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Lessons From An Oak Tree

I loved spending summers on my grandparents’ farm.  Grandpa was a dairy farmer, so his day began way before sunrise.  I recall hearing him head out the back door and down the path by the smoke house where he would milk the cows and later bring in fresh milk for breakfast.  After that eggs were to be gathered and bacon was brought in from the smokehouse. I can still hear sound of bacon sizzling and smell the homemade biscuits cooking on the  ...

Family, Inspiration, Leadership, Life

Teachers Who Make A Difference

The teachers we remember most are not necessarily the ones who are famous or hold some high position. The teachers we remember most, the ones who stand out from the rest, are the ones who made a profound and lasting impact on our lives. I was in sixth grade when I was introduced to Mr. C. He had quite the reputation as a teacher who had high expectations and a low tolerance for students who didn’t want to learn about Simon Bolivar and the  ...

Faith, Family, Life

Parenting 101: 7 Quotes Worth Remembering

Check out these quotes that give those of us who are parents something to think about: Our children are not just going to be our children. They are going to be other people’s husbands and wives and the parents of our grandchildren.                    – Mary Calderone Don’t let yourself be so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one. – Glenna Smelton Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but  ...

Faith, Family, Just Fun, Life, Parenting 101

Parenting 101: 3 Steps To Building A Successful Family

A lot of hard work goes into building a successful family. Looking back over 35+ years of parenting, along with the fact that we definitely made our share of mistakes, here are 3 key steps that will contribute to a a great family. Step #1 CHOOSE YOUR FOUNDATION CAREFULLY Every construction project begins with the foundation. It is the key to the building’s stability. If you’ve ever spent the afternoon building sandcastles on the beach, you  ...

Family, LifeQuest Church

Laura’s Album Preview

It’s been almost 20 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday.  As the Director of the Children’s Choir at church, I was approached by a young girl who wanted to audition to sing in the Christmas musical that year.  She assured me she would learn her part and come to every practice.  And she did!  Dressed in her white lamb costume, she sang proudly on the night of the performance.  Tonight as I listened to Laura perform her own  ...

Family, Uncategorized

Parenting 101 – Big Investment. Big Dividends.

I was so excited to take my first teaching job!  I had been hired by a Christian school to teach 18 third graders.  Fresh out of college, I thought teaching those energetic and needy children how to multiply and divide had to be the hardest job on earth.  I was wrong—parenting was.  It was then I had to give up my right to sleep when I needed it, to eat a meal without interruption, to relax when I wanted to and most importantly, my right to  ...

Faith, Family, Life

Stop. Think. Thank.

God does not speak in an audible voice to me – but sometimes there is no mistake in what He is trying to say.  That’s what happened as I began walking the track this morning at the gym.  My mind was preoccupied with my ‘to do’ list for the day: phone calls I had to make, meetings I needed to schedule (and reschedule due to the weather), emails I needed to respond to, preparations for church this Sunday – typical things that fill  ...