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I Want To Be That Kind of Tired

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been reading a collection of Shel Silverstein poems with Sarah each evening at bedtime.  Last night I thought I had found MY poem.  The title…   TIRED

I’ve been working so hard you just wouldn’t believe,

And I’m tired!

There’s so little time and so much to achieve,

And I’m tired!

I’ve been lying here holding the grass in its place,

Pressing a leaf with the side of my face,

Tasting the apples to see if they’re sweet,

Counting the toes on a centipede’s feet.

I’ve been memorizing the shape of that cloud,

Warning the robins to not chirp so loud,

Shooing the butterflies off the tomatoes,

Keeping an eye out for floods and tornadoes,

I’ve been supervising the work of the ants

And thinking of pruning the cantaloupe plants,

Timing the sun to see what time it sets,

Calling the fish to swim into my nets,

And I’ve taken twelve thousand and forty-one breaths,

And I’m TIRED!


Oh to be that kind of tired!  🙂


Living thru faith,



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Our Unexpected House Guests

We were blessed with a few unexpected house guests as winter gave birth to spring.


Momma Robin made a cozy little home for her three tiny babies under our deck.




Eventually, when we stood underneath we could see their little beaks standing tall and wide waiting for Momma to arrive with their next meal.  Even though she wasn’t there, they trusted she would soon provide the nourishment they needed.


Our little robins also had neighbors! We think there are two babies in this one; however, we are not sure which kind of birds these are since this momma built her little home on the far end and made it harder to see into the nest.

The Robin family has already left us, but their neighbors are hanging out for a little while longer.  One day soon they will also fly away, but we have enjoyed having them for a little while.

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God Wasn’t Kiddin’

At some point last spring (I think…I’ve lost all sense of time) God told Brian and I both separately that 2016-2017 was going to be a year of preparation.

Boy, was he not kidding!  It started in August and every time I get through one thing I start preparing for something else. This momma is tired!


We decided to start homeschooling Sarah this year.  While it has been fun and interesting and adventuresome and frustrating and confusing and tiring… you get the idea, it has involved a ton of preparation.  The preparation didn’t stop when the school year began.  Oh, no.  I planned out a general schedule for the year and now I try to look ahead three to six weeks depending on the break schedules to plan things more specifically, but even then I am still tweaking each week as life happens along the way.

Some things take longer than I anticipate or life throws us curve balls or curriculum is just not what I thought it would be.  Right now I’m beginning to look at changing the way we do math.  Who knows what that is going to look like next year!  One thing I have learned so far is that homeschool preparation is never complete…


Job (Sorta) Change

Brian’s current position is a one year appointment with it becoming an official position in July 2017.  It was a long discerning process, but Brian finally felt like the Lord was leading him to apply for the “new”position.  Meaning he would stay in his current position with a few changes like full faculty status.  As he prepared the application process, we also had to prepare ourselves for the possibility that we would have to be looking elsewhere since he could be out of a job at the end of June.  That process began in September and finally came to a conclusion at the beginning of December.  Thankfully, Brian gets to keep his job!  But throughout that time, we were also preparing for another life change…



In August, even before we knew the outcome of the job situation, we asked my mom to move in with us in the spring when her lease is up.  With this change in family dynamics comes a change in space.  Our current home is just not set up well for 3 adults, a teenage boy, and an upcoming tween girl.  Not to mention if we were looking at a job change, we would have to be moving in the summer regardless.  So we started preparing our home for sale and ended up putting it on the market right before Thanksgiving.  (That’s a whole other amazing story!)  In addition to preparing for us moving houses, we are also preparing for Mom to make the move from Texas to Kentucky at the end of February.  Details, details, details!

Three Graduations and a Wedding

In the midst of all the other life preparations, we have also been preparing for two college graduations, a high school graduation, and a wedding.  Matt’s fiance, Shelby, graduated with a degree in Family Studies in December, Matt will be graduating with a degree in Marketing and minor in Finance at the end of February, and Daniel will be graduating from high school in May.


Then in June, Matt and Shelby will be tying the knot!  I told my sister-in-law that a week after the wedding I would be in a padded room talking to the Easter bunny.  When I relayed that to my friend Jenny, she said I would have some great looking Easter eggs once I was done!  Awesome, Jenny!


But, wait!  There’s more…

As if that was not enough on our plates, I have been teaching children’s Sunday School at our wonderful little country church (those who really know me, know how out of my comfort zone that really is!), Sarah & I have managed a few field trips this fall, Daniel started a job at Kohl’s, we sold our house and should be closing on the new house in a few weeks, Brian has been teaching & writing a chapter for a collaborative book project, and in May Daniel will be heading on a Senior school trip to New York City!

It’s only by God’s grace that I haven’t completely gone bonkers at this point.  If you don’t see me in July, it’s because I’ve crawled into bed and refused to come out.

More house news to come…eventually…

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My Squirrels

I saw this on Pinterest


and after I picked myself up off the floor where I fell down laughing…

I said to myself out loud “This is so me right now!”

And then I responded to myself “Yes, it is!”

Because, yes, I have passed the point of just talking to myself and gone straight to answering back!

I’m working on a post to explain why I’m so squirrely, but at the moment my communication with myself is a little wacky.  So, once I get my act together a little bit and can get it out in a somewhat coherent manner, I’ll fill you in!

Just a little hint, it involves lots of boxes, vehicles, and tons of paperwork (with a few caps & gowns and lace thrown in)!

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Oh the Places They Will Go…

This summer has been a summer of college visits as both of the boys are looking toward the future.

Matt graduates will graduate in February with a marketing major and finance minor.  Daniel will graduate high school in May.  (It’s going to be a busy year!)

Daniel is thinking of teaching either early childhood education or high school English.  He is great with kids and he is also very creative, so we will see what he ends up settling into.

He, of course, had a tour of Louisiana Tech.



I have to say we were very impressed with their Education Program. They are doing some great training and mentoring programs that are moving beyond the traditional student teaching requirements.

I think for him it started off as the obligatory Tech tour (with the majority of our family being Tech alumni, we are kinda biased). However, by the end he was thinking twice about the possibility.

He also toured The University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY.  The campus is the perfect size for Daniel and is absolutely beautiful!  There are only about 1800-2000 on-campus students.  Williamsburg itself is a really small Kentucky town, but it has plenty of fast food restaurants and it’s own Walmart.  What else does a college student need?!


We were disappointed that we were not able to speak with an Education professor during our visit, but we discovered they do not have classes offered on campus during the summer so all the professors are pretty much gone right now.  We were impressed to hear a couple of the students talk about the small class sizes and the interaction between the professors and students.  Our tour guide was an education major and told us about several of her professors coming together and praying with her before she took her Praxis exams (state teaching exams).

We also took Matt & Shelby to Nashville to visit Vanderbilt.  Matt would love to take part in their MBA program.  It’s a 2 year program with an internship during the summer between the two yearly sessions.  Matt has always felt a pull to Nashville, so maybe one day…


Shelby graduates in December from Eastern Kentucky University.  (Like I said, it’s going to be a busy year!) She is planning to get her masters in Marriage & Family Counseling and is looking at a couple of programs as well.

Both Matt & Daniel have a couple other places they are considering, so there are more tours to come!

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Where Has Common Sense Gone?

Common Sense: 

sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence. (

plain ordinary good judgement (British dictionary,

Common sense tells you if you touch your hand to a hot burner, you will burn your hand.

Common sense tells you if you walk in front of a moving car, you will get hit.

Common sense tells you if you spend more money in a month than you have money coming in, you will be in debt.

Common sense tells you if you spend a day at the beach without sunscreen, you will get a sunburn.

Common sense tells you when a man (or woman) has a sexual desire towards children,  they should not be in the direct vicinity of a child in some form of undress.

Common sense tells you when a man has a history of sexual abuse towards women, they should not be knowingly allowed in a position to trap a woman in a place set off from public viewing and help.

Would anyone with an ounce of common sense tell a pedophile they can go into their child’s bedroom?

Would anyone with an ounce of common sense tell a rapist just head on in that locker room where a woman is putting on a bathing suit?

Yesterday, I learned of Target’s new restroom policy.  Because of where we now live, I rarely get an opportunity to shop at Target; however, yesterday I had plans to go there looking for one particular item.  As I’m heading out on my errands I’m processing this new information and wondering “Do I continue to shop there?  Is that a reason not to shop at a particular store?”  Those are questions to continue pondering in this new world we find ourselves living in.  All I can tell you is that yes, I did stop at Target and purchased several items (none of which was why I went in in the first place, but that’s a whole other issue).  However, I did schedule my stops so that I could go to the restroom in a place I felt safe before stopping at Target and I also determined that I would not have made that stop at all if Sarah had been with me.

This is not an acceptance issue.

It is not a religious belief issue.

It is not a political issue.

This is a safety issue.

By allowing men or women to enter any restroom and locker room they choose, you are setting up especially women and children for the increased possibility of ogling, voyeurism, rape, or molestation.

Even without these new policies, vile acts such as these have occurred.  Our nation’s jails are filled with men who have sexually assaulted women, molested children, or been involved in some form of child pornography.  Our jails are also housing women who have raped or molested teen boys or even abused their husbands.

The problem is you cannot monitor who goes into a restroom or their intentions once they get in there.  By making it easier for men, and women, to enter vulnerable areas, we are setting up scenarios for more and more issues to occur.  You are giving a free pass to predators to enter areas that should be somewhat protected. And it has already begun.  The University of Toronto is already having to suspend their neutral gender washroom policy due to voyeurism accusations.  Men accused of holding cell phones over the tops of the stalls recording women as they shower.

As a society we have to stop making decisions on the basis of our hearts and emotions alone.  We have to start balancing those reactions with our heads.

We have to use some common sense.

We have to use some plain ordinary good judgement.

Living thru faith,