Monday, March 29, 2010


Isn't this a great photo and great verse? I can't take credit as I didn't put this together, but I know who did. A wonderful blogger named Amy Deanne. She has an amazing eye in putting together photos/graphics with fonts and verses and comes up with wonderful stuff like above.

I just love the sunset with the orange colors and how she mimics the orange of the sunset with the font. Hope you enjoy this pic as much as I have.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Big Sis

I have two older sisters. My oldest sister Cindi is celebrating a birthday today and tho I'm hundreds of miles away from her, I'm excited to celebrate with her. And I'm excited to share it with you too, dear reader. You know when you have 2 friends who don't know each other, and you finally get them to meet. It's kinda like that.

So let me introduce my wonderful sister to you.

Cindi is an amazing woman. First off, she has a pure heart that only comes from a tight walk with our Lord and Savior. She is sweet as can be and will be your loyal friend forever. She is a hard worker (I joke that she is the energizer bunny in disguise) and not only is an amazing 3rd grade teacher but also tutors young minds after school as well. She teaches other teachers how to teach writing to 3rd graders both in her own district and in other districts. I'm so proud of her accomplishments.

And if that were not enough, she is writing a children's novel. She has just finished it off and is taking it to a writer's conf this spring where an editor will be looking it over! She has been reading it to her students as she has gotton it completed and the kids are just gobbling it up. Did I mention that I'm so proud of her?

Plus she looks great! As you can see from the pictures she keeps herself in good shape and encourages me in my exercise and nutrition habits. What a great cheerleader to have in my life.

She loves to meet for lattes and good chats. She's loves shopping for deals and finds the cutest clothes at thrift stores--I'm so jealous! And she's always up for a pedicure when I'm in town. But best of all, she always listens, without judgement, without criticism, without condemnation. She has a good word, and encourages me when I'm discouraged. And we pray together. Every weekend we get on the phone and enter the court of the Almighty God, bringing before Him our requests for ourselves and our families. It is a rich and wonderful blessing to come into the Lord's presence.

So for you my dear sister and friend: Happy Birthday! May the Lord bless this year in amazing ways that haven't entered your heart or mind.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thank You & New Obsession

Thank you for the prayers, comments and well wishes for my meeting yesterday. Without divulging alot of details (this is the internet after all!) I can safely say that we came to a meeting of the minds and that the rest of the school year should be better than the first half was. There are still a few changes we would like to see for next year and we will be meeting again next month, but that is next month. For now, I can breathe a little easier and get on with more pleasant things like: MY NEW FAV OBSESSION

My friend PJ loves wearing red polish. After last years idea of being a nail tech, I started dabbling in wearing polish myself. My trouble tho has always been smudges on the polish while drying. I would paint my nails and within an hour or two I would be taking it off. But no more! PJ put me onto a great drying product and that has made the difference. That and I now do my nails in stages. That way I can actually use my hands. It may take me as long as 2 days to do both my hands, but that's ok.

My other inspiration was finding a couple blogs where the bloggers show off their latest polish colors. One gal even does a full blown review on each color, the cost, the way it wears, etc etc

So, are you interested in the particulars? The picture above, was taken a month or so ago, but I still love it. It is cheap too! Its called Lincoln Center by NYC: in a New York Color Minute. Don't remember the price, but I believe it was under $2. I told ya it was cheap!

So, do you wear polish? Come on, spill! What's your fav color? And if ya don't wear polish, why not? Were you like me, always ruining the look with smudges and goofs? Or something else?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Where I've Been & a Superfluous Pic

Hello dear readers---
As the week went by, I thought often of writing a post or two. There are updates to be shared, stories to tell, questions to pose but alas, I was busy writing other less cheerful stuff. This week and part of last week, I have been busy writing emails to Josiah's teacher, principal and others up the chain of command. There have been some issues that have prompted my tackling things I would rather not have to deal with. But as moms, we have young to protect, and in my case, having a non-verbal, vulnerable, special son I have to be his advocate, cause no one else will, AND that is the role God has given me.

Thankfully, I have felt the Lord guiding me and standing with me every step of this journey. And I am hopeful that by next week, the whole situation will be resolved in a way that allows Josiah to thrive, learn and grow in ways he is not able to at present.

One positive thing that has transpired through this whole ordeal is that I have had alot of practice with my writing and I have been doing many revisions and editing (not my fav part of writing!) My sister who is a wonderful general ed teacher told me she's proud of me, and Michael commented that he has seen me grow and become a stronger woman through this hard situation. Encouragement like that I just soak up.

If you are a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, and he is your Lord and Savior, I would appreciate your prayers for our Tues morning meeting. I believe that the Lord hears our prayers and works on our behalf here on earth and in the heavenlies.

And in honor of the little guy I'm advocating and fight for, here is your pic for the day.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Decluttering Challenge: Slow Going

As you may or may not have noticed, I haven't given you an update in the last couple weeks on how the daily decluttering has been going. Mainly because its been petering out. Yes, I have another box slowly filling up with stuff to take to the thrift store, but there is so much more potential in my home.

Life has gotten busier. But hasn't it for everyone? And with spring on the way, Michael's graduation, challenger baseball for the #1 son and walks on the trail after dinner, life will continue to be busy. But if I believe that decluttering is essential for my well being, for a smoother move this May/June, for the good of the planet, well then I must make time for it.

And so I press on. My friend has a teenage son who has been working for a man who sells alot of stuff on ebay, so I'm looking at hiring "J" to sell some of the valuable stuff I want to declutter. Instead of giving it away, I will recoup a little bit of $$. And since some of these things are bigger pieces, I may make a bit more room in our small apt. Yippee!!

So how are you doing on your decluttering endeavors? Have you petered out at all? Or still going strong?

Til next time ....

Monday, March 01, 2010

Superfluous Pic of the Day

(from my crabapple tree a couple years back)

Aren't they beautiful? Anyone else as ready for Spring as I am, and believe me, I am SOOOOOOOOOOO ready.

Happy March everyone .... til next time,