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


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Friday Foto Friends

It's Friday Foto Friends! Linking up with Deb at Breathing in Grace.

A most unusual sunrise earlier this week.

November afternoons

Funny how the trees lean the way the wind has blown them

Pretty skies

My brother and Susan got to visit their son on Thanksgiving and be with their new granddaughter, Tenley. She is growing quickly and is so cute.

Very nice birthday blessings for Susan. Flowers, being with family for Thanksgiving and new granddaughter!!!

Sitting pretty in her high chair

Helping Mom in the kitchen

My tummy ready for dinner, too!

Holding up my head for Daddy!
Precious girl. I hope to see you someday.

Noah with his team showing off their trophies from the tournament this past weekend.

He's either tired or bored or didn't really want his pic taken.

Cinnamon rolls I made last weekend!

Happy Friday! We will be taking Kate and Jack to the Prestonwood Christmas Spectacular this weekend. Praying Jack will be able to sit through the two hours of spectacularosity!!!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Christmas Carol Hodgepodge

Hodgepodge Fun!

1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life?

A Change of Command

2. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. Who knew? Besides popcorn and coffee reheats, what's the most common thing you microwave? 

Melting butter or heating occasional leftovers

Could you get along without a microwave? Probably.

3. If you could insert yourself into any Christmas carol and experience the lyrics in real life, which Christmas carol lyric would you choose and why?

Silent Night. How wonderful it would be to kneel by the manger where Jesus lay with Mary watching over Him tenderly as the glory streamed from heaven and experience the peace that glorious night. To see the shepherds there still in awe of the angels they had seen in the sky announcing a Savior had been born and for peace on earth, good will to men. His birth, the dawn of redeeming grace. Those are the thoughts from the song, but I wonder what it was really like that night for Mary and Joseph. 

I know it didn't quite look like this that night, but this is what it looks like in one of my little corners. 

4. Describe the most beautiful drive you've ever taken. 

Through Switzerland and up to the Matterhorn ... I think. 

5. What's something on your Christmas list this year? (an actual list or figuratively speaking, either one)

I really don't have a list. I have everything I need. If I did have a list, it would be for a nice camera and someone to teach me how to use it. 

Figuratively speaking, it would just blow me away to wake up Christmas morning and see the news headlines containing statements that haters had come to have a change of heart. They decided let's all work together and bring the word "united" back to our states again here in America. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm kinda blah today. But I've taken some really pretty drives through some great scenery in Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, the Rocky Mountains, Canada, New England, Italy, Hawaii and Israel. I enjoy driving through our neighborhood right now and seeing the Fall colors. So much beauty in God's creation. 

We attended a little concert at Kate's school this evening to see her sing with the chorus. It was so sweet to hear them sing Christmas carols and not just secular songs, but Silent Night and a Jewish song as well. They sang the verse of Silent Night and then did the song in sign language. 

Kate, front row, second from the right

I don't need anything for Christmas. My cup overflows!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Friday Night with Jack

Kate spent the night with us last weekend, so turnabout being fair play, it was Jack's turn this past Friday. 

We watched him at the Jiu Jitsu sparring on Friday evening. He managed to pin down all his opponents including this girl with him in these pics. She was brutal!! This isn't something I can see our Kate doing, although these days I guess it is good for a girl to be able to defend herself.

Jack read three bedtime stories to us before we went upstairs for bed. He is reading so well and loves to read. That makes me happy.

We had an interesting conversation while Jack took his shower. Out of nowhere came this unexpected statement: "Nonnie, I don't believe in Santa Claus." Really??

I knew that Kate no longer believes, so I asked him if someone had told him there is no Santa. He said no, he just knows there is no Santa Claus. Well, that is perfectly fine with me. He knows where the gifts come from.

He did ask me to ask him questions about it, which I did, such as, "does Santa really have a big enough sleigh to hold presents for every single child all over the world?" "Do reindeer really fly?" "Does he really come down the chimney?" Nope, nope, nope! Then, being Jack, he cracked me up with this: "I do believe in Elf on the Shelf!" LOL!

On Saturday, I made cinnamon rolls for him, his favorite. He and Grandpa played Bingo while I fixed breakfast, then we played a little basketball, catch, and went to the park.

On our way to the park, he had to stop and look at the display in a nearby neighbor's yard. He loves penguins, so he had to have his pic made here.

Guess it's still okay to be seen with Santa and his reindeer even if you don't believe in him.

It's nice they are able to swing themselves these days. I can sit on the park bench and just enjoy or swing beside them.

We had to go shopping, of course. Jack thought we needed a Pie Face game at our house. He remembers all the fun of last Christmas with that game.

No, it turns out what he really wants is a can of whipped cream to shoot in his mouth! What a boy!!!

The ordinary days ... the simple things. These are my favorite days.

Next Saturday both Kate and Jack will stay with us. I have tickets for The Prestonwood Spectacular Christmas show and it will definitely be an extraordinary day!!! So excited!

I like extraordinary days, too!!!
And really, no day is ordinary that you get to spend with loved ones, is it?

Friday, November 24, 2017

Friday Foto Friends

Friday Foto Friends!

Sunrise this past Monday

Times like this I wish I had more than an iPad or iPhone.
A rare sight out my window this morning.

Another good action shot of our grandson Brady

Sweet baby Tenley

Tenley at one month

Putting my feet up at the end of the day.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Thanks

My DH grew up in an interesting, very different family than me. His mom (Mildred) and dad divorced when he was about 3 or 4 and I really don't know the details or anything about it. She remarried a man named Mike, who had a son, Mike, Jr. who was eight years older than my DH. Mike, Sr. adopted DH and DH's mom adopted Mike, Jr. His mother and new Dad later had another son together. All three sons have October birthdays and the oldest and youngest, oddly enough, actually share the same birthdate! Sad to say, the youngest brother passed away in 2001. 

Every year, without fail, around the first of October, Mike sends a funny birthday card to DH., which triggers my memory for me to send a card to him. This year was different. No card came in the mail. I wondered whether anything was wrong, so I sent a card and on his birthday, sent by text a happy Birthday graphic to him and about 30 seconds later my phone rang. It was Mike. He is 83 now and he was quite emotional about having forgotten to send my DH a card. We talked for a while and then he thanked me for having sent him a copy of the blog I had done about their Mother, Mildred. He said when his Dad married Mildred, it was very hard for him because he missed his real mother so much. 

But he said he would be forever grateful to Mildred because she changed his life. She took him to church! He was so moved during the service that he had tears in his eyes and literally ran down the aisle in response to the altar call. Mildred went with him and when he knelt down at the first row bench, she knelt with him as he gave his heart to Jesus. He had lots of memories of how his new mom taught him how to work, scrubbing floors and washing dishes after supper. He had a paper route with 180 papers to throw and he remembers one snowy morning she got up at 4:30 am to crank up the car to help him throw his papers. 

He said the next 38 years of his life he pretty much went his own way with career and family until he ran into some life problems. Again, Mildred came to his aid to comfort him and counsel and he turned back to the Lord again and ever since that time, has enjoyed close fellowship with the Lord. 

We had a very nice time visiting by phone that day and he invited us to come for Thanksgiving dinner ... actually, he was most insistent that he wanted us and all our family to join his family. My response? Well, gee, our daughter will be with her in-laws about four hours away, our son will be doing duty at the fire station and his wife and the kids I thought would be with her mom in another city. All my family will be in different places, so yes, DH and I are free and we would love to come. 

And that's what we did! Happy Thanksgiving it was, too. What a wonderful and blessed day it was. 


Jay's brother Mike is standing next to him wearing a baseball cap.

Mike IV with Jay and little ones

And it's just too complicated to try and explain who everybody is in the pics! A great big, happy, blended family that has nothing but love for everybody else!

Today is also the birthday of my dear sister-in-love, Susan. I have written about her many times. When my brother saw her at the restaurant where they both were employed, he told his buddies that she was the girl he was going to marry. They were both 16 at the time. What great wisdom he had at that tender age. Their marriage and lifestyle have been role models to many couples they have mentored and counseled as they also raised their son and "adopted" another son to their family. Susan herself was adopted and I have shared the story before here for National Adoption Month.

So today was somewhat a focus on adoption ... my DH, his brother Mike, my Susan, her "adopted" son and family, and the best adoption of all ... that God has adopted us into His family when we put our faith and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ. We are co-heirs of the best inheritance ever!