Saturday, May 11, 2019

Five-Minute-Friday ~ Practice

Time for Kate's Five-Minute-Friday link-up

The rules remain the same, each week we write for five minutes, using a one-word prompt that Kate provides. "no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write." then link up to her blog. 

A day late and a few dollars short, LOL!


I've had a doctor's appointment scheduled in Phoenix for Friday the 10th for a long time.

It just so happened our granddaughter was having her Spring Concert the evening before. So we made our plans to head up early so we could attend.

Our son didn't tell her we were coming.

As she and the other band members walked onto the stage, they all were glancing out, looking for their parents. The minute she found her dad, she saw us, and the excitement she demonstrated by the look on her face, and the quick little jump step she took, will be something I know I will never forget. 

After an introduction by the teacher, describing the progress they had made since their Winter Concert, they began and simultaneously created this beautiful sound it was supposed to. The practice they had done over the last six months, showed and they shined!

For a few moments, my thoughts traveled back to a time her dad and uncle were

playing their first concert in Junior High. It was the theme from Jurassic Park. During practice, and in between some of those perfect notes, a few off-key squelches pierced the ears for just a moment. In time as they all continued to practice, it sounded spectacular on concert day and left us with the memory of that song forever. Anytime I hear it, I still go back to that day.

After, as she quick-stepped as fast as she could without actually running, the hug and love received filled the heart forever!


When asked if she would like to go to dinner with us, she excitedly answered with a "Yes! I wondered when it would be my turn." You see, the kids all have different schedules with different school activities. Her older sister and brother have already had a few private grandma and grandpa times. I explained how, as she continues to age up, things she's been waiting for will begin to happen. It's hard to be at four places at one time, which is how their schedules seem to work out sometimes. It's a pleasure to help them out on the crazy busy days. I only wish I could do it more often.

It's only the beginning, there is so much more ahead. 

Yesterday was a very long day! 

New doctor. 

New directions. 

And at times, I felt like I was the map!

GPS is an excellent tool if you listen and follow the directions it is giving. 

I can't even, nor do I want to imagine or count how many times I had to practice and pray for patience throughout the day. Being in the big city will surely get on every nerve if I didn't have a way to divert it! 

Hubby has become acutely aware that when I have reached a point that causes me to quiet and create prayer, it's best to just stop talking!

God has a way of stopping the bickering! Every time!

A deep breath, head back against the seat, a glance towards the heavens and a quick, "Please God..." will always send a calm throughout me and the car. I've even seen it calm him.

This will be our practice for a while, keeping track of all these appointments. I will be going back the next two Friday's, and again on Thursday the 30th, for yet another doctor. Hubby has his vein stuff here in town in between those dates. 

Doing the doctor dance seems to be the norm these days.  

I now know how, with what, and WHO I will be relying on!


  1. That's great, Elizabeth. I have been praying for emotional and spiritual resilience and I think that is what your blog is about but it is hard to remember to turn to God rather than let anxiet crash in. Your image is a reminder to keep practicing.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. Life is a practice!


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