Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side…

H has a severe case of lawn envy.  Picture this:  meticulously groomed, lush green lawns on both sides of the street, not a single blade of grass out-of-place or a leaf in sight, and then you come to our house… How shall I say this:  our lawn has that ‘lived on’ look.  I totally get…

Little Moments (March)…

It’s the Little Things #61: Loving the beautiful snow showers today. They bring back wonderful memories of my childhood in Marion, Indiana. #62: Yesterday, trusting the weatherman enough to put my boots in the car. I am so glad I did.     #63: Finding this note on my desk after lunch. Reasons we (heart)…

Little Moments (February)…

It’s the Little Things #32: Looking at a problem or situation from a different point of view. #33: My husband had a crucial meeting yesterday, and he wanted to hear about my day (meetings) first. #34: When I am frustrated or trying to process something that has happened, instead of automatically rushing in to ‘fix’…

Little Moments (January)…

This list was started January 1 of 2016 as a way to offer encouragement to others and to focus on a heart of gratitude in the mundaneness of life and other times, in the little special moments that only happen randomly.  Some people have requested that I ‘publish’ them in one place.  This is the…

Grace to You & Peace from God…

Our lives are getting busier and busier each day.  We have errands to run, children that need to be shuttled to various activities, and we work long hours.  Our minds become focused on the next scheduled item, losing awareness of people around us or how we interact with those people.  A couple of days ago…

I am the Vine…

4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from…

He Calms the Sea…

“He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.”  ~  Psalm 107:29 (ESV)

Worship…

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” ~ John 4:24 (ESV)

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…