Sunday, April 13, 2014

Texas Bluebonnets Blooming Spring 2014

Texas Bluebonnets adorn the hills with a blue carpet of loveliness.  Mothers and dads grabbed their cameras to capture their beautiful child with the background of Texas landscape.  Bikers came to ride the Bluebonnet Trail map provided by the gracious Ennis Garden Club.  They want the world to see how beautiful Texas can be in the spring. Some brought a chair for the perfect picture.  Beige haystacks of grain lay peacefully in the fields of blue.  Roads are busy with cars lining up to see the burst of color. White fences section off Texas farms of horses and cows grazing on delicious wildflowers.  Pops of coral bluebonnets add beauty to the fresh sprouts of green grass.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Grocery List of Ninety Two Year Old

Grocery List of Ninety Two Year Old Mom

What does the grocery list of my ninety-two year year old mom say about her?  First of all if she lived to ninety-two it might be a good idea to take notice of what she eats.  Raisin Bran has been on her shopping list since I was a kid.  Each morning she starts out the day with bran and raisins are a bonus.  Graham crackers are delicious dipped in milk.  They are a cross between a cookie and a biscuit.  She loves Oscar Mayer Salami between two slices of bread, with real  mayonnaise not light or artificial.  Two dozen eggs are on her list each time because they are pure and full of vitamins.  It might bring back the  memory of getting eggs each morning from the angry hen.

Grocery lists can be considered a primary source.  It was handwritten by my mom and tells she likes simple things.  What is not on the list is coke or any kind of soda.  She feels they are not  good for the stomach.  She chooses things that are natural, such as eggs.  When I go shopping with my mom she can buy all she needs for under a hundred dollars.  It would be interesting to compare other shopping lists to see if they are similar for an age group.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ducks Are Back

My neighbor called me up and said, "Come out in the front yard, the ducks are back."
I quickly grabbed my Zony and went outside to see Momma and Daddy Duck again.  They returned for spring to splash in the creek a half mile from our home.  They remembered me and let me take another photo.

"Hi old friends," I whispered to them.  "I made a book about your ducklings.  I told how you built a nest in our backyard year after year.  I wrote how you have been together for over fifteen years, maybe longer.  I know you probably miss the duckling days when they swam in my pool to learn how to dabble for insects.  You were a good Momma and taught them well.  Your ducklings are probably raising their own families now.  I know you must be proud Daddy Duck."

They listened to my soft voice as if they understood every word.  We have a bond now.  They know I care about their lives and look forward to seeing them year after year.  It gives me a since of comfort knowing nature shows the cycle of life.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Immanuel God is With Us

For unto us a child is born,  unto us a son is given; 
and the government shall be upon his shoulders
And his name shall be called Wonderful,
the mighty God,
the everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Dallas Winter Storm

Dallas Winter Storm
As the light reflects ice crystals in the sun, leaves shimmer and red blossoms freeze in time.
Only in Texas would Red Oak Trees freeze with autumn colors of orange, red and yellow.  The tree was planted the year Alex was born in 1990.  As I gaze out my window to see the tree it reminds me of how sturdy and strong he has become.  The trunk is straight and tall, reaching for the light.  The branches flow like an umbrella protecting the rose bush below.
Ice crystals shimmer on the Live Oak Tree of twisted branches.

Seeds of discouragement will not grow in the thankful heart.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

Psalm 100  verse 4

Monday, November 11, 2013

All Things Work Together For Good

All Things Work Together For Good

"Hook em Horns," the crowd roared.  "Another touchdown for UT." said the announcer.  We visited our son at UT because he is in the fast pace of pharmacy school.  He had to carefully plan enough hours to spend the day with us.  Each minute counts as you prepare for weekly tests.  "They don't have a curve." Michael says.  

"Jim you got us great seats for the game." I said.  We sat on the top row and it felt like a mountain top experience.  UT Band blasted songs of joy as the hardworking students marched to the rhythm of traditional songs.  Alumni sat in the stands remembering when they were in school, as they balanced their lives of studying hard and making new friends to last a lifetime. I liked the bleachers because we could stretch our legs and bounce to the beat.  The beat of union, the beat of unity, we are UT fans.  The Texas Longhorn was adopted as a mascot to show Texas pride in the ranching business.  Leather boots adorned the ladies and men as they cheered for their team.  

 UT is part of the State Capital.  Many  alumni are in important positions all over the world working as leaders because of their enriching education to build strong minds who ask questions.  The UT Pharmacy school is rated 4th in the nation because of the well known research which changes the lives of our planet.  Michael worked hard in his undergraduate classes, and enjoyed understanding the deep complexities of Molecular Biology.

 I love talking to Michael about science because he is so excited about seeing how our body is interconnected.  As a child he has always asked why?   I can remember his ant farm experiment scattered on the dining room table for a month.  One ant farm was covered and the other wasn't to see if the ants build more tunnels in darkness.  It was a family affair as we added more tubing so the ants could travel from farm to farm.  I honestly was sad to see the ants go but it was time to gain back the natural territory of our dining room table. 

"Mom, do you know what a cell is?"  Michael questioned.  "I think its the building block of tissue."  By the grace of God I remembered that from Anatomy and Physiology.  He acted a little surprised I knew and then explained why that's true.  

As we visited Michael's apartment he showed his dad and I two computers side by side.  One was for having a visual of the slides and the other gave the notes from the lectures.  I believe he is taking 9 different classes, each with difficult material to master.  He has found friends he can discuss the days information with.  The two white boards show his schedule and things left to do.  Things left to do is the theme for the first year of pharmacy school but with a balance of time and friends Michael will make it.  All things work together for the good who are called according to His purpose.

We left the game with UT Tshirts, pens, mug and of course, Bevo for my classroom.  I am officially both a UT and OU fan for both wonderful sons.  

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Called to His Purpose

The OU band was blasting songs of Oklahoma tradition in the heart of the University of Oklahoma.   As we toured the campus the summer before my son's freshman year five years ago, a fleeting thought came to my mind.  I wonder if Alex will go to the same law school as my dad?  But it's so competitive to get in.  Alex had done debate in high school and won a second place trophy the first time he debated his 8th grade year, but OU law school is big league.

  Alex graduated from OU with a double major in business and economics and  applied for law school in two places.  The first place accepted him right away but there was a little test of faith for OU.    When Alex  found out he was accepted to OU he was so excited we got in the car for a tour of the school.  I told the tour guide,"I've seen this library before, oh yes it looks like the same high ceilings with rich wood paneling in Dublin, Ireland.  The mock courtroom was large with empty seats in the front for important guests.  We envisioned Alex giving his first case in front of his peers and professors.

Fast forward to Alex's second year of law school  and it is the time in his life for him to be thinking about how he wants to practice law.  My husband and I went to see Alex and we were so proud he was making his grades in such a demanding school.  He must read pages each night to prepare for questions in class.  One time his battery  was dead and he didn't want to miss class so he went to the nearest convenient store and got a ride to class.

We visited his old fraternity house and got a ride with a freshman KA to the game.  The float was celebrating the theme of Peter Pan.  It's time to grow up and find you destiny.  

But Peter Pan wants to keep neverland alive.  Where boys have fights with Captain Hook and almost get pushed off the plank.  He wants to keep Wendy on the island of make believe.
It's game time!!!  People cheer, fight fight fight.  Ten more yards, ten more yards, Go Go Go.  Never give up, never give in, Go Go Go!!Thousands of people in the stands yelling for a common purpose, we have school pride.  Alex will find his purpose and destiny because God has brought him this far and will continue to help him.  Go Go Go Alex

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Rejoice Poem by Ann Weems


O Lord, there just aren't enough choir boys
to sing what I feel,
There aren't enough trumpets to blow,
I want to dance in the streets of Bethlehem!
I want to sing with the heavenly host!
For unto us a son was given
And he was called God With Us
For those of us who believe,
The whole world is decorated in love!

I read this poem today from my Women's Devotional Bible.  The poem is by Ann Weems who cried out to God for help because she lost her son an hour after his twenty first Birthday.  She wrote poems of sorrow to God for the grief she felt because he was taken  As she cried out tears of heartache to God night after night she was comforted by His peace.  The peace that passes understanding.  The peace that comes like the wind blowing in the breeze.  Sometimes you feel a blast of peace because of the beauty of the world.  If you see God's love in nature the whole world is decorated in love!!  I love this line of the poem because God loves me through my beautiful back yard.  The roses are blooming now and I feel it is Jesus's way of saying I love you Sandra.  You are precious to me.  I see you and I know your heart.  God sees everyone's heart and knows each painful memory.  God wants us to rejoice because he can take away pain and give us peace.  Supernatural peace that can only come from His Holy Spirit.  His peace is a gift to us.  All we have to do is ask and believe in His Son, Jesus  who was sent to the world to Be With US.  The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy and peace.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Garment of Praise

He gives me beauty for ashes,

The oil of joy for mourning

The garment of praise

For the spirit of heaviness

That we might be trees of righteousness

Planted of the Lord

That God might be glorified

Thursday, August 8, 2013

#SharkCat and Swimming Pool. #SharkWeek

This made me laugh today.  The cat loves to ride on the Roomba.