Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Little Pruning and A Little Care

When I first moved to my little cottage condo about 6 years ago 
this little rose bush was pathetic.
 I wish I had a picture of it at that time. 
You can barely see it on the left of the porch.
It was nearly dead. . .there was no way I was going to lose 
that little rose bush.
So with a lot of tender loving care and of course pruning all the dead
from the bush, twice daily watering, and the right amount of
nourishment, my little rose bush started to have new little shoots.
She was experiencing new-growth
It took her a couple of years before she would bloom.

But look at her today!

Every spring when she begins to bloom, I can't help
but think I had a little part in her new growth.

I think my little Rose bush is a reminder to me
that I need tender loving care, I need
water, nourishment and sometimes the
pruning of the old is painful but it is part
of my new-growth, so that I can
bloom like my Rose.

Is she not beautiful.  Every time I look at her, 
which is often. . . .I smile!

Every now and then we all need a little pruning and cleaning up.
How can we ever grow with all that old dead "stuff" hanging onto us?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Education~It Takes a Village

My goodness time is moving fast.  May is nearly over!  It is Memorial Weekend, which seems to kick of the summer season.  The children are out of school, and those that work in the schools are doing the "happy dance."  I can't dance very well any more, but I can shout Hooray!  I survived another school year!  Oh, yes, I continue to work as a part-time school secretary.  I am so thankful for my job and I love working in the schools, but oh my goodness when school is out for the summer, I do shout for joy. . . I survived!

This is me and all nine of my Grandchildren!
Oh, my how I love them!
They are all at various stages of their lives.
My oldest grandchild Joel,(the tall one) is getting married
in just a few weeks.  And the youngest grandchild just
finished her 5th grade year in elementary school.
I have them finishing up university studies, high school
and junior high school.  
As you can see in this picture Maya is showing all the awards
she receive at her elementary school this year.
I am proud of each one of my children. . .they have all been
educated in the public school in the Tooele County School District.
My children and my grandchildren have gone on to 
Universities, and Technical school to complete their education. 
My children and my older grandchildren all have
jobs, and are responsible.
And there are a few of my family that works for the
school district, including myself.
In my years working in the schools, I have observed and learned 
many things.  Times have certainly changed since I was a child
attending school, and they have changed from the years my
children went to school.  In today's world there are many
challenges children will face. Moral values have shifted. 
More families are in crisis, more and more children are
left in a sea of confusion to which they must figure things out 
for themselves.  I have observed that the more stability in the family
the child is better prepared to learn, to make correct choices, 
and to face whatever challenge may come along.

Another things I have observed, the more involved the
parents are in the education process, the more  likely 
the child will enjoy learning.  Oh, yes there are a few
that challenge even the best of parenting
But in my observations eventually the child will come back
to the foundation the parents have given them.
I believe we embrace the uniqueness of each other.
We are all created with gifts and talents. 

Parents, Teachers, Administrators and School Staff are all 
in this together.  It truly does take a village to raise a child.
When everyone is involved in educating a child, I have found,
the child will find it within himself to learn and to thrive.
They will become responsible adults.  They will be involved
in contributing "GOOD" to the world 

I believe this is the desire of most families, to raise our children to
be life-long learners, to make good choices, to be a contributor of
kindness, goodness, and self-reliance.