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Back-to-School Teacher Emergency Kit

Last Thursday was our Back-to-School Open House night and today is our First Day of School.  I wanted to put together something special for Reagan’s fourth grade teacher.  She has been the fourth grade teacher for all three of our kids, which I think is pretty neat.   I have seen various versions of Teacher…
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It Was My 17th Anniversary

Last week I received an email recognizing my 17th Anniversary.  I hadn’t even realized it had been 17 years since I made a possibly life-changing decision…………………………….. to be a marrow donor. I remember in February 1996, while working at a health fair as part of my job as a Sexual Assault Counselor I was across…
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Lessons from Luke

This month I was in charge of the lesson for our church circle.  In preparing, I was looking up verses from Luke that are important to me.  Of course, the Book of Luke is full of verses related to Jesus’ birth.  But there is so much more to Luke…. In Chapter 12 Jesus warns us…
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Reflections on 2011 and Looking Ahead to 2012

Last year I could have done better at some things, yet I followed through on other things.  I completely ignored some items on my list, and yet amazed myself with my effort on others.  I think that sounds about right for most people. Some things I am really proud of from 2011: We chose each of our…
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Some Aha Moments

Over the last couple weeks I watched a video series called “Calm, Productive Upbeat Days for Busy Moms” by Lisa Byrne.  It was a 3-Part video that I was able to watch on my own time and it was FREE.  Check it out HERE if you are interested.  Visit  for more information on Lisa’s resources. Last…
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Make Someone’s Day

“There is nothing to make you like other human beings so much as doing things for them”Zora Neale Hurston What can you do today to make someone else’s day? What will you do to sacrifice your time or your money or your skills and give to someone else? I haven’t decided yet, but I will…
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Mondays Matter: Week 52, Our Final Week

Taken from the book Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways To Make A Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza. YOUR DAY Today is your day. Today you get to pick how you want to make a difference. You know the drill. Think of something – and go do it. Pretty simple. The only catch is…I…
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Mondays Matter: Week 26

Taken from the book Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways To Make A Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza Support A Global Cause In the world:-Every 3.5 seconds someone dies of hunger.-Every 11 seconds someone dies of AIDS.-Every 15 seconds a child dies from a waterborne illness.-1 billion have no access to clean water.-2.6 billion…
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Mondays Matter: Week 14

Taken from the book Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways To Make A Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza Create, Support, and Appreciate Art 93 % of people believe the arts are vital to a well-rounded education. Regardless, only 29% of schools have been able to maintain time and funding for art programs. Children spend…
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Take A Moment!

I just want to take a moment and ask you, as I have before, to stop and tell your family, your friends, your spouse, your children how much you love them. Today Jill, who I wrote about a few days ago, passed away after suffering a brain aneurysm on Wednesday morning. I am deeply saddened…
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Stacie's read-in-2022 book montage

Master Your Core: A Science-Based Guide to Achieve Peak Performance and Resilience to Injury
Hidden Figures
Personal Effects: What Recovering the Dead Teaches Me About Caring for the Living
Waiting for Tom Hanks
The Maid
The Other Black Girl
Anxious People
The Body
Great American Road Trips- National Parks: Discover insider tips, must see stops , nearby attractions  more
Apples Never Fall
Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love
Love and Other Consolation Prizes
The Vanishing Half
How to Find Your Way Home
People We Meet on Vacation
Last Summer at the Golden Hotel
Dear Evan Hansen
The Unsinkable Greta James
The Road We Took

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