morning thoughts…

We wait in hope for the Lord;     he is our help and our shield.  In him our hearts rejoice,     for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,     even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33: 20-22Read more

a few thoughts on hydration…

So, these orange clementines came home from the store with me last week. But our family has been so in and out of the house that the little treats that usually disappear from the fruit bowl pretty quickly were still there after a few days. But even in just those few days, they looked like they had shrunk significantly. It kind of surprised me. But then again, it’s been hot as all get out, and it’s pretty easy for folksRead more

…a few thoughts on wild roses…

I kind of like wild roses. They aren’t perfect. Wild roses  can be unruly and pop up in unexpected places. They bloom where they are planted. They are alive. Sure, they have thorns. But they have beauty.  They have beauty that is seen, and even if you don’t see them, their aroma can let you know that they are there and draw your eye to them. They aren’t a staged centerpiece, but a living organism that lives and blooms andRead more

Anchor

Storms Come. That’s what anchors are for… (Just a reminder for  a dear friend out there…and any one else who might need a friendly reminder…) Josh Garrels ~ Anchor of My Soul… “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil…” Hebrews 6:19  Read more

a few thoughts on beauty and resilience…

I got a great gift for Christmas. It was from my husband. And I tried hard not to seek out any hidden messages in the gift and to just be thankful. I guess the message wasn’t too hidden anyway.  Nope, not at all. Here it is 🙂 Yep. So I thanked him graciously (and meant  it. ) And I have used it and love it and am truly thankful for him getting something I probably wouldn’t have gotten myself. ButRead more

To Dance

  His mom is beautiful.  And the beauty on the outside is only surpassed by the inside.  She’s compassionate. Fun. Artistic and creative. I remember her as one who loves well and laughs easily. She loves to dance. Actually teaches dance and is still in an adult community ballet as far as I know. Years ago, as our trio sang, she danced during one of my favorite songs and did a beautiful job of bringing the words to life inRead more

it’s not about the tires

After a quiet Sunday morning of taking my time to drink my coffee, read, pray, even take some photos of a few things on the deck and blog a bit, I went out to the car to leave for nursery duty at church and saw…not one, but TWO flat tires. And I’m not talking questionable or just a little low on air. I’m talking F  L  A  T. And I felt a bit deflated for sure. More than just a bit.Read more

Mindset

Nothing like coming back into your classroom after a long day of teaching and wondering if anything you did, said, or taught made a difference…and then, then… seeing this. It encouraged me to the core, especially when it came as a sweet message from a little guy whom I have heard say, “too hard”, “I can’t”, and “I won’t” so many times. (And the one whom I have had to ‘redirect’ quite sternly and emphatically so very many times.) Yep.Read more

Seasons

In a little over a week, Autumn will officially become Winter. The leaves are leaving…a few are still hanging on, but most seem to be ending up in places like my sidewalk and yard and deck.  December has come and even though yesterday I was wearing flip flops, now I feel like I should be wearing a parka.  Seasons change, sometimes so quickly. Yes, things can change so quickly. I learned tonight that a woman who we used to goRead more

Everything

Every October, I remember.  Of course, I remember throughout the year, but when leaves start to turn and there’s a chill in the air, I often find myself having to fight off some fears and steady my heart as my memories turn to two days, two sons, and two events in October of 2012. Two days:  October 25th, 2012 and October 26th, 2012 Two Sons:  Josh and Tanner Two Life Changing Events: Major Car Accident (Josh- October 25th, 2012) andRead more