A HEARTFELT STORY OF LOVE AND A FINAL SALUTE TO OUR FATHER, OUR HERO: MR. HUGH BATEMAN IMPSON, JR.

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My brother-in-law Donald just informed me that on this day of honoring our fallen heroes, my Father-In-Law, Mr. Hugh Bateman Impson, Jr., quietly slipped away this morning, completely at peace, at 08:30 Pacific Daylight Time. But Mr. Hugh was much more than my Father-In-Law – he was my second Dad.

Dad, who served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, was a highly regarded soldier and his love for his country was unwavering. He was a great man, a loving and supportive husband, a father of eight, a beloved grandpa and great-grandpa, and a great soldier; and in true fashion, “he chose today to leave this world on the wings of eagles”.

Due to his chronic illness and the distance in miles, I have not seen or spoken to Dad since April 2008 when my Marine son graduated USMCRD, San Diego. I remember his eyes glistening with tears as he witnessed my son’s graduation.  My son specifically wanted Grandpa present as he loves and esteems his father Paul and his grandpa Hugh, and was so proud to follow the family’s Military tradition. I do hope Dad was proud!

The Word reminds us that, “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” I believe God will shed His blessings on us at this time; for it is now when our faith is tested the most, that our faith will see us through the sorrows of this trial. Yet, we must never forget the joy in having had Dad in our lives.  I know that our unity in love and faith will keep Dad’s family strong and available for each other.

One of my favorite poems has always been HIGH FLIGHT by John Gillespie Magee, Jr., and those were the first words I remembered after reading Donald’s message, especially in light of his reference to “on wings of eagles”:


HIGH FLIGHT
by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

 

“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. “Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious burning blue, I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace, where never lark, or even eagle, flew; and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand, and touched the face of God.”


Dad, I know you’re flying with the angels right about now, but I just want to thank you for always being there and for supporting my family, especially when Paul was stationed OCONUS during our stint in the Army.  You always provided us with words of love and encouragement, and, on occasion, your words of admonition when needed. Thank you for loving us and accepting us, and most especially for accepting James as one of your own and for taking him under your wing at a time he most needed you.  We will miss you greatly, but we know that we will meet again one day.  Be at peace, and know that you are much loved.

I love you much, Dad!
Teresa

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8

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A Little Boy Meets God

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 10:10am

Shared by my friend Doris, please take 60 seconds to read this wonderful story.  It will give you time to settle your brain, gather your thoughts, calm down, and be blessed!

A little boy wanted to meet God.  He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.  When he had walked about three blocks, he met an old man sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons.  The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase.  He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him some chips. He gratefully accepted it and smiled at the young boy.

His smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer.  Again, he smiled at him.  The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.  As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man, and gave him a hug.  He gave him his biggest smile ever.

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face.     She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?”

He replied, “I had lunch with God.”  But before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what?  He’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”

Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, “Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?”

He replied “I ate potato chips in the park with God.”  However, before his son responded, he added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”


Our God still sits on the throne!  You may be going through a tough time right now but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can.  Keep the faith!  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring – all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime!  Embrace all equally!  Share this with people in your life who have touched your life in a special way.  Let them know how important they are.

Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and family reading this. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power.  Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment.  Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy.  Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace.  Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings, and their comings, in Jesus’ precious name.  Amen.”

 

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ON BEING AN AMERICAN….

Originally Published on FB by Semper Fi Sisters
Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 9:16am
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At a time when politicians tend to apologize for our country’s prior actions, here’s a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country.

John F. Kennedy’s Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 1960’s when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded, “Does that include those who are buried here?” DeGaulle did not respond.
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When in England ,at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of ’empire building’ by George Bush. He answered by saying, “Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.”
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There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers, including French and American, were taking participants. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, “Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?” A Boeing engineer stood up and quietly replied, “Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people.  They are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities.  They have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships.  How many does France have?”
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A US Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the United States, English, Canadian, Australian and French navies.  At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, “Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?” Without hesitation, the American Admiral replied, “Maybe it’s because the Brit’s, Canadians, Aussie’s and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.”
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Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. “You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. “Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.” The American said, “The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.” “Impossible! Americans always have to show their passports upon arrival in France!” The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, ”Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen to show my passport to.”

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THE CONDITIONED LIFE

Originally Posted on FB by Live Laugh Love
Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 11:14am
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The “Conditioned Life” cannot grow beyond certain limits because it is imprisoned by world views and social conditioning. It is better to strive for an “Unconditioned Life” because it conserves energy. This energy is now available to us and can be used to access the noncognitive information of right brain, which reveals the unknown, and eventually, the unknowable.

The Person Living a Conditioned Life:

  1. Has fixed expectations as to what life should be.
  2. Anticipates and attempts to determine the future.
  3. Is trapped by defending their world view’s validity.
  4. Believes their life path is determined by social conditioning. They pretend to search for truth when in actuality they are searching for that which further reinforces their existing beliefs.
  5. Depends on predetermined causes and results.
  6. Has a fossilized consciousness that doesn’t flow. Rigid consciousness blocks energy.
  7. Takes a great deal of energy to sustain because it is based on illusion.
  8. Accesses reality through world views and social conditioning, so life is full of ruts and habits.

The Person Living an Un-conditioned Life:

  1. Accepts life moment by moment as it comes, without expectations.
  2. Allows the future to come to them, realizing that a planned future is a closed one.
  3. Accepts the validity of all paths.
  4. Realizes their life path is determined by working together with the Higher Self. God’s will becomes their will.
  5. Is spontaneous and innovative.
  6. Possesses a fluid consciousness that draws in energy by becoming new each moment.
  7. Doesn’t require much energy to sustain, therefore, people stay young and rejuvenated.
  8. Accesses reality through insights gained from experiences, so life reveals itself anew every moment.

   

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Praises!

So, I’m still here, and not incarcerated! lol  My reprieve came yesterday afternoon via a phone call from County, who informed me that I was excused for Monday’s no-show for Jury! Praise God! and Thank You Lord!

I was further informed that my review to consider my doctor’s note for permanent exemption from any future jury duty will take approximately 30 days to process. So I continue to wait, expectantly, laying it at the feet of our Lord for His perfect will to come forth!

So now I know how my daughter felt about the swimming pool (if you follow her blog), as yesterday I felt, oh, so “betrayed” by a friend.  One of our neighbors had a small car they weren’t using and offered to sell it to us for $200.  It was well worth the price, and I was thrilled by their offer; but given my current financial situation, told them it would take me a couple of months to collect the money.  Well, the original owner returned and offered them $400 and bought his own car back.  Now, this was not only another neighbor, but a friend, I thought, who totally undercut my agreement with our mutual neighbor.  To say his actions hurt (a slap on the face would have been far less painful!), is most certainly an understatement.

But I move on….I do forgive them all and I trust that God has something far better for us, and surmising that, just maybe, my friend’s needs may be far worse than mine.

I love Joyce Meyer’s teachings! Philippians 4:8 tells us to think about things that build us up, not tear us down; to allow God’s Word to grow in us and transform our mind; to fix our mind on good things and enjoy the Godly changes it brings. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

So today, I choose to focus on the good will and heart of my neighbors; after all, the “good and Godly” things they accomplish far out weigh any negative actions that crop up now and again on our little street of life. They are of good and noble character, and I thank God they are a part of our lives, for they have become family to us.

David Rockefeller once said, “I am convinced that material things can contribute a lot to making one’s life pleasant, but, basically, if you do not have very good friends and relatives who matter to you, life will be really empty and sad and material things cease to be important.”  Well, I choose not to live my life “empty and sad”, so I cherish these very good friends in my life; and as material things come and go, these friends still remain.

All in all, yesterday was a good day, but today will be even better!

And, as a side note, I am truly thankful for my daughter! She has been an inspiration and the impetus in my life as I move forward into all that God has for us! Thank You, Daughter! I love you much!

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Banish the Negative!

Okay, so Day Two of my new turnaround! i.e., being diligent in my daily blogs.

The Word for today comes from Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever thingsare noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

So I arose this morning meditating on the word, determined to have a good day….and then I sat down to write a plea to our Jury Pool, again pleading to be excused from Jury Duty due to the degenerative arthritis in my left knee, which is painfully swollen and not healing. I’ve been on meds and am left rather loopy on some days; hence, I posted my Jury Duty for Thursday, the 18th, rather than Monday the 15th. Now this is my second time to miss Jury Duty in two months due to my inability to keep track of appointments, even though I post such info on my fridge. My daughter insists they won’t be as lenient on me this second time around.

Now, I could go into major panic mode and fall apart and just drive myself into a frenzy and high blood pressure, or I can focus on a message from Joyce Meyer: “A passive person gives up, but the expectant person, on the other hand, is hopeful, believing the answer is just around the corner, due to arrive any minute. His belief is not a passive thing. His heart is full of hope, expecting his problem to be solved at any moment. He wakes up every morning expecting to find his answer. He may wait and wait, but he’ll keep asking until suddenly, God turns everything around.”  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

I sit here, waiting expectantly for that second reprieve….will it come? or will County issue a warrant for the arrest of this 61yo mother for “Failure to Appear” ?

Tune in tomorrow….

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Just {sigh} and Remember to Breathe!

Okay, so I haven’t posted in quite a while, and I can excuse it to being busy, but actually, I have been living life.

I’ve been quilting, working on my shed, and in general, getting rid of the chaos and clutter in my life, or at least trying to stay ahead of the paper trail by shredding and ridding myself of some the encumbrances in my life. My aim is to stop procrastinating and put my life in order so that I can live without the persistent self-nagging inside my head.

My daughter has also made me realize how easy it is to get caught up in the day-to-day happenings in our life and lose some semblance of perspective.  She started her own blog and I have been shocked, albeit enlightened, by some of her postings.  I have found myself reacting as a parent, and at times, grieving for her as she posts some of what she has endured in her 21 years on this earth.

Now I have the option of feeling like a total failure as a parent, or I can view it as a challenge to grow and change from this point forward.  How can I improve? Looking at self as painted in the mirror by my daughter, I do not like the person she has had to live with, so I endeavor, and I draw on God, to grow to meet her needs. Now granted, my financial resources are rather limited, so I cannot possibly meet all her physical wants, but she doesn’t lack for what she needs. And spiritually and emotionally, I promise self to be the parent that she still needs.

It has been a difficult, but rewarding path, being father and and mother to my brood, but I am no fool and realize my own shortcomings, but I also know that God’s grace abounds and that He can heal and turn things around for all of us. A challenging and daring feat, but doable in His grace!

The Word of God suggests at several points that a solid step towards wisdom is knowing simply when to keep silent and listen, rather than speaking out hastily and foolishly.  (A character trait I am still mastering, even at my age.)  “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” Proverbs 17:28 NIV. And our Lord also teaches that our relationships with others are important to God – so much so that this passage instructs us to take care of those relationships before worship. And it’s got a correspondingly harsh condemnation of those who verbally abuse others, for He isn’t just concerned with our outward behavior, but with the thoughts and attitudes of our heart.

So, have I been a “bad” parent? In my heart, my thoughts and attitudes have always been for the well-being of my children, and while I may have lapsed here and there, I trust that God’s love and grace and forgiveness covers my multitude of sins. Certainly by no means an excuse, but certainly the promising hope that He gives me as a single parent, and that is what I choose to grasp for this Monday morning.

To my children, all I can say is, “Forgive Me” for the times I have failed you, but know that I have loved you far above my own life throughout it all. May we move forward in His abounding love and grace. I love you all very much!

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