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CarolynI love to travel.  If I could find a way to do it full time, I probably would.  I love taking my students to Europe and watching them realize just how big the world is and then come to the conclusion that while we’re all unique, we are all alike as well.  People have dreams and hopes and fears and families and friends and insecurities and confidence and all the rest of it no matter what their first language is or where they live.

This love of traveling was sparked in me by my friend Carolyn.  I introduced you to her when I first wrote about my book club, Between the Covers.  She was an amazing woman.  She possessed class and dignity and compassion and humor and more knowledge about literature and teaching than I can ever hope to attain.  She took me to London and Paris in 2005 and opened up the world to me.

Several years ago we were going to go to Rome.  But she couldn’t find her passport.  She looked everywhere.  Carolyn considered having it replaced, but her health was declining, and she wasn’t sure if she’d really ever get to use it again anyway.  As it turns out, 2005 was her last trip across the pond.  The lost passport became somewhat of a joke–if we misplaced things we’d say “It’s with Carolyn’s passport.”Passport

However, Carolyn had the most important passport there is.  Carolyn knew our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  She was a godly woman who was an example not only to me, but also to everyone she was around.  She touched so many lives–in her family, in her friends, in her classroom, in her church, in her visits to the hospital and cancer center, in her nail salon, in restaurants.  She was steadfast in her faith.

Carolyn knew John 14:6: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

This morning Carolyn’s Passport was stamped by Jesus Himself as He welcomed her home.

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See you in June

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I’ve inadvertently taken May off. . .end of school year.  See you back here in June!

April Spice Cabinet

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Well, here we are at the fifth Wednesday of April.  I’m running slightly behind in getting my post up, but I’m getting it.  While I type this I’m soaking my feet in a mixture of Listerine, vinegar, and water to see if it will slough off the dead skin to get ready for summer.  It definitely smells strong enough.  Let’s see what else is in the spice cabinet. . .

1. This was bathroom for many, many years.  I really loved it. rubberduckbathroom

It was whimsical.  However, a couple of years ago, I had my bathroom gutted and now it is like this. . .Sometimes, I still go in there and marvel at what a beautiful bathroom it is.

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2.  Daisy turned two this month.  When I got her she had a pig toy that her Auntie Wendy gave her.  She loved that toy more than anything. daisyandherpig Now every time I buy her a new toy, I wonder if she’ll like it as much as she liked that oinky pig.  Her latest is this; it’s pink, of course, giving it a chance.

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3. And finally, the other night I treated myself to a box of comfort food.  I was amused by the back of the box because it said this:

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I see absolutely no reason to add anything to a wonderful box of mac and cheese to make it a main dish.  It can stand on its own!

And the Listerine, vinegar, and water. . .well, it didn’t live up to its claim.

Spring Break and other stuff

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dogwoodYou would think since I’ve been off work since Friday afternoon, my post would’ve been written and just waiting for publishing time.

You would be wrong.

There’s something about being on spring break that takes away the urgency of things.  My break has had activity, but a lot of it has consisted of stretching in bed for lengthy amounts of time, staying in my jammies, and reading.  And it hasn’t necessarily been awe inspiring reading or literary or increase my thinking capacity or intelligence.  I have been working on this month’s Between the Covers choice–The Dead Don’t Dance by Charles Martin.  I’m about half way through and it’s an excellent book.  I’ve read a lot of Facebook posts. I am reading the Old Testament this year.  I’m in Joshua.

Let’s see.  I’ve worked my Mary Kay business.  Yep, I added something else to my plate.  I love Mary Kay products and my slogan is “Help me get rid of Sallie Mae by buying Mary Kay.” I decided several years ago to attempt a Master’s.  I enjoyed what I was learning, but I didn’t have the stamina then or the money.  That loan irritates me.

And, I’m attempting to continue my Lent commitment.  I chose this year to change my diet.  It’s been difficult to explain to people that it isn’t a diet, but a change in diet.  Whatever we eat is our diet.  I read The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren and company.  Basically, it encourages getting in the kitchen more and using fresh, non-processed foods.  It was difficult at first because I couldn’t just grab my favorite frozen meal for lunch.  However, I found that food is really yummy.  God asks us to take care of His gifts–one of which is my physical body.  While I didn’t really do it for losing weight, just for making better eating choices, I did lose ten pounds in the 40 days.  I still eat pizza, burgers, and fries.  I just attempt to choose ones that are fresh made rather than frozen or processed.  Obviously, it’s difficult to do this all of the time, but if I’m making these choices 80% of the time, then I’m doing much better than I was.

So, there’s Spring Break life.

Salt and {goodness}

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This week, I had the honor and privilege of posting at my friend Katie’s.  Cardigan Way is all about looking for the goodness in life and how good of her to think highly enough of me to request my verbiage on her blog.  Katie is a lovely friend who has an amazing story of faith.  I have been blessed to have her in my real life.  So, go see what I have to say about salt and then peruse the goodness that is Katie and Cardigan Way.

Since it is faith week, I do have this verse to share in conjunction with the post.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” Matthew 5:13

Old Man Winter

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Tomorrow is the first day of spring.  And, boy, are we glad she’s getting here.

This has been the weirdest winter I can recall.  Fifteen years ago we had a major snow storm followed by ice that kept us out of school for something like two weeks straight.  We lost our entire spring break AND had to add time to the day from March to May. It was miserable.

This year, winter actually hit us before winter.  It started before Thanksgiving actually. I’m all for arriving to a party early, but that was incredibly early.  And now, winter has just really overstayed his welcome. 

We’ve had snow.

We’ve had sleet.

We’ve had freezing rain.

We’ve had no power.

And we’re still getting all of this.

People are starting to get cranky.  Cranky people forget to be appreciative. 

So, here’s what I think. . .we’ve got extra moisture in a thirsty land; having no power encouraged us to find new ways to communicate and reach out to each other–not to mention different ways to entertain ourselves. 

I appreciate winter.

But, yes, bring on the spring.

One foot in front of the other

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LentToday is the beginning of Lent in the Christian calendar.  Being Baptist, I’ve never put much thought into Lent.  Our pastor said this Sunday that it’s probably because in church history when what I’ll call “the great split” happened, Protestants didn’t want to participate in something that they saw as very Roman Catholic.

However, he then went on to say that this was flawed thinking.  He called Lent a practice in imitation.  He defined Lent as the self-denial and steadfast obedience of Christ as He walks toward the cross.  Therefore, that is how we should view it since we, as proclaimed Christians, spend our lives trying to be more like Christ.

Doesn’t sound so different that way, does it?  Just sounds right.

I’ve been pondering where I want my words to go from here.  My mind is torn in several directions.  My admiration of our pastor to incorporate church history into his sermons so that not only am I challenged by the content, but also I’m educated.  My contemplation of how Christians need to unite despite their denominations or their split between C and P.  My conviction that Lent is necessary in my own spiritual walk–and, therefore, my fear of it.  I mean, to participate, I really have to examine my life and my shortcomings in my walk with and to Christ.

I’ve even thought perhaps I’d ask you guys what you will do for Lent, if you feel as I do that it’s necessary.

Lent is very personal, much like participating in the Lord’s Supper.  There are so many things I could sacrifice or deny myself that how do I pick just one or two to give over to Christ?

Ah, there’s the rub, isn’t it?

Christ doesn’t want just one or two things for Lent.  He wants my whole life my whole life.  Every. Single. Day.

My entire life should be an imitation of Christ in self-denial and steadfast obedience as I walk toward Him.

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