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


Monday, July 16, 2018

The Reason I Blog

The goal for me when I began my blog was for the purpose of recording the fun things the grandkids have said or done and my memories of the time spent with them. Also, as I recall things from my own life, or reflect on my own special memories, to record them here. I discovered new friends in blogging whom I wish I could meet in person, but since that most likely won't happen, I can enjoy the friendships in Blog Land each day to see what's going on in their lives and it's always fun, of course, to exchange comments.

The other evening as a storm was moving in, Jack and I were the only ones at the park. I took a couple of pictures of him, as always, but he wasn't having it. He said he doesn't like to have his picture made and I get that. I'm not crazy about it either. He wanted to know why then I take the pictures. I told Jack it's to have them to save in my photo journal that I keep and someday when he's around 20 years old or so, I can look at the pictures and recall the sweet memories of when Jack came to visit me. Jack's response was gold. "Nonnie, I'm still gonna come visit you when I'm 20."

We even got Grandpa up to toss a few rings.

What was left of the cinnamon rolls on Saturday

Jack and I went shopping. He wanted a body pillow so he can sit up in bed as he plays Minecraft on his iPad. This boy loves to shop. First thing in Bed Bath and Beyond he saw this chair and wanted it. Mama said No! Even when she saw this cute pic of him sitting on the chair! Ha!

He got his body pillow and a neck pillow. That boy!

Then we went to Chuck E. Cheese to win more tickets for his collection.

He didn't do bad at all, but it's crazy how many tickets you have to win just to get a decent prize. Very disappointing.

Brady is now in Spain for the next 30 days to experience new knowledge of things foreign, fun and games, making new friends.

Noah is here with us for the week.

Today we did the indoor pool and wow,
very few people there.

He made some new friends and had a great time.

Four reasons why I blog.

Plus a few others of my own.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday9: I Love Lucy

Linking up today with Sam for Saturday 9


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! 

Saturday 9: I Love Lucy (1951)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Before today, did you know that the "I Love Lucy" theme had lyrics? Yes, because Ricky sang it once on the show and I also saw a documentary about them and heard it then. "I love Lucy and she loves me, we're as happy as two can be."

2) Since its premiere in 1951, I Love Lucy has never been off the air. Are you a fan? I always have been, although as I've matured, I really don't like the way Lucy was always trying to deceive Ricky in some way or another. I've watched all of the episodes maybe more than a dozen times each over the years. 

3) On the show, Ricky Riccardo supports his family by performing in a nightclub. Do you know anyone in show business? Yes. My sister's niece is a professional singer and she sings in nightclubs and other venues. That is how she earns a living. She's very good. She was also a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and traveled with them and the USO. I think she counts.  

She's a beautiful lady with some pretty kiddos.

4) Lucy and Ricky's best friends are Fred and Ethel, their landlord and his wife. Are you friendly with your neighbors? Friendly, not chummy. 

5) One of the most popular episodes has Lucy and Ethel working on the conveyor belt at a chocolate factory. When did you last have chocolate?   Yesterday. I eat a little dark chocolate every day. And last night I made a hot fudge sundae.  

6) Another famous episode has Lucy promoting Vitametavegimin. This tonic is made with vitamins, meat, vegetables -- and 23% alcohol. Do you read the ingredients statement before you take an over-the-counter medication? Yes, I do. Or do you trust that it's safe because it's on the store shelf? No sir!

7) I Love Lucy was filmed before a live audience. Desi Arnaz (Ricky) always maintained he could identify the chuckle of his mother-in-law, who attended every taping. Do you know anyone who has a distinctive laugh? My dear friend Susan is the first I think of. You always know when Susan was around. She loves to laugh and laughs often! My Granny had quite a laugh, too. 

8) The show ended when the Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz marriage ended. Have you ever had to choose sides when a couple broke up? Only twice. Once we stayed friends after the divorce with the husband and the other couple, the wife is my very close friend, so no choice there. 

9) Random question -- You must eat the same dinner, every day, between now and Labor Day. An identical menu, no deviation. What will you be having? This is the hardest question of all today! I can't think of anything I would want every day, but it definitely needs to be tasty, healthy and low fat. Mercy. Chicken broth, roasted chicken breast, broccoli, green beans, baked sweet potato, salad with balsamic vinaigrette, wheat roll with butter, frozen chocolate yogurt. Water. (That doesn't really sound non-fat, does it? I'm not good with low fat!)

In trying to find an appropriate image, I found several good recipes to try. Oh boy!!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Friday Foto Friends

Not too much today to excite the eyes, but I still want to link up with Deb and friends at Breathing in Grace for Friday Foto Friends.

A sunrise this week.

Clouds moving in

Another sunrise

Picked this up at Costco the other day only to
discover on my receipt that it was $35.99!!!!!!
Say what???!!!!!! 
I returned it as I already have a perfectly good bottle of
Watkins Vanilla that will work just fine. My boo-boo.

The little cutie pie just keeps getting cuter all the time.

Jack and I were at the park and the little library there
was crammed full of books.

I was pretty excited to find these in the library!

Just Jack and me. Park deserted on a very cool evening.
78 degrees with the wind blowing and I actually had goosebumps.

Just aswingin' and readin'

In the pines, in the pines!

Through the trees you can see the back of our house and
Grandpa sitting outside arms up and waving at us.

He didn't want his picture taken.

All in all, a pretty good day with some good company.

Throwback and Thankful Thursday

Our church is wooing us all to Wednesday night services this summer because summertime is usually when people are so busy with activities and vacations, they let church attendance slide. I am probably a Wednesday night person anyway, although sometimes I confess I'm just too tired to go. The theme is Summer Nights at GOC and a few of the events have included the BBQ brisket last week for July 4, snow cones, and the waterslides, splash pad and dunk tank a couple of weeks ago. Last night was "come for ice cream before church." The ice cream was fantastic - a very thick ice cream sandwich of chocolate chip cookies with over an inch of ice cream in between. I saved mine and drove home as fast as I could to share it with DH before it melted!! Made it!!

So the ice cream was delish and took me back on a sentimental journey of the ice cream we enjoyed as kids. Of course, there were the special times we had homemade ice cream and usually it was a group of us with our friends or family taking turns cranking the old ice cream maker and pouring in the rock salt to get the creamy mixture to harden.

The ordinary days were a few times during the week we were given a nickel to buy a fudgesickle or an orange sherbet push-up from the ice cream man. 

Slurping it up outdoors with siblings!

The Buick belonged to my Grandad so we had company that Sunday,
along with cousins, Lonnie and Johnny.
Probably also meant Grandad and Granny treated us to the ice cream!

We didn't get the nickel every day and so on those off days, we stopped the ice cream man anyway to ask for free samples. Nope. He never had one for us until the day we were walking home from a friend's house many blocks away. The day was so very hot and when we heard the tinkling music of the ice cream man, my sister and I ran as fast as we could to find him. Although we had no money, we did find him and stopped him anyway to ask for a free sample. It was really kind of a running joke with us, but he had a tender spot in his heart that day for us and surprised us by saying, "yes"! He gave each of us an ice cream to enjoy the rest of our walk home. That little kindness is something I will always remember.

One time my sister and I and the boys across the street decided we would start a club. I'm not sure what the club was for, but we had to pay dues. So we took pop bottles to the store to sell and put the profit of a nickel each in the shoebox. (Pop bottles were worth two cents each so my sister and I ended up with a dime together.) The money had barely been in the shoebox for maybe an hour before we heard the dairy truck coming along. Now that dairy truck was really something special. He didn't just sell frozen treats. He sold things like ice cream cones and sundaes, shakes and so forth. 

Looked something like this Dairy Dan Truck
and the ice cream cone looked very much like what this lady is holding!

So we made the quick decision to pool our nickels together and share an ice cream cone. We were a sight taking turns licking on and eating that ice cream cone that day! Can you say "gross"?

Our other special treat having to do with pop bottles was to take several bottles or a glass milk jug to the grocery store to redeem and then walk down to the drugstore and share a chocolate soda, which was then 20 cents! I still remember the cold air in the drugstore, sitting on those stools that twirled around and sharing the soda with my sister. What times we enjoyed in the summer. Just think. A nickel could buy happiness for a few minutes and 10 cents brought even more joy!! LOL! Now we think nothing of giving the grandkids amounts of money that I never dreamed of! 

So what am I thankful for in this little trip down Memory Lane with ice cream? Just thankful to be alive! Thankful for my family! My friends! My memories of sweet times from my childhood and the parents I had and the way they modeled life and love through good times and bad and that I can appreciate the simple things of life each day and give thanks for all His blessings. 

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
    to sing praises to the Most High.
It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning,
    your faithfulness in the evening.
Psalm 92:1-2

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Nostalgic Hodgepodge

It's time to Hodgepodge again and so glad to be a part of it. Joyce, I thank you for continuing Hodgepodge because it stirs up nostalgic moments for me and it's always an opportunity to get to know other bloggers better. 

1. What's something in your house you'd like to get rid of but can't? 
The old roll top desk in the office. It's not of much use and takes up space that could be used in a better way. I would like to put a daybed or loveseat there in its place. DH says no, it isn't bothering anybody. (And this is the reason we have three garages, three attics and three sheds full of stuff that isn't bothering anybody!)

Mom and Dad never owned a home that had more than 1100 square feet … probably less. I know they were very proud of this gray brick home they bought when I was in 7th grade. There was no room for any clutter or extra stuff … only the essentials with a few of Mother's knick-knacks, doilies and the like.

2. When is the last time you experienced a sense of nostalgia?

The Hodgepodge question from a couple of weeks ago asking about the fun we had as kids in the summer brought back so many memories of the carefree days of our childhood.

As I thought about it, not much concerned us but the simple things like our days of freedom, playing with friends, reading, ice cream, etc. Not for the first time, as I thought about that, I think of what it must have been like for our parents and how they protected us from the evils of the world and the grown-up things they faced, such as paying the mortgage, working hard to provide for us, current events of the fifties, such as the Korean War, the threats from Russia, nuclear bombs, etc. They had come through the depression and WWII and while we think of the fifties being a time of easy living, it really wasn't always for them. 

How well I remember the night my brother was born. I was 9 years old and Daddy had just been laid off from work. The pressure had to be great with three children now and Mother in the hospital, a mortgage and no job. Although I was supposed to be asleep in bed, I heard him on the telephone with his sister telling about the new baby and the loss of his job and it was the first time ever to hear my Daddy cry. It still brings tears to my eyes when I think of it and now that I am thinking of it, I wonder … were his tears caused by the stress … or maybe the joy of finally having a son? That is what I now will choose to think about it because Daddy loved his boy.

This photo just makes me smile!

3. You're only allowed three apps on your smart phone or tablet...which three do you keep?

DuckDuckGo, Kindle, maps on my phone. This was a very difficult question to answer. On my iPad, it would be the Bible, the news and Kindle.

4. July 11th is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Who knew? Do you like blueberry muffins? Yes.
If you were going to have a muffin would blueberry be your choice? 
If I baked it. I love the "to die for" muffins. If anybody has a recipe they like better, I would like to have it!
What's the last thing you baked? 
Peanut butter cookies. 

5. What's the biggest way you've changed since you were a child? 
I've become more outgoing.
In what way are you still the same? 
I'm still shy about speaking in front of a group. I prefer to be in the background. Don't make me talk in front of everybody … but, if I have to, I will do it and so that might be one way I've changed. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm ready for Fall, but I don't want to rush time. It's been so hot here, but just now we had a little shower for which I am very thankful. I can't figure out why my potted plants are not blooming. Same type flowers as I usually plant in the same locations, but they just shrivel up every day. I really miss seeing things blooming and the colors of summer. 

A storm cloud from the other evening. It was beautiful, but brought us no rain that day. I took a pic of the cloud, but this one from a friend is much better.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Happy Birthday, Noah!!!

Loads of reasons it's great to be 10 --
You can't get any more perfect
than a perfect 10!
(But then ... we already knew you are a perfect 10!) 

We couldn't be more proud of you, Noah!
Here's wishing you a happy birthday celebration!
All our love, 
Papa and Nonnie

Retirement Party for Kay

The great expectations I had for Friday did not disappoint. I attended the retirement party for my dear friend and former co-worker, Kay, who served the ministry of June Hunt of Hope for the Heart for 32 years. Having worked closely with her and June in June's home for ten years I can state truthfully the two of them are the "real deal." Authentic. Genuine. Compassionate. Gracious. 

Kay's son had served in missions in China for two years and Kay visited him there and both have such a love for China. Therefore, the theme was Chinese and what a great job the decorator did with favors and table centerpieces. Japanese lanterns, fans, retire-mints, little Chinese takeout boxes. It was very well planned out.

Retirement: A New Mission

I suspect someday we will see and hear the lovely lady on the left 
as her voice is one of the most beautiful and anointed as I have ever heard.

Me with Kay in center and Jeanne on right

June presenting Kay with a beautiful scrapbook of memories from everyone.

Singing Great is Thy Faithfulness

Having the chance to be a part of the ministry of Hope for the Heart was the highlight of my working days. There were many days I thought I wouldn't make it, but knowing that the work done there continues on in the books and materials published by June and my having been a part of it is now a reward. (And my own little piece of encouragement here is that each time I see June, she never fails to tell me how much she appreciated me and valued the gift I had to her ministry. What an encouragement and privilege to hear that from someone I admire so much.)

I'm saving here my little note to dear Kay. 

We got off to a bit of a glitch when we arranged for my interview at a Starbucks Coffee Shop sometime around January, 2000. Both of us showed up ... just too bad we ended up at different locations. When we finally were able to communicate with each other as to where we needed to meet, all I could think about was that I had blown the whole thing and any chance of getting to work at Edelweiss! 

But no, from the very beginning, Kay was kind and forgiving, and, after interviewing with her and then June, I was accepted! The first couple of weeks were just a little scary as the Kay to work with seemed much different than the Kay I had interviewed with. I have to admit I was a little (maybe a lot) intimidated by her and wondered whether I had made a mistake. 

But, bottom line with Kay, over the years I learned that the "Kay exterior" was far different than the "Kay interior." She rescued me so many times, never gave up on me, and modeled to me in so many different ways servanthood, grace and forgiveness. I wish I had the words to describe my appreciation to you for putting others first. I cherish my friendship with you, Kay and want to congratulate you on your retirement and applaud your faithful service for the 32 years you cared for and ministered to not only June's needs, but others in need of wisdom or assistance in some way. You always made the time for whatever needed to be done or whoever needed a listening ear and words of wisdom. 

This is a day of celebration, not only for all you've accomplished but also for all the possibilities that are unfolding before you. Here's wishing you not only the exciting challenges but also beauty, laughter, and deep contentment. I love you, Connie 

In truth, my working at HFTH was not a mistake, but a gift from God and the way He worked it out for me was truly a great answer to prayer and a step of faith on both my part and my DH.