Thursday, March 31, 2011

Retro Can Be So Cool!

This is a RE-post of an blog entry I made this past fall.  I felt the need to repost it because it was recently pointed out to me that I left out the best part of the story...a picture of the car!  So to complete the story...I have included the 1970 Cougar!

I think most of America is experiencing beautiful fall weather!  I know we are in Dallas, Texas!  Sunday in Dallas was truly a "top-down" day!  Yesterday as Joe and I were cruising around in my husband's 
Ensign Mobile-- a.k.a. 1970 Cougar convertible, which he bought new and has had it running ever since...most of the time...

Joe bought this car after becoming an officer in the Navy.  He bought it new and still has it  on the road today!
1970 Cougar

Joe reached in his box of music...pulled out Led Zeppelin-- 8 TRACK TAPE! 

I'm pretty sure my husband and I were the only people in the Dallas Metroplex listening to an 8 track tape of Stairway to Heaven  yesterday--and truly loving it...ah, the simple pleasures in life!

I Lasso good music in a classic car and time with my sweet husband!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ever Find Yourself in a Spiritual Desert?

Can you recall a spiritual desert experience in your life?
Boy, I can!
Throughout my life, as a young professional, wife, sister, daughter, friend, but especially as a mother of three, I have found I have wandered aimlessly for years in the desert. 

I found myself asking, "Lord do you hear me...
Lord am I asking for the wrong thing...
Father how times do I need to pour out my heart only to have my prayer go unanswered... 
Father, I don't understand."

And then in the solace of the morning or still of the night or anytime I can "Be still, and know that I (He) is God" -- 
~ Psalm 46:10  
I believe His answer to me is, "I don't want you to know WHY, because if you did, then you couldn't really be walking by faith. I want you to believe and walk by faith"

I often forget that we have a BIG GOD! I constrain my understanding of trials, and miracles by what I know as a mortal person...not by what I know God to be. "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding" 
Proverbs 3:5

I do still wander through the spiritual wilderness, but I know that when I am wandering, I am pouring out the true desires of my heart, I trust and believe rather than constrain God to what I know is humanly possible...when our God is Omnipotent.

As we anticipate Easter, the resurrection of Christ, I want to encourage you that God does hear your prayers.   There have been many challenges that I have personally faced throughout my life, and thought God was deaf to my prayers--only to discover He was listening all along, and I have found His plan was much better than mine.  

So now I Lasso my walk by Faith, not by sight!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Daily Meditations with Fr. Alfonse: Mt 6:7-15 When You Pray

Daily Meditations with Fr. Alfonse: Mt 6:7-15 When You Pray: "Mt 6:7-15 When You Pray(Click here for readings)The Lord asked his disciples, “Can you not stay awake with me for one hour?” Almost a yea..."

Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Sara!

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I Lasso 25 years ago with joy!

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For those who don't recognize the music to the birthday are the lyrics:

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here's what she said to me.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

When I was young, I fell in love
I asked my sweetheart what lies ahead
Will we have rainbows, day after day
Here's what my sweetheart said.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

Now I have children of my own
They ask their mother, what will I be
Will I be handsome, will I be rich
I tell them tenderly.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"...My Daughter's My Daughter all the Days of My Life!"

Kathie & Sara
My daughter Sara and I had the incredible blessing of time together this weekend.  

We met up with two long-time, dear friends--also a mother and daughter.  

My friend Kim had the wonderful idea of getting away with our oldest daughters. 
Kim & Alissa

A quaint little town north of Austin called Salado, Texas was the destination, and the Inn on the Creek was the Bed & Breakfast we stayed.

The two bedroom house was just perfect for ladies that wanted to sit, sip wine (except for Sara), eat and just talk.  No internet, no TV, just each other.  

Kim has been my friend since Joe and I were newlyweds--over 25 years.  Kim and her husband, Joe lived two doors down from us when we moved to Coppell.  What I love about this friendship is that we can go months without talking, yet pick up where we left off.  
Spending time with our grown daughters, one about to be a wife, one about to be a mother was a phenomenal gift we gave each other!  

Giggling, sharing, drinking, eating, asking, eating and advising--did I mention eating...being...what a fabulous weekend!  

While I watched Sara rub her tummy as our baby grandson squirmed, turned, and at one point must have had a kick boxing episode...I saw this beautiful young mother-to-be and beamed with such pride that she was once my baby girl!

"Then someone placed her in my arms.  She looked up at me.  The crying stopped.  Her eyes melted through me, forging a connection in me with her soft heat."
~ Shirley Maclaine

Listening to Alissa talk about the many details she has in place for a very special day in her life coming in July...her wedding was so joyful to share!

Reuniting with true friends--friendship that has stood the test of time--for all of us, coupled with the opportunity to express deep love for our daughters was what the weekend was all about!  I loved every minute of the weekend!  I look forward to the time I will have the pleasure of spending the same type of weekend with my daughter Jenna.

"A mother's love is patient and forgiving when all other are forsaking, and it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking." ~ Helen Steiner Rice

One again, Sara Lassos my heart!