Thursday, October 17, 2013

Listen

Listen - the pitter-patter of rain, birds singing, ticking of the clock, music! Listen - something I should surely do more of and today I am forced to do!
I'm hoarse - totally - I'm talking in whispers only. It started yesterday but came on full force today - I guess it's allergies or a fall cold, not sure but it'll pass and I'm really fine. This morning though, I couldn't wait til the guys were out of the house so I wouldn't be tempted to whisper. Tried to talk with daughter on the phone - no good. So, it's going to be a quiet day from my part. That's fine - no problem. But, I realize how much I sing when I'm alone and that can't happen either - that's not good! not even a hum will come out. :/  so, I have instrumental music playing, have my timer set to do my list of jobs and am just delighting in the day as it is.
Let me share this: we had company the other evening - folks who have served as missionaries for forever in Germany.We've known R for years and years and his German wife, G, not so long, but she settled into our hearts as if we were all lifelong family. It was a superb evening. The gathering at the table moved outdoors to watch the sunset, then back indoors for dessert -  and the sweet conversation continued all the while. It was over far too soon. Times like that remind me of what it is to long for heaven. Sweet communion forever with all those we hold dear. Just love it!!
And within the next little bit a family who is very precious to us will be coming our way to stay a few days - so, today I'm 'making ready'. I love these times of preparation - fixing this and that just so for comfort, convenience, and the welcome I hope they'll feel. These dear ones make their home in India so, there's also loads of catching up to do and soul/kingdom talk galore is already being anticipated. And their little ones to play with and read to!
Next week we have kinfolk coming in for a couple days, as well.Very excited for that.
I hope each of you have those kinds of friends and family - who come home to your home for a meal or a few days and all of you rejoice and have terrific fun.
Of course, I am still counting the blessing of having children and grands living close by! I have a happy heart these days and I don't take it for granted. And I love the weather - the changing leaves and the promise of a lovely fall.
Wow, hours have gone by and haven't wound this up yet ... 
Yep, it's been a quiet day - rainy outside even now and I'm still hoarse! I've spent the day listening and it's been good.
the wet but pretty world

 
outside my backdoor


Monday, October 7, 2013

Road Trips

*This was written last week but I’m posting today October 7 - today is our youngest son's 20th birthday!! I feel so blessed that I have the privilege of being his Mom. He is one amazing young man. Okay - here's the post:
I love road trips - traveling has always been a part of my life.
As a wee, little girl I traveled with my family from coast to coast - well, at least from CA to PA and then later from Idaho to PA. Every 2 - 3 years my family would load up for a 2-week road trip – purpose being: to visit uncles, aunts, cousins, and dear long-time friends who were still ‘back east’. My Dad was a marvelous planner - sometimes we'd take the northern route, sometimes, southern or then right in the middle of the U.S.  We didn't have a lot of money, but he'd make sure we’d see some sites and have fun – you know, making those serendipity blessings happen. ;)  And then family - it was great! I loved the reunions on both sides of the family and the staying with extended family. It was fun, rewarding and just super times filled with love, laughter and stories!! I adored the stories told by my parents, their sisters and brothers – just the sharing of “remember when…”. I wish I could go back and hear them again; maybe record them for posterity. The posterity-times would be now-times. I could do with a dose or two of that homespun wisdom and insight on work ethics, integrity, and love.  I have precious memories of those portions of my growing up years.
Even now I love road trips – we traveled from NC to AR and it was fun. We got to stop and visit our daughter and son-in-law on the way and now have spent time with our youngest son as well. We came for another purpose – a ‘Bible Lectureship’ and are very blessed with that being our purpose – but you see, there is always those serendipity blessings along the way that make the trips all the sweeter. One thing I regret in a big way - I put my camera in the glove compartment of the car and basically forgot it was there! I have several 'should have' moments in my memory. :(  But, as we left Jessi's house, I did get a picture of her roses. 

We're home at present - and I have to mention that in our travels we mix things up. We may take the high-road, the low-road, or the windy road - and at times stray to a museum or a battleground. This time we traveled back mostly on the interstate and we make a habit of appreciating the rest areas. We walk - and sometimes off the beaten path. At one point we strolled down to a lazy river and enjoyed watching an fisherman casting his line. Also, there were a couple of folks in their canoes floating downstream. Once back at the car, the air was filled with these little, tiny flying white insects – they were everywhere! I researched once I got home and learned this: What Are Small White Winged Flying Insects? Answer -The woolly aphid is a white flying insect that is small and fuzzy. They look like little fuzzy balls when they fly. They often infest trees such as alder and apple trees. They were rather darling but Ewww! 
 Nonetheless, the day was gorgeous and perfect for traveling. At another rest area we gathered several beautiful leaves that had already fallen. Just a few trees were in the beginning stages of changing colors – for the most part the mountains were still green.
 Well, we came home to busyness and I am just now ‘catching my breath’. I’ve got my list of ‘to-dos’, am enjoying the anticipation of a list of ‘ta-das’, and am really kind of happy we have a rainy day to enjoy as I get my indoor tasks completed.
One of the very best parts of road trips is the road home –
I was more than ready 
·         to arrive on my doorstep and walk in our door!
·         sleep in my own bed
·         to see the grandbaby girls
·         and the other kids
·         sit outside end enjoy the views of home
 
Jared, watering the squash as the evening sun sets
“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”