Monday, December 31, 2012

Word of the Year

A few years ago I was struggling with peace.  Peace with the grief that nearly swallowed me when I lost my mother.  I chose the word Peace to help me focus on striving for peace in that year.  I bought a necklace with a charm that had peace written on it.  I wore it often and it reminded me of my need for peace.  It was a meaningful experience for me and I still think there was some merit in admitting the struggle and making a deliberate effort to change.

This year I chose Live.  I wanted to live and not hold back.  I wanted to experience life.  I think I succeeded.  It was an action packed fun year.  I tried to to say yes if I could to things the girls wanted to do and not say no because it is easier.

2013 is nearly here.  I haven't found a word yet.  I considered Joy.  I still need some Peace in some aspects of my life.  I need Rest.  I think all the Living in 2012 has worn me down a bit.  It may be as simple as Smile.

Happy New Year my friends.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

For what it's worth...

My opinion on Les Miserables.

I have an emotional tie to this story.  I read portions of the book in French in high school.  My French Club went to the traveling tour version of the musical at The Fox Theater in St. Louis.  I have seen the musical several other times since then.  I love the music--I had the cd set from the Broadway show when Josh and I married that I still have.  I like to get rid of stuff, so that's saying a lot.

Last night, Josh and I went to the much hyped current movie.  It is a good movie.  The story is easy to follow.  The singing is mostly really good--some maybe not great.  I love the story.  It is a powerful one--forgiveness, redemption, love, and loss.

I left thinking about societies--even our own.  How can we not care for it's own.  How can we let children go hungry and look the other way?

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to All

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.  I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Certainty--I am Certain

"I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars make me dream." is attributed to Van Gogh 

I understand this.   I have felt very lost and confused at times.  

I know for certain--I love Josh Horton.  He is the best person I know.  I have known this for sixteen years.  

Monday, December 17, 2012

All in a Hard Days Work...

I am thankful for the wild and at times unruly Preschoolers that I teach everyday. They keep me on my toes, make me laugh, and sometimes make me want to cry--but it's the best job ever and I love each one of them.

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Good Man

A Navy friend of my dad's died this week. His son called my dad to tell him the news and asked my dad to speak at the funeral. They don't know any ministers but knew my dad was religious. What an honor. 

I was around Clay many times, but most fondly remember when I had surgery as a teenager Clay brought me a dozen roses. 

He was a good man and will live in the memories of many.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


My house is finally festive.  Tree decorated, mantle finished, stockings hung, and nativities arranged.  I even switched out the dishes and mugs to the Christmas versions.

It's feeling very Merry around here.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Quite Busy

I admit, I am quite busy most days.  I am trying to slow down.  I want to enjoy the holidays this year.  That said, I am rushing off to my Work Christmas Party tonight.  Our tree is sitting in the house with no lights and no ornaments yet.

On a positive note, the girls had their church musical/drama program.  They did great jobs.  Delaney had a large and memorable part of the librarian wearing a huge beehive wig.  She did great.  Claire was a shepherd and had one line, but that is what she wanted.