Teacher Appreciation Week

Good morning!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Jenks West Elementary.
How sweet! ♡

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And that’s exactly what the treats have been for us!
Sweet! ♡

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We’ve been treated to a breakroom full of handmade delicacies, fruit baskets, donuts, flowers, favorite drinks and a revolving assortment of snacks and pleasantries from our students and their parents.

Appreciation: the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.

We all like to be appreciated. Recognized for our good qualities. 
Let’s all make a point of intentionally using our pleasant words and kind gestures to appreciate others. And let’s all let our good qualities consistently shine forth to others to be appreciated.
There’s nothing sweeter!

Pleasant words are [like] honey from a honeycomb- sweet to the spirit and healthy for the body.
Proverbs 16:24

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Thank you to all of you who shared your appreciation for those of us at JWE this week, especially to those who recognized  the stagg in Miss Marilyn’s class. We truly feel loved! And love you for doing all you do! ♡

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Whose Fault Is It

Good morning!

Monday night brought another earthquake to the Tulsa area. It ranked a 4.2 magnitude and hit 3 miles northeast of Crescent at 11:53 p.m., according to the USGS. I felt the tremble from my second floor bedroom.

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As you can see, there are several fault lines running across our state. Our state that is accustomed to high winds, hail, tornadoes, blustering heat, and snow and ice.

Now we can add earthquakes to the mix thanks to the state’s oil and gas drilling.
We’ve even become the earthquake capital of the United States, leaving California behind.

Whose fault is it anyway?

These man-made quakes we’ve been witnessing on the rise since 2009, are not actually caused by the drilling or fracking at all, but are likely caused by wastewater disposal wells, where the liquid waste from oil and gas drilling is pumped back into the ground. 

Are the quakes really man-made after all? Or are they God ordained? God’s word tells us the end times will bring great earthquakes. 

Let’s all look beyond the earthquakes to our own lives. The end times may be nearer than we realize.

Whose fault is it anyway?

It doesn’t even matter.
What matters most is righting all our wrongs. Forgiving. Repenting. Loving. And believing in Christ. Preparing our lives and our world for the future.

There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
Luke 21:3

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Little Red Hen

Good morning!

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We have been reading the fairy tale, The Little Red Hen, in Miss Marilyn’s class.
The basic story line goes something like this:

While pecking, the hen finds some seeds. She asks her friends, the lazy dog, the sleepy cat, and the noisy yellow duck to help her plant them. “Not I”, they each reply.They all decline to help. Then she asks them for help to cut the wheat then grind it into flour then bake it into bread, all to no avail. Her friends would not help, so she does all the work totally on her own. When asked if they would help her eat it, each of their answer rapidly changes to “I will!” Well, she was a pretty quick chick. It didn’t take her long to answer, “No, I will!” And she ate it all herself.
The moral of the story:
If you don’t do the work, you don’t get the bread.

A great concept.
I wish our nation’s government abided by this little childhood tale when it came to federal programs.

Funny, most everyone seems to want something for nothing these days. We live in an era of entitlement. But God’s own word tells us differently. That’s not the way it was supposed to be.

Let’s all carry our own load. Take care of what God has blessed each of us with in this lifetime. Then help others, especially widows and orphans, those who sincerely need a helping hand. Not a hand out. There’s a big difference between the two. If we all would pitch in our fair share, we could help each other, then reap the benefits of a job completed. Remember the little red hen. 

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
2 Thesolonian 3:10-12

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Redbud

Good morning!

It’s spring! The Dogwoods and Redbuds are in bloom! Simply gorgeous!

I have to ask. Why is a tree that is vibrant magenta or purple in color, anything but RED, called a REDbud?

Their buds truly are a dark red or chestnut color, thus, the name, RED- BUD.

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Did you know that the Redbud tree is also known as the Judas tree?

It is spring. They are in bloom. And the timing of this little legend seemed quite appropriate for the day after Easter.

According to the legend, Judas Iscariot hanged himself on the Redbud Tree after he betrayed Christ. Since it was ashamed, the Redbud tree changed the color of the bloom from white to red.

Regardless of whether such a legend is true or not, one thing is for certain. Judas did betray Christ, hang himself out of guilt, Christ was crucified, and He still lives.

And yes, the Redbuds are a lovely welcoming fixture of spring.

27 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed.2 So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.
3 When Judas, who had betrayed him,saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
Matthew 27:1-5

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Easter

Good morning!

Happy Easter!

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To some it’s just another beautiful spring day. To some it’s a day of bunnies and eggs. To some it’s a day of family and friends.  To Christians it’s a day of celebration.
Christ has risen! He lives! And so do we  because of it as well! Alleluia!

Let’s all take a moment on this beautiful spring day to be thankful and joyful to our Lord for all He has done and continues to do for us! He innocently died for us. On the cross.

After all, it’s really all about Him and none about us.

Offer up your prayers, your praises, and your worship to your Savior. Put a little spring in your step! 🙂

If your personal beliefs don’t include Christ in your Easter celebration, I’d love to talk to you. Shoot me a comment.  It’s a life or death matter to me. And you matter to me. ♡ And more importantly,  you matter to Him! I want you to enjoy life. Abundantly!

Happy Easter my friends!  🙂 Enjoy this beautiful spring day with those you love around you! And remember,  I love you! And Jesus does too!  ♡

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
Matthew 28:6

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt

Good morning!

One of our family traditions every Easter is an Easter egg hunt.

It began with my cousin and me as children searching for plastic eggs filled with candy in my parents’ yard. Then we continued the tradition with our own children. As the years have gone by and we’ve experienced divorces, families going in different directions, and  deaths, the prize inside has moved from candy to gas money and has evolved to just my 3 daughters.

They’re all grown up now and have added husbands, boyfriends, and children to their lives. But none of them have been allowed to participate.  Just my 3 daughters. Their strict orders. It’s THEIR tradition. And it’s the competition to beat all competitions! 

Well this year, I decided it was time to change all that. After all, it is Easter! I was not seeing the love in this private game I had been enabling! I found the perfect solution on Pinterest. 

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A flashlight Easter egg hunt!
Same Easter egg hunt.
New rules.
A more grown up version.
Everyone can participate.
It’s a win win. 🙂 

We moved it from Easter Sunday to the evening prior, tonight, this Saturday night just after dark. Besides, the weather is forecast to be better today than tomorrow for just this sort of outdoor festivity.

I’ll keep you posted on the outcome. I’m excited.  A new chapter for our family.  After all, life’s about change. 🙂 It’s all about the love, the fun, the laughter we all share as this constantly evolving, some lost, some new ones found, blended family we call ours, gathers together to celebrate Easter, a time of rebirth. Not competition.

Kind of reminds me of a familiar bible verse.
Ask and you shall receive. 
Ask Jesus into your life, and you’ll receive much more than candy and money eggs, I can assure you.
Seek and you shall find.
You’ll find something much greater than plastic Easter eggs.
Knock and the door will be opened. Tomorrow morning is proof of that. The tomb door was opened by God Himself. Jesus lives!

To all those in search of their golden egg, Happy hunting!  🙂  I’ve found mine. His name is Jesus.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Matthew 7:7

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Good Friday

Good morning!

Today is Good Friday!

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The day that began as any other day around the world, but ended in Christ’s crucifixion. Thus changing the course of history forever.

For most, today will be no different, beginning as any other day. I’m one of those. Not by choice. You see this day does matter to me! An innocent man died on a cross for my sins on this day. I’d love to be able to pay homage for that. But, instead I have to go to work just like any other day. No holiday in the public school systems.  No, Christ has been removed from the classrooms across our nation. Just like the capital steps and water towers. But fortunately God had a much bigger plan in mind. He chose to remove Him from the tomb first. To show us all it doesn’t matter what you take Christ out of, He still lives!

So I encourage each of you to consider this truly a good Good Friday!  No matter how much our world may try to make this like any other day, just remember,  Sunday’s coming! 🙂

11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. 
Romans 8:11

Love and laughter,

Sandy