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Will you bloom where you are planted?

I was planted in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania on November 22nd, 2010 at approximately 9:00 p.m EST when the airplane landed at Philadelphia International Airport. I didn’t want to bloom here. And some days I don’t want to bloom anywhere. I just want to eat popcorn, not brush my teeth, hide in my closet and leave all the dirty dishes in the sink and go and buy more dishes.

Do you want to hold a newspaper and hug a friend today?

Yesterday I bought a newspaper, The Sunday Edition. It was $1.75. The newspaper was beside the counter at the ice-cream store. The headline was, ” SPECIAL REPORT, Trouble on the Thun Trail.” I wanted to read how a few high-profile crimes are hurting the image of a popular route for cyclists and hikers. And there was a coupon about how to win Free Lasik surgery.

How many days have you been alive?

Do you know how many days you have been alive? What if I asked you how old you are? Do you know how many years you have been alive? I’ll bet you could answer me right away. Unless you were eating a cookie and I had to wait for you to chew and swallow.

You would be so pretty if…

We had the same name. Your mother named you Pamela. My mother named me Pamela. You wanted to be called Pam. I wanted to be called Pamela. You never remembered. I did.

17 tips to prepare for a Homeschool Convention

Homeschool Convention Season is upon us. It is important to be prepared. You don’t want to go to the grocery store without a list. If you don’t have a list at the grocery story, you might come home with three bags of potato chips and forget to buy milk.

Why would you want to go to a homeschool convention without a list? You might come home with six different curriculum to teach spelling and forget to buy next years math textbook.

How do I know this might happen? You guessed it. I have six different spelling curriculum on my bookshelf.

Real Love: Guaranteed to Last – An Interview

Anne Peterson wrote a book about real love, a love that is guaranteed to last. Weaving in stories from her life, Anne wrote seven aspects of love: love accepts, is personal, forgives, listens, protects, stays and lavishes.

I want someone to love me. I want love that is guaranteed to last.

A belt buckle from Edwin John Bodley

In the top drawer of Edwin John Bodley’s dresser was: a Canadian red poppy pin, a pen from The Pipefitters Union, a delegate ribbon when he was in Denver Colorado for a union meeting in 1979, twelve obituaries cut out of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, and a silver belt-buckle.

My mom called me to see if I wanted the belt buckle.

Celebrate what is found, Recover what was lost

On the first Tuesday of the New Year, January 3rd, 2012, I drove to the church I attend and parked my van in the parking lot. I sat in my van for several minutes trying to get up the courage to open my door and walk across the parking lot to a Celebrate Recovery meeting that started at 7:00 p.m.

I saw someone in the parking lot I knew. I waited until they walked into the church before I got out of my van. I didn’t want anyone to see me.

A discouraging word from my teacher: Grade one,1964

This weekend, when I was cleaning out the basement, I found an envelope with my report cards from grade one through grade six. The Saskatoon Public Schools sent home a Pupil Progress Report three times a year, November 15, January 15th and April 15th.

The teacher gave letter grades and wrote a few sentences in the section under Teacher Comments. The Parent was supposed to sign on the dotted line where it said, (Parent’s signature), and then the report card was supposed to be returned to the teacher.

365 day challenge: Do not buy any new clothes for one year

Are you ready for a challenge? Starting on May 1st, you will not buy any new clothes for one year. Will you be content with what you have in your closet right now? Do you have everything you need?

Do you know the difference between need and want? I don’t. Usually I say I need everything. When really, I need only four things and everything else I just want.