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That Can’t Be All

What can you do?

Stephanie Rodda

This week I read a number of articles. Among others I read about the plight of children and sex-trafficking, the effect on children’s brains who spend their first years in institutions, the results of poverty on children’s educations and the issues that could accompany trans-racial adoption of children.

I found myself wondering if people will ever understand that our children are worthy of our best resources because they ARE our best resources. And when I say ‘our’ children I mean the children of your community, your city, your county, your state, your country, your world. They are all OUR children.

Throughout history and unfortunately still in modern times children are exploited, under-valued and over-looked. They are often mistreated, neglected and abused. Instead of being treasured they are considered disposable trash.

This is a cycle, an ugly, hungry, devastating, cruel cycle that continues generation after generation unless we intervene, unless we…

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Zentangle: Day One

I’m trying something out this year to help bring out my creative side called Zentangling. I used to be a major doodler back in high school…zentangling is a higher form of that.                                                                                  IMG_0308My One Word for this year is Release. I just tangled it. This is my second tangle ever.

It’s been forever!

Wow. The last time I posted was almost a year ago. What is up with that? Sometimes I wonder why I even bother with this blog…it’s just that at times throughout the year I wish I had ways to document things that are happening or things I’m doing and this is one way to do it. I am no scrapbooker and photos on a camera are just hundreds of photos without anyway to document what they’re about…

So. Here I try again.

I have ideas…thoughts…things I think the world should know (jk!)…and hopefully 2015 will be the year they get out here.

A New Year

Hard to believe another year has come and gone. I think there really is some truth to that thing people say about time moving faster as you get older. Seems like I just blinked and a whole year has passed. Scary.

I do like the New Year though. There’s nothing like a fresh start…

I found a website called where you choose a word to focus on for the year. The idea of course being that you don’t make an incredibly long list of resolutions you’ll probably never complete but choose  one word that focuses on your character and helps you create a vision for your future. Sounds easy, huh?

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks trying to decide on a word and have finally settled on Generosity. In the beginning the words I came up with were peace, calm, and simplicity because I’d really like those things to be what my life is about. However, one of the things suggested on the website is to take it to God in prayer to see what He thinks. Interesting how it changed up because the words in the beginning were were pretty much about me and what I want to make things easier for me. After praying about it this word generous kept popping into my head. This was also just days after hearing how much our healthcare costs have gone up. Being generous to others was not exactly at the top of my priority list. I want someone to be generous towards me! :). Of course, right after seriously considering this word an opportunity was placed right in my lap.
A woman on our local freecycle group put out there that she wasn’t able to provide Christmas for her kids. I was able to get together food (yay for food storage!) and buy a couple of small gifts for her kids. At the last minute I put some cash in a stocking for her (definite God urging because it was two days before Christmas and I still had more shopping to do).

Well, ever heard the saying that you can’t out give God? Two days later I had unexpected cash given to me…more than what I had given to this woman. I’m a little excited to see what God has in store.

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Luke  6:38

Butterfly Wings!


Beautiful colors and very well made!

By Pre-k teacher from California on 10/18/2012


5out of 5

I won a pair of these in a giveaway and am so impressed! The children in my state preschool classroom sit in a line to wait for a turn to use them. They have been used daily for over a week on our playground by many children and are holding up extremely well. One of the other teachers has already decided she is going to buy some because two is not enough.


What’s He Really Thinking?


I’ve read quite a few relationship books in my time. Many of them say pretty much the same thing just written in a different way. So my expectations weren’t super high when I started reading What’s He Really Thinking? How To Be A Relational Genius With The Man In Your Life by Paula Rinehart . It turns out that it actually does have some good, basic information on how to relate better with the men in our lives. She gives some practical ways to communicate with your husband or son. The author touched on the different areas men have their struggles (it really isn’t easy being a man in this society) and how their minds work. The novel thing about book was it also touches on how not only to relate to your husband, but to your sons, brothers and other men you might know. I also appreciated the fact that it was written from a Christian perspective. This would be a nice book for someone just starting out in a relationship or a mom trying to understand the thought processes of her sons. I received this book as a part of the BookSneeze program through Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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Just this past Friday, I was so sick from the flu. If your little one has any chance of catching this flu bug that’s going around you might want to have on hand something to help them feel a little more comfortable.


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D is For Dragon Dance

We did Lunar New Year activities in my classroom in the past past couple of weeks and I found a wonderful alphabet book  at the library:

D is For Dragon Dancing by Ying Chang Compestine

In this alphabetical celebration of the Chinese New Year, a boy and a girl prepare for the festivities with their family. Each page or full spread, representing one letter, includes such headings as A is for Acrobats, I is for Incense, and P is for Peking Duck. One- to two-sentence subtitles under some of these headings explain the traditions. The Z is for Zodiac page includes a circular chart to allow children to find their own Chinese sign.

I’m So Glad The Secret Is Out!

Ephesians 3:6

The secret is that by means of the gospel the Gentiles have a part with the Jews in God’s blessings; they are members of the same body and share in the promise that God made through Christ Jesus.

Ephesians Bible Study

I really like being a part of different bible studies.  I find that it helps me to stay on top of reading my bible.

Just yesterday I happened upon a post at Confessions of a Homeschooler about and upcoming bible study on Ephesians.  It’s going to last for 12 weeks.  I’ve done Read Through The Bible in 90 Days several times and feel like it’s time to do an more in-depth study.  If you’d like to do this bible study you can find more information at the Good Morning Girls website.