Friday, May 31, 2013

Random 5 Friday

Dear Mosquitoes:

There's too many of you.  WAY too many - it should be illegal for you to populate so much.  I can't even enjoy the beauty of my backyard for fear of being carried away by you.  I'm tired of the polka dots on my legs - polka dots belong on my clothes! 
Please blow far away with the next major wind and/or storm that rumbles through, which should be any minute now.

Dear Class of 2013:

Today is your day.  Your graduation day!  You have worked for 13 long years to get where you are today.  You, my seniors, have driven me crazy beyond words on some days, but I wish nothing but the best and much success for you.  Each of you.  As I told you at Baccalaureate last night, let God lead & your life's path will be smooth.

Dear Summer:

Enough of the teasing.  Please come and stay for a while.  I'm sure you'll love Michigan.  The rolling hills, the green grasses, the sandy beaches.  Please come & warm all of them for a few months - every day, not this hit & miss stuff you've been sending.
Thank you.

Dear Libbi the Wonder Dog:

Oh how you make me feel better - especially in my bluest of blue moments.  You are loyal & faithful & fuzzy & you totally understand somehow my feelings & know to stay beside me & love on me with you nuzzling & tail wags.
I love you LtWD.

Dear Dream Boy & Son #2:

May you have safe travels today.  May the wind be at your back - or better yet, may there be no more wind for you to fight with your moving truck & trailer.  May you make good time today & reach your destination soon.  May you be bonding & having a great time together, creating memories never to be forgotten.  
Love you both to the moon & back.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

A New Adventure Begins

I probably shouldn't be writing this right now.  My emotions are too raw.  As of 15 minutes ago......Dream Boy & Son #2 embarked on their cross country adventure.
Son #2 to begin a new chapter in his life.  One of which Dream Boy & I are so proud.  But nonetheless, this mama's heart is breaking right now.  I cried when I held him & hugged him tight, I sobbed as they drove this here truck out of sight.
But I need to write - it's my therapy, it's who I am & what I do.  Whether anyone reads this blog or not, it gives me a place to put my words - the words that get all jumbled up in my head & need to spill out.  

Plus, it's a tad to early for a glass of wine.  Why don't they make wine flavored toothpaste?  Wow - wouldn't that be cool?  Not minty fresh, but Shiraz flavored toothpaste.  Hmmm....something to think about.

I've taken the next 2 days off from school.  To help me let my emotions spill over and if I don't use my final 2 personal days, the district keeps them.  Can't have

I have plenty to do on my "to-do" list.  Baccalaureate is tonight and graduation is tomorrow night.  Being the class advisor, I have lots of final things to wrap up.  Roses to pick up, programs to fold, Senior Video to finalize, rehearsal to attend, music CD to burn, and pictures to take.

So I'm off to start checking things off my list and to begin a countdown on the calendar for when Son #2 is coming home again (the end of June).  

There's also wedding stuff to keep me busy.  Daughter-in-law 2 be (D2b) & Son #1 were over last night and D2b & I spent time talking about the things that still need to be done.  I also helped salvage their wedding invitation.  They had a bow tied on it & because of that it upped the price of mailing because it was too thick.  So I pulled out my magic tape & some silver, glittery ribbon to add to the purple ribbon and did my magic - D2b was SO happy with the final result.  We shall be spending time together putting the new touches on the invites so she can stay on schedule & get them mailed out this weekend.

Saturday we are going for pedicures together & then we are meeting with our florists, better known as Aunt Pam & family friend, Pat to go look at what flowers are out there & start putting together all the ideas we have for the flowers.  

I hope you have a great day - thanks for letting me cry on your shoulder.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Be Still

I have found a place where my my mind can be still.
Where I can quietly listen and absorb all that is around me, save the few cars that whiz by in such a hurry.
A place where I am surrounded by so many sights and sounds of God's creation.
A place that I have driven by hundreds of times and only glanced upon and sometimes wondered what lives in there.
It's the local Lily Pond.  If you live anywhere near me - you know the one.  It's called Lily Pond Road because no one seems to remember that it's actually 39th St.  It's on the way to the local 'Y' and on my way to the dock with LtWD (Libbi the Wonder Dog).
On Sunday I decided to go sit with Lucy.  Just to see what I could see.  I was hoping to spy a turtle or two, maybe a bull frog.
As I found a place to pull over I sat quietly for a few minutes in my car just watching the water.  Before Lucy & I could get out, we saw a muskrat swimming along.
Then I spotted this guy..
He was sure to let me know as soon as Lucy & I got out of the car that we had invaded his privacy.  He broke into quite the squabble and circled over head several times, before coming to rest in the tree across the street.  This is where he continued to warn me not to step any closer to his place of residency.
So I sat silently with Lucy in my hands and listened.  In a matter of minutes I could hear the rustling of the brush in the trees behind me and knew something was scouring the ground for food.  I then began to hear the splashing of frogs as they jumped from the banks into the water as I took a few silent steps along the road.
I leaned against my car and became still.  The frogs soon began their serenade with each other.  Croaking and calling to one another all along the roadside.
Soon enough Mrs. Red Winged Black Bird came to check on the residence.  She was much more quiet and calm.  While I couldn't spot their nest, I new it was tucked away in the brush and branches along the Lily Pond.
When Mrs. RWBB moved lower, Mr. RWBB decided to come back into the picture and stake out my position, letting me know if I was too close for his comfort.
I sat there for maybe 45 minutes - but it was the most peaceful time for me.  To be surrounded by so much life in such a small place.  To actually take the time to breath in the scent and listen to the world going on around me.
I've decided that this is a place I must visit more often, take the time to really notice it & not just whiz by in my quest to reach the dock with LtWD.  
To be still and know that He is God & this is His creation.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Monday - Monday

I've been MIA haven't I?  Have you missed me?  I've missed you.  But I really don't care to hear from "anonymous" anymore.   Really - you have nothing better to do but crash blogs constantly & consistently?  Get over yourself - you just get deleted anyways, so quit wasting your time posting on my blog.
This past week has been so busy & I've not had much to write about on this blog-o-mine.  
Our high school seniors finished out their last week of school and now await graduation this coming Friday, the 31st.  I am the class advisor and I have been trying to finalize the end of the year schtuff that goes along with it.  This is not an easy class to do that with ---- it's a down right challenge.
I have about 2 1/2 weeks left to go before our regular school year ends, then it's 3 days off & I start the summer school program.  
I've also taken on the job of putting together the "senior video" for graduation & that has been taking a lot of my time.  It's been kind of fun going back through their old pictures and picking out the right songs to use in the video.
This week finds us packing up and getting Son #2 ready to head off to his new life in Seattle.  He & Dream Boy are leaving bright & early Thursday morning with the U-Haul & trailer.  
Son #1 & Son #2 have been hanging together all weekend, haven't seen much of either of them.  This does a mama's heart good to see her boy's so close.  
I've also been working on updating my website and checking out new blog readers/feeders.  I hooked into Feedly a while ago & am beginning to get the hang of it.  It's still a learning process, but I like it's format.
I missed out on coffee with all of you this morning - but I took advantage of the holiday and slept in.
It's been a rainy, dreary, cold day so we weren't able to do anything outdoors. Dream Boy & I went to pick up a new chaise lounge I ordered.  He & the boys' gave me money to buy a new chair for the living room, so I've been shopping around online & Saturday went out to see what I could find.  
So until next time = toodles!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday Morning Coffee

What a great weekend!  So fun!  Can you tell?

Friday night found me, Dream Boy, Son #2 & his Minnesota girlfriend at a wedding.  They had a photo booth and we played.  We danced a little, ate a lot & laughed & laughed.

Son #2 is into bow ties and all week long he planned what he & Dream boy would be wearing to the wedding.  He had to make sure that he had a bow tie appropriate for what Dream boy was wearing.

We clean up pretty good, eh?

Saturday was a beautiful day and we spent it doing the normal weekly chores.  Dream Boy mowed & I did the grocery shopping.  Son #2's Minnesota girlfriend arranged a going away party in Grand Rapids for him on Saturday night with all their college friends, so they were gone for the night.  We had a quiet night at home.

Sunday morning we went to church and then the 2 partiers joined us afterward for our weekly breakfast.  With temps in the mid 80s, Dream Boy & I took Libbi the Wonder Dog to the lake for her 1st swim of the year.  She was beside herself with excitement!  It was actually our excuse to give her a bath, but she didn't care - she was SO happy to be back in the water.

We ended up having a family dinner with all 4 of the kids back here in the nest and Dream Boy's mom too.  We marinated chicken & had Mediterranean Chicken kabobs on the grill, along with rice & fresh gream beans.  What a lovely night we had before everyone had to return to their "normal routines".  

But this mama has a full heart.  A weekend of memories made, to hold tight in my heart and carry forever.

This week is filled with dinner celebrations and send offs for Son #2 - he & Dream Boy head west a week from Thursday.

Hope you all had a glorious weekend and your week is filled with nothing but good things, sunshine and laughter!

Thanks for stopping by - until next time.......

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Time for another hunt!  I believe we're on like week 19?  Wow - how is that we've already made it to the middle of May?

So here are my interpretations for this week:

While meandering around our yard, I came across these 3 little flowers.  Not sure what they are called, but they looked so sweet.

Helping hands.

The fence along the side of our yard where the lilacs grow.

Dream Boy - I still love getting cuddly with this guy.

This is a sure sign of summer.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Why I Do What I Do

I work with high schoolers, if you didn't already know that.  I work hard and I love what I do.  I haven't had a raise in over 5 years and my hourly wage is not far above the minimum wage as that keeps rising & my wages don't.

Education is one of the hardest hit areas as state legislators keeps hacking away at our budgets, expecting us to do more with less.  It's the same story across our great nation, I'm afraid.  A true story.

But nonetheless, I love what I do & until God tells me otherwise, I'm sticking it out.  Through the 14 1/2 years I have been on my job, there are students who become a part of my heart - they find their way deep into my heart & they stay there.  Some I hear from after graduation, some I don't, but I don't forget those special ones.

Last year this young lady, a beautiful girl, came to our school.  I have always admired her, she has such a sweet demeanor and her hair is to die for.  She would always walk by me in the halls with her small smile and big doe eyes.

This year, I've had the pleasure of having her in class.  She's even more beautiful on the inside.  In my mind and heart - she glows.

Today, she made me cry in class.  No one saw it but maybe her, but she literally brought tears to my eyes.  She came to my desk shortly after class started and quietly, with her sweet, small smile, handed me this folded up note.
We don't talk much because Martha works quietly and she works hard.  I don't have to have an eagle eye on her because she stays on task.  But I will make a point of talking with her more, because yes, I do care - not just about her grades, but who she is and the life she has endured.  I know it's not been an easy life for her, yet she remains so sweet and works hard to achieve good grades.

Over the years I have collected a handful of notes from various students and every single time, they fill my heart to overflowing with joy.  

I took this job 14 1/2 years ago scared out of my mind - what am I doing working with high schoolers?  But Dream Boy & I both knew without a doubt that God's plan was for me to be there.  I put my trust in Him and stuck it out and have found joy in ways I never knew existed.

The thing is, my students all think I'm helping them.  Truth is, they have helped me way more than I could ever imagine I've helped them.  I am amazed at all they've taught me and shown me and given to me.

I am a blessed woman.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday Morning Coffee

Good morning everyone!

I hope all of you who are mom's had a splendid Mother's Day & that you were spoiled rotten by those you love.

My guys never fail me.  And now I have my girl too who joins in on the fun.  Dream Boy wanted to take me out for brunch to some fancy schmancy place, but I wanted our favorite little dive.  The usual.  A place where we feel at home - we know the wait staff by name & hugs are always readily available.

We started our day in church together & then went for breakfast.  I spent the afternoon burning some DVD's & Music CD's from my father-in-law's memorial for the rest of the family.  Then everyone from Dream Boy's family showed up for dinner at 5ish & my guy's put on the spread.  Hot Wings, barbeque'd chicken, cheesey potatoes, jell-o salad.....the shebang!!

I'm ready for a new week and better days ahead.  We still have dad's graveside service this afternoon for just the family, but then we can begin to move our lives forward.  A long, slow process, but time does bring healing.

Friday afternoon we did manage to escape with Son #2 & do some furniture shopping for his new place.  We found a new couch for him & ended up buying a 2nd one for Son #1 & his bride-to-be.  It was a great escape for all of us.

So, now I'm off for my Monday morning coffee & devotion time with my ladies. Here's to better days ahead.  

Thanks for stopping by - have a very blessed week!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day & Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Good morning and Happy Mother's Day to all of you who are mom's!  

It's been a bit of a rough week around here, with the sudden passing of my father-in-law.  I've spent hours & hours & hours (literally), going through photos from the last 34 years of my stash to put together his video tribute.  I really didn't think I would be able to participate this week in SHS, but I'm thinking that I might be able to pull it off after all.  

Let's see what I came up with:


Yes, this is from my archives.  But I did take it and coming across it this past week brought into perspective how quickly life moves.  This boy is now a man who will be embarking on a new life of his very own at the end of this month.

 I, for obvious reasons, can't take credit for this shot, but it's a "golden" oldie - isn't it?  Dream Boy (seated way over on the right & cut off) and his family LOVED this shot that I found in my archive of pictures his aunt sent me.

My lilac bush is in full bloom now!  The scent is heavenly and after a morning shower on Friday I went out and snapped some pictures.  It's was also an excuse to envelope myself in the fragrance.

Arriving at school in the dark every morning, I get to see some beautiful sunrises breaking that darkness with the promise of a new day.

As you come into our fair city, this wall is there to remind you of where you are entering.  I took this shot a few week's ago for a brochure I'm putting together for our church.

I'm off now to church (speaking of) and I intend to spend the day surrounded by my boys and girl and relishing in this thing called "life".

Friday, May 10, 2013

Random 5 Friday

Dear Spring:

Thank you for taking your time getting here this year.  I know, I know, I complained because you seemed to be taking s-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o long, but now the trees & bushes and flowers are blooming and they are AH-mazing!

Dear Dad (in-law):

Thank you for always thinking of me as one of your own.  Yes, you could drive me a bit crazy, but I'm sure I wasn't always the best daughter-in-law either.  Thank you for the wonderful son you raised & so willingly gave to me as my husband so many years ago, my Dream Boy.  I will certainly miss your laughter and love.  But you are whole once again as you sit beside my own dad in heaven, I'm sure, waiting for the next soccer game to start.

Dear Dream Boy:

I love you with all my heart.  

Dear Lilacs:

Oh my - your fragrance filling our bedroom last night was so soothing and comforting.  Falling asleep with your scent in my mind and waking up to it again this morning is heavenly.  That's why I cut some of you & put you in my kitchen.

Dear Lucy (& all those before you):

I am obsessed with you.  I have taken you with me literally everywhere for so many years.  Today I am truly thankful for having this obsession as I sift through years & years of pictures.  The memories you have helped me capture have helped me make an awesome tribute to a man who meant so much to so many.  You have helped me capture so many moments that I've truly treasured going through over the last 3 days.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

In Loving Memory

In loving memory of my father-in-law, Jim.
Life took a sudden turn on all of us Tuesday night and dad went home to be with is loving Savior.
So many memories, so many tears, so many smiles, through so many years.
We love you dad ~ until we meet again.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday Morning Coffee

It's Monday again - happens every week about this time, doesn't it?

I'm counting days/weeks until school is out.  Only 3 left for our seniors & 2 after that for the rest of us.  Then I get a whopping 3 days off before I start summer school!  

How are you this morning?  I'm doing just fine, thank you. I'm leaving here in a few minutes for my Monday morning prayer time with my ladies.  It's been a real boost this year to have this time together.  

Son #2 moved back home this past weekend.  He hasn't been here for well over 1 1/2 years.  But on May 30th, he'll be leaving  We made the decision last week that Dream Boy is going to be taking him to the far away land of Seattle, instead of me.  I haven't said this to Dream Boy, but this mama's heart is struggling with leaving Son #2 out there.  Plus, after being gone from my classroom over the senior trip last week, I can't be gone for 4 days out - there were some naughty kids in my room while I was gone.

I'll keep myself busy while they're gone. It's graduation weekend and I have Baccalaureate and the graduation itself.  I'm the class advisor and I take pictures of the graduates that day too.

So our weekend was absolutely gorgeous.  I did a lot of reading, cleaned the house, washed all the bedding, almost got caught up on my Project Life and just enjoyed having time with my family.  Then Son #1 came home last night with d2b and we had a family dinner.  Son #2 cooked chicken on the grill - yummmmmm.

Well, I'm off to start another week of school.  Another day, another dollar - or whatever!!

Have a blessed week.  Until next time!!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

What a beautiful week we were blessed with here!  Finally it feels like spring has arrived and has decided to stay.  I can't believe how the trees have popped their canopies of green in what seems overnight and the flowers are popping up all over the place.  

I opened our windows on Tuesday after school and haven't shut them yet.  The cool breezes at night blowing through the curtains and the warmth of the sun when I get home in the afternoon just makes this girl's heart sing.

Week 17 of Scavenger Hunt has arrived and once again I have conquered the list.  So without further ado......

It's prom weekend at our high school.  Every other year, the local Emergency Team Forces put on a "Mock Prom Disaster" in our parking lot.  The Grim Reaper roams the halls of our building all day and is found here in the "background" of the student's watching.  It's a very prominent reminder to our student's of what can happen when they choose to drink or text or talk on their phones while driving.

Along with the promise of spring and warmer temps of summer, comes the spotted yards with dandelions.

The weather high above the clouds on our flight home this past Monday was beautiful.  It made for a smooth, uneventful flight - except for the "Mr. Attitude Senior" 2 seats ahead of me.

The local fire department responds to this car fire during our mock prom disaster......he puts his hose into motion to get the flames out as quickly as possible.
This is a bonus "motion" shot - our local hospital Air Care team responded to the mock prom disaster & landed in our athletic field to "rescue" a student who's injuries were critical.


Okay, now it's time to end this story with some soon to be "sweet" smelling lilacs.  These buds are getting ready to burst forth with their fragrance.  They are outside my bedroom window & I love the smell when it drifts in.

Linking up with Ashley Sisk at Ramblings & Photos...

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Random 5 Friday

Dear Friday:

Thank you for coming again this week.  It's always a pleasure when you drop by.  I enjoy your company so much and it always means that I can put another week behind me.

Dear Spring:

Yes - ALL those April showers are certainly bringing May flowers!!!  

Dear Son #2:

I look forward to you moving home this weekend, if only for a short time.  I will cherish every moment of the next 4 weeks until you move off to a far away land called Seattle.

Dear Big Sister:

You worked long & hard for the last 8 years to achieve graduation....with high honors I might add.  I've told you this before, but I can't express it enough - you make me so proud to be your sister.  Congratulations on your college graduation!  Love you!

Dear Students:

You only have 5 short weeks left, seniors - you only have 3.  Some of you have so much to accomplish yet in that time.  Please, oh please, let's try not to wait until that last week for just this once???

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