read it and remembered all the wonderful things that he had to say in that letter about his hopes and plans for us and our future. 


It was so precious to me that I had it laminated because the writing was fading. I’ve read it several times since I found it and it never fails to bring a tear to my eye and a smile to my lips remembering the sweetness of his love for me. 


Now I realize this probably isn’t an original thought, but: Even better than his letter, and the love behind it and his longing for me, it reminds me of the letters that were written to us—God‘s love letter to us in the Bible, how precious it is and that we should never grow tired of reading the promises, His truth, His love, compassion, mercy and goodness!  How great is our Heavenly Father’s love to us.


My husband kept those promises to me, and even richer than that, my Father does. 


I still love you and miss you so much.






Friday, January 10, 2020

Our December, 2019

I'm steeped in memories and not finding time nor being able to record them all. I'm simply going to save some of the pictures from the end of 2019 for posterity's sake. Some of the problems I have are trying to download pictures, which I finally realize went to icloud!! Then I finally, finally was able to download some pictures, wrote a few paragraphs with pictures, and then it all disappeared. This is what I've got! I give up!!


Kate's first piano recital


This beautiful face and sweet smile!!!
(I cropped me out!)

An aspiring student???


Snow fest at our church was fun!
Noah's a bit of a ham.

A few years back at Angelina's Mexican Restaurant

December, 2019 at Angelina's after Snow fest

Back at home

Christmas Eve service

Sara's family at their church

Surprise on Christmas morning!!! 

Cool kids learn on Christmas morning they are about to go on a ski trip!
(and Nana and me were invited to go along!!!)


When you travel for 12 hours on Christmas Day, you discover your options for dining are very limited! Almost NIL!! We had to settle for snack food from gas stations (Allsups) and finally, in New Mexico, found a tiny little shack which was open and serving Mexican food (a hamburger was my choice, as I thought just maybe Mexican food might not be the best choice while traveling.) (Jason's generosity to our cook/server touched my heart as he wanted to bless her on Christmas Day.)

Turns out it was ALL good. Much better than ALLSUPS!





Beautiful snow


The natives are friendly.


Up to the top we go!



We three queens!!
  

And back down again.

Ski Bunny Kate

And snowboard Jack.


A throwback to another very cold December, 1989, 30 years ago
with Jason and Sara for Christmas in Breckenridge, Colorado.

My sister sent this picture to me, which I had never seen before.
I like it!

I give you thanks, Father, because I don’t have to grieve as other people who have no hope do. I do have hope ... my hope is in You Lord. I thank You for all the years I had with my Dear Heart. I thank You for the extra years you gave us after 2011. I thank You for the love and the sweetness of the man that I loved. His smile, his laugh, his dreams, his touch, his words to me.

I remember well after we first married, each night as we went to sleep I would think to myself and say to him, “I am so happy that I have you and I’m so sad that another day is gone. But it was a good day. I treasure every day with you and am so thankful for the gift of you to me.”

The days of good far outweigh the times of frustration or difficulties we faced. We never went to sleep angry, we always forgave. Now you are at true peace and I know I will see you again one day. I love you. I don’t have to wonder where you are. The moment you closed your eyes, I know you were with Jesus. Our Captain is now with the Captain of our salvation.

In the past couple of years, I kept asking God to show me when it’s time for us to move. I finally had to leave it with the Lord and trust His timing, so I hung on to the verse, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.” God knows best for us and on December 3, God moved you up to the perfect home in heaven. Jesus says in John 14:

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going." Jesus told [Thomas], "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:1-4, 6 (NLT) He says that to us, too. He is the way. And Jay a/k/a DearHeart/Grandpa/Papa knew that.

A bit of irony. I always wanted wind chimes for the patio. Jay found the sound a little irritating because, granted, it is very windy here in North Texas. Well, this morning my neighbor came over with a gift for me from three of the neighbors. Guess what? Wind chimes!!! A beautiful set and they are dedicated to Jay’s memory! I love it! That’s what we called a “God kiss.”


and the reverse side is dedicated to his memory with his name, 
date of birth and date of departure to Heaven.


Almost impossible to believe. My Dear Heart, you will never be forgotten. You live in our hearts forever and we will see you again one day. Your earth body may be under this festive grave blanket, but we know where you really are and Who you're with!