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, October 24, 2013

Big Leg Brady and Happy Feet Noah

This past weekend we hit the road to enjoy a play date with two of our favorite boys.

A phone call early on the day we left was from Noah excitedly asking us to please, please pick them up at school that day. We made sure to arrive in time to do just that! The joy of seeing their faces light up when they see us is something that will always tug on my heartstrings. We went straight to the cinema 8 to take in the movie they had so looked forward to: Monsters University! Loaded up with Slurpees, popcorn, and candy (bad Nonnie), we sat through the world of some silly monsters working hard on their techniques to scare helpless little children. What a plot for a kid movie! Crazy.

After that we went home to play and be with the boys while Mom and Dad went out for an evening alone in celebration of their anniversary. It's hard to believe it's been 11 years since their wedding.

We knew they would be and have a beautiful family.
But who knew their kids would be so much fun, smart, talented, etc.??
(I'm sorry - I just can't help myself.)

We watched the boys practice their soccer moves on the driveway.

Every time they miss an opportunity to score or block,
the discipline is to get down on the ground for some push ups!

So cute!
Love these two.
Usually when we visit them, a big treat for them each morning
is for Papa to go out for donuts.
However, while they are "in training" and playing sports,
Daddy has them eating a more healthy breakfast.
(They did manage to have a couple of donut holes after breakfast.)
We watched their team, Cool Runnings, play soccer on Saturday morning.
"Big Leg" Brady scored 5 points.
"Happy Feet" Noah scored 1 for the team.
(The nicknames were given by the coach!)
All of the boys played great and Cool Runnings hasn't lost a game this season.
(I was very impressed that parents on both teams displayed
great sportsmanship from the sidelines.)

By the way, the kids were excited to tell us the good news.
There will be a new addition to their family!


His name is Porter. :-)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Our State Fair

"Our State Fair is a great state fair"*

So goes the song from the movie of the same name, State Fair. Today is the last day of the State Fair of Texas and for myself, it went unnoticed until it was too late to even consider going. Ah well, maybe next year. ("Maybe" being the key word here.)
The new Big Tex welcomes you.** Big Tex photo
(His predecessor went out in a blaze of glory last year)
The Texas State Fair is a great one and I have memories of some fun times attending and enjoying all the smells, the food, the rides, (the food) exhibits, admiring the new cars, (the food) checking out the pig races, and the amazing bird show. There is so much to see and do. This chicken (not sure what kind) seems a little confused about everything going on around him.
But some of my favorite memories of the fair was to see and experience it with people who were not as privileged as you and I. Dallas Fire Department employees (joined by family member or friends) would meet early in the morning at the fairgrounds to welcome the buses arriving with residents (referred to as "clients") of the Denton State school. We shivered in the cool, crisp and sunny October mornings waiting for the buses carrying restless passengers, who were filled with excitement about the adventure the day would hold for them.

As they came off the bus, it was like trying to catch a group of 5 year olds and match them up with a team who would escort them about the fair that day.

Many of the clients remembered their partners from previous years and so, after our first year of participating in this special event, there was one particular fellow about 40 (Norvell), who looked for us and called us his "fwends."
Norvell was one of the more outgoing ones who got a kick out of everything! And he absolutely had a fit because he lost to the chicken in one of the games he played!!!
I happened to see a letter to the editor of the Dallas Morning News one year and saved it, along with Norvell's photo, because it captured the sentiment of the joy of those days so well and touched my heart.
Yes, Irmgard, those days were enriching for us too.

*Rodgers and Hammerstein
** Big Tex Photographer: Paul Komarek  

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sweet Times and Hanging On

We have been trying to get our 2 year old grandson out of the pak 'n play in our room, and into the "real bed" in another bedroom. Because he sleeps in a big boy bed in his own room at home, we thought the transition here would be as easy as pie. (Where did that saying originate? Pie is not easy for me.)

It hasn't happened quite that way at our house. He won't stay in the bed, and had chosen instead to continue sleeping in the pak n play. That is, until a couple of weeks ago when he insisted on sleeping with us. We gave in fairly quickly because we were so tired (exhausted).

Who could resist this little guy?

So into our bed he crawled and made himself comfortable against me. He put his little arm around me and squeezed my arm. He wouldn't let go. This has now become our pattern.

After he falls asleep, his clinging presents a problem for me to get out of his grip without waking him up. You see, my instructions from his sister, Kate, as I tuck her in are always: "as soon as Grandpa starts to snore, you come and sleep with me." Haha! It isn't much longer before Grandpa does exactly that, so I then grope my way in the dark over to her room. 

Very early in the morning, I sneak quietly out of Kate's room, tiptoe downstairs for coffee and make my way into my favorite chair by the window for quiet time. About half an hour later,  this sweet angel of a girl comes to me rubbing sleepy eyes and asking me to come back to bed. "Nonnie, when you finish reading your Bible, come be with me and snuggle."

I lie down with her and she wants my right arm under her head and my left arm around her. Her sweet little hand touches my face lightly with her fingers, then she runs those fingers gently down my arm and squeezes my hand, and then repeats the process. She wiggles a little and cuddles closer. We talk for a while in whispers. What a sweet time it is. And then, after a bit, we decide it's time to go check on Grandpa and Jack.

My thoughts as I lay there with her run to the relationship between my Father and me and how I want to be closer to Him.

I want to see You
I want to touch Your face
I want to hear Your voice
I want to know You, Lord



Friday, October 11, 2013

Random 5 Friday

Linking to A Rural Journal for the Random 5 inviting you to share 5 random facts about you, your day, your pets, your kids, whatever!
1. Jack thinks his cousin Brady is the greatest.
He stays close to him.
Jack fell down.
Brady picked him up.
Jack fell again (on purpose) ...
and reached up to Brady for help.
So sweet!

The pic is blurry, but I love it!

2. Sara said the boys loved the Great Wolf lodge soooo much,
they won't let her take their wristbands off their arms. :-)

3. It's been a week of getting back in the groove here and dealing with Trudy.
She is getting older and having a bit of a problem holding the bladder in when totally relaxed.
The vet says it is normal, and gave us a bottle of pills for her to take.
Otherwise, Trudy is a healthy dog, and I was relieved there were no major issues.
Getting old is not for sissies be they human or pets.

This comfy spot may have to be moved downstairs
and closer to the back door.

4. Amy and I decided that we could actually have real, grown-up conversations together now that the kids are in school Tuesday-Thursday.
We met for lunch yesterday and had a delightful time.
We decided we will be doing this more often.

 5. And you really can't beat this kind of report card!

This is one negative report you love to get!
Thank You God for 8 years out.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Family Weekend ... Finally!!!

Earlier this year, we planned a family weekend for Fall. I searched over the Internet trying to find the perfect lake house for it, set the date, made the reservations and paid the price to secure it. After all that, having just a wee bit of uncertainty and some funny feelings about the place, DH and I decided to check it out. Upon seeing the very "imperfect" house, it proved to be a huge disappointment and totally unsuitable for us. Thankfully, we were able to get our money back. (Big sigh of relief!)

I do exaggerate sometimes!!
It wasn't quite this bad. :-)

Next, back to the drawing board and, after checking out a few other places, we gave up the idea of a weekend at the lake this year. We decided to focus someplace a little closer that we knew would be a big hit with kids. The Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine! Now we're talking lots of thrills for them and fortunately, we were able to get reservations for the date we had already chosen for early September!

Big Ooops! Four days out from our highly anticipated weekend, our grandson, Noah, had a little accident which fractured his leg and he ended up wearing a cast on his leg for a few weeks. Oh no!!

But he was a trooper about it!

Since we didn't want anybody to miss out on the GW experience, we rescheduled our fun weekend for October 4 and, finally, YAY, Noah's cast came off and doctor pronounced him well enough.

Yes, he looks pretty healthy to me.

Sooooo, this past week just happened to be full of momentous milestones!

DH and I celebrated our wedding anniversary (26 years)
... quietly, here at home.
(Well, kind of quietly. The housekeeper came and we all pitched in to get the house all
"gussied up" for company and even scrubbed all the windows! We were so proud of ourselves!
The lady who cleans our house said you'd think the queen was coming to visit!)

Brady turned 7 years old! We are so proud of you.

Here he is with all his buddies at Fiesta Texas last weekend of September! 

Can you tell these boys had a blast!

DH turned ______ - and everybody was here to celebrate with him.

After feasting on Mexican food, there was cake and ice cream
to celebrate Brady, Papa and our son-in-law, Barrett (the big 40)
Guess who forgot to take a pic of the cake
BEFORE cutting it?!!

The Great Wolf Lodge was an excellent choice for everybody!
I must confess that last week DH and I were just a little bit apprehensive about the whole thing. Let's just say that when we (and speaking only for ourselves) reach a certain age, we're not so sure any more about doing all those wild and crazy things that children love! Somehow our fears were overcome seeing the excitement of the kids and, once we arrived, we received new "strength" and had a great time playing at the water park!

This was a great place to go for some water fun for everybody.
No sunburns. Go back to your room when you want ... plenty of lifeguards roaming about ...
LOADS of water ... lazy river, wave pool, tube rides 4 stories high ...
toddler area, spas, rafts ... the kids never were bored.
(Neither was I ... water parks are one of the most interesting places
for "people-watching.")
I think we'll probably go back to Great Wolf Lodge, due to popular demand!
Purty please ... with sugar on top!

AND, if that wasn't enough joy for the week!

My nephew arrived back from Afghanistan to the good old USA yesterday.
So thankful and giving praise to God for His watchcare over this HERO!