Thankful Thursday

There’s a corner of my classroom that got fuller this week. It’s the corner right behind the chair where I spend a good part of my day teaching small groups. It’s ‘Teacher Appreciation Week’ and I have truly felt appreciated in so many ways. Here  is just one of them. I work with a sassy little kindergarten student. He’s quite the competitor. One of the games we play involves using dice to teach  the ‘counting up’ strategy, one-to-one correspondence, andRead more

Thankful Thursday

So on this ‘Thankful Thursday’ I’m thankful for words. I’m thankful for words spoken that bring clarity. It’s amazing the power of words to clear the air and wash away misunderstandings when all parties have taken a deep breath before hand. Sometimes, that’s a crucial piece (for peace)—this breathing in and breathing out. Somehow, deep breaths seem to open up the ability to listen and hear a bit more.  And I’m thinking that good conversation is just that…it’s a breathingRead more

Thankful Thursday

Sometimes I’m amazed at how  quickly the days fly on by….especially when I’m on break. It’s been so good to catch up on some things and not feel like the days are so packed, and I’ve been really thankful for that. But today, well, I woke up feeling like I just hadn’t accomplished quite as much as I should have and was concerned because the break is just about over for me. Sometimes no matter how much I check offRead more

note to self…

Note to Self:  Some things—beautiful, unexpected, glorious things–– ONLY grow in the desert. Like Cacti. And blue desert flowers. And ‘resurrection plants’. Maybe the periods of drought coupled with lots of Light can cultivate unique and amazing things that are  indigenous to places you’d least expect…and not just in plants mind you <3.  I love that God has variety beyond compare and that He can use anything, anyone, any place to make things grow out of the dust. Am thinking that’sRead more

Thankful Thursday

Today, am thankful for sunrises that look like sherbet, and for eyes to see them. …for…Paths to take and the feet to take them. …for…Inspiration given and the heart to receive it. …for Growth seen and the scaffolds to support it. Thankful for laughter this week amidst lots of tears. (Some weeks are just like that…) Thankful for sneezes, and Chlortabs that slow them down, and good food. For weather getting cold and the first pot of chili of theRead more

Thankful Thursday

These are just a few images from this week.  They capture  moments in time in the span of a few days. As I looked at them I kept thinking of how amazing it is all that is packed in a moment, a day, a week, …a lifetime. I mean, when you think about it, it’s amazing what even one day can hold. My day began with some good books, coffee and this… It’s been a full week. I’ve been onRead more

Thankful Thursday

Do you ever have those weeks when you’re trying to keep things light and on the surface, but there are underlying issues that feel like a magnet that keep drawing you back to where ya just don’t want to go (but probably need to go)?  Well, I’ve had one of those weeks. Maybe those kind of weeks make the on-the-surface  stuff all the more appreciated. On-the-surface items like this, for instance…. ….Breyers’ Girl Scout Cookies Thin Mints Ice Cream. IfRead more

Thankful Thursday

This morning I got caught in the early morning rain, spilled coffee, and forgot my sweater, but….I had only been driving a few minutes when I saw this. it was pretty cool to see through the rain to the sunlight on the horizon. Sometimes you just gotta go through stuff like rain, or tough circumstances, or waiting periods. During those times, it’s a real gift to catch glimpses of what’s beyond the rain or tunnel or whatever. Yep, there’s somethingRead more

Thankful Thursday

Thankful for a few reminders this week: First, sometimes when and where we least expect it, we could find a reason to smile. Reminder number two:  Storms don’t just bring lightning and thunder and downpours. They also bring rain that waters plants, rain that induces growth.  Rain helps plants bear fruit (or vegetables!)  one day. Reminder number three:  Good things take time. Beautiful old water oaks were once tiny little acorns. Yes, good things take time. It’s sad when anRead more

Thankful Thursday

  I drove by a crime scene this morning. There was the crime scene yellow tape, the police cars, the detectives walking around the yard. Crowds were gathering, and as I drove past there was that sick feeling in my stomach…not just that something bad had happened, but that sense that it was just an indicator of so much bad that is happening, not just here, but all around us, mostly hidden in the shadows, but so very present andRead more