May 30, 2012

For the Love of Cousins

Fiona and Kinsley are listening to “The Ants Go Marching” as they help each other clean their rooms. They are excited to have their cousins spend the night and hang out with us for the next couple of days. I am too! Who knew having cousins over would light a fire under them to clean their rooms…and I didn’t even have to ask them to! Doh!








Mind Your Own Business

I just figured out that it all boils down to four words: Mind Your Own Business. An ill-natured phrase as commonly used, but as applied in many self-help programs, it makes great good sense.

I will concentrate on the things that are my concern~and make sure which really are mine. I will keep hands off the business of others. I will not interfere with the activities of others, assume their responsibilities or shield them from the consequences of what they do.

When you are offended at anyone's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. By attending to them, you will forget your anger and learn to live wisely. ~Marcus Aurelius

Think Before You Act

Great God, I ask thee for no meaner pelf, than that I may not disappoint myself. ~Henry David Thoreau

Impulsive people act before they think, so they consequently have to "undo" a lot of what they've done. Counting to ten beforehand is still an excellent, if childlike practice. We need to learn to pause a bit and think things through. If we always took that simple step before we spoke cruel words, raised our hand in anger, or made a rash decision, we'd have a lot less apologizing to do.

We could all come up with many instances when others have disappointed us. But how many times have we disappointed ourselves by impulsively, and inappropriately, lashing out? Most of us can think of many. We "spanked" a child, we were rude to a store clerk, we stomped out of the house over a silly point of pride. None of these overresponses was necessary or fruitful. We just didn't stop to think.

Improving our self-esteem requires that we work to control ourselves and monitor our actions. This involves avoiding impulsive mistakes that hurt others and consequently make us ashamed of ourselves. The more we practice the long pause, the better we'll get at it. As uncomfortable as it may feel at first, constantly apologizing is even worse!

My impulsiveness fades as I grow in serenity.

May 29, 2012

My Laundry Supervisor

I Love this dog! No matter what it is I'm doing in the house she always wants to be with me. I am determined to get caught up on my laundry today and Sushi is determined to supervise and assess the situation. It could be because everything is warm, clean and straight from the dryer. She's a smart little doggie. I can tell she missed us while we were gone. She kept kissing my ear on the drive home from her pet resort. She hasn't barked as much since she's been home. She must be out-barked and over it. I'm glad. We are happy to be home and so is Miss Sushi! 

May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

For the Love of cousins! ♥

Dixie ♥

Don & Connie ♥

Here's to faith, family, food & freedom..

Forgiveness Brings Freedom

Today we honor our fallen soldiers known and unknown. We thank all our troops and their families serving at home and abroad.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. ~John 15:13

Forgiveness Brings Freedom ~Col. Glenn D. Frazier

May 18, 2012

Crazy Hair Day

It's been a fun last week of school for the girls. In just a few short hours we will have a 3rd grader and a 1st grader! Crazy Hair Day was one of their fun themed days this week along with some fun class field trips before school breaks for summer. Some of the other fun themed days were: PJ Day, Twin Day, Blue Day & Sports Day.

Kinsley's class got to spend the afternoon in our local neighborhood park as well as ride the big yellow bus to the Zoo for a Kindergarten Field Trip. Don and I got to go as volunteers to help supervise the kids. Our group had four children and five parent volunteers. That's how many parents showed up to hang out with their kids. I think the grownups had just as much fun as the kids!

Fiona's class got to spend the afternoon in our local park, too. Her class got to ride the big yellow bus to Schramm Park for an afternoon of fun with her classmates and teachers. I made sure to spray her with sunscreen and bug spray. She wore her Nebraska Husker hat in honor of "Sports Day" today. Report cards come home today, too.

The girls also got their yearbooks this week. You can tell they attend a communications skills and electronic media magnet school because on the front of the yearbook it says, "You are the Youtube Generation! Broadcast Yourself." Then there is a picture of kids saying the pledge of allegiance on the six o'clock news. I Love it!

One thing that is different is the entire yearbook is in color. When I was a kid the yearbooks were in black and white only. Yearbooks have come a long way. At our school there are 578 students and 68 staff members. The school's motto is to be responsible, be respectful, be safe, and be kind. Those are the 4 B's. There are 5 kindergarten classes, 5 1st grade, 6 2nd grade, 5 3rd grade, and 5 4th grade classes.

There are many activities and clubs the kids can get plugged into. For example: Read to Succeed, Spelling Bee, Student Council, Fire Patrol, Student Ambassadors, Strings, and Free Spirit. The "Candids" section towards the back of the year book managed to capture all the fun programs the kids put together for their families and friends.

All in all we had a great school year and I can't wait to see what Fiona and Kinsley will do next year as 3rd and 1st graders.

Have a Great Summer!

Great Bunch of Ladies

This was my first time in a few years that I was able to get back on track with the ladies bible study program at our church. There are two gals missing from the picture that couldn't make it to our lunch gathering. We got together at Olive Garden and I had the soup, salad, and bread sticks. What a great group of ladies. They were all so encouraging and supportive throughout the year. I can't wait to see who I will get to study with in the fall. Speaking of the fall semester...One of the gals got me thinking of this next song. She started singing it and was surprised when I started singing with her...I guess not too many people know all the words to this next song...but I do!  

May 16, 2012


He was a very happy guy who will be greatly missed by a lot of people. We still don't know. All I know is he was loved and he made everyone feel loved. Please pray for everyone who is grieving him especially his son who he loved very much.