insights from a daughter of the King, teacher, farmer's wife, and Mommy


31 Days of Writing: Day 18 & 19

watch it......more than once.....everyday perhaps

love them so much

i love my job.....teachers who share....books that lead to action


31 Days of Random Writing: Day 14-17

it's been a long week 
you ever say that?
but was it really a long week?
how as it any longer than any other week?
it's not the time that makes long weeks.
it's the many, many things piled into the time.

soccer games, soccer practice, homework, mandolin, meetings, supper with the team, work, laundry, lunches, playing with my kids, reading, writing, singing at the top of your lungs driving in the car praising Jesus......but what would you stop doing??

at the end of a long week....what do you wish you didn't have to do?

i would do not wish i didn't do a thing i did this week, i just wish i didn't have to do it all this week


31 Days of Random Writing: Day 13

some days it rains
some days are bad, no good days
but a rainy day doesn't mean a bad day
and a sunny day doesn't mean a good day

even on rainy days you have friends who carry the umbrella for you
and sometimes on sunny days you have to get out of the cloud you are in

but the secret is to make the best out of everyday


31 Days of Random Writing: Day 12

His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 1:19 - 20

So often we try to bring God to a level we understand.  
But he is so much more than we can ever comprehend.
I pray that this week I will relish in the truth that He is all powerful, all knowing, all understanding.  

How can I pray for you this week?


31 Days of Random Writing: Day 7/8/9/10/11


From the early morning sunrises

to the late night adventures

to the hard work and the long hours

the soul becomes weary.  

But we must find rest, comfort, and grace.......................

and it can only be found in the Lord.

 Truly my soul finds rest in God;
    my salvation comes from him.
                             Psalm 62:1


31 Days of Random Writing: Day 6

I walked to her car and she hands me a grocery bag tied up and warm to the touch
She has brought me a bag of tamales and taken food away from her 5 hungry mouths to give to me. 
I smile and hug her and offer genuine thanks. 
She speaks words to her daughter, who translates to me.  They aren't spicy. 

And deep down in my soul. I am humbled.  Brought to my knees.
Those who have none, give all they have.
Those who have it all, struggle to give any.


31 Days of Random Writing: Day 5

Sometimes I don't understand

rephrase: A lot of times I don't understand

I don't understand mistreatment of children

I don't understand terrorist groups

I don't understand why God made Ebola

I don't understand churches arguing

I don't understand deceitfulness

I don't understand the ways of the world

But it's ok

I don't have to

Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:4

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5



31 Days of Random Writing: Day 4

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Ephesians 5:15-21

in this great big world, how can little ol' me make a difference?


life is not about me

it's about Him

and He says love others, serve others, 

forgive others


31 Days of Random Writing: Day 3

Sometimes its the climb up that gets us
Sometimes its the climb down

Are you climbing up or down??


31 Days of Random Writing: Day 2

It's long winding road up the mountain.
The bus weaves in the curves.
My ears fill with pop songs sung by middle school girls. 
I search the leaves for colors of red, yellow, and orange.
Looking for change.  

where are you looking for change?


31 Days of Random Writing: Day 1

I haven't wrote in....well it feels like forever.  So, I guess the quickest way to pick it back up is to do it every day.  You'll find bloggers all over the web this month giving you great advice on everything from the crock pot to your blog to your bathroom to your christian faith.  But you won't find that here.  I have no advice. I'm combating stink bugs and laundry, balancing teaching and mothering, trying to find sleep and a place to put the mail.  

Therefore you are going to find randomness, release, and hopefully a respite from whatever you are combating, balancing, and looking for.  


My friend Amy's book released last week!!  WOO-HOO  

So, on day 1 of randomness, I'm giving away a copy of her awesome book, When More is Not Enough.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below on this post OR on the facebook link to this post.  I will draw next Monday.  
Good Luck!!  And if you don't win, feel free to purchase.  :)  It will be worth it. 


We went on a mini vacation this past weekend.  I would show you all the pictures, but then you would be super jealous.

no edit required


I taught my kids the Virginia Reel today.  I was prepared for complaints, refusals, "absolutely no's". Not one kid didn't do it.  Not one complaint was made.  In fact, I was asked repeatedly "can we do this again tomorrow!?"  Yes, I made them pair girl-boy, yes I made them do-s-do, and yes they loved it.  They laughed and smiled and actually kept time with the music.  This makes my heart smile.



Proverbs 29:17
Correct your son, and he will give you peace: yes he will bring delight to your soul.

{shakes head, I hear ya Lord, I hear ya}


the never ending job a parent

first hair cuts

taking the time point out the beauty that surrounds us

watching personalities grow before my eyes

learning who we are

learning where we are going

doing the work set before me

the never ending job of a parent

it's the little things

that one day be the difference 

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6


ramblings on labor day

it's labor day, the official end of summer.....

we've been holding on as long as we could

we even crammed in a camping trip 

And now the bedtimes, early mornings, and homework begin........

i'm not sure 3rd grade is ready for this or if he is ready for 3rd grade...........

yesterday a children's home came and spoke and sang at our church

he came running to me after the service

"can we adopt one of them".......i'm not sure, son

"TODAY", he replies

and i want to keep him just like this

a believer 

a dreamer

a doer

i pray that his heart always labors for the Lord

that he doesn't grow jaded and doubtful

but holds strong in his faith and belief that he can change lives in a day

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Luke 10:2

Happy Labor Day!

Thank you for laboring for the Lord.  I pray that you continue in the work before you, that you faith is renewed and your trust grows, for the harvest is plenty.


back to school

tomorrow morning i will be up before the alarm goes off
i will get dressed and do my hair
i will drink my coffee and grab my bag
and out the door i will go

my desk are piled with planners and papers
waiting for smiling faces

my room is shiny and clean
decorated and ready 

my heart beats a little faster
and my stomach has a little flutter

the first day of school awaits........


i pray

 to strengthen their voices, bodies and minds

to express their feelings and control them sometimes 

to explore what's near and venture afar

but most important to love who they are



i have been overwhelmed

by the world lately
when the world is dark, look for the light

Ebola outbreak

Iraqi Christians

NC teacher salaries


health concerns

questionable morals




things of this earth

but what i need to be overwhelmed by

is God

His greatness

His power

His grace

His mercy

His promises

His masterpiece

His work

because as Peter tells us in 1 Peter 4:12 and 13

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. (NIV)

Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. (The Message)

what has been overwhelming you lately?

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