Pathways of Life...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Two Faced People R also Two Taled ...;-D

If someone is a Two Faced they also have Two Tales (tails)...oh yes!!! You bet they do.

Maybe it's because I am getting older...or having more experiences in life... but I certainly have far less patience than I USED to have with people who constantly prove to be two-faced and untrue. I have always called this the 'the 5th grade Mindset" because it's so immature and stupid. But after living it as a child in school as all do AND after working daily for over 15 years/trained in both regular/Special Ed..... with school kids/church kids and then raising two of my own, plus two others...I feel that through the years/kids...I learned a long time ago that it is common...tho...unnecessary element of life and extremely hurtful to innocent individuals. People with Two faces...also have two tales/tails...the latter is the largest!!!

Yet here I am, recently turned 70 years old and this crazy junk still pops up in my life...and I step back in total disgust and amazement...'where does this mess come from?". What's it all about? What does the Giver Get out of being two-faced/hypocritical. What is gained?
And no, it is not coming from friends my age or older...mercy...they~~for the most part~~ are like me...had ENOUGH of this world's weird junk that they grab for every inch and fraction of joy/laughter/rainbow that they can sqeeze out of each their own bodies give them enough pain/misery of aging....that they certainly don't care to stir up more troubles/pain/disgust..on top of what they already have to endure just 'staying alive'.
We all agree seems that 'lying' has become the most practiced lifestyle/acceptable/often expected of the world today.

It seems that some PREFER to LIVE in lies and deceit...than just live a simple and happy life. Almost everyone is sick of the renown Politicians lying about everything/we sort of 'expect it/ hahaha...but most commercials consist of lies, TV, Ads, media....and people in general. What makes fakes feel such low self-esteemed that they lie about unnecessary things/junk & that truth doesn't even matter? (You can see/understand that the person in the courtroom always says "I didn't do it"...but two-faced so called friends...'what's with that??) I am simply referring to some people hurt by two faced/taled 1/2 wits/gossip.

And I am not talking about people 'kidding', cutting up, telling silly funnies to entertain and make somebody laugh...that's not the issue at all. Almost everybody loves to laugh...if they don't...then they should!!! ;-D It's good for their health/life and spirit. But I am addressing those that JUST reason needed.... are two-faced and carry two tales/tails..(or more) .and eventually make real tails out of themselves and others by their actions//words/deeds. Wrong/hurtful/devilish junk. humm, guess I have just written my own REAL the word...devil.... hummm. ;-\

I'm just saying...wrong is wrong....just because 'somebody said it'...does not make it true. Gossip is's disgusting! If it's not's usually hurtful!..God sees and judges all.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hilarious Scientific Research...Texas Style ;-D

Scientists at NASA built a GUN specifically to launch standard FOUR POUND DEAD CHICKENS at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to TEST the strength of the windshields.

BRITISH ENGINEERS heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the British engineers.
When the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurled out of the barrel,
crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted through the control console,
snapped the engineer's back-rest in two, and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin, like an arrow shot from a bow.

The horrified Brits sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment,
along with the designs of the windshield and begged the US scientists for suggestions.

NASA responded with a one-line memo –
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"Defrost the chicken."


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Backward Moments... ;-D


The above cartoon is ACTUALLY my husband...ha ha. Every evening we like to sit the cool of the day and enjoy watching traffic from our front yard. But since this year we have had a wonderful amount of rainfall and also have numerous lakes/earth tanks nearby....we are infested by those dratted ZINGING ugly little pests...called mosquitoes! Not bad if there is a wind blowing...but unmerciful when it's a gentle breeze. Needless to say, we often 'give in' rather than 'fight their feasting'.

The last few days have been what I call...backwards days...things just keep 'messing up'...unnecessary junk keeps coming 'down the pike'----when I saw the following poetic UN TRUTH...I knew I needed to post it ....for myself and others to 'just get a chuckle'. Hope you enjoy the creative writing of someone....not me...but could've been. ha ha


Ladies and gentlemen, hoboes and tramps,
Cross-eyed mosquitoes and bow-legged ants,
I come before you to stand behind you,
To tell you something I know nothing about.
Next Thursday, which is Good Friday,
There will be a Mother's Day meeting for fathers only;
Admission is free, so pay at the door,
Pull up a seat and sit on the floor.
The topic to discuss...
The crime that has never been committed.
HUMMMMM, do you ever feel like 'life is sooo confusing?" hahaha Blessings 2 U

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The FUN Side of Getting Old....;-D


I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement Frog... that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon---which I can't...ha ha? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50's & 60's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.
I will walk the beach in clothing that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.
So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver....or loose. ;-D
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore..
I've even earned the right to be wrong. I've earned the right to 'have it my way'.

So, to answer your question, sometimes, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever,
but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I might just eat dessert every single day(if I feel like it)...just kidding---when your a diabetic, had cancer twice & a double knee replacement---you enjoy not always eating the sweets of the past. There are JOYs on many avenues and venues....and aging has a thousand streets to wander around...if you can walk.ha ha And as the old song used to say "these Boots are made for Walking and that's just what I'll do"---as long as my Sweet Lord, allows me to~!! "Walk ON and Have Happy Day!


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Origin of Cats & Dogs....cute ;-D

Where do pets come from? GOD CREATES DOG FOR ADAM & EVE.

And Adam said, "Lord, when I was in the garden, you walked with me every day. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me."
And God said, "No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will know I love you, even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish and childish and unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself."

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. ... See More
And it was a good animal. And God was pleased.
And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam, and he wagged his tail. And Adam said, "But Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom, and all the good names are taken, and I cannot think of a name for this new animal."
And God said, "No problem! Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG."
And Dog lived with Adam and was a companion to him and to Eve, and loved them.And Adam was comforted.
And God was pleased.
And Dog was content and wagged his tail.

After a while, it came to pass that Adam's guardian angel came to the Lord and said, "Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts and preens like a peacock and believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but no one has taught him humility."

And the Lord said, "No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever and who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know he is not worthy of adoration."

And God created CAT to be a companion for Adam.
And Cat would not obey Adam.
And when Adam gazed into Cat's eyes, he was reminded that he was not the Supreme Being.

And Adam learned humility.
And God was pleased.
And Adam was greatly improved.

And Cat did not care one way or the other.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Story....Easter Cookies...yummy message!

EASTER RESURRECTION COOKIES Share with family and friends...or the lost....
These cookies are to be made the evening before Easter to demonstrate the story of Christ's resurrection. Our family will be making these together for the first time this year.

You will need:

■1c. whole pecans,
■1 tsp. vinegar,
■3 egg whites,
■pinch salt,
■1c. sugar,
■zipper baggie,
■wooden spoon,
Preheat oven to 300 BEFORE BEGINNING.

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces.
Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl.
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink.
Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life.
Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.
Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27.

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.

Add 1 c. sugar.
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know this and how to belong to Him.
Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet.
Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
Read Matt. 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.

Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.
Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.
Read Matt.27:65-66.

Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.

Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow!
On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty!
Read Matt. 28:1-9

Have a great weekend celebrating the resurrection of Christ!


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Happy Easter 2010, Joy comes in the Morning, Thank You, Jesus!

Have you ever wanted to 'fly on the wings of an Eagle'? Have you ever thought how awesome it must be to soar high, around the mountain peaks, watching all the earth and beings below? Have you ever wondering how it feels to have the soft gentle breeze of the valley reach up and brush your face with freedom and abandon? Well, I have. I love to dream. I love to drift....and I love to think of God being 'right there with me'. ;-D

I think God gave reference to the awesome eagle in Scripture to entice us to seek Him, seek His majestic greatness, the unknown, the wild freedom as we have never known. God also wants us to experience the Valley, not just the mountain. There can beauty in each...there is fear in both. Yet, the majestic eagle...soars onward, upward and always TO Him.

Weeping, tears and fears love to encompass our night...yet Scripture assures us 'that JOY comes in the morning"...and usually it does or at least the situation seems better in the light of day...than it did in the middle of blackest night! I think Easter is a great example of light breaking through all darkness, (the empty tomb at Sunrise) the sun shines light into the valley...just as it did on the mountain peak and sometimes we may be in 'our darkest valley' but God really wants us to come up out of the valley.... 'soar like Eagles, above, in the light, not darkness/shadows, free.... not in bondage of problems and... shouting JOY, inspite of pain.
These are my poetic thoughts on it....

THE VALLEY of Shadows...

Yes, I HAVE been through the 'valley of weeping',
I've been through sorrow, death and pain.
And yes, the 'comfort of God' was with me,
pushing me to be bold, trusting and to sustain.

For the earth needs clouds, rain and sunshine,
Just as our souls need both, sorrow and Joy.
And He often places us in the furnace,
For golden lessons and our troubles to destroy.

He leads us through some 'Valleys of trouble',
His hands of power... we can easily trace,
Becaue the trials and sorrows we endure,
Are part of His lessons... of solitude and grace.

We try to shrink away from His pruning,
Forgetting, the Knowledge that He betows,
Because the deeper the cutting and paring,
The Richer and stronger... the plant will grow.

He knows that deep affliction is oft needed,
For He has a wiser purpose... in His view,
For after we walk in the Valley, He whispers,
'Hereafter, you will know what I would Do'.

Yes, we travel through life's shadowed valley,
His love springs forth fresh....constantly arise,
As we all learn that all our sorrows and losses,
Are really our Blessings, growing in disguise.

So, in blind faith, humbly....we follow,
Regardless if pathways are dreary.... or bright
For we have proof that God is our Comforter,
He gives us... Songs in the shadows...
as well as.... Joy in the morning light!

Have a Happy Easter! An empty tomb... He is Alive, we're forgiven and can have eternal life!!! Hallaluia!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Facebook, Fun and Foolishness....

FACEBOOK is a place on the internet that is lots of fun, tons of foolish laughter, yet lots of neat wisdom and 'serious mind bending issues' each day. Tons of games, some a bit wild and querky, some 'down home' goofy...but for the most part...just fun. The following is a personality test 0f which there are a jillion to choose from.
While on Facebook, I noticed that a lot of my friends were taking "Dr. Phil's Personality Test"...most of the results that I read... did fit the I knew them...but then there were a couple that I thought just sort of 'flew off the wall' in a couple of places. Yet I could also see a 'wee bit' of the negatives as the results of the testings. It just was not really complimentary to that individual.
Anyway...out of curiosity...I WANTED to try the test....but in reality...I thought 'Oh, my grief...all I need is to take a stupid test and then have all my negatives plastered all of Facebook for millions to laugh at. So, I mulled it over a couple of days/scared to make a 'bigger' fool of myself...and after phone conversations ...urging me to do it....'aaawww just for fun''...I finally did it. ;-D And in fact...I repeatedly took...trying my best to 'fool' the test. ha ha
Thank God, Dr. Phil took 'pity' on me and gave me a decent grade. Below is his testing and results for me. Whew! The worms were exposed.

Dr. Phil's Personality Test
This test was created by Dr. Phil and several psychologists. He presented this test on the Oprah Winfrey show. It is reported to be the most accurate psychological test in the entire world. (for the Facebook testing you answer questions BUT they referred back through your writings/contact messages on Facebook to compile the results.) And tho foul talk is not allowed ...very curt/cutting things are. You can read some interesting' exchanges of words at times.) ;-)

Fun fact about this pyschological testing: Dr. Phil himself scored a 55 on the test, while Oprah scored only a 38.

Gloria took the "Dr. Phil's Personality Test" quiz and the result is.../she is....

The Lively Center of Attention. (I certainly do not feel that way, for sure)
(but I love reading the following...yea for ole Dr. Phil...ha ha)
Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not one to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.
(wow...what a relief...he gave me a decent you know now why I say...Dr. Phil took "pity on me" was fun after all. Sure glad there weren't any more questions. ha ha
Hope you have a great day.... & 'a special little secret' just between you and me...'don't take the already KNOW you are great!!! woohoo!
God created you & He don't make junk!!! ;-D

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My Attorney....

The horror of a silent Courthouse.
The 'thunder' of a harshly, rapping mallet from a Stern Judge!

Something to think about....pray about....

and then there's the...................Prosecuting Attorney......

(this is not my writing but it is my creation and something I feel with my soul that needs to be shared with the world...I hope you receive 'Gods message' rather than mine'' If you like it...share it.) Blessings, g
My Attorney .........................>

After living what I felt was a "decent" life, my time on earth came to the
end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of
what I thought to be a courthouse. The doors opened and I was instructed to
come in and have a seat by the defense table.

The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing
robes. He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room. I
couldn't take my eyes off of Him. As He took His seat behind the bench, He
said, "Let us begin."

The prosecutor rose and said, "My name is Satan and I am here to show you
why this man belongs in hell."
He proceeded to tell of lies I told, things I
stole, and in the past when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible
perversions once in my life and the more he spoke, the further down in my
seat I sank. I was so embarrassed, I couldn't look at anyone, even my own
Attorney, as the Devil told of sins even I completely forgotten about. As
upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally
upset at My Attorney who sat there silently not offering any form of defense
at all. I know I was guilty of those things, but I did some good in my
life - couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I' d done?

Satan finished with a fury and said, "This man belongs in hell, he is guilty
of all I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise."

When it was His turn, My Attorney first asked if He might approach the
bench. The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan, and
beckoned Him to come forward. As He got up and started walking, I was able
to see Him in His full splendor and majesty. I realized why He seemed so
familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.

He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, "Hello Father," then
He turned to address the court. "Satan was correct in saying this man
sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage of sin is
death, and this man deserves to be punished."
Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms
and proclaimed, "However, I died on the cross so this person might have
eternal life and he accepted Me as his Savior, so he is Mine."
My Lord
continued with, "His name is written in the Book of Life and no one can
snatch him from Me. Satan still does not understand yet. This man is not to
be given justice, but rather mercy."

As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said, "There
is nothing else that needs to be done. I've done it all.."

The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down. The following
words bellowed from His lips... "This man is free The penalty for him was
already paid in full. Case dismissed"

As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, "I won't give
up, I will win the next one."

I asked Jesus as He gave me my instructions where to go next, "Have you ever
lost a case?" Christ lovingly smiled and said, "Everyone that comes to Me
and asked Me to represent them, received the same verdict as you,

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Please Vote...The Holocaust was Real & it was Not Holy.

Our family went to see "Dairy of Anne Frank" at our Civic theatre...awesome performances by all. (Anne's story from age 12 to 15 during WW II, in hiding from murdering Nazi.) This true story and like Schindler's List (movie/books) should be required for every US citizen in order to re-evaluate AMERICA'S FREEDOMS versus a world controlled by Satan until Jesus returns. Terrorist, tyranny, torture are Satans sick tools & cause of 'power WARs' and in both WW I & II. Thank God for our Freedom. Remember 2 Vote on March 2nd!

(this is from my Facebook posting but the message is one that would be appreciated by my dear friends who do NOT use Facebook,) as many are older than me and they have also 'witnessed/lived' through the horrors of World War II, Hitler, Stalin & Mossuline's slaughtings of innocent men, women and children. Some served in the armed services, some lost family members, many, many had family members right in the middle of the bombings, raids, prison camps and starving, freezing 'walks' of Nazi war crimes.

Holocaust was real and it was not Holy...

It really is an insult to intelligence when I hear some total idiot scream out that the Holocaust never happened. How, how, how...can ANY human being be sooo ill-informed, so blind to the millions of actual photographs, actual first person stories, national archives/records/documentations....dead bodies/tombs/cemeteries across this earth/broken families---as to say such insult and wear that (God Forbidden) swashsticker on arm bands and body tatoos. I guess that...Only our God could possibly know WHY...and I certainly do not come close to trying to figure out such persons beliefs and choices of ignorance. (and ignorance does not mean that someone is simply means that THEY choose to IGNORE the truth.) So, here and now, I am legally able to say that the people who choose to wear Nazi bands or tatoos of swashstickers are totally IGNORANT!!! They are enjoying the same Freedom that thousands died to save THEIR tails...then they curse them with disrespect of this method. (And,Yes, I can respect them... as a person...but I do NOT have to appreciate their actions/choice/disrespect---which is also MY freedom in America). Most of my friends feel the same...naturally...that's most likely why we are friends. ha ha

Oh,mercy, how I thank God for every past and present American Soldier; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, National Guards, Coast Guard...every Law officer, CIA, DPS, Texas Rangers, Deputies & Police Officer---these are the real MEN and Women of America--our PROTECTORS/PROVIDERS... not mouthy politicians whom we elect for their campaign words (often of deceit) who most often 'change their servanthood mode into 'what's in it for me' mode after entering their desired office. The above HONOREES..however, deserve all our daily respect for all they GIVE toward maintaining our FREEDOMS that the rest of the world doesn't always have. God Himself tells that WAR is part of our life...because of Satan utilitizing the 'self-centered' egos of man. POWER. Yes, it's often disguised as a religious issue but it's basis is Satan and power/control.

Rem: It started in the Bible...Abraham and 2 sons. War is not a new thing and will not end until Jesus returns for His believers/followers. So, again, as we come to this 'election Day" March 2nd...I pray that we all will study and vote for family values, morals and regained respect of our God given Freedoms of this wonderful Nation called America "the Beautiful".

I dearly love C/W singer Lee Greenwood's awesome song...."

'And I’m proud to be and American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,From sea to shining sea.
From Detroit down to Houston,and New York to L.A.

Well there's pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand and say.
That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

So, today, I want to say a special "Thank you dear soldiers/law officers" for protecting and providing these blessings to all of us...everyday. I, Thank you Dear God, that we have not seen bulldozers digging pits in the earth just to fill with dead and 'living' bodies as done in WW 2...or loaded train cars used to be 'gas' chambers for hundreds at a time of naked, starving men, women & children, or the worse---burning 100's alive, as their screams echo through every snow covered mountain side, valley, thousands of graves and tombs of Europe as well as the whole world.

Yes, WE DO need REMINDING of these horrors...because... only by the Holy GRACE of GOD almighty--it all-could have been here, right in our own beloved backyards....or it could BE us, today...if we do NOT stop and pay attention to WHO...What...and HOW.... leaders take (and MIS-TAKE).... control of our daily civil rights/FREEDOMS. Our children of today and the future,... deserve better ...they deserve our dedication and live better...not in overwhelming, defeated DEBTS, destroyed nation/Constitutional rights, destitute, and disabled to function! They deserve, as we live with FREEDOM (& the pursuit of happiness)!

If you are reading this...I know that you LOVE our country...our nation and our well as your own (and all) little children---they--- NEED us to VOTE for wise leaders TODAY. Tomorrow may be too late. Over 6,000 dead Jews and 8,000 dead Allied forces will whisper to you ....from their graves of WW I and II... and beg you...'please, hear our cries...fight for Right/good/morals....for your children, even your own future......VOTE while you can---WE NO LONGER have a voice. :-/

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Will You be my Valentine? ;-D

(this blog is for my good friends that are not on Facebook, who also like reading the writings of others...or so you say. ha ha. If you enjoy it, great ...if not, ignore, ;-D either way just know that I love ya and wish you the greatest of everyday of life!)

I love Valentine's Day!! ;-D (as many of you know....Valentines Day originated from the Christian Priest, St. Valentine, a Roman who was killed for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D.)
Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, whom he loved as a friend and signed it "From Your Valentine". Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius, who hated Christians. Claudius had Priest Valentine jailed, beaten, beheaded for defying him... because he performed 'weddings'ceremonials...while Claudius wanted MEN/warriors free from emotions/love as soldiers.
Later, in 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine-the Christian Saint..
The story is touching ... yet, today, as Christians KNOW... Jesus Christ was actually the First He GAVE his life/heart on Calvary.. (the Crimson Rose) for US to live with blessings here/now and throughout eternity. LOVE was born at CALVARY..and that LOVE is our greatest of gifts in celebrate your blessings... with joy, share it and have a very Happy Valentine's Day...everyday!
I dearly LOVE Valentine's about you? xoxoxo ;-D

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sunrise...Sunset, Quickly go the Days!!!

I love the morning Sunrise and evening Sunset. This morning was awesome, after weeks of rain. I have read that the 'gold' and awesomely brilliant colors that occur at this time of day is because of something called, Rayleigh Scattering. Science says it's where earthly particles split into 'colors' when sun is between us and the horizon. ??? Whatever it is---it is a reminder that 'we are such a tiny part of this awesome universe that God created and that HE really does have more 'awaiting' us when we greet our 'last Sunset'. What a joy to and there!
My Mother used to say that 'a beautiful Sunset...was when St. Peter 'left the gate open'...(and thus we are allowed to 'see' a bit of heaven. Yes, I know that we all have different views of what Heaven is...will I enjoy believing that 'it's all in HIS hands and it is HIS business, not ours, as to who/whom gets to see those beautiful scenes beyond the 'gates" ;-D This is how I feel about the death of my brother in law, Nick. Many times as an Aero Acrobatics stunt pilot, World Olympian, he flew airplanes with unbelievable speeds straight up into the heavens, by passing earth and..... exchanging breaths with God, whomwatched over, protected and guided the flights beyond the knowledge of all mankind.

Last Saturday, our family was honored to have the Texas EAA aero acrobic pilots to put on a small 'Air Show' and honorary memorial to Nick. Their finale' was the 'Missing Man' flight performance where many airplanes do many patterns in the sky and at the end... then one lone plane pulls away (lost)....the fellow pilots remain in formations and then the lead plane 'drops' towards the earth..(it seemed like you could actually TOUCH the aircraft)..shocking but safe...and honor the family.... with patterns 'wing tipping', performances etc. awesome---then the final drop is to release the 'ashes' of their 'missing comrad' over the landing strip, hangars and displayed airplanes on the ground.
There is really no way to describe the beauty, the mesmerizing effect and touching emotions of the complete event. Awesome flights...repeatedly honoring of us on the ground....WITH AIR PLANES. can't be explained.
Yes, there were silent tears...but wonderful cheers of excitement, as the roaring motors conquering every domain of the earth where we stood. (we actually heard the 'droan' of the fleet of planes....long before they arrived over head to perform their show..(from the direction of G.W.Bush ranch no less ;-D) really was so exciting---everybody was squealing, laughing & carrying on like little kids----camera's flying everywhere. (and needless to say...some of my own 'MOST favorite...head on shots of the airplanes diving into us/runway/landing area....did not take...grrr....but guess it's par for life... that ya have to laugh about. There's is NOTHING like facing an spinning airplane propella that you KNOW is going to miss you...but you are RIGHT in front of it---trying to take photos. (I needed my daughter, the photographer, to be there at those moments!!!) We had a nice attending group but sadly she was nursing 'strep throat'---yuk.
But it was such a 'mixture of emotions' be way out on a cattle ranch hillside...beautiful, laughter... but bitter cold north wind that we tried to buff. :-) Below is a pic of only 4 airplanes that I could get in one shot...but there were many behind this---again, pics didn't turn out...I was absolutely freezing/shaking the camera of which I'm not great at anyway, even at my best. poo
The 'sound' was totally awesome. As a child we always went to all the AIR SHOWS; it was one of my Daddy's favorite things to do. (four in our family were in the Air Force) I remember when I was about 7 or 8 years old ? that I couldn't stand all the noise of the air show & I ducked down & quickly hid behind & between my Daddy's legs.... at a Waco Air Show where a huge B 36 did a 'fly over' because it was too big to land on any of the local airfields. (it was very scary). The Tribune Herald newspaper reporter was watching me, started laughing & took our picture---and everybody around us, including my Mother & Daddy were dying laughing....but THAT was the only place I could find protection from the awful noise.. ;-D
Yes, all air shows SHAKE the earth...but the B 36 was the largest... (& carrier of army tanks/jets) and it was later deemed to expensive for use. Another brother n law had helped in the Engineering design of the B 36, so it was special to many in our family, even tho it wasn't in service but about 8 or 10 years.
Nick had a hobby of collecting Antique airplanes/aircrafts of all kinds. Well, known in that world. This red, white and blue beauty is a 69' Rally. My nephew 'taxied' all the airplanes out on their landing strip for the air show display. Very pretty, very unique & special.
My nieces favorite, 1931 Wright...note where the propellar is located. (I have another shot of the tail which is unique in itself...but ? couldn't get it to download for some reason) As you know the older the aircraft....or more unique...the higher the value. whew...neato

This is just an inside view of a hangar that has a huge ? antique airplane-wall to wall-very nice in a bright yellow. All was quite a tribute to Nick and his wisdom, work and collections. We laughed because everywhere you look, there are pieces of airplanes/parts/ Nick! One of the family favorites is his 1919 French Bi-plane. He has refurbished many, many and resold them through the years....great artist, Engineer and wise collector.
Below is my darling niece; messing around on her brothers motor bike in the woods. Needless to say 'everybody' had to take a 'spin'---tons of laughter, fun and craziness. Add to that a few great games of 'basketball (even my 70 yr. husband who couldn't walk the next day.hahaha) and tons of yummy food to follow throughout the afternoon.

Also...naturally, there was the usual walk in the woods...along the flooded creek, across the pastures, taking pictures of buzzards, dogs, kids and crazy stunts. Below is my hubby---before he played the game of basketball ....which I have to say...'he did some REALLY neat POP SHOT PERFECT GOALS...for being the oldest male there...huummm. (you don't wanna hear about how it was to try to get him UP the next morning tho...hahaha

The following poem was dedicated to my brother-in-law at his memorial and I think it is very beautiful and fitting, called:
"The High Flight"
Oh! I have skipped the surly bonds of Earth!
And I danced the skies Sunward. I've climbed and joined the Tumbling mirth of Sun-split clouds.
You have not dreamed of the sunlit Silence; hov'ring there, I've chased the Shouting Wind along and flung my eager Craft through footless halls of the Air.
Up, Up the long, the delirious, as a burning blue lark, or even an Eagle flew.
And, while with silent ....lifting mind...I've trod the high Untrespassed Sancity of Space,
I put out my hand and 'touched the Face of God!
Nick Pocock wheeled and soared....and swung High with easy grace, Where never I've topped the Wind -Swept heights and done a hundred things...
on 'laughter and Silvered Wings'...

----so, Sunrise...Sunset, quickly go the days....
no one ever knows, when/where/how...we will see that last earthly Sunray. Make the most of every moment, enjoy life, grab every rainbow, swing on every cloud, kiss the snowflake and know that our God is ALWAYS there!!!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Living Today & Facing our Tomorrows....

Life is too short to wake up with regrets...

So, love the people who treat you right and..... forget the one's who don't.

Believe that everything happens for a reason.

If you get a second chance in life....grab it with both hands....and if it CHANGES your life
...let it...and enjoy the ride.

Nobody has promised us that life would be easy....just that it WOULD be WORTH IT.

I have often found that we seldom appreciate the miraculous beauty of the awesome morning 'Sunrise'...if we sleep through it...or if we wait constantly crying in the darkness. :-( The early bird gets the worm....and a half of a worm is better.... than no worm at all when you are hungry. ;-D My precious Mother used to say this and jillions of Biblical and old pioneering phrases that have all 'proven to be soooo true' throughout my life. I treasure my memories of her constant 'quotes' of wisdom, humor and scriptures.

I read this the other day and absolutely laughed myself to pieces because in my SENIOR years I live daily with dear ones that I truly enjoy.... but many fit the following.

People who wear 'their own halo...a wee bit tooo everybody else a headache. ;-)
Some people are so conceited that they think that God changes his 'opinions to suit their needs'.
While conceit often 'refreshes' the also makes everybody else sick. ha ha How true, how true! (I am with many, many college professors, retired pastors, top musicians and teachers....lovely people...but sometimes...OMGosh. Believe me, I truly speak little and just listen. ha ha I have to also add ....these are not my chosen/closest friends...just associates. ha ha (often--so sad--- age makes people forget the meaning of 'grace', wisdom and good manners....that they used to abide by professionally...and don't as they grow older....but I have to admit that they ARE entertaining. haha)

I find the following to be cute to remind myself to laugh and move on as well because:
If....and when....we turn 'green with envy' can bet we are RIPE for trouble to the long run of things....very often the 'less' that people know....the more certain they are that they are right. ;-D And, equally so, the Bible tells us plainly that it is foolish to argue with a fool, lest you reflect your own foolishness. hahaha Isn't God smart.
However, I continuiously have to say.... that 'Life still beautiful....even when there are warts, moles, trolls and holes". I am so glad to BE BE able to Laugh, to silence or with a giggle. It is a great blessing to treasure. Have a great day.
Lord, help us all endure the things that we don't understand...because YOU first loved us...and still do. "I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy; for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities." Psalm 31:7 Don't allow others to steal away your joy.
'A merry heart doeth good like a medicine' choose to laugh today & everyday with blessings. ;-D

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Happy 9th Birthday to our First Granddaughter...

Can it be possible? Our first now 9 years old...and looks, well I'll leave that up to you. seems that it was ONLY yesterday that she was a tiny infant. Today, I set this blog aside just to honor her. She is most deserving of the "highlights and blessings' of having her 'cutie' picture to be posted on Grandma GG's blog!

Kori is special to me...not just because she is our first...but that she is a remarkable young lady that is constantly asking me, "Grandma GG, can I help you with the kitchen...always there for me."

I love remembering back to when she was just a little thing....her first 3 or 4 years, she always LOVED coming to stay with me. And her 'favorite position' for me and her....was me stretched out in my rocking recliner....and she PLANTED herself on my lap but also stretched herself on top of my legs. I was her mattress...ha we watched cartoons. She would FLOP...TURN...FLIP...but Grandma was not suppose to move. ha ha (ya know the mattress has to be firm and a good foundation). Yes, she has outgrown laying on Grandma GG's lap/legs (esp. since I had double knee replacement surgery ...ouch)...but she loves sitting on my lap whenever possible. Very meaningful for any Grandma...even when they out grow the! ;-D

Since it is Kori's 9th is only fair to have a picture of her Mom and Daddy, our son, Dewayne and his wife, Kelleye....cozy and cute.
This is one of my FAVORITE pictures of Kori as a baby. She is wearing HER DADDY'S own 'baby Santa Suite" that he wore as a baby...that Grandma saved for JUST THIS MOMENT...the first grandchild. ;-)
Aunt Jana also wore this darling little suit as a baby. (we even have the baby blue suit that Me Ma Seeley saved from Pop-pa when he was a baby... to be used for the grandkids....but we forgot to do this :- (---so sad. It would have been neat to have 3 generations represented in the same little infant clothing.)
But...One question about the above photo...."Do you think this baby could possibly have ...maybe...just a few too many STUFFED animals...hahahaha? Absolutely love this photo, Kori does too!
Kori's first date. Dad and Daughter Dance this last year. (I love this) She is reading Dad's "Love Letter" to her. ;-)
Happy 9th Birthday, Kori. Sweet Kisses...Sweet hugs...sweet nothings-- yet sweet everything to you, our beloved Miss Kori. May our loving God...Jesus Christ...forever guide your thoughts...all your actions...all your blessings and may you in return also forever honor, praise HIM and try your best to follow His guidelines as He teaches in your own personal Bible. May you always know where to turn when sad or bad times come into your life.
Kori, May all your dreams and prayers come true and become a blessings. May you always keep that awesomely BEAUTIFUL dimpled smile of yours...may that smile be used to help you through the tearful times that comes to everyone. But more importantly, Kori...may that beautiful smile of yours be used by make OTHER people happy and smiling. Our greatest times of happiness comes when 'we make somebody else feel good'.
We love you so very much, Kori, may this little blog that we write in Honor of YOU...make you truly have the greatest of HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!!! You are ALWAYS in our daily prayers for protection, guidance and your happiness.
Again....Happy 9th Birthday! Love, Granma GG and Poppa

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fun games...all about ''MeMe"...ha ha

Saw this 'meme' on my daughters blog and then she telephoned...asked me to 'do' this. So, 'just for the fun of it....and because she asked....I SHALL PARTAKE OF THIS JOY thereof. ha ha :-D

I am thinking: how addictive are the joys of the 'computer world'...(you know...facebook friends, blogs, prayer lines/inspirationals, testimonies, politics, angels and crooks, punkjunk, tons of jokes )... and yet...some of God's richest of blessings. :-D (I love it...or I wouldn't even know it WAS addictive. ha ha)
I am thankful for: everything good. (this page nor computer...or my time....can truly COVER all that I am sooo thankful for. Only God knows....and after all, guess that's what counts for all of

From the kitchen: wafting aroma of fresh cooking beef, onion, potatoes & veggies...encircle my head from a new pot of stew.... brewing for hubby...who just called me on the cell phone with excitement of watching a 'drug bust' in action on S. 340, complete w/DPS, deputies, cops, swat...all with guns drawn--- of all kinds. How exciting is that....a pot of stew here....or 'pot' crew causing a stew there? :-D lol...

I'm wearing: oh beloved old purple 'Cancer Survivor' tee shirt, jeans and my favorite fuzzy, flannel, 'hunters' shirt. So cozy.... :-D

I'm creating: poetry and computer cards for friends who enjoy being remembered and some who are 'seldom remembered by others'. I love creating my own cards...with their name...or their pictures with dinky little poetic chatter that ONLY they would/could enjoy. :-D It's personal ...they seem to love it ....and I really love doing it. fun fun fun

I'm going: to TRY to be better at accomplishing a jillion things this year....but hey, I have also, chosen to NOT beat myself up with guilt if I don't... I feel that God just wants me to treasure what I have, take better care of that....and do my best to see that other people have a blessing THROUGH me each time we meet....(in person or computer) That's a sincere prayer for me!

I'm reading: my Bible...not because of a MANdate...but because I always feel 'connected closer and touched' by God/Christ when I do. I love to journal my thoughts when I am doing this. I have ton's of composition books packed with the above. It has helped me become 'a Survivor of cancer, twice and get thru a million miserable issues that I didn't feel that I deserved, but was given. I encourage both...the reading and the writing. healthy fun. (oh yes...and I am not making fun...of churches or Bible Study groups that set their New Years goal 'to read through the Bible this year". That's always tops.)

I'm hoping: That I can achieve the another jillion major things for loved ones who are caught in some mighty hectic life situations...that THEY TOO did not ask for or deserve. :-(

I'm hearing: Red Birds and sparrows singing outside my windows....along with cars and 'truckers' going down the highway in front of my beloved home on the hillside---at 80 to 90 miles per hour at least. 70 on road sign...hummm. :-D Instrumental music is my fav ESCAPE TV channel that is also playing softly from the living room. (it lifts me to heaven when I am not yet dead...ha ha, how neat is that?) :-D
Around the house: One gigantic Tom cat is SNORING....and two--- half grown-- kittens are constantly trying to get my attention by getting ON the computer the window sill...near me... where they look outside & dribble 'cat spit' from tiny quiver lips..DREAMING... of desirous/DElicious .. Red birds and sparrows for an afternoon snack. ha ha Truly is 'wishful thinking'. (the other of these kittens actually 'batted his paw way up in the open air/sky...when he saw a BUZZARD silently flying overhead. We nearly died laughing--- poor thing just KNEW he was going to bat that buzzard down to the earth--checking that dude out.)

One of my favorite things right now: Warmer weather. After temps dipped to around 5 degrees a couple of nights ago----dear Father, thank You for Texas Sunshine and the hope for Spring.
A few plans for the week: my favorite groups have meetings. The retired Missionary group will have a luncheon, along with the WBA Pastors and Ministry leaders, the favorite....Baylor University Senior Choir has tons of new plans for this week and this Semester. Love my friends...about 100 in our choir. I've been there for ten years now....(since,..back when my Mom passed away & I joined because I missed her so much) and this was a wonderful transition for me---plus it added new power to my cancerous lungs that were destroyed by both Cancer and Staph infections that wiped out my immune system. I love performing in our concerts all over Central Texas, across the State and esp. the annual out-of-state Tours. We are headed for Oklahoma in April for a few days of entertaining numerous places: OK bombing site, Fed. sites, Cowboy Hall of Fame, many churches and retirement homes, etc.
Now if you'd like to play the above game...highlight, copy and paste it...erase my answers and have fun doing your own was a fun thing. Surprise...ha ha
Hope I didn't bore ya to tears. Life needs a little zest every once in something different. Regardless, just have fun in whatever ya do.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Bitter Cold....Tiny Miracles

How does Mother Nature do it?
How do these teeny tiny pink flowers on these delicate velvet purple vines
survive 18 and 19 degrees of and horrendous winds? (mercy, I'm in the house and
wrapped up, sitting next to a heater and I'm almost

Gigantic trees leaves curl up and die
at the first breath of cool Autumn chill? Science...God, Lord, tell us
the simple answer? What miracles they are!

Each day I am deeply amazed at
'the Wonders of Nature". (God's Goodness)

I love this little present that God sent 'just for me...because this awesome Texas Sunflower suddenly decided to come live in my flower bed in November and then BLOOM long after the first freeze. It powerfully seems to flourish even greater as the temperatures deepen (18 and 19 degrees, high cold winds...yet it stands, smiling each day while all of it's cousins 'met their maker' way back in September.

I'm equally amazed at the awesome beauty of flower beds of recent years and their remarkable beauty...and as said, "how DO they survive the horrible freezing temperatures?" Little tiny Pansy faces...that grace every frozen northern the deep snow of winter.

Their remarkable FACE seems to get brighter and more vibrant in vast colors as the ice gets harder. Our God of creation must have had a real "party' when He designed all these beautiful array of colors and powerful plants of endurance. (Lord, help me be like these plants...strong, colorful, face the cold winds of life, the bitter things of life---that often make me fold over and beg to meet you sooner than Your plan is laid out.) :-o

Can anyone deny that THIS is beautiful...remarkable and a powerful representation of it's Creator? (pictures I recently took in Branson, Missouri...very cold...where all tourist questioned 'HOW".)
:-D God,

May YOU be blessed this day and everyday.
May we all gather encouragement from this simple thing the ''tiny flower''... that is able to overcome the 'harshness' of the world around us. :-D

Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed....And God saw that it was good.

Monday, January 4, 2010

2010 Resolutions and HIS hands...

Wow, how EASY it is to make all those New Years Resolutions---after all there are sooo many to choose from! Ha ha But then, that may just be 'me'...maybe you are much better at being perfecto than I am.

For years now....I join the whole nation in 'sharing' the same New Years Resolutions as the average right, healthy, lose weight, exercise more. This usually last for about a month and some maybe, even a week or so. ha ha

Oh, how pitiful. How 'not in control'. How unwise and oh, how I NEED MY SAVIOR. :-D

Well, that is all a wonderful goal...and again I claim it---but after a wonderful Holiday celebration for the whole month of well as November with Christmas trips and tours....I have chosen to add one special goal to the above resolutions. LIVE SIMPLE....

The other night after all the celebrations were over and all families had returned to their own homes, also in their own joys of relaxations.... :-D .... our house and our rooms were suddenly quiet (well, if you don't count hubby's remote control in hand...ha ha)...the house seemed back to a relaxed peace of an aging and the joy & contentment of me and all three cats...all spread out on our king sized bed, mellowing down in the fluffy old bed comforter that we all like to 'bury up within'. Warm Snuggles.

As usual, I read my Bible and...this time... my favorite way...of just 'opening it up to WHATEVER GOD wants me to read for the moment'. That night it was a SIMPLE passage that seemingly I had read a jillion times. Psalms 13:6 "I will sing unto the Lord, for He is good to me".

Wow, that seemed to take on new meaning. after all----I love music, I love to sing, love my Lord and oh yes, HE IS SO GOOD TO ME. ---- It's just that simple! He loves me ....just like I am. Simple. Simple. Simple.

As I curled up....thinking....(you know...the 'be still and know' thing)....really LISTENING to God's whisperings in my heart, ear and soul. Yes, I suddenly realized.....that's my REAL just.... LIVE SIMPLE.

His words were simple: "Don't be fearful....just be Faithful..."

Instantly, (because that's the way God is sometimes...)...I began to remember the Christmas Story: Mary, the sweet young innocent maiden.... so simple in her faith when it was a horrific, almost deadly situation for her. No wonder she 'feared"... Then there was Joseph...a simple man...facing a world that was ruled by 'judgemental MEN, his fellow friends...and yet secretly... his heart was fearful and broken... because of his deep love for an innocent young girl (Mary) who could be murdered for being pregnant and he wasn't the father--yet Joseph also, like Mary.... in blind Faith, they both listened to an angel (which in great likelihood... may have doubted even seeing an angel of God...much less followed in blind Faith, all the things that they both questioned/ well as what they both KNEW... could happen.

They both chose to FEAR NOT...and follow.

Then my mind quickly went on to thoughts of the lowly Sheep herders, on the cold winter hillside far away from Bethlehem to 'leave their sheep to danger and follow a STAR" (how foolish is that? They also knew the world looked down upon them because of their smell and their jobs... (they likely even feared of being around people who judged them harshly by their sheep smell! No one likes to be rejected.)
Yet , daily and Nightly....with love, tenderness and innocence they tended to their flocks of messy smelly, sometimes stubborn sheep ---(just as did all of my childhood (300 at one point) and yes, I, too, remember their sheepy smell, poop, their awful birthing, bleating, death, freezing cold, the pitiful little orphans, attacks by wolves and wild dogs, blood, worms, suffering and pain... and yet I really loved taking care of them...because they WERE simple....innocent, needed my care. I too have been a Sheppard and so, it is easy for me to identify with stubborn, smelly, yet sweet/innocent sheep.... the Sheppard's lifestyle. Simple. Simple work. Simple kindness. Simple care taking.

So, the Sheppard's, just like Mary and Joseph...chose to 'Fear go in blind Faith" following 'unbelievable angels voices'. They each followed in simple the Star of Bethlehem, to the Star of David, to the Star of of the whole Universe and Eternity! God.

That night as I lay on my warm, comfortable bed, listening to cold winds blowing harshly against the window panes....I began to totally FEEL God's presence and well as HEAR...Him whispering words of encouragement into my soul, my heart and trying erase FEAR that only the devil tried to place upon me. "God's word is SIMPLE"... "Simply BE what I made you to be. LIVE SIMPLE----Faithful, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly....and LEAVE the rest to me---your GOD''

Could God be any plainer...(even to lowly sheep...who sometimes find it hard to understand the voice of the Sheppard.) Mercy..God KNEW that these are the very THINGS that I already LOVED to do, anyway! God simply told me in... no misunderstood words...."Be simple, be yourself, I love you. I died so that you could LIVE. Live simple. I created you...and I am GOD." .............
( So, can it get any better than THAT?)
And how about your world....could this message be helpful to anyone else? I don't know...but He does. :-D
The devil constantly tries to 'set our limits and place fear of the unknown in our hearts to defeat our moving forward and accomplishing what God has planned for our good. The choice is ours in 'whom we believe and whom we follow'. Lovingly and sometimes, silently, God constantly reminds us that....All we can the best we can do...the rest is HIS.
Live Simple: Fear not. Be Faithful ...(like the examples of Mary, Joseph and the lowly Sheppard's) Join me in this SIMPLE resolution, in covering all the other desires of your heart.
Father, may you bless all who reads this 100 fold. "I will SING unto the Lord, for HE is good to me."