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, August 15, 2013


This precious, darling, precocious little girl is 5 years old today.
I can hardly believe it as it seems only yesterday that
she surprised us all by making her entrance into this world
two months before she was supposed to!
That girl!
Although we were all sad that she didn't get to come home with Mommy and Daddy
for a couple of months, we all watched her progression from 3 lb 6 oz into
the weight necessary for her to leave the NICU.


Angel Face

She loves Grandpa.

Kate also likes to draw and below is a drawing of a dinosaur,
which I put on the fridge. She arranged
some of the magnets around it.

Last Friday Kate and I went to the mall - just Kate and I, mind you, because, as Kate says:
"Grandpa doesn't like the M-A-L-L Mall!"

We had a fun time. She played,
had Dipping Dots, we shopped for shoes, rode the carousel AND
the escalator (up and down) AND the Nascar, 
Nordstrom's gave her a balloon to play with (punch)
all the way home!
(Nonnie was put in charge of the balloon while Kate rode on said rides.
I was informed that she "would be very disappointed if you let go of the balloon, Nonnie.")

I just had a feeling that her brother Jack would be wanting a balloon, too,
so we stopped by the Dollar Tree on the way home for more balloons.
for Jack

for Kate
 (Kate gave the pink one to Mommy.)
Today was the big party.

Splash Party
Kate likes to dress up in her princess outfit.
She asked her Mommy if she looked like a real princess and
Mommy told her yes, she IS a real princess because
she is a child of the King, and that makes her a real princess.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Boys Having Fun

Some of the fun things Brady and Noah have done this summer!

They finished up with soccer and here they are with their trophies.
They both did GREAT!!!
Next: on to baseball.
Brady, the very serious baseball player.
 A trip to Michigan for a family reunion.

Remember Kip's?
Then, on to the beach for some fun.

Shopping is sooooo boring!
And I'm so tired.
I want to be back at the beach!!

Serious turned silly!


Their dog, Palin, got to join them on this fun trip.

What's that coming up from the sand?
So proud of these boys and love them so much! Can't wait to see them again.
Sure would be fun to have them living closer.

I Get By with a Little Help from my Friends

Lots of things going on in the last couple of weeks, so I haven't really kept up in the blog world except for some snippets of time to enjoy reading everyone else's blogs.
Just before our friends, Alice and Fred, left for home, we decided to take a little trip down to Lake Whitney to check out a lake house I had rented for a family outing in September. That was a very wise decision as the place was a HUGE disappointment and for that reason alone, the trip would have been worthwhile. (Beware of pics on the Internet and that things are not always as they appear.)
But we did enjoy our little outing and the place we stayed (Lake Whitney White Bluff Resort) was very nice. Here are a few pics from the trip.
Our first stop was the Cracker Barrel just south of Dallas. Fred loves the Cracker Barrel, but Alice and I wanted to look around the country store.
Of course, we all had to have our pictures made in the rocking chairs. (And lucky for us, since the pics taken at Cracker Barrel were too dark, we had a second chance at the rockers at the resort!)

Fred and Alice
Dear Heart and Me
Alice and me
No, for some reason, Fred and DH didn't want their pic together in the chairs. LOL!
I guess that was a little "sissified" for them.
The lake was beautiful, although the lake level is way down, as are most of the lakes around here.


 Deer were everywhere.

The Resort's version of the Lone Star Flag
A beautiful and refreshing pool at the resort,
which we enjoyed that evening.
We had it all to ourselves!

 At the end of the day
The next morning, we decided to make our way over to Lake Granbury to check out a few possibilities and on the way made a stop in Glen Rose to see the Creation Museum there. Below is a picture of a painting of Noah's Ark. (as if you couldn't have figured that out by yourself.)


There is also a good sized replica of Noah's Ark and what the inside could have been like.
That was very interesting to look at and think about,
especially the way the water could have been stored and
piped down through the rest of the boat to water all the animals.
You can see the little buckets on the pulleys.

You can see what looks like water troughs and that
they flowed down to the other parts of the ark.

The City of Granbury was fun and we enjoyed looking around the town, checking out as many shops as we could, making a few small purchases, and having lunch at Linda's Southern Kitchen. Delicious chicken salad, chicken fried steak, burgers, fries, and really good homemade chocolate pie and coconut cream pie - my two favorites!

Granbury City Square

Pretty red barn
(On our way out I saw this barn and thought of you, Sandie. Of course, DH was driving a little fast, but you get the idea.)

Alas, all good things must come to an end. And they did. And we said good-bye. Such a lonely and melancholy feeling when you have been with people you love and gotten into a little routine, and then it's over. It was a comfortable, calming time while they were here.

Calm is good. Most of our time was spent over meals - Alice and I cooked, or we went out, or met with mutual friends. And always came back home to visit and ... watch Downton Abbey. They had only seen the final episode!!!!! What??? They wanted to see the entire series and so they did, since Nonnie has DVR'd the entire three seasons. When that was done - what next? No problem. We had a couple of other BBC series recorded to watch. So we spent some happy times laughing together (and at each other as we passed the tissues) while we watched our shows. Is that sappy or what? :-)