There Are Still Good People Out There

Good morning!

This past week, we went out to eat. We took an Uber. I had just run in from being out with my daughter, and set my purse down before we left. It was a purse that wasn’t very deep, and snapped at the top, but I failed to snap it.

I’m sure you know where this story is going. Foreshadowing. It’s a writer’s forte. (Hint hint.)

We got in the car and had the most pleasant driver. We shared in the most engaging conversation. Once we arrived at the restaurant, we ran into dear friends and began talking about our home remodel. They wanted to see pictures. I reached into my purse, and there was no phone to be found.

Fortunately, my husband had his. And he, too, had pictures to share. I knew I had my phone when I was with my daughter just moments before, so I must have set it down somewhere at home. I’d look when we returned. No worries.

We enjoyed a leisure dinner, chatting with friends, and as we were finishing, in walked our Uber driver. He said, “Hey, remember me? Are you missing anything?”

Trigger… my phone.

I said, yes, my phone. He asked me what it looked like. I told him it was black. An Android Edge with a wedding picture of my husband and I as my screensaver. He said he couldn’t get past the password to unlock the screen to see it. Then he handed it to me. I quickly unlocked the phone and showed him the picture.

I had left my favorite pair of reading glasses in the back seat of an Uber once before, and after many phone calls, they were never found.

But this man drove to us to deliver my phone. Before I even realized it was lost! What a great man! And then he sat and waited for us to finish our dinner, then drove us home.

There are still good people out there. Everyday. I promise. Just look around you.

Why not try to catch others doing good rather than always being on the lookout to catch someone doing something wrong or bad? And praise them for doing so!Or better yet, why not be one of those good ones left out there, and do good yourself?

Let’s all strive to make this world a better place. We can’t control the actions of others. But we can do good ourselves. And when someone does good to us, like our Uber driver, we can most certainly pass it on!

And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful. Titus 3:14

Love and laughter,



A Name

Good morning!

Last weekend my husband was in search of a notary. Everyone we found only worked weekday hours. I came across a company called Anytime Notary. I dialed their number.

And imagine that, I got an answering machine with the following message. “We are unable to answer you at this time, please leave a message.”

I guess their name doesn’t define them. It does not stand for what they are.

A name.

What is it?

It’s what people call you. Many people guarantee their services on their name alone.

Do you have a name you can trust? We are human. Few of us have never broken the trust of another. I know I have.

But there is one name we can alwaya trust. The name of Jesus.

Let’s all live our lives so that we make our names worthy of trust. And in the meantime, let’s praise the name of Jesus. For he is worthy.

Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Love and laughter,


Chinese Foot Massage

Good morning!

Have you ever had a Chinese foot massage?

If not, I’d highly suggest getting one! It’s foot reflexology and an entire body massage all rolled into one! One hour of deep tissue massage. You choose the level. I go all the way, it’s hard for me. To work out the all stress the classroom and paperwork along with it, leave me with each day.

I was long overdue. It had been years since I’d had one! It was my gift to me. Part of my plan to get healthy and back in shape physically and mentally. It’s as if you can almost feel the toxins leaving your body as you lie there. It’s the place to rejuvenate, realign, and relax. Once you are done, you feel nothing but a state of euphoria.

That is if you can stand the pain of the hard massage. It’s not for the faint of heart. Trust me.

Nothing feels better than lifting the stress from your life. It’s such a huge burden to carry. For nothing! Our own worrying over things out of our control is done in vain. Let’s all give those burdens to our Lord. And pick up his burden. It is light.

No massage necessary.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:30

Love and laughter,



Hershey Math

Good morning!

Fractions. My kids hate them! How do you engage them in something they don’t get?

See below!

Good morning!

Fractions. My kids hate them! How do you engage them in something they don’t get?

See below!

I just happen to have 12 students at a time in each of my math classes. You do the math. Can you think of a better way to describe fractions than this? 1/2 1/3 1/4 1/6 1/12 Then there are equivalent fractions 2/4 4/8 6/12. They’re the same thing.

And the pay off for learning? Finally getting it? You get to reap the benefits of your labor. You get to eat it!

I teach poverty kids. They love any edible reward. Thank you Mr. Hershey for your product all divided up perfectly for my class. How sweet it is!

Unfortunately next time they want pizza. To lesrn fractions. But it doesn’t perfectly divides up for a class of 12. And it’s a little more expensive instructional aid.

Let’s all thank our lord for those things around us that we can use to help teach others. Any way that reaches them. Whether in a school, home or workplace.

Thank you Lord for giving each of us our own creativity. And thank you Lord for our children.

As I separate from my students this next week for spring break, be with us all in this time of rest and fun. Maybe as they eat chocolate or pizza they’ll remember Mrs. Carnes and our lessons. Most likely not.

Here’s to chocolate! The best instructional aid there is!
Then the people of Israel were divided into two parts: half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king; the other half followed Omri. 1kings 16:21

Love and laughter,




Good morning!

Saturday morning the Geek Squad visited our home.

Not because we are such geeks, but rather to hook up Google WiFi around our house. Our internet signal was not strong enough throughout our entire house.

I need it. For teaching school. And for going back to school.

The gentleman that came out needed my phone to hook it up. A Gmail account needed to be associated with it. That was fine. I gladly handed it over to him. I went on to do something else while he was busy installing it. I had an IEP to write for school. Oh wait! That required the internet. I guess that will have to wait. My granddaughter’s birthday was this coming Tuesday, I could call my daughter and see what the plans were for her celebration. Oh wait! I needed my phone to do that. Okay, I could check my list of things to do for the day and see what else I could do. Oh wait! That’s also on my phone on my note pad.

Suddenly I realized how much I rely on my phone. It’s no longer just a device I used to talk to someone. It has become a large part of my brain! It’s how I communicate to others. In several different modes. It’s how I keep track of everything I do. I have seventeen different alarms set throughout the day to remind me of class beginnings and ends and meetings I need to attend. My calendar reminds me as well. It’s how I learn things I don’t know. I Google it for instant answers. I’m even required to carry it on me at school for safety reasons, so we can be contacted immediately in the event of any emergency.

I can’t imagine my life without my phone. I depend on it for so many things. It’s really kind of scary. You rarely see any of us without ours.

And now we’ve added more power, so we can speed up our wireless connection.

If only we all felt the same way about our God!

You know, that’s the best wireless connection there is! No monthly service fees! Never any interruption in service! No power outages! Just 100% streamlining between you and your heavenly father 24/7! No Geek Squad necessary to fix that one! Okay, maybe an occasional minister to share a much-needed word, but that connection is hassle free. And guess what, Siri and Alexander and Google don’t hold a candle to knowing what God does!

Let’s all appreciate our technology. Let’s use it to assist us with our daily walk. But let’s all be cognizant to who our true power source comes from. It’s not Cox or AT&T. It’s our heavenly father. Let’s all take time. Every day to put our phones down, step away from the computers, and connect to our true source. Our Lord.

Abide in me, and I in you, as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in me. John 15:4-5

Love and laughter,



Work To The Contract

Good morning!

Today is day two of work to the contract at Tulsa Public Schools.

It’s the plan until April 2nd. The day we officially strike.

We are only to do what we are contracted to do.

That translates to no more staying late grading papers. No more coming in early to print today’s worksheets. No more staying late writing next week’s lesson plans. No more staying late writing or holding meetings for IEPs. No more taking work home to complete.


Because we are paid LESS. Than all the 50 states.

That’s sad.

But, I have to tell you, I have mixed emotions. About the whole deal.

I am in total agreement that it is not right for classroom teachers to go over a decade without a raise in pay. Cost of living, at the very least.

I’m all for unity. United we stand. Strength in numbers.

But, I am torn. Being advised to stay within my contractual hours is difficult for me. I’m a new teacher. I opwrate on a lesr ing curve. It takes me longer to prepare. To learn all there is to know.

I do not want my students to be slighted. By my lack of time spent in preparation. I do not want to teach them to reward negative behavior.

What I do want to teach them is respect. We say it every day at Kendall-Whittier. It’s posted in our classrooms and in our halls. Respect for ourselves. Respect for each other. And respect for property.

Our legislators do not show respect. For others. For teachers in particular. How in turn, can they respect themselves, turning a deaf ear to the very educators that teach their children, and who taught them what they know today?

I will support my fellow teachers on April 2nd. But I answer to a bigger, stronger entity than the OEA. I ultimately answer to God.

I will continue to give my best to my students. It’s my calling. Even if that means working more than the contract. Because it takes me longer. You see, I’m working for the Lord. Not for men. My reward is not found in monetary dollars. It’s found in heavenly blessings.

Let’s all pray that more of our legislators would work for the Lord rather than themselves. Then we might see the change we so desire.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not men. Colossians 3:23

Love and laughter,



Spring Forward

Good morning!

Winter is finally almost officially over! Woo hoo!

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of it. The cold. The flu.

I love hearing the birds chirping, seeing the green grass and flowers poke out all around us, feeling the warm sunshine.

Saturday was my first hint that spring is almost here. It was a beautiful day. With temperatures in the 70s.

Sunday sealed the deal. It was time to “spring forward”.

The day that daylight saving time begins. We set our clocks forward one hour. We may have lost one hour of sleep Sunday morning, but we are gaining more daylight each evening by doing so.


The season that offers new life after the dead of winter. With its rains. And it’s birthing of new. New life.

A new life is given to each of us if we just believe. In Jesus. It’s just around the corner. That miraculous day. The day Christ died for our sins. Let’s all spring forward and await that day of celebration. As we await His final return.

Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord, his going out is sure as the dawn, he will cone to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth. Hoses 6:3

Love and laughter,