I was looking for a quick new knitting project for fall and found this easy pattern from Martha Stewart.com. It was a great next step from the more simple projects I have been working on. It's also a cute twist on a classic scarf.
One of my studentsasked me if he could use the label maker during his free time at the end of the school day.
"Pleeease.", he said quietly.
His head was down and seemed to already know what I'd say. I hesitated.
I knew the "responsible" and "teacherly" thing to say was, "No, buddy. That's only for the teachers to use... What would you need to label, anyhow? Why don't you go find someone to play with, I have some work I need to get done before the end of the day... No, this isn't the best time...go play."
Morning lights and evening shade; Source and Giver of all good,
Nightly sleep and daily food;
Quickener of our wearied powers,
Guard of our unconscious hours.
781. "Thank Goodness it's Monday!" sermon -Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men... Colossians 3:23 782. a thoughtful and encouraging note 783. prayer 784. nursery duty 785. apple bounty 786. Newburyport date 787. large sunned sunrises 788. art store runs 789. a visit from Kendy 790. bowling with Liz and Joe 791. sleeping in 792. british candy 793. mercy thoughts 794. Hugh and Laurie 795. protection 796. September 797. my neighborhood 798. Della and Bethany 799. redemption 800. night walks with my kind protector
We caught up with an old teacher and friend (see below!).
We enjoyed the autumn together.
It was a lovely day.
(until the bus broke down on the highway,
but that's another story...)
(My dear friend and former co-worker, Kendall, met us at the orchard. She had been a counselor in our class for the past couple of years, but left in August to finish up graduate school. I miss her dreadfully. I know she'll make a wonderful therapist, but I selfishly wish we were still spending 40 hours a week together. It's people like this who make going to work a lot of fun. And I hope my students realize that it's not everyday that you find such a knowledgeable, compassionate, understanding teacher as Kendall was.
One of my students, Tommy, summed it up right before she showed up at the orchard:
Tommy: When's Kendall going to get here? Do you think you should call her?
Me: She'll be here soon. Let's give her a couple more minutes.
New Student: Who's Kendall?
Tommy: She is the coolest girl. A really nice teacher. She is good at sports, really nice, really funny...and do you need glasses?! (I'm assuming that this means that she is nice looking...) :)
On Wednesday morning, one of my students gave me this wonderfully seasonal and scrumptious apple.
(Which reminds me. Wanna know how I'm spending my day? Just picking apples and drinking ciders with the boys! Oh, and a much-requested stop at the library on the way back... Fresh apples, cider, well-worn books, energetic little boys who love to read, autumn in New England..does it get much better than this?)
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This Moment: A moment that I'm pausing to remember and savor..
When I was a freshman in college, I had the opportunity to lead a Bible study of 6th and 7th grade girls. Throughout the years we grew together and I cherished the time I had with them. I had the wonderful opportunity to see them grow and change into beautiful women of God.
These girls are now freshman and sophomores in college(where did time go?) and I was so delighted this spring when one of my girls called out of the blue and asked if we could meet again this summer.
(here we are on a jaunt to Boston, a few years ago..)
Despite our busy schedules, we did meet. We talked, prayed, shared, encouraged, reminisced. It was a wonderful time of reconnection with each other and with our God.
At the end of the summer, as we said goodbye, we decided that we still wanted to be praying and encouraging each other, even if we are so far away from each other all year long. This got us to thinking of some creative ways to do this...
One of our favorite pastimes was to write our weekly prayer requests on index cards and then trade them with another person so that we could remember to pray for them all week long.
We thought, "wouldn't it be wonderful to do that again?" We quickly came up with the idea to send each other prayer postcards each month. We vowed to make postcards, write our requests, as well as praises for answers to prayer, and send them to each other at the beginning of each month.
I just sent and received the first batch of cards this week. I treasure these handwritten reminders to pray for these precious young women. As a former college student, I know how much it means to know that you are loved, supported and prayed for during these formative years.
Good-night! good-night! as we so oft have said
Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days
That are no more, and shall no more return.
Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and gone to bed;
I stay a little longer, as one stays
To cover up the embers that still burn.
We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to announce
... a "One Lovely Blog Award".
Phyllis, from "All Things Beautiful" awarded me this kind honor. Thanks, Phyllis! Check out her site, she has so many great ideas and projects, especially for homeschoolers. She is an inspiration!
(You can see the rules for this award at the bottom of this post. Of course, I chose the "Fun Rules")
Here are Three lovely things I'm sharing today:
1. This lovely fall weather we're having...
2. My husband, the sweetest person I've ever known
3. God's promises.
Here are three lovely blogs that I'm awarding:
1. Kit and Her Caboodle - Kit was my spanish teacher in high school. She is such a great Mom and shares some of their adventures here on her blog. She rocks! (and her daughter, Lucy, is pretty much the cutest thing ever)
2. The Home Economist - Another old friend from youth group days, Melissa is one of the craftiest people I know, especially with her sewing machine and knitting needles. She shares great projects on her site.
3. Cozy Little Cave - Tess is one of my best bloggy friends, we are similar is so many ways. She is a wonderful artist and shares tons of great ideas and projects on her blog.
I've always been a voracious trash picker (or is it "a prudent wife"? That sounds better!). I don't know if it's like where you live, but around here, people are constantly throwing away wonderful, useful things.
Some of my best finds in the recent years have been a beautiful oriental rug, an antique trunk, a desk and chair, and a large iron wall ornament. It makes me so happy to find free, discarded things and re-purpose them in a beautiful and meaningful way.
You can imagine my delight when my husband came home from a neighborhood stroll with some fantastic trash picks! I just love these shiny, ornamented, metal plates. Just gorgeous.
I can't believe anyone would throw these away..
their trash is definitely my treasure!
Presenting the latest painting from Sea Kettle Studios...
This painting of West Beach in Beverly, Massachusetts was painted as a gift for my sister, Kimmie. She's been wanting recent painting for a while now and going off to college was the perfect excuse for me to get back into my paint and create something special for my sweet sister.
We decided that I'd paint West Beach, to remind her of home. It was just sent in the mail to her dorm room in Pennsylvania so hopefully she'll figure out how to put it up with sticky tack!
780. Matthew 11:25-30 - Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.