It's been a good week here in many ways but I'll start off with the most recent news regarding the victory for our pro-life efforts over so many years. In the past fifty years, the sanctity of life has been debated exhaustively, resulting in a much better understanding of what is happening within the womb as new life is developing.
Clearly, the matter will continue to demand attention as individual states make their decisions; this is no time to cease praying. But today's victory is that -- a victory.
|Father's Day lunch|
My last blog post was written prior to Father's Day. Gary did not want to face the inevitable crowds that day at the restaurants, so I took him to lunch earlier that week at Texas Road House. On Father's Day, Gary grilled New York strip steak for the two of us, and I cooked small red potatoes with a crispy finish.
Sister asked if the trip to Texas Road House went well for me (emotionally) since that was Beloved's favorite restaurant and we dined there once or twice a month for years. (this is true!) I felt a bit wobbly but really did just fine. I later learned Longhorn Steak House is Gary's favorite. This is another change for me and I'm glad to accept it.
My good friend, Terri at Your Friend From Florida, recently included the following on her blog:
"Sometimes bad things happen for no reason other than we are human beings having a human experience. Pain, heartache, grief, loss, disease and death are inevitable parts of the human experience."
Like me, Terri has gone through the death of a spouse. I think her statement here is insightful, true, and demonstrates a mature attitude. There are just some things we don't fully understand until we go through them ourselves but when we "get it", it's real.
Moving on to something more cheerful.
Our morning bike rides are very shortly after breakfast due to the humid, hot temperatures of Florida summer. We ride for about 45 minutes, stopping twice to swallow water from the bottle on Gary's bicycle. I continue to faithfully wear my helmet, although that means my hair is a damp mess by the time we get back home. But even that is outweighed by my personal satisfaction that I've finally found a physical exercise I love!! My days of hours spent hunched over a needle and thread are gone, along with frequent neck and shoulder problems. I still love needlework but now I limit myself to admiring it but not participating.
Well, let me amend that. This past week I did some clothing alternations for Gary. Hemming two pair of his sweat pants to shorts length, I was thrilled to be able to help my new love in such a practical way.
Regarding the flower photo at the top of this post, I learned a new trick this week from my Arizona friend, Loraine. She taught me that when I take a snapshot of a flower with my phone, I can click on the information icon, which will identify the flower for me. I don't know that all cell phones do that, but this is very helpful to me.
I took this picture alongside our bocce court. I look forward to identifying more flowers, of which Florida has a lot!
|Gary and me|
Laughter continues to be a daily emotion for us. Truly, a merry heart is good like a medicine! Jersey Boy's camera caught us yucking it up yesterday. Wish I could remember what was so funny at the time but this happens just about every day.
How great is the love
the Father has lavished on us.
I John 3:1
Until next time, grace and peace.