After the past few weeks of go-go-go, all around the time of my mom’s passing, I am ready to indulge.
Using a Mommy coupon from Christmas that came with some lotions, I am about to get a lovely foot rub from my youngest daughter.
Sometimes I feel a little cruel, but she made the coupons!
Do you enjoy a little pampering at home, or do you feel too self indulgent?
Sometimes you just know when you are with family.
When you sit quietly, and want to listen. When all of you share your wants and desires. And their goals are the same as yours.
When they pray with you and allow their hearts to pour out for all to see, and their hearts are pure. And neither age nor employment affect the direction of your lives.
Tonight I give thanks in praise and relief for newfound family.
I apologize that I don’t have a source for this very funny email…
I also apologize that I have been absent here…
Please enjoy this very funny story!! It was not what I expected
…Thanks to my friend Tracy for sharing this with me!!
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Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement and when his plane arrived there was a limousine there to transport him to his home. As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver.
‘You know’ he said, ‘I am 87 years old and I have never
Driven a limousine. Would you mind if I drove it for a while?’
The driver said, ‘No problem. Have at it.’
Billy gets into the driver’s seat and they head off down the highway. A short distance away sat a rookie State Trooper operating his first speed trap.
The long black limo went by him doing 70 in a 55 mph zone.
The trooper pulled out and easily caught the limo then got out of his patrol car to begin the procedure. The young trooper walked up to the driver’s door and when the glass was rolled down, he was surprised to see who was driving.
He immediately excused himself and went back to his car and called his supervisor. ‘I know we are supposed to enforce the law…. but I also know that important people are given certain courtesies. I need to know what I should do because I have stopped a very important person.’
The supervisor asked, ‘Is it the governor?’
The young trooper said, ‘No, he’s more important than that.’
The supervisor said, ‘Oh, so it’s the president.’
The young trooper said, ‘No, he’s even more Important than that.’
After a moment,the supervisor finally asked, ‘Well then, who is it?’
The young trooper said, ‘I think it’s Jesus, because he’s got Billy Graham for a chauffeur!’
Inspired by a Pinterest pin, I created these little thank you gifts. I should have gotten a shot of them melting into the cocoa, but you can see that on the original page of the creator of these cute little things.
I put three into a little gift bag along with three packets of cocoa & a candy cane. I wish I had taken a better picture of some of the best ones, but I was having so much fun, I didn’t think of it!
I made Royal Icing for the orange carrot nose, and just used melted chocolate and a toothpick to dot on the eyes and buttons.
I have so much to say, yet no words come out. Of course, it is the first time in weeks that I am trying to get them out.
Have you ever felt something so deeply that you wanted to share?
Have you ever felt it and then been unable to put it into words?
I’m sure most of us have, but the putting it into words thing just isn’t something most of us dwell on.
My mother hovers on the brink of death. She is so far away physically, but she feels so close emotionally – in my heart. So close that I can almost feel my arms around her.
I am so torn. I want so much to go visit her, and it is possible. As costly and time consuming as it might be, I know that once I am there I won’t regret it. Because life is for the living, and if I can give her any comfort then it would be worth it. Better than spending money on a funeral.
Oh, but the timing. But when is it ever good? Worrying about the kid’s schooling, and their missed work… Is that a real reason or an excuse?
I did say goodbye to her in August when we were there. And it was a good serious goodbye.
But maybe she is waiting to see me one more time before she lets go? How do I know if I would agitate her or comfort her?
And family… Some of them so noble and giving, loving and comforting.
I pray that she is peaceful and comforted. I pray that she is without pain, and at rest.
Would you pray, too?
Day 31 – Blending sounds
Today’s focus is the opposite of yesterday’s.
Today we are talking about BLENDING sounds.
This is the act of hearing spoken sounds and forming words with them.
Again, there are lots of games you can play to impress this upon your student, and these are things you can do even while driving or waiting in an office for an appointment.
One way to teach the blending of sounds is to pretend you are robots… You speak stiffly and disjointedly to the reader, and ask them to “interpret” what you are saying. You can even speak in complete sentences. Just make sure to talk “like a robot” and create natural breaks between sounds. You student then has to interpret what you are saying – for example, after introducing yourself (as the robot), you could say, “I like yellow cars, do you?” (which would be I-like-ye-llow-cars, do you?) and so on. You can ask the student to pick up a toy, describing it, and the child’s responses show that they understand what you are talking about. And gets them on the way to more complex sound structures!
If you are interested in learning more activities like this or others I have written about, feel free to email me, or try searching some of the keywords that I’m writing about.
You really CAN make a difference in your child’s development!
Thanks for your patience in playing along with the 31 Days of Reading series! Stop over occasionally and say hello!