Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Fragments epidsode # 1

Friday Fragments

By the time you read this I will be back at work after being off for the summer. I will be doing a long term substitute assignment. I will be teaching the special education severe and profound class in one of the local schools.

I am very excited but also a little nervous. I was a full time classroom teacher for five years. I've also subbed quite extensively in special education. The part that makes me nervous is the fact I will have three aids under me. 

Don't get me wrong, I am glad that they are in there to help. There is no way that I could feed and change all 9 kids by myself. I am anxious about being in charge of them. I've never been a boss before. I don't want to be overbearing but I don't want them to run me over either.  Do you guys have any advice in deal with those who are under you in the workplace?
My dog must know that I am about to go back to work as well. She has been mopping all week.  She's not listening or even following me around any more. She normally follows me everywhere!-even to the bathroom. I hate to see what she will do when I am not a home during the day. I hope it's not anything too messy or destructive. 

My cat has even picked up some bad habits from the dog. She's started to not eat unless my hubby and I are both home-like our dog. I don't know how they do it all day. I certainly couldn't go without eating.

Speaking of eating. It seems like my appetite has grown by leaps and bounds.I haven't be able to go to the gym to work out due to my car being broken. 

The alternator that they but in my car last week was bad. Hopefully they will change it out this weekend. I do not want to start work carpooling. I know, I am grateful that I am able to carpool so that I can work. But my hubby's truck does not have air conditioning and it's hot in Texas in August. 

I hope you've enjoyed my first Friday Fragments. Let me know what You think. I'd love to hear from you! 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Everyone Needs This Garden

I got a copy of this at the woman's retreat and I thought it was to precious not to share. Happy Thursday everybody! :)

How to Plant Your Garden

First, you come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses.....


1. Peace of Mind
             2. Peace of Heart
                           3. Peace of Soul


1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indeifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness


 1.Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Let us really love one another


1. Turnip for meetings
      2. Turnip for service
            3. Turnip to help one another


1. Thyme for each other
         2. Thyme for family
                    3. Thyme for friends


Author Unknown

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

An Oasis in a Martha world (women's retreat update)

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a women's retreat at my church. It was fantastic! Our theme for the day was: Recipie for Life-feasting on God's Grace. We had speakers come in talk about gardening and keeping the first thing first. It was such a blessing just to be with other women and fellowship with them. I don't know about ya'll but I feel like women as a whole, myself includeded, never take time for ourselves! There's always something that needs to be done or we think that needs to be done and we never take time for ourselves or our Savior.
We  need to be need to be Mary instead of Martha! Spend time resting or doing something that you love. Most importantly of all spend time with our Lord. I love what our devotional book from the retreat says, "The message of the cross must remain the "main thing" in our lies. And the main thing-the main ingredient-in our forgiven, abundant, and eternal lives is Jesus' death on the cross and subsequent resurrection. Yes, the main thing is to keep the main thing!"
This was truly an awesome day! I can't wait for the next retreat. I think that they are going to make it an annual event at our church. I will be sharing more in the coming weeks from the retreat. Stay tuned! :)

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Book Review and A Give Away Too!

I am reviewing this book for LitFUSE Publishing

Book Description:
PJ Sugar receives shocking news that she's inherited the Kellogg family mansion. Though she has no idea why, the timing is perfect-PJ has clearly worn out her welcome at her sister's house. Unfortunately, the mansion is in shambles, and PJ is short on cash. Rescue comes in the form of Max Smith, a mysterious handyman willing to trade his services for PJ's investigative skills. But PJ already has a full docket with cramming for her PI license and nurturing a growing romance with her boss, Jeremy Kane. Can she take on Max's case without dropping the ball?
Find out more about book one, Nothing But Trouble and book two, Double Trouble.

My Review:
PJ's nickname is "Nothing But Trouble" for so long that she starts believing it herself. In this book PJ discovers that she no longer has to be bound by her past. With God's Grace and mercy anyone can begin again. Susan May Warren uses the theme of mercy and new beginnings on multiple levels.   We find out what happens between PJ and her long time boyfriend Boone. We also get to see PJ's investigating skills put to the test trying to find out the identity of Max Smith.This book is full of humor and surprises! This is my favorite book of the P.J. Sugar Series so far! I hope she writes many more books in the PJ Sugar series.

The Author:

 Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Book of the Year.

Susan's larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!. She is also the founder of, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!) A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at:

And now the give away! :) 
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  • A brand new Kindle (Free 3G, 6”, Latest Generation)

  • The entire PJ Sugar series by Susan May Warren

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