Friday, September 26, 2008


If you haven't been out on a date lately, take your spouse and go see the movie, Fireproof. It is by the group that produced Facing the Giants. It is nice to see God glorified and scripture on the screen! Support the movie! Christ's love is the center of this film on marriage. Christ is our ultimate example of love. Without the understanding of His love for us, we cannot truly love our spouse. God's love is amazing and so is my marriage. Thank you, Lord! I am blessed.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Out of the mouths of babes....

Today we were driving down the road and discussing what happens when you call 9-1-1. This is a reoccuring conversation with kids. Anytime you see an accident, an ambulance, a fire truck, a police car....same conversation all over again.  Today she asked exactly what happens when the 9-1-1 operator answers. I told her that they will answer and say, "9-1-1...what is your emergency?" My little actress says, "And you would answer something like......'Help! Someone has just passed out and is suffering from SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS!"

Yes, daughter, there are times when we could possibly pass out from "self consciousness."

Sunday, September 21, 2008

It's Finally Fall!

This photo was taken this morning. It turned fall overnight!  The girls had nothing that fit that was "weather appropriate"; however Janey, my youngest, thought her sleeveless sundress was just fine until she realized the temperature was in the fifties. We had to run out last night and try and get some fall things. Time flies.....they grow so fast!

First Day of School

High-Ho! High-Ho! It's off to school we go! First day of a new year. This was taken four weeks ago and I'm just now pulling things off my camera. Unfortunately some of the smiling was "forced"...I mean....summer's over.....bummer, right?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Memorable Moment

I have been reflecting on my journey at my current job. These students have come so far in only two years. As we completed our second year together, there was a moment in our spring concert where the choir was "on their own". They presented a piece of music entitled, "Lord, Have Mercy". It was student led and accompanied, and I had the priviledge to sit and watch. It was breathtaking from my seat. It was a moment where I finally got to sit and listen from the perspective of everyone else in the audience.  I was able to enjoy and be a recipient of what they had to offer as musicians. What was so amazing was that the gift they gave their audience was one of authenticity. They allowed us a look into their hearts. They love Jesus. They love their music. They allowed us to worship alongside them. They were worshipping, and we were allowed a glimpse of that worship. It was beautiful and such a blessing to me as a teacher. It was a true picture of what our school aims to do through a classical education. In the study of rhetoric, students learn how to express what they know and what they are learning. The rhetoric stage is built on a foundation of accumulated knowledge and is the capstone of the Trivium. On the stage that night was a beautiful example of this stage of their educational journey and their spiritual journey.

Another highlight from the evening was the first "Men's Choir" from the school performing a beautiful indian love song. One of the students posted it on YouTube. You can listen below.   I listen to it when I need a reminder of why I love what I do. The moments that keep you going back every day.

It was a great night...memorable moments!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Giving God Credit

My youngest who was pictured in the previous post was confused as she brought me her homework assignment sheet from school. The conversation went something like this:

J: "Why did my teacher type NO HOMEWORK in both Wednesday's box and
Friday's box?"

Mom: "Well, your teacher goes to church on Wednesday nights, too, and I guess she is
thinking that homework on Wednesday nights might be a little rough on some families."

J: "You mean......we don't have homework on Wednesdays or Fridays?"Mom: "That's right."
J: (with her hands in the air....) "The Lord has freed me!"
Sure makes a Mama proud that she's giving God the credit!!! haha

To tell the truth, I did an inward high five to the teacher. What a relief. Wednesdays are TOUGH. One less child with homework to try and rush through late after church is better than both!

In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

My Bonus Baby.....

She's my bonus baby. While I was rocking my 3 month old first-born, trying to learn the ropes of motherhood, I woke up one morning to find out that I was expecting my second! Shocked, scared, many emotions come to mind.

Two in diapers, two in cribs, and eventually TWO IN COLLEGE at the same time. Needless to say, I was pretty overwhelmed.

This brown-haired, brown-eyed baby doll entered the world screaming, and screamed for six straight months! I wondered if she would ever stop. Finally, around six months old, she woke up one day and decided to be happy! It was a glorious day!

This baby that came to us unplanned and unexpected has captured our hearts beyond explanation. She is funny, smart, talented, intuitive, and scares me to death!  She figures things out without help. She will often sit back and quietly listen to things we are discussing with her sister.  When we question her sister on her homework, this second child will answer before her sister has a chance to process the question. Now...that could be because the older sister is too busy thinking about "more important" fun and play!

Our beautiful bonus baby has music in her blood. She plays the violin and LOVES to be on stage. She will begin ballet lessons this year and can't wait to dance and put on those ballet slippers. She can do a mean "Ariel" while singing in the shower! Her rendition of "Part of Your World" is dazzling to say the least! She is quite the little performer....even behind the shower curtain.

This second child of ours will not be messed with. She has quickly figured out that being #2 sister has it's perks and has it's drawbacks. So, to insure her rightful place, she has turned into quite the bossy little thing! We are working on this daily. Sadly, the blonde child is such a pleaser that she often let's her boss her around.

My bonus baby.......she keeps me on my toes!

She gives the best hugs!

She is learning to please God and to ask his forgiveness when she does things that do not honor and please Him. It is starting to REALLY matter to her. It is such a blessing to watch her grow spiritually and in her relationship with Jesus.

I love her.

I like her.

She makes me laugh.

I wouldn't trade this "BONUS" for all the money in the world!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Isn't She Lovely.....

[luhv-lee] –adjective
1. charmingly or exquisitely beautiful: a lovely flower.
2. having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye, as a person or a face.
3. delightful; highly pleasing: to have a lovely time.
4. of a great moral or spiritual beauty: a lovely character.

We all love our children. I know that. So the thoughts I have are probably identical to those of every other Mother in the world, but they are uniquely mine, just as this lovely creature that God gave me is uniquely mine.

This is my first-born. She's blonde....through and through! The fact that she is blonde is even more unique to me because my entire immediate family is brown-headed and brown-eyed! So this lovely girl is special.

LOVELY is a word that always comes to mind when I think of my daughter. She genuinely loves life. She purposefully sets out to enjoy every minute of every day. She enters every activity, every chore, every encounter with the excitement of Christmas morning.

One story that explains this celebratory character trait happened one Sunday morning at church. During the announcements, the pastor informed the church body that a former minister was celebrating his 70th birthday. There was to be a "party" at a local seafood restaurant for anyone who could make it at noon one day that week. The pastor continued on to say that anyone who could make it that week at lunchtime could come by and have lunch and celebrate this man's birthday. My lovely  girl leaned over to her dad and with more excitement that you can even imagine asked, "CAN WE GO?????? " She didn't know the man, nor did she know that the "party" would consist of mainly senior adults who are retired and able to attend a lunch time gathering on a weekday. I'm sure in her mind she pictured games and lots of fun!

She hurts when someone hurts.

She laughs when she doesn't even know what's funny, but because everyone else is laughing.

She lives to please.

She loves everyone.

She genuinely apologizes for her wrongs without prompting.

She SAVORS life.

She is LOVELY and

she inspires me.