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Friendship & Car Pooling

Friendship can happen in many ways.  

I have to drive quite a distance to work each day.  Tara and I work at Rancho Solano Private School and realized we both lived in the same area of town.  So we decided to car pool.  I'd never carpooled with anyone before but it seemed to make sense.  At the time, I didn't know Tara very well.

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But when you spend at least an hour and a half together every day, you have a captive audience.  After all, where are they going to go, right? :)

Tara and I come from completely different backgrounds.  We have differing opinions on many topics.  We are far apart in the age category.  She could be my daughter.

However, during our drives back and forth to work we have the most interesting conversations.  We laugh about solving the world's problems in our cars.  We each share our viewpoint and why we feel that way.  I've been able to share my beliefs with Tara and she shares hers with me.

We get to laugh together, talk about our futures, our hopes and dreams and even our fears.  

But our car pooling days are coming to a close.  Tara's last day of work is today.  She's getting married to Josh in West Virginia at the end of July.  

Tara was accepted into law school at Arizona State University.  So when she returns from her wedding, she and Josh will be moving to Tempe.  And I wish them well!

I will miss Tara's smiling face.  But I'm thankful for the season in our lives when we got to car pool together.  

Yes, friendships can happen in many ways.  And I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to get to know Tara.  We've agreed to stay in touch so it's really not goodbye.

How about you?  Do you have any stories of how you met a friend?

Blessings and love,


Word-filled Wednesday

It's Word-filled Wednesday and I'm linking up with the Internet Cafe Devotions.

There's just something about the beauty of flowers.  I love to photograph nature and remember who created this earth; God.

Today is my mom's birthday.  However, she died a little over six years ago.  She always loved flowers so this photo reminds me of her.  I miss her so much but I'm so thankful that I will see her again one day in Heaven.

Blessings and love,

Counting Blessings

As I celebrate Independence Day, I continue to count my blessings.  I'm over #100 and  I'll keep on going  ...

#105  The prayers and well wishes of so many friends for my mother-in-love

I was amazed at the outpouring of love on Facebook and Heart Choices after I wrote that Greg's mom fell and broke her hip.  After hip surgery, she is now recuperating in a Rehab facility as she works hard in physical therapy.  Her goal is to return to her own home so she can remain independent and care for her dog Barney.
Come home soon!
#106  A sweet blogging friend's card to my mother-in-love that blessed her so much

Gloria was amazed that someone she never met would take the time to send her a card.  She was so grateful to Bethany of Raindrops & Rainbows.

And I thank God for Bethany who has reached out in this way to me in the past when my sister needed encouragement and prayer.  I pray that I would learn from Bethany as I see how much this has meant to us.

#107  A long weekend to spend time with my husband Greg

#108  Air conditioning as the temperatures in the Phoenix area are so high they are setting records; 117 degrees and monsoons.

During Rancho Solano's Summer Camp, we had a special treat.  The local fire department sent a crew to our school with a fire truck.  The kids had the opportunity to sit in the driver's seat and even hit the siren.  They had such fun!

#109  Kind firemen who had such patience with the little children

The children also got to hold the firemen's hose and try to hit the bull's eye.  On a hot day, this was such fun as many of us got wet in the process.

Trying on the fireman's boots was such fun.  All of the children wanted to get in on this.  They had a hard time walking in those boots though.

During Summer Camp, I had the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing young people.  A few were home from college or on summer break from high school.  And one was a new teacher recently hired to work on another campus of our school this next year.  I love to listen to their views and excitement as they work and interact with the children.

#110  For the opportunity to work with some amazing young people in Summer Camp

In my morning quiet time, I am studying the book of Hebrews.  There are two ways to live the Christian life:

  1. In my own strength
  2. In God's strength
I've found that I struggle at times with living in my own strength so it helps me to read and reread Hebrews.  I am also listening once again to Scott Samter's audio teachings on Hebrews.  I need repetition.

#111  The freedom to read my Bible

#112  The opportunity to access free teachings online

#113  The freedom I can have as I abide in Christ

#114 The opportunity I have to live in God's strength and not my own

I'm linking up with Ann of A Holy Experience as I continue to participate in Multitudes on Mondays as we count our many blessings.

Blessings and love,

Happy 4th of July

Happy Independence Day!  Let freedom ring!

I had such fun with the students in Culinary Camp.  We baked red, white and blue cupcakes.  Each girl got to decorate their own.  We made a bit of a mess.

May we never take our freedom for granted.  

Blessings and love,
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