Saturday, October 31, 2009

"A Faithful Friend Is A Sturdy Shelter; He Who Finds One Finds A Treasure"

There is a proverb that says "A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away."

I first met Terri York a number of years ago when she was a shy young lady taking her first American Sign Language Classes as TCC.  At the same time she was interpreting in the public school system for a little deaf boy.  Terri was insecure about herself and doubtful regarding her skills.  Back then, she would leave the classroom saying that she just knew I did not like her.  When in fact, I believe I loved her from the first meeting.   Before our paths parted for a while, Terri cros-stitched a sweatshirt for me with the sign of Jesus on it.  I still cherish that sweatshirt to this day.  And, the Terri I know today is a bold, on fire, woman of God, working at ORU and standing up for everything she believes.  At the same time, she hangs drywall, paints, builds cabinets, shelves or whatever needs to be done to upgrade her home.

Terri tremendously impacted my life about five years ago when she calmly phoned me to ask me if I could cover an interpreting assignment for her --- her husband had just died. He collapsed at her feet in the yard and was gone.   I know she had to have been in shock, but she was so calm.  I did not see her much in the following year and while I'm sure she went through all the normal stages of loss,  grief  with denial, anger, bargaining, etc. she came out victorious.  She later took an interpreting assignment in Broken Arrow.  The contact I had  with Terri was amazing.  She did then and still does today constantly express how much she loves her life.  Terri has the ability through the strength of the Holy Spirit to bounce back.  When Terri began visiting COTM,  I met her great friend, Patti who now has a little home in Terri's back yard. 
I have a sneaky suspicion that Patti and Terri are the kind of friends that demonstrate "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up."  Patti was there by Terri's side through all of the grieving process. 

Well having said all this, Terri just completed phase 1 of her remodeling home project.  So, she invited Ken and me along with Jimmy and Janie Schwyhart over for Bar-B-Q ribs and Apple Dumplings. 

I have to insert that Janie is another model of friendship.  For a season several years ago, Janie would come to my home with another friend for a time of soul searaching and prayer.  That season in our lives ended but the friendship is forever.  Remember the song:  "Friends are friends forever, if the Lord is the Lord of them."     Janie demonstrates that kind of friendship.  We rarely see each other, but I know she is there.   

So here is the secret: there is a problem which hides within myself .... I'm a recluse,  I have to make myself get out and do friend type stuff.  I have to make myself be hospitible. I have to conscientiously challenge myself to be sociable.   I find too much contentment in just my best friend and husband.  And I love doing for my grandchildren.   But I know that in order to be well-rounded, I have to work on maintaing other friendships.  God's Word says FAITHFUL FRIENDS ARE BEYOND PRICE; NO AMOUNT CAN BALANCE THEIR WORTH.  And that word Friends has a plural on it.    I had better get busy!  
So, after the viewing of Terri's creative art work in her remodeling endeavor, and after the sharing of one another's lives during a delicious dinner, this is how the evening ended .... in the hilarity of laughter.   This is what friends can do  for you.    Thanks Terri, thanks Janie, for being my friend.

Thanks for challenging me to be a better friend.  "My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me."  --- Henry Ford    ***  (By the way, what is up there Terri that you are looking at, or is it Papa you are talking to?) 
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Friday, October 30, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

What Little Girls Do

If you see us and wonder why we are tired, It's because at a sleep over, little girls do not sleep .... at least not very much.  One little girl got sent home .... she refused the bottle so her mother was called ... you guessed it, Blakely needed what we could not give her .... Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Rest In Peace Duke

Born March 18, 2000 and presented to Ken  for Father's day in June. He was a tiny little thing who gave his master hours and years of delight, fun and love.  Dukie was spoiled rotten and at times somewhat lov'nly brainless .  Duke died October 10, 2009 and Pops will miss him.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Our Dallas Run over the Weekend

We made a quick trip to Dallas This weekend to see our Texas children.  Look at this 5 1/2 month old, 17 1/2 pound bundle of joy, Blakely.  You can not believe how many kisses she gets in a day.  First there are Mommy kisses and then Daddy kisses.   The third photo is Papa waiting on Sunday morning to go to church.  He and the girls are ready to go so they sit in the livingroom and laugh and tease.   You can see that we took Lily and Rosie with us.    We love visiting Covenant Church in Carrollton Texas.  Their praise and worship is so uplifting.   Of course the teaching is wonderful as well.         The grandkids blog will tell the children's  story.   And look at our beautiful Scrivner family at their front door telling us good by.    We love those kids and don't get to see them nearly enough.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

My Sweetie

My Sweetie brought me pink roses the other day for no 'special' reason. Thanks Honey, you are the best friend in the whole wide world.  Can you believe we've had 52 years, 4 months and 4 days together.  Only God knows how many more days are left, but we both persevered to the big seven and one. 
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Friday, October 2, 2009

A Fall Outing at Disney on Ice ... opening of Tulsa State Fair

I thought  I was ready to outgrow the Tulsa State Fair at the point I did not have to escort my children to the fair anymore.  I still manage to go for small amounts of time.
And I do enjoy the Ice Show. Ken and I arranged an outing with the Oklahoma Grandkids.   You might guess Ken's favorite was the turquoise finned Chevy in the Cars production.      Lion King is always my favorite. I love the music and the costumes were so creative --- such  fun.    However, I'll have to agree that the ending with Tinkerbell bringing on Spring was pretty spectacular.    For more information you can check out the Grandkid blog   I can not get these pages to lay out properly.  I can not control the text or the picture.  I need a blogging lesson ...... Big time!      Click on the photos to see more clearly.  The one of the flowers is pretty amazing.    Also see where Kayla brought the girls a display of some of her friends which she brought back from her summer vacation at Disney World.  That black cat in Rosie's hand, Kayla had won but gave to Rosie.   Kayla is such a hoot.  You can anlso see April and Susie in the group.