Guided Steps in the Rear View Mirror

If you track you life, can you see the hands of God guiding your steps to the very threshold where you currently are in life? In the last two days I have met two individuals who meet that criteria: I had a tour today where one of the ladies was a special education teacher. She was standing to the side as the rest of the ladies were either exploring the art room or gleaning tips from Emma Lou for...

First Day of the Rest of our Lives…Again

The first day of the rest of your life... . Monday morning I was going to head into work early to catch up on e-mails. Unfortunately, acclimating to my new normal is a bit of a painful adjustment, so falling a sleep is still a challenge. Sandman didn't make it to our house until about 2 am. Ugh. Actually...that was perfect. I decided to go in at the normal time so I could see Taylor off for her...

End of an Adventure Reflection

Earlier: Teachers, now Airports. Except for the flight here to DC, the last time I was in an airport was when I was trying to get home to Archie. I was reading the FB post about that night God gave me an empty airport for Him to get my attention. I thought I'd share it with you along with my thoughts about the airport today: "Sometimes our Heavenly Father wants us to spend time with Him. Tonight...

Mushy Clay

Teaching! What fun! You never know the spectrum of experience in the room or the struggles/baggage that each student walks in with, unseen to the naked eye. But I watch for it..... :) I told you last week I was gifted the opportunity to "stand in the gap" for one of our teachers that was having surgery. What I didn't tell was how the situation was revealed to me: too funny! Emma Lou (Creative...

Bats, Toddlers, and Fears

Night before last my throat was killing me. I was tired but could not rest, due to the pain. I tried gargling and cough drops but those didn't even make a dent in the discomfort. Time for coffee. Bingo! The hot coffee was soothing to my throat. I grabbed my java as the sun was setting, and positioned myself in the back doorway to watch the light fade. I saw a couple of late night birds scurry...

Vanilla Ice Cream

Interesting read. The nugget for the day went something like: We should not judge God by what we have experienced, but our experiences by what we know about God through the Bible. After Archie went home we had a lot of immediate support, especially through my work. In all honesty, I wouldn't be where I am in my healing process had it not been for Heartfelt Creations. At that time, especially when...

Finding Dory…or was that Tracy? I’ve heard it both ways… .

Four o'clock in the morning and a dream I cannot even remember wakes  me like a sunrise reveille. "I'm up! I'm Up! ...wait...why am I up?" I get a drink and go back to bed. Ten months ago I would have climbed back into bed, snuggled up against Archie and let his rhythmic breathing lull me back to the land of fairies, unicorns and castles.  Six months ago I would have made a pot of coffee and...

Nuggets from a Drive-In

Friday at work I had two nuggets: Focus on What You HAVE and Turn Calamities in Opportunities. These were quoted to me from someone at Heartfelt from programs or books they were listening to, but they stuck. Friday late afternoon we conquered (I hope) bowling with just the two of us. Later that night we opted to try the Drive-In that we all loved so dearly. As you know, our family LOVES history....

Processing Father’s day with Christmas Lights and Memories

When you actually read this, I should be asking you,"How was your Father's Day?" In "real time," mine starts in 22 minutes... . I have a lot to process tonight, two days worth. I've been antsy all night and unable to focus. Taylor went to bed because we were out late last night and now I am going to "sort out" the plans verses how the plans are actually playing out. As I scurry around my house...

Plans and According to Plan

Two days and counting. Father's Day. Yesterday I wrote of making plans to lean into the grief. I have failed miserably up til now, so this time I'm on a mission. The Father's Day/celebration of Archie for Taylor was suppose to sorta begin today. I did say sorta, right? Anyone that knows Archie and me, or at least has read this blog, knows that Arch and I took dance lessons a couple of times. He'd...