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


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Memories Recovered and Bringing it Forward

Recently, my aunt handed over to my sister an envelope filled with photo slides from at least 50 years ago and some more, just judging from the one of my graduation which would have been the most recent. I promised on solemn oath that I WOULD NOT post any of the very dorky pics of us as teens in return for my sister and brother's promise that they would NEVER post any of me nor show any to anyone. That being said, both my parents have been in Heaven for over 30 years and I am posting here what I think are very nice pictures of them.

This is my sweet mother ready for church, I am sure. She always looked nice and took pride in the fact that she had successfully lost all the weight gained from having three children (75 pounds). She religiously counted calories every day and was always the "queen" at the TOPS club meetings. (TOPS being Take Off Pounds Sensibly.) Since I always saw my Mom as Mama, and I was so young, now that I am in my late 60's, I look at this pic and think, Wow! she was only 36 when I graduated from high school. So, in this pic, she may have been anywhere from 35 to 40. I don't know, but I think she looks great.

Sweet, sweet woman.

This is my Dad. They called him Slim. No explanations needed. He always was slim, no matter what he ate and he could eat whatever he wanted. Unfortunately, he also smoked. (That big thing sitting on the grass outside my uncle's home was an old swamp cooler. Remember those?)

Now I know I promised not to post any of my brother, but this pic is just too darn cute and not dorky at all! My Dad took so much pride in his son and I noticed in all the pics there is a smile of delight over this boy.

And bringing it forward, the smiles of delight continue. Here is my brother holding his beautiful granddaughter.

And his boy holding that precious daughter.

So sweet! 
Mom would love the matching outfits!

I love it! 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Foto Friends

Linking up a little late with Deb at Breathing in Grace for Friday Foto Friends. But you know what they say! I know you do.

From my walk this morning, even though there were somewhat gray skies, it was still pretty.

The heavens are always declaring the glory of God.

Last week Mary shared photos from around her home, so I decided to look around and see what there might be to share this morning. I solemnly promise not to post all of them.

We have so much light in our house it's difficult to get pictures without glare.
(You can see me taking the picture and other things on the opposite wall!)
The Scripture here is "we have this treasure in jars of clay."
I love this verse. The Treasure of the Holy Spirit Himself dwells
in this jar of clay.

This sits in a basket on the kitchen counter.
Another favorite passage to remind me of God's love
and how my love should be toward others.

This old picture is from my Great-Grandmother Sanders who pastored a church in Oklahoma City in the 1930's before moving to Arkansas. The church gifted it to Sister Sanders. The picture holds  sentimental reason for me because it came from a heart of love and appreciation to her from her congregation and because the prayer and cries of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem breaks my heart after His people rejected Him. 

This framed graphic sits on the bookcase directly in front of me as each new day I am reminded of His truth.

I have no greater joy than to know my children walk with the Lord.
My friend carved this verse into the strip of wood for me for Christmas one year. She and I both prayed this for our children. 

My friend also stitched this for me. "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go." -Abraham Lincoln.
"Be joyful always, pray continually."

This hangs in the foyer as you enter our home.
"And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation,
and in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting places."
Isaiah 32:18

I know this verse speaks of our future, but it is also true in our home. I'm thankful for a peaceful home where it is a safe refuge from the chaos of the world.

My absolute favorite!
The heavenly mural is from Precious Moments Chapel.
I love this print and love seeing it all though the day.
1 Thess. 5:16-17

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Happy Birthday to my Sister!

She made her entrance into the world and changed my world 66 years ago. Let's see, I got to be the only child for about two years and then I was blessed with my sister.

Pretty cute, huh? She didn't have much hair, and I
remember Mom saying how many people thought she was a boy!
No way that looks like a boy.


Happy Birthday party for my four year old sister and the only unhappy people in this pic were the two of us! She because her friend was holding her new birthday doll and me, because it wasn't my birthday.
She did finally grow some hair and I remember very well hearing people comment often about my sister's pretty dark curls. Her hair was long and Mom took care to fix Roberta's hair in those long curls.

Mom liked to dress us alike.

Even our little bears.

I love my sister. We share many sweet memories together and what one can't remember, the other does. Together we can pretty much piece together our history!

We don't dress alike anymore, but it's weird that 
somehow we end up with some very similar items in our closet!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Eyes Don't Have It!

Right now I'm experiencing problems with my left eye. Everything looks something like this.

I have had cataract surgery on both eyes and my eyesight is monovision. The left eye is for close up.

This is quite frustrating and for a person who loves to read and spends most of my day reading, whether it's recipes, instructions, a good book, cereal boxes, labels, my iPad or phone, this is BUGGING ME! I have an appointment with the eye doctor next week and am hopeful that if I just rest my eye until then, maybe the problem will correct itself. My eyesight has never been something I take for granted and to even think of the possibility of not being able to read is very scary.

What else is there to do if you can't read?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Just a Rant

On Thursday, I met with a dog trainer who taught me a few tricks to use on training my new dog, Annie, to walk with me. I have mentioned that my concerns are her excitement and aggressiveness on our walks. It turns out I didn't know the dog has "alpha" tendencies and I'm the one who needs to be the "alpha" in our walks. Keep her beside or just behind me and always in control. He said that when the dog is out in front of me, it is the protector and sees other dogs as either "prey" or "predators."

Does this look like an alpha dog?

He also taught me how to handle her when we meet up with other dogs, however, my policy to avoid such situations are the right and best way to handle this. Sometimes the situation is unavoidable. Such as was the case this very morning.

As we were walking this morning, I'm keeping my eyes straight ahead and looking around to be sure of what is going on around us. Sure enough, I spotted a big, black dog ... did I mention VERY BIG dog some distance away at the park and unleashed. Just as I turned Annie around to go back the other way, I saw the dog begin to run to us and I yelled STOP! Maybe I shouldn't have. But there was no person with the dog.

As the dog came closer, all of a sudden there was a man who noticed us and I observed he was carrying a leash. He began to walk toward us. By this time, his dog was about one foot away and I had Annie under control so I grabbed my pepper spray and SPRAYED! It worked! That dog turned around and I have to admit I yelled at the man, "How dare you?" There is a leash law and it amazes me that other people think their dogs are good and would not hurt anybody. Just being friendly! HA!

Saturday 9: Chattanooga Choo-Choo

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!

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Chattanooga is Tennessee's fourth largest city. Have you ever visited Tennessee? Yes. If so, where did you go and what did you see?

We went to the Smoky Mountain National Park and then to Gatlinburg where my husband had a stroke, and said trip was interrupted when he had to be care-flighted to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. I remember the park was beautiful and the hospital was nice, but I was glad when it was time to come home.

Since Glenn Miller's recording of "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" was awarded the first-ever gold record, we're going to devote the next questions to your firsts.

2) What was the first award or accolade you ever won?
It's a toss up between sports, spelling or penmanship in grade school. I don't remember.
3) We know about your blog. But which was the first social media site that you posted to? (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, MySpace ...) classmates.com, then Facebook.

4) Where did you go on your first plane ride?
A trip from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Orlando, Florida at age 19. The insurance company I worked for bought a company in Florida and my boss chose me and another girl to accompany him on the company plane to do an auditing of the company. It was quite the heady experience for this 19 year old girl. We got to do a little sight seeing and went to Silver Springs ... Disney World was only a vision at that time.

5) Tell us about your first cell phone.
My husband bought the big old clunky things back in the 90's. I argued with him that we did not need to waste our money on such foolishness! Lol! That is so funny when I think about it. I never dreamt I would become so dependent upon a phone.

6) Tell us about your first tattoo: Where is it on your body? No tattoos. I do have permanent eyeliner. Some people think that is considered a tattoo.
Where did you have it done? What does it depict?

7) How old were you when you had your first piercing?
My ears were pierced by a doctor when I was 21 years old. Pierced ears were not acceptable in our house, so it was after I was married that I had it done. I enjoyed them for a few years, but I rarely wear earrings anymore. I'm just not one to accessorize.

8) What had you been drinking the first time you suffered a hangover?
I wish I could say I never experienced that. Cherry vodka. So gross. No fun. My drinking is limited to water and coffee or maybe an occasional glass of wine if dining in an Italian restaurant.

9) Was your first ticket for parking or was it a moving violation?
All my tickets have been for moving violations. I have had many speeding tickets over the course of my driving years and have many stories of encounters with police officers. Most every one was kind to me and most just gave me a warning. Others gave me the ticket I deserved. 

After a lot of tickets, high insurance rates, and defensive driving classes, I finally learned my lesson and am thankful that cars these days have cruise control which I use on a regular basis.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Saturday Recap

Before the week gets away from me, just have to post some of the highlights from our week.

The weekend at Great Wolf was fun and everyone agreed we will be going back again ... staying longer, too. Too many other things to do. One of my favorite things Saturday evening as we waited for our table at the restaurant was watching all the kids dance together as they were led by two of the staff. Great enthusiasm and I had to join in for the fun, especially at the end with the chicken dance and the hokey pokey. Again, I did not have my phone with me. 

But, not only did they have fun indoors in the water, there was outdoor fun as well. Being the monkeys they are who love to climb, the Howlers Peak Ropes Course was their cup of tea.

Getting harnessed in for going high

Steady as she goes


High as the sky

Getting ready to fly ...
zip line, that is!

and a game of Hearts in between with Sara

and, of course, across the country, we could only see and enjoy through the lens of others this package of newborn sweetness. I hope I get to hold her before she gets too big.

Our big, strong nephew just became putty in the hands of this tiny little Tenley born 10/10!

He did this pic for her room!
So sweet.

I'm wondering if there is a story behind this outfit 
and the gold shoes.

Finally home!

Friday Foto Friends

Here are my offerings today for Friday Foto Friends with Deb at Breathing in Grace.

Love the sunrises each morning.

This was taken as we waited for Kate's softball game to begin Monday evening.

She's a good little softball player. Second batter up and playing second base and right field covering first base, too. 

This bobcat was spotted two streets over. We have seen one in our back yard before and it's a little scary to think of running into one when I'm walking the dog. I ask God's protection every morning when we begin our walk and stay on the alert!

Our kids had fun at the photo shoot last week before going to the Great Wolf Lodge. I haven't posted many pics of them there as I didn't carry my phone around. It was a little strange doing things without wagging around a purse and my phone, but somewhat freeing.

Little monkeys

Rebecca, Sane, Simple, Sacred posted this quote last week and I decided it was something to save and share again.