Contentment {Celebrations}

October 9, 2015

Today I am smiling with contentment. 😀

Could it be I didn’t wake to an alarm this morning? Definitely a plus!

Could it be grocery shopping is done and the refrigerator is replenished? This helps.

Could it be the Chicago Cubs won the wildcard playoff game Wednesday? A highlight for sure!

Could it be my little selective mute girl whispered louder to me this week? Melted my heart as I did a handspring inside with excitement.

Could it be I received a thank you from one of the college students I send notes of encouragementto? A genuine special note that fueled my soul.

Could it be a favorite author/illustrator, Matt Tavares, favorited a tweet and did a shout out? I did a jig for that one! Yup, yup, definitely added to my happy heart.

Could it be the shopping mall trip was a huge success, discounts and sale items keeping the total low? Absolutely this was a winner!

Could it be my daughter tweeted something I cherished, took a picture to keep forever and ever? A treasure help lovingly!

Special tweet!

Special tweet!

Could it be I woke earlier than all, made breakfast, and then waited? A clue to my big smile.

Could it be stories were shared from all five members over brunch this morning? Oh I love these moments. I savor each word.

Could it be my college kids are home from fall break AND Tim and I are on fall break too? Yes! Yes! My heart is so content today!


Celebrating Life

September 20, 2015
Celebrating my daughter, Elizabeth, at college. I have been adjusting to a quiet house. I am thankful for tweets and Instagram.

Celebrating my daughter, Elizabeth, at college. I have been adjusting to a quiet house. I am thankful for tweets and Instagram.

Celebrating our new school, it's dedication complete. I am learning to use new technology with a Mimio.

Celebrating our new school, it’s dedication complete. I am learning to use new technology with a Mimio.

Celebrating a surprise gift from a friend! We both thought of the same children's book that linked with the shoes, Ruby's Wish.

Celebrating a surprise gift from a friend! We both thought of the same children’s book that linked with the shoes, Ruby’s Wish.

Celebrating  my cousin, Melody, who is a great support and friend!

Celebrating my cousin, Melody, who is a great support and friend!

Celebrating the excitement of children learning.

Celebrating the excitement of children learning.

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Celebrating the writing group! We have special stories, the best laughs, and uplifting encouragement! Love them all!


SOL: What Was That?

July 7, 2015

The day was beautiful. The kittens were getting use to their new environment. Mama Sasha, proud of her little brood, watched from her perch. I was finishing some dishes, looking on to their fun. A surprise caused me to take action, along with Mama. Who knew I would happen upon such a surprise?

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“Little ones, stay clear of the shed today. Something smells suspicious there. Stay on this side of the walkway. I do NOT want to see you near the shed!”

This is fun. Can you find me?

This is fun. Can you find me?

Mama Sasha was watching over her three little ones. "Children, listen to Grandpa Kip."

Mama Sasha was watching over her three little ones. “Children, listen to Grandpa Kip.

"OK, Mama. We are just having fun with Uncle Moo."

“OK, Mama. We are just having fun with Uncle Moo.”

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Hey, where did you go, Cubbie?

Hey, where did you go, Cubbie?

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“I hear something. Is that you, Pip?”

What was that???

“What was that??? It’s not me.”

A raccoon! Looking out my window, its head popped out of from under the shed. No wonder Kip gave the warning.

A raccoon! Looking out my window, its head popped out of from under the shed. No wonder Kip gave the warning.

Good bye, raccoon! The kittens were surprised and so was I.

Good bye, raccoon! The kittens were surprised and so was I.


Celebrating My Summer Week with Pictures!

July 5, 2015
I helped my mom on Monday. She is still weak, but gaining strength. Faithful, their 120 lb. German Shepherd, was happy for extra company. He is true to his name!

I helped my mom on Monday. She is still weak, but gaining strength. Faithful, their 120 lb. German Shepherd, was happy for extra company. He is true to his name!

After grocery shopping, Moo cheered me on as I packed the pantry. Curiosity!

After grocery shopping, Moo cheered me on as I packed the pantry. Curiosity!

Youth group fun at my sister-in-law's home. In the summer, youth group rotates to the homes for summer fun and food. Slip and slide this night with s'mores after a devotional. I was delighted to help.

Youth group fun at my sister-in-law’s home. In the summer, youth group rotates to the homes for summer fun and food. Slip and slide this night with s’mores after a devotional. I was delighted to help.

Attending the SouthBend Cubs where Wesley interns. We had superb seats behind home plate. Wes was nearby in the tunnel ready to take care of official business.

Attending the SouthBend Cubs where Wesley interns. We had superb seats behind home plate. Wes was nearby in the tunnel ready to take care of official business.

Kitten fun! They have been on the porch and just introduced to the outside. Mama was watching over them as they romped around. Delightful!

Kitten fun! They have been on the porch and just introduced to the outside. Mama was watching over them as they romped around. Delightful!

Smiling at pictures of my relatives (my mom's two younger sisters in this photo) on Facebook. Thankful for being able to keep in touch over hundreds of miles!

Smiling at pictures of my relatives (my mom’s two younger sisters in this photo) on Facebook. Thankful for being able to keep in touch over hundreds of miles!

July 4th fun!

July 4th fun!


Story

June 23, 2015

Story. The past seven days has been filled with delicious stories, stories that warm and encourage. Posts and pictures from friends make me smile. Texts bring laughter and support. Story has held me together.

Stories shared at the hospital of days long past, of young hearts and hard work. Grandpa shared many with us.

Stories shared at the hospital of days long past, of young hearts and hard work. Grandpa shared many with us.

Stories shared at lunch at AllWrite!!! From blogging to in person - delightful.

Stories shared at lunch at AllWrite!!! From blogging to in person – delightful.

My friend shared a story of her granddaughter, the surprise who has brought joy.

My friend shared a story of her granddaughter, the surprise who has brought joy.

Kim created minders to write our stories. Each story is our own.

Kim created reminders to write our stories. Each story is our own.

Summer school ended Thursday. Stories were shared daily to encourage reading for the remainder of the year.

Summer school ended Thursday. Stories were shared daily to encourage reading for the remainder of the year.


June {Celebrations}

June 13, 2015

Books cover my table. This is a celebration. Reading them. Touching the pages. Lingering over illustrations. Choices. I wrestle with what which books to share. Many tug at my heart, but I do not always know if they will touch my audience, if I will have time for them all. Beginning with my favorites, the stories I share will grab the hearts of many.  I will have more books than time, so I will prioritize. Working on the presentation brings celebration to my heart.

Elizabeth’s open house was a success last Saturday. We celebrated her accomplishments, her memories, her friendships. We celebrated who she is – beautiful! Past and present teachers came, sharing stories that warmed my heart. Elizabeth laughed with friends, celebrating the growth they made.

Elizabeth with her former second grade teacher. Celebrating the teachers who impacted my daughter!

Elizabeth with her former second grade teacher. Celebrating the teachers who impacted my daughter!

We also celebrated thru the hard. Last week was filled with heartache and tears. A close friend from youth group drowned the eve of Elizabeth’s graduation. The news shook our household that Saturday morning and my mother’s heart broke as my children cried.

Stories is what healed. Memories where shared and simple stories soothed trouble hearts. We celebrated with the family, with the siblings, with their graduate too. We celebrated thru the hard.

Books are celebrations. Stories are celebrations. Memories are celebrations.


I Celebrate Life {Celebrations}

May 30, 2015

I celebrate …

Cheering at a South Bend Cub’s game where Wesley interns.

Completing my classroom packing for the big new-school-move.

Organizing my summer school lessons for kindergartners.

Unloading boxes and boxes and boxes of books into new bookcases at home.

Creating center pieces of sunflowers and daisies for open house.

Dining with my sister-in-law while sharing stories.

Watching adorable three-week old kittens on our porch.

I celebrate …

my daughter graduating with honor and pride.

my parents for their encouragement and support.

my husband for his love and wisdom.

my friend for her belief and steadfastness.

my sons for mowing and repairing.

my writing group for their spontaneous “Hello” and connections.

i celebrate … Thru the wonderful business of life!


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