Sunday, September 15, 2013

To say this post is overdue would be an understatement. But I'm trying to get back to blogging!

While Luke was deployed to Iraq in 2009, He started communicating with a beautiful young lady named Billie Jeanne Heliker. She grew up in River Oaks, Tx, which is right next to Westworth Village where we live. We had met her a few years before for the first time through my best friend, Renee's son Will.

They communicated regularly by email & when Luke came home in Dec 2009 he was quite anxious to see Billie! He asked her on a date to the Nutcracker at Bass Hall! Bryan & I also had tickets to the performance. Luke asked if we could go on a double date! He figured that would be agreeable to her Mom. We enjoyed the performance & even know one of the ballerinas that performed. Havilah Sprunk was in the performance. I don't remember which parts she did that year, but it was beautiful I remember that!

Luke & Billie bonded rather quickly & were married the following year. Their actual wedding was at a military chapel at Ft Bragg, N.C. on Sept 30, 2010. Although the families couldn't attend, they had friends there who showered them with love & gifts. Then on Nov. 20, 2010, They had a special wedding ceremony here in Texas at Redeemer Church which Bryan officiated. He had communicated with the minister on the ceremony he used & incorporated it into the ceremony here. It was quite beautiful! Thank you God for the blessing of watching our children grow, mature, & start a new home. Thank you also for my lovely daughter-in-love, Billie Jeanne!

Monday, December 14, 2009

In Memory of Mama (Mim-ma)

Today was the 2nd anniversary of our Mama's (Mim-ma's) death. We are grateful to God for the legacy she gave us. It is truly worth more than all the gold & silver in the world. She demonstrated God's love in many ways. She loved to send cards & she always included a personal note. We received a card from a friend this year, who mentioned how much Miriam's cards meant to her.
I found a video on youtube to a song called, 'My Mother's Faith' by Cynthia Clawson. This is one song that we play for Mama's Memorial Service. A beautiful song I believe God directed our brother, Lee, to find. If you still have your parents, remember to tell them you love & appreciate them! Thank you God for the legacy of a Godly Mother & Grandmother!

Monday, June 22, 2009

In honor of my parents

On June 1 my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! This is no small milestone in today's society. I don't know the percentage of how marriages last 50 or more years, but I imagine it isn't very high. I only know that my parents are a part of that exclusive group!

I have watched them go through many things together over the years. Through good times & tough times I have seen their marriage remain strong. All my life, I have watched them serve one another in love. What a wonderful example of God's grace! Tom, Deanna, Bryan, myself & the grandkids have a Godly example to follow! We Love you both, Mom (Nana) & Gramps (Dad)! Thank you God for the blessing of a Godly heritage!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Magnolia Tree

I recently did a post about a Woman named Mrs. High. She had a large & beautiful Magnolia Tree in her yard. They could be messy, but they were pretty & had a pleasant smell as I recall.

My mother shared with me recently that Mrs. High's daughters decided it was time to remove the tree. They are preparing to possibly sell the house & the tree was large enough that the view of the house was blocked. I know next time we visit I will miss seeing it & smelling the flowers. I felt a sense of loss as I thought about it.

Fast forward a few weeks... Bryan & I received a letter from UNT Health Science Center. They were inviting us to a ceremony in honor of their donors. Our mother, Miriam, was a body donor. The TCOM Class of 2012 dedicated a Magnolia Tree on the campus to honor all the donors! I felt it was very thoughtful of the student body to acknowledge the donors in this way.

I received a extra blessing from God in that our loved one was honored & we have a new magnolia tree to enjoy! Only God could orchestrate these events in this way! Thank you God for blessing me with a new Magnolia tree in my life!

Reflections on Brahms Requiem

In March the Choir I sing in performed the Brahm's Requiem in German. I have done this work in at least 1 maybe 2 other performances. It is a beautiful, though difficult work. It requires much of the singer especially in the German. In our previous performances I felt like it was more work & I focused on the technical. However this time was different for me. Because I had sung this work before, I felt more relaxed. I could now focus more on the music as far as details like phrasing, shaping, & other expression. Although we had done those things in the previous performances, it seemed to really become part of me this time. It was truly a blessing to sing this piece. One of my favorite parts is movement IV. The words are taken from Psalm 84:1-2, & 4. KJV bible is used in this piece.

'How lovely is Thy dwelling place, O Lord of Hosts!
For my soul, it longeth, yea fainteth for the courts of the
Lord; my soul and body crieth out, yea, for the living God.
O blest are they that dwell within Thy house they praise Thy
name evermore!

Thank you God for your word & for composers who you gave the talent to write great music!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

All CEO's are not created equal

Beth Israel workers agree to go without to save jobs - The Boston Globe

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In a day when most CEO's are painted in a negative light ( sometimes justifiably so), it's refreshing to see a positive news story about someone in an executive position. Thank you God that there are still people in the world willing to think of others first.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

In memory of Mrs. High

Mrs. Mildred High was a special woman, a dear neighbor, & friend. She lived next door to my family in Ga., where I grew up. The High family was living next door when my parents moved in. That was nearly 50 yrs. ago! She passed away on Jan 1, 2009. She was 84 .

She watched my brother & I grow up. When my mother had to go back to work full-time, Mrs. High was there for us. She watched us after school until my mom was home. She had an after school snack for us & made sure we did our homework!

She was there for us many other times as well. Fast forward a few years. I'm engaged to Bryan. She helped us with some of our wedding stuff. She hosted a lovely party for me. She also made beautiful mints for my wedding reception!

When we visited in Ga., She was there & she saw my children grow up as well! Luke would hollar across the fence to her, Hi, Mrs. High! She always loved children.

She was there when my Mom was in the hospital last spring. She came to the hospital to see Mom, even though she wasn't feeling well herself.

The last time we saw her was in May 2008 at Luke's Basic training graduation. She was excited about being there. She expressed being very proud of Luke & said what a 'fine young man' he had become. She had a special place in her heart for the military as her husband (deceased) was retired from the Army. Luke & I had a visit with her at her house. She showed Luke Major High's military picture & talked with him some about military life. She told Luke she was excited for him & that she knew he would be a fine soldier. It was a special time for us.

Since we don't get to Ga. very often, I cherish these times. Somehow when we left there I had a sense that I wouldn't see Mrs. High again. I think that's how God prepares us for change or loss.

I think the world would be a better place if there were more people like Mrs. High. May she rest in peace. Thank you God for special friends!