Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Actually, I think it was mostly fun because I was hanging out with pregnant Tricia who kept me laughing all day long.
Monday, May 29, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
“Hope helps us to walk by faith, not by sight. This can actually be safer. When unaided spiritually, natural sight often shrinks from the odds. It is immobilized by improbabilities. Mauled by his moods and intimidated by his fears, the natural man overreacts to, while hope overrides the disappointments of the day.”
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Tonight Brianna went to her friends Natalie's house to celebrate the end of the school year. They went to the movies
and out for pizza
to the Coldstone Creamery for ice cream
and swimming with her friends. She met her teacher's husband who lives in the same development where the pool is and right next door to Natalie's sister-in-law, Rhea. He was a little worried that the whole 4th grade was going to show up at his house!
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Brianna has had a terrific year with Mrs. Desourdy. She has helped her develop her natural talents to excel academically, and she has gone the extra mile tutoring after school to help Brianna and other students strengthen their math skills. We are all grateful for this wonderful teacher. The only thing that would have made it perfect is if we could have talked Mrs. Desourdy into coming back to church...maybe in time.
Mrs. Desourdy finished her master's degree this month as well. Brianna and Bevrline threw her a surprise party yesterday; even Dr. Moxley, our principal was in on it. We are pleased that Brianna is thoughtful and makes the extra effort to acknowledge the accomplishments of others. Mrs. Desourdy was thrilled and amazed!
Good job Brianna on a wonderful end to a wonderful year!
Monday, May 22, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Doug put in another 15 hour Sunday. At seminary graduation, one of the sisters told me about a wonderful meal "someone" had prepared. Suddenly this scripture came to mind that had always seemed a bit odd to me before.
"And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind...your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things".
I am thankful to know that Heavenly Father is taking care of my husband. I wish I had words to express how grateful I am for all the people who have ever thought of my husband on a Sunday and followed a prompting to care for his physical, emotional or spiritual needs.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
A third of my class are children that were born outside the US. One of my students, Jackie, tells me how lucky her family is to live here. She goes to bed at 5.00 pm and wakes up at 3.00 am. She is a straight A student. I don't know what her parents do for a living that necessitates those kind of hours, but I do know that they are doing something right.
I wish that all the people who want to come to the US felt that they could change and improve their own governments. For all the ills in America, we have so much to be grateful for.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
I'm glad I'm cutting the distance between us in half. I'm glad you are always in my heart no matter where I am. I love you! Tricia
This Mother's day I want you to know how much you are loved. Not only do I love you, but so does my husband and my two little boys. Truman and Elliot love their Nana. I am grateful that they have someone so wonderful to look up to and is such a good example. You have always been someone to follow after when it comes to such important things like reading the scriptures and praying and being supportive of your husband when he spends so many hours doing service and doing service yhourself. I am thankful every day for the things that I learned from you and continue to learn. I have been so blessed by your love. I am not sure if I always understood how much you loved me...but now that I am a mom, I feel like I have a much better understanding. It is a little overwhelming, but I am so grateful to have that blessing in my life. Thank you for loving us and supporting us! You are a wonderful mother and we love you. Happy Mother's Day! Love, Melanie, Spencer, Truman and Elliot
Happy Mother's Day! I am so glad we get to spend my first official one together! I now have a better understanding about the love you have for each one of us now that I have my own and also all the time, patience, and prayers that are a necessity for successful motherhood and I am so glad I have a great example to look to in you! I love you! Love, Chezzie
You are the best! Love, Doug
Saturday, May 13, 2006
It's good to have him back!
Friday, May 12, 2006
For me, I have enjoyed sitting on the field and enjoying the warm evenings. Sometimes I have been so relaxed that I've fallen fast asleep. No reflection on the team, of course; just my lifestyle.
Well done, B!
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
The baby chicks are growing up. We still have to leave their cage inside the coop so they can be protected. The black chickens want them gone. When we have tried to introduce them, it has usually been a disaster within minutes. The babies have fared okay when it is the both of them and only one black chicken. Melody is our peace-loving chicken.
Yesterday, I opened the top of the babies cage to see if they would venture out on their own, even though everybody was home. They spent most of their time atop their cage. However, when the big chickens come by they peck them heartily from above. When they come down the black chickens are after them immediately and we hear a series of painful sounding peeps. They quickly hop back up to the top of the cage and take the offensive again. I even saw them land on the back of one of the black chickens to do more serious damage...although the black chicken was obviously only annoyed, not hurt.
Why can't everybody just get along?
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
One year during the Easter season, and in England, Easter is a season rather than a day, as in the U.S., I found a wonderful book written by Brian Wildsmith called The Easter Story. I was delighted with the pictures and particularly the picture depicting the resurrection.
I have always had liles in my home at Easter since that time. Now I grow them in my garden. Sadly, they are never open for Easter. I actually had some hope this year as Easter was late, but nevermind...they arrived in full bloom yesterday to the delight of all of us.
Friday, May 05, 2006
We have enjoyed a beautiful late winter/spring season this year with plenty of mornings and evenings on the porch.
Today TGIF stands for thanks goodness it's Friday...I am grateful for the weekend. This week I am thankful that the plants in the front yard are still alive and that Shooter seems to have figured out where it is safe to run in the yard without getting zapped and is enjoying his freedom (although he still spends the vast majority of his time either on the porch or under the porch.) I am thankful that there are only 13 more days of school and that 4 of them are minimum days...AND that I have the weekend to rest up because the second graders are as anxious for summer as I am!
Thursday, May 04, 2006
When Melanie, Brianna and I lived and worked at the Birdhouse together, we woke every morning to the jackhammer sound of a pileated woodpecker pecking on the rain gutter. "Get up, get busy!"
We were delighted to have woodpeckers sharing our pine forest, especially since they were on the endangered species list at one time. The past couple of years we haven't seen them. Maybe we took them for granted and just stopped noticing...I don't know.
Today I looked out my window to see this interesting bird hammering away at a tree in my backyard. I was thrilled that at least one family is still here making their rectangular holes in the old pine trees that the carpenter ants have hollowed out. Tonight the dad takes over the babysitting responsibilites, and the mom will go out for some adventure until she takes on her shift again in the morning. They will find plenty of ants to eat no doubt, but they better beware because we also seem to have plenty of snakes this year; and I don't want a black racer to eat their babies!
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
I was thinking about my brother today. My memories of Fred center around him being annoying when I had friends over and particularly dates. One night when I was with my boyfriend, he hid under the giant bearskin rug that we had on the floor of our family room in front of the fireplace. After about half an hour he rose up and scared the living daylights out of me! He still has that fun sense of humor. Happy birthday, bro!
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
Today it felt like a day for celebrating life. Anyone have a maypole?