Friday, May 28, 2010

The End of Another Year - Some Laughter...Some Tears

Today I laughed with good ol' belly laughs...and cried a few tears. Another school year has come to an end. Those of you that follow my blog know how truly blessed I am to have the greatest job on Earth. This year has been such fun, I hated to see it end. I had to turn loose of my nest of chickadees today and let them fly. It makes me so happy to see them growing up and planning new dreams, and it makes me sad to see them go.

I also had to say farewell to an awesome friend and the best teacher anyone could ask for. Like my kiddos, she's moving on to greater things, and she will be missed.

A few weeks ago, I was recognized for an amazing honor. I can't tell you how much it meant to me. This honor was given by administrators and peers that I could never thank enough.

As honored and grateful as I am for the acknowledgement, it still can't compete with the words of my students. They are good for my soul. They are the reason I teach. The crystal on the mantle will have to move over for these parting gifts.

These are most precious to me!

And, have you ever seen anything any cuter????

So, Ol' Mother Hen says good-by to another brood and awaits the filling of her nest again.

Monday, May 17, 2010

God's Beauty from Behind the Ears

You folks know I'm always on the look out for God's treasures, and Gus and I were blessed to find a heap of 'em yesterday! We hit the trail... Gayland and Cocoa went along for the ride, although I'm not sure the found all of the hidden treasures Gus and I spied. The world just seems more amazing when viewed from behind the ears!

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27

Wow, what a gift! In all the hectic mania that goes on in our worlds, in all the sadness you see in the news, in the utter stupidity of our government, we can still stand on His promises.

Here I find peace. This ranch has been in my family for over 100 years. It's impossible to ride along in this openness and not feel God. Everybody in West Texas knows that everything around here bites, sticks, or stings.... and some do more than one! But even in West Texas, God's treasures popped up everywhere along our ride...

There's amazing beauty amongst the thorns if we take the time to notice.

Gus had a nice chat with the cows and their younguns. Snitty girls were laughing at his ears, I think...

Even the scourge of Texas, the mesquite tree, who drinks up 30 gallons of water a day, seemed to come alive on our trip... do you see the two dancing?

I thank the Lord for letting me see the world from behind the ears... it's such a peaceful view.
I need not get on my soapbox today for those that doubt our Creator... I won't even give you a science lesson on the amazing diversity and incredible survival tools with which God has equipped these treasures. I need not... because they speak for themselves.

And thanks to my buddy for the ride!