Friday, October 17, 2014

Dad's New Truck

So today our family is on a little trip to pick up Dad's new vacuum truck for his business.  The boys have the day off school so they get to go with us. All in all a fun time.  But getting this truck got me to thinking about how my 40 year old boy isn't much different than my 7 and 9 year old boys....

When you are a boy age nine or seven
What puts you in seventh heaven?
Playing in the dirt, or getting grass stains
Jumping in a puddle after it rains
Watching your Royals win a post-season game
Getting your rocket to shoot out some flames
Remote control cars or 4-wheeler riding
Breaking the rules, never abiding.

 How about a trip to get your dad’s new pump truck
Just getting to ride has got to be good luck
Checking it out and kicking the tires
Doing what dad does like mini-man-spy-ers

Now what if you’re a man age forty to date
Is there much difference between what you like or hate?
Big trucks and gadgets with torque and power
Are equivalent to making an erector set tower
No, not much difference between a man or a boy
As we all know, it’s just the price of their toys

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


I'm back in the classroom again.  For those of you who are teachers, this time of year creates a different kind of mood in the classroom.  I hope you can enjoy and appreciate the humor!  God bless!

T’was a few weeks before Christmas, when all through the halls
Every creature was stirring, they were even throwing balls (in class…)
The teachers were doing their best to stay sane
In hopes that a snow day would cure school disdain
The finals were ready, they’d been edited and read
Visions of quiet classes danced in teachers’ heads
The students were nestled in parkas, scarves, and caps
Bundled up so tightly as if in a winter trap

There was coughing and sneezing, colds seeming to spread
Teachers in hopes sanitizer would kill any virus dead
But Currie with his tea, and Earl with his iPad
Each teacher clinging to a vice, to get through both good days and bad

Now first hour, Now second hour, Now third and fourth too
Now fifth hour and sixth hour, how many of these must we go through?!
To the end of the day, to the end of the week!
Now move along, move along! So the teachers won’t shriek!

And then, in a twinkling, the day finally came
The last day of school before the Christmas break reign
The teachers’ eyes, how they twinkled; their smiles, how merry
So giddy they’d consider dancing to songs by Katy Perry (well, maybe not THAT merry…)

They sprang from their desks as the school bell gave a whistle
And away they all drove like their car was a missile
But still they exclaimed as they drove out of sight
“Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

Friday, October 19, 2012

Being a teacher means....

After two days at a teacher conference with amazing people and amazing speakers, I couldn't resist a little poem about what teachers do!  Hope you enjoy!

Being a teacher means...
...your work is not done when the last hour bell rings get gifts from your students -- sometimes very interesting things
...your mind is inspired at strange times and places
(Who gets an idea from looking at ice freezer cases?!) get up early for duties and faculty meetings
...your subjects include topics like honesty and cheating wonder how the weather will effect your classroom
(Or if you're nuts 'cause you dread the coming of a full moon) are lavished with sneezes, coughs, and sanitizer goo
But also with hugs, high fives and "I love you's" work with talented people who let you come steal their stuff
And encourage you when you think you've finally had enough get to teach astronauts, writers and future leaders of the world
But they show up in your classroom as simply ordinary boys and girls

Being a teacher means every day is a surprise
And its a blessing from God to touch these kids lives!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

My Favorite Teacher

Who was your favorite?
For me there were many
From funny to inspiring
To loving -- I've had plenty
Seidl and Christner
Were fun and exciting
And for Kindergarten
Mrs. Isin was uniquely inviting
Fritzmeier loved me
When I longed for a friend
Cutright found dyslexia
And offered to lend
Her help and support
To a kid struggling to learn
So that later in life
For education I would yearn
When Salem and Smith
Taught me problems in math
I would find them a blessing
And mastering a blast
As Bennington showed me
History was entertaining
My attention was sparked
Never dulled or waning
Warner revealed
Personality can be key
I took a class just to meet her
In her presence I longed to be
All of these teachers
Different subjects, different styles
Planted a seed inside me
That has lasted quite a while
Now I'm in the classroom
And I love the kids I teach
I try to harness from past teachers
Kids hearts (and brains) I hope to reach
Who was your favorite?
Did a teacher touch you?
I know I am thankful
So to all my teachers....THANK YOU!

Saturday, September 22, 2012


As many of you know, I am the mother of two very energetic boys.  As I write this post, my boys are ages five and seven (or kindergarten  and 2nd grade).  What frustrates me the most about being a mother is the fact that my kids don’t come with an instruction manual.  I feel like I am constantly trying to figure out how to best to communicate to them, discipline them, even show them love.  Though they are both boys, their personalities couldn’t be more different.  What works with one, DOES NOT work with the other.  (I am sensing every mother reading this giving me a “amen sister!” to that last sentence, am I right?!)

I can’t tell you how many times I would kill for a trouble shooting guide. Please read my fantasy below...

For a kid throwing fit in Walmart, turn to page 216.  Complete steps 1-4 for complete compliance of child.”  Wouldn’t that be great?  It could even be broken down into sections for first, second and third-born children.  “If your child is the baby of the family, use bribery whenever possible.  If your child is a first born….why are you reading this guide?  This child always follows the rules…

I think you get my point.

My children are obviously not that old and since I haven’t even hit the teen years, I know my frustrations have yet to begin.  I have very little figured out as a mother, but one thing I have found is that though I am trying to teach my kids, my kids are teaching me as well.  (Sometimes I think THEY are the ones who have the troubleshooting guide….they know my buttons better than I do!)  A wise woman, named Tami Boesiger, once told me I could learn FROM my children.  Taking her words to heart, I realized that I have learned from my kids.  My oldest has taught me the importance of following the rules and how good behavior pays off.  My youngest has shown me that even the smallest step of progress is worth celebrating and dandelions can be the most amazing gift.

But then there are other lessons….

My children are blessed to attend a Christian school.  As a parent, I have visions of the perfect Christian behavior THEY will learn and all the biblical learning THEY will receive.  I believe there is no limit to all THEY will be gaining from their Christian education.  A few weeks ago, I had a weak moment and lost my temper with my seven year old.  After I gave him a tongue lashing, his words hit me like dynamite.  He looked at me and said, “Mom! Don’t you remember what Proverbs says? A harsh word stirs up anger!” Ouch.  (When did this Christian education start teaching ME?!) Way to teach mommy, kid.  And hats off you to God.  You gave this momma one lesson she won’t ever forget.

I may not ever get my trouble-shooting guide to raising children in book form.  But, I do believe Tami is right, I can learn FROM my children and in the process become a better parent FOR them.  The Lord does work in mysterious ways, doesn’t he?

I am the mother of two little boys
So much dirt and excessive amounts of noise
I never know quite what to do
Or how to survive situations motherhood puts me through
But I have been blessed
Despite my many failed tests
God gave me two boys to raise
And every day I give Him praise
Out of all the lessons I have learned
I know some things in life can’t be discerned
Each day must be taken one at a time
Relying on God, everything will be just fine 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


So, I didn't die
Just went back to work
I can not tell a lie
Life is now quite biserk
I'm teaching once again
Kids grades 7th and 8th
The days are very hectic
But the life sure is great
I'm gonna start re-sharing
But not always in a rhyme
I've still "ditched the kitchen"
But a little different this time
I'm finding my small world
Filled with funny conversation
I hope you will enjoy
My style of preservation
We live with funny people
They're every where we go
But do we stop to appreciate
The humor they bestow?
I hope you'll keep on reading
And take time for a laugh
I've got some stories for you
But now it's time to take my bath!

Missed you blogger friends!

Monday, August 22, 2011

After School Snacks

After school my two boys
Age six and age four
Can't seem to eat enough
They always want more
A trip to the market
A dozen treats I do buy
And yet after two days
All my shelves become dry
I understand they are growing
And they need to be fed
But at this rate I'm nervous
And here's what I dread...
What happens when these "boys"
Turn into two "teens"
If you are a parent
Do you see what I mean?
The Lord will provide
In Him I will trust
But if I am a wise woman
Stock in Hy-Vee is a must.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Uh-Huh Syndrome

I'm working from home today with a sick little boy. I thought of this poem as I've said, "uh huh" way too many times today already and I'm wondering what I've agreed to that I'll find out later today (or this week!) Hope this all finds you well!

Those with small children
Do you suffer from this disease?
When your child is non-stop-talking
Do you “uh-huh” them just to please?
My oldest is a talker
Of this there is no doubt
He can ramble on forever
When there’s nothing to talk about
“Mom, did you know there’s a bird on our tree?”
“It’s black….no, it's blue….wait, it's red!”
My lips call out “uh-huh” to my boy
And I systematically nod my head
“Mom do you know what my favorite animal is?”
“It’s a bird…no a dog…can we get some fish?”
I reply back “uh-huh” once again
As I finish my grocery list
Off to the store he talks from the back seat
“That cloud looks like a car in the sky”
“When we’re at the store can we look at the toys?”
“There’s some Hot Wheels I’d like to buy”
Once again I reply “uh-huh” to his words
Unaware of my disease’s progression
Until at the Walmart in the pet food aisle
Do I learn a most dreadful lesson….

“Can we get my little fish now? I want to hold him while we shop.”
“I think I like the red ones the best. See them in the aquarium at the top?”
For some reason these statements jerk me awake
Why does my son assume there are fish we will take???

Then I think back --
I remember some of his words
Favorite animals listed….
The colors of birds…
Oh, no I didn’t!
I agreed to buy fish!
Did he also say Hot Wheels?
Tell me I didn’t do this!!
How do I fix the predicament I’m in?
Do I lie, or back out?
In defeat, I give in.

Don’t let this syndrome get you
Or you could end up like me
With a bowl of red fish too.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Hello my dear blogger friends! Forgive my absence....Jaime got a day job so little time for silly writing. I love this time of year and found some of my old Christmas writings. Though I have posted these before, I hope they will still make you giggle! Merry Christmas friends!

My husband and I are evil
This we truly are
We've been lying to our son
Perhaps taking things too far
Our oldest believes in Santa
We've told him he exists
But it's not just the myth of Santa
Or the nice and naughty lists
No, we've taken things much further
Than just a simple, small, white lie
And have used it to our benefit
To get him to comply
Whenever the little man pouts
Or starts to misbehave
We tell him we're calling Santa
As we give our phone a wave
To this he vows perfection
And that he'll stop behaving bad
We've even faked a conversation
(I know our actions are quite sad...)
What we're doing to our son
Has made me question a simple truth
If kids claim their parents mean
Should we believe our complaining youth?
As for now, my spouse and I
Will probably keep on with the fibbing
Parenting has a learning curve
With plenty of ad-libbing.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Good Conversation

I watched my boys today
Standing side by side
They'd been playing in the yard
And giggling down the slide
But something made them stop
And take the time to chat
Little did they know
I was watching where I sat
But Mother Nature calls
And when you're a boy age five and three
You can have a good conversation
While you take the time to pee!

Summer time is here!

Our family is outside
A lot this time of year
The kids play and get dirty
As Mommy's yard work's in full gear
My blog posts will be wanning
As Nature calls my name
I can't keep up the yard work
And stay in the blogging game
But I will still post my updates
Though their numbers will be few
The weeds are calling out to me
As I end this rhyme to you!

Thursday, June 10, 2010



I know, I know....I missed a couple of weeks didn't I? Well, here I am back again to inform you that nothing much has changed. (Except a slight tan line on my shoulders...) Summer has arrived in Nebraska and therefore, there is much to do outdoors. (Jaime hasn't been on the computer much, but she has been working in her yard and playing outside with the kids!) This will probably be the case for the rest of the summer...I'm just warning you now. I will still keep you updated on my progress, but I may miss a few weeks here an there. I love this time of year despite all the heat because this is the time of year (spring/summer) where God is in full bloom! It is amazing to me all the beautiful flowers and wonderful smells he blesses us with during our spring and summer months. As a kid, I used to hate yard work. (I was sure making me mow the lawn was my parent's way of punishing me and getting their own work done in the process!) Now, I find such joy in weed pulling, pruning, and any other work to make my yard more luscious!

Okay, so enough about yard work....what about losing weight?

I am unchanged in my weight loss. I am feeling stuck. I prayed a pretty desperate prayer to God this morning that I would be able to deny myself even more than I have been. Summer, though fun for kids and me as I work outside, comes with little scheduling and lots of free time. What do us chubby girls do when we have free time? Look in the cabinets for something to munch on! Thankfully, God has blessed me with a conscience, but I do think lack of scheduling has made this temptation so much worse.

I am also struggling with the fact that though I may eat within the realm of hunger and fullness (90% of the time....) Food still has a power over my brain. I am praying that God will help me get past this. Those of you who are familiar with the Weigh Down principles understand what I'm talking about here....I hope. Here's the best way I can describe it. In all my life, I have never wanted to smoke a cigarette. I know there are many people who are terribly addicted to this cylindrical tobacco filled item. They try to quit but can't. They are constantly drawn to it. But I am not. There is absolutely no pull there for me. I don't want to buy them or smoke them. I want so badly to have the same relationship with food. I don't want to think about the food I just bought at the store sitting in my cupboard or fridge. I don't want to salivate at the thought of when dinner will be here. This is my current unanswered prayer. God will get me there so long as I give it to him!

1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a away out so that you can stand up under it.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Cup Overflows

by: Margaret E. Barber

There is always something "over"
When we trust our gracious Lord;
Every cup is overflowing,
His great rivers all are broad
Nothing narrow, nothing sparing,
Ever springing from His store
To His own He gives full measure,
Overflowing, evermore

There is always something "over"
When we, from the Father's hand
Take our portion with thanksgiving,
Praising for the path he planned.
Satisfaction, full and deepening,
Fills the soul, and lights the eye
When the heart has trusted Jesus
All its needs to satisfy

There is always something "over"
When we tell of all His love
Unreached depths still lie beneath us,
Unscaled heights rise far above;
Human lips can never utter
All His wondrous tenderness,
We can only praise and wonder,
And His name forever bless


Well, for some reason I just can't seem to get passed the 25 pound mark. I have not given up, but continue to be frustrated as I get on the scales and see no change. I guess, God is placing me in a time of waiting and I need to be patient and follow his guidance.

I do have blessings over flowing in my life right now. Though I cannot go into detail, God has blessed our family beyond measure with an opportunity we so desperately needed. He is teaching me that he will meet our needs. If you are struggling in your life or experiencing a time of waiting or sorrow, take it to God. God delights in taking care of his children just as we delight in taking care of our own children. And something he is teaching me is that HIS plan is perfect, not mine.

Tomorrow I travel down to Kansas for my 15 year class reunion. Though I was hoping to be a bit thinner than I am, God has blessed me with the loss of 25 pounds and for this I cannot complain! I am so looking forward to seeing old friends!

Philippians 4:19
My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Hello friends! Thanks to another round of the stomach flu in our home, I am back down my five pounds! As miserable as I was when puking my guts up on Sunday, I found it gave me time to read my Bible and pray. I don't know for sure, but I think God used this time to "re-start" me! I was telling my friend Margery that after this bout with the flu, God truly did "empty" me! Also, I as I stated last week, my walk with Him hasn't been as close. I still do my devotions everyday, but not like I used to - in the early morning hours while the house is asleep. There is something magical about that time and though I have continued to read my Bible and read my devotions and pray, when I do it with two small boys clanking around the house, my focus isn't COMPLETELY on Him. I was able to have that quiet time as I moaned and groaned in bed on Sunday with the flu. (You know how you want to die, but unfortunately you know you're going to survive it?) Yesterday, I was able to continue to find that "empty" feeling before eating. This morning I was able to have that time with God uninterrupted before the house woke up. Oh, I'm a slow learner, but at least I am still learning! I'm sticking with my Jeremiah verse again this is so uplifting and encouraging. God wants me (and you) to succeed!
Have a great week!

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


If you are interested in learning more about the Weigh Down Diet and it's Biblical principles click here.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Okay, this is going to be short and sweet as I am limited on time this week! (And unfortunately, I am not overly giddy to be reporting again...)

I must really like those five pounds, because I keep adding them back on (and off and on and off and back on again!) UGH! I will admit to you that though two weeks ago I was able to do good and get them off, this last week I have not weighed in the mornings or read much in my Rise Above book. There are no excuses. Just because I have been busy (and will continue to be busy throughout the month of May) does not mean I can't still listen to my body. Instead, I have listened to my head.

I sat down this morning and prayed with all sincerity that God would help me keep him #1 in my mind...not just this week, but throughout the rest of this busy month (well, and obviously throughout the rest of my life!) Last week, God was ranking somewhere around #2 or #3 for me. And, it shows.

So, here I go again....gonna try to lose those blasted five pounds AGAIN!! (You'd think simply because I don't like to repeat awful chores, I'd quit doing this, wouldn't you?)

For a number of reasons, this is the verse God has placed on my heart. For weight loss, it is my reminder that as long as I keep focusing on him, his plan for me will help me succeed in this battle! Until next week, faithful readers!

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


Friday, May 7, 2010


I am a dork! I can't believe I forgot!
I didn't mention a gal I really like a LOT!
It is because of this woman I wrote my last post
Then I go and forget her as if she was a ghost
Please check out Lisa at Bombastic Bandicoot
I promise her posts will give you a hoot!
She is a remarkable photographer as you will soon see
A lovable woman, God made perfectly
Visit her blog and I promise you'll be touched
I doubt there's another blogger who ((hugs)) commenters as much!

Please do check out Lisa's blog today. She is one of the most precious women I have met in the blogger world. She reaches out to you as much as you reach out to her. And, if any of you have any interest in photography -- she's your gal! I swear that woman can make a bowl of peas interesting! I feel so badly that I forgot to mention her in my last post. I got so caught up making everything rhyme, I didn't give credit to the one who tagged me! Check her out -- truly you won't regret taking the time to pay her a visit!

Thursday, May 6, 2010


I have been tagged
By a dear blogger friend
In a little blogging game
Five questions she did send
With each question
I must respond five times
With an answer that explains
(And I'm hoping mine rhymes!)
So read on curious friend
If you're intrigued to know more
Facts about this blogger
There's not much, that's for sure!

1) My location five years ago
Was Wichita, Kansas (remember Toto?)
2) I was also a new mom full of OOOs and Ahhhs
My precious baby could easily make me pause
3) I was teaching 8th grade science - I loved it, this I swear
Though now that I am home, it's my boys that need my care
4) I graduated in this month almost to the day
A master's degree in counseling - I hope to use it in some way
5) My high school class was celebrating 10 years of being out
Now it's been 15 years - what's this aging stuff all about?

1) I hope our address forever stays the same
Though many might consider the mid-west a bit lame
We are in love with our modest country home
And I know we are happy and will never want to roam

2) I might be planning another class reunion
It seems our class enjoys the 5 year type communion
Though by then it will be 20 years
And I'll be an age that even now I dread and fear!

3) Maybe I'll be back in the public teaching field
Teaching to my students all that science has to yield
Helping middle schoolers think that school is fun
If I can manage this, I'll consider my life's work as done!

4)Just for fun I will dream a bit big with the number four
Maybe I'll have a best-selling book somewhere in a bookish store
Obviously my book will be the novelty type
Do you think my silly poems could be the next reading hype?!

5)No matter where I am or even what I am doing
The Lord's will and His Word - I will forever be pursuing
God has blessed my life so much - I am lucky enough to say
I'll be thankful and praising His name each and every day!

1) I have some laundry that needs to be done
2) Followed by laundry I missed in round one
3) Then in case I wanted to do more
There is some laundry I found on the floor
4) I might take a break and add spice to my day
By folding some laundry and then put it away
5) Ahh, the fun things that I get to do
Running around being the mother of two!

1) I am a lover of the licorice snack Nibs
2) I also like CornNuts - this I can't fib
3) I most always have some type of fruit in my fridge
4)And a blueberry bagel with cream cheese on the ridge
5) Finally, I'm a sucker - no ifs, ands, or buts
For just about any kind of salt coated nut

1) First I would wonder, "What in the world?"
"Why would God bless, THIS silly girl?"
2) I would give hefty donations to KLOVE and Family Life
As they brought encouragement to this (sometimes) struggling wife
3) I would want to make sure my loved ones were set
My parents and mother-in-law are as good as they get
4) Pay off any debt, and put the rest in the bank
5) Go on living the same - remembering the ONE I should thank!

These are the facts about little ol' me
Not overly exciting, as you can now see

My turn to tag, oh who will it be?
Let's try Christina, Dana, Sarah, Mike and Tami!


I have to report first and foremost, that I am back down to the '25 POUNDS LOST' mark once again! Praise God!! I do think God is gettin' in my head and helpin' me out....this is a wonderful thing!

As I mentioned last week, I started reading Rise Above by Gwen Shamblin. It is a wonderful read and very hard to put down. (In fact, I should have written this post yesterday, but used my blogging time to read her book....oops!) So much of what she offers up is so practical. For instance, we (dieters) have made such a big deal about our food. What to eat, what not to eat, what diet to try, what diet not to try...etc. If you think about it though, we don't put any effort or thought into how much air we breathe. We just do it. We don't think, "Hmm, I'm getting a little low on oxygen right now....I'd better take a gulp of air." "Gee, I wonder how much air I should breathe in? Do you think this is too much....(inhale, inhale, inhale!)" We just breathe. We enjoy the fact that God, our creator, designed a perfect body that works as it should. Eating can be the same way so long as we get our focus OFF of food and ON TO God.

She also points out that we have responsibility....the ability to make a response. We have been given a heart that can make a choice. What are we going to fixate on all day? Counting calories? How much food we can binge on? How much exercise we need to stay slim? Or God? (Keep in mind I do not think exercise is wrong or bad, but if it is a means to allow your heart to still be addicted to food, then I do believe you are exercising for the wrong reasons. If exercising is the only way to stay slim, then that means people bound by wheelchairs can never lose weight. As I have seen, those who are unable to exercise CAN LOSE WEIGHT!)

Genesis 4:6-7 tells us: "Then the Lord said to Cain, 'Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.'" I can master the sin of greed for food. I do believe God gave us a heart to be addicted - He just intended the addiction to be for Him!

I am already writing so much more than I intended, but if you can tell, this book has really got the gears in my brain a twitchin'! All of my issues with food (or any other addiction I may have) starts with my mind. My mind should be on God and what He wants. If my mind is on what I want, then I am being controlled by my sinful nature. I need to ask God what He wants EVERY day.

Okay, this may be a lot for some of my readers to take in, but I have just been overwhelmed by the ideas in this book. I hope I wasn't too haphazard in presenting what I read. I would STRONGLY encourage anyone reading this post (who struggles with any addiction) to buy this book. I really do think all of us have some kind of addiction -- there is much to be addicted to! What do you struggle with? Maybe it's not food, but alcohol, cigarettes, materialistic items, money, stealing, lying, being lazy, watching too much TV, etc....the list can go on and on! God can help you with whatever causes you to stumble. (okay, I'm done now...let me kick my soap box back over here in the corner.)

I'm stickin' with my verse from last week -- though it is short, I still believe it is powerful!

1 Thessalonians 5:6
So then, let us not be like others who are asleep but let us be alert and self-controlled.


Friday, April 30, 2010

The Y Factor

I'm slowly learning about male DNA
And why my sons act a certain way
For instance with my two little boys
Every puddle around is seen as a toy
I think it is a Y chromosome trait
Their little brains process puddles as great!
Like just today in a parking lot
My boys thought they had hit the jackpot
Puddles here...and puddles there...
Puddles pudd'ling everywhere!
Though we parked right by the store
It took TWENTY minutes to reach the door
And then, as if taken by complete surprise
My oldest son yelled out this cry:
"Oh no! Mom, now my pants are wet!"

Another Y trait? Males are quick to forget.