Sunday, August 13, 2017


I can't watch a movie without analyzing almost every word of dialogue. I love uncovering a beautiful, catchy, or a particularly moving phrase or sentence. I often have my husband--protector of the remote--stop and go back so I can hear something again or even record it in my phone. Last week I was looking through some of my thoughts I'd saved, and this one was recorded on July 3 at 3:35 in the afternoon:

"Stimulated by the elixir of hope."

I assumed it was a quote from a movie, but I couldn't put my finger on which one. I then did what anyone does when trying to determine just about anything: I Googled it. Turns out, the quote wasn't from a movie. It was from a book I finished reading this summer called The Kitchen House. (I'll tell you a little about that in a future post.)

So, why is hope today's theme?

Have you heard of the book Hope Heals? It's by Jay and Katherine Wolf.

It just so happens they are the guest speakers at our church today. I'm really looking forward to hearing them in person. I've heard their story on a podcast from the Passion City Church in Atlanta. If you're curious yourself, you can listen here.

Katherine was 26 when she suffered a massive stroke. Her story is so incredible, and the hope she found in Christ is simply hard to fathom.

Just thought I would remind us all that putting our hope in "Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine" is always a good idea... Ephesians 3:20

I hope you have a great week.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017


It's about that time for the teachers. The outside world has been conditioned to think we dread the month of August, but secretly, most of us can't wait to get back to our classrooms and our kids and our new supplies. Only a teacher can appreciate the joy of markers full of smell and rich with ink, clean desks, fresh sticky note pads, and a fresh lesson plan book. :-)

This year the local teacher supply store where I have been buying the exact same lesson plan book year after year closed its doors. I had to hunt up a new plan book on line. Luckily, I found the perfect replacement. I think I'm going love it even more than the one I've used for years. 

Ta da! My new lesson plan book for the 2017-2018 school year from Blue Sky

It has a protective cover that's just thin enough to show off its fancy cover. 

It has the entire month at the beginning of each new month and this is what each week looks like.

I'm only teaching one subject this year, so the page on the left will be for my plan and the page on the right will be for the daily essential question and the lesson objectives.

It's a fairly simple lay out which is just what I wanted. Each month-at-a-glance page also has a quote related to teaching. I always love these. The feature I didn't have in my old plan book was the monthly tabs. I'm using and enjoying those already. 

Even if you're not a teacher, this would be a good resource for family planning as well. You can get the details or order one for yourself here from Amazon.

Wish me luck as I start year 21!!


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017


You probably recognize the sponge in the picture as the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. But I wanted to make sure you know one of the magical ways to use it.

If your shoes are a bit scuffed up on the heels from driving, the eraser can help you out. This is a before shot of the these shoes I love to work in. They are not too high, but have just the right amount of heel for a little lift and a little bit of a dressy look. You know I love a good wedge. I felt like I should chunk them, but some elbow grease and the eraser have given us more time together!


And after...

Looks much better, don't you think? All you have to do is continue wiping until you get the results you want. You don't have to wet the sponge or do anything to it. These are also wonderful for getting marks off the walls. Have you used the Magic Eraser?

Hope your week is off to a good start!