1950’s Classic

This vintage stereo is similar to the one my Dad had. It was always a privilege when he would let me “DJ” and play the records.

Oh those oldies

Weren’t they goodies

And you were a 1950 Classic

Strong and sturdy and true

One thing those songs remind me

They sure don’t make them like they used to

Twisting and shouting

With the King of Rock and Roll

And all those tunes made the girls swoon

In those happy days

For me it was vinyl spinning

And 8 tracks without rewind

Singing along with you and momma

And everything was fine

Late night games of cards and dominoes

Lucky me got to be the dj on your special stereo

Crushed velvet red covering the speakers

Nice wooden case

What a beauty she could play

Vinyl, 8 tracks and cassettes

What’s your pleasure

We got a treasure trove of hits

BJ Thomas didn’t mind the rain

Neil Diamond loved Caroline and red wine

We had Young Girls and Spooky ones too

And Johnny Rivers had the Midnight Special

And Elvis even rocked in the jail

And his swinging hips could love tenderly too

Singing all night and playing games

And if you got the Rocking Pneumonia and The Boogie Woogie flu

We had the tunes that would cure you

Listening to those oldies now

Is like a sip of sweet Sarsaparilla Soda with a bite of ginger

Makes me smile , but it stings on the back side

But Brother Love’s Salvation Travelling Show

Got some things right

And next time we sing together

It will be in the Sweet By and By

So I will sing on and hold on to the memories

until I am in the better home awaiting

in the sky , Lord in the sky

Flood of Memories

Memories come in flashes and snapshots

And then sometimes they flood on parade

Tears come just the same

And though my mind still grapples with all the pieces

Still replays events of that day

Yet peace envelops my soul

Because it knows you’re home

Restored and at peace in the Savior’s arms

Dad, Ted, Kyra, and I went to Dallas to watch my nephew play ball. Dad loved baseball- as a player and spectator

We still have much to do. Clearing out the house will be hard. Other steps are necessary before we get to that point. And I dread it, but I am busy enough professionally to push that to the back of my mind. I am sure when the time comes for this next hard task, just like all the ones before since you had the stroke, our loving Abba Father will carry us through one step at a time.

I miss you Daddy, but I do not miss the challenges a failing earthly body subjected you to, thus I truly rejoice that you are free. I wish I would have been there that Saturday before you left us. Though I was with you at the hospital until your last breath.

I am glad our last day together you did talk more and sleep less. We watched High Chaparral and talked about visiting Tombstone,AZ and Doc Holliday. You did so great with your therapy that day. I even stayed longer than usual. I am thankful for that day. I am even glad at the time I didn’t know it would be the last, but I am thankful for every single moment.

I know when I say last it isn’t truly the very last, but merely the last on this side of the veil. Next time, in glory. Rest in our Holy Father’s peace, grace, and glory. This very same peace and grace sustains us until we are with Him and you in glory.

See you in a little while, Daddy

Lamentations for Daddy

I miss you today

But I miss you every day

Since you went away

But sometimes my mind

In preservation thinks you are fine

Just at home where we last spoke

Before the phone call when my heart broke

Though many events unfolded that morn

Somehow my soul knew you were on your way HOME

Not the temporary place we are passing through

But the eternal home with the Maker and the Saints

Though I miss you today

And every minute to come

I could never selfishly call you back from home

You are free , fully healed and at peace

So for now I will treasure the lessons and memories

And keep missing you each moment

And some moments I cry

But I also rejoice in hope

Because soon we will reunite in the blink of an eye

Independence Day

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.- John 8:36

On this 4th of July as my husband so eloquently stated my Daddy became completely free! He is free from his ailing body that was limited by the stroke and chronic illness. He was freee from all the limitations of the last year. He trusted and professed his faith in the Son, Christ Jesus.  In Christ now he is eternally free.

The next few days we will prepare a service to honor and celebrate him.  Each task that lies ahead we do with honor , the weight of grief (as we here, this side of the veil, will mourn the loss of his presence), but with peace and joy knowing Daddy is free indeed!!

I thank our Heavenly Father that we do not say goodbye to our father, but merely,  ” I’ll see you in a little while.”

Gone Fishing

Born :November 15, 1950 Indepence Day: July 4, 2021. Let freedom ring!