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, March 22, 2017

It's a Mad, Mad Hodgepodge!

Spring has sprung and Summer is already trying to rush Spring with our temps the past couple of days reaching 90! Here are the questions to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog, then head back over to Joyce and add your link to the party. See you there!

1. Setting aside the real March Madness (NCAA Basketball) describe something happening at your house this month that might earn the title 'March Madness'?

It would have to have been last week with all four kids on spring break, dealing with my dog who was nearing the end of her life, getting the taxes ready, and then, the biggest stressor of all, my husband's upcoming surgery next week. The madness of the latter has been in the waiting. I am optimistic and hopeful that March madness will soon end and we will roll into April with hearts lighter and a real good spring in my DH's steps. 

2. What's a favorite made up word from your childhood or a favorite from your children's childhood? Does your family still use the word today? If there's a story behind the origin please share.

I can't think of any made up words. I guess we missed out on something fun. 

3. Will you be doing any spring cleaning now that the season is upon us? I read here a list of 15 quick (under one hour) spring cleaning tasks. They were-

clean out a drawer, vacuum furniture, whiten tile grout, dust the nooks and crannies you don't get to year round, degrease kitchen cabinets, wipe down walls, go behind furniture, wipe down ceiling fans, vacuum the mattress, clean the range hood, wash baseboards, shine the stainless steel, clean out vents, tackle the windows, and wipe down gadgets

Of the fifteen 'quick' tasks listed which two most need doing at your house? Will you do them?

Those are all great ideas! Week before last, I woke up and just had the urge to clean all the windows on the back side of the house. I followed through and was so proud of myself. It did take longer than an hour though. I also did some wipe downs in the kitchen. Everything else will have to wait for a while. 

4. A favorite movie set in Paris or New York?

These questions that ask for a favorite are difficult. I can never just choose one. 
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Miracle on 34th Street (with Maureen O'Hara and Natalie Wood), and The Devil Wears Prada which I believe was set in both New York AND Paris.

5. What's put a spring in your step this month?

The grandkids. Just keeping up with them will put a spring in your step. 

6. Did you ever want to be a teacher?

Yes, when I was young. But just because one had the desire doesn't mean they would have been able to continue with the passion, so as I grew up, I realized, no, I wasn't meant to be a teacher. 

Why or why not? 

I don't think I have the patience to deal with the inattention and disrespect. I just don't have the gift. 

7.  What's your favorite floral scent? Peony 

Do you have this somewhere in your home or maybe in a perfume?

In the yard. They smell heavenly. It would be nice if their blooms lasted longer because I absolutely love the scent. Once I got a real snootful when sniffing deeply into the flower which had teeny little ants in it. Now that's a tickly whiff.

How do you feel about florals in food? That's not something I've thought about. 
How about wines with floral notes-yay or nay? Nay. I'm not a wine person.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Many of my high school classmates have passed away, but one who died suddenly last week has caught me off guard. I wasn't close with her in high school, but we reconnected on Facebook and were enjoying sharing about our families and exchanging thoughts every day about life, politics and our faith in God. Saturday a week ago she posted a few fun things on Facebook and the next thing we know, her brother informed us she had a massive stroke from which she never recovered. Wow! I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer, but I can't stop thinking about how fragile life is. Even though I know all too well the truth of the following having experienced it myself, it still leaves one reeling. 

On a lighter note, this morning at Ladies of Grace, three of us must have received the memo because we all were wearing striped tops. Someone wanted to take a pic and Erin stepped in for the photobomb.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Good-bye to Trudy

I have shared several times about our dog, Trudy. One of the sweetest dogs we ever had and a great little fun-loving companion. The way she came to us in the first place was remarkable in itself. After our Miniature Schnauzer Allie died, we thought maybe we shouldn't get another dog, but of course, after you're used to having a lovable dog around, you miss it and the house just feels empty. After a long search to find one exactly like her, it just wasn't happening. That is, until one day after looking at a number of possible dogs to adopt, we showed a pic to the lady at the humane society to tell her this is what we are looking for and the dog has to be like this. We left and about 30 minutes later, received a call saying that a woman and a little girl had just found a dog wandering about their neighborhood. The dog matched our description and would we be interested? Heck yeah! We went over, found this sweet dog and loved her from the beginning.

This docile looking little dog was quite deceiving. We discovered early on that she was a bolter and most likely, that is why she was out wandering the neighborhood where the little girl had found her. We spent many, many times chasing this dog down because she could sneak out of a barely open door faster than anything. She loved going for walks, chasing rabbits, and swimming in the pool.

Let's walk!

The past two years have been difficult as we watched her go silent into a world of old age and dementia. The last year has been especially trying as I have had to carry her to the places she needed to be - to her bed, her food and water bowls, and outside to take care of business. She never made a peep of complaint, just wagged that little tail expressing her happiness at being with the people she knew loved her. Friends and family suggested gently many times that it was time to let Trudy go, but we just couldn't do it. I prayed that she would go peacefully because it would have broken DH's heart had I taken her to be put down. Especially these last two weeks it has been hard to deal with because DH's surgery is getting closer now and I didn't know what to do about her.

Wednesday night I attended a special memory care support group and the pastor asked for prayer requests. As I explained my DH's love for Trudy and his denial about her condition, my prayer request was that Trudy would die peacefully before Friday morning because I had decided we could wait no longer and she would have to be put down.

That night, DH held her in his lap for the last time. As I tucked her into her bed, she was barely breathing and I told her we loved her and it was okay for her to go.

On Thursday morning, I went to take her from her bed as usual, and discovered she had passed away.

We loved this dog and I knew how much she meant to DH and I was never convinced that putting her down was the right thing to do because of my concern for him. I share this to say how thankful I am that God does care about the events and concerns in our lives and He knew this would be best. I am so thankful to You, Lord for letting Trudy go peacefully in her sleep.

My friend Bettye and Trudy had a great friendship and so it just seemed fitting
that she be buried in Bettye's back yard out in the country.

A Heckuva Week!

You make your plans! Life recalculates!

We were anticipating having Kate and Jack with us for a couple of days during Spring Break, but surprise, surprise! The kids' grandmother Oma fell and broke her hip last Friday, which changed everybody's plans for Spring Break. Sara needed to stay with and care for her so the boys came up to spend Spring Break with us and Uncle Jason and Aunt Amy. We took turns splitting the kids up for the overnight stays and each day we did something fun. No need to explain it all - it's just been a great week. (A good week with the kids, a sad week for our little Trudy, which I will tell about in a different post.)

Play, play, play!
At home

at the park

Urban Air Trampolines

Obstacle Warriors

Some rest in between

Proud of his accomplishments with the Rubik's cube.

Cinnamon rolls, bacon and scrambled eggs.


Just hanging out.

Jason and Jack coming down the hill.

The big guy with the little guys

Cloudy skies and cool weather didn't dampen
our spirits. The indoor swimming was a big hit!

 Cousins having fun.

When our plans get adjusted, we just go with the flow and enjoy the ride. So Grandpa and Nonnie have been just about everywhere this week and today we returned the boys to their Mom. We hit major traffic jams in 6 different cities! Whew! What a crazy, fun week. Wish I could remember more of the details. It went by in a flash. Well, some days seemed to flash by more quickly than others. Suffice it to say we are pooped.

My hat is off to the Super Moms Sara and Amy! Sara for taking care of her Mom and Amy for facilitating the activities this week and holding rein over the wild ponies.

School Days

or Nonnie and Grandpa get a Glimpse in the Life of our Kids!

Our son called Thursday a week ago to invite us to dinner and Open House at the Grandkids' school. It was fun seeing their school, meeting their teachers and exploring their classrooms. Even better, seeing their pride as they showed us their work.

My goodness, how times have changed from my grade school days.
We had desks, books, a teacher and a chalkboard!
These classrooms have computers, iPads, and all kinds of other items too numerous to mention.

The best part of me is my mouth. I love it because I can say kind
and helpful things!

Pop-up artwork.

Wild Thing 21.
You make my heart sing!

Such a cutie with his artwork!

She was anxious for us to play Kahoot-It.
Of course she won. It was a math game.

The painting Kate did of the sunrise coming up
between the hills and a river flowing in front.

Both Kate and Jack were so proud to show us around and see all they have done. It was a wonderful evening and so glad we were invited to share it with them.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

My Not so Perfect Hodgepodge

I may be late, but still want to join in the Wednesday Hodgepodge with Joyce. You can too. Just answer the questions on your blog and then link with Joyce. (I'm still practicing on this Hodgepodge button thing.) This new button is pretty! Thank you, Joyce.

1. What is one area in your life where you're a perfectionist.

Except for my little corner of my living area, and my husband's favorite little corner, I like for my house to be in order with everything in its place. Really had trouble thinking where I am a perfectionist, although my sister and her family all claim that I am. Maybe someday they will clue me in on how they came to that conclusion. Probably more than my being a perfectionist about anything, I am just a fussy lady about some things.

2. What's something you find perfectly ridiculous?

The protests that continue and the hateful exchanges and name calling over differences. Please, can we not live our lives in peace like civilized human beings?

3. What's a skill you've developed by way of that old fashioned saying, 'practice makes perfect?

The bread making I have been practicing lately. Not there yet, but on my way with practice. One other skill I have perfected is the perfect steak for us pan-seared in the iron skillet and finished off in the oven!

4. What's your idea of a perfect breakfast?

A veggie omelette cooked to perfection, crispy bacon, fresh strawberries, pineapple and blueberries, whole wheat toast with blackberry jam, and tomato juice.

5. What's a trip, holiday, vacation, or day outing you've taken that you'd rate a perfect 10? Tell us why.

Our train trip through Europe was one of the absolute best ever! It was several years ago, so my memory isn't "perfectly able" to recall all the places we saw. We started off in London, touring all the great places, then took the Chunnel train to Paris, enjoying a few days there. Following that we went to Zermatt, Switzerland, a cozy little town for a few days, and rode up to the Matterhorn.

From there we took the glacier train enjoying all the scenery of the Alps dotted with farms and going over beautiful bridges and pristine lakes on our way to Venice, Italy. In Venice, we saw all the sights including St. Mark's Square and took a ride on a gondola. A very exciting storm blew in while we were there, actually it was a tornado. Flood waters rose up to our knees and we were evacuated and taken by boat in the storm back over to the mainland. Pretty exciting stuff that made CNN and the newspapers the next morning.

Then, we took the very luxurious Orient Express overnight from Venice to Rome where we finished off that fabulous vacation. Whew!

All in all, we have been blessed to have enjoyed many perfect vacations that I rate a 10. We've done the Journeys of Paul trip through Greece and Turkey, visited Israel twice, toured Austria and Germany on a Sound of Music tour as well as other many other great vacations in Canada, Mexico and almost all of our United States.

6. What quote or saying perfectly sums up your life right now? If you can't do perfect, how about one that comes close?

Life is hard sometimes ... but God is good.

7. How would you spend $300 today?

Flowers and plants for the back yard.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

It has been my desire to serve somewhere in my community that wasn't church related. It came to my attention about a community project called LOVEpacs. The LOVEpacs vision is that communities experience God’s love by serving together to provide food for children in need.

So Monday night I went to the grocery store with two other ladies to pick up 350 loaves of bread and then go unload them and pick up boxes of food to deliver Tuesday morning to one of the local elementary schools. The LOVEpacs are provided during long weekends, breaks and in the summer. These boxes will be given to feed children next week when they are on spring break and won't be able to have meals at school. Great idea and I'm in.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Happy Saturday!

This picture is so peaceful.
I can't read the name of the artist, but this picture
was posted by Peaceful Moments for Women on Facebook.
Love her posts.

Peeping over fences to see glimpses of spring.
The only glimpses in our yard are a few roses on the Knockouts.

Anybody peeping over our daughter's fence would see this.
Love the silhouette of Brady climbing his Ninja rope.

The above are from around this area in North Texas.

Today I celebrate my brother, Phil.
I thank God for this brother of mine.