Monday, October 20, 2008
Did I ever tell you about the time I scored 8 straight points to win the game against Taft middle school?... Those who know me really well are laughing out loud right now. I tend to live my entire athletic life through this one very monumental moment. I was not what you might call...athletic, but I did play one year of volleyball in the 8th grade. I wasn't a starter, but I had a few shining moments. One such moment was the game against Taft where we were down 7 points and I served 8 straight points to win the game. Why she didn't play me in the next game was a mystery because I was obviously our secret weapon. Well, tonight I got to go back...
About a week ago the 7th grade volleyball coach asked several of us teachers if we would be willing to play a little tournament against her team after school. The season is over and they wanted to do something fun. I must admit this struck fear in my heart. I wanted to play, but I didn't want to look stupid in front of my coworkers, the 7th grade players, but most importantly the slew of kids who thought it would be great fun to come watch their teachers humiliate themselves. But due mostly to peer pressure I agreed to play. I was a nervous wreck. We made team shirts, and even decked ourselves out on game day just like the real players do when they have a match that day. I wasn't sure I could do this. Well, as we were warming up for the game, I was starting to gain some confidence. I was getting my serves over, I was bumping and setting well. So, I started to get excited. Would you believe that my team of teachers (there were 2) won the tournament? We beat both groups of girls and I played very well for a person who hasn't played real volleyball in 24 years. The crowning moment though was when I scored 5 straight points to bring us from behind to 1 point ahead. We went on to win the set. I could have been 13 again! It was so much fun!!! I was actually a little proud of myself.
Now if only I could find a show choir to join...
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Kenzie and Kelley
Kenzie in her dedication gown...what a smile!
Our little Amish girl!
Boy...has it really been since August that I last posted? I can't believe that. It doesn't feel that long. Time sure flies...if I had a nickle for every time I heard that. :)
Things have been busy. I was at home a couple weeks ago for a family reunion and Makenzie's dedication. It was a wonderful weekend. Last weekend, I had Elijah, Emmy and Zeke while J and Holly were out east at Holly's cousin's wedding. The weekend with the kids was great. They were entertaining as always. They were easy to take care of as they spent most of the weekend in my tree. :) All 3 kids were great...I don't want to sound like I favor one of them, but Ezekiel sure knows how to make a girl feel loved. He is just the sweetest thing. I was on overload with all the hugs, kisses and "Kelley, I love you's". I could keep him permanently. I can hear the hearts breaking already. He was also full of quirky questions such as: "Hey...What would you do if I lived in a doorknob?" or "Hey...How long till I'm 40?" I mean really, these were just random, out of nowhere questions. I loved it. He asked Sue how long it had been since she was a baby and when she replied, "About 40 years ago" he replied, "OH MAN...YOU"VE GOTTA BE KIDDIN ME!" We all collapsed in laughter. BTW- His question about being 40 was the day before he asked Sue her question so the two were not related.
School is good! Still having a great year. I keep waiting for that shoe to fall, but so far...so good.
Andrea and Kenzie come this weekend to visit friends at IWU and Aunt Kelley. I'm so excited. Can't get enough of that little girl!
Hope everyone is doing well...Love to you all!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Church today was incredible. I don't know what else to say. I was so blessed from start to finish. The music style at my church doesn't really match what I would normally enjoy, but today was the exception. A quartet within our church started the service with one of my favorite southern gospel songs "He Made a Change" they then led our worship time, singing one of my old favorite hymns, "Haven of Rest" as part of the set. I couldn't even sing for the tears running down my face. It has been so long since I've sang one of those "old, country" hymns. It truely blessed me. Then Pastor DeNeff preached on patience. Not just patience with people, but patience while waiting on God. His time is definitly not mine and this is such an issue for me. There are so many things in my life that I don't understand God's timing on. This was a sermon that pierced my heart. The pastor went on to say that sometimes the things we desire are not bad things, but because of our lack of patience, we go about getting them the wrong way, or even substituting things that aren't good in place of when God doesn't answer in the time we think he should. I was so convicted. I feel God changing me... I've been thinking about all the things I desire...a husband, a principal's job, a new furnace, new windows, a flat screen TV, the list goes on and on. I've been thinking about my singleness. I don't like it, but I have so many oportunities to help and serve, but don't because I've become selfish with my time. Some opportunities to serve have come up lately so I think I'm going to take advantage. I want to spend my time thinking about others instead of all the things I want. I'm giving up the "vice" and time waster of soap operas ( I know some of you can't believe I watch, but I'm addicted to General Hospital) to spend more time being active. I know I'm rambling, but these all tie together in my mind. I feel myself changing. God is changing me. Could be that perfect timing of His and I'm just starting to get it.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
This is Sue and I on the balcony off her bedroom. The view was incredible. On our last morning, I stood out here and watched dolphins swimming right up close to shore. The view out my bedroom, was of the sound and the causeway which was nice, but not as nice as this.
On Friday morning, I woke up around 5:15am. Of course everyone else was still asleep, so I quietly got dressed and headed out to the beach to watch the sunrise. The picture above it what I saw when I faced the west...the picture below is what I saw when I faced the east. Pretty amazing.
This picture was taken on the Destin Beach. The sand is like powdered sugar.
I have really enjoyed working on my flower gardens. It truely has become one of my favorite things. I got hooked on HGTV in Florida. I don't get that channel on my cable, and now I'm fighting the urge to upgrade. So many good ideas! The hill out front is in baby stages, but within the next two years, it should be amazing to see how it grows and changes. Just adding the mulch brought alot of curb appeal to the house. Have I mentioned lately how much I love my house and property?
Summer will be gone before I know it, but I'm enjoying every day.