Ron and I were flying back from Denver this morning. We had one little glitch in our reservation, when we could only find Ron listed and he had been upgraded to first class. Some how the computer separated us- put him in first class and put me under a completely different confirmation number. His seat was 1A and my seat was 41C. 1A is the very first row of first class and row 41, is the very last row on the plane. We asked about having two seats together, but not only would we have given up that first class seat- they wanted us to pay extra money for two emergency row seats :(
Ron gave me the first class seat and he headed to the back of the plane. (only to find himself seating next to a VERY large, smelly man :(
But anyway... all of this has nothing to do with my tender mercy today, other than the fact that I was on the plane, sitting in my little first class corner, and sitting next to a window. As the plane was coming near to Houston, and I looked out my window... as far as I could see was a "sea" of bright white, billowy clouds. They were bathed in bright soft, warm sunlight, with a back drop of crystal blue sky. What a great beacon of God's love and hope. Then later, after we had landed, I realized the complete magnitude of this mercy. After we landed and we were in the car driving home, I realized that I was looking at the underneath side of those same clouds. The underneath side was just gray and bleak and covering a dreary world, without sunlight. What a great example of our limited vision on God's plan for us. Most of the time we are only seeing the underneath side of his plan for us- not knowing that the other side is bright sunlight, warmth and beauty, on an endless sea of fluffy white, with a crystal blue horizon. I don't know what the spirit world looks like, but this beautiful picture, above those clouds, that I have in my mind now, will suffice, until I know more and have a better understanding of all things.
I have been reading a book called "One Thousand Gifts". The author tells of her journey to seek "to LIVE FULLY right where you are". Or in other words, "Do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties?" Are we awake to God's every day blessings? How can a stay-at-home-mom, find joy in the every day things of cooking, cleaning, laundry, homework, arguments, and struggles? While the author doesn't share my same faith and beliefs- as she reads the scriptures, she discovers that the center of the gospel is, in her words, the "eucharisteo". (the eucharist- the holy communion- the sacrament- the thanksgiving.) For those of us that celebrate the sacrament on a weekly basis, we have that reminder always before us. Her next step is to realize that to have the "eucharisteo" we need to be giving thanks in ALL things. Even in the very "difficult to understand" things of life. Like the death of her younger sister, the death of two nephews, and the unfairness of the world. She discovers that we need to see everything in life as a gift from God and then give our thanks, thus resulting in joy. We need to not want "to change the story" because we don't know what a "different ending" might hold. There is a reason why we are not writing the story and God is. He knows how it all works out, where it all leads, and what it all means. The way she learns to always give thanks- is to "name" (or write down) "one thousand gifts" she has been given.
My Dad passed away last Sunday and while we can't change the story or change the ending- we can count the gifts. We can count the gifts given by him and the gifts given by God. We can cling to the thought that Dad is in the hands of a perfect and loving judge- Jesus Christ. On Friday, we will be in Dad's favorite places- a church that he helped build and Reuben's ranch. Our daughters gift to him will be to sing one of his favorite songs. (An Alan Jackson version is at the bottom of this post)
My assignment for Friday is to sit still and cry. I am very good at that and I have been practicing all week.
The next three posts are for Annie (and anyone else who checks in here, but who are not on Pinterest). Annie said she didn't want to get on Pinterest- it would waste too much time. So she lets me waste time and then pass on ideas to her :) Fun stuff.
Friday, April 13, we were in Dallas at Ben and Sharie's wedding.
I didn't feel like I could "splash" pictures of the extended Anderson family out on my blog, but Sam, Audrey, and Eli are fair game :) I did include 1 picture of Sam's dad with Eli. Can you tell that Sharie's wedding colors were dark purple and bright orange? Of course I finished up with a little "Eli collage"- what a handsome little man.
Ron and I drove up to Dallas for Ben and Sharie's wedding. (Ben is Sam's brother) We couldn't stay very long, but we enjoyed the wedding ceremony and a great luncheon while we were there. Here is a cute picture of Eli. (Later, I will post a few more pictures. He had on a cute pin stripe suit and purple bow tie for the wedding.)
I "grabbed" a couple of Easter pictures from Annie and Alison.
To see more, click on their blog links. Also, Mike has some pictures posted from their recent vacation. (click on their blog link.) Sorry, we are just "old people" here- forgot to take any pictures- and no fancy Easter eggs ;)
I bribed Ron into spending an entire day with me- an "all day date". I say bribed, because I fed him bacon for breakfast- then he hung three new curtain rods in the bedrooms upstairs. Then he fixed the dryer vent and helped me clean up the deck. For lunch we had "What A Burger". (outside on the picnic table that was now cleaned up.) Then he added the 2 bathrooms that I wanted to our (Bandera) house plan, in progress. Although he negotiated for his own toilet. (should I also make him CLEAN his own toilet? hehe) He also drained and cleaned the hot tub. After that we went out for barbecue dinner and a movie. I chose the restaurant. (there are several places in old Katy, that we need to try out) I let him choose the movie. It was "John Carter"- a pretty strange mars-creature-affair. hehe He was boasting that we had a private showing, until a few more people showed up :) And it was a busy day at the store, without me. (They won't let me be gone for Spring break or the Friday before Easter any more!) Anyway... it was a Good Friday.
Everybody is okay in Wylie. They said it was a "shelter in place day"- Sam at work, Audrey at work, Megan and Eli at the house. Sam called it a day of watching "freakish thunderstorms roll in and out". Audrey said that at one point there was a tornado headed for Wylie- making Megan nervous. There was also a tornado headed for the area where JCP is, where Audrey works, but never actually formed north of Addison.
We are grateful for their safety and protection. (I think that is especially scary when Sam is one place, Audrey is another place and Eli is at a third place.)
While I was staying with Alison, we spent one Saturday afternoon sewing.
Here is Emmy's Easter dress. Al cut the bottom off of a onesie and added the cute, ruffled, layered skirt. (She bought fabric that matched the little rosettes that were already on the onesie- yellow, orange, and blue.)