Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Congratulations to Nettie, Til I see "baby Charlotte" I am praying for her. I love her already!

Everybody yells at me, her name is not Constance! I know, but I live in Charlotte. So I picked a new name for my sweetiepie!:)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Two weeks of a severe cough and today, I am on the mend!

A cough is sometimes like a newborn baby. First, it wakes your every hour and then 2 hrs etc., until you are back to a full night's sleep. Last night was my first full night's sleep since the funeral in Myrtle Beach. It is 2/21 and I feel better. My eyes are clear, my lungs are clearing up and I am back to the grindstone. Glad to enjoy the reality of large and busy family life.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Expected accumulation 0.4 inch of ice. Hooray! It's snowing!

We will get our photo op with frosty, this year, after all. {Lord willing, and the creek don't rise, as they say...} I thought we were going to miss it, but the white stuff is coming down and it is 30 degrees. If it stays like this all night we should have our anticipated 0.4 inch of the white stuff on the ground by morning. The Superintendent hasn't called with the news of the school closings and such.

It is a dramatization, perhaps, but a delightful one for the sake of safety and the enjoyment of our children. They make snow angels for one day out of the year and we catch Jack Frost on the rebound from his dumping on the North and everyone is happy. Tomorrow it is supposed to get into the 40s and perhaps, if we are really good, we may keep the snow for a whole day.

I just love it! God is sovereign and we savor the moment of magic that the heavens grant us.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sophomore Ethan, Hangs on to his standing in the IB program, by a thread.

He's got a decent report card and I am always amazed at the studious ambition of these boys. He studies and he does his work and I am grateful for the opportunity to watch him do his best and try as hard as he can in a very ambitious program. AP History is giving him fits, but he hangs on and tries hard. Not just a musician, but a scholar. Thank God!

Friday, February 6, 2015

What does my faith tree look like this many years after sowing my "Bobbypin tree"? Learning to know the faith, the size of a bobbypin cross.

Today is the bobby-pin lady's birthday. Second grade, she found herself far from her mommy and daddy. She found real faith in God. She said to God that she wanted to be with her mommy and daddy and not there at the boarding school. God gave her what she wanted and let her mommy and daddy come and get her and take her home and gave her a sister and 2 more brothers to enjoy after that.

It was amazing that she valued family and God's instruction about what a wife and mommy should be. God let her have a very big tree of faith by the time I met her when she was 20. Now, at 73, I can't see the top of her faith tree. Every once in a while fruit from her tree drops to the ground and we can see that it is much bigger than we could know about. Mountainous faith of continuance and blessing. God is still answering prayer. God is still planting new trees for her. God is faithful and if someone has the faith of a mustard seed, he can say to this mountain...We know he does, because our trees are still growing.

Happy Birthday, Mommy!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Though Perry's gone ahead. He's with the Lord. Will we see him, in that Day? God help us to know YOU!

When losses come, they are certainly difficult. Ben preached the Gospel to his family and Jerry also preached. Johnny was the presiding minister and we had a full house in South Carolina for the home-going of this stalwart soldier of the Walker Family. It is always amazing how the Lord enters into our grief cycles. He comforts and consoles and we are grateful that He does. The backdrop of Myrtle Beach was a fitting natural comfort for such a separation of closeknit siblings into a second season of life.

James, in his 70's said to me that he talked to Perry daily on the phone from his home in Virginia with his 2 grown daughters. I said you will see a new season of ministry in prayer, James. You have so much to look forward to and the most important look out, is for Jesus to come soon... and so shall we ever be with the Lord. James seemed comforted by these words. Perhaps some, who haven't yet met Jesus will be moved to live for HIM, whom to know is life eternal. We all{siblings and inlaws and cousins} sat and consoled eachother and looked at the beach and loved oneanother and then went home.

Lee, who had cared for Perry for these last months in SC. was now ready for her season of retirement in the south. She deserves a great reward for her great service to this very sick brother. She made him comfortable and independent even though he had been sick and blinded by the diabetes. He is in Heaven and she and Julius are left to see the earthly beauty of Myrtle Beach. Our hearts are with him in heaven as we continue our pilgrimage. God moves in a MYSTERIOUS WAY!

Title- The Studious One!

Title-  The Studious One!
artwork by Elyse

Of biscuits and syrup

Of biscuits and syrup
tasty treats

Happy Saturday!

Happy Saturday!
a day at the Raptor Center.

Widdle Emmie in outer space school

Emmie jumped on the bus and off it flew out into the atmosphere. There was a set of clouds with turbulence right above the house and it took a few minutes for my Emmie to buckle her seatbelt. They hit the bump hard and it knocked my Emmie out of her seat and she bumped her head. The video camera came on and the monitor looked through and stated, Ms. Emmie, where are you? You are not in your seat. Where are you? I am alright I fell because I hadn’t buckled correctly. Well jump up Emmie we have a long way to go and you have to be buckled there is entirely too much turbulence in the stratosphere for you to unbuckle now. As soon as we are through this weather system there will be straight sailing but right now you must buckle. Emmie scrambled into the seat with intensity and purpose now. She watched every cloud pass her window and her nose was pressed to the window trying to see the top of the house as it drifted slowly out of sight. Soon they were not only out of sight of the house, the sun came out brightly and just as quickly they were putting on the atmospherical breathing apparatus and the outerspherical lights. The ABA and the OL. These precautions were to make them appear to be satellites to the radar as they were out in the ionosphere. Emmie knew all about this now. She had gone to the orientation and had a good breakfast and it took them 20 minutes for her to get out past the atmospherical pull and to feel the zero gravity. It would be 15 minutes before the gravity simulators would take effect, a glitch in the system which was being worked on. Until then, they enjoyed the couple of minutes of floatation, while being connected to the seats by belt. The first thing they saw everyday was the strataflotsam. The items which had been dumped into the atmosphere by earlier generations. What would their generation do about this ecological waste area that remained floating above their heads? This was a question for the generations. For now it was the area that they had to guide through on the way to school.

Midnight at the OASIS

Midnight at the OASIS
Sunset in Huntersville

My little Emmie

ran to the bus on the first day of the last year of school. 2 buns on the side of her head. She kissed me and ran at dawn to the bus. She was starting the adventure of a lifetime. I would never see that little girl again, she was going to woman school!

My Father and I 1989

My Father and I 1989

to the tune of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme


Are you going to Mary Immaculate?

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

Remember me to the one who lived there,

He once was a true love of mine,

Tell him to buy me an acre of land,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

Between the muddy Hudson in Jamaica Bay,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine,

Tell him to sow in it seeds of pure cream,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

And build Ice cream mountains and buildings of whipped cream,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine,

Tell him to reap them with sickles of M&M’s,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

And chew bubble gum and eat till we’re done,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine.

Tell him to run it off down the motor parkway,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

After your done 50 pushups

and jog down the West Side Highway,

Then he’ll be a true love of mine…

(Don’t wait for me today dad, The kids are sick again, My tummy’s bulging again, My heart is aching again, And now there’s no love there…)

He once was, a true love of mine….So, Girls, I do beg you don't miss your Daddy,Apricots, Chocolate cherries and Pie,You have one short chance to see him on this side, Go visit him and let your light shine.