Friday, September 28, 2007


Have you listened to the language of our children lately.

I need a text message dictionary to decipher the code of my newest more hip students. (Do you say hip still or is the word preppy?)

In my classroom I hand out instructions...

Jose kindly says, "TY"

I say, "these are the instructions on the project we will begin as soon as possible."

Jose, "ASAP?"

"Yes," I answer.

Hands to his surprised face, "OMG."
This dialog continues but is interrupted by the bell ringing.

As class ended he walks out the door calling back to me, "TTYL. SPST."

Just a slight jump from the generation that started it all with DVDs, VCRs, Wii, PS, PCs, HD, IPods, ADHD, OC, AR, ....................................



(TTYL=Talk to you later
SPST=Same place, same time
SIG2R=Sorry, I got to run
SUL= See you later
YRYOCC=You're running your own cuckoo clock!
SICNR=Sorry, I could not resist!)

What a vocabulary!!!!
I hope they do well on their TAKS, SATs and ACTs!

Sunday, September 23, 2007


I have not been blogging much because my life suddenly was thrown into high gear when school started. Unfortunately this is not the life style that I really enjoy and I look forward to the evenings and weekends just to be able to relax .....but wait.......being gone all day long means that evenings and weekends are fair game for whatever can not be done during the day.

Fall is just around the corner. I can see it in the mornings as I rush off to work. The countryside is beginning to make the transition. The mornings are foggy again. The air is cool and moist. The leaves on the trees have just a hint of browning and my Autumn ferns that were suffering through the heat of the summer are giving it their last blast of growth before it gets too cold for them to maintain growth.

When I was a child I hated the fall. In fact, my least favorite month was September. Just writing it made me unhappy and finding a paper later in the year that I had written September at the top of the paper made me sick. It would bring back memories of the start of school.

Today it is one of my three most favorite seasons.......spring, summer and fall. Winter is another story. There are good things about winter but being cold and being indoors are not two of my favorite things to do. At least I winter in Texas where winters are mild and most of the time you can get away with a light sweater. An occasional snow is fun but we usually do not even have that.

So Dana and Erin there is my first random fact about myself: I hate writing the date when it is September.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September Update

Life is a series of compromises.

It has been a busy beginning to the school year both at home and at school.

School is going well although I am not doing the job I thought I would be doing. Small changes have taken place at school but big differences are evident. Students are for the most part better behaved and the classrooms calmer.

At home progress is being made. Counter tops have been ordered and will be in soon. Cabinets will be finished soon. It seems to be coming together. It gets more exciting to me with every change. It is going to be beautiful.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Drinking from the Toilet

My cat, Einstein is usually no dumb animal. Caleb gets put out with him because he acts temperamental and several people suggest that he is spoiled. He thinks he is human. In fact, in his mind I am his mother. So there could be some sibling rivalry there.

Recently I have been concerned that he was looking sickly. I decided that he has been drinking out of the toilet. Toilets harbor bacteria. Einstein was drinking water teeming with bad bacterias thus he is getting skinny and has some other problems I will not get into. I bought him one of those water dispensers so he will have fresh water all the time. I just fill it up and set it out for him. I decided that the problems I was witnessing had stopped.

This morning I found him standing up next to the toilet, with his head inside drinking from the toilet again.

That is exactly how we become with sin. We sin, we turn from it and then here we go again putting our heads back in the toilet and lap at the sin again. We have no problem identifying what sin is when we see other people doing it. But in our own minds we justify our sins. We look for reasons that God will turn His head from our sin.

Proverbs 26:11
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.

It is my prayer that the ones whose choices are placing them in sin will recognize the disgusting nature of their sins and turn from them. For a short lived high they compromise their souls.