Womb With A View

Good morning!

Meet my newest grandson. Pierce. He’s still preparing for his grand entrance sometime around May 17th. In the womb.

This is his 3D ultrasound. It’s simply amazing what technology can do! It’s almost as if he were already here, not taken from inside the womb.

We’ve spent the past eight months wondering what he will look like, and today we got somewhat of a glimpse.

Only God truly knows! That’s the miracle of childbirth. God created him. He even knows how many hairs are on his head. Or not. If he’s anything like his mom or dad, he’ll have hair. He’s already weighing in at 6 pounds 10 ounces, so I’ve heard.

The miracle of life still lies in God’s hands. From conception to delivery, it’s still a mystery. We may be able to determine the sex, but the finite details are still left up to God’s discretion.

I pray to God that he brings us a healthy, beautiful, baby boy when his perfect timing sees fit. Until then, he’s just going to have to remain in the womb, a mystery to you and me.

God even knows how many hairs are on your head. Matthew 10:30

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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You May Now Begin

Good morning!

Yesterday morning I administered the 5th grade state writing test to a group of our students. It was my first time to take part in state testing as a teacher. These were not my students. It was the first time we’d ever laid eyes on each other. We’d be spending the next three hours together. I was a bit uneasy.

You have to read the directions EXACTLY as they are written. Nothing more.

The test administrator gives the test, and monitors the students. The test proctor monitors the administrator.

I’m a talker. I was concerned I’d accidentally invalidate the test, causing everyone to be disqualified from testing, and me lose my certification over saying something like “You’re doing great! You’re halfway there. Or answering a question in the middle of it that I wasn’t supposed to do. I had nightmares about it!

When the time came, I passed out the two pencils per student and test booklets, and stuck to my script with ease. So far so good. Then I said the magic words,

“You may now begin.”

The pressure was off me. I’d done my part. It was now on them. They had to read and plan and write their essays. As I quietly sat for hours, and monitored them, I noticed just as expected, the boys were all done first. I heard knuckles pop. Chairs swivel. All signs of stress.

I oh, so wanted to help them! Writing! That’s my forte! I could help them fill those five pages in no time! But I couldn’t. I had to just sit there in silence. In agony, as they struggled to put words to their paper.

Tests. There’s no doubt about it. They’re just stressful! And you can’t avoid them. It begins in elementary school all the way through college. State testing for federal funding and ranking, not grades, thank goodness. SATs for college entrance exams.

I’m so glad God does not have a mandatory, standardized entrance exam for us to take when the next phase of our life is before us!

This life is our test. For it we’ll be held accountable. Let’s all make it a good one!

I can’t wait until I enter the gates of heaven, and it’s my turn to hear and not say, “You may now begin.”

Therefore, I will judge you, oh House of Israel, everyone according to his ways. Ezekiel 18:30

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Life Lessons

Good morning!

Yesterday brought back our students to their classrooms. Today brings back our postponed state testing. The walkout is over. Life goes on. We don’t miss a beat.

I’m glad I took part. I learned alot. Not from my classroom where I teach, but from the big classroom. We call it life. Life lessons are the best teacher there is.

That’s where you learn as a young child not to touch fire. It’s hot. You get burned. As you reach out and touch that birthday candle your mother told you not to touch. Ouch!

That’s where you learn as an adolescent that if you break the law, and get caught, you’ll suffer the consequences. That speed limit signs are posted for a reason. So are unmarked police vehicles. Speeding tickets are expensive. Double ouch!

That’s where I learned some people can promise you one thing and do another. We call many of those kind of people, politicians. They are voted in for the people. And hopefully they will be voted out in November for being for themselves, not for the people. By the people.

I learned these past few weeks first hand a little bit about my state legislation. And how it works. And I also learned a little bit about how it fails to work.

Life lessons.

The longer we live, the stronger they make us. Or sometimes they break us.

Here’s just a few I’ve learned along the way to save you the consequences for yourself.

You get more by giving more. You never really lose until you stop trying. You’re the master of your own destiny. You can’t buy happiness. And love conquers all.

Jesus was the master of teaching life lessons. Especially to his disciples. There’s a whole book full of them. It’s called the bible.

The biggest one of all that keeps me accountable is this.

But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgement for every empty word they have spoken. Matthew 12:36

That’s a life lesson we all certainly don’t want to miss!

Good luck on state testing! 📔✏

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Fuller House

Good morning!

My 3 daughters and I always loved the show, Full House. Cute little Michelle. And hot little Jesse.

We watched it every opportunity we got.

Saturday I went to lunch with my oldest daughter and two grandchildren. I am temporarily without washer and dryer in the midst of my remodel, so I threw a load of laundry in at her house while we went to eat. Back home, we took advantage of a cold, dreary day. She turned on TV, and she, my two grandchildren, and I all cuddled on their sectional under blankets to watch one of their favorite shows, Fuller House, while my laundry finished.

OMG! I’d never even heard of it! It’s the new version of Full House. The original cast all came together, except Michelle. She’s off being a clothing designer in New York. Both on the show and in reality. They are all now grown, and some even have kids of their own.

I was hooked! I left my house at 11 a.m. and walked out of hers at 6 p.m. I could have stayed all weekend in front of the TV or at least until the last show of Series 3 ran out.

Life keeps getting Fuller. That’s their motto.

Mine, too! I am at that age that mine should be slowing down, but it’s not. I’ve begun a new career, a new marriage, I’m remodeling and creating a new house, and I have a new grandchild soon on his way! I wouldn’t change it for the world! I couldn’t be more fulfilled.

My life is definitely full! I teach English, so I won’t say my life is fuller, but it’s definitely more full than I ever expected at this age.

How about you? Is your life full? I’m not talking about just your schedule. I’m talking about does the fullness of Christ live within you? Does it transcend into everything you do?

I encourage you to let your life be “fuller”! Experience the fullness Christ has to offer you today!

For of his fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. John 1:16

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Deviled Eggs

Good morning!

Easter Sunday we made deviled eggs at my oldest daughter’s house. They were not your grandmother’s deviled eggs. These were Japanese Wasabi Ginger Deviled Eggs. And our second batch included my son-in-law’s pureed jalapeñoes to kick it up a notch! They were delicious!

But these deviled eggs took the prize! They’re the best in town! Award winning!

This past week I finally witnessed the deviled eggs for which Bin 35 Bistro are famous.

Fried oysters, spicy remoulade or fried chicken, bacon jam. They are the perfect bite thanks to owner Annie (and Tim).

The flavor combinations explode in your mouth like nothing you’ve ever tasted . I thought I’d died and gone to heaven! But that’s kind of an oxymoron coming from sampling “devil”ed eggs.

How did they get their name any way?

Back in the 1700s deviled referred to spicy or zesty foods. Mustard and pepper were two of their main ingredients.

I’m not so sure I care for that inference. I love spicy foods. The hotter, the better. But I no way want to be associated with the devil! I don’t know about you, but I’m heavenly bound all the way!

Let’s all enjoy our deviled eggs. But let’s not be deceived. Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Be on guard. Just like those eggs that tasted heavenly, but we’re “devil”ed. He can trick you into believing something evil is good. Just look at Eve. And try the deviled eggs at Bin 35 Bistro. They are heavenly!

For even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Pansies

Good morning!

My youngest daughter just bought their first house. A cute little starter home here in Tulsa. Just in time to settle in before baby Pierce is brought home and welcomed into his very own room next month.

I went over there just as they were setting up their bedroom for their first night in their new home. How exciting!

As I entered their side door, I noticed pansies. Lots of them. Hidden beneath some overgrown weeds in an unkept flowerbed along side of their house. I love pansies!

My daughter and I began removing the weeds with ease only to uncover an entire row of brightly colored pansies in every color of the rainbow.

New life poking their precious little faces up out of the ground. Spring has sprung!

New life there to welcome the new life that would soon be swaddled and carried into their new home.

Hardy little pansies. With their sweet little chubby faces.

I can hardly wait to see my new grandson’s precious little face!

Happy spring everybody!

Enjoy this season of new life. The dormant brown of winter has turned to shades of living green. Flowers bloom. Babies are born.

Christ came at this season to offer us all new life. It’s yours for the taking if you’ll just believe in him.

Here’s to new life! And pansies! And the soon to be arrival of baby Pierce!

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Walls of Jericho

Good morning!

There’s a lot of noise going on around our house. We’re under construction. There’s even things collapsing, tumbling down, figuratively speaking. The walls between the kitchen and dining room in particular.

Somehow it reminded me of the old familiar song of Vacation Bible School days, Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho.

God’s power is mighty. If he is for us, then who can be against us?

It’s too bad they’ve taken God out of the classrooms and separated church from state.

We’ve had a whole lot of teachers marching and shouting around our state capitol, and a few school marching bands with horns have joined them. And a whole lot of them are Christians.

I’d certainly have enjoyed being part of round two of the Battle of Jericho.

The difference in that battle and ours is we as teachers were not at battle against our legislators. We are actually for them. We voted them into the positions they all occupy today. It’s too bad that they weren’t for us, their fellow citizens, their children, their future.

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for a little revival in our state. A little good over evil to prevail. I’d love to see some of our churches come alongside their people, their teachers and students and pray for change. For public education to rise in our state. For corruption to fall. For God’s hand in this to prevail. For us all to see his plan come to fruition.

As everyone goes back to doing their job the way they see fit, I don’t want these past two weeks to be forgotten.

We, as teachers, were powerless against our legislators, those we voted into power. Even in numbers and with support. We could not change them. They can only change themselves. Or God can.

My prayer today is for revival in our state. That we all will go home and pray. Pray for change. That our state will rise in statistics in something other than incarceration. That the land we belong to would once again be grand! And we can once again shout, you’re doing fine Oklahoma, Oklahoma, OK!

When the people heard the sound of the Rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it. Joshua 6:20

Love and laughter,

Sandy