Miracle of Childbirth

Good morning!

We have a baby coming this month. My baby is having a baby.

She’s no baby. She’ll soon be 25. She’s just My baby. My youngest of three daughters.

As a mother-to-be, it’s exciting! It’s scary! It’s a nine month long ride on an emotional roller coaster.

First you feel sick, then you feel fat, then you worry about every little thing that could possibly go wrong, then you’re tired, tthen you have to visit every bathroom in sight, then you finally relax long enough to enjoy a baby shower or two, only to then go into labor, and then you will soon finally experience the best or the worst experience of pain you ever have. Depending upon how your labor goes, of course. The entire nine month journey takes place whether you’re ready or not.

Welcome to the miracle of childbirth!

I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!

Woman have been doing it for centuries. Giving birth. But that doesn’t make it any easier. ((Epidurals do that. Or so I’ve been told. I’ve never had one myself.)

Each birth is unique. Just as each child is also created unique. We are all God’s creation. No two exactly alike. A mystery until that first cry is heard, and you are presented with your precious new baby daughter or son.

But we are no mystery to God. He knows exactly what he’s doing.

Let’s all sit back, and try to relax, and leave it all to God. It’s his master plan. No one Has yet to duplicate it.

In today’s childbirths, you can literally order an epidural, llay back and. say a prayer, and leave it to the professional healthcare staff to tell you what to do next.

My prayer is for a safe, healthy delivery for my daughter. And all your daughters. And our daughters’ daughters.

Here’s to the miracle of childbirth! And God’s infinite details of making it all happen.

For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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Good morning!

Last night I attended a Quinceanera. My first.

For those of you who are not familiar with what a Qunceanera is, well let me tell you.

A girl celebrating her 15th birthday is a quinceanera. This transition from childhood to young womanhood is celebrated in many hispanic countries with a huge celebration. It is somewhat similar to a debutante ball.

Yesterday’s festivities for this young lady consisted of mass at Holy Family Cathedral at 2. Dinner at 6. Reception at 8. For hundreds of guests.

And a dress. The dress.

In this case two dresses. And elaborate decorations. And food and drink. And music and dancing. And friends and family. Lots of all of it!

She was a most beautiful young lady. It was a most touching event. I was so honored to be a part of it. To experience a culture with which I was not familiar.

Happy birthday Jennifer! You were truly a breathtaking quinceanera! Thank you for inviting us to yours! Who you are truly shone bright in your gold for all to see.Muy Bonita!

I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. 2Kings 20:6

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Make Up Test

Good morning!

This past week I was a test administrator on several different occasions for make up testing.

That consisted of students who did not finish a testing session in the allotted time frame or students who were absent and missed a testing session. It is not what one of my students asked me, a test on how to put on makeup.

The way it works is you have to begin the first test and complete it before you can move on to the next session. First is 5th grade writing then 3-5th English Language Arts then 5th grade science then 3-5th mathematics then 6th grade testing and make up testing. If you miss or are late for one session, you have to wait until the make up day to begin.

Did you know that God gives us a make up session in life?

If we’ve lived our lives in a manner that hasn’t always been on track with him, he forgives us. His son is our saving grace. He died for our sin. We get a new life when we accept Christ as our savior.

Let’s all do our best in this test we call life. When we make mistakes, and we all will, we are human, we can erase them. Through Christ. Then we can make up what we lost through God’s enduring love. He does not hold our mistakes against us.

I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten. Joel 2:25

Love and laughter,

Sandy

#1 Draft Pick

Good morning!

University of Oklahoma’s own, Baker Mayfield, was this year’s number one overall draft pick last night, going to the Cleveland Browns.

Looks like Oklahoma’s made the national news in more ways than one this past month.

First we ranked last place in teachers’ pay causing our teachers to walkout. Thank God something in our state made top rankings! Congrats Baker Mayfield!

As we were watching the first round of the NFL draft pick, my husband shared with me the odds of a high school senior player being drafted by a NFL team. About 9 in 10,000.

All I can say is, mamas, make sure your little darling sons have a backup plan if they are NFL bound after their first flag football game.

Did you know that each of us would be God’s first choice if he were to make a draft pick?

You are God’s chosen race. We all are! He hand picked each one of us! We are created equally. With God there is no 2nd round. We are his best!

Let’s all live accordingly! Let’s all give our best each and every day because we are God’s best!

And again, congratulations, Baker Mayfield, for putting Oklahoma in the news for its best!

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who has called you out of darkness Into His marvelous light. 1Peter 2:9

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Between the Lines

Good morning!

I love to color, so I brought in some markers, colored pencils, crayons and mandala coloring book sheets for any of my students that cared to color if they finished state testing early, and didn’t want to read their books they brought with them.

It is interesting to watch them, how some very carefully color between the lines, some outline first, then color, and some don’t really care if they stay between the lines at all.

As a child, I used to always outline the lines in a bold color, then color very lightly within the boundaries. I always stayed within the lines. I hated to “scrabble”.

That’s kind of how I live. For the most part, I’m a rule follower. I stay between the lines, the boundaries, the rules. Except for driving cars. I used to always drive fast. And pay the consequences on several occasions. Not so much as I’ve gotten older.

How about you? Do you color between the lines? Does your lifestyle fall between the lines or rules of our society?

We all have a book that keeps us between the lines. It’s called the Bible. God’s word on what our boundaries are on every subject under the sun.

Let’s all express our artistic side however we see fit, but let’s all live our lives within the lines that our heavenly father has drawn for us to live.

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the Earth having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation Acts 17:26

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Mirror, Mirror

Good morning!

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

Thou, O Queen, art the fairest in the land.

If you remember the Disney movie, Snow White, you remember the talking, magic mirror.

I’ve been in search for a mirror. Not just any mirror. I want a mirror for my guest bathroom. Something different. Not the builder grade mirror. I want it framed.

The vanity is white, and the hardware is brushed nickel. It needs to match.

I want a statement piece, not just something to admire oneself in prior to getting ready for the day.

Much like a mirror, we, as Christians, need to see our reflections as one of Christ. Then others will want what we have. His love. We do not need to simply admire our own image in this hurting world, but reflect that love for all to see.

We all love Disney, but let’s not forget, the true fairest of the land is Jesus!

If you hear the message and don’t obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror. James 1:23

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Be Still

Good morning!

I have spent the last several days administering the Oklahoma state standardized tests for fifth grade writing, fourth grade reading, and fifth grade science. Tomorrow is fourth grade math.

I teach special education, so the students I am administering the tests to have accommodations. That translates to they are in separate locations, in small groups. I can read certain prompts to them. I can repeat and simplify directions.

Each session allows the students about three hours to complete a test that most finish in about an hour.

They are not timed tests. If they do not finish, they get more time in another location.

They must be quiet. Still. While the test is being administered. It is difficult. Especially since many are on behavior plans. Not only for them, but also for me.

We live in an era where multitasking is the norm. We drive and talk on our Bluetooth through our steering wheel speakers. We eat our fast food breakfast as we drive. We put on our make up at stop lights. Not me, of course, but many. Just look around you. All before 8 a.m.

Try sitting still for three hours. No talking. No phone. No internet. No writing. No reading. No emails. No facebook. No Pinterest. No music. No eating or drinking.

It’s exhausting!

We are not good at being still.

I’m at talker. Or a blogger. Or a writer of something…lesson plans, emails, IEPs, texts. Or a teacher searching for new ideas for ways to teach curriculum. I struggle when I can’t be multitasking. I feel as if I’m wasting time. I don’t want to hover over my students while they are testing, and make them feel nervous.

I’ve found the solution.

I use my time, when I’m not reading directions, or monitoring, to follow a favorite scripture. I try to be still, and know that God is God.

I pray!

I quietly talk to God.

I pray for clarity for my students as they discern the correct answers to their test. I pray thanksgiving for all the blessings God has bestowed upon me. I pray for my friends, my family, my students, my world. I pray for forgiveness for my sin. I pray to God and ask for supplication. For those things I need or want. I pray that God’s will will be done through me.

And suddenly, I find peace. I’m no longer uneasy. I’m still.

Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world. Psalm 46:10

Love and laughter,

Sandy