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, August 12, 2015

Hodgepodge Highway

Joyce is back this week with some very "moving" Hodgepodge questions. Join in the fun with your answers and link with Joyce right here.

1. When was the last time you relocated?

Twelve years ago this month we moved from our home of 30 years. The "big move" was only about fifteen miles away, but it proved to be a big move for me leaving all my familiar places, and with all the things that had accumulated over that time. 

Did you move yourself or leave it to the professionals?

We hired professionals for the big items and all the boxes. We carried odds and ends and breakables back and forth ourselves. My sweet sister-in-law came from Oklahoma to help me pack - bless her heart - and I still remember the loud discussions in the kitchen with DH about how to arrange MY kitchen! Turns out he was Mr. Right on that one!

Are you happy staying put or is there a move in your future? 

Husband is pleased as punch to stay here, but I think we need to downsize into a one story house. While I feel very strongly about it, he won't budge and says the stairs are great exercise for us.

Best thing about moving to a new city or town?

Making new discoveries, meeting new neighbors, having all your "stuff" in a more spacious place. When we moved, it was fantastic having all that extra room and the wide open views of the lake behind us. I love, love, love the view from my favorite chair upstairs!

Least favorite and/or hardest thing about moving house? 

Packing and unpacking. All the mess. And the hardest thing?  I had no idea I would cry so many tears over leaving the house I had called home for 30 years. So many memories and it took me a long time to get over it.

2. When were you last 'moved to tears'? Explain.

I remember the last time I cried, but it's too personal to share. If you mean "moved to tears" as in a "touching" or "heartfelt" moment, most recently, I was moved to tears when reading a story in The Voice, a publication by Christ for the Nations Institute. It was telling the miraculous story about the young man who plays drums for our praise and worship team at church. He is in his early 20's and two weeks after he was married had a stroke. The cause was due to a heart disease which had been undetected. His illness was so severe that as they were preparing to care flight him to the heart hospital a few miles away, his young bride was advised she should say her good-byes because her husband might not survive the 15 minute ride. He did though, had open heart surgery, got a serious infection and both of his hands had to be amputated.
Trying to keep this brief, he is now well, has two prosthetic hands and is, miraculously enough, playing drums again. This young man's faith in God, along with the love of his wife, family and church family saw him through this amazing trial. I could not help weeping as I read it. Here is the link: Scott David Grimley - click on magazine.

3. Do you have rules about eating in the car...any forbidden foods? What's the last thing you consumed in your car? Your go-to car snack when traveling long distance?

Nothing too sticky. Grapes are good in the car, sometimes trail mix, maybe some chocolate chip cookies. 

These are good!
The last thing I consumed in the car was a Cobb Salad from Cheddar's while driving our daughter to the soccer field last Saturday. (Cobb Salad would probably be on my "forbidden food in the car list" had I ever thought about the possibility.) We had all gone out for lunch, but ended up having to wait for-ever! just to be seated and then again for-ever to be waited on, and then for-ever to get our food. By the time it arrived, it was time for us to be on the road, so Sara and I packed it up and left everybody else to finish their food.

4. Share a favorite song relating to cars and/or driving.

"On the Road Again.
Goin' places that I've never been.
Seein' things that I may never see again.
And I can't wait to get on the road again."

5. What's your most frequently visited drive-thru...Starbucks? the bank? the pharmacy? some other window?

It has to be the pharmacy! They see us on a regular basis, have our names memorized and I think they are working on our date of birth!

6. "He who hesitates is lost"...would you agree? When it comes to making decisions do you generally act quickly or do you more often than not fall into the 'lost' category?

It really depends on the type of decision. I guess sometimes I over analyze until maybe I do fall into the "lost" category. 

7. When was the last time you got lost? Was it stressful or an unexpected happy adventure?

I wasn't really "lost" per se. Just turned around. But it was in the dark in an unfamiliar location and my eyes haven't been doing so well lately, so it was a little stressful. I managed to find my way back on the right road again!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

It maybe isn't a random thought since this hodgepodge has to do with moving and it's been on my mind for the past few months. I'm very, (extremely) excited and deliriously happy that our dear friends have moved back here after being in Florida for the past five years. I cannot wait to resume our weeknight couples times together and have Alice with me at Bible Study Fellowship! 

Alice and Fred are on the left.
It will be fun for our little group of buddies to be back together again.


Joyce said...

We're building a two story (walk-out style) so we'll live on the main level. We'll have our master on the main, but downstairs will be plenty of room for the kids and my future grandchildren : )

Michelle said...

So nice to hear friends who pick up where they left off. I loved your answer to #5. From the Hodgepodge crew

Cranberry Morning said...

What gorgeous views! Makes leaving a place after 30 years more tolerable, doesn't it. Enjoyed your Hodgepodge.

Nikki Scatchard said...

My dad had lived in SoCal for 60 years, he was quite bitter about leaving, so was I & I had been there my first 20 years. We moved to Northern California which is about 450 miles! It was a very hard first year. It was weird because I felt like only one that was visibly sad.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

We moved 25 miles away 9 years ago yet I still bowl out that way on Thursday's so I still run errands there! Awesome view you have. Yes I have been over analyzing things and I get lost! How awesome to have your friends back.....

Elizabeth Day said...

What a view! No wonder it is your favorite spot. I read the article about that amazing young man and his faith. So stirring and what a testimony! We are discovering more and more things in common, aren't we. Grapes and trail mix. Who would have known. LOL!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm going to be like you when we move and go through all the memories of leaving this house. I'll probably be doing the ugly cry!

Capri K said...

So wonderful to have good friends nearby!!
Hey, I am a BSF-er too! Ready for Revelations ?!!

wildirishrose said...

That is a glorious view you have!

Wendy said...

How nice to have your friends home again. I think we will end up downsizing over stairs. I love where we are but the house is 3 levels so as we get older it will become more of a challenge.

Terri D said...

How great to have your dear friends back in the fold!! This was a fun Hodgepodge!

Nel said...

I will have to read the article about the young man! Thanks for stopping by my corner of the world! Enjoyed your answers!

maddie/cadesmimi said...

I understand your feelings about leaving your previous home behind. After 30 years, it was difficult for me, too. So many family memories there... but you definitely have a beautiful view,now.

Such a sad, but inspiring story about the young man who had the stroke. Wow!

You asked if the picture [of St Simon's Island] I posted is located near my home. It's about an hour and 45 minutes away, but we go there as often as we can.

Kathy (from Reflections by Kathy)

Karen said...

I enjoyed your responses. I was glad to hear that Scott is doing well now and even playing the drums again!

Jill said...

I could definitely relate to this post and your feelings about moving and leaving things behind. Your pictures are beautiful and how wonderful your friends will be moving back! Enjoy the evening.


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