Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sky, Water, Memory

Sky: Tonight (this post was written on 1/14) the moon looks like a toenail.  Spotting the moon in different stages is rather fun.  How can I be still be so fascinated with the moon after seeing it shine in the night sky 40 plus years!?!?!?! Water: Having water at our fingertips when needed and/or desired.  […]

Gifts only seen up close

1.  Small victories of my wee little students.  Stacking blocks, answering a question, not soiling clothes with urine (or worse) certainly receive praise in my world!!!  True, often I must look really close to find the victories, the joy, and the reasons to keep teaching. 2. Buds initially peeking out in the early stages of […]

Not the JOY DARE

Let us take a break from the JOY DARE…. As the bus full of these middle school girlies pulled in front of me at a stop sign after the tournament today, my heart was leaping with gratitude. We are in the right place. No matter how big of a fit I have tried to throw, […]

3 gifts that might never have been

1.  Long overdue romance between yours truly and Knight in shining armor.  Long, drawn out, but in HIS perfect timing.  Love prevailed. Love beautiful.  Enduring.  My Knight was not gathering many checks on “the perfect mate” as I was finishing up my senior year and longing for a MRS degree along with my BS degree.   […]

God’s Word

A gift. Daily bread. Life. Lamentations 3:22-23 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a] his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Philippians 4:7 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Luke 2:11 For […]

Gifts bringing…

1. laughter Being crazy with my children.  Throw in a silly Daddy and we can roll with laughter and even produce a belly laugh or two. 2.  prayer Parenting and marriage are the two hardest jobs I will ever love and definitely not something I do on my own. 3.  quiet The tranquility of being […]

3 Witnessed Blessings

1.  Sun rising 2.  Sun setting 3.  My children’s chests moving up and down as they lie peacefully tucked into their beds at night.  Sometimes I refuse to turn away until I am certain they are breathing.  I walk away uttering words of thanksgiving in awe of their little lives.  Recently, in awe of their […]

A gift worn, a gift given away, and a gift shared

A gift worn: The band permanently remaining on my left ring finger.  It symbolizes the  commitment the love of my life made to me over 16 years ago. A gift given away: The band permanently remaining on my husbands left ring finger.  The ring itself represents a gift I gave him that day.  A gift […]

Startling Graces of God

1. 2. 3. Yep, that is what I came up with originally. I guess I struggled with being a bit confused about which direction to go with this one.  I thought making a conscience effort to find the grace’s of God was the goal of this whole JOY DARE.  Startling?!?  God’s graces should not startle […]

Let’s talk about ME!

The prompt today:  3 Things about yourself you are grateful for Hmmmmmmmmmm! 1.  My upbringing.  Bathed in prayer, consistent, bursting with love 2.  My speech impairment.  A true testimony of “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”  I could write quite a lot about this b/c there are many aspects to it, mainly things I […]