Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

"He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me;
And to him who orders his way aright

I shall show the salvation of God."

--Psalm 50:23

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Happy Thanksgiving, Friends and Family!

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Let all things now living

A song of thanksgiving

To God the creator

Triumphantly raise.

Who fashioned and made us,

Protected and stayed us,

Who still guides us on

To the end of our days.

God's banners are o'er us,

His light goes before us,

A pillar of fire

Shining forth in the night.

Till shadows have vanished

And darkness is banished

As forward we travel

From light into light.

His law he enforces,

The stars in their courses

And sun in its orbit

Obediently shine;

The hills and the mountains,

The rivers and fountains,

The deeps of the ocean

Proclaim him divine.

We too should be voicing

Our love and rejoicing;

With glad adoration

A Song let us raise

Till all things now living

Unite in thanksgiving:

"To God in the highest,

Hosanna and praise!"

--Katherine K. Davis

(Sung to the tune of "The Ashgrove")

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bye-bye to the 85!

Last night, the school held its Exhibition and Recognition Night for the PTA Reflections program. For me, it marked an end (pretty much....) to months of work--executing promotional plans; receiving students' art and literature entries; finding and dining with judges; tabulating results; producing awards, certificates and a wrap-up movie; and coordinating last night.


Everything went very well last night. After some rough patches along the journey--and my technical difficulties dealing with my laptop and the school's projection system [I was so nervous about switching between PowerPoint and the movie and back that I kept hitting the 'ctrl' button instead of the 'fn' button. At least one in the audience said a prayer for me in that 30 seconds of "dead air." If you've had that kind of a moment, you can feel the sweat beading up about now....]--I can honestly say that last night was...

A little sad!

We got to put the kids' names up with their work. It had been all "blind" up until that point, except to my eyes, so it was a relief and a joy to give the kids all the credit they deserved for their work. I got to talk with a few kids, and I know their names (even their middle names!) so well now that I could have a real conversation with them!

But then, the artwork came down, and many pieces went back home. Although they all left with Certificates of Merit, I wish it wasn't a competition. Because you really shouldn't judge creativity.

But, eight are moving on to the County competition, and I need to get their entries off next week. (See, pretty much done.... It's like having more kids! When are you really done?!)
So, because I know you're curious. Here is the movie with the kids' entries--85 entries in all, including the first song featured and the film clip. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dear Edie!

Elegant Design; Is Easygoing

Ever Diligent In Exploration

Emanates Delight In Empowering

Embodies Deity In Everything

Edifying g-Daughters In Eternity

Everyone Declares Is Excellent

(And a browniful cake to celebrate!)

Happy Birthday, Edie!!

(And you can find Edie here.)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wrap up of the Big Dress-Up

I sat in the chair, looking up at CJ, when I noticed a beam of sunlight across her T-shirt.

"Every kid in the neighborhood has just let out a little scream of joy," I said.

The rain that had filled the day came to a pause--just long enough for the kids to have their moment of pretend and to collect the treats that would last them through.... well, I guess it depends on the kid (or the parent!).

RJ2 had been on "door duty" most years--sometimes in costume, sometimes not. This year, she was adamant about donning a costume and joining friends in the street. She had a choice to be a bunny or a dancer.

What she doesn't know is that her mama wore that tutu for her first dance recital!

CJ's costume came together out of an evening of playtime she had with her sister. Santa was coming to visit with his big bag of toys. And to look like Santa, CJ put a deflated red rubber ball on her head. Upon entering the room, I said, "You look like an eraser."

The pencil is "a #2 Awesome Pencil" from the "Creativity Rules" factory. It is also a very socially conscious pencil, as she picked up close to $14 in donations for Unicef, along with her $14 (at least!) in assorted candies.

We still have too many bags of chips left, but they'll make a great send-in for someone's Winter Party in December.

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From the "They're Creepy and They're Kooky" Files (Mostly kooky...mostly funny!) sister's family

Da-da-da-dah! (snap! snap!)

Da-da-da-dah! (snap! snap!)


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