Monday, July 28, 2014

A Monday Minute~Another Year Begins

Another birthday come and gone...
~
My oldest son and daughter in law spent Saturday evening with us.
They provided us with a beautiful meal of steak salad and hot rolls. 
Katie my incredible daughter in law prepared all the fixings, 
set a beautiful table.....and didn't let me help :-)
Her and Khloe made me birthday brownies topped with ice cream...
my favorite dessert!
Katie, " I do read your blog!" 
She makes me smile, for many reasons and I am so thankful she 
joined our family.

While all the work went down I got to hang out back with the girls :-)






 Khloe pulling her bug through the yard....providing rides to rollie pollie bugs .

Mike and Buster tended to the steak on the grill and this.....

Tada!





Really a great evening....
Thanks Mike and Katie!  

 ~
 Sunday morning I met my friend Snicker (Lori) of Snicker and Doodle  :-) 
 for breakfast at our church cafe, she kinda spoiled me with gifts...
She in fact is a gift!

~

Sunday evening friends Missi and Kerry joined us at home for nice
 dinner my Buster prepared.
 We set outback listened to music and did lots of catching up!


They brought me balloons and a most beautiful Orchid.....wish me luck!!






I received many birthday wishes on Facebook and several really nice phone calls.
I live a life full of good people, people I can count on in any situation.

~
Fifty-eight is off to great start.....
Living thankful, it's what echos from my heart today.....

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Let's Sit Under a Tree !


Needed a lift this morning so I did what works,
I went and picked up the Sweet Beans.
We did our usual, brief pony visit, went to the farm stand,
and then to the market (where the other ponies are).





Three year old's are a lot to keep up with sometimes,
they are also very capable of lifting up!

They think were the best us Namaw's, 
even if sometimes they refer to us as 
"a crazy Namaw".

They, much like puppies seem to know when we need a kiss and a snuggle.


"Lets go sit under the trees!"
So we did..
It was quiet and provided much needed shade.



It's good to walk and take time to think.....
its as if she knew.
"Namaw lets walk up the path"
So we did.


"We're gonna see grass, pine cones, poop and grass Namaw." 

~smile

The good with the bad I suppose....very much like life.



She pushed me to walk up the hill much further than I would have gone without her....
Sometimes we just need a little push to do something that will benefit ourselves...
 I knew this little girl isn't a fan of
sweaty....which she got.
" Namaw will you carry me?"

So I did
she had just done the same for me in a manner of speaking :-)


Sometimes we just need to spend some time with the little ones,
they have a gift for filling us up.
And so she did.


Love took us under a tree for some much needed shade....
My heart needed filling
she filled it.
Love being her Namaw....she echos from my heart today.
.As I post this I hear Beans say,
"Namaw, I love you."
Thank you God for this sweet girl.....

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fresh on Friday ~The Same Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow

Fresh on Friday 



Encouragement

It's like a warm winter jacket that gets you through 
until the sun shows up again....and it always does.

Encouragement

Words that become arms to hold you up until your able to stand on your own again.

~
It's hard to stay positive and cheery with all the world news that surrounds us of late.
Oh and then there is whatever is happening in our own personal worlds.
 It helps to know the promise of something better is sure to follow....
For me it's the promise of an eternity that is not of this world.

The world continues to turn toward darkness it seems.
Morals and values mean less and less daily.
Your weird, close minded, judgmental and self righteous if they matter to you.
I'm sticking to what mattered and worked for our Grandparents, for our parents....
there is a reason they were the greatest generation.

That will not be said of my generation or the one following us. 
Without morals and values, and with the ever constant effort to change our 
country from one founded on belief in God and His commandments
into one of political correctness moving closer to taking its place....
Political correctness has become more important than God?

Well America, 
be careful what you wish for.
Is it by chance our country has been going down hill at a fast clip
for sometime now?
Something has changed and it wasn't God.
He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

For me it seems people are afraid to stick to what worked for fear of 
being the odd man out...to be the uncool person if you choose God over
being politically correct.
I have never liked "political correctness".
I don't want to be correct in the eyes of Washington !
Why is it not more important to be correct in God's eyes?

My core beliefs, my faith in our country that was founded on Christian principles
will not waiver in order to fit in with Washington, Hollywood and the like.
Clearly I can see how happy those in Washington and Hollywood are?
Right?

I'm not a hypocrite, I'm not judging.
I'm not afraid to be the odd one standing in a world of political correctness.

When I'm in crisis it's God I will call out to,
not Washington D.C., not Hollywood.

~

Psalm 33: 11-15
says, 

"But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
From heaven the Lord looks down
and sees all mankind;
from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth—
he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do."

~

Dear World,
I chose to trust God.
It's what echos from my heart always....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge ~ Now You Know



1. When I look at the sky I feel________________________________________.
     I feel peace, thankfulness and blessed, it allows me to put things about my life in proper perspective.

2. If you had to run for political office, which one would you run for? Do you have any real desire to actually do this? I would run as far from it as possible, NO desire.

3. What scent makes you think of home?
     After a rain sometimes I smell the scent of Montana...hard to explain but it's true.

4. How often do you take a step back to think about where you're headed in life? Do you need more or less self-reflection?  I tend to think about today and not beyond. I know where my eternity lies.
                        I love taking the  time for self reflection and could always use more of it.

5. July is National Ice Cream Month...besides a cone, what's your favorite food item to top with ice cream?
    With out a doubt a nice warm brownie!

6. What might your autobiography be called?
     She Chose Love....

7. Your least favorite mode of transportation? Why?
     Flying.  We are not the best of friends....

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
     More and more as I'm hearing what people are saying and it doesn't match what they are living.
      Sometimes a gentle reminder........ 

 What you say isn't as important as what you do.



Our actions are a clear picture of the real us, who we really are.

We can tell others all we want, it's in showing them that will be remembered.

Being  true to living who you are....it's what echos from my heart.
 

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Monday Minute ~ Take Three !

Today Khloe A.K.A.  Sweet Beans turned 3 !

This Namaw cannot believe it....

She had me from the start.....



Nanny falling in love ..... Khoe has so much of my Mom in her :-)


Yesterday we spent the day at the beach celebrating her little life.
Lunch, sun and some good polka dot cake :-) 




She is my little buddy and she adds so much to my life.
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET BEANS !
 ~
 Wouldn't it be great if everyone added to each other's lives?
To be an addition to the lives of others, 
to give and not take away.
To lift up and not tear down.
Too often I think we don't give because "they" don't.
We don't lift up because "they" don't.
 
Better to do what's right regardless..

 It's why I rely on God for my needs
regardless of what others contribute
or take away...
 
He can provide what I need when others don't.
He is my constant.
 
 
  When we take our focus off self  
we can then see 
we are rich in those we have around us, 
and perhaps even begin to see that  we could give more and take less.
Sometimes we are so focused on what we don't have that we fail to see,
 appreciate, or enjoy what we do have.



It shouldn't be dependent upon what we may or may not get in  return.....
 
 

Imagine......it's what echos from my heart today.






Saturday, July 19, 2014

Birthday For the Seasoned Man ~

The Birthday Guy
(photos taken with cell phone, not the best)


We went to a local Day Spa to begin the birthday celebration.
Started with a steam bath for 25 minutes, then to the
 55 minute couples massage....just what he needed.
I didn't mind it much either.....
He was so happy with my choice to do this!


 Just outside the doors of the Spa was
Cruising Grand.
A Friday evening event of collectible cars parked and cruising an area
of about 8 city blocks. 
He was happy with this too!!

We look short in this photo? Old age?????

Dinner was on Grand at Vinz, I reserved table outside
so we could watch the cars go by...
A live band playing country music on the opposite corner of the street.
Nothing wrong with live music, while enjoying a meal!



 A toast to 66 ~ It's not so bad :-)

Saw some cute dogs wearing visors too....  :-)

Limo with a big Teddy Bear in the 4th window back.....

Bob's surprise dinner guests our old neighbors and great friends
Bob and Cathy. We had such a great evening with them.

Cruising into another year a happy man......

A happy Buster is what echos from my heart.....

Friday, July 18, 2014

Poppin's Practaically Perfect In Everyway!



What a night! 


We had a great picnic dinner of fried chicken and the works prior to the start of the show.
Khloe was super excited...she spent much of the time on my lap so I spent much of my time
watching her priceless expressions.  Overall she kept nearly perfect timing with all of the music, and continually would ask, "Namaw, when do we get to clap?"  Each time there was call for applause it was rather funny to see her big grin and hearty applause.





 It was over all a great family event and look forward to next year!
Both Ellery and Khloe were super good (6:30-11:00 P.M.)


Khloe hung in there till the very end :-) Ellery slept through most the second half .....


The happiest little family....

Her new funny face!

Pa and I had the best anniversary, truly!
We both left feeling very happy about how we spent our 
14th year celebration.

Now on to today's festivities.....Buster's (Pa) Birthday is today.
I have a few surprises in the works....

I hope you enjoy the photos from last night!


Ellery too would join in on the applause....


July is our busiest month....this was just one great part of it all!


Tuckered out but  we'll start the festivities up again today at 4:00P.M.
Stay tuned!

Pending surprises for those I love.....it's what echos from my heart today...