Friday, October 2, 2015

Tips for Family Photos

It's that time of year again when families are getting their photos taken to use on their Christmas cards. Autumn, who writes on her blog It's Always Autumn has some great tips on how to get ready for those family photos. Check out her blog here.

When was the last time you had family photos taken? Don't wait to do this. You never know what the future holds. 

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

In Memory

I lost a good friend and former colleague unexpectedly last week.  My heart is heavy and I am still in shock. Bev was in good health (as far as I know). She died from a massive heart attack at her home on a Saturday morning.

Bev and I taught second grade together for many years. In fact, she was on the interview panel that eventually hired me. Bev had a gentleness with children that was a gift. I never saw her raise her voice or become angry. She always had their best interests at heart. After several years with us Bev went on to teach fourth grade. Her kindness and love for students was evident there too.

I remember clearly how Bev tried to include everyone. There were three of us teaching second grade. Whenever I came to Bev with an idea she always made sure to include Merrie in any decision-making. She was always so concerned about others' feelings. She was so easy to work with.

Bev and her husband Don complimented each other so well. Don has hearing issues so Bev was often times his ears. They often joked with and about each other. You could always see the love Bev had for Don and again the gentleness came shining through. They are such a wonderful example of friendship and caring along with love in a marriage.

I can't imagine not seeing or talking to Bev ever again. I just hope she knows how much she meant to me. A little consolation is that we now have an angel in Heaven to watch over us.

Bev we will keep you in our prayers--keep us in yours too until we meet again.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Last Wishes of Alexander the Great

    The older I get the faster time goes it seems. How should I be spending my life? Here is some food for thought...

 The last wishes of Alexander the Great

On his death bed, Alexander summoned his army generals and told them his three ultimate wishes: 

 1. The best doctors should carry his coffin.

2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery.

3. His hands should be let loose, so they hang outside the coffin for all to see.

 One of his generals who was surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain . Here is what Alexander the Great had to say: 

 1. "I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that in the face of death , even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal." 

 2. "I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, will stay on earth." 

 3. I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty handed and we leave this world empty handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is --TIME. 

 We do not take to our grave any material wealth. TIME is our most precious treasure because it is LIMITED. We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more time. When we give someone our time, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back. 

Our time is our life! The best present that you can give to your family and friends is your TIME. I have no idea if this can be correctly attributed to Alexander the Great, but the advice is good. 

 May God grant you plenty of time, to share with all. 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

That a is one big piece of farm equipment! (Look at the beautiful cornfield behind him!)

Quite a place to sit and have a snack. (Grandma was watching her the whole time. This was taken on a Sunday when the equipment was not in use.)

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