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30 Days of Thanksgiving Week 3

Nov 12... 
Keeping it simple. Here's the run down of the week's thanksgiving...This was my walk last Sunday...and an all day date with my man. We stayed home from church and the kids spent most the day away so we could catch up with one another. Thankful we have health and that we take time to make each other important.

Nov 13. Monday and the beginning of a great thaw. Most of the snow is gone from the valley. Helps tremendous with school sale preparations.


Nov 14. Finishing up school sale projects...Embracing simple things. Cuz they're easy don't ya know...and make for more time to squander on reading and studying.

Nov 15. Extremely thankful for physical rest and the reminder of our eternal rest once we finally get home. Home is a wonderful place to be...if you need more on this go check out my instagram @delight40.

Nov 16. A quick duck into a thrift store after school and I came away with a genuine leather purse and a few beautiful coffee mugs. This, I realize is shallow …

30 Days of Thanksgiving...Week 2

Nov 5. 
Thankful for home this Sunday. I love love love home and Sundays. I catch my breath this day. I make a huge Sunday dinner and as my mom used to say, "We eat feathers all week." aka, leftovers. I usually spend Sunday afternoon writing and planning for the next week of school. On Sunday, my brain is quieted and I am able to make a grocery list that makes sense. It's the one day a week I get to be a family with my people. Usually everyone is in and out of the house yet mostly together.



Nov 6.
Morning sky...a good Monday morning reminder...His mercies are new every morning...Mondays are usually a bit grueling in the classroom so waking up with the sky and remembering His mercy is perfect to begin the week.



Nov 7.
Thankful that God made boys and girls and trying to teach them one is not as good without the other...Praising God for making us each unique in our genders and that we complement each other not try to outshine each other. Try telling a fifth grade boy this concep…

30 Days of Thanksgiving Week 1

                  30 Days of Thanks giving...
Week 1:
                    Nov 1: On my wall blackboard...Healthy foods.
Why, you might ask, would a grown woman be thankful for healthy foods? 
I recently watched a couple TED talks that helped me understand some of the confusion I have felt about food over my life time. Food and I have lived as enemies longer than as friends. I am ready to make peace with it.

 When I was in my teens I finally got my weight a bit under control by following Weight Watchers guidelines. The biggest thing I learned from that experience was balance in nutrition. 

Then I got married and had babies. I found it a lot harder to follow those guidelines after marriage and babies, but with fierce determination I kept after it. 

In the meantime, I started feeling arthritic through out my body. I did the ELISA test which said I was very gluten intolerant. It did help the pain level to eliminate gluten from my life but then I started to put on weight with all the corn and ric…

In Everything Give Thanks

Even with all the criticism Polly Anna gets for her always cheerful attitude; I think she truly understood thanksgiving more than many a fine Christian person today. I used to sorta scoff the whole Polly Anna theory for lack of realness and for being too "idealistic". More and more though, I am beginning to realize her attitude for soundness as well as being "spot on" for what the Bible teaches.

Everyone knows how much God hated the whining and complaining the children of Israel did while He led them through the wilderness. He hated it so badly it was punishable by the ground opening up and swallowing people whole, among other great and terrible things He did to prove His point.
I understand His anger a little bit better after trying to teach my toddlers to share and be thankful and now, while teaching fifth and sixth graders. The truth is, children are not even aware they are complaining until we show them they are. They don't think about their constant interest…

Hygge

Hygge:
Pronounced: hue-gah or hoo-gah

I thought I had learned a new word the other week when I bumped into this one...turns out though, its been around ages and has been floating around social media for the past five years or so.

I blame my own practice of "hygge" to just now be finding out about it. It became one of my favorite words once I read the meaning and since it has Nordic roots I felt I could identify with it immediately. Not that I know a lot about my Norwegian ancestors...somehow it has always felt very cool that I have a small portion of Norwegian in my blood. That is beside the point.


 I remember as a child I struggled for words to describe the emotion attached to snuggling a hot cup of cocoa in mittened hands after a moonlit evening of sledding with the cousins. 

In present day, it has become my cup of coffee. It isn't the taste or the need of caffeine as much as the ritual and feeling of centered ness that comes in the making of the cup of coffee. And always s…

Convenient and Comfortable Serving...Probably Not

I've been thinking about serving and how tired I get doing it. School teachers know how any given day can leave them completely drained. Actually, anyone serving in any capacity knows about the tiredness and feelings of exhaustion...schoolteachers aren't special in this.
I was complaining to Bruce about the seven active wild boys in my classroom and how I don't get paid to teach them manners and about how I am tired of gross ideas and potty mouth...my rant continued on these lines of ultimatums. I stated, “It's going to stop! I don't have to put up with this. They can use their manners while they are in my presence.” etc...
Do you know what that man said? He said, “Umm, actually you do. It's a part of your job to see that they behave themselves and learn. And boys will be boys.” I think this man of mine is good for me.
But it made me wonder if I need to accept listening to armpit noises and burping and smelling farts as a daily part of educating these little guys.…

Learning to Worship

Post started last week one day...it still seems relevant so here goes...

We were in the middle of Math class yesterday when I felt a sudden burden to stop everything and pray for my friend who is in Ukraine going through the legal work to bring home a son. I wavered and felt stupid for one second then decided to listen to this urging and just... Do It!

Afterward I wondered, why do I even waver? What makes me want to question prompts of the Holy Spirit? Why would I even stumble over the fact that thatis what is taking place?
Later in the day, I watched a sweet student receive a fresh new school book. First she ran her hands over the front, appreciating the clean, crisp cover, then she brought the book up to her face and inhaled the paper, her eyes closed. Suddenly her eyes flicked open with a look of self awareness. You could almost see the thought flutter across her face, "Did anyone see me do that?"
This morning my verse of the day: Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Sp…