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Monday, June 30

Monday June 30, 2014

Why is it, we always wait for something to end before we can start anew.  You have no doubt heard the saying, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life?"  This morning I am taking that to heart.

When I went to bed Saturday night after my youngest's high school graduation, I started feeling a little sad. He will be going away in the fall. My oldest is on the verge of being able to be on his own, and I know my middle son - is slowly, but successfully working towards his independence. My husband and I walked in the yard last night (a very short walk), and wondered what life will be like for just the two of us again.  Another milestone . . .

He and Jake just put up a new backboard couple of weeks ago, and we hope there will yet be many years of basketball dribbling in the driveway.  But tossing the baseball, and practicing pitching and catching - are for the most part a thing of the past now.

I thank God for the miracle of everyday we are gifted with. As I look back on 22 years of raising sons, and almost 27 years of marriage - there are a lot of things I wish I could have a 'do over' with - and yet - those are the miracles in each day that shape us to be the people we have become.

So instead of looking back - this morning I am looking ahead. A new chapter in our lives is beginning and I want to 'take the bull by the horns" and meet it head on. I have a chance to meet each day as the miracle it is, and time on my hands to change a few things for the better. I believe the journey will be a rough one at times - just like it has been in the past - but I am looking forward to the challenges, and looking forward to seeing how God is going to guide and use me in the days ahead.

Saturday, June 28

Saturday June 28, 2014

It is here. High School Graduation Day for my youngest son. Looking for a quote to mark the day and a photo to bring it to life has been a challenge this morning. And so here are my thoughts . . .

I could go on and on - with quotes that are all about the future and what lies ahead, chasing your dreams and taking charge. But what it all really comes down to, is the foundation we build the future on.  And so my favorite words for graduates are the words my Grandpa Hastings wrote in my autograph book - back before I was even a teenager. They are probably one of the most quoted scriptures - but in these words - such great promise lies: 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him - and He will direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5 and 6

pairing that with the quote above, leaves one with another often quoted verse,
 "If God is for us . . . who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)

Congratulations to my Jacob, and all of his friends and fellow graduates this year.
If only we all lived with these words in our hearts . . .

Friday, June 27

Friday June 27, 2014

As another school year comes to a close, I am very thankful for the 9 month subbing position (in a different district) I had, since being laid off from Clarence in June of 2013. I was able to work with wonderful students (the kids are always the best part of teaching), and some pretty awesome teachers.

I grew close to the 'girls in the wing' and will treasure the memories and friendships created. I also learned quite a bit about teaching music and life - yes even at my age - I am still a 'Life Long Learner.'

But as the age old saying goes, all things must come to an end, and even though, at the moment, I have no prospects for employment this fall,  I am confident that God will provide and I will be somewhere and do something that hopefully will include encouraging others to live, learn, laugh and treasure the moments in life we are given.

Tomorrow another major life event will take place that will close another door in our lives. More about that tomorrow.  For today - enjoy the beauty of the world around you and the people in your lives. May you be a blessing to them in some way.

Thursday, June 26