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, August 19, 2017

Saturday Wrap Up

This week we had four really good rainstorms. It has saturated the new grass and everything planted this year. I am so thankful as it truly has been an investment and one that I am enjoying as I watch things grow. 


Everything is still so green in August!

Raindrops dress up oxalis

Esperanza will be planted in the ground next year!

Vitex is blooming ... finally!


It's hard to see in these photos, but blooms are all over this tree.
I am so glad  to have the pleasure of seeing it flower before Fall.

Crape myrtles hanging on.

Since we didn't get to swim on Thursday, we did other things ... visited the mall, bought Legos to build, and Kate bought an armoire for the clothes for her Build a Bear family. She was fairly blunt in her plan. "Nonnie, if I pay for $20 of this, will you pay for the other $20?" Lol! Smart cookie knows how to bargain. She is also very generous. Her other grandmother took all of them for a vacation this year to the Grand Canyon and they had a wonderful time. Kate told me that her grandmother paid for every. single. thing. She wouldn't let them pay for anything! Kate even offered to give her some money to help. She has also made offers to me to help pay for things ... such as our new air conditioner! What a girl! 

Kate shares many things with us and in sharing about the vacation she was quite sensitive to our feelings. As we listened to her, DH and I were both quiet hearing about all they had done and all that her grandmother had done and paid for. We were in the car so we really have to adjust our listening ears to her little voice and somehow she interpreted our silence to mean that we thought she was saying we weren't good grandparents because we hadn't taken them on a trip! My goodness! She became quite tearful telling us what good grandparents we are and how much we do for her and Jack and all that we buy, etc., etc. After we got home, we had a little discussion about comparisons, and giving, and love that is sincere and the importance of loving people regardless of what they are able to give in the way of things. Our memories of being together and enjoying each other are priceless.

On Friday we went for a swim at Alice's and our timing was perfect because just as we got out of the pool, another rainstorm hit!

Here she is helping our friend Alice make ice cream. It was a relief that she didn't notice it was goat milk Alice had for the ice cream. I'm not sure she would have enjoyed eating the ice cream as much as she did.



Alice is so good to us. She always has goodies for us.
What a great friend she is.

On Thursday evening I did oven roasted filet mignons which were delicious, but we were unable to eat all of them. In checking Pinterest for use of leftover filet mignon, I found a recipe for quick beef stew. It really wasn't a stew as much as a mix of vegetables and the leftover meat. 

It was good, quick and easy.
Those crescents are a little puffy!

"This stew consists of tender pieces of steak sauteed just until rare, then added to an array of vegetables. It's best made with beef tenderloin, although New York strip steak, sirloin tips and skirt steaks can also be used." The recipe is below and, even though my leftovers didn't weigh a pound, it was plenty for us.

Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 1/2 cups diced potatoes, rinsed ( 1/2 inch)
    • 1 cup baby carrots
    • 1 cup small white button mushrooms
    • 1/3 cup chopped onion
    • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
    • 1/2 cup fresh baby green pea ( or frozen)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 lb beef tenderloin, fat trimmed ( cut in 1 1/2 inch pieces)
    • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
    • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
    • 2 tablespoons chicken broth

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon butter and the oil in a large nonstick skillet- Add potatoes, carrots and mushrooms.
  2. Cook, partially covered and stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until vegetables are soft when pierced and lightly browned.
  3. Add onion; cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, peas and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 1 minute until fragrant- Cover and set aside.
  5. Heat remaining butter in another large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until very hot and foaming.
  6. Sprinkle meat with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and the pepper; add to skillet and cook 2 to 4 minutes, turning meat until browned on all sides.
  7. Add to vegetables; stir to mix- Transfer to a platter.
  8. Add wine and broth to skillet and boil 10 seconds- Pour over stew and serve.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Foto Friends

Linking up with Deb at Breathing in Grace for Friday Foto Friends.



Sharing photos from sunset last evening at the park. We arrived at dusk and watched the sunset as it began a little shy behind the trees and then really showed off good!













It's very hard to tell, but Kate was in one of these last pictures. The sun was so bright, you couldn't see her. I turned the flash on the camera and when I did, the pic then looked like it was daylight. Weird.


And this the rising sun that woke me up this morning!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

School Days Calling


School Days for the boys. First day of school picture for Brady and Noah. These two are the sweetest. They played a soccer tournament this past weekend and Noah was on fire blocking goals and making some fantastic kicks! Way to go, Noah!

With Porter

and Palin

Seems it was only yesterday they were out having a blast on the lake
just about every. single. day!
Oh! It was yesterday!
Summer flew by in a flash!

Great wakeboarders.

Kate and Jack don't start school until next week, however, Mom did this week, so they are spending time with us and Nana. Kate went to church with me last night to help me in preschool. She said it would be good practice because she wants to be a teacher someday. The kids were precious and loved her. One little boy even invited us to come to his house for steak!! Haha! So sweet.



This morning we woke up again - third time in less than a week -
to rainstorms! Loving it and the grass is still green and plants are still in bloom.
That makes me and the crape myrtle tickled pink!!



And I discovered Esperanza this year! Gonna plant some in the ground next year! This stuff is fabulous!

Still deciding what to do today. Kate woke up in the night with sore throat and earache. Our plans to go swimming today will not happen and with the rain that came, that works out just fine. Thank You, Lord. She's just enjoying a relaxing day and it's all good. Some days it's just good to chill. Her first request yesterday was to go back to Dave and Busters again. I'm glad we did that yesterday afternoon. She had so much fun and won enough tickets for a better prize and also some little boy came up to us to give us a stuffed animal. Wasn't that nice?


Ready to hit the mall again today

With Grandpa










Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Doggone Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday again already, and time for another Hodgepodge. Today it's worth a trip over to visit Joyce simply to read what she has written about grandparenting and her precious new grandson. But after you've finished reading, copy the questions, answer on your blog and join in the fun.


1. Do your actions match your words? Elaborate.

Not always. I think one of my worst is in telling others not to worry ... and then I find myself worrying. Not for too long though. I remind myself of Who's in control and Who has brought me through circumstances in the past and then I can go forward with right actions.

2. Sick as a dog, go to the dogs, dog days of summer, dog tired, it's a dog's life, every dog has it's day, can't teach an old dog new tricks...now doggone it which saying could most recently be applied to your life?

Dog days of summer here and looking to Fall. Maybe I can walk farther in the mornings with cooler temps and low humidity.

3. Your favorite book featuring a dog in the storyline? What makes it a favorite?

I can think of many favorite movies with a dog in the story line, but the only book I can think of actually reading is one I read to Jack. It is a favorite because he enjoys my reading it to him and we both howl together like wolves.



4. What's something you hope to one day have the confidence to do?

Stand up in front of a group and teach without anxiety.

5. August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. So tell us a joke.

I'm not one to tell jokes, but I remember this one from long ago.

A string walks into a bar with a few friends and orders a beer. The bartender says, "I'm sorry, but we don't serve strings here."
The string goes back to his table. He ties himself in a loop and messes up the top of his hair. He walks back up to the bar and orders a beer.
The bartender squints at him and says, "Hey, aren't you a string?"
The string says, "Nope, I'm a frayed knot."


6. Insert your own random thought here.

I made cupcakes yesterday morning from a recipe I had used before with success. Then, this happened. 


It looks as though butter or sugar just squirted out from several of the cupcakes while baking. Anybody else ever experience this? I wonder if I creamed the butter and sugar for too long.

The rest were fine.

And I'm glad they were because I made them for Kate's birthday. We met them at Red Lobster yesterday evening because shrimp was her choice for birthday dinner. We were reminiscing about the day of her birth and all the excitement because she came two months early and weighed in at 3 lb 6 oz. 




 She's come a long way since then.


A coin holder/changer for her lemonade stand.


"If possible, and to the extent that it depends on you, live in peace with all people."
Romans 12:18

Praying for peace in our country which is truly disturbed right now. 



I have recently discovered Susie Larson and love this.



Monday, August 14, 2017

End of the Week and Kate's 9th Birthday!!!

Counting down now to school startup for another year. Where does the summer go? On Thursday afternoon, I met Amy and the kids to take them off her hands have them spend the night. Going swimming was an option, but Jack informed me he really, really wanted to go to Dave and Buster's because EVERYBODY but him had been there. Six years old seems to be a little young for that "everybody but me" game, but I told him we could do that.

I snuck up behind them at Five Below.




Grandpa got to experience a little shimmying on this!

Jack loved these vampire teeth!

They had a blast playing all the games while I chased them around making sure they held on to the cards to play with and that keep track of their winnings. Everything is electronic so you don't have to mess with tokens and tickets. It's also easier to add money on the card, too! So convenient, don't you think? Somehow it seems it would be better for them to see the money slipping away so they could get a grasp on the losses. Oh well, they had fun.

When we came home, Kate wanted to make a puppet with a sock and some rice. She's always easily entertained by making things to play with. She also wanted a box which I found in the garage. We cut out one side and she put it on her head with a ribbon under her chin to hold the thing down and said she was a robot servant and what could she do for me? 

They also made swords and shields for a sword fight. I'm glad the swords were so flimsy as the sword fight became a little more real and tempers ran high! Kids can go from smiles, to laughter, to anger, to crying in a very short amount of time.





And back to sweet togetherness the following morning.

Our standard breakfast.

We invited ourselves over to Alice and Fred's house for some swim time, hot dogs and fudgesicles.

Scary boy with chocolate mustache.





Unaware of the reflection behind her, she thinks she is hiding!

Happy Birthday, Kate!!!

It was a Minecrafter theme!
I had to look it up to learn that the Nether portal
takes you to another world.
Kate's world!


Slipping and sliding.

Cake

Presents

But the best part of all ... friends to share the fun!
The lone boy in this pic is one of Kate's very closest friends.
His Dad and Kate's Dad went to school from kindergarten through high school 
and are still buddies who live a couple of miles from each other.
How wonderful is that?
 
Such sweet kids.
The party was a success!!