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


Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday Foto Friends

Linking up for fun with Friday Foto Friends. Join Deb at Breathing in Grace. 

Sunset last evening 

Our latest lesson in BSF. I love
The Cross ... our Ebenezer
The Lord has helped us. 

Today we are looking forward to having a Thanksgiving lunch with the fourth graders at Kate's school! And thanks to Joyce, I have a tried and true gravy recipe from Southern Living

Last, but definitely not least, Hunter, our grand niece, turned four this month! Such a cutie. She's out with Daddy at Lowe's here. Her pretty Mama's birthday is today! Happy Birthday to both of you!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Lunch with Libby

Lunch with Libby yesterday was fun! And we picked up right where we left off before, only at a different location. I don't know why I didn't think to have someone snap a pic of us together there in LeMadeleine at our table by the fireplace. We may have been simply too busy catching up. If you can't meet Libby in person, and you haven't yet discovered her blog, you can enjoy her sweet conversation and lovely posts right here.

As I thought about it on the way home, how wonderful to meet someone you just feel comfortable with and as though you've known them for years. As Anne of  Green Gables said of finding new friends, there is truly a kindred spirit there. And really, although the number of blog friends I have are very small in comparison with other bloggers, all the ones I have met through link ups and through other blogger friends have been some of the sweetest people ever! In this little cyber world, we have the chance to share feelings and memories and families and our daily happenings in life more sometimes than we do with people we see on a more regular basis. Now, that is a blessing to be thankful for! Wouldn't it be fun someday to choose a central location to have a convention?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday Medley

Thank you Terri for a fun Wednesday Medley! She has the questions for us right here!

1.  With the holidays coming, what is your most essential appliance to help you prepare for the celebrations? 

I think the oven. I plan to bake cookies, pie and maybe some other goodies containing either chocolate or pumpkin. 

2.  What is your favorite (clean) word?

How about "home?" My home is a refuge from this crazy world. I can relax and truly be myself without reservation. When I go somewhere, anywhere, coming home is a great thing to look forward to. It is a place where DH and I enjoy each  other, sleep in peace, share meals together and enjoy our friends and family when they come.

"My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places " 
Isaiah 32:18 NKJV

Home also means my heart, Christ's Home, and then my forever Home, as in one day I will reach my final destination, where I will live with Him forever in peace. 

"But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland.
That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God,
for he has prepared a city for them." 
Hebrews 11:16 NLT

"I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying,
 "Look, God's home is now among his people!
He will live with them, and they will be his people.
God himself will be with them." 
Revelation 21:3 NLT

3.  Are you a good judge of character?

I think so. I have missed a couple in the past, but for the most part, I believe I am. 

4. What is the last thing you took a picture of? Can you share it with us?

Haha. This is funny. I took DH to the dentist Tuesday, and as we were checking out, I noticed this little dog all dressed up in his unicorn outfit. 

5. Tomorrow, November 15, is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day.  How do you intend to celebrate? 

I will celebrate that I cleaned mine out last week. 

6. Tell us something random about your week! 

I will be having lunch on Wednesday with blog friend Elizabeth Day of Beautywithoutwithin! That's pretty cool, huh? And as I write this, I have a very delicious chicken pot pie in the oven which will be heavenly on this very cold winter's evening in our little home.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Offerings and Handkerchiefs

On our way home from church Sunday, Kate told me the next time she goes to church with us, she needs an offering. I was glad she wanted to give an offering, but I have noticed they don't seem to take up offerings as they did when I was a child.

I remember in Sunday School, we filled out a little card each week which had a list of things to check off. Did you study your lesson, read your Bible, bring your offering, bring your Bible to church, are you staying for church following Sunday School? I don't remember all on the list, but the points for each added up to 100%. Almost every Sunday, I did all these things with the exception of staying for church because we usually only attended Sunday School. Faithfully, I brought my Bible, studied my lesson, had an offering, etc. But staying for church was worth 20 points and so on occasion when we did stay, I had 100%, but unfortunately, most Sundays I only ever managed to get 80%.

Very thankful that isn't done anymore. It always brought shame to me that I couldn't make 100% and I think studying your lesson, reading the Bible and giving an offering should have been worth more points.

But I digress. Her question reminded me of how we would bring our offering knotted up in the corner of a dainty handkerchief, or hankie as we called them.

My Dad AWAYS had a handkerchief in his pocket and one of my chores was to iron them. They were easy to iron, as were pillow cases. A box of delicate handkerchiefs were a good gift for giving on birthdays and Christmas. Although I always had little hankies, I never used them for anything other than carrying my offering to church. Heaven forbid I would ever blow my nose on one of those sweet things. (I never was one to blow my nose in public anyway.) I had a boss who took his handkerchief out often to blow his nose, and Rhett Butler always had one ready for Scarlett when she had a blubbering fit. Women waved their hankies in church, and men wiped the sweat off their brow with them. They came in handy for wiping your eyeglasses or cleaning up small messes, I guess. I'm sure there are many more uses for handkerchiefs, but no one seems to carry them anymore. I can understand that tissues are much more sanitary these days, but really, what about all those other possibilities? Just one more of those mysterious things in life to ponder. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Saturday Stuff and Wrapping Up Loose Ends

Actually, from last week, too. We stayed a couple of nights last week with my brother and I love their new home. Early in the morning I noticed the sunrise coming through the trees on their street.

Love the house and yard, 
but don't think I could handle picking up leaves and pine needles!
Phil had just finished bagging up all that he had mowed. 
You can barely see him there with arms outstretched in triumph!

These pics are of the drive home from Arkansas to Tulsa the other day.
This was as we were driving past the rolling hills.

It was a beautiful day. Susan was driving so I could take pictures,
but, as you can see, taking pics with iPhone through a car window at 70 mph isn't ideal!

On Thursday my friend Susan and I met for her birthday lunch. We meet twice a year at Jen's Bakery to catch up with each other. She is such a precious lady, it's too bad we don't see each other more often. We had asked a lady to take our pic, which she did, but we weren't satisfied with the results. So we decided to try a selfie and when we snapped it, this guy was behind us! It was hilarious and we all had such a good laugh. A friendly guy.

On Thursday, a photo was taken of our BSF group for the Facebook page. A little blurry.

A very nice group of ladies.
We are in the book of 1 Samuel now
Amy and Jack had a mommy/son event on Saturday, so Kate came to spend the night. I would have had her over regardless because I have been missing her. Amy sent a text saying:

So, when Kate came over, she was excited to help. But then,

This is Kate helping!

It was ooey gooey okay when it was hot, but not so good the next day.

That's okay. She doesn't have to do anything.
We just love her being here.
On our way to church Sunday morning, Kate talks all the way there and back. I love this girl. She told us the story of Joseph and then the teacher asked all the children what their favorite Christmas story was. The kids answered The Grinch, Santa, Rudolph, etc. Kate's answer was "the 'real' Christmas story." "What do you mean by that?" asks the teacher. "The story about Mary and Joseph and Jesus' birth!" High five to you, Kate.

I then relayed to her that the pastor in his message yesterday was talking about character and maturity. Age, appearance, knowledge and success have nothing to do with it. One thing he said was you should never give money to children until you have taught them about generosity. I asked Kate what she thought about that (because we give the grandkids more money than I ever saw until I started working). Kate said she didn't need money because she has everything: she has a family, and her home, clothes to wear and plenty to eat! So proud of this girl. Many times I have offered to give her money to keep things "equal" because Jack is bold to ask for money. But she has turned me down many times saying she doesn't need it.

And last, I asked what her favorite thing is at Thanksgiving. Me, I was thinking food. She: "when all my family gets together. That's my favorite thing." Oh, my heart. We will be there with them. So thankful for this girl. She passes all the tests!!!

This is our today!

I can tell you that I am truly thankful for every person in my life. They are all encouragement to me and not a one is a downer! That includes all the blogger friends we meet here in blogland almost every day. Some days more than others!!! :-)

Friday, November 9, 2018

Want Some Gravy!

Anybody out there with good tips on making turkey gravy without the turkey drippings!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Friday Foto Friends

We have been out of town and I'm not yet back in the blog groove. I do want to join Deb at Breathing in Grace to share a few pictures though. 

I know there are many more beautiful spots around our country boasting gorgeous fall colors and these cannot compare, but just being in my home town and seeing the colors there fed my soul this weekend. Since I am the driver, it's a little difficult to take photos, especially with your phone! Haha! My sister and I drove around her neighborhood for me to see and enjoy a little of Fall.

Looks like the wind had its way with these trees.

One of the things we did while in Tulsa was to visit a brand new park called The Gathering Place. It is off Riverside Drive in Tulsa, across from the Arkansas River. Here is a link describing it much better than I could. It is a huge park funded by a long list of private parties (one of whom I went to school with), and in particular The Kaiser Foundation whose vision was to have a park for everyone --to engage, educate and excite! And it is free! From nice restaurants to ice cream carts and food trucks in the park. It was perfectly lovely and I wish I could have taken better photos and wish we had been able to cover more of the park than we did in the hour or so we were there. Loads of fun and unique things for kids!

My sister-in-love and DH

Susan and my brother, Phil