Sunday, April 27, 2014

Busy Days

I realize it has been quite awhile since I posted. I have been busy. 

We had an incredible Easter weekend. Our church service was amazing. Then, spending the afternoon with our families was so much fun! These kids all love each other and have so much fun together.

Savannah ended up getting strep & missed a day of STAAR testing. She did not feel good at all. Thank goodness for antibiotics to make her feel better. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


This is so me.......
Right now I have no desire to do any kind of exercise whatsoever. I have used every excuse to not workout or eat right.

I think this must be what they call a rut. The older I get, the closer my "ruts" seem to be. 

How can I pull myself up from this pit? Prayer. Read my bible. I'll be honest, I don't feel like it. 

So, because God loves me, I will do those things anyway knowing the He can change me inside and out. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Treasure. Toss. Trash

I am trying to make that statement my motto. I thought of those clever words sometime during the night. Sleep does not come soundly to me, especially this week. Anytime a life altering tragedy, like the sudden loss of a student, my dreams come to life......literally.  I have conversations, out loud, with who ever I am dreaming about. Tommy loves this, sometimes joining in and always retelling my side of the conversation in the morning. 

Somehow, during the night, my mind wandered to cleaning out Savannah's room. We are about to put up new shelves for her & we are cleaning out for a garage sale. We began with three bags: a trash bag, a keep bag & a sell bag. Apparently, that just wouldn't do for my innermost creative being. 

So...........there you have it!

Treasure. Toss. Trash.

Feel free to use these labels for your own cleaning out adventures. They are most likely from a post I saw on Pinterest. Isn't everything these days?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday

That's exactly what I would like to do with today & perhaps this entire week.......Throw everything  back and start over!! 

My allergies are killing me & if I had not started a Z - Pack on Monday evening, no telling how sick this girl would be.  At least I can breath through my nose about 85% of the time

My singing voice has just about left the building, which has been frustrating for this music teacher.  However, the "show must go on," so I will stand in front of my kids tomorrow and pray I don't have a coughing fit. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Wise Friend and Praying for Unforeseen Circumstances

My, friend, Lecia Garner, once said "It ALWAYS looks better on a mannequin." So, now you know where I got the quirky name for my blog. From time to time, I will share here words of wisdom. What I gained from this title is that what you see is usually completely unrealistic. Try everything on for size and don't get discouraged. You will find what works for you when the time is right.

I tried to name this blog "Unexpected Life." I know, I know, very sappy. I tend to get that way sometimes. However, my life has been full of unexpected events that are not just small things here and there.

Sometimes I look around and wonder what "normal" should be. What should an almost 40 year old woman have experienced during her life. My findings are that everyone has their own normal. There are no rules as to what happens to you in a certain time period.

This past week was no different. Ironically, I had been conversing with God about preparing my heart for each day because we don't know what lies ahead. I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit laid up on me to pray for such things, because I so needed that strength on Friday.

As I walked across the parking lot, our counselor informed me of the loss of a fourth grade student the night before. How do you prepare for a sudden death like that? How do you comfort teachers and students?

By praying everyday for strength in things unseen.

As my mom likes to say "God will make a way."

When I step away and no one can see, I am selfish.
I am tired. Tired of being sad. Tired of God taking people away suddenly.

This summer will be the 3rd year since Leah, Jim and Luke were taken.
Now, Jensen.

Even though I only knew each one of them less than a year, the impact they made on my life will resonate forever.

Leah was a natural leader and so full of life. I was so excited to see what her career was going to do.

Jensen, was quiet, wise and so very sweet. I will miss his smile and attentiveness in my class.

I don't ask why, because there are no answers that would satisfy my human mind. God has his way and I accept that. Until I am "taken", that will be my only peace.