This Is My Life

I have missed my regular blogging over the past couple of weeks. This August has been and continues to be busy! Please bear with me as my posts are hit and miss this month. The plan is to get back in my groove after Labor Day!

I’m doing (academic) diagnostic evaluations for many in my local home school group. I am trying to get all that done before school starts! I enjoy testing kids to see what they know. Just to toot our own horn a little bit, these students are rocking the tests. Those of you that know me, know that even though I was (and continue to be part time) a public school teacher….I am in love with home schooling. It has been a great experience. I enjoy the flexibility that comes with home schooling.

My son leaves for college in two weeks. There is so much to get done in that two week period. I have lists on top of my lists of things to get done before his big move. The other night my son invited me to go out with him to the movies. We had opportunity to talk, and laugh together. The times spent with him are bitter sweet, because I am acutely aware of how things are changing for us. He is no longer my little boy, but my young man. I am extremely proud of all that he has accomplished in his young life and know he will go on to great things. In the meantime I need to make sure that he has detergent and dryer sheets, extra long sheets for his dorm bed, and warm clothes since he is heading north! Sigh…..I will miss him.

On Saturday we adopted a new dog from the local shelter. Rocky is a year and a half old….and still very puppy like. The shelter said he is a Boxer/Collie mix. I am beginning to think they were wrong. I think he is a Boxer/Lab mix. Our two other dogs, Ace (senior) and Lonnie (middle aged) don’t know what to think of this young, teen, dog. He is a whirlwind. He gallops around like a horse and if one happens to be standing in his “zone” as he goes flying by he/she might be knocked over, much like getting a strike at the bowling alley! This morning while feeding our other animals, Rocky wanted to show his love for me. He jumped up and put both paws on me. (We are working on NOT doing that.) Paws that were muddy and damp from the morning dew. Paws that left two large, muddy paw prints smack dab on my……..chest. I have on a light colored tee shirt. I don’t feel like changing, because it will only happen again until we train him to not do this. So, I’m going to Wal-mart with paw prints on my chest.

This is my life.

I hope all my readers are having a peaceful and happy morning. I think of you often, scattered all across the continents. I wonder what it is that you are doing while living your lives. We are all so different, and yet so much the same.



When The World Tips Wildly














When the world tips wildly,

and not one more thing can be crammed onto the lines of this life,

thoughts swirling….and life feels crazy dizzy.

When I can’t take one day at a time, because the days they rush.

The minutes swirl by at a rapid pace,

like white water crashing on the rocks of time.

The realization happens slowly, almost as a calming whisper.

Be still, and know that I am God.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Today, even in the deep, white water, I am thankful: 
*beautiful sunrise
*cats sleeping so peacefully
*graduation announcements
*cold green tea
*fresh new sheets
*a favorite magazine
*songs that make the soul sing
*looking forward to family visiting
*a freshly mowed front yard
*bright yellow dandelions against the emerald green
*fenced back field with a background of clear blue sky and white clouds
*God who gives peace, even in the midst

Fresh With Possibilities














A new day has dawned, fresh with possibilities.

I have a crazy amount of stuff to check off my to do list by the end of next month.

There are times when I wonder if it is even possible to get everything done.

It is when life seems the most hurried, that I need to slow down.

I can’t remember to enjoy the moments when I’m running as fast as I can.



Today I am thankful for: 

* streaming sunshine

* warmer mornings

* Shine FM Ohio

* music that helps me worship

* singing out loud in the kitchen

* a husband who loves the Lord

* a husband that loves me, through everything

* my daughter and her pretty Easter dress

* hugs from my son

* my oldest son making it to church for Easter service

* checking things off the list

* freshly vacuumed rugs

* friends

* my students

* graduation invitations

* our little farm

* grass growing green

* I don’t need to be in Montana to have big sky country

* God who loves me

* Jesus who died for me….and lives again!

If Only




I’ve got a ton of things to do.  There is not enough time in the day. I’m sleep deprived. I’m stressed out and overwhelmed and want to just crawl into a corner and suck my thumb. Okay, maybe it isn’t really that bad. I won’t revert back to childhood, although I have to say it was a lot less busy and a whole lot less stressful.

Life has a way of making me feel like I am constantly running on a never-ending treadmill. Sigh. If only I can make it through the day. If only I can make it through the week. If only I could make it through the year. If only, if only, if only…….

The “if only’s” zap me of the here and now. I overlook the current moments, if I’m always fixated on the “if only”. I don’t want to be that way. Life will still remain busy and honestly, it can get stressful. With that said, if I will slow down and take a moment to thank God for all the good, the mood changes. Yeah, I’ll still be busy, but my perspective will have changed.

My focus will be in the right place.

1 Chronicles 16:8 – Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.

Lord, thank You!

Thank you for……..


*the fresh start to a new week

*hugging my son before he leaves for the morning

*a job interview for son

*soft pillows

*warm socks

*dinner with my husband

*conversation with my husband who tells me “I’m always on your side”

*God who chose me

*living in His unending grace



Thankful In The Midst Of It All

This past week has been extremely busy.IMG_0218

I’ve hardly had time to sit down, much less put some coherent thoughts together into a blog post.

Things started to get hectic.

I could feel my stress level begin to rise.

I began to put unnecessary pressure on myself to “get it done”.

Household chores. Grad work to complete. An assignment due.

Lesson plans. Finishing summaries. A family to care for.

Exhausted. So tired.

Even so…life is good. So much to be thankful for.

Important to remember the thanks.

As I lay my head on the pillow at night, I sigh contentedly.

Happiness is mine.



Today I am thankful for:

* My dear husband who is my technology guru.

* He helps me in so many ways

* My son getting awards at school, being recognized for his achievements

* I am so proud of him

* A hot dinner, straight out of the crock pot

* I love crock pot meals

* Assignment turned in

* What a relief

* The first real snow of the season

* Quiet and white, softly falling

* Cold crisp morning with brilliantly colored sky

* Hot mug of coffee

* Mocha coffee…yum

* Thank you Lord for both the big and small things of life




Be Still


Laundry (Photo credit: Average Jane)

Some days I just feel like a hamster on a wheel. I spend my day running from one thing on my to do list to another. I attempt to get everything done and not get stressed out. Sometimes I can accomplish it all…and other days I fail miserably.

Today was one of those days. I find my thoughts were scattered, my adrenaline had kicked in, and yet I find myself exhausted!

Life will never be a easy. I probably won’t be able to finish everything I’d like to complete. Laundry is never done, dishes are always getting dirty. My kids need my attention. My husband wants to spend time with me. I teach. I blog. I have stuff to do.

On some days I can’t remember my own name!


Stand still.


He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
   I will be exalted among the nations,
   I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 NIV

Slow Down and Take a Deep Breath…

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It’s Monday and I already know it will be a very busy Monday. I have much to accomplish today, lots to check off my mental to do list. I can already feel my body tensing, and my mind racing at top speed. How can I be most efficient with my time? How will I get everything completed?

Not enough time! Not enough time!

Slow down. Take a breath.

Say thank you.

Breathe in the joy of the everyday.

Exhale… thanks.

A gift. I need to slow myself…and appreciate, be in awe of the fleeting moments.

I have a sign hanging in my kitchen, a sign my oldest son gave me as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago. I keep the sign up year round.

It’s a Wonderful Life” , beautifully matted and framed.

Yes, it is the title of a favorite holiday movie…..but, it could… and should be my motto.

Because thankfulness does bring joy–  And joy makes for a wonderful life.

A daily reminder.

* Emerald green, springtime grass

* Wet smell after the rain

* Eggs and toast for breakfast

* Long hugs from my child

* My husband laughing

* A good nights sleep

* Opportunity

* Friendship

* A floor that needs swept

* A bathroom that needs cleaned

* Errands to run

* Candles in the windows

* A full eucharisteo board

* Bare feet on concrete

* The smell of coffee

* Hands and fingers that type without pain

* A smile
I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.  Psalm 69:30 

Won’t you take a moment and drop by? Visit with others who are sharing Multitudes On Mondays?

Busy With A Capital B

Good Morning Blog Friends,
I have been very busy these last several days. Doesn’t life have a way of doing that? Nothing going on and then WHAM! Overloaded. Bogged Down. Time Schedules.
I miss my blog when I don’t get a chance to write. I am going to attempt to carve out some time tomorrow to blog. This will be between my grocery shopping in the morning and my son’s birthday party in the evening. My son is turning 15. I will have a house full of teenage boys. I question my sanity in all this, but all things considered it should be a fun night for my son…and that makes me happy.
So, with all that said, I am off to teach some 5th graders today. This subbing gig I have going on is pretty cool. It’s always an adventure.
Everyone have a good day today. Catch me tomorrow, I should have a new blog by evening. (fingers crossed)