Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Trash truck O trash truck

It’s 3:57

Clanging and banging and engine is revin’

Templeton asleep

Rubbish won’t escape

Please Mr. Garbage man, wait till I wake

Trash truck O trash truck

Disrupting my sleep

Banging and clatter and beep beep beep beep

Trash truck O trash truck

I hope that you will

Have only one pickup

Near this window sill

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Last week, at the first basketball game of the season, I saw our oldest grandson J. (who I don't see nearly as often now that he's in school.)
Of course when I saw him I gave him a big hug. When I went to kiss him he kind of stiffened up and said, "Grandma! Only at your house." 
I gasped. (those of you who know me will know I literally did gasp.) I almost threw myself down on the bleachers and cried. But luckily I pulled myself together before the tantrum unfolded.
He's six years old! He's not supposed to say this until he's twelve or ...... twenty-three or .... never. 
He did sit beside me though and as the night wore on and he got tired, he did let me put my arm around him and rub his hair. And believe me I loved every moment of it.
Tonight J. was with his mommy when they picked up B. and I gave him lots of hugs and extra kisses beings he was at grandma's house. He didn't mind one bit. :)  

Monday, December 15, 2014


As people we think we control so much, as women even more. But we control so little.  I control so little. God controls it all.

Psalms 22:28- For the kingdom is the LORD'S and he is the governor among the nations.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


What's the magic word?

That's the question we all use to prompt kids to say 'please' or 'thank you', hoping these promptings become second nature and eventually instill kindness, manners, and gratitude. 
Gratitude isn't a magic word. Gratitude is being thankful, showing kindness or appreciation.
If you want to plant the seeds of change, the best soil is gratitude. Be grateful, every day, not on just the days where your blessings are abundantly obvious but also be grateful on the days where it takes extra effort to find things to be thankful for. THOSE are the days it means the most. THOSE are the days where we make a choice to be thankful for all seasons of our life.

Monday, December 8, 2014


This morning my four year old grandson gave me a present (wrapped in Ninja Turtle wrapping no less.) He was so proud of himself when he gave it to me. Naturally he wanted me to open it right away. 

I opened the gift to find a Ninja Turtle video (surprise!) But the best part was when he said, “You can’t keep it though. It’s mine.” :)

He just wanted to wrap a present for me so he wrapped up one of his own movies. Now how adorable is that? 


As a young boy walked along the beach, he carefully picked up each starfish that had washed ashore and threw it back into the ocean. 

An older man saw what the boy was doing and said, "There are so many starfish you'll never save them all. You can't make a difference."

The young boy picked up another starfish, threw it back into the ocean and said, "I made a difference for that one."