In the Music Room, Positive Thoughts - Just Because

I can’t sing for you…

I don’t have your voice. I don’t have the special abilities that belong solely to YOU.

We tell kids what to do, what not to do, lead their lines and give them assignments and chores. How often, though, do we trust them to shine in their own talent?

 

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I heard a choir director years ago give the advice “do no sing for your students”. He went on to explain that if we are singing, then we’re not listening.

If we, parents and teachers, are always talking at, speaking for, singing for our children, are we giving them a chance to express themselves? Are we listening to them?

What if we show them how, give them the appropriate tools, then move out of their way?

Children are unlimited in their creativity and talent, and I have to believe that if we give them the opportunity and trust, they will far exceed our ideas and expectations.

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In the Kitchen

Chicken Foil Packets – quick & eAsy!

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Back to school meals have been simply effortless with these quick chicken foil packs!  I took the time (about 15 minutes this summer) to make and freeze them ahead.  Each packet was seasoned differently, and my daughter thoroughly amused herself labeling them. My favorite part was the clean up, aka tossing the foil in the trash and DONE!

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In the Garden

Mason Jar Houseplants

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I am all about houseplants that help purify the air, but I am not in love with dirt in the house.  Sooo, I’ve taken the expedient and clean route!

I placed golden pathos cuttings in water jars in almost every room of the house, and love watching them sprout roots!

I also found that Mexican petunias form roots in water extremely fast, and they have made a great indoor/outdoor addition.

With green onions constantly growing in the kitchen, fresh cooking doesn’t get any easier!

Five minutes to fresher air, and no mess!

 

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Pour Love

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“You get what you give” is a phrase that I don’t dispute at all as tried and true. What if we did a slight perspective shift with the concept of reciprocity? What if we look at the concept of giving as “pour out what God pours into you”? “Aha!” moment when I heard this in the sermon at church this morning. Thanks, Dr. D!

God doesn’t pour negativity into us. He gives love, peace, joy. He gives unique talents and abilities to each of us for the good of all. My goal this week:

Pour out what God pours into me…

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Just a Pretty Flower Arrangement?

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I picked these flowers from my garden this morning. It might look like a simple flower arrangement stuck in a mason jar, but there’s so much more…

A month ago I thought this rose bush was dying. It had lost all of its leaves and was obviously “sick”. It broke my heart to lose this bush, because my daughter spent her own money to buy it for me for Mother’s Day.

With Miracle Gro and love, the leaves slowly started reappearing. I’ve watched it every day, hoping and willing it to live.

I think life is so much like this pretty rose bush. We have struggles, times where we lose our leaves and can barely hold on (I’ve certainly been there!).

One morning as I had my coffee on the patio, I noticed that not only was my Mother’s Day rose bush full of leaves, but it was bursting with blooms, waiting for just the right moment to blossom.

Even through its struggles, obviously this bush didn’t lose its will to live, and understood that in God’s perfect time, it would bloom again.

Each time I walk by the mason jar arrangement, I’m reminded that healing, beauty and strength come in God’s time.

Give some love in a mason jar!

 

 

In the Kitchen

Corn on the Cob – Fresh & Easy!

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“I LOVE fresh summer fruits and veggies!” is not an exclamation that I though I’d ever make as a child.  When my daughter turns her nose up at this perfection, I just laugh.  She’ll love it soon enough, and kick herself for not loving God’s freshness sooner!

I’m all about efficiency in the kitchen.  Amendment – make that in LIFE.

Give yourself 10 minutes, and you’ll have fresh goodness coming from the oven!

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Fresh corn, your favorite seasonings (I love simple salt, pepper and olive oil), and aluminum foil are all you need!

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In the Garden

Therapy

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Recently, I had an epiphany:  God gave us flowers and nature as therapy.  Spend some time with some pretty flowers, listening to the wind and the birds singing, and it’s guaranteed to soothe your soul!cropped-img_6766.jpg

 

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