Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Long Pause

I had truly thought that I would blog something every I had something to tell. But it has been 15 days since my last posting.....and so much has happened. Friends of mine had a precious baby girl on Jan. 4. The baby was born, which they knew that she would be, with a birth defect. Her arrival took place in Ann Arbor, Michigan......about 5 hours from here. The hospital there specializes in the particular problem she was born with. They have a webpage to share how her progress is going and I hooked! I check the site 5-6 times each day to see how she is doing. I am determined to make improvements in my life...spiritually and physically. For several of these past few days, I felt like such a failure at my new resolution. Today it occurred to me that I should be satisfied that I'm making great strides in self-improvement. I've spent more time in prayer and meditation with the Lord about this young couple and their baby than I have about anything for a long, long time. Funny how the Lord works in our life, isn't it?

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

January 3

It seems like no matter what I'm doing on this date, I can't help but remember how sad it is for Mike and I both. My grandpa died on this date in 1974; his grandmother died on this date in 1981. Isn't it ironic that we both lost a grandparent on the same day? We didn't even know each other then. I try to keep it in the right perspective. I always have all of these big ideas about how I'm going to change and improve myself at the beginning of each year....which is fine.....but it also reminds me to not take a single day for granted with my loved ones. Remembering these two special people in our lives and how painful it was to lose them, helps keep my priorities straight.

Monday, January 02, 2006

the party's over.......

This Christmas break wasn't exactly what I'd call a party.....very uneventful actually, but it's back to the old chalkboard tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing my students.....they're a great bunch of kids! I just hope they all were warm and safe over the holiday. With the high cost of fuel, I know many families struggle just to keep heat in their homes. I always worry about some of them being cold.....or just unhappy. I try to let them know that I honestly am glad to see them and that I'm glad to be there with them. I think they need to hear from an adult in their life that they are important and cared about......oh, yeah, and that they are there to learn something.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!!

The preacher this morning had an excellent, insightful message about serving the Lord. It was from II Kings 6. To sum it up, he said as a Christian if you are working hard doing good things but without the Lord in're swinging a handle without the axe. All of your time and energy is being spent swinging a handle, completely wasted because it isn't for the Lord. It is my desire to have more days than not where I'm swinging an axe to accomplish things for the get a "handle" on things. Happy 2006!