Phone Date

Good morning!

I have a standing Friday night date.

I got the call yesterday afternoon at 4:20 P.M.
Weather was not in our favor.
Travel conditions prohibited the evening’s flight plans.
There would be no Friday night date. 😦
I couldn’t hide it. I couldn’t fake it.
My disappointment was evident through the silence on my end of our telephone connection. I had no idea you could actually hear a tear drop.

What a guy! ♡
He not only sensed my disappointment, he gave me the next 49 minutes of his time to lift my spirits. 
And he had a plan B. 🙂

Back in the day we had only one telephone company.  The Bell System. Their slogan was “Long-distance is the next best thing to being there”. “Reach out and touch someone”.

And that’s exactly what he did!
He reached out and touched someone.
Me!
We had a phone date. ♡

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At 7:49 my phone rang. I was ready. Except this time my little black dress was replaced with a T-shirt and pajama pants. But I still had my glass of wine poured in front of me! We spent one hour two minutes and eight seconds in uninterrupted conversation.  Just like if we were sitting next to each other over dinner.

It takes a special man to talk on the phone two hours in one day for a woman. I love that man! ♡

Who says you can’t make long distance relationships work?  🙂

Let’s all cherish our relationships, not take them for granted. Let’s all do what it takes to make them work. Be creative.  Be different. Reach out and touch someone! Make a phone date with your significant other. Let words only be your focus. Not words just about the kids, the bills, Saturday’s rundown of activities.  Words of affection and affirmation. Try it. You just might love it! ♡ I did! 🙂

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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Breakfast

Good morning!

Come start your day the right way!
With a hot, hearty breakfast!
This morning the Special Ed staff at JWE Building B is providing breakfast for all the other teachers in our building.  We’re constantly interupting their classrooms to pick up or return students for circles or testing.
So it’s just our way of offering our appreciation for others by serving them.
Plus we all like to get together and eat in Building B any chance we can get! 🙂

Breakfast.
The word literally means to break the fast of the night before. It originates in the Christian custom of fasting from food between the dinner meal of one day and receiving Holy Communion the next morning. Fasting is seen as foregoing the natural craving to eat as an act of self-denial to honor God. It is meant to strengthen the religious resolve and faith of the believer.
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Many say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Even Jesus ate breakfast.

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When Jesus offered the invitation of breakfast to His disciples it was following a night of unsuccessful fishing for them. They did not recognize Him as He called to them from the shore, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.

Jesus provided what they needed.
Then served them breakfast of fish and bread.

Jesus will provide for you as well. Whatever your need may be.
I encourage you to cast your nets wherever Jesus instructs you and watch and see what He provides. I can assure you, it will be greater than you ever imagined. And just like the disciples,  you’ll know it is from the Lord. 🙂

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.
John 21:12

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Interupt

Good morning!

Tuesday I was helping out in Miss Framer’s class. I’m not so sure if that was meant for their benefit or mine. You see, the circle time applied specifically to ME. 😦
The word of the day was interupt.
We learned it’s disrupting to be interupting!  Don’t be squawking while others are talking.

We listened to the story, Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker.

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Lacey loved to talk! (And so do I.)
Lacey talked so much, she lost her voice. Without it, she learned she could finish breakfast in time to finish homework, that her friend was hilarious,  that monster movies were good, and that gold stars were the best! All because it taught her to be a good listener.

We all have two ears and only one mouth. That’s how God created us. For a reason, I’m sure. We can’t listen while we’re talking. We also can’t learn anything new when we’re talking. We have to listen to learn.

That little circle time spent in the company of preschoolers was just what the doctor ordered. I know I’m guilty of talking too much and listening too little. Please forgive me. I was reminded to work on it. And I shall.  🙂

Let’s all become better listeners. Let’s be patient and wait while others are talking. Not interupt. Let’s truly care about what they have to say and what we hear. Let’s not speak just to hear ourselves, but speak when we have something important and pertinent to the conversation.  And certainly only speak words that are kind and edifying.

I don’t want to be a Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker. I instead want to be a good listener. After all, two are better than one. Ears and mouth that is. How about you?

Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.
Proverbs 19:20

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Sirens

Good morning!

Tornadoes.
Dorothy is not the only one to know what a tornado is.
If you live in Oklahoma you have more than likely experienced the sound of a tornado siren or two.

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I glanced at my phone Monday afternoon to see the current temperature. This is what I also saw on the weekly weather forcast.

LOOKING AHEAD
Thunderstorms, some severe, tomorrow night; there is a significant threat for tornadoes

This came as no surprise. Nothing new to someone who grew up here. April through June is tornado season in Oklahoma. It seems as though the meteorologists usually exaggerate the storms severity, at least here in Tulsa, so it did not worry me. Although I did say a prayer for protection for our dear state that’s been hit far too many times.

Tuesday arrived.
All day yesterday everyone at work kept checking the weather. Conditions were supposed to be perfect for tornadoes. We had children, and that meant outside recess. Their safety was of our utmost concern.

Our afternoon recess was cut short due to lightning, and we did have a quick shower, but no tornadoes. But, It quickly passed.

Still no more rain or tornadoes. After dinner my dad and I recovered a few flashlights from the flashlight Easter egg hunt bag that was in easy access. We knew they still had good batteries in them. I found a lighter that worked and made a mental note of where several of the jar candles I’d received from Christmas and Teacher Appreciation Week were in case we lost power. I would grab a few throw blankets off the couch for comfort if we actually went into the bathroom.  To the downstairs bathroom we would go, with the dogs. We had a plan. We were ready. Funny how desensitized you get when you live in a climate that frequents inclement weather.

Just as promised the sirens began around 10:00 PM. Outside, on TV, and on my phone. There is a siren right outside our home, so we definitely heard it. And so did the dogs. Howling times four.I had my daughter’s dogs there too. I wasn’t about to confine us all to the small bathroom just yet. I’d take my chances.

After an hour of sirens the three rotations spotted passed the Tulsa area. All was well.

I surveyed the property this morning as I went out for the morning paper.  No damage.  God was good.  He offered us protection from the storm.

Whatever storms you may be facing in your life,  know God is near. To protect you. To offer a safe haven against them. Just like the storm shelters, bathrooms, closets, etc. we run to for safety from our storms, God is there waiting for you with open arms. Run to Him.

Be safe. It’s tornado season. And just like Dorothy, never forget, “There’s no place like home.” Home is where your heart is. Place it in safekeeping with Jesus.

The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
Nahum 1:3

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Fragrant Aroma

Good morning!

I know you’ve heard this before, but I absolutely love my job! ♡
Every day there is a new tale to tell. Of the precious words and deeds of children. In all their innocence. A day rarely goes by that I am not brought to tears by laughter or pulling on my heart strings by them.

This past week offered one of the finest.
Tales that is.
We take each of our classes of 3 year olds to the bathroom at the same time each day. The girl’s bathroom accommodates one person at a time. We do not close the door,  but rather stand in the doorway in case assistance is needed.

I had taken one of our little girls into the bathroom.  She was taking longer than normal so I asked her if she was finished, thinking she was daydreaming and knowing there were others to follow after her. She ever so kindly informed me as she sat upon her royal throne complete with bow on her head and girly girl sparkly tutu dress all spread out around her that she was pooping and poop stinks. I needed to get out. I explained to her that I needed to stay there and it was okay. She asked me if we had spray. I brought in the Lysol. She was not having it. She told me her mommy had spray and it smells good. Like flowers.

Out of the mouths of babes!

I am friends with her mommy. I just HAD to share that story with her. She messaged me this weekend that she would be sending some good smelling spray in her daughter’s backpack the next school day. And here it is. If we couldn’t drink margaritas at school,  we could at least pretend! How sweet it is!

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As I took the spray out of her backpack, I shared the story with the rest of the classroom staff. No one expected anything any differently from her. She’s a little princess. A true 3 year old DIVA!  🙂 And we love her dearly! ♡

Let’s all be like beloved children. Let’s walk in love. Let’s be concerned with leaving a fragrant aroma wherever we go.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Ephesians 5 : 1-2

Love and laughter,

Sandy

P.S. And by the way, she showed up today in matching bow, shoes, and dress to die for! I wanted to borrow it! ♡ The skirt was so full, she took up 3 stars sitting in our circle! Now that’s a DIVA! 😉

$20

Good morning!

Money is getting tighter for many these days. We are seeing rises in costs and cuts in budgets.

I recently received two separate emails from different causes regarding fundraising. They both used the identical marketing plan.
A $20 dollar bill.

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A little fun fact for you.
The $20 bill.
We’ve all known and loved the seventh president of the United Ststes, Andrew Jackson’s mug on the front of it. But as of April 20th, the decision has been made to oust him from the front and demote him to the back of it. Instead the conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, will be seen as the face of the $20 bill. Tubman is known as the icon who helped slaves escape the South during the Civil War.

Back to the emails. 🙂
$20 is all that was needed to donate to both of these causes. Not a bad idea! No matter what our financial status,  all of us can probably manage to part with a crisp $20!

First there was Go Big for Philbrook, Philbrook’s Films on the Lawn. One of my favorites.  I’ve been supporting that cause by visiting Philbrook’s lawns on Friday nights in July to picnic and watch old movies for decades. Their first Kickstarter project. If 500 patrons gave $20 each, they could fund the project. New bigger better screen, sound system, abd lights. (And by the way, they did it!) 🙂

Next was an email from Jenks. Trojan 20. If each family donates $20 for each student they have in Jenks schools, it can offset the education budget cuts and help pay for supplies. Although my kids are grown and no longer in schools, this does affect me as staff in the classroom. I thank each of you donating. ♡

It truly is better to give than receive. Try it and see!  Let’s all be cheerful givers. Let’s continue helping others even when times are tough. Even one $20 bill can make a difference.  God sees your heart. Not your pocketbook.

I hope to see you all in July on the Philbrook lawns. I can’t wait! Mary Poppins isJuly 15th. One of my all time favorites!  ♡ See you there!

Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.’
Luke 6:38

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Bacon

Good morning!

There’s nothing quite like the aroma of bacon frying to start your day. It’s gotta be America’s favorite breakfast food. I’d bet at least for most males. 🙂 But it’s no longer seen just on the breakfast table anymore.

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We live in a country where bacon has become quite the obsession.  You can find bacon included in recipes for breakfast foods, appetizers, salads, vegetables, main courses, and even desserts. There’s burgers with bacon jam to chocolate covered bacon. My favorite is bacon-wrapped jalepeno poppers fresh off the grill! Yum yum! 🙂
And there’s nothing better than a BLT made with a garden fresh tomato!

Who doesn’t love bacon?

I’ll tell you who.
The Israelites.
Biblically speaking, the Old Testament instructed us not to eat bacon.
But is it really wrong to eat bacon?
According to Deuteronomy 14:8, “The pig is also unclean; although it has a split hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses.”

To really understand the bible, we need to read it in context. God was speaking to the Israelites. a specific group. Not us. His chosen people. It was the law given to Moses to give to his people that were being defiant.

Ephesians 2:12-16 explains Christ’s role in abolishing that restriction. 12 “remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.”

With Jesus came the New Testament. In Mark 7:15, Jesus said, “Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” 
In Mark 7:18-19 Jesus asks, “Are you without understanding? Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)’

Whether you’re a University of Arkansas Razorback fan or just like pork, pigs, hogs, bacon, ham, pork chops, it’s all good.  It’s not what goes into the mouth, but rather, what comes out of it that is bad.

In Mark 7:20-23 Jesus goes on to say,  “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

Let’s all watch our thoughts and our mouths. What comes out of them. Let’s let it only be edifying to others.  And let’s all enjoy, with moderation,  what we put into them.
Now who wants bacon?
Bet you can’t guess what I made for breakfast. 🙂

Love and laughter,

Sandy