Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
|Tin Angel in La Posada gift shop|
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Snow often stops work. Teaching in a rural hilly county means we don't have the road equipment to clear the roads. It just isn't financially feasible. Also, we live in an area that will have temps just high enough to start frozen precip to melt and then fall and refreeze at night. Icing is a major problem.
I just like the way snow makes everything look clean. We have a dusting of snow in the forecast for tomorrow. But I also like snow because of Psalm 51:7
7 [a]Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
[b]Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Have a bright blessed day!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
By knowledgable, I mean those who know tech stuff doesn't always work. Also I expect teachers to act better than students when things go wrong. I don't expect interruptions and pouting when they don't follow directions and then can't do what what is being modeled for them.
I really enjoy presenters who gather information during their session and immediately share it. When they are eager to jump on a new idea or look at a new way of using something and aren't afraid of openly learning with their audience.
I love to learn. I expect educators at a conference on education to love it as well. I want enthusiasm and eagerness. I want to be recharged and to come back to my classroom with lots of ideas for my students to learn and share.
So far it has been a great conference and I look forward to the last day kid sessions.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Motrin is good thing!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I always enjoyed watching my mom interact with her girlfriends. It was like they were back in high school. They would laugh and giggle. It was so much fun to be around them.
I also have a group of friends that I've talked with for years via the Internet. We've gotten together at various stitching retreats and just to visit and stitch. It is like we see it each every day when we get together. I really enjoy these ladies.
I'm thankful for all the friends in my life.
Monday, November 14, 2011
I am constantly reading photography blogs. My vacations are to places where I can take great pictures. Even if my photo style is bad, the scenery compensates. :)
I'm very thankful mom gave me a love for photography. Even if I didn't want to be her subject. Tonight, I combined my gifts and made my own camera bag. I found tutorials online and think it was a success!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
My great-great grandmother was a tailor. She provided for her family by sewing men's suits. She lived far away from Nashville, which is where her suits were sold. She would send them to stores via ferry in Granville. She also made all of the clothing her children wore, from the skin out.
I remember my great grandmother quilting and crocheting. I have baby shoes she made for either sis or me. I am also blessed to have several of her quilts. I cherish them. I am a bad blogger and didn't take any pictures before sunset.
My mom didn't quilt. She did crochet and made great clothes. I'm still wearing some flannel lounging pants she made me. I will be very sad when they wear out. I also have an afghan she made me. I inherited her sewing things. I went through some tonight looking for Velcro. Made me miss her so very much. I'm sure there are snaps and buttons in that box that are older than I am.
Let me say again, I am very proud to come from a long line of talented women. I deeply miss them tonight.
Rest in peace sweet ladies...
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
So I was thankful for comfy clothes and the ability to truly relax at home. I'm not going into all the reasons again. LOL
Let's just say I'm thankful and let that be enough!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Today, our lead pastor (Elder) is serving in India on a mission trip and another member of the Elder team was preaching in his place. Jeff became ill during the night and couldn't preach this morning. We currently have two campuses and Steve (campus pastor and Elder team member) was preaching on his campus. He stepped up and offered to preach at both campuses. God had an awesome message to share through him today.
Steve traveled to both campuses, preached 5 services, and didn't get one speeding ticket traveling between campuses. :) Our worship and media teams were completely flexible and changed up each service and led wonderful worship times. If we hadn't been telling the congregations what was going on, they would have never known at times we were going with the flow!
I proudly serve on the media team. God has totally blessed me to be able to serve my church with the gifts He has given me with computers and I am totally in awe of how He uses us. It was awesome to be a part of the prayer teams this morning and to see God answer those prayers. Today God really let us depend on Him and it reminds me I can be thankful for my dependence on Him every day!
Have a blessed day,
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
I'm able to enjoy and keep friendships going and growing even though I'm separated by distance. With that said, I'll quit typing here and go text a friend I've not heard from in weeks.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Two weeks ago, sister decided to add to our family and she got married. Welcome Jay to the family! This is a picture of us on their wedding day. I won't post other pictures without their permission but I'm very happy for them.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
My stitching companion is waiting.
Friday, October 7, 2011
I've also jumped off the deep end in a new area of my life. I've become a Scentsy consultant. I have a long background in retail and I love sales. I saw the warmer on Plumstreet Samplers and knew it was something I'd love to have in my home. I had my first party this week! Big shout out to my friend Leigh who hosted for me. We had a lot of fun and sniffed a lot of fragrances. If you want to try it out, check out my Scentsy page.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Last night, I was noticing a light out of my blinds and realized it was the moon. So I drug my tripod outside and set it up. I didn't take any outstanding pictures, but I do have one to share.
You can ALSO tell I'm a horrible yard owner by the fact that the second picture is of poke berries. I've had many poke plants come up in the fence row flowers. I got tired of pulling them up and now I'm kind of glad I didn't pull up the last batch, the pink stems are gorgeous.
I also have had a rogue tomato plant grow right outside the porch. I pulled one up in the mulch by the front door and really thought to myself that I was nuts and there was no way I had a tomato plant growing in the mulch. But my yard laziness proved me sane. There are lots of little tomatoes on the plant I didn't pull up. I doubt they will develop enough to be eaten before the first frost. But I have gotten a good laugh at myself and God's humor. I had wanted to plant containers of tomatoes on the porch this spring and never got around to it. So He's making sure I get some tomatoes despite myself.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
I am very thankful for a three day weekend. This school year is going really well. But because of changes in our teacher evaluation system it seems as though a lot of my coworkers are really stressed. I've been to several TEA regional meetings and the feeling seems to stretch across Tennesse.
On a happy note, Carmen and I spent some time at a couple of Nashville art exhibits and I took a few pictures. But I can't seem o get them uploaded. :(. Why do I keep having blogging issues?
Thursday, August 18, 2011
|Dad in La Carmen Bolivia|
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Today, I decided to watch a couple of older Fons and Porter episodes. I became inspired to start a project I've had planned for ages.
I still need to sew the pieces together and add the binding. But that will wait until Monday. I need to purchase some large buttons for the flap and I want to try to find some darker velcro for the closing.
I realized that I needed to photograph my progress while I was sewing along. It is great practice for my photography class. I'm pleased to say I shot the entire time in manual mode. A big accomplishment for me.
Not that every shot was good, by no means, some were really bad. But I'm learning from my mistakes. Mistake #1 is not wearing my glasses and having the diopter set for corrected vision! LOL Several of my photos were blurry because of that.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
We will get schedules and student rosters tomorrow. This will give us some specific prep time. I received my textbooks today for one class. I have already started pulling materials. I know that sounds a little slow, but I've never taught this class and had no idea how the text fit into the curriculum standards.
I have a new photography class assignment and I hope to be able to take some pictures at school depicting the first day of school. It will be a "day in the life of" study. I'm looking forward to the photo shoot.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
We started our day by seeing a black bear cub and ended the evening with a moose and calf sighting. It was a great day.
After traveling all day Monday, my body decided Tuesday was a day of rest and I slept in late and went to bed early. We had school in-service Thursday and next week the school year starts.
I leave you with these memories of Alaska.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
But we started each day with a time to run team errands. We had completed all of our in-park service projects and the ship hadn't arrived for the food bank. So we spent Thursday getting team pictures printed and while running into the stores, team members made a great decision. They decided to bless the children in our park with backpacks.
It was great fun, they purchased backpacks, pencil boxes, markers, and notebooks. We filled the boxes with candy, gum, and our team picture. We took the two mornings to purchase the items and then prepare the backpacks.
On Thursday afternoon we had our park time and we just loved on the kids. We saw new faces and had a great time just loving on the kids. That night we had our park party. It involved a bouncy house, hair paint and hot dogs. Needless to say, the kids had a blast. One of the teams here came and did drama skits, a great time was had by all.
Friday afternoon, we had a small turn out. We got to visit with most of our regular kids and we just spent the day giving out lunches and hanging out. The sun was out and you can tell the kids aren't used to warm 70+ degree days. They loved to stay in the shade. We had a great time handing out backpacks and talking to the kids for the last time but it was bittersweet. But we know the next team will have an awesome time with these kids.
We spent the evening on kitchen duty and serving at another teams block party. It was near our park and the make up of kids was a lot different. This area had a lot of Laotian immigrants and their turn out was huge. We cooked over 150 hot dogs and there wasn't a hot dog left when we packed up.
Team devotions and prayer times have been awesome and tomorrow we pack and leave Graceworks. We will have a fun day going to a glacier and having lunch at a wilderness park with all the mission teams.
Our team is tired but still ready to face the day! Can't wait to see God's creation tomorrow.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The service work went very quickly but it didn't feel like we had accomplished a lot. The ladies went and ran team errands and we were finished very early. We left the park and had our lunch in the mall next to the park. The mall is very empty, lots of empty store fronts, very depressing. After lunch we decided to drive through the park and pray over the trailer court.
I think several of team members felt the spiritual warfare that was taking place. My heart broke as child after child darted in the road or played in the dirt and NO one was watching out for these babies. Tiny little people left unattended and it seemed like they were so unloved. I just started praying and inwardly weeping.
Phil drove us back to the park, freshly mowed, called the team to prayer and then sent us out for personal prayer and quiet. All I could do was weep as I prayed. I felt such battle taking place over this area. I called on My God to do victory and work through our team and those to come.
We left the prayer time and headed to feed lunch to the park children. We expected more kids because the sun/Son had come out and it was time to win some hearts. We ran out of lunches and had more kids show up after lunch was over. We played intentional games and after the games Chris led the kids in a time of bible study and discussed the parable of salt and light. It was awesome.
More kids showed up and the guys were wore out from all the playing, tickling and just intense conversations. I watched Robby grab four guys and just pour into them. Cary and Phil had several others and were just in intense conversations. Brittany and I talked with sweet little girls and just loved on them, told them Bible stories and just tried to explain how much God loved on them. Chris had a group of both girls and boys and we had NINE kids led to the Lord today!!!
The battle was fierce but God had victory. I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.
NO photos again, blogger hates my collection.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
From chapel we went to a local church to help in their food bank. They were in great need of volunteers and were very appreciative of the help. Several team members worked with the clients by helping them shop and making them feel welcome/loved on. Just talking, asking for prayer requests and asking them to come to church on Sunday. The rest of the team worked keeping the shopping carts prepared with bags and boxes broken down and out of the way. It was a great morning and we may work there again tomorrow, helping unload and organize a shipment.
We headed out for lunch and realized our lunches had been left at the home church! Ooops! so we headed to a nearby Subway/Burger King and had lunch. While eating lunch, the rain began. Luckily it was a soft rain. We headed to the park and prepared canopy/tents for lunch. After the kids ate lunch, we play lots of Ninja and freeze tag. We played for almost two hours and took time to look for a lost coin and share the parable of the lost coin! It was great. Kids came and went - it was cold as the rain fell, but we were pleased with who the Lord brought to us and the one on one time we could have with the kiddos.
After the park, we came back to the church, had a brief rest and then an amazing dinner. The wonderful cooks prepared salmon (smoked, grilled and blackened), halibut (baked and fried), coleslaw!, and hush puppies (regular and jalapeno). It was delicious and the first time I've ever liked salmon. So thankful for this awesome team that volunteers to staff the kitchen!!
After dinner, several team members headed out for a three mile hike, Phil and Andy are roughing in a door frame here at the church (the church is installing all new outer doors), and some of us are having down time. Daily team devotions and team debrief to come!
Photos later - blogger really isn't liking my connection
Monday, July 11, 2011
We worked in Penland park today in a 450 site trailer court. Very inner city, exactly what you imagine in this type of facility. There is a great diversity in the area, both in people groups and family makeup. We had 25+ kids at the park. We are feeding them lunch (federal lunch program) and after lunch we have two hours planned to love on these kids. It is a very young group of kids at the park, ages 3 - 12 with the majority in the 3 - 7 age range. We will have a family night on Thursday.
It was a great day, we had several of the children asking great questions and showing amazing knowledge, someone at home is really pouring into them. After we had our team time, two of the kids met with Phil and a group and had more questions. He walked them through salvation and Jesus' love and they accepted Christ!! Great afternoon.
We followed that with a nice team worship time before dinner and we are about to have devotions. For those of you looking for awesome Alaska photos, sorry! 1) we've been asked to wait a little while before taking pictures with the kids and 2) it is cloudy and you can barely see the awesome mountains surrounding Anchorage.
I leave you with this prayer request for Tuesday. Pray for the children to return, for our team to be unified and very specific in actions, continued ministry to the area, this area to fall in love with Jesus!
We made it to Anchorage. We had a little delay Minneapolis as we waited for a storm to blow over us. But everything else was smooth! Here are today's prayer requests and I will write about today a this evening.
Monday, July 11 – Saturday, July 16:
Pray for our team to be rested and ready for the work that lies ahead each day. Each of these days will be filled with sharing the Gospel with the Boys and Girls Club, and serving the community. Each day, for some children/teens, this will be the first time that they have ever heard the name of Jesus! Pray that the Holy Spirit fills us, that God speaks through us, and that the love of Christ captures the hearts of those we witness to. Pray for strength, boldness, unity, love, and protection. Pray that Heaven has just become populated with more souls for the Kingdom as Hell become more deserted.
“And the Word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly...being chosen to carry the name of Jesus....proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.” (ACTS 6:7;9:15;28:31) SERIOUSLY PRAY BIG THINGS!! PRAY THAT GOD WOULD DO SOMETHING SO SUPERNATURAL IN ALASKA THAT IS COULD ONLY BE EXPLAINED BY THE FACT THAT GOD HAD SHOWN UP AND SHOWED OFF; THAT THE WORK WOULD LAST; AND THAT IT WOULD NOT BE DEPENDENT UPON US TO KEEP IT GOING BUT WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY THOSE WHO EMBRACED THE CALL. PRAY THAT GOD RAISES UP GENERATIONAL GIANTS THAT WILL HAVE A RIPPLE EFFECT THROUGHOUT GENERATIONS TO COME!!! Also, please continue to pray over our families for protection as we are away.