Thursday, July 05, 2007

It's Just Like Jesus

A friend I have called Jesus
Whose love is strong and true.
Who never fails, howe'r 'tis tried,
No matter what I do.
His love is in and over all,
And wind and waves obey.
When Jesus whispers, "Peace, be still",
And rolls the clouds away!

It's just like Jesus to keep me day by day,
It's just like Jesus to roll the clouds away.
It's just like Jesus all along the way,
It's just like His great love!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Movin' On.......

I couldn't help but name this post "Movin' On". The Rascal Flatts tune keeps going through my head and it so appropriately fits. Of course, their song is about a broken heart trying to move on and start anew. My oldest son is getting married in 3 days, so my reflections on "movin' on" are from my somber feelings about my firstborn child's leaving home.

Okay, keep in mind that I love my future new DIL, my son is almost 26 yrs. old, and he has been away at college nine months out of the year for the past several years, so I'm used to him being away for several weeks, sometimes months at a time. But, college was so different. I knew he would be coming back. And he did, repeatedly. The whole family has got the moving in to/out of a college dorm down to a fine art. I will not miss dragging his things in and out least, to the university.

Yesterday, his dad, brother, and myself moved Jay and Jamie's furniture and some of their wedding gifts to their new apartment in Louisville. It's a lovely apartment! We simply unloaded things, sat them in the appropriate rooms, and left. I am not going to be a bossy MIL by putting things away in my DIL's home. I very fondly remember how that is part of the fun of having your own "first home".

We were in 2 vehicles, anyway. We took my car loaded to the gills and had a F-350 Ford truck and enclosed trailer filled to capacity, as well. Would you believe that while we were unloading, my brother called needing a truck picked up? My brother works at a Ford dealership and they had just so happened to have located a specific truck for one of their customers in Louisville, KY. While they were in a dilemma trying to figure out how to get the truck to their dealership, my brother suddenly remembered that we were headed in that direction. So, guess what? Our a little caravan grew to 3 vehicles on the way home that included a fabulous 2008 F-350 truck. That bad boy stickers for $50,000+!! BEAUTIFUL!!

I usually think that people are crazy to spend that kind of money on a truck (or any vehicle, for that matter) but, oh my, it could easily be something I could get used to. I know that picking up and delivering a new truck is not on most people's itinerary but is isn't that unusual for me. My dad sold new Fords/Mercuries for 39 years. I've gone on many trips to get a car/truck located at another dealership. We usually took something to trade but this time, it was just bought straight out.

I know I shouldn't admit this but it tickled me to no end to do that. Jay drove the new truck home with his little brother riding with him. We traveled together, talking on our cell phones to each other when needed. I was in the lead because I set my speed control while on the interstate. There were so many state troopers out in KY and OH because of the July 4th holiday.

This sound so redneck but I don't care. My brother has no idea how much it meant doing that little favor for him. We used to use CB radios when I was in my teens and early 20s doing this sort of things. Cell phones are much cooler by today's standards. And I LOVE WITH A PASSION Ford trucks!! So, to have that bigger, badder gorgeous big truck in my rear view mirror with my guys following me was like having a big warm hug. Just doing it together is all I needed.

Jay will only be home for maybe another night. There are so many things to do before a wedding. He has many things to tend to. My, how I will miss him! Sweet, sweet memories about my cute little blond, curly-headed boy keep going through my mind. I'm grateful, so very grateful for each of my children and am thankful for every day they have been in my life.

He is "movin' on" to a new life as a husband to Jamie and as a new band director. He has worked so hard to get to this point in his life. I'm so proud of the kind and decent young man that he is. I know that he will be so successful!

I'm "movin' on" to embrace this almost empty nest to enjoy what few years (and I mean very few!!!) I have left with my teenage son. He is already 15 and his brother and sister have reaffirmed what I already knew.........time keeps right on "movin' on".

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Happy Birthday, Little Brother!

My "little" brother is 41 today. You know if my "little" brother is that old, it makes me a whole lot older. (I am but that's another post for another day.) Like some other cherished memories of mine, I can remember every detail so clearly, one would think that it had just happened days ago instead of years. The first time I saw my baby brother is one of those moments I love to recall.

Daddy and I went to the hospital to get Mom and the baby. My grandma had given me a pillow to take to lay the baby on. I was just one month shy of my seventh birthday. I waited in the lobby while Daddy went to get them. Tommy was asleep the first time I saw him. He was the cutest baby I had ever seen!

My dad had a red '66 Ford Galaxy. We put the pillow on the front seat between Mom and Dad and put the baby on it to sleep while we drove home. I sat in the middle of the back seat, hanging over the front seat, watching him sleep all the way home. I LOVED watching him sleep!

Oh, my gosh! This is one of the most precious memories in my life, yet it was health and safety hazard! It makes my dad sound so negligent to have left me in the lobby alone. There is no way he'd leave a 7 year old alone now. The term "child abduction" wasn't a frequently used term in 1966. And what about putting the baby on a pillow??? No car seat?? No seat belt on the 7 year old? My parents weren't negligent at all. In fact, they've always been very protective and careful. It was just a different time in life.

The only car seat my brother ever had when he was little was one that had these chrome "hooks" that went over the back of the front seat. It had a padded bar that lifted up and down so you could get him out easily. There weren't any straps to secure him at all.

Now that I've upset myself remembering this "sweet" memory, maybe I should just focus on the issue at hand. Happy birthday to a wonderful brother! I loved him from the moment I first saw him and love him even more today. He's a wonderful brother!


Sunday, July 01, 2007

July One

Today was such a nice day! All three of our children (and our son-in-law) were here for supper. It does this Mom's heart good to fix some of their favorite dishes and to watch them practically "lick the platter clean". I especially love the laughter and fun we have when we're all together. They are so much fun! This evening together is certainly one of those moments that, if I could, I would freeze in time.

J's wedding is less than 6 days away. He and his new bride will be living about 3 hours away. As I sat and watched, listened to my expressive off-spring (wonder where they got that?) this evening, I couldn't help but wonder how long it might be before we would all be together like this again.

I've been so actively involved in their lives that it is really hard to be a by-stander. The reality is, my time with our two older kids is down to occasional weekends and alternative holidays. Which is as it should be, after all, they are in their 20's. Isn't our 15 year old lucky? Poor guy will have all of our parenting energy focused on him.

Life is good!