From somebody's trash to my treasure. I like to re-style & re-create what was once a cast off. Isn't that what Jesus does with us?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Back To School

Hello Friends --
Are you back to school like we are?
Although we officially started back August 1, we truly never stop learning. And why should we? God has given us a world to be explored, tested and investigated whether behind a desk with books or on a trail in the woods. (I have to say I would rather be on the trail in the woods!) As these girl's teacher, I choose to look at the world around me with anticipation of His creation and any opportunity to learn something. I want the girls to see a fire burning within me. I want them to know that a caterpillar or moth that I've never seen before excites me to want to learn more. I hope they catch that fire!
Our theme verse for this school year is 1 Corinthians 9.24-27.  Paul encourages his friends to run the race so that they can get the prize.
My oldest was recently in a triathlon. She swam two laps, bicycled 1 mile and ran 1 mile. She had never disciplined her body to do this before.  Although she has competed in many relays, she had never put her body through the training and exercise this kind of race demanded of her. It was a hard course. She did well.
I think it taught her some things about life. Our school year is all about exercising self - control and disciplining our bodies to grow in wisdom and have good attitudes. It's a mix of brain development and character building. I'm so glad I can be their coach.
Coaching his friends along in the race, Paul said "I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified."
Nobody wants to be told they jumped the start or fowled on the 20 yard line. As their teacher, I want to be that example that they can trust in, lean on and look up to.
So these words of admonition from Paul are as much to me as they are to the students. And to all of you parents, Aunts and Uncles, Grandmas and Grandpas out there, I pray this will be your verse as well. Let's love on our kids and never stop growing in wisdom. They are watching every decision we make.
The choice is yours. Don't be disqualified!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Texas Closure

Happy Summer Friends!
Today I bring you the final pictures of my trip to Waco, Texas!
I could live in this barn! 
 We were dismayed to see the Magnolia sign come down at the entry of Chip and Joanna's driveway, but figured it must be for privacy reasons. 

I just couldn't get enough of these Texas Long Horns. They thoroughly enjoyed the feast they were partaking of. Shaking their heads back and forth as they tugged at the hay.
Pure loveliness! 
Just a few more photos before we say so long ......
Until our next adventure .....

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

More of Texas

How is summer treating you, friends? I hope it's relaxing and warm wherever you are. That just seems like the perfect recipe for a perfect summer to me.
I've really been enjoying sharing all my Magnolia Market Adventure with you. And I appreciate your sweet comments. I hope you get the chance to go yourself as some of you have it on your bucket list of things to do!!  If you have missed any of those posts, you can reference them below.
Friends have asked what the favorite part of the whole trip was. That is so tough. I love flying in an airplane. I love A.N.Y. adventure. I love me some rusty, chippy industrial farmhouse design. I love the outdoors. And yummy treats! Well, it's just hard to narrow it down.
 My mom read of Jo Jo and Chip"s latest purchase. So of course we had to look up the address and drive to it. It was somewhere in Waco. Waco is pretty big. Much bigger than I had anticipated! 
I had to wonder at the kind of fancy parties one could have in such a beautiful house as this. I imagine ladies in ball gowns and men in tuxes. Maybe from the 1920's or 1940's. (sigh) 
At last we drove to a neighboring town called Crawford where Chip and Joanna have their white farmhouse. 
Even in the moonlight the place was aglow with perfection. 

More lovely pics of the Gaines' farmhouse and Texas Long Horns next post!