On Joy Road has been quiet of late. Why?

I’ve been too busy to write.

It’s hard to write when you are “down in the dumps”.

How can I write about finding joy when I haven’t found any myself lately?

Let’s call a spade a spade! The statements above are just excuses!

I simply haven’t wanted to write.

The weather has been gray. Even the birds out on the ol’ homestead have been silent. I have just been…sad.

Our oldest child, Matt, has a new job that requires him to move to a city several hours away. At first I was so sad that I cried every time I thought about the move. I could not even talk about the new job, packing for the move, our grand baby growing up without us being right there or…well, anything! I don’t like to cry yet that is all I did for a solid week.

I finally pulled myself together and find that I am no longer paralyzed with the thought of Matthew and his family leaving. They will live only a few hours away.

Goodness! Matthew gets to train for a job that he has wanted his entire life! They are living near his wife’s family so, if they need anything, someone will be close by to help.  They will have family to visit and to love on them!  We will visit every month or so and we can FaceTime anytime!

God has been very good to Matthew and I trust that He will continue!

Joy restored!


Sunny Skies and A Birthday

Today is an easy one in which to find joy!

This morning, as I looked out of our dining room windows toward the backyard, I was struck by the contrasts that exist in the Texas Hill Country. Today, the sun is shining brightly on the oak trees and our now desolate garden. Our honeybees are out and about gathering pollen from the lavender that adorns one of our front beds and from the remaining flowers on the sage bushes. The high temperature this afternoon is expected to be 69 degrees, later in the week 81!! Just last week, the days were gray, the air crisp and the night temperatures were in the upper 20’s. I LOVE living here!

Most importantly, on this day thirty years ago, our son, Matthew, was born! I find it so hard to believe that it has been thirty years since God entrusted that little guy into our care. What was God thinking?

A gift from God to us
A precious little boy.
Hugs and kisses to treasure
Dimples and eyes sparkling with mischief.
Books and music
Dogs, bunnies, gerbils
Hamsters and hermit crabs.
Bicycles and roller skates.
Swimming pools and lakes.
Adventures in athletics,
Theater and martial arts.
First Car, late nights
College and work.
Marriage and a loving wife.
A little boy to call his own.
His hugs and kisses to cherish
With a dimple and eyes that sparkle with mischief.
His books to read and music to love.
Another gift from God!

We have had the most fun watching our precious son grow up to be a responsible, loving and kind man! We are blessed to be able to watch his family grow!

I guess God knew what He was doing all along!

Happy 30th birthday, Matthew! We love you more and more every day!


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Edited 10:45 p.m.

We had a fantastic evening of food, fun and family at Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse.  Steve and I enjoyed spending time with our kids, the grand babies and my mom! Both babies handled the noisy restaurant very well!

Happy birthday, Matthew!  Can’t wait to see you at your 60th birthday party.  I will be 85 and your dad 90!  Whoop!  It will be a great time!


A Prayer For My Grandchildren

Nothing in life gives more joy than grandchildren.  Within the last eight weeks, Steve and I have been blessed with two precious grandchildren.  Yes, two!  Landon was our first and Leah followed quickly behind.  Today I found this prayer and I offer it to grandparents everywhere.  Thank you to the author, Barbie Kirk.


Lord, protect my grandchildren

each and every day

Protect them along life’s

fragile way.

Keep them from hatred

malice and strife

Bless them with understanding

and wisdom during life.

Lord, and give them knowledge

as they grow

And above all, please save

their soul!

Lord, richly bless them in

all they say and do

And help them to see the

love in you.

And as they get older

then they will see

That a prayer from their

grandparent has been

answered by thee.