A Mission Trip at My Age?…

Have you ever contemplated going on a short-term mission trip?Later this summer, I will be taking my fourth mission trip.  I am 56, not exactly in the best physical shape, and my knees are pretty much shot; so why go?  I go because each trip helps bring into focus God’s perfect love. Engage in conversation…

Five More Days…

“It’s the little conversations that build the relationships and make an impact on each student.”  ~ Robert John Meehan Wow, one hundred seventy-five days ago twelve wide-eyed, and a little fearful fourth graders entered my classroom.  It seems like yesterday that I looked at them and thought how young they seemed; just babes.  It took…

Practicing Praise….

Have you ever sung a song over and over without paying attention to the words, and then one of the lyrics hits you?  I play auxiliary percussion with our Worship Team, and I am usually so focused on what I am playing, I really hate to admit this, but… many times I mindlessly sing the words….

An Open Letter to Parents…..

Dear Parent(s), In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to thank you for welcoming me, your child’s teacher, into your home and life for the past nine months.  Here are a few of the things I appreciate the most:  your child thanking me for giving him homework.  your child leaving me ‘secret anonymous’ notes of encouragement….

Wildflowers…

One of my favorite things about spring is the unexpected mass of wildflowers.  They seem to magically bloom overnight, filling the drab woods and fields with a multitude of color.  A single flower is a beautiful piece of art, but when grouped together, they transform into a masterpiece, painted on the landscape by our creator,…

Why Did He Do It?…

With five little girls, you can imagine the Easter finery; our white Mary Janes, lace anklets and white straw hats.  It seemed like we had our own Easter parade as we entered the church for Easter service.  Church service would be followed by a scrumptious dinner of ham and deviled eggs.  I’m sure there were…

The Ugly Lemon Yellow Dress…

I have been sewing my own clothing since the age of eight.  Mom taught my four sisters and me how to sew on an old Singer sewing machine.   We would search for the best pattern and then the best part, finding the ideal fabric.  I could spend hours (and still do) in a fabric store; strolling up…

Fear…

Just between you and me, what is your greatest fear?   A fear so immense it clutters your mind and stops you in your tracks.  If we are being totally honest, I have two (okay, three):  escalators, the dentist, and blood work.  Yesterday, I had to meet two of those fears head-on.  Just thinking about it…

Source of Comfort…

“In order to realize the worth of the anchor, we need to feel the stress of the storm.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom This week has been a difficult one.  Three of my friends have lost loved ones this week.  The storm is very real in their lives right now.  At times like these it can…

“The Women of Easter” ~ Liz Curtis Higgs

Liz Curtis Higgs’ book The Women of Easter is a powerful book.  It is a quick read, but one that I keep returning to again and again, letting the words soak into my soul.  She brings to light several concepts I have taken for granted or overlooked every time I have read the Easter story.  The teachings were…

Wipe Your Feet…

Today was an emergency snow day for our district which basically means we have the day off if we don’t have to take a snow day earlier in the winter.  The weather was a perfect 70ish degrees, and H and I were itching to take more photographs.  (We have a friendly competition going as to who…

“How Did That Happen?”…

After an absence of about 10 years, I recently went back to see my rheumatologist.  My right knee has a torn meniscus, which causes a lot of pain, and my left knee sounds like “Snap, Crackle, and Pop” when I go up stairs. Exercise was almost out of the question due to the pain, so…

March Madness…

What are you looking forward to in the month of March? ISTEP+ Round One Testing Birthday Week (March 8-13):  Son, Nieces, Mom, Sister NCAA Basketball, of course!! St. Patrick’s Day (I wonder…is it only madness if you are a leprechaun?) Pi day (When we have every excuse to eat all kinds of pie.) The first…

Time for us…

Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. ~ Steven Covey I can count the number of actual vacations H and I have taken in the last 34 years on one hand.  We were always too busy with our jobs or any number of…