in our midst

This past week, I was reminded that we never know who is in our midst, or where those around us have walked.  I have learned time and time again that those who come into our lives might be there for a reason, for a season, and not by accident. I teach a variety of academics at the elementary school where I work. But in recent years, I have been trying to help students to develop skills of resilience as well.Read more

…a few thoughts on noticing…

After leaving my classroom behind for three weeks, I walked in to see that I had neglected a few things. Am thinking my little plant wasn’t feeling so loved at all during my absence. It’s a plant that really doesn’t need much care at all. It’s not one of those persnickety needy plants. It’s not sensitive to light. It  deals with my sporadic watering and can go through long periods of drought. It’s resilient, hardy, and needs so little careRead more

sorting it out…

Sometimes I rush a bit. (That might be a tad bit of an understatement…) I rush and then spill stuff like coffee, or drop stuff like phones or keys or…beads. (Rushing never seems to pay off by the way.) Well, the other day, it was beads that I spilled. Not just a few…it was a whole tray of seed beads that Tanner had given me. I love the bright colors of the THOUSANDS of beads that spilled. THOUSands of teenyRead more

a few thoughts on forever…

“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”  Not much lasts  forever. Surely not grass. Surely  not fragile flowers. Nope. They are lucky to last a season. And the best of folks (and the worst) will all find their day of passing. But what lasts forever?  The intangibles I think.  Intangibles like love, hope, and the Word of God…Truth has a way of standing on its own through circumstance,  through time.. Sometimes itRead more

different…

Expectations are part of life. They are. We expect certain things. We expect that hard work will pay off …not just in  studies or at work, but even in relationships.  We expect that if we do this, then that occurs. We grow up learning certain equations, not just 1+1=2, but equations like eating well + exercise = good health, or working hard + studying our craft = success at work, or saving money + spending wisely = financial security. OftenRead more

a few thoughts on clean slates…

I took Latin in high school. It was one of my favorite classes. First, it was a favorite because the teacher was a hoot! She was lively and funny and said totally unpredictable things. She made us laugh and was well aware that sometimes we were laughing with her and sometimes one couldn’t help but laugh at her antics and stories. It was also a favorite class of mine because I love words. Always have. Probably always will. I lovedRead more

a few thoughts on scopes…

When my children were young, we had a microscope. One of my sons in particular loved finding all sorts of things and then checking them out under the lens to see what amazing things were hidden beyond what the natural eyes could see. We had magnifying glasses and some little hand held telescopes that preschool sons used to explore their little worlds. I loved seeing that…that they wanted to search and see more than what they could see. Curiosity isRead more

‘because it has a song’…

She’s there in the morning…. ….and late afternoon…. …and evening… Most mornings I’m awake before I first hear her sing. But usually by the time I’m gathering my things to go out the door, I hear this little bird singing loudly at the top of her sweet lungs. Makes me smile, and reminds me there’s lots to sing about. …and lately, she’s even been doing the same thing at night…sitting on a perch and singing her little heart out forRead more

a few thoughts on trees…

I  love the quote that says “The trees are about to show us how beautiful it is to let things go.” ~ Anonymous I’m trying to be like the tree. I am. With stuff…. With situations…. With people I love. Gotta be like the tree and not hold on when it’s time to let go. My problem is, I can be more like the pin oak than the Gingko Tree. The pin oak holds it’s leaves till just before Spring.Read more

instruments

Tonight as I watched the news in horror,  the news started to drown out as a memory kind of kindled in my mind. It was literally like I was hearing background music from my past and was transported back to being in the Wednesday night youth choir with memories of me trying to hit some  sharp notes of a song that was  very difficult to learn.  The notes were difficult, but boy, the words stuck then and are ringing inRead more