THANKFUL THURSDAY-part two
(See what happens when I can't speak for Wordless Wednesday--I take two posts on Thursday).
O.K.....so I was on my way to StarBucks to tap into some HIGH SPEED...(couldn't resist the double inuendo!) ....and the air conditioning guy showed up a little earlier than expected. Interesting what new air filters will do to the air circulation in a cabin!
THEN, a neighbor came by to find out if our air conditioning was working--because--of course, he saw the air conditioning truck!
THEN, it was time for lunch, and being the good mom that I am, I fed the children!
THEN, THEY wanted to go tubing--o.k. now they're pushing my maternal patience! Don't they know, I have BLOGGING to do!
THEN, I get the message from my sister....enough of the waiting already...what's up about the wordless thing!
So now, I sign onto blogger (requiring a short nap whilst waiting for AOL to sign on!), and I read on the blogger page that there is a scheduled maintenance at 2:00 p.m. PT...which is NOW in Minnesota! YIKES!
Anyway--I will try to post this the old fashioned way! No photos--I can't afford the long winter's nap it will take to upload)...so please, see yesterday's photos and keep them in your mind....here goes.
My best friend in junior high school was Donna. I don't remember what class we met in, but I do remember that being with her was like a breath of fresh air! My home life was less than perfect and I didn't have many friends--one to be exact. Patty J.
I loved being with Donna--we laughed, we plodded, we schemed, we dreamed! Everything two carefree 13 year old girls should be doing. For those junior high years, I saw Donna each day in school and spent summers with her at every opportunity. That wasn't easy! She lived several rural towns away from the "big" city I lived in--St. Cloud. I biked to her house with regularity....imagining that now makes me wonder.....it was miles, and miles, and miles away from home. I had to cross highways and spent, I'm sure, more than an hour alone on rural roads. You wouldn't let a 13 year old do that today!
Her mom, Mary, invited me to work on their farm one summer. Work? It was more like heaven. I stayed with their family, I ate like never before, and occassionally, Mary had me do a few household chores. Donna had a horse (I have always loved horses!) and knew tons of other people and the nights were filled with summer crushes, days at Briggs Lake, and sweet dreams for the future. A future that I had long stopped hoping for after the death of my beloved Grandmother when I was ten.
I had fun, I felt loved, and I pretended to belong. I had hope.
I returned home. The pressures of life became overwhelming and my hope turned to self-hate. When I returned to school, now High School, Donna remained on the straight and narrow, I took a huge U-turn! Our paths no longer intersected flawlessly and my behavior changed as my dreams faded. Behavior that Donna could never accept; still, without judgement, she pulled away from the crash I was heading for.
Skipping ahead just a few decades.....the photos from yesterday's post!
There's another story in those decades...I'll save that for another novella...I mean post!
While we have communicated from time to time over the years, it has been more than 25 years since I last saw her. While I was in college, my life would cross paths once more with her mom, Mary. Mary worked full time at the department store that I worked at, part-time during my first attempt at that college thing! And of course, the way this small world works....my friend, Patty J., eventually married Donna's big brother...having two boys who are now grown, married and have families of their own!
Decades later, I found myself searching (stalking?) anyone on Facebook who shared Donna's maiden or married name. I found two of her nephews....each lovingly shared her current contact information. I emailed Donna at her workplace....and the rest they say is history.
The two of us met for lunch about a month ago and Tuesday of this week, Mary, Donna and I met nearby their old farm homestead for a great lunch! Mary is now in her 80's.....has been married for 60 years and still lives on the farm I "worked" on so long ago. Isn't she amazing! 60 years of marriage! Did God choose a good role model or what!?!?
(I'm at Caribou! StarBucks does not have WiFii here for crying out loud!)
So, it seems, this post has survived two types of internet connection, a days worth of delays, a blogger maintenance schedule and the discovery of Caribou coffee......but what is most amazing on this Thankful Thursday....is God's amazing ability to reach into our hearts....take our brokenness and make us whole!
It is truly amazing that Iris chose this Scripture for today's TT: "You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever! Psalm 30: 11-12!!!!!!