It’s good and Spring now! It took awhile but it’s really here now!
We picked up a couple of blueberry bushes and some more hibiscus (the yellow, some of them above).
Jerry got them planted this week and mulched. He is quite the gardener! Have I mentioned that I’m totally nuts about him? 😍
I don’t know if it’s the mood I’m in this year, or the age I’m getting to, but I LOVE flowers!! Flowers, flowers, flowers!
Spring is a season of transition, of hope, of promise of things to come, signs of life, renewal, newness of life, out with old, in with the new, cleaning up, clearing out.
It can be a lot. But, there’s also, a lot that it can be!
I love the holidays AND winter so much. It’s often hard for me to let go of winter and embrace the change and newness of Spring
But, I’m determined to not be that person stuck in the past. To value, appreciate and enjoy the past while fully rooted in the now, and reaching forward to the promise of the future!
Nature teaches us to embrace the cycle of life. It’s our example from the Lord for our good!
Like the flower above, the full goodness of what’s in store ahead does not yet appear, but we can trust our Good Father for the Ephesians 3:20 — “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” of life! If it’s not good yet, hold on, trust Him and SEE what He does!
We had a grand ole time on Easter Sunday with all the kids! The Dads hid the eggs and the Moms stuffed the eggs! Then we let loose the hordes and the kids found the eggs!!
“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” — Genesis 8:22.
“Every time we think of you, we thank God for you. Day and night you’re in our prayers as we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master, Jesus Christ, before God our Father. It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special.” — 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5, The Message
We lost my Daddy on 1 January this year.
He and my Mom had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my youngest brother and his wife and their daughters, and I am pretty sure that my Baby Sis and her family made it there as well.
In our family we did not have a set routine to celebrate Thanksgiving. So, each year we all did our own things, sometimes some of us connecting in various ways at various times.
A few scant days after, he took ill. It happened horribly fast, no time to adjust at each step of decline, before another step overtook us.
We are all walking with a limp now, I guess you could say. Walking it out, figuring it out, praying it out, talking it out, loving it out, faithing it out, sometimes crying it out.
Questions. So many questions. Memories. Unaccomplished wishes. Things to hold onto that make you feel close to him. Like he can live on in your lives and be instilled in your family dna.
Beyond the thousand little cuts where you can’t hug him, can’t introduce him to great grandkids, can’t text him, can’t call him, or drive the backroads to visit him, beyond all this hangs the question, ‘What’s he experiencing? What’s Heaven like for him right now? What is he doing?’
I don’t doubt it’s beyond our ability to conceive. Far, far richer, far sweeter, far deeper. But, I want to know. And I feel the Lord encouraging the question. “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. — Proverbs 25:2
Yesterday afternoon, all the way through last night, my thoughts and pondering peaked in this regard. Jesus taught during His time on earth, through the rabbinical style of asking questions, and still does today.
I found myself the last week or so wondering if my Father in law had met up with Daddy yet, for a cup of coffee and ‘catching up’, welcoming him to the place. We lost my Father in law in December 2014. I think of him every day. Miss him very much. See him in his son, my Batman, everyday.
Then I realized likely my Granddaddy would be at that table for coffee. We lost him in late March of 1983. I picture the men on the outside of a wooden building, under an overhang, as to a porch on an old style of a General Store.
I picture them smiling, talking, sipping, contemplating. The question came ‘Do you really think so?’ Yeah, I really kinda do. ‘Ok. Can you think of what you know from The Word that can help support that?’
I can. God is very relational. He created us for relationship with Him. He designed us not only in His image to have relationships, but also that we need one another, and each have different parts and pieces that only work best in collaboration with each other. The Church (Body of believers) is designed for us to work and be in relationship with each other. He designed us so that some friends are like family and some family are like friends. Yeah, I think that continues at a higher level in Heaven.
He let me steep in that picture for a little while and then took me around the table to what they might be saying:
My FIL, (sweet smile he had when he’s tickled): “I tell ya, I never imagined how much I would like it here. How welcome I would be. How much at home I would feel. I had no idea how good this would be!”
My Daddy, with eyes in wonder: “It’s more than everything I ever dreamed! I did not realize or expect to be so near to the Father and His Son, to be so near to Jesus, to see where all the prayers are kept! It’s absolutely overwhelming! It makes all the hell seem trivial in comparison to this!”
My GrandDaddy, looking at his coffee cup, kinda smiling: “You boys haven’t seen the half of it! Wait until you see what they’re working on!”
“Two others, both criminals, were taken along with him for execution.
When they got to the place called Skull Hill, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right, the other on his left.
Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing.”
Dividing up his clothes, they threw dice for them. The people stood there staring at Jesus, and the ringleaders made faces, taunting, “He saved others. Let’s see him save himself! The Messiah of God—ha! The Chosen—ha!”
The soldiers also came up and poked fun at him, making a game of it. They toasted him with sour wine: “So you’re King of the Jews! Save yourself!”
Printed over him was a sign: this is the king of the jews.
One of the criminals hanging alongside cursed him: “Some Messiah you are! Save yourself! Save us!”
But the other one made him shut up: “Have you no fear of God? You’re getting the same as him. We deserve this, but not him—he did nothing to deserve this.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom.”
43 He said, “Don’t worry, I will. TODAY you will join me in PARADISE.” — Luke 23:32-43, KJV
So much happened during the past year, the Lord was so good to bring us through so much, bestowed so much sweetness and goodness on us in the past year, it’s hard to know how to get back started again in writing. But, write we must. So like any big, monumental mountain of laundry facing you, you just get in there and start sorting through and making piles.
The best I could figure as I sorted through photos from the past seven months, by way of remembering the overall big things, I felt it might be best to start with a giant thanksgiving post, to the GOODNESS, astounding goodness, of our Father God.
We saw Batman through his final year in law enforcement! He finished many little things, details, he wanted to accomplish before retiring. He’s whole, healthy and so ALIVE, something you have to celebrate every day in law enforcement!
He was blessed to be a part of so very many great adventures in his career. Things that in my mind were too numerous and too good to not have been ‘steps of a good man’ ‘ordered by the Lord’
He is now permanently assigned to retirement life with me! AND our kids and grandkids, and there will be lots of very different adventures to come! Albeit, gardening, fort building, putt putt golfing, fishing, real golfing, traveling, coffee on the deck in the morning, more picture taking, more writing, and generally enjoying and growing and learning! Still side gigging, but at a sedate pace! So grateful! The possibilities are endless and every day, we literally can’t believe how awesome it is!
And the flowers!!! Well, we will talk more about them in a future post I am sure!! He’s the bomb, y’all!
We welcomed sweet, sweet grandsons (Kylan, in August) and (Henry, in November), and we just cannot get enough of them!! Overwhelming love and joy and great expectation and hope, a sure hope, for the future! Brand new, little humans to love and enjoy and teach and just relish life and the wonder of God with and watch them take on the world and make their way!!
Our oldest son battled the dreadful virus and whooped it, by the GRACE of God and his whole family whooped it, including his pregnant wife! Somehow, the Lord helped them navigate the purchase of their first home in that crazy month. Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals. The joy! The gratefulness. The wonder.
Our youngest son came to work with me in my dear brother in law’s company, during the fall!! I can’t even EXPLAIN the astounding joy and wonder at getting to share this with him and watch him in his element!! Being so gracious to customer after customer, going out of his way, as a matter of refined, routine, over and over, and finding a way to connect with and secure a client, oh so many times, while encouraging coworkers. It’s like a giant Christmas gift! Every day!
The holidays brought all the joy we could imagine and more! But. The season was not without pain. But, I’m not ready to talk about it. We will save that for another day. I will say, however, that even in pain the Lord provides, there is love and shelter, and grace and provision, if we will let Him in, let Him guide and provide. He is so faithful.
I would love to post more pics, but, I want to respect my sons’ privacy and I’m not sure how much is ok to post! I’m just so proud of them!
You and me, Batman!! Forever! So far to go! So much LOVE to live!!!
Been plotting and contemplating but have come up with no real plan yet. Sometimes, more often than not, that’s how most things I do get their start. I’ll be sitting around and “poof” some errant thought intrudes on my peace and I’m off to the races to do something even if I’m not sure what it is or how to accomplish it. Posts are like that too a lot with me, there are few, very few that are planned and well thought out, most just seem to “happen” from squirrels that run past in my head. Today it’s a jumbled mess of ideas that keep flitting past but nothing seems to stick. Peach made an AWESOME breakfast (she always does, but this was awesomer than normal) scrambled eggs, bacon, toast with apple butter, followed by coffee of course 😬.
Went to town and got supplies, salt for the water softener, ac filter, potting soil just simple things to keep the homestead up and running. Gonna have to replace AC this year don’t think this one has another summer in it, it’s ancient for AC units. Lowe’s, great that they give veterans discounts, now if they can hire workers that want to help customers, example “can you tell me which isle the water softener salt is on?” “Good luck, Florida is under a salt shortage”. This my friends is “horse feathers” (being polite, I won’t use bad words), there have been salt shortages all over I know, but have not heard of any in Florida, especially while he was “answering” my question with horse feathers, ace hardware was on the phone with Peach and they had loads. Went to Ace later and there were pallets on pallets of the stuff. If you’re going to make stuff up, come up with a better story, how about the “truth?!” Maybe Lowe’s is having a hard time getting salt but that doesn’t mean everyone is. Anywho (yep there’s that made up word again) we got what we needed and made it home without too much delay, and we are all set.
Fast forward a couple hours and here I am out on the deck grilling steaks, nothing better have I found than steaks done right on the grill with sweet “taters” slathered in butter and fork tender, don’t that look purdy?
And now, here I am a short while later after eating a superb meal at home with my Peach, flaked out in my favorite recliner (Peach bought me) poking at the keys on my phone keyboard trying to finish a post that I hope at least someone finds interesting.
First day of spring, I’m laughing you just can’t see it I swear, I mean it’s colder here now than it has been for most of the latter part of “winter”.
Getting a new television Thursday it’s time to replace this one, it works ok just can’t add external speakers and the sound isn’t the best. Ordered me some new hiking boots as mine are worn out, not that I hike but I do an awful lot of wandering around and stuff taking pictures and hunting among other things. I ordered them to keep Peach from doing so, she’s always getting me stuff and won’t get herself any and she needs them just as much as I do.
Peach has been putting out more podcasts y’all stop by MustardOnMyCollar.com and you can listen to them and learn good stuff. You really don’t want to miss hearing her make the Bible clear and understandable without changing the meaning, or listening to naysayers who think they know better what God is telling her say. If God puts it your heart to tell others, you tell it like He says not like you think He means. Oh yeah, you can find it on Spotify and Stitcher also same thing Mustard on my Collar. I don’t think that you will be disappointed, if you give the episodes a listen, they are short and Peach has a lovely voice.
Made us coffee a bit ago and we are sitting round drinking it, I’m working on this post, Peach is working on this weeks podcast, and we are just relaxing, windows open letting the cold 52.9f air blow the staleness out of the house, I love the fresh air and what it does, but don’t think for one second that I’m not wearing my Batman sweats and am wrapped up in my blanket…Batman hates anything below 70.0 and will always bundle up.
Y’all gotta try NightSky and SkyView apps they are free and they are so much fun looking at the stars and stuff with. God stuck some amazing things up there for us to ponder over didn’t he? Stars, galaxies, comets, asteroids, all kinds of colors and shapes it’s cool to see.
What a wonderful day and night I’ve had with Peach, just being ourselves and goofin off, could not ask for more, I don’t think. Tomorrow is another day and the only thing I know I have to do is clean the fish tank. Funny how with a saltwater aquarium if you blink, algae starts and it’s so hard to keep up with. But it is something we gotta do from time to time to keep the fish and critters happy and healthy.
I believe I may attempt grass cutting tomorrow but not sure, may have to put it off till next weekend. I’m good at procrastinating grass cutting duty.
Welp tomorrow is here and naw I don’t have to procrastinate, it’s cold and wet out there, neither are good for grass cutting.
Anyways, enough rambling about, things to do maybe, or better yet, since it is Sunday nothing to do but get in the word a bit and learn, y’all have a nice day.