Hiatus

Good morning! 

As you’ve probably read, I am preparing to take the required testing for alternative certification to teach special ed. 

My eye surgeries are behind me. I can now move full speed ahead. I have registered and paid for the first of three  required tests. Now it’s all up to me. Time to study. 

That means all my attention present and near future needs to be focused on this endeavor. As much as I love writing, my daily blog in particular, I am going to take a hiatus from blogging and Facebook for awhile. Indefinitely so I can work on exchanging my job for a career. 

But never my kids. My special ed friends are very near and dear to my heart. ♡  As well as you readers. So to you I say see you soon not goodbye. I’ll be back! 🙂
My time is limited.  Around my full time schedule.  And second job. It’s  a must for me. Both economically and intellectually. 

I hope you understand. 🙂   I will so miss doing the thing I love most.  ♡ Writing. And sharing my faith and my stories of love and laughter with my friends.

Take care my friends. I love you all! And so does Jesus! ♡

Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.                                               Matthew 11:28

 Until we meet again. I wish you all…

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

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Grocery Store Flowers 

Good morning! 

This past weekend I had quickly run in to my local grocery store to pick up a staple item we had recently run out of. I was in the express lane. In line in front of me was a man with just one item as well. A bouquet of fresh cut flowers. 

I thought to myself what a sweet sentiment,  so I decided to share the compliment with him personally. I told him what a nice guy I thought he must be. That some lucky recipient was sure to be happy with his thoughtfulness. His response was “I try. I try to do it everyday whether with fresh flowers or an emoji when I can’t. Life’s just too short not to.”

Wow! ♡ Myself and the young woman at the register both were touched by his outlook. And hopefully the someone receiving those flowers was touched as well. 🙂

I later wondered if whomever the recipient was appreciated the daily gift or took it for granted or grew weary of the same type of gift each day. I wondered if their home looked and smelled like a floral shop. 🙂  I tried putting myself in the receiver’s position. 

How would I react to a gift of fresh flowers each and every day? I would hope I would be appreciative.  But I kind of think I’d spoil the gesture of kindness by asking for them not quite so often. Sometimes less is more. 

Then I thought. Just what gift would I appreciate every day? Every single day? 

The present. Today. A gift in itself. A gift that God gives to me every single day. A gift I try very hard not to take for granted. A gift all wrapped up by God each morning with a beautiful sunrise ready to be unwrapped. By me. And by you. And each evening it is wrapped up again with an equally beautiful sunset.

The beauty that each day unfolds in its sights and sounds and smells is more than enough for me. It is a gift that costs nothing,  but offers us countless gifts within that gift itself. 

Flowers are sweet. But they wither. I’ll take the gift of today. And then eternity when my today’s run out. Spent with my heavenly father and Jesus. And hopefully offer up a sweet aroma to others of that love until that time comes.

And by the way. I still would graciously accept and appreciate those grocery store flowers any time someone cared to offer them to me.:)

His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.         Song of Solomon 5:13

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Someone Like You

Good morning! 

I was being serenaded to yesterday with a variety of songs played from an iPad. Both old and new. Sonny and Cher. Cliff Richard. Then came Van Morrison singing Someone Like You. Followed by Adele singing the same song. Title that is.  Someone Like You. But with a totally different melody and lyrics. 

Two songs. Same title, but totally different tunes and words. Thus, two totally different songs. Just with the same name. Or title. That’s kind of uncommon. I think there’s even books and films with the same title unrelated.

Have you ever met someone with the same name, or title,  as you? 

Two totally different people with the same name or title. Due to copyright laws, that is probably a little more common among people than the prior.  

I know I have a name double. I accidentally found her on Facebook a few years ago.  When attempting to bring up my own account one day. She bakes cakes. I eat cakes. 🙂  She lives in Tennessee.  I live in Oklahoma, but I’ve been to Tennessee.  Before she moved there. We’ve talked about meeting in person someday. But until then we’ll just remain Facebook friends. With the same name. ♡

The name of the song was Someone Like You.  She is someone like me. But by name only. I was given my name at birth. Hers came later through marriage. There may be two (or more) Sandy Carnes in this world, but there is only one me. That’s how God created us. Each one unique.  Just like there’s only one God in this world.

We may give the title or name God to other objects by our words or our actions,  but there’s still just one God. And He’s not like me. He doesn’t take too kindly to sharing His name or title with others. Never forget that!

For the record, I thought both songs, Adele’s and Van Morrison’ s, Someone Like You, were beautiful.  I’m a huge Adele fan! We all long for that special someone to desire someone like us. Like me and like you. His words were a little more upbeat. A love song sung to the one he’d found. Hers was a little more melancholy.  Sung to the one who got away. That’s kind of how love is. Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead. 

Here’s to lasting love! ♡ After all, Valentine’s Day is just a few short weeks away. No one wants the kind of love that hurts instead. 😦  God’s love is unconditional.  It’s eternal. You can celebrate it more than just on February 14th. And you can experience it along with the love for another human being, your special someone like you.

I hope each of you has found or soon will find your “someone like yous” in life. We weren’t created to be alone. The choice is yours. But whatever you do, choose God. He loves YOU! He handmade only one someone like you for His own behalf. Now that’s worth singing about! ♡

But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life.                                       1 Corinthians 8:6

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Cover Your Cough

Good morning! 

It’s wintertime.  The time of year to cover your cough. Or your sneeze. With  a tissue or your sleeve. So as not to spread germs to others.

I work with small children.  Someone always seems to have a runny nose or cough at this time of year. We’re constantly teaching our students to cover their coughs. We show them videos of the germs spraying as someone coughs or sneezes uncovered.

Have you ever really thought about how fast germs spread? All the many surfaces that are reached by one cough or sneeze? How many other people touch those same surfaces? Breathe that same air? It almost makes you want to wear a mask!

That’s kind of how sin works. Sin began with one. Then spread to two. Before long we were all sinners. And sin leads to death. Just like those pesky pathogens can. Did you know a sneeze comes out at about a 100 miles per hour? Projecting millions of pathogens or germs out with it! Yuck! 😦

Let’s all cover our coughs. And our sneezes. And protect others from our germs. And thus stop the spread of diseases. Let’s also cover ourselves against sin. And ultimately death by covering ourselves in the love and blood of Jesus. It offers us eternal life. In place of death. 

Whether you say “gesundheit”  (German for “health”) or God bless you when someone sneezes, the choice is yours. (Your heart really doesn’t stop when you sneeze, so you don’t necessarily need God to bless you.) Let’s all just make sure we say it instead of being the one to spray it!

To all those feeling crumby, get well soon! 🙂

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.             Romans 5:12

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes To School

Good morning! 

Thursdays at Jenks West Elementary for me mean helping out in different classrooms. Wherever I’m needed.  I have a basic schedule of friends to help, but often it varies. 

I like that.♡  It allows me to meet new friends. Observe different teaching styles. 

Yesterday I helped out in a classroom with a new student. And a great teacher snd ECA! ♡ The teacher ended the day by reading her class a book. The Pout-Pout Fish Goes To School.  

It was an ever so clever rhyming children’s book about new beginnings. Losing your way. You see the Pout-Pout Fish went to school for the first time. And he lost his way. As he saw the other big fish writing their names, drawing a rhombus, and doing math and he just couldn’t do it, he became frustrated. He took his.pout pout face and spread dearies all over the place  He counted off his troubles. Trouble one, I’m not smart. Trouble two, I’ll never get it. Trouble three, I don’t belong, so four I should forget it.

Do you ever feel that way in life? That you’ve lost your way?  And before you know it, you begin counting off your ttoubles?

The Pout-Pout Fish learned his lesson. He had lost his way. He was not looking in the the right door.  His teacher, Mrs. Hewitt, knew that he could do it! She led him to the door marked Brand New Fish. That’s where he belonged. He’d found his place!

You, too, can find your place. If you’re feeling like you’ve lost your way, you don’t belong, maybe that’s not your place. Not where God has planned for you. Or maybe you are allowing the enemy to defeat you. I encourage each of you to prayerfully seek God’s direction.

Just like Pout-Pout Fish learned,  each of us are smart! We can get it! We do belong! To the family of God. And don’t forget it!

A lesson meant for preschool children. Became larger than life. I’m approaching a change in my career path. It’s unknown. It’s scary.  Can I do it? At my age? Am I smart enough?  

Yes I can! And so can you! No matter what it is you are facing. The new beginnings. Sometimes we just have to work a little harder. Believe in ourselves a little stronger.  But never give up! You are smart! You can get it! You belong! And don’t forget it! You’re never totally lost. Just like Pout-Pout Fish you may occasionally lose your way. It’s only temporary. And our heavenly father will provide angels to guard us in all our ways! And that’s something to never forget! 

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.                                                          Psalm 91:11

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Fake News

Good morning! 

In today’s media we are unsure where to turn for accurate, truly newsworthy information.  Who do we trust? Where do we turn?

My advice would be this. If you want truth, turn to God’s word. 

If it aligns with God’s word, it is what you should be reading. Put your trust there. Anything else you hear, you read, can be fake news.

I ran across this little chart as a great tool to aid in finding just what can be considered a good, accurate news source. I found it very explanative and helpful. I hope you can too! 

Don’t trust just anyone out there offering you news. Be informed. With the right source. Let’s all plug in to the ultimate source. Our source for everything. The one that authored the news. The Good News, that is. After all, the rest of the news is really rather trivial to that.

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.                 Psalm 33:4 

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Do The Right Thing & Make Good Choices

Good morning! 

Do the right thing. Make good choices. 

These are two of the common phrases you hear each day at Jenks West Elementary, Building B. In every classroom. In the halls. In the cafeteria.  And on the playground. They are two common phrases that would certainly do our country alot of good to not just be heard, but to be put into practice right about now as well! 

It’s social etiquette 101. We teach it in preschool. But many have forgotten it. Or have chosen to stray away from it. It’s what makes the classrooms that run smoothly run smoothly. And it’s what would make our country, our world, run much more smoothly as well.

Let’s all make an effort to turn away from evil, and do what is right. Do the right thing. Live in peace. That means 24/7. That means when no one is looking. It’s called integrity. 

Let’s all make good choices. Not follow the crowd.  Instead let’s follow the guidelines laid out for us by our creator. They are not associated with political party. With celebrity status. They are not associated with income.  They are not even associated with sex or race. They were established by our God as the blueprint on how to live. How to do the right thing. How to know what choices are considered making good choices.

Let’s all strive for the day we can turn on the news and see people doing the right thing. Making good choices. Every day. Everywhere. We may not see it this side of heaven,  but that day will come. And I for one want to be caught doing the right thing when it does! 

Turn away from evil and do what is right! Strive for peace and promote it!         Psalm 34:14

Love and laughter, 

Sandy