Friday, March 29, 2013

Cumberland Island

Our elementary girls' youth development program, Little Sisters, culminates in the fifth grade with the long awaited and highly anticipated trip to Cumberland Island, Georgia. This is my first time taking this trip, and probably my last since Lucia is my last elementary girl. Here are some highlights:

Waiting for the Ferry
Laughing Gull

The Avenue
Ciara and Juliana in the Dunes

The Girls (Lucia middle)
Moving in for Lunch

Wild Horse in the Dunes
Wild Horse

Wild Horses on the Beach
Two Pairs of Palms

Ruth, Lucia, Julianna
Lucia with Wild Horses

Lucia and Me

Resting near the Ruins
More Wild Horses

Silly Girls (Lucia in Pink Jacket)

Rolling Horse


Lucia, Clare, Ruth
Our Ferry

Ruth and Lucia
Pelican at Rest

We had such a good time!

A Good Good Friday

This morning dawned bright and chilly, the last of a long streak of frost warnings. It would be a great day to plant the garden and weed the flower beds. But never mind that for now. Today is Good Friday, and our annual Cross Walk would not wait.

What is so significant about this Cross Walk is the participants. This is truly an ecumenical event for our city, with Christians from many denominations not only participating, but coming together to plan it. The walk begins at the local Methodist Church with worship and a gospel reading. Then its up the hill to the local Lutheran Church, on to the Baptist Church, and concluding at the Catholic Church. At each stop the pastor of that church reads the gospel and leads a prayer before the procession continues. Thank you to the Alleluia Community and the Pastor's Alliance for continuing this meaningful and inspirational tradition. It is good to recall the events surrounding our Savior's Passion, who willingly gave His life as ransom for our sins. Thank you, Jesus.

When afternoon rolled around, it was off to Lowe's to get tomato plants and other garden supplies. As they say in the South, Good Friday is garden planting day. It was a glorious day to be outside, and when all was said and done, we had a garden with tomatoes, lettuce, green beans, beets and spinach.

And, to top it off, I got an early Easter gift of Gerber daisies and red cedar chips. Thank you, Honey!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Your Winning Number

Congratulations, Dad!
You've finally reached your winning number!
That's My Dad

Go ahead, take your victory lap and celebrate!!!

Happy Birthday, Dad! We all love you! Go here to check out last year's birthday wish if you haven't seen it yet.

Monday, January 21, 2013

I Have a Dream

"...And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"


 After reading excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech "I Have a Dream," I asked my students what their dream is?

"Dream big," I encouraged them. "Dream beyond yourself. Don't limit your dream to your tastes, your wants. Let your dream apply to the world."

This is what they came up with.

~ No more cruelness ~
~ The world would be free of abortion ~
~ People will stop killing each other ~
~That all gun shots and killing will stop in all the world ~
~ Everybody will have their needs met ~
~ Stop cutting down trees ~
~ That plants don't get extinct ~
~ The world will be less polluted and be like time in the 1800's ~
~ That in the future terrorists will leave the world ~
~ No more thorns ~
~ No war again ~ 

Good job class! 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

My Manly Man

Today is Andy's birthday. I usually let the birthday person choose their own menu for their birthday dinner, but this year was slightly different. Andy wanted to try out his Christmas present and cook his own birthday dinner....meat! Not just any meat, but BIG meat.

Our children had pooled their money together this year, and ordered a spit from Sportsman Guide Catalog, after one of them overheard him "wish" for it out loud.

Hey, what more could a guy want for his birthday than to:

1)  Play with fire
2)  Cook BIG meat
3)  Pass a good time with a great buddy
4)  Smoke up the neighborhood and draw a crowd
5)  Use his children's Christmas gift
6)  Conquer the challenge of putting meat on the table

By the way, did I mention that the brisket was delicious?

Thank you, Honey, and have a wonderful birthday! I love you!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Great Shot!

Ania did it again. She wowed the crowd with an awesome three point shot in basketball, just a short half an hour ago. The team went on to feel the pains of defeat, but in my eyes, Ania was the star.

Makes me think of a time last season....

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

My First Born Son

Today we wish a very happy birthday to our first-born son, Kevin. I can still remember how profoundly awesome it felt to give him his name and to announce it for the first time. Kevin made us parents, and it has been a pure joy to watch him turn from that little bundle in a baby blanket, to the fine young man that he is today. Kevin, I am proud to be your mother, and I love you dearly!

K is for KENYA, a time you'll never forget,

E is for EAGLE, all your requirements met!

V is for the VARIETY of food that you'll try,

I is for INVENTIVE, your're an IMAGINATIVE guy.

N is for NOBLE, you know Who's you are,
Happy Seventeenth, Kevin, today you're the star!!!

Jesus bless you today and always!