February 22, 2014

Feature Me Friday Porches for you to visit at Heather's at STRINGTOWNHOME

Thank you my wonderful [generous] friend Heather from Stringtown Home for thinking of me and sharing my front porch along with these 'too special for words' professionally designed and staged magazine porches. I have to admit it feels good to be right in the middle of these
designer offerings.


February 20, 2014

Post August 18, 2013 - Choices & Decisions

Here I stand at the 5 Month marker. A  change in perspective as I look ahead  considering  this question:  "What do I do with the rest of this life before me?" 

 I'm presented with new and interesting thoughts, questions and challenges.

  1. Yes, it's a New World since  August 18, 2013
  2. The  'before' years is OUR history
  3. The unknown is spread out before me - a highway
  4. What do I do with it?
  5.  How do I use it? Fill it? Shape it?
  6. Choices- Decisions-Choices

      A stage? A Canvas?  A Book? 
      A Digital Photo Frame? 
      A Tea Party? A Garden?
      A Poem?
      What will it be? 

    Today -the 'mile marker' reads 6 months.
    I am posing to self the same questions.
    At the moment of our earthly birth we do not have the ability to look around, take it all in and map out  our future  life on this earth. We can't make plans for how we will fill the days ahead.
    Logic says this time and space I'm in today must also be a gift from God...just as life, breath and salvation and the amazing wonderful life that is now behind me was....just as the 'heads up' we had with the cancer diagnosis almost two years ago was  such a gift-
    A Gift of Time.
    I confess I don't have answers regarding the road ahead and what to do with the rest of my life, but I still count it as progress and a positive that I am posing the questions.

    February 17, 2014

    As I Breathe

    2009 My Silver Fox got a new ring  to replace his
     1959 $25 Wedding Band


    As I Breathe

    I lean in..... to You
    You catch me when I would fall
    When I want to crumble in a heap and just quit
    You gather me in your arms
    Just tightly enough to feel secure
    and safe
    As I Breathe
    Sometimes I neglect to pray as I once did
    You become the sponge that naturally
    my Every Groaning of the Spirit
    As I Breathe
    but neglect your Word
    You have it [ and me] covered
    Holding me steady
    While flashes of verses and phrases of scripture
    naturally  cross my mind
    Truth-Your Truth
    is still there
    That never changes
    Everything else does
    You do not.
    So many things are different or have now disappeared
    Many ordinary things  now
    Less than significant
    You My Lord and Savior
    Are the same....
    As I Breathe.

    Though satan would want to cause me grief
     suggesting things I should have said or done..
    The truth is... there are none.
     No regrets save this one.
    ... more time
                      My silver fox didn't waste  time with 'what ifs" or regrets.
                      He focused on  trying to do what's right and being the best.
                      We often reminded each other:
               "You are My Best. My Best of everything."
                     He chose not to  worry over things he could not change
                 and  often reminded me of same.
    He didn't save his 'good manners'
    for special occasions
    When others could see.
    And being a gentleman
    Was not on display
    for  an audience to observe
    Doors were opened for me after a hard day's work outdoors
    Coming in  late afternoons to get cleaned up
    And not a soul in sight to verify .
    A real gentleman simply is
    It's not a performance to be seen-
    He just is....A Gentleman.
    My sweetheart never used a different kind of language
    With just the two of us
    And no one else  to hear.
    The world's vulgarities and profane conversation
    were never spoken here
    And when confronted with such in public
    Do you think he ever hesitated to call one down-
    Of course not..he always noted there was
    A lady present
    and in no uncertain terms firmly with an air that commanded respect
    challenged the careless speech in front of his sweetheart.

    As I Breathe
    I lean in to allow YOU to hold me up
    Gathering me in your arms
    As only the Creator can.

    As I Breathe
    Soak into yourself all the the thoughts, feelings
    and indeed the very Groanings of My Spirit
    As Your Word Tells Me You Can.
    As I Breathe

    The Wisteria Arbor
    A labor of love finished fall of 2012

    February 11, 2014

    Love is Patient, Kind, Enduring -


    Such A Love-ly Season

    Valentines Day is All About Sweethearts, Young Love,
    Mature Love and OTHERS!

    Come Along With me to visit with: Heather at Stringtown Home
    She is expecting us!
    All My Love,