Dear Teachers,

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  It was the summer of 2008 as I sat and cried all through the church service.  Not just tears, but the gasping, heaving, ugly cry. A dear friend couldn't help but notice that I was in distress as we were filing out of the pews after the service.  She responded, "I'm going to call you this afternoon." "O-o-ooo-kaaaay", I cried. My … [Read more...]

where i’m going

Last time, I ended by saying that I'd share more about where I've been.  Here's the deal: there comes a point in time that the past is no longer a part of our story, at least not the part we share when we are getting to know each other.  If we'd met twenty years ago, I would have shared the heartache of watching my parent's marriage being torn … [Read more...]

thankful thursday Until next time, Sharon I'm linking to: Stop and Smell the Roses @ House of Rose … [Read more...]

taking the next step

So far in our Mother's Day Out series, we've talked about living according to our priorities, living according to our purpose and last week I asked you to consider what changes you need to make to fulfill your purpose.  Now, it's time to take the next step. source … [Read more...]

disappearing act

I have no doubt that my childhood influenced my decision to go into teaching. I wanted to be a positive influence in the lives of children by fostering a nurturing classroom environment.   So, it made sense to me to specialize in Early Childhood Education. This gave me the platform to help young children establish a strong foundation not only in … [Read more...]

rise up and walk

A couple of weeks ago, I introduced the Mother's Day Out series.  That first week, we talked about living according to our priorities and last week we filled in the blanks of this sentence: God gave me the pleasure of being a mother, but He also created me to be________and when I _________, I feel His pleasure. The more I thought about it, the … [Read more...]

inspired living

Welcome back to Mother's Day Out! This is the second post in this series. To see the first post, go here. Today's post is based on a blog that I stumbled upon recently: The Inspired Family Magazine. In the About Us section, I read this quote: “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.” Eric … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Out

If you've been following my blog for a while, then you've heard me say that my passion is to encourage others; particularly women.  With that in mind, I really wanted to do something in honor of Mother's Day. So, I'm bringing you a new series.  It's actually a spin-off from my first series, "Making a House a Home."  This series … [Read more...]

discovering my passions


Last week I shared some of the cruelties of my childhood, but left off saying that there were some positive experiences too. Today, we're going to hear more about those; the fond memories. the time I was in Jr. High, my family was spending many a week night and most of our weekends at the ballfields.  All four of us kids played and over … [Read more...]

Little Miss Sunshine

"...This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine... ..don't let Satan blow it out, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine..." My first memories of church are when I was about seven-years-old. I vividly recall my Sunday School teacher telling another adult that I was her little ray of … [Read more...]

my first love

Circumstances as of late seem to be leading me to share my story with y'all.  I think I will start with the present and then flashback to earlier days. I really don't enjoy talking about myself, but I do enjoy pointing people to Christ.  I am not a bible thumping, hell, fire and brimstone kinda Christian.  So, I hope I don't scare you off with … [Read more...]

a rose ere blooming

Last night, as I was despairing over the lingering, gloomy weather, I wondered, "Where is my sunshine on a cloudy day?" This morning as I glanced up from the computer to admire the fresh cut roses across the room, I realized I had my sunshine. These roses have been the bright spot of my week.  I brought them in to put in a vase after trimming my … [Read more...]

If Mama Ain’t Happy: setting priorities

Hi!  Welcome to the first post in my "Making a House a Home" series.  I'm so exctited about this series and about you being here.  I'm looking forward to a great month of dialogue, encouragement and inspiration. As I thought about this particular post and what it was going to be about, I decided the best way to present it was in "person".  Well, … [Read more...]

there’s no place like home


  Isn't this home beautiful?  I'm a big time fan of front porches.  Patios are nice, but front porches make my heart sing.  "Wild thing, you make my heart sing"...sorry, couldn't resist. {source} … [Read more...]

If You Give a Girl a Pop Tart

chicken and dumplings

How many of you are familiar with the Laura Numeroff series of If You Give A Mouse, Moose, Pig, etc.? I feel a bit like one of her characters tonight.   I was pinning in the wee hours of the morning and felt a little hungry.  So, I reached for the pop tarts.  I ate both of the pop tarts that come in the shiny, silver wrapper. And of course, … [Read more...]

Peach Poplin Shorts and Parfaits


 Who remembers 8th grade homemaking class?  I sure do.   My teacher used to play a motivational tape by Zig Zigler in the background as my friends and I worked together to cook and create.  I remember learning to make funnel cakes and parfaits.  I was so excited about the parfait that I served it to my parents for dessert one night.  They were good … [Read more...]

Whoooo Are You? Who,Who…Who,Who (tune: “The Who” from The Who)

I've been thinking a lot this week about our identities as women.  Who here couldn't wait to get married and become Mrs. So & So?  I know I couldn't.  And I love the ring that Mrs. Hines has to it.  Like I mention in my about me page, I do love being called Mrs. Hines. When I hear or say Mrs. Hines, this is the image that comes to mind.  Me, … [Read more...]