Sunday, May 3, 2015

Missing the Little Things in LIfe

Good morning, and happy 5th Sunday of Easter!

 Has it really been a little over one year since I last sat down to blog?

 Does anyone even blog anymore?  Because I really miss it…and I miss all of you!

I can't even find a more current blog header that I like!  
Please excuse the "May 2013" date on the header.  I really need to update that!

This past year has been a whirlwind!  I returned to work full-time as an elementary classroom teacher at St. Paul Catholic School.  It has truly been an amazing experience and I can't wait to share with you the faith journey that I have been on as a full-time employee. 

Our Archdiocese has an incredible faith development program for TEACHERS!  It has been designed not for us to become better "religion teachers", but for us to become more faithful Catholics.  This in turn allows us to become "better religion teachers".  My love in Christ has increased ten-fold!

Benjamin requested flower bouquets for each of his teachers to celebrate May Day.
One teacher was absent so I was the lucky recipient of my own work!  *smile*

As Spring and the Easter Season are a time for rebirth and new growth, I thought this to be the perfect time to "resurrect" my family blog.  Although I have thousands of pictures from the past year …I have no "documentation" or stories shared of those memories.  Just jpeg images saved to the computer.  


And so, I have decided to return to blogging and to my original blog name…it truly reflects who I am and what I believe.  Sometimes, in an effort to find happiness, we recreate ourselves into something we are not.  Over this past year, I have rediscovered who I am…a daughter of the Most High King…a daughter/sister/mother…and an elementary classroom teacher.  This is my on-line "mother's journal" my place to record these pieces of my life.

Wishing you all a beautiful day,



  1. Valerie!!!! I've missed you so!
    Welcome back..and I can't wait to share your days!

  2. Thank you, Billie Jo!!! It's great to be back. I've missed you too.

  3. Hey! I've been missing blogging too and am going to dust off the ole blog here soon. Glad to see you're doing well!

    1. Jennifer, it is so wonderful to hear from you!!! I hope you can update soon…I'd love to see how big those precocious kiddos of yours have gotten! Special bonds are certainly formed between those of us who struggle and experience triumph over IF! Hugs

  4. What a wonderful way to return to blogging! Please keep it going! You have such a wonderful loving and caring heart that has so much to express and share with those that truly care about your well being. As far as others are concerned, just shrug them off, as hard as it may be...what else would you expect from them anyway? Your renewed strength and joy that you have found in Christ over the past year has upset Screwtape mare and more with each passing month, but you have continued your walk with Christ and the most lethal trick left in Screwtape bag is to laugh. So you just keep the course, because you are a saint in the making, and as you continue to walk hand in hand with Christ, before you know it the cackling of Screwtape will be replaced by the sound of choirs of angels as you near your true home where your type belongs. Welcome back to your beautiful isn't Time or National Geographic, it's about something much more precious....your own domestic Church.

    1. Thank you, dear friend, for your kind and supportive words! And you're absolutely right…this little place of mine in blog land isn't about sharing theologically correct beliefs (I'll leave that to the "Time" or "National Geographic" apologists) *smile*...

      …it isn't about showcasing the most fashionable home or landscape…

      …and it isn't putting on false pretenses.

      As I was editing my blog post, I almost deleted the picture with the coffee cup front and center as I noticed a chip in the cup and stains from coffee that dribbled down the sides. But then, I stopped myself. I see that cup as a metaphor for life. We are messy and broken. We've traveled this faith journey and stumbled along the way. We've been handled by others that haven't been as careful as they should have been causing us to be chipped and stained.

      But we can be filled up on the inside when we dedicate our lives to Christ each and every day. We can be filled with the Living Water as only God can quench our thirst.

      O God, you are my God—
      it is you I seek!
      For you my body yearns;
      for you my soul thirsts,
      In a land parched, lifeless,
      and without water.

      Thank you for dropping by…blessings!!!

  5. Hi Valerie!!! So happy to see you blogging!! Hugs and kisses to you from TX!

    1. Patty, I think about you all the time!!! If your sister is still in Kansas City, I sure hope we can get together again! I loved meeting you and your children that snowy, icy winter day at Starbucks! Can't wait to drop by your blog for a visit. I'm sure lots has been happening with you and your beautiful family in Texas!!!
      Talk to you soon!

  6. Woo-Hoo!!! Welcome back. We missed you. It sounds like you had a wonderful, fruitful year!
    So looking forward to reading your posts again.

    1. Awww, Kathleen! You ladies are so kind and loving. Welcoming me back with open arms! I've truly missed all of you. I know it sounds crazy…but I JUST figured out how to better balance home life with working. It took sharing my struggles with my principal, but she and our Pastor gave me some amazing advice on how to manage these two separate, but incredible lives…

      …and how can one argue with a pastor and principal who say "Your vocation is first and foremost as that of wife and mother!" Truly blessed! Looking forward to catching up with you. Hugs

  7. I also don't write on a 'regular basis', but I do view my blog as a diary of sorts. Even if I'm not there all the time, I mark the milestones and I hope that someday Sophie can read it and understand me as a woman, a fellow human, instead of 'just mom'. It's so nice to see you 'back'!


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Your kind words are appreciated! As Mother Teresa said, "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."