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, July 12, 2017

A Chatty Hodgepodge

Hodgepodge Fun!

1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional)

I had a little chat with a man down the street as we both were getting our mail at the group mailbox. The "how you been" kind of casual stuff progressed into more serious conversation as we shared about our families. He was asking about our grandchildren. In my asking whether there were any grandchildren yet for him, he expressed his sadness and his daughter's great disappointment in her infertility. I told him that having lived through that disappointment for many, many years, I could relate to her deep pain. He asked if I would pray for her and her husband. It was a good conversation.

2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall...which one are you most like and why?

Hmmmmm. I think maybe like a river. A river flows steadily, sometimes deep, sometimes shallow, it has boundaries on either side, but it's always moving, and flowing toward something much greater ... the ocean. It's always going forward ... it doesn't flow backward. A river can overflow as can the joy of my heart or sometimes go dry. When it's full and flowing, it can satisfy the thirsty.

3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? No. Delaware is called 'the first state' because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What's your state's nickname and does that moniker make sense to you?

Texas is nicknamed the Lone Star State to signify its former status as an independent republic, and as a reminder of the state's struggle for independence from Mexico. The "Lone Star" can be found on the Texan state flag and on the Texan state seal.

Of course it makes sense.

If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?
I would ask why would you change a good thing?

4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Chicken penne pasta.
Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers? Pot roast with vegetables.

5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?

Keep your marriage your priority. Make sure you connect with each other and stay focused on your family. That will keep you focused on what's important for baby.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

It's difficult to think of just one tip for new parents. There are so many things to think about. I suppose patience and trying to be relaxed with it would be important and to follow your instincts. And it is never too early to teach them of Jesus' love for them and for them to love Him. Our pastor says statistics show that too often people drop out of church when children come along because they have so many excuses ... too tired, too busy, etc. It thrills me that our grandchildren are learning at an early age and have given their hearts to Jesus. The pic below is a clip from a video of our nephew's daughter "reading" the Bible and she is telling it like it is. So precious.

And from our Tuesday.
Jack loves playing jacks.

New swimsuit and new haircut!

Brother and sisterly love!

We had a fun day at the water park. Grandpa, the kids, Amy and me. Now we are home, full of pizza and other snacks from the afternoon, feeling the sunburn pain, and it's time to take a rest.


Theresa said...

Great advice for new parents. I love the photo of the little girl reading the bible, how precious! Sounds like a fun day with the grandchildren. I bet they loved it! Have a great week :)

Joyce said...

Good morning. Your link was not working (it linked back to my blog), but I think I've got it corrected now, so you may get more visitors. Sweet pictures of your grands!

Mary Hutchins said...

The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas! Nice to see you having a good time with the grands!

maddie/cadesmimi said...

I love your advice to new parents, and totally agree. So many times, new parents tend to focus all of their attention on the baby, and, often, their marriage suffers because of this.

Your pictures are sweet. It looks like it's a fun summer for the grandkids!

Enjoy the rest of your week,
Kathy (Reflections)

Carla from The River said...

I love the photo of your sweetheart in bed reading the bible.
Great advice. It is hot here in Wisconsin, I could go for a nice swim. ;-)

Lea said...

Loved your answer to #2, just great! And, such sweet pics of the Grans. Happy rest of the week!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

No doubt that God put you in the right place at the right time with your neighbor. Great advice for new parents. That is a sweet photo of your nephew's daughter. Glad you had a good day at the water park.

Debby Ray said...

I enjoyed all of your answers and especially how you responded to #2...that one really took a lot of thought for me. Great advice for the new parents as well! Enjoy the rest of your week!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Your answers were really thoughtful and great...wonderful insights. You are a marvelous grandparent...your grandkids are SO blessed to have you in their lives. I can see how much they love being with you in their smiles and in their eyes. Such a joy and blessing for all of you!!

David E. McClendon, Sr. said...

You are right. Children need church. It is important they get that an an early age. Our kids loved AWANAs.

Terri D said...

Water parks and kids...win win!! I enjoyed your HP and am so late catching up on my friends' posts.

Suzanne McClendon said...

You said, "The "Lone Star" can be found on the Texan state flag and on the Texan state seal."...It can be found everywhere else, too! It was one of the first things I noticed about this state when we moved here. Most everyone has a Lone Star symbol on their property somewhere, some even have two or three! David and I would tease that they had to have the star on their house, otherwise they wouldn't remember where they lived. :)

When I was expecting our first baby, I cross-stitched that saying that you have on the plaque there. It is so true!

Those are sweet photos, especially of the little one with the Bible. Don't you just love it when they tell it like it is when it comes to Jesus? So sweet.

Have a blessed weekend!