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This past weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. We actually met and dated for two years prior to getting married, so we were really celebrating 25 years together. For two … more
As we geared up for the beginning of school, my daughter and I went clothes shopping. While my kids don’t typically get a whole new wardrobe at the beginning of school, I have tried to always get them one or two new shirts or some new jeans at least. Generally speaking, throughout the year when they need clothes, we just go get them. We don’t wait for special occasions. If they outgrow shoes, we go buy new ones. If they wear out their pants, we replace them. That’s just how life is with kids. We don’t have the budget to go spend willy-nilly, but we have a couple of store credit cards to use if funds are tight. more
My tendency to mislabel my kids surfaced when our middle child was less than a year old. She knew her own mind from the moment she arrived on the planet, but she wasn’t talking yet. more
If you were driving recently in picturesque Palo Duro Canyon, don’t think the high elevation was getting to you, hallucination had begun or that your eyes were in trick mode. Pshaw, it really may have been a 103-year-old man zooming down the zipline. More specifically, it may have been Elvin Howell from the Carillon LifeCare Community in Lubbock. more
As you read this, I am sitting in a meeting at work for the first time in a couple months. Or maybe I am helping to decorate the library walls. I might be in a meeting. Or perhaps I am listening to a speaker in the auditorium with the rest of the school district employees. Of course, I might also be in a meeting. (Yes, I know I said that three times. That’s about how often we have meetings for various things during in-service week.) more
“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.” +++ more
In July, nearly 200 former Stanton School students, friends and family gathered to celebrate the 13th All School Reunion. While the doors were closed in 1969 with the integration mandate, the memories of this school, the educators and its namesake live on.  John Stanton, the son of the late Josephus and Fannie, was born March 18, 1878 in Crockett. Later he moved to Bullard, settling in the New Hope Community. more
“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.” +++ more
As you read this, we will all be looking down the barrel of another summer ending. Sure, we all still have a week or two until we have to report back to the classrooms, but somehow seeing the final days of July on the calendar always gives me a bit of the blues. I start looking around my house and seeing projects I never completed (or never began.) I glance at the calendar and wonder if there is a chance to fit in one more thing, one more quick weekend trip, one more date night before I have to buckle down and get back to work. I look at my bookshelf and consider whether or not I have time to read one more book. Somehow these summer months slip away so quickly that it’s always over in the blink of an eye. more
On the cabinet door above his desk Tom Mensch, Director of Bands for Whitehouse ISD, has a simple piece of white paper with black text that says “Never glance at the size of the mountain, always dwell on Jesus.” Five minutes with Mensch and you will quickly know where his life is centered. With an existence that often resembles the first tune up for the band after a long summer vacation, there is always peace in his heart. more
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