Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Tonight I was grading my student's journals.  One entry said, "Dear Santa, could you please bring me my sister?  I would like to see her again.  If not, could you bring me a toy?"

It breaks my heart to see parents forced to live apart from their children.  Siblings growing up not knowing or even seeing one another.  (If illegal immigrants go "home" to visit, they will be denied reentry.)

There is no easy solution.  Pray that God gives our government wisdom and my student a chance to get to know his sister.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Shepherd's Christmas Store

Shepherd's Christmas Store is coming up in just a couple of weeks. The store serves families in our neighborhood by providing a gift for their child along with some needs (shoes, hats, gloves, etc).  There is even a group of volunteers that just wrap presents and interact with the families as they do.  Call to volunteer or donate items for the store.  (I'll be working all day on Sunday the 21st--come by and see me!)

Christmas Store – Gift Needs
New, unwrapped, age-appropriate gifts can be dropped off at any area KeyBank location or brought to our East Washington location at 4107 E. Washington by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2013.
For All Ages
  • Toys (no weapons or violent toys)
  • Books
  • Board Games
  • Socks – boy/girl (all sizes)
  • Packages of underwear – boy/girl (all sizes)
  • Hats, scarves and gloves (all sizes)

  • Ages 13+

    • Mp3’s
    • Weight sets
    • Gift Cards
    • Sports jerseys & Team memorabilia
    • Sports equipment
    • Remote controlled cars
    • Jewelry or Make-up Kits
    • Bath and Body Works
    • Flat Irons
    • Cameras
    • Room/Dorm D├ęcor
    • Pocket Video Games
    • Men’s/Women’s Wallets
    • Handbags
    • Headphones
    • Ipod speakers/docking stations

A Great Place To Work... Shepherd

Last night I took my car to get the right front tire fixed.  The man took it off and couldn't find anything wrong with it.  This morning I went out and the right rear tire was FLAT.  The sensors were switched!!  So, Matt aired it up real good and I went to work.  My administrator asked around for someone willing to take it and two young guys volunteered.  Unfortunately, neither could drive a stick, so a third guy joined them!  What a blessing to have a "family" at work that is willing to help out.

Please Pray For My Class!

My class starts class everyday with prayer requests.  These kids carry such burdens.  As their parents struggle to provide, my students struggle to help and/or cover for their parents.  One of my students was just in a serious car accident and another had an emergency appendectomy coupled with a very bad infection.

Pray with us.  As these kids see answers, pray that they come to know Him who provides.

It's Been A While!

Hi all,  a lot has been happening in our lives.  Most of it has been extremely challenging.  But we have had some "fun" moments.
Ana got an impromptu knitting lesson from Great Grandma.
 Our basset continues to astound me with her ability to be sound asleep one moment and deep into trouble the next!
 I have two elves from my childhood.  Following the current elf on the shelf craze, ours have been getting into a little trouble.
 And is convinced that they are really alive and love sneaking around.  She even found them looking into Grandpa's Christmas present! (On a side note--we were talking about traditions in my third grade class and most of them thought the elves were alive too!)
Ana lost some more teeth and is set to lose FIVE more in the near future! She is definitely singing "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth."

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sorry Folks...

we've had an extremely hard week in every way.  I'll try to update soon.  Please keep us in your prayers...that we can be faithful and loving AND wise.

This quote challenged me this evening!
God is more interested in what you’re becoming than what’s happening to you. Rick Warren

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Great Quote!

In the craziness of the past couple of years we have left many WONDERFUL things behind. (In many ways I am still grieving those losses.)  I cling to the hope that there are fantastic things ahead.

Have a great day!