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

10.29.2014

31 Days of Random Writing: Day 27

We live back in the hills
where we hold on to the past
one of the stories we hold on to is Tom Dooley
My grandmother taught 3rd grade for many many many years and loved local history
Her cousin, whom she was good friends with, also loved history
And actually wrote the song Tom Dooley that Kingston Trio recorded
So I grew up hearing these stories all the time



This week at school Owen sang the song Tom Dooley with his class
and then he came home and learned it on his mandolin
I know there are two ladies in heaven smiling down
That the legends have been are carried on



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31 Days of Random Writing: Days 25/26




Heard these guys last week!  They are awesome and I love this song :)



The things I find....



Don't you just love this time of year!!  (He's shooting pumpkins)

10.24.2014

31 Days of Random Writing: Day 23/24


we sit at the kitchen table coloring the bats and ghosts for the halloween decorations she asked for
when she suddenly drops her crayon and says UT OH
(i'm thinking she's gotta potty or she's colored the wrong color)
she looks up at me and says "i gotta dance" in the most serious tone ever
music had been playing from the computer 
a song she had never heard came on 
and the urge to dance came over
she immediately jumps from her chair and starts moving
she danced and sang words that weren't the song and laughed and completely let go
my heart aches that one day she will will push away the urge to dance and sing even if it's not the right words or others are watching 





31 Days of Random Writing: Day 20/21/22



life is too busy....................................

10.21.2014

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


10.17.2014

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


10.13.2014

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




10.12.2014

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?

10.11.2014

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

10.08.2014

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
Tamales.
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.






10.06.2014

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


HE DOES UNDERSTAND



10.05.2014

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?


S E R V E

life is not about me

it's about Him

and He says love others, serve others, 

forgive others



10.04.2014

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??


10.03.2014

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?



10.01.2014

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.  

RANDOMNESS THOUGHT 1:

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. 



RANDOM THOUGHT 2:

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


RANDOM THOUGHT 3:

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.




  IN CASE YOU WANT TO LEARN :)




RANDOM THOUGHT 4:


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}






9.13.2014

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


9.01.2014

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.









8.25.2014

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........

Boy-in-cape-altered

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





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