Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
While traveling to Austin for Christmas, we stopped for lunch. While waiting in the line at one of the World's favorite fast food spots, the young man waiting on me was given a difficult time by his supervisor. He said, "Lord Jesus" with such conviction and emotion that I KNEW he was no stranger to beseeching God for MERCY! I have been reminded in the last couple of days of the need all of us experience for the Mercy that only can come from Him. As He extends His Grace to me, may I extend a fraction of that grace to those I encounter.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Look at the US PostOffice. Now that works well-doesn't it!!! Who in their good mind would think the federal government would do a better job of running anything than free enterprise.
What really ticks me is that I have spent most of my life taking good care of myself--keeping my weight down, eating healthy, and exercising. Do I get ANY break for this----NO! Now that I am entering those years where I will probably need to use my insurance or eventually medicare, they are train-wrecking the entire system.
I plan to keep a list of those that vote for the bill and remind them now---and later when their system fails to work and especially when their next election comes up.
When do we all say---enough-----and vocalize---no scream----STOP???
Thursday, December 17, 2009
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As I stop and reflect--briefly--BUSY DAY!---I am once again thankful for all the Blessings that God has showered upon me. Wonderful children---the TOP OF THE LINE Grands----great and faithful friends---a lovely home and beautiful woods to live in---food on our table and shoes on our feet---good health--sweet extended families----a husband that God loves deeply---AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST---the ability to still run at 61. I am most thankful that He has chosen to draw me to Him and given me a hunger for Him. He has used circumstances in my life and mentors He put in my path---to create a hunger and desire to know Him intimately. I am thankful!
SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY---OLD GIRL!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Many of our group decided WEEKS ago that we would run the Dallas White Rock Half Marathon this year. You know go over as a group----stay in the hotel in adjoining rooms----eat together--see Dallas Christmas lights together---eat together----run together----eat together. WELL it didn't exactly work out like that! We did have a small group of 5---but that's OK---we did all of the above anyway.
You do have to understand--when it comes to race day there is no running together---it is every woman for themselves. I must say though when you run with 20,000 other close and intimate friends, it becomes more like running in a parade. At anytime that you could see for 1/4 to 1/2 a mile in front of you---it was a wave of people moving down the road. QUITE A SIGHT!
The race itself was a bit of a disappointment. Not much crowd support along the route, some dis-organization, and not the run you were promised. It seems someone in Texas might not be capable of telling the truth---we were promised a FLAT course. In case you did not realize it-there ARE hills in Dallas---LONG SLOW CLIMBING hills- which we DO NOT LIKE! Lots of concrete ====sore knees. I plan to tell the Dallasites they could take lessons from the Houstonians.
A good time-----my time was exactly where I wanted it and the others also had a good race---so a fast---but fun 2 days!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Gabe and I share the distinction of being "Middle Children". That is not an easy role to fill. There were times that I felt like all 3 kids were-"Only Children" since they are so far apart in age----but there is still birth order dynamics.
Of my 3, Gabe probably has the tenderest heart. As most of us middle children do, he is quick to volunteer to "Rush in for a rescue". Are you sick, are you down, do you need help----he will come to your aid. A loving Uncle that the grands adore. He is a playmate and yet a firm hand when needed. He has spent countless hours throwing kids in the water, swimming in the lake, throwing balls, and jumping on trampolines with all of his special nephews. He can even get a little silly with Henry, just to get a smile.
By this time 33 years ago today, Gabe was not very happy with his entrance into the world, his Dad had gone home to get some sleep and I was wondering how to quiet a screaming baby. A day not unlike today----cold and wintery--and yet one of the days that changed my life forever. A real Momma's baby for 2-3 years, he was on my hip or my constant shadow until I finally pushed him off and out the door to be with his Daddy. Once he learned the delights of maledom---I think I lost him except for brief moments.
We've made a full circle and discovered new things that we both love in his adult years. It is a delight to be in the kitchen and cook together-----although he does seem to forget just WHO IS IN CHARGE when we are there together. We both love to hike and he is the one child that doesn't mind looking at my pictures and hearing my adventures.
Gabe never meets a stranger and knew everyone within the neighborhood in a short period of time. Scott commented that he had lived there a few years and still did not know all the neighbors, but somehow Gabe had learned all their names. He has the gift of striking up a conversation and inviting you into his circle with ease. A lot like his Daddy, he sometimes uses all of his emotional meeting and greeting energy away from home and comes home drained and silent.
Gabe is a wonderful son and a blessing to me. I am thankful everyday for the gift that God chose to give me--33 years ago today.
Happy Birthday, Sweet Gabe!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I awoke at 3 AM with a thought in my mind of the boundaries that are placed around some. If we don't learn at first, after crossing that boundary, we quickly get the hint. Don't go past this line. Here is the line and you are not allowed past it. I immediately began a prayer of praise that there was NO BOUNDARY between God and me because of Jesus. I praised God and thanked Him for this knowledge and assurance of His love far beyond reason.
This AM I received an email from a dear friend and mentor that said, "Psalm 16-Praying. " No other message.
During my "Listening Time" a few minutes ago, I began by reading Psalm 16----
"Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup,
you have made my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
SURELY I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord , who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me,
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken."
Yes, I am listening and He is speaking! There is no boundary to keep me from God and he will instruct me even at night.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I often reminded BC of how important he was in his daughter's life. I told him that as long as she felt secure in his love and he made her feel special, she would not feel the need to search for another man, until the time was right. He did a wonderful job of being her "Knight in Shining Armor" . When the time came for her to "Leave and Cleave", she did an excellent job of selecting another "Knight". I choose to think that those early lessons in how a man treats a woman with respect, honor, and love helped her make a great choice.
My finite human mind can only begin to understand the love My Heavenly Father has for me, but thinking about this special love between a Father and Daughter is the beginning of understanding. Most damsels desire a "Knight in Shining Armor", but are often disappointed. The real Knight in our lives and the One that promises deep, satisfying, faithful, and steadfast love is God. As much as my =Daddy loved me, protected me, cared for me & loved knowing all about me, it does not begin to compare to God's love and care. What a Blessing!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Today's run was 15 miles and it was 26 degrees when we started at 5:30. Being slow is a CURSE---I run by myself a LOT. Friend Sam turned around and joined me about mile three and ran with me for the next 3+ miles. Steph & Mandy then ran for another 1 1/2 mile, but THEN I WAS ON MY OWN! The last 3 miles, I did lots of walking and had NOTHING left. IT WAS A MISERABLE DAY! I QUIT!!!
Then Friend Sonja, who is also training but out of town, texted me and asked how it went. When I told her I didn't think I could do it, she texted back and was very encouraging. Thank goodness for my encouraging friends. Those that don't run---don't care and don't ask . I guess I understand--asking about what is going on with someone else is not always at the top of our list. I am blessed with good running friends though that do ask and do care AND most important keep encouraging me!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Perhaps it is the fact that no one will be home for Christmas and I don't have any parties planned here. No-that has never stopped me in the past. We have had other Christmases with no kids or grands coming home. Perhaps it is the fact that BC-once again said, "Hire someone to decorate". For some strange reason, I always take this as an indication that my efforts are not up to par. I am not sure what the reason-but unless some miracle of attitude transformation occurs-there will be NO decorations here this year.
If you happen to LOVE decorating, and take pity on me----COME ON OVER-I could use a LOT of HELP!
I did go and volunteer today with my ESL student at one of the local elementary schools. She is PRECIOUS and SO wanting to do well. Now if I had her sweet little face to look at every day---there would be a tree up-just for her!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
My sweet niece, Elisha, called a couple of nights ago and asked would I take Carol to Shreveport for her day after chemo shot yesterday. I was delighted that she called and asked. Twenty four hours after Carol receives her chemo, she goes back for a shot to raise her blood counts quicker. This shot causes extreme aches and pains since it sends your bone marrow into over-drive. So after a day of IV chemo which assaults the cancer cells and also has MANY side effects including extreme nausea, you go back for this fun shot.
If you have never been to a cancer center, it is quite the experience. Basically they have these recliners all around in a circle where they administer your IV. The nurses station is right there so they can monitor many patients at the same time. There are also private rooms, if you prefer or if you are having problems, but the majority of the patients are in one large room.
As I looked around the room at all the patients and their support person, I was reminded that for many the Holiday excitement takes a distant second to some crisis in their lives. The Nurses are unfailingly cheerful, upbeat and supportive, but we all know what is going on there. It is a fight to insure seeing the next Christmas. It is very serious business.
So I came away reminded of how much I admire those that are waging this battle and especially at this time of the year. It makes running around and shopping and decorating and being totally stressed seem a little bit ridiculous. Anyway I am thankful that God placed this opportunity in my path to remind me of my priorities and continue to draw me closer. So as you run around in sheer panic, stop and take a moment-remember what is important and those in our lives that are important. So what if the tree is not up, so what if the presents are not bought much less wrapped, so what if all the plans are not made-----there are MUCH MORE important things in our lives. Take a moment and reflect on your Blessings and then smell the roses-FOR THEY ARE PLANTED ALL AROUND YOU---If you only stop and gaze upon their beauty and deeply inhale their scent!
Monday, November 30, 2009
The Only Pass We Could Find Open-Note the Gate That Will Soon Be Closed
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
If you believe that love is an emotion-----OR a noun, it is then just a feeling. It just happens. Perhaps in the early stages this is true-but in my small mind the days of being only a noun are limited.
Love then is a long term commitment after you make the decision to love someone. Be it family or friend---the visible signs of your love is how you think of and then treat the other. I loved the wild over the top thrill of the emotion of love, but the reality is that is difficult to sustain. The day to dayness of life can often -get in the way- of infatuation. The deep warmth that a long term relationship built upon serving can also be a thrilling and heart sustaining thing. The beauty of the commitment of serving between any two for year upon year is one of the most wonderful things I have ever witnessed. To see a couple-in the twilight of their years hand in hand can bring tears to my eyes.
When talking this over recently with friends, the women thought I was correct, but BC laughed and said this, "Life is tough and then you die." What say ye----is love a noun or a verb in your life?
Saturday, November 21, 2009
If I EVER had a mind----I am pretty sure I have lost it! Somehow I have agreed to another marathon. I have to back up and think about just HOW this happened.
In an effort to get my weekly long run mileage up, I agreed to the White Rock Half Marathon in December. When you are faced with a 13.1 mile run, you have run out of excuses and the mileage HAS to begin to increase. This would have allowed me to get my base up and stay at the 10 mile weekly run after White Rock. Believe me when I say, you do not go out and run a half marathon without some preparation. So-----I thought good friends Dallas at Christmas wonderful Dallas cuisine-----I'M IN!
The next thing I knew while just getting my mileage back to 10 is that Sonja asks me to consider a Spring marathon. I am thinking LATE Spring and that would give me PLENTY of time to train. I agree.
I then get a text that Sonja has another Grand on the way-this summer AND she needs to do a marathon sooner. OK-SO MAYBE APRIL. The problem is that we are looking for a FLAT marathon---MOST IMPORTANT! UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF FLAT MARATHONS OUT THERE!
I then get a text while out of town-that GOD is leading her to the Albany, GA marathon on the first Saturday in MARCH. GOOD GRIEF-do you know how soon that is? We usually train for 18 weeks-that can't happen in this time frame. I ALWAYS increase my long runs a mile at a time---NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! SO---HOW DO YOU ARGUE WITH WHAT GOD WANTS?????? We finally left it that I would begin the training and SEE how it went.
Since I had been out of town for the weekend-this past Monday I had to run 11 miles to make up the Saturday long run. NO TIME TO DELAY! The first few miles were in the misting rain-----the last 3 miles were in the POURING rain. I know all those cars on their way to work thought-WHO IS THAT NUT? Wednesday we did speed work----now that is a New form of torture that we should try on our political prisoners-----perhaps even a few of our representative and senators. TODAY I had to jump 2 MILES to 13 miles. I finished but as with every long run and step on in mileage-when I finished I had NOTHING left in the tank.
I HAVE DEFINITELY GONE OVER THE DEEP END!
Friday, November 20, 2009
ONCE AGAIN-I go shopping with someone else and spend the day finding things for them to buy. I was ONCE AGAIN successful at spending someone else's money. Helen even bought me lunch!
I will admit that she talked me into a jacket------TOO BAD they didn't have the slacks in my size. Hopefully the jacket will not end up sitting in my closet and never worn-since I am NEVER happy with the slacks I have.
While I am on the subject-what is it about BLACK that keeps pulling my eye? I have a closet FULL of black clothes. You would think I was in the Old South and in the required year of mourning! As Scarlett would say, "OH FIDDLY DEE!" I really look better in color!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Grace came into our lives four years ago. She was attending our church and signed up to be "Adopted" by a local church family. Gracie was from Nairobi, Kenya and came to LA Tech for the excellent engineering program. She has been a delight in our lives. I originally adopted two students for a selfish reason. I was in hopes that someone would treat my daughter the same while she was so far from home. God turned my selfishness into a Blessing! We have loved both of our "Adoptees". Gracie's life was always full of drama-quite a change for a No-Drama person. Meriedth was just the opposite-perhaps even my soul mate-quiet-task oriented-responsible--a lot like me.
We are saddened to see Gracie move, but rejoicing for her accomplishments. She has supported herself while here and has not been home and seen her parents in five years. Through hard work, scholarships, and determination she has accomplished her goal. All she needs now is a job in her chosen field. It has proven to not be a good time to be entering the work force, but I feel certain that when given a face to face interview-she will sell herself.
I told Gracie that there are those that would think we were like two ships on a vast ocean that just happened to pass. I chose to believe that God directed our paths to cross and I am thankful. Our lives have been blessed by her friendship and I will always remember her fondly and with a little laugh. We left her with a hug and a promise to stay in touch. I am always amazed at those that God places in our lives and thankful for the blessing of their impact on our lives. Gracie will leave a void in my life, but as with any vacuum I am looking for something to fill it and anticipating God's intervention with another to love.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
I am thinking and mainly praying about the continuation of the blog. Will post as God inspires me. I am on a quest to know Him better and deepen my relationship with Him. One of the signs that He is pleased is that EVERY book I have picked up to read lately has been on that very subject------5 books so far. I have learned a tremendous amount about Him in the past months----but know that is only the tip of WHO HE IS!! He was correct in calling Himself-"I Am" There is no better description.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
We came up with the idea of "Break in a Box". We assembled these little picnic boxes and filled them with various treats, a bottle of water, and a scripture. We all had a great time putting them together and I look forward to delivering the "Goodies" tomorrow. What a blessing to work together to bless those God puts in our paths!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I am currently reading three different books. They all have the common theme of "Knowing God". I am pointed to the reminder that as I seek to "know God"- He will reveal Himself to me. There is nothing more important-than developing and growing my relationship with Him. As I "Die to Self" and seek Him-Joy and Peach will come. I am fervently seeking Him and anticipating the fulfillment that will come with a deeper relationship with Him. My current prayer is that He will reveal my sin to me and constantly remind me that I only need worry about my sin and leave others to Him.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Today's run was pure misery! WHERE OH WHERE IS FALL??????
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Susan and Sandra both finished in 4:31. Great time! Now the story is that Sandra fell 10 feet from the finish line. Poor Sandra has permanent scars on her knees from all of the falls that she has suffered. She actually has gotten MUCH better at staying on her feet, but after 26 miles-you can't even feel your legs anymore-much less know for sure if you are picking them up high enough. Anyway-she fell-do not know all the details. The story is that the volunteers came out to help her. She thought they were other runners and told them to just go on and finish-typical Sandra Fashion! Sonja's report was that they drug her across the finish line-Sandra reported that they helped her across.
She has a laceration on her head or face (don't have the whole story) that required stitches. The group spent the next few hours looking for Sandra, Sandra calling me to call them-going to wrong hospitals-and just generally stumbling around as if in the dark-well I guess they were in the dark. You cannot imagine what it is like in a crowd of tens of thousands of runners to try and reconnect with your group. This after running 26 miles and just wishing you could sink down in a hot tub somewhere and then take a LONG nap.
Sonja is back and the others are coming home today. CANNOT WAIT TO HEAR THE WAR STORIES!
GREAT JOB- SAM SANDRA & SUSAN!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Running are Sandra, Susan and Samantha. This is Samantha's inaugural marathon-but she is a VERY talented athlete. Sandra and Susan are multiple marathon veterans. They have all trained hard and done great during training. We are expecting great things from them.
Traveling along with the runners as the "Support Team" are Babs and Sonja. I am sure there will be plenty of laughter and lots of fun over the weekend.
Good Luck and I KNOW you will make us all proud.
"Both those whose hope is 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 40:31
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thank you to all that have read and commented.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
As I was driving back from Texas yesterday, I did a great deal of thinking about Heaven. I came home to find this music video in my email. If you don't know the story, Steven lost his daughter in a tragic accident last year. I am certain the lyrics were from his broken heart.
I will post again on the subject and give you my thoughts during my alone time-but for now-I leave you with this.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Cousin Ann and Cousin Audrey -Henry looks like his cheeks are squished