Sunday, January 1, 2017

Reflect, Appreciate, Eliminate

January 1, 2017 - Today is a great day, before the hurry, flurry, scurry of the new week/new year begins screaming at you tomorrow, to take stock of your life. Reflect on all the parts of your life-home, social, professional, and spiritual. Are you headed in the direction you want to be going in each of the facets that reflect who you are?

As you consider each area of your life, make note of all you blessings, all the positives, and appreciate them.

Now look at the negatives, the disappointments, the time suckers, the Debbie Downers. Whether these are experiences, habits, attitudes, or people, we need to evaluate whether those things can be eliminated.

Of course, some things can't necessarily be changed.  In those cases we can strive to make a better, more positive response to that negative person or experience. Try viewing it from a different perspective.  The avenue of prayers is always open to help us in those cases.

With the things we can change, we need to do so.  Whatever negativity we can eliminate in ours lives translates to a more positive life.  For instance if you've developed the habit of spending too much time surfing Facebook, you could set a timer to remind yourself enough is enough.  You'll probably want to generate a list of positive alternatives. 20 minutes of Facebook; then 20 minutes to clean out a drawer or doing step one of a new craft you've been wanting to try. 

We can easily become overwhelmed by all the negative input we get from all forms of media.  However, we can take some time each day, to create pool of peace around ourselves and our home.  Consider spending some time each day in God's word to help.  Reading 1 chapter of Proverbs each day or 5 Psalms will get you through these books in a month.

I'm praying that you will allow God's peace to minister to you through 2017.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas Greetings

I made this today for my Secret Santa.

This is the thank-you gift to the person who was my Secret Santa

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A New Wagoneer

I have a new wagon in my wagon train! Wagoneers, welcome Pam who lives in my hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Hope you enjoy the ride with us, Pam, and learn some things along the way.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Just had to share the graphic I had made by Thistlegirl Designs.  Ashley McCulloch lives in Scotland and does the cutest graphics.  Check out her blog and graphics shop at the link above.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

More Wonders

A few more things have been finished up around our school building.  There are huge panels upstairs and down with cycles to learn.  You can get a glimpse of the benches that run the length of each display.

Here are a few more of  our life principle words.


Workers are busy assembling our playgrounds, one for PreK and one the the rest of the kids.  I'll post pics when they are finished.  They have completed painting the trim on the outside of the building.  I'll post those pics soon too.  


I'm so enjoying this amazing school!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My Pancakes Taste Different Today!

If you’re a teacher who likes to do classroom “cooking” related to what your students are reading or a parent who likes to cook with your littles, here’s a book to add to your list.  It’s written by married couple, Heather and Bruce Galpert, and is illustrated by Barbara Cate.

Ethan learns the pancakes he loves to eat are a result of many factors, from rain clouds to wheat farmers to grocery stores.  He also learns that his careless action, meant all in fun, set off a chain reaction of events that negatively impacted even his beloved pancakes.  Fortunately, Ethan conceives and executes a plan to remedy the problem. 

The colorful watercolor illustrations have a childlike quality that support the story well.  At the end of the book there is recipe  that can lead to a tasty follow-up of the story.  This book would be a really good one to keep in mind for Earth Day.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Hot off the Presses: Trouble at Plantasy Land


Far away from Planet Earth is the enchanted world of Planet Planted.  Its inhabitants include the Rootlets, Kaley, Cornelius, Brocc, Carrotina, and their Yammy Grammy.  These amazing kids not only sprouted from the ground, but they have super powers as well.  It's a good thing they do!  They need them to solve the mystery at Plantasy Land.

It's opening day at Mr. Fungo Fungi's magical amusement park, but something is very wrong.  Is the magician, The Great Zucchini, responsible for the disasters all around Plantasy Land?  The Rootlets are determined to solve the mystery.

Author, Vicki Marquez, is a certified plant-based chef, a health coach, and host of the healthy living cable show, "Nourished."  Her passion of teaching about a healthy lifestyle and her desire  to expand her health education efforts to children lead her to the creation of the Rootlets series.  Trouble at Plantasy Land is the second book in her Rootlets series.


Jeremy Russnak's colorful and creative illustrations add to the enjoyment your mystery-loving primary readers will experience with Trouble at Plantasy Land.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

How Three Brothers Saved the Navy

How Three Brothers Save the Navy is the third book in the Kare Kids Adventures.  Matt, 12, and his younger brothers Ryan and Jack like to play Force Recon Marines.  Their interest in this game was due to their father being a Captain in the U.S. Navy.  He was currently deployed on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Maryland, the state where they lived.
The boys often made "recon missions" to an abandoned airfield near their home.  One day, however, they spotted skydivers using high-altitude military tactics to land on the airfield.  Learning the team was not military and planned to attack a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, the boys had to outwit the enemy agents and try to get word of the impending plot to their dad.  The fast action and high tension make this book an exciting read for middle graders.
Writer Charles A. Salter has written hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, adult mystery and juvenile books, and is new pre-teen series, the Kare Kids Adventures.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mysterious Vanishing Place

In the second installment in Charles A. Salter's Kare Kids Adventures series, Kelcie is all grown up.  Her daughter, Charlotte, has inherited her mom's independent spirit and her dad's sensitivity to premonitions.  


Charlotte regularly enjoyed a walking trail near her hilltop home.  One day she made two discoveries on her walk, a lost puppy and an area of the forest that seemed to be slowly disappearing.  Somehow the two things were linked and Charlotte was determined to help.  


A driving rainstorm puts Charlotte's life in danger as she tries to rescue the pup again, along with another puppy from the same nearby kennel.  Will the messages she left bring help in time?  You'll have to read this nail-biter to find out.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bald Rock Island

If you want to guide your kids toward books with strong, independent, responsible  characters, you'll want to share this good book with your middle grade readers.


Main character, Kelcie, who's 10, wants to find out what happened to her dad who disappeared while lobstering eight years earlier.   She gets some information from Mr. Bartleby, a friend of her parents, but he warns her about the dangerous Bald Rock area of the island on which they live.  A storm, a dangerous climb, and a rescue take place on Kelcie's quest to find answers.


This is an easy read and only 86 pages.  I think your 8-12 year olds will enjoy this adventure.  Stay tuned to the next review in this series.



Friday, September 9, 2016

Reading to Your Preschoolers


 Teachers have long been proponents of reading aloud to children and encouraging parents to do the same.  In the classroom we can see the difference in attention span between those children who have and have not been read to at home.


Here is a fascinating article with the hard evidence to show the benefit to a child's developing brain.  It's well worth your time to read it.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Bible Journaling

This is a good thought for those first few important weeks
of school when we are trying to instill procedures into our students.
If we get discouraged and give up during this crucial struggle,
we'll be fighting the battle all.year.long!

Although this has nothing to do with students, teachers, or school, it is something I wanted to share with you.  I overhead a Bible Journaling class while I was cropping at my local scrapbook store.  I followed up by buying a couple of lettering books, getting a few supplies, creating a Pinterest board, and giving it a whirl.  

Needless to say, I fell in love with it!  I hope I get better as time goes by.  It's a wonderful way to reflect on a single verse while you are working the design.


If you are a Bible journaler too, I'd love to hear from you.