Ode To A Faithful Laminator

Tongue-in-cheek title for this eternally jammed laminator?

Less than you’d think,…this seven year old piece of technology and I have been through a lot together.

Seven years ago this was a significant purchase, very bittersweet, as I’ve always wanted a “real” laminator, but would never pull the lever on one as they are not cheap, and I was able to get by laminating with tea towels and an iron,…as one does what one has to do when homeschooling.

However when our little guy was diagnosed with apraxia,…intensive speech therapy and picture exchange cards loomed large in our lives,…add flagged autism,…and I didn’t have time for tea towel sandwiched laminating.

Essential vocabulary cards were the first thing to be run through this faithful machine,…then therapy supplies,…signs,…photo collages for new therapists and teachers and our little guy who yet loves these therapy tools. Name tags, toys, games,…and lately our historic history timeline,…but there is a beginning and end to everything,…so symbolic as a sad weekend approaches for us as the passing of an elderly family relation is near.

Cherish your loved ones y’all,…even if they are not lovable,…laminators can be replaced, but people,…never.

Romans 8:37-39

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen,…and amen!

When Everyone Is My Friend

How friendly is our new puppy? Just check out that pix!!! To Rocket everyone is a potential friend,…

But unfortunately in this world everyone is not friendly in return,…

My mother-in-law’s kitty was NOT thrilled to have a puppy visiting his porch,…our last visit there was definitely some back arching, aggressive hissing, and sharp paws lashing out…but Rocket took the negativity in stride,…no barking, no chasing, no nipping and no running away from the confrontation,…that tail just kept wagging!

  • Proverbs 15:1
  • A gentle answer turns away wrath,
  • but a harsh word stirs up anger.
  • True,…keeping your cool has rewards!

    Kumbaya was sung!

    Was this post just an excuse to post some cute pet pictures? Partly,…but I was impressed with our puppy’s fortitude,…she was totally willing to be friends with the kitty,…and in the end her gentleness totally won over her adversary. Not exactly plugging my book, but if you’ve read Becoming Portia,…you know I am a big fan of gentleness. The attribute has nothing to do with weakness for only the strong can exhibit gentleness. ❤️

    Just Add Puppy

    Life not crazy enough? Just add a puppy to the mix!

    Seriously five days ago this sweet little thing was found at the bottom of a ditch wedged into a drainage pipe,…and that’s the beginning and end of her history as we know it!

    She needed a home, our little guy has been really wanting a dog and he RARELY asks for anything,…besides how could you resist that sweet little mug!

    Breed unknown,…well we know she’s not a Chihuahua nor is she a Great Dane,…the Vet seemed to think she was perhaps part Collie/Lab or even maybe Collie/Newfie!

    You bet she’s already been to the Vet! We picked her up from the friend that found her Friday and made a beeline to the animal hospital to get her checked out and started on puppy shots! Our little guy has named her: Rocket,…because he’s nine and it’s a cool name,…I favored the name: Aquafina, seemed fitting, but I wasn’t the one praying for a puppy,..

    Such a chill girl,…our little Miss Rocket is, she takes everything in stride, and so should we!

    Lesson here,…this little gal was having THE worst day of her life last Wednesday,…alone, afraid, abandoned,…but God who doesn’t ignore fallen sparrows didn’t disregard her either,…rescue was at hand,…and a brand new life!!! From pauper to princess went our little girl,…and we too are children of the KING of Kings,…

    Matthew 10:29-31

    Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

    Taking On Time

    What’s up? Our newest work-in-progress a homeschool classroom timeline is in the assembly stage!!!

    Painter tape works brilliantly to hold everything in place until everything is ready for more permanent adhesion!

    This timeline will wrap around 30+ feet of wall space illustrating from creation to 2019,…so it’s safe to say it’s a big project, but very important. Our little guy is a visual learner and the abstract concept of ancient time periods is a challenge to communicate,…thus this Mama is willing to do all the research, designing, printing, laminating, and assembling with an eye toward future lessons where we can pinpoint events in our timeline.

    Of course we realize this extreme approach is not for everyone, but for us it works,…and happily I’ll be able to make all the timeline labels available in pdf form on our new educational website, which is the next big project in the works as we plan to share our educational journey.

    Just a reminder that “this” website will also be going through a “renovation” which will include a name change that reflects a broader creative outlet,…yes books are still in the works, but I am also an artist and educator,…so stay tuned!

    Finding A Rainbow

    Was riding in the car making a quick social media check on my phone when I saw the distressing news that an influential Christian writer was renouncing his faith in Jesus Christ,…so sad,…so disappointing,…and so unexpected,…a definite “whoa” moment leaving you a little rattled, but in the very next moment I looked up to see this amazingly vibrant rainbow,…it doesn’t translate digitally but take my word for it this was a WHOA THAT’S A STUNNING SIGHT type rainbow,…and a beautiful reminder to why we are to put our total faith in our unchangeable LORD and Savior,…

    The LORD knew I needed a rainbow at that exact moment,…and I know without a shadow of doubt that writer may abandon the LORD, but the LORD will NEVER abandon him,…or me,…or you!

    Deuteronomy 31:6

    Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” ❤️

    Little Gardening and A Lot of Swimming!

    Wow! What a salad this cute is going to make. The nice part of a raised bed garden is that once the plants are put in very little maintenance is needed aside from watering and harvesting, which is good because we’ve been at the pool! ❤️

    Also had VBS,…or our church’s version of Vacation Bible School. Our church has an AWESOME special needs ministry and while my little guy had fun, I had the privilege of serving on the snack team! 500 kids a day came through our snack station! It was FUN!!!

    Yes, we have a great tan and have been very busy! Early mornings I’ve been working on content for the new educational website and the overhaul of “this” website,…which will have a greater focus on “creativity” via the writing process from start to finished book, art (yes, I am an artist, too), and over all practical creativity as form and functionality is very important,…as is the LORD,…devotional devotions will always be a part of these websites! ❤️

    Psalms 146:1-2

    Praise the Lord.

    Praise the Lord, my soul.

    I will praise the Lord all my life;

    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.