GETHSEMANEAs the season of Lent begins, I feel compelled to contemplate the series of events leading to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, beginning with his time of prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Matthew 26 gives the account of Jesus praying desperately as he faced his suffering and death. I’ve had several instances … Continue reading GETHSEMANE


#thirtydaysofthanks #thirtydaysofgivingDAY 24: PLAYING POUNCEWhen I was 11 years old, my family moved to Wales. My dad was in the Navy and was sent for a two year tour of duty. This was in the 70’s when international phone calls were way out of reach and letters took two months to cross the ocean and … Continue reading PLAYING POUNCE


#thirtydaysofthanks #thirtydaysofgivingDAY 23: CHAOTIC COUNTDOWNSI shamelessly spoil my students. I love Christmas. So when they said they wanted to decorate the classroom for Christmas, I headed to the shop and loaded up some decorations to bring to school. Yes, I went ahead and put my tree up at home. Don’t judge. Do not. As I … Continue reading CHAOTIC COUNTDOWNS


#thirtydaysofthanks #thirtydaysofgivingDAY 22: HAIRCUT FELLOWSHIPEvery six weeks, on Tuesday, at 3:45 pm, I get my hair cut. My hairdresser is TJ. One Tuesday afternoon, TJ was cutting my hair and she said, “You sister is my next appointment.” So I stuck around and visited while TJ cut my sister’s hair. Cindy and I had tons … Continue reading HAIRCUT FELLOWSHIP


#thirtydaysofthanks #thirtydaysofgivingDAY 19: PICTURE PERFECTI did something painful this weekend. I agreed to take family photos for my sister. Grownup children and shared custody of grandchildren make for rare times that you can get the whole family together. That rare time was going to occur between the hours of 8:00 and 9:00 on a Saturday … Continue reading PICTURE PERFECT


#thirtydaysofthanks #thirtydaysofgivingDAY 16: BOMB DIGGITY DOT COMI’m seldom up to date on the latest slang. I’ll often say a word that has a legitimate definition only to receive a laugh from my students. “Mrs. Selby! That’s not what that means!” For example: chill used to mean what you do to cookie dough before rolling it … Continue reading BOMB DIGGITY DOT COM


#thirtydaysofthanks #thirtydaysofgivingDAY 13: GOD MUSICThe word “Google” has become a regular part of our daily language. If you Google the definition of Google, you’ll find it on Mirriam-Webster’s website. It is a transition verb: “to use the Google search engine to obtain information about (someone or something) on the World Wide Web.” It has an … Continue reading GOD MUSIC


#thirtydaysofthanks #thirtydaysofgivingDAY 11: THE TEAM BEHIND THE TEAMYesterday was the last conference game for the football season. That means it was Senior Night. There is always an air of excitement on game day. The players walk proudly down the hallways wearing their game jersey. They pop their heads into my classroom and ask, “What are … Continue reading THE TEAM BEHIND THE TEAM