Monday, May 27, 2013

Life Lately

What a busy month this has been around here!  Our school year is quickly coming to an end! :-)

So, here's our roses next to the front stoop. They're so pretty every year.

We had our school awards banquet this past Thursday. I made some certificates for one of our teachers to hand out, and the other day she came to my office with a very sheepish look on her face. She said, "You know the old 'dog ate my homework excuse'?  Well...", and then proceeded to show me this folder. Notice the chewed corner?

Thankfully, it was only a few certificates, so I was able to reprint them quickly. The look on her face was priceless, and all I could do was laugh. She apologized and said she knew I had a lot to do and was sorry to be putting more work on me. I told her it was no problem. We got a good laugh out of it. :-)

One of the teachers likes to start off the awards banquets with 'funny awards' just to break the ice, and this year she decided to have a little fun with me too. She gave me this grim reaper award because she said she dreads seeing me come with bad news. Oh well, it's my job. What can I say? :-)

Isn't this a sweet wreath? Katie made this for me for Mother's Day. She painted the welcome sign and glued the flowers on the wreath. I thought it was so pretty and springy looking. It's proudly displayed on the front door. :-)

She's been working really hard to raise funds for her missions trip. Her group has had bake sales, car washes, doughnut sales, yard sales, and several other fundraisers. I think there's a fundraiser scheduled for almost every weekend until their trip. If you would like to help her out with a donation, just let me know. Most importantly, please keep her in your prayers.

Her passport came in the mail last week. 

My prayer for her...

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
 ~II Timothy 3:14-15

Don't forget to pause today and remember those who have given their lives for our country. 
This is a picture I took at Arlington National Cemetery a couple years ago.

 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a great week.

Take care,


  1. LOL dont you love sharing pics of them when they were little LOL

  2. Yes, I do! I love to look at her old pictures. :-)

  3. Have you said where Katie's mission trip is? Her wreath is really pretty!!! And so are your beautiful roses. I LOVE the Grim Reaper Award, your school sounds like fun.

  4. You have had a lot going on around you. Andy has had his last day. So it sounds like you have too - it is a big job!

    I hope Katie gathers a lot of money for her mission trip.

    She is beautiful. What a wonderful girl or young woman she is.


  5. The wreath is beautiful, Katie did a great job. Praying for her missions trip.

  6. Happy Memorial Day! Nice gift she made you. Hope she enjoys her trip.

  7. Your roses are beautiful! What a fun end of the year banquet! I love your award! :) Katie did a wonderful job on the wreath. She is just adorable now as she was so long ago. I will keep Katie in my prayers, and I hope she has a wonderful trip.


  8. What a sweet wreath your daughter made you!! Will be praying for a blessed and safe mission trip!

    It's been busy here too ~ hoping to find time to post again soon!

    I always smile when you drop by.

    Blessings on your week ahead~

  9. Hi, Vicki, :-)
    We enjoy our roses every year. They're just beautiful!
    Yes, the banquets are always a fun time. This is the first year I got an award too.
    Thank you for your prayers for Katie.
    Hope you enjoy your week!

  10. Hi Melanie...I enjoyed all that you have shared. Katie is such a sweet young lady. Your roses are so pretty! I know that you are looking forward to a bit of quiet time! Sweetest Blessings ♥ Teri

  11. Your roses are lovely! And, the prayer for you daughter is such a good one! May God richly answer that for you and for her!

  12. P.S. The wreath you daughter made was well done too! She obviously has talent to make pretty things. :-)

  13. Hi, Teri,
    So nice to have you stop by. :-)
    Yes, I am looking forward to summer break! It's a good recharge for the next year.
    We're very blessed with Katie and love her to pieces.
    Yes, the roses are so nice. God sure knows how to make beautiful things.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

  14. I bet she is excited about the Mission trip.
    Jacobs Mission trip is going to go to Alabama ,he is excited.

  15. Yes, she is, Renee'!! I pray it will go well for her and the whole group.
    You'll have to fill me in the details of Jacob's trip!
    Hope you're having a good week! :-)

  16. Your daughter is beautiful, and yes time flies!!

  17. Hello, Melanie,so good to know you through your profile on the blooger. I am also glad to stop by your blog "From Melanie's Home to Your" and the post "Life Lately" dated 27th May. I lked the subtitle of your blog "Enjoying the simple blessing of every day life". I am glad to know that you love the Lord and your quotations from the Bible do speak of who you are.Well I am from Mumbai, India a city with great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reachout to the the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted . We also encourage young people as well as adults from the West to come on a short term missions trip to work with us. We would love to have young people who are interestded in missions. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. I am in the Pastoral ministry for last 33 yrs. Would love to hear from you very soon.

  18. hi melanie
    what a sweet wreath your daughter made you! your roses are beautiful!!!
    wish you a nice weekend,
    blessings regina

  19. Thank you, Regina. :-)
    My daughter is so crafty and creative. She's always making something pretty for me. We love the roses too. They're so pretty and they smell wonderful!
    Hope you enjoy your weekend too! Thanks for stopping by. :-)


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