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


friday haiku

what just happened here
a three hour delay for school
what is the point really?



we had snowcream for breakfast, made brother and sister snow people, sled down the hill, threw snow balls, and cried when we had to come in.......all before lunch.

potato soup is in the crock pot and the toys are spread from one end of the house to other, bluegrass plays in the background between the giggles and the he did it, she did it dialogue.  

we are on our fifth or sixth snow day, but whose counting really.  all we are counting are these gifts from God.  these moments we will always hold on to.  these lessons that were shared with us as children and we carry on and they too will carry on and share with their children.

set the bowl out the night before for your snow cream in the morning. 

start with a small snow ball and roll it all over the yard, make it too big so you can smooth in out. 

after you have walked up the big hill and sled all the way to the bottom, make sure you lay out in the snow and stare up at the sky for way longer than necessary, soaking it all in before you climb up and do it all over again. 

make sure you only lick clean snow. 

you are never too big to sled down the hill or make a snow angel.

play early, it melts fast. 

say thanks God, you are pretty awesome! 

what traditions do you have for snowdays?  new ones, past down ones, favorite ones?


every morning

every morning i'm waking up to the life God has given me
it's beautiful

and waiting

i hear it calling
how are you going to matter today

and some days i choose not to climb 
i choose not to take the path lest traveled
i am consumed by the world and all it has to offer

but other days i take the stairs
i fight the warfare of the day
the complaints of the culture
and maybe i don't feel like i won at the end of the day
maybe i didn't make a difference at all
i feel worn and ragged

but then you see a light
a break in the clouds of life
one of your youth girls offers to pray 
someone says hey i miss you writing
your kid chooses kindness and can recite the first 10 books of the bible
a mission plan starts to unfold
an adventure is discovered
talents are revealed
and you get a glimpse at all He has to offer
and you know you have to keep fighting

{sorry i've been taking a break, i've opened up the blank page of a post many many times over the last months and just really found i had nothing say, but today the words just poured out.  thanks to everyone who reads my blog, hopefully it won't be so long till i write again}


Adventure {oneword 2015}

new year....
new word...


Isaiah 43:16-19

This is what the Lord says—
    he who made a way through the sea,
    a path through the mighty waters,
who drew out the chariots and horses,

    the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
    extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
“Forget the former things;

    do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!

    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

{The Lord is the Master of Adventure!}

excited to see what adventures are ahead this year
and know that the Lord will guide our paths


2014 in review

This picture sums up my life in 2014.


14 things about 2014

1.  Addie sung a lot.  Owen picked a lot.

2. We chased things....geocaches, crabs at the beach, sunsets, each other, balls, laughter, dogs, and dreams.

3.  Lots of new places visited.  Legofest, Outer Banks, Red, White, and Blue Festival, 4-H Camp, Winterjam, camping at Homeplace

4.  It snowed 14 inches at our house!!

5.  Addie got rid of the pacifer, learned to potty, fell in love with painting, made lots of people smile and laugh, and had major dental surgery.

6.  Owen got SAVED AND BAPTIZED and learned all his multiplication tables, played basketball and soccer, won a blue ribbon at the Surry Fiddler's convention and played at Merlefest, shot his first deer, and gave $700 for water wells to Compassion for his birthday.

7.  Matthew built a playhouse mansion! It's awesome.

8.  Great music was heard live - Nickel Creek, Balsam Range, Flatt Lonesome, The Duhks, Scythian, church bluegrass, The Steel Wheels, Blue Highway, Frozen on Ice, Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard......

9.  We suffered loss.  

10.   We prayed hard.

11.   We worked hard.

12.   We played hard.

13.  We hung out with family and friends and cherished all our minutes together.

14.  We loved BIG!


2014 was amazing....I truly stand in awe at the blessing of it and say thank you to the 
Lord above for all the happiness and the lessons it held.

a look back at 2011, 2012, 2013

We look forward to the adventure of 2015.



it's that time of year
the most wonderful time of year
the busy time of year

you're going to have to reach for it
stretch those arms out and hold on to it
what might you ask are you reaching for

the greatest gift EVER

Jesus came and dwelt among men
but they had to reach for Him
the shepherds went to Him
the wise men searched for Him

You have to reach for HIM
and in Him alone will you find

the greatest gift EVER


Thankful Thursday 2014 {week 4}

76.   thanksgiving with my husband's family

77.  cousins

78.  Owen got his first deer this morning (8 pointer)  the smile on his face warms my heart

79.  cleaning the playroom out

80.  online shopping

81.  2 days with my family of memory making

82.  my moma and daddy

83.  holiday plans

84.  clean drinking water

85.  watching addie and my daddy take selfies

86.  a week of no school!

87.  Psalm 100: 4-5
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

88.  Owen playing at church 

89.   my freedoms

90.  hair bows to keep the bangs out of her face

91.  my church family

92.  chicken stew

93.  Thanksgiving service

94.  dancing in the kitchen

95.  the friends in my life - i have the very best friends in the whole world

96.  my amazing husband!  i love him so much

97.  where i live

98.  Jesus's birth that was for everyone

99. hearing what my kids are thankful for

100.  another year of thankfuls.......i blessed beyond measure


Thankful Thursday 2014 {week 3}

51.  travel coffee mugs

52. owen got top seller at his school and i did no work in this, he did it all by himself

53. mexican thanksgiving at work...yummy

54. text messaging

55. day trips with jessie

56. painting with watercolor 

57. a new scarf made by one of my students mom :)

58.  fun things coming next week and the next week!

59.  tomorrow is FRIDAY!!

60.  running in to an old friend

61.  knowing God holds the future and everything is going to be alright

62.  151 shoeboxes made by the hardworking people i go to church with - i stand in awe at their hardwork and giving hands

63.  the smell of clean - clorox, soap, laundry detergent

64.  8th graders - Lord bless them!

65.  missionaries

66.  a warm house

67.  supper with my children at the table every night this week

68.  beautiful sunsets

69.  peppermint ice cream

70.  the gift of learning

71.  christmas shopping :)  

72.  google translate

73.  pencils with erasers

74.  that God made us so our teeth fall out - sometimes on the same day as our best friend and cousin

75.  Psalm 103 
Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.


Thankful Thursday 2014 {week 2}

26.  Thankful that God made all this amazing stuff.

27.  THIS Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. Because I stand in awe. Literally brings me to my knees.

28.  Owen having good friends at school.  As a parent you want to, but you can't choose friends for your kids, but you are so thankful when they choose good ones.  

29.  When instruments lead to singing, and singing leads to songbooks, and songbooks lead to worship.  God has put such amazing people in my life.

29.  COFFEE!!!!! (no explanation needed, i must confess friday night i went to a friends and on the way i was passing a starbucks so i of course had to stop, but then on the way back home, i stopped many times a day would i go if i lived close to one????)

30.  Martha - so thankful we meet at NCSU and that our friendship continues to grow

31.  warm weather on a day off

32.  homemade chicken stew

33.  laughing with other moms

34. hunting stars with the church youth

35.  students who laugh with you, not just at you

36. God's mercy, Lord knows I need it

37.  co-workers who get your jokes

38.  the constitution of the United States of America  (yes i'm a nerd)

39.  teachers who share cool ideas and lessons

40.  bluegrass music

41.  nick jr.

42.  tastefully simple and that i started selling

43.  a nice soft,warm bed to sleep in

44.  frozen pizza because sometimes that's the best ya got

45.  this girl!!!

46.  New clothes in the mail box 

47.  living in the country, i'm not sure i'm cut out for full time city life

48.  that i wrote this  a year ago today- we have so good and complain so much

49.  basketball

50.  Matthew coming home early :)


10 Ways to Thank a Veteran, Besides Shopping the Sales on Veteran's Day

1.  Shake their hand, look them in the eye, and say thank you.  Don't assume they know and don't think they don't appreciate it.  

2.  Be a good citizen.  If they are willing to give years of their life for you to enjoy the freedoms you have, the least you could do is be a good citizen. Know what's going on in your government. VOTE.

3.  Send a card.  Snail mail still matters.  There is just something about holding words in your hand versus reading them on facebook. 

4.  Even better than a card, spend time with them. You get the day off, not because you did anything, because they did.

5.  Don't forget about them the other 364 days of the year.  They deserve much more than a day.

6.  Pray for them.  There is no greater gift than you can give them.  

7.  Do something in their honor or memory.  Donate to a good cause, run a race, do something.

8.  Don't be ashamed of your country.  Be proud of those who gave time and life for it.  
 More than 48 million Americans have served in times of war and peace since 1776.

9.  Recognize that they are near you and say thanks.  Their are around 25 million living veterans in the U.S.  They are your neighbors, your coworkers, your employees, your friends, the people you park beside of at wal-mart, acknowledge them.

10.  Teach your children to honor veteran's.  Take them to the parade.  Tell them to pay attention at the memorial service.  


Thankful Thursday 2014 {week 1}

1.  scripture
2.   positive emails from parents
3.  driving through falling leaves
4.  new computer at work
5.  hugs from friends that turn to tears because you missed them so much
6.  text from my bestie that say i know your off next tuesday.  i'm coming to see you :)
7.  cma music awards that make you laugh and cry and cause your daughter to play her 'tar and dance and your son wear his cowboy hat to school for hat day
8.  my youth girls
9.  coming home to homemade soup on the stove from my mom
11.  a christmas present early from my awesome sister jessica
{Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp} it's beautiful
12.  my chair
13. pomegranate
14.  pot luck lunches at work
15.  owen's love of music
16.  theology discussions -  do you think there was more than one tree of good and evil?  did it have seeds and reproduce? what was it's fruit?  do we eat it?
17.  pictures
18. laughing with my children
19. funny constitution videos
20. plants from grandma's who say don't say thank you for it 
21. counting down to christmas
22. time change!  i love going to work in the light.
23.  He heals the brokenhearted
          and binds up their wounds.
     He determines the number of the stars
            and calls them each by name.
     Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
            his understanding has no limit.  Psalm 147:3-5
24.  learning new things/teaching new things
25. another year of thankful thursdays!  [year 4]


31 Days of Random Writing: Day 31

I have my own punky brewster!


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


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)
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