Heavy Load

Good morning! 

We are remodeling our house. Wednesday after school we went to pick up the tile for our master bath. Marble for the floor. Subway tile for the shower. 

When it came to rhe subway rile, the inventory showed plenty of product, but not the shelves. At each store. We made three different runs to pick up the subway tile at three different stores. We finally got it, went to a late dinner, walked the dog, and crawled into bed after 11:00.

The cargo areas of each of our cars were full as well as our day.

We carted marble for the floor, a herringbone pattern for the shower floor, and bright white subway tile for the shower all in the back of our cars. With several trips. We loaded and unloaded.

Twenty-four boxes of subway tile to be exact. That’s not counting the floor and shower floor tile. In case you’ve never carried around tile, let me tell you, it’s not light. It’s heavy. 

As they loaded it into my car, they instructed me to be careful, the load on my car was more weight than it was designed to hold. 

It was heavy. Unlike Christ”s burden. It is light.

If you are looking for something light this holiday season, that doesn’t weigh you down, let me suggest a relationship with Christ. 

He will come along side you and help you carry whatever burdens you may be carrying. Just give them to him. 

Now that that task is complete.I can’t wait to see the finished product! 

Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.                                              Matthew 11:29-30

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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Let It Snow

Good morning! 

This week we are learning all about snow. We are reading stories about like snow like Dream Snow and Snowman At Night and Snow Day. We are making our own paper snowflakes. We are making unique snowflakes by cutting out our own names. We are making our own snow made from baking soda and white conditioner, and corn starch and shaving cream. We are learning what cities and schools do to prepare for snow days. We are watching Frosty the Snowman to end our day each day. And we are hoping and praying for a White Christmas!

Did you know that the  world’s largest snowflake was reported to be 15 inches across and 8 inches thick? Did you know that at least one septillion ice crystals fall from the sky in the U.S. alone each year? (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) Did you know that all snowflakes have six points? Did you know that each one is unique? No two are alike. 

That’s just how we are. With all the people in the world, throughout all of time, no two of us have ever been just  alike!

God created snowflakes and God creates us! We are all his masterpieces! Here’s to God’s creation! And here’s to snow! 

Who doesn’t love to at least watch if not play in it?

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas this year, I hope you get one. And P.S. If we do see snow this year, just remember, white is good, but don’t eat yellow snow!

Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.                Isaiah 1:18

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Stressed 

Good morning! 

Yesterday morning I was stressed. This transition from teaching students with intellectual disabilities to becoming a special education fourth grade resource teacher for reading and math at semester has got me stressed. The IEPs, the calling of new students’ families to introduce myself, the planning a new schedule, the going on with life as normal until the last day with my current class, the learning new curriculum, and the move, has got me stressed.

 Yesterday I walked into school to an email that said come by the conference room on your planning period. 

Lucky me, that’s my first hour. I walked straight in at 7:30 to find a conference table full of desserts and a hot chocolate bar that included everything you could possibly want! 

I tasted, and it was good.

My s-t-r-e-s-s-e-d turned backwards to d-e-s-s-e-r-t-s! My anxiety melted just as fast as the chocolate on my plastic spoon that I stirred into my hot chocolate.

 Our principal, our site administrator manager, and our front office guru allcame  disguised as either Santa’s elves or God’s angels, I choose the latter, yesterday. They made the entire spread for our entire staff, and kept it full all day long. So I heard. I only checked back at the end of the day to drop off a thank you card.

We are the largest elementary school in TPS. We’ve got 1,000 kids. That’s a lot of staff to feed sweet treats. That’s a lot of chocolate chips and marshmallows to go around!

Thank you to these fine ladies for their labor of love! it was certainly appreciated by Mrs. Carnes. it was just the Christmas gift I needed. It made me feel as warm and loved as my cup of hot chocolate! 

I’d do anything for these ladies and men. The men just didn’t make me desserts. 

The next time you’re stressed, why not take a moment and breathe, and fix yourself a big, hot, steamy mug of hot . It works wonders, especially at this time of year!

Thank you, ladies, from the bottom of my heart. You’ve warmed my heart all semester with your kindness and support, and now you warmed my insides with your steaming cup of hot chocolate and plate full of sweet treats! I couldn’t have chosen a better team!  Go Kendall-Whittier!

My son, eat honey, for it is good, and rhe drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.                    Proverbs 24:13

 Love and laughter,

 Sandy

Venice

Good morning! 

Sunday morning we watched a video on Venice. It was so very interesting. It told about its trade and commerce and early beginnings, it’s tourism, its tides and waste system, and how the floating city is slowly sinking. 

It fascinates me that a city such as that was built centuries ago, before computers, and it still stands today. 

I visited tbere as a young child while living in Italy. If you don’t believe me then get out your reel to reel projector and see for yourself.  I’ve got proof. LOL  The films are almost as old as the city itself. 

My husband promised me that I could go back. We’d go visit Venice together and ride on gondolas.  I can’t wait. For some reason Italy is my dream place to go see. The beaches, the vineyards, the art, the history, the music, the food and wine.

How about you? Where do you dream of visiting?

Italy may be my dream place here on earth, but heaven is my ultimate dream location. That place that my soul longs for. My happy place. That place I want to go. Not just to visit, but to settle. To spend eternity.  With my heavenly father.
Here’s to traveling, seeing the world. The rest and relaxation that go along with a vacation or break. But greater still, here’s to heaven. The best location for us all to go see. When it is our time. No visits. The one place well  never want to leave and return home. We’ll be there. Home.

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.  Philippians 3:20-21

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Lights

Good morning! 

As you know, I recently took my grandchildren to Rhema to enjoy the Christmas lights. They are young and cannot read, so this meant nothing to them.

It meant everything to me! You see, I received those same words close to six months ago. And ever since then my life has not been the same. ❤ It’s a million times better!  I’m so blessed.

I hope many take advantage of this photo opportunity this Christmas season. It makes the holiday time oh so much merrier!

Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I took a quick snapshot of it as I was at Rhema and included it in a text to my husband saying, “Will you? All over again?” And his reply was, Yes!!!!”

Awe! ❤ My heart melted a little bit.

Let’s face it. Two are better than one. 

Would you rather have two pieces of chocolate or one? 😊 Seriously, life is better in pairs. Just look at the Ark.

Here’s to marriage. Two becoming one. And the love that binds it. May each of you cherish the partner God has placed in your path this holiday season. Today and every day. Never take them for granted for it is a gift. 

May your love shine as bright as the lights of Rhema. 

Thanks for loving me and helping me up in every way, babe! I love you the most! ❤

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.                    Ecclesiastes 4:9

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Good morning! 

I recently spent an evening with my two grandchildren. Just me and them.🎅 🎄

We had the most delightful evening. Their parents were out of town, and they had a nanny staying with them. I picked them up after school and took them to dinner, their choice, (McDonald’s it was!), to see Santa, and to look at Christmas lights.

This Grandy wanted to do it all! Experience Christmas this year  through the eyes of a child. 

They were so precious! They loved their dinner, and ate every last bite. They would have been content going back home then with their Mario happy meal toy in hand, but there was more!

We then went to Bass Pro Shop to see Santa. And the fish. And the stairs. And the buffalo. And the bear.

They believe in all the wonder of a child at Christmas. Baby Jesus in the manger. And Santa. So a visit to Santa’s lap was magical. They told him what they each wanted and left elated with candy canes in hand this time. But again, there was more! 

They were mesmerized by all Bass Pro Shop had to offer. We made several pitstops on our way out. First was the huge aquarium where they could sit in front of and have giant fish as big as they were swim up to them. Next was the gigantic staircase that we had to go up and down countless times. Lord knows this old lady could use that exercise! 😰And the taxidermy displays of buffalo and bear definitely captured their attention. My granddaughter was not so sure she liked the bear at all. And my grandson was taken in by the guns.

Oh the wonder of it all. Through the eyes of a child. But we were not done yet. There was still more!

Lastly, we climbed back into our car and ended our evening at Rhema Bible College for their Christmas Lights Extravaganza. The display of all light displays with over two million lights.

The temperature had dropped dramatically as the evening unfolded, and they did not have on coats. Grandy to the rescue. They enjoyed the display wrapped in a blanket sipping on hot chocolate.  When all was said and done, pink lights were Ava’s favorite and blue were Tucker’s. Who’d have guessed it?!  

Finally our evening was complete.  What a precious gift they had been to me. Watching them enjoy the holiday season in all its glory. 

As we were driving home I asked them if they were warm enough. My three year old granddaughter’s reply was,  “Grandy, when I dream tonight, I’m going to tell Jesus that Elsa’s not bad. She doesn’t mean to make everything frozen.” Out of the mouths of babes.   

This Christmas season, I hope when you dream, that you, too, talk to Jesus,  and that you, too, see the good in everyone. My hope is that this time of year offers you more. More wonder not more gifts. More opportunities to see through the eyes of a child. Never stop believing. 

Remember this: Santa Claus is coming to town. But Jesus is already here. He always has been and always will be. 

Grandy loves you Tucker and Ava! Merry Christmas!  

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Old Lady 

Good morning! 

Last weekend my husband and I were on our way to our car to run an errand. As we were walking towards it, a cute little mother and her two sons were out walking by, perhaps returning from the park across rhe street. We stopped and exchanged pleasantries. They were darling little redheads. The oldest, Jack, shared with us that today was his un-birthday. He was 5 1/2.  We chatted a bit more, and as we parted, and they began walking up the street, I yelled to him, ” Bye Jack, happy un-birthday!”  And as loud as his little voice could yell he blurted out “Bye old lady!” His mother was mortified. 

I thought I would die laughing.  Especially since just that morning I had tried some new Rodan + Fields Redefine anti-aging cream! 😂

Out of the mouths of babes. 

I know I’m aging. But it took Jack to say what I and everyone else knew. I AM an old lady. 😟 

Oh how I wish I could turn back time. Start over, knowing what I know now. But I can’t.  

What I can do is live the remainder of my life in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord. And accept that I am truly an old lady. I need to embrace it. For its wisdom. Maybe not so much its loss of faculties and gain of wrinkles. 

How about you? Do you embrace aging?

Let’s all enjoy our golden years. Make the most of them. And be grateful for the years we have left. We only get one shot at this life. Besides, it sure beats the alternative! 

Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not slanderous or slaves to much wine. Titus 2:3-5

Love and laughter.

Sandy