Which Character Do You Relate To?

Red Hen

My youngest daughter was reading "The Little Red Hen" to me for her bedtime story the other night. What a great classic story! The story is applied in teaching children the virtues of work ethic and personal initiative. If you haven't read this story, here is the brief plot: In the tale, The Little Red Hen finds a grain of wheat and asks for help from the other farmyard animals to plant it. But no animal will volunteer to help her. At each further stage (harvest, threshing, milling the wheat into flour, and baking the flour into bread) the hen again asks for help from the other animals, but again she gets no assistance. Finally, the hen has completed her task, and asks who will help her eat the bread. This time, all the previous non-participants eagerly volunteer. However, she … [Read more...]

What Kids Need the Most!

Time

A Riddle for You: What is more precious than gold but cannot be bought, earned or saved? The more you have of it, the less treasured it is, and no matter how much of it we get, we always end up wanting more. (Try to answer before reading on.) During our discussion time in my Mom's Group this past week, our table got pretty deep with our thoughts and feelings about what our kids need from us. We were asked the question, "If you had one year to live, what would you change about the way you spent your time?" This question brought up a lot of things. We all concurred, that with our busy schedules, we try to fit so many things into our day. We all agreed that making time for our kids is so important, especially during the first five years of their lives…because these are their … [Read more...]

Look For Opportunities to Learn and Grow

Learn and Grow

This past week, I found myself in a number of different situations which allowed me to interact with many types of people. I had the privilege of talking with people of different ages, mental states, affluence, education, and social stature. All in the same week, I had the opportunity to substitute teach in a young class of special needs children, I was able to help prepare and serve lunch to over 150 homeless people, and I was lucky enough to socialize with my awesome "Small Group" of friends from church. Talk about all points on the spectrum! As I am a teacher and a positive influence to others, I very often play the "teacher" and "counselor" roles. That is what I do and that is what I love! It makes me happy to no end to see the proverbial light bulb come on. It warms my heart to … [Read more...]

What Do You Want to Leave Behind?

Tidy

Whenever I am getting ready to take a trip, I start "Nesting". What I mean by nesting is that I start to clean and organize and make sure everything is in order...Just like pregnant women do right before the baby is coming. It is a well known phenomenon, as it is documented and realized by so many women. When that baby comes home from the hospital, everything is just as it should be. I have always been this way. I like to come home to a clean and organized home. I do not want to come home to a mess and a bunch of work. I like to have all the laundry finished and put away before packing for my trip...then when I come home, I only have the dirty clothes from my vacation to launder and not a huge pile. I guess all this nesting also helps me to enjoy my trip more. It would be hard … [Read more...]

Beauty is Only Skin Deep

beauty

When I was in high school and college, I worked in a grocery store as a checker. I met a lot of people during those 8 years and it allowed me a deep schooling on people. I saw all walks of life, from my "regular" customers, to the homeless and poor who came in with dirty change and recycled can money. I got to know people who were on welfare, I met people who drove nice cars, and I got to flirt with the cute firemen. I talked with old people, young people, pregnant ladies, step-parents, single parents, high school drop outs, con artists...you name it. It was a wonderful time of life, filled with a lot of growth and contemplation. I learned that if you look into the eyes of people, you can read their story. I saw a lot of worry and hurt, I saw insecurities, walls put up, anger, … [Read more...]

Loving the Unlovable

Beauty

It has been said that the people we are most turned off by or the most offended by are the ones who need our love the most.  Their behavior may seem rude or crude or loud or ugly.  They may be physically not pleasing to look at.  They offer us nothing.  These are the people who are most hurting and crying out for love and attention and acceptance. It's easy to love people who are attractive, fun, and pleasing in their mannerisms.  But that's not what we are called to do. We are to "Love your neighbor as yourself"...it doesn't say, "Love your neighbor only if they are pleasing to you".  This is a challenge, I know.  To look past someone's physical attributes, to ignore their crass behavior, to really love them is arduous.  We are to look into the heart and soul of people. We are to … [Read more...]