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When Dad Sang

So, I picked dad up this overcast, spring morning to visit the urologist.  Fortunately, this was just an in/out thing and then we were on our way.  He seemed stronger today compared to last week, which was very encouraging.  Last week it seemed that he was regressing when he’d come so far since his hospitalization last month.  I was glad to see him rebounding today, despite depending on the walker for stability.  He was definitely stronger getting in and out of the car.  What a blessing to see!

My son came along and, as always, was a great help unfolding the walker for his grandpa and opening doors, etc.  We all enjoyed a nice breakfast at Bob Evans and had a fantastic waitress.  Afterwards, my son helped pump gas on the way to take my dad home.  It’s so nice that he’s old enough to help out with that now.  I wore the elbow ace bandage today as a support for my sprained elbow that is still recovering.  (Soaking in the epsom salt has made all the difference in the world, thankfully!)

We set the trash out for my dad just in time before the trash truck rounded the corner this morning.  So, he appreciated getting that taken care of.  I know he’ll be glad when he is back to his normal self.

On the way back to his house, I decided to play the David Phelps’ album on my iPod again.  (It seems to be a favorite at the moment!)  I knew my dad would appreciate hearing How Great Thou Art as it is his all-time favorite hymn.  (He has selected this hymn to be sung at his funeral.) Traffic was fairly heavy, but my spirits were lightened when I heard dad sing along to this hymn!  My dad doesn’t usually sing, folks.  He’s a pretty serious fella when he’s not cracking a joke.  Does that make any sense?  Haha! … Ah, dad has been through so much over the past six weeks beginning with fracturing his right foot followed by contracting a serious case of sepsis the next day!  When he was in the hospital, even basic functions were nearly impossible.  His recovery over the last few weeks has been miraculous, and to hear him singing praises to our heavenly Father today… well, it melted my heart!  It surely made God smile.

Here, his body is weak and his mind gets confused at times, but his spirit remains connected to his Lord and Savior!  What a testimony of God’s grace!

The album continued playing and after dad got out of the SUV at his house, he said how much he enjoyed listening to the music.  I was glad to hear that.  Normally I don’t play the radio or listen to my iPod when he’s in the car because he’s usually talking so much.  He must’ve been a little tired today as he didn’t talk much on the way home.

Today was the last batch of doctor appointments for several weeks, thankfully!  We’ve seen so many specialists over the last month and we both can stand a reprieve.

So very thankful for the mercy and grace God extends to my dad and to me also as I strive to be God’s hands extended.  Most days I rely heavily on God’s strength and He never fails me.  I always consider the fact that one day I, too, will need assistance with things and can only hope and pray that my children will be patient and loving with me as well.  I learned very early on just how fragile life really is.  I was a mere 23 when I watched my mother’s life ebb away as her body was wracked with cancer.  So, I’ve lived my entire adult life with the understanding that we are not as invincible as we tend to believe when we’re young.  Tomorrow is not promised.  We must make today count!  Witnessing my dad’s recent health struggles and near death experience with sepsis has prompted me to prepare myself for his eventual passing, but I don’t know that one can ever be truly prepared to lose a parent, no matter the age.  We never willingly let go.  Death is so foreign, so intangible.  It separates us from the ones we love.

I know that when the day arrives that he crosses into Glory, it will be the best day of his life.  No more pain, no more struggles.  Heaven will be far more perfect and full of pure bliss than we could ever consider or imagine with our finite minds!  Until then … I am doing my best to honor and respect my dad and help him navigate his golden years with grace and dignity.

Today, my reward was when dad sang…



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101 Colloquialisms & Idioms I Grew Up Hearing…


Growing up, my dad was the “King of Colloquialism”, at least in my mind.  He had quite a repertoire of idioms and sayings that have stayed with me through the years.  He was born in 1937 and his parents just after the turn of the century.  I’m sure he heard many of them from his parents, aunts and uncles, and they became standard prose.  Many were perplexing to me as a child as I pondered their meaning.  Perhaps you may even recall others you, too, grew up hearing and wondering about.  I hope you enjoy.

Here goes:

  1. A little birdie told me.
  2. A picture is worth a thousand words.
  3. A stitch in time is worth nine.
  4. Use a little elbow grease.
  5. Let your head save your feet.
  6. The elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top.
  7. Good enough for government work.
  8. Make hay while the sun shines.
  9. Slow as molasses in the middle of winter.
  10. Slow as day.
  11. Right as rain.
  12. You look like your last dog died.
  13. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  14. The early bird catches the worm.
  15. Red as a beet.
  16. White as rice.
  17. Black as night.
  18. Fast as lightning.
  19. Ready for Freddie, Waitin’ for Clayton
  20. I was born ready.
  21. Ready as I’ll ever be.
  22. Feed a cold, starve a fever.
  23. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  24. Pretty is as pretty does.
  25. Beets will make you beautiful.
  26. Cleanliness is next to godliness.
  27. They’ll be late to their own funeral.
  28. Necessity is the mother of invention.
  29. Kick the bucket.
  30. A little thin on top.
  31. Not too bright.
  32. Better too early than late.
  33. Better too late than never.
  34. Better safe than sorry.
  35. A dime a dozen.
  36. A baker’s dozen.
  37. That’s a piece of cake.
  38. Time to hit the books.
  39. Time to hit the hay.
  40. Hit the nail on the head.
  41. Almost laid on egg.
  42. When pigs fly.
  43. You’ll be up the river without a paddle.
  44. Costs an arm and a leg.
  45. Can’t get blood out of a turnip.
  46. Bite off more than you can choose.
  47. A lazy man’s load.
  48. If your ears are burning, it means someone’s talking about you.
  49. If your nose itches, it means someone’s thinking of you.
  50. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
  51. If you want something done right, do it yourself.
  52. Do it right the first time.
  53. Haste maketh waste.
  54. Waste not, want not.
  55. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
  56. Motor mouth.
  57. Can’t see the forest for the trees.
  58. That’s for the birds.
  59. All that glitters isn’t gold.
  60. Time is money.
  61. Money doesn’t grow on trees.
  62. The money tree out back is bare.
  63. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
  64. No pain, no gain.
  65.  Pearls of wisdom.
  66. Roll with the punches.
  67. Like water off a duck’s back.
  68. If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.
  69. Too many chiefs, not enough Indians.
  70. Too many chefs spoil the pot.
  71. A watched pot never boils.
  72. The pot calling the kettle black.
  73. Gotta step up to the plate.
  74. Born with a silver spoon in their mouth.
  75. Don’t wear out your welcome.
  76. A silver lining in the cloud
  77. Don’t cry over spilled milk.
  78. Opinion is like a nose; everybody’s got one.
  79. Don’t be a worrywart.
  80. You attract more bees with honey than vinegar.
  81. Turn that frown upside down.
  82. Slow and steady wins the race.
  83. Persistence is the key to success.
  84. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.
  85. Don’t burn the candles at both ends.
  86. Locks were made for honest people.
  87. Honesty is the best policy.
  88. Fast as lightning.
  89. Sharp as a tack.
  90. Down to earth.
  91. Under the weather.
  92. On Cloud Nine.
  93. In File Thirteen.
  94. Sly as a fox.
  95. Sit down and take a load off.
  96. My dogs are barking.
  97. Add fuel to the fire.
  98. Put the pedal to the metal.
  99. Add insult to injury.
  100. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  101. A penny saved is a penny earned.



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