Monday, September 15, 2014

Making Assumptions

We went to the first high school football game of the season recently. A few minutes into the game, I saw a player rushing to the sidelines. He was holding his mouth and looked like there was quite a lot of blood. They sat him on the bench and worked on him. Then I saw him walking off the field, still holding a rag to his mouth.
Not long after, a man (I’ll call him Man A) started down the stairs. When he got to the row in front of us he turned back around and told the people behind us that another player had busted the boy’s chin strap through his chin and his chin was all torn up. He proceeded down the bleacher stairs. Well a few minutes later he came back up the stairs. A man (Man B) with noticeable physical limitations was in the way, trying to maneuver from the hand rail of the stairs to his seat and being helped by another man (Man C).
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Have a day of blessings!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Thankful Thursday

I typed this on my iPad and realized I didn't post it Thursday!

It has been nice to see all the remembrances today as our country remembers 9-11-01. I've seen flags at half mast, blood drives, and lunches honoring first responders.

What are you thankful for today?  Hers my list for this week:

~ my husband taking care of us.

~ my boy giving me sweet hugs. One time this week he randomly came and hugged me, and I said how did you get this tall.  He's about to my shoulder I guess, getting so big!

~ reading encouraging Bible verses.

~ having a lovely group of lady friends at church. Our Bible study started back up this week which was so nice and encouraging. Also we drew names for the fall term of Secret Sisters. I'm thankful for the blessing these ladies have been to my life.

~ my Mom taking off work to come pick up our boy from school when I had a dr appointment.

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. On Thursday we pause to remember a dark day in history-9/11. Will you mark it in some special way? Always remembering that day, where I was, and how it changed so much about our country. On a webinar I did see a recommendation of a children's book related to this day which I found at our library. It's called 14 Cows for America.  Interesting story.

2. Do you ever/still...listen to an actual radio? Watch a videotape (VCR)? Look up a number in a phone book? Refer to a paper map while traveling? Set an alarm on an alarm clock as opposed to your phone?
I don't listen to a radio except in the car.  We do still have a VCR but I don't remember the last time we played a tape. I do use a phone book to look up local numbers.  We don't use a paper map while driving. I set my alarm on my iPad.

3. Is it ever a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don't know? I'd guess probably not under most circumstances.

4. What's a dish you haven't eaten all summer, but come September find yourself craving? Have you made it yet this month? I can't think of any dishes that fall into this category.

5. What's something you know nothing about? So many things could answer this question.   One would be how the internet works.

6. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like classical music? If so, what's your favorite piece? It's not my preference, I do not enjoy it much.

7. What's the oldest thing you own? The first thing that comes to mind is an old spoon given to me by my great grandmother. She gave it to me when she was living and wrote about it on a piece of paper. I keep it in a bag in my hope chest.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
We have started up the Secret Sister program again for the fall at our church.  Last Sunday we drew names. It is a fun program, and we've grown closer to one another because of this.  

 Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thankful Thursday

With the holiday on Monday it has been a fast week for us. School has kept us busy now that the "real work" has started. This week for homework we have studied spelling words and practiced multiplication facts to improve speed and learned to spell the oceans and continents. I'm glad I can be here to help Caleb with this studying.

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband fixing delicious supper!  Monday when he was off he made chicken Taquitos and guacamole. It was so good!  Last night he made hamburger steak while I was helping Caleb with homework.

~ my boy's love of reading. He had a list of books he'd read this summer to take AR tests on when school started. He's started taking them and has a lot of AR points added up already.  I'm glad he gets excited about books and loves reading so much.

~ participating in the fair again!  I dropped off entries in the creative arts division for Caleb and my Mom this week. I'm entering some cakes next week.

~ being able to have the back door open to feel the nice breeze after I hung out some clothes on the line. It felt so nice.

~ taking our entries to the fair. Caleb entered some of his painting ps and drawings. I also dropped off some entries for my Mom. I'm entering cakes which are judged next week!

What is on your thankful list this week?

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thankful Thursday

We've had a good first week of school. Caleb raises the flags in the mornings so we've been getting there about 7:30 for him to do that. Then this week he was also chosen for morning announcements so he has that before he goes to his first class.  He is enjoying his teachers, and I love hearing about his day when he gets home.

This week I'm thankful for...

~ my sweet husband who is always helpful. Even when he has a rough day (and he's had some major tough ones this week), he still comes home and helps me and plays with Caleb and does whatever needs to be done.

~ hearing my boy's stories about his school day. Today I delivered some lunch to him before I volunteered in the office and enjoyed having lunch together.  (I liked that he hugged me when he saw me and as he left too!)

~ being known as Caleb's Mom. The principal asked if I'd met the new counselor, and she said, "yes you're Caleb's mom."  Just made me smile!

~ having good food to eat, including some good oranges and other fruit. Such a blessing to be able to go to the grocery store and buy food.

~ being able to help at the school this week.

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, August 25, 2014

5th grader!

The end of summer is here and we are to the first day of school.  Our summer was fast and fun, filled with trips, new memories, and lessons. Good-bye to our days of sleeping late. Good-bye to our errand days together. I'll be heading to do errands on my own. I know I'll miss having you along....because you were so helpful and because of the funny things that always happened to us. Good-bye to pajama days and chore lists and swimming and library visits and snow cones and out of town trips and cooking together and watching our game shows.

I'm not like other Moms who jump for joy when their kids return to school. Sure, there are things I will do when you are in school that I haven't done this summer (like eat lunch when I want or listen to audio books!). But I truly miss having you around.

We'll drop you off for your last first day at this intermediate campus. It feels different for me this year, knowing it's your last year here before junior high. The last year at the place where all the teachers and staff know who you are (and know me). We will be starting over I guess next year and that leaves me with a lump in my throat.

This year the theme for your school is "Be a Star."  When we went to meet your teacher, several classrooms had used the theme of shining like a star. That is what you do, and I have no doubt you will continue to do that this year.

You'll be the oldest on the campus. Make the younger students you know feel special and acknowledge the ones who know you.

Make a new friend. It's easy to hang out with the ones you already know, but think back to when you were the new boy here.  Be a friend to someone who doesn't have a friend.

Remember that it's okay to be different.  You've never been one to go along with the crowd, and I hope you will continue to shine in your uniqueness.

Some things may be hard for you. Don't give up. Keep trying. As you learned his year with your ham radio test, you can succeed when you are dedicated to it.

Take a stand for what is right. Do the right thing even if others don't.

Your Momma and Daddy (and a bunch of other people) support you and love you. We want you to succeed and will help you any way you can. We will be praying for you always.

I have such fond memories of my fifth grade year and teacher.  I hope this is an amazing year for you.  You've got a great group of teachers!  I look forward to seeing how you grow and learn this year.

Love, Momma

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thankful Thursday

We are home now after going on a short trip with my husband who was travelling for business.  We enjoyed our time at the hotel and visiting with friends.  We got home in time to unload and get ready for "Meet the Teacher."  We already knew all the 5th grade teachers but of course wanted to find out who would be Caleb's homeroom teacher.  He was excited for who he got.  He will have six different classes this year and knows all of the teachers from being on the same campus last year. 

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband working hard and for how he handles all the things he deals with on a daily basis.  He always amazes me with his knowledge about all of the projects they are working to fund and how he is dedicated to trying all he can to get the projects completed. 

~ enjoying the time with my boy while we were away this week.  We had some relaxing time which was nice because we weren't at home doing our normal chores and routine.  It was a nice break.  I can catch up on that next week.  :)  He got to enjoy the hotel pool too.

~ seeing old friends.  When Caleb knew we would be going on this trip, he asked to see one of his former classmates so we were able to meet up with her.  They are still pen pals and I was glad they could visit in person.  Also I got to eat lunch with my best friend too.  I miss eating with her as we used to do on a weekly basis! 

~ finding new shoes for school.  We had looked at a bunch of places, and Caleb did not like something about the ones we saw.  This past weekend though we found a pair he liked.  Then I came across a camo pair of tennis shoes online and was able to get those for him this week too. 

~ the wonderful news of Dr. Kent Brantley's release from the hospital.  I'm thankful for the answers to many prayers for him and his coworker. 

Be thankful!

Have a day of blessings!