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, May 4, 2016

Merry Month of May Hodgepodge Wednesday

Here we are again ready for a May Wednesday Hodgepodge! You may ask: "may I join?" Of course you may! You may join in the fun right here with Joyce and the others. Thank you, Joyce.

"The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings."
- Joyce Kilmer, Spring

1. What's something fun you're looking forward to on your May calendar?

My birthday this Friday! 

Going to see Wicked at the Dallas Music Hall on Mother's Day with our daughter-in-law!

Pink Impact Women's conference the weekend of May 12 with two of my dearest friends

and whatever else the merry, merry month of May may bring my way!

2. What are some images that come to mind when you hear the word mother?

A woman smiling down and giving a kiss to the babe snuggled in her arms; my mom in the kitchen, mom kneeling at bedtime for bedtime prayers, mom giving comfort in the middle of the night, night after night from the bad dreams, the love put into the homemade clothes, the cakes baked, the parties given, the sacrifices made, the defense or the encouragement or any number of the things a mom does for the child she cherishes and for whom she would take a bullet.

My sweet Mama

3. What's something beautiful you own or have seen that's made of glass?

This I own. It was a gift to my mother when she was so sick.

And this I saw: 

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
No photo of mine would do it justice.

4. Was today typical? If not what made it unusual?

It was typical in that I went to my Tuesday morning Bible study. It was unusual because afterward our leader treated the teachers to lunch at a special place. I was presented with birthday cards and gifts and a beautiful orchid. 

It was also special today in that I sat next to and got to know better a very sweet woman I have admired.

And ... drum roll ... DH and I visited the local Senior Center to listen to some pickin' and grinnin' by the seniors and check out the lay of the land, so to speak. We wanted to see whether we might join. Looks like they offer many activities for seniors and some trips. Very interesting and we enjoyed it today. The people were friendly and very welcoming. At the annual fee of $10 per year, I think we may have to join. You can't beat the price!

5. What is a quality you wish you could have more of?

Patience and better listening skills.

6. What's the next major purchase you need to make? Will it happen in the month of May?

The next very major purchase will (hopefully) be new air conditioning units or a car. I do not see either of those happening in May.

7. What responsibility/job/work did you dislike while growing up but has proved helpful to you as an adult?

Cleaning the kitchen. I didn't really dislike it. It was just that it was so daily. In our home growing up there were never dirty dishes left in the sink or counter. Keeping a clean kitchen is of utmost important to me. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

When we were kids, May 1 was the first day Mom would let us take off the shoes and go barefootin'! We so looked forward to that. In keeping with that tradition and in preparation for it, I did the pedicure last week and now can take the shoes off without being ashamed of the toes! Sweet memories of walking in the cool grass with bare feet, or squishing your feet in sand or mud, and then at night, Mom making us put our feet in the tub to wash off our feet and legs up to our knees before going to bed. So funny to me that after a hard days' play, we were only required to wash the feet and not take a full bath every day. 

Trudy isn't that crazy about getting her feet cleaned off either. Nosiree!!


Capri K @ No Whining Allowed said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to you!
Loved your mother answer!
Very sweet of your Bible study gals, friends are a kiss on the cheek from God!

shortybear said...

wonderful answers

April said...

Loved your random thought and it sure brought back a lot of warm memories for me. I loved going barefoot as a kid...now, it hurts my feet too much to do so outdoors.

Joyce said...

Happy birthday! I'm glad you were celebrated! Jungle Book was good, but I agree would be too tense for some young children. Enjoy Wicked! One of my favorites!

Debbie said...

So glad I popped in here. I enjoyed your answers. And I had forgotten all about that feeling when mom would let us go barefoot...loved it then, love it now. Happy birthday to you! Soo nice to be celebrated by those special ladies

Theresa said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful celebration. That is funny about just having to wash the feet.

maddie/cadesmimi said...

First of all, Happy (early) Birthday! May 6th is a special day in our family, as well. I hope you have a great day.
Your Senior Center sounds fun. I hope you join and enjoy yourselves.
Ah, I loved your "barefoot" memories. I used to love going barefoot outside, but now there's the problem of crabgrass stickers everywhere. I never wear shoes indoors, though!
Enjoy your week,
Kathy (Reflections)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Happy Birthday to you!!! We saw Wicked for my 60th birthday. Love the photo of Nortre Dame. When I was there we didn't get a chance to go inside. Terrible storms, pouring rain and lines that went on forever. Sorry I missed that! I love your random.

Terri D said...

Well, happy, happy birthday on Friday!! You have some fun times coming up!! The senior center sounds like fun and you really can't beat the price - that's for sure! I answered patience in my #5 too. I sure enjoyed your Hodgepodge!!

Susie said...

Love all your pictures Nonnie. Your mom made me think of my wonderful sixth grade teacher. She wore her pearls and had a lovely smile. I truly loved that teacher..Mrs. Betty Orr. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Linda Kay said...

Great thoughts to share today. Our car is now 6 1/2 and has 137,000 miles on it, but it still runs like a top, so to speak. We are taking a long trip this summer, so fingers crossed on how it makes the trip.

Mary Hutchins said...

Happy Birthday! Every time Mother let me go barefoot I managed to step on a nail. Didn't take long for her to decide...I always had to wear shoes!!

Lea said...

Thanks for stopping by Nonnie (I like that name). And, a very happy birthday to you on Friday. It's always great to make another year. :o)) Sounds like it has already been very special and it's not even here yet. That's great!

And, I remember having to wash my feet and legs before going to bed too. So funny!

Happy Mother's Day!

Debbie Huffaker said...

I so enjoy reading answers to questions like this...helps us get to know each other better. That orchid is beautiful. Hope you have a great day!

Carla from The River said...

Ha!! I loved #8!!

May is full of fun for you too.
xx oo
Happy Birthday,