|Roaring River State Park, Missouri|
We were thrilled to have our daughter, Nikki, home with us over the Christmas holidays. Her husband is working out of the country, so she loaded up our two grand puppies, and made the 12 hour trek from Colorado to Texas to spend her two week break from school with us.
I loved having her here, but with such a lengthy stay, I got used to having her around. It made saying goodbye harder than usual. I watched her that last morning, busying herself with packing her bags, loading her car, and getting the pups ready. As she stood there applying her make-up in my bathroom, I went back in time. It's like I was seeing her at 9 or 10 years old. I thought to myself, "This can't be right. She can't be packing and planning on driving away from us. She's only a child!". I guess I still think of her as my baby, even though she's in her late 20's. I try not to treat her as one, but I can't help that I still feel that way. Maybe it will change when she has children of her own?
This last year has brought about changes in our lives, but nothing too spectacular. New health challenges have cropped up for both Mr. Studley and I; nothing too serious, but leaving their mark on our day-to-day lives, nonetheless. Plus, Studley has completely retired now. That means more of him at home, which I do love, but a serious dent in our monthly income, which I don't. God is good, though. He is our Provider. On paper, things often look bleak, and yet, provision often comes from the most unexpected sources. We're faithful in our tithes and offerings, and we have learned over the years to trust in our God. He has never failed us!
We spent a week camping on Table Rock Lake, in Missouri, last May. May, for us here in northeast Texas, is already summer weather. We did check the forecast before we headed up to MO. I knew it would be 'cool' there that week, but we never anticipated the surprise winter storm that blew in SNOW. Neither of us packed clothing for freezing temps. We made a run to Walmart in nearby Cassville, only to discover that they'd sold out of winter wear. Fortunately, I found a zip-up hoodie of my son's in our closet, and Studley had brought a hoodie. I did find a pair of velour yoga pants at Walmart, in my size, and marked down to $2. I got way more than $2 worth of wear out of those pants. We survived, and after a few days, the nice weather returned, and we made a trip to nearby Roaring River State Park. That is only one of 100+ pics I took of that river. I fell in love with it. It seriously soothed my soul to stand and watch the never ending flow of blue-green water. We also spent a week camping by a river in Arkansas in May (same one as last year), as well as two weeks there in the fall. The foliage was spectacular this year! We love being there.
I am thrilled at the return of Downton Abbey, for season 4. I have laid claim to the tv on Sunday nights, or at least to the dvr. I actually record it, then watch it later when I'm alone. Studley has this habit of walking into a room talking. It's a tad annoying to be watching the last 5 minutes of a show, usually a climatic scene, and have him walk in and, in his booming voice, ask me if we're out of popcorn, or some other inane question which COULD HAVE WAITED. For the sake of peace in our midst, I've determined that dvr'ing now, and watching later, is the best way to go with a program that I really want to hear.
Being dog people, we enjoyed having Nikki's pups here with her. Charlie, the small dog, was adopted from a rescue center (actually, both her dogs were) last summer. He & Macy became immediate friends, and love to play. Charlie's an adorable little dog, who loves nothing better than to lay in your lap. Unfortunately, he's bitten Nikki a couple of times; once when she picked him up to move him, and another time when she attempted to take something from his mouth that he wasn't supposed to have. She's a firm disciplinarian, who is very consistent in her training. I feel she'll manage to break him of this bad habit. I pray he doesn't seriously hurt her before it happens. Any suggestions from anyone who's dealt with this?
I'll sign off with a picture of my two sweeties.
|My grandpuppies, Macy (at top) & Charlie|
~Matthew 7:7-11 the Message Bible