This is one of the one-room school houses that Mr.Pacey attended while growing up. Mr. Pacey became a school teacher after graduating from high school. He taught in the little country schools of Kansas for 42.5 years.
Matt's step-mom Rochelle was taught by an amazing man. Matt met up with Laurence Pacey last spring. Matt's paper was read by a Ron Wilson who wrote anarticleabout Matt and his meeting with Laurence. I was so honored when I met Laurence. I had worked the night before and was very tired; but I was bound and determined to meet this man I had heard so much about.
Matt and I found out today that Mr. Pacey went to the one-room school house in the heavens on Friday. We will be attending his funeral tomorrow.
Laurence Pacey changed my life in just meeting him once. His eyes are so kind and his words are drenched in wisdom and patience.
We were honored to have the tour of Mr.Pacey's wood shop when we visited. Mr.Pacey was known for making bowling pin lamps and turtle stools for children of family and friends. Mr.Pacey will be surely missed on Earth; but I know he is having a party with his wife in heaven.
I got this "Bucket List" from the Glunt Quartet blog. The blue ones are the ones that apply to me. Are there any that surprise you? (DEV see #26-you know the story!) Do you have numbers you would like to share that you have done or numbers you would like to do? I thought this was fun and made me reflect a little and look to the future a little. I hope this post prompts you to remember some of the important things in life and maybe to enjoy your many blessings a little more thoroughly today.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii-can't wait to go back!
5. Watched a meteor shower.
6. Given more to charity than you can afford. (although this one is rather a matter of perspective.
7.Been to DisneyWorld
8. Climbed a mountain-okay so it was more of a hike and it wasn't Mt.Everst!
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
12. Visited Paris
1 3. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept in an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked-my car went into a ditch and a gentleman drove me back to my parent's house. I knew I was okay when I got in his car and he had the Christian Radio station on! I'm am not sure my mother ever got over this! (I was 16!)
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping-yes I have done this!
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice.
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset-I grew up living across the street from SUNSET Park. I was blessed to see a lot of sunsets growing up!
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person-and rode the boat near the falls!
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors-England
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied-sometimes I am here and other times I am not!
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance-I was working/not as a patient
47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person- One word: Breath-Taking!
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris - not climbed it but I have visited it. 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling-both
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies-never sold them, but I like eating them!
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason- received and bought them myself for no special reason
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone- baby toes multiple times!
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book.
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating- I have fished. I have helped prepare food that someone else has hunted.
88. Had chicken pox
89. Saved someone’s life
90.Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby- hope this one happens in the next year!
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake-couldn't bring my self to swim in it-but I've seen it
Matt has a phone interview at 0800 CST TODAY for the University of Louisville! Please send up a prayer while you are reading this today! The adventure continues. I promise as soon as we find out where our new home base will be I will let you know; after we have told immediate family of course.
Matt reports that his on campus interview at E-town went well.
Thank you for your prayers! We are praying that Matt has good interviews and God guides us to the place we are suppose to be.
We are able to list positives for every location Matt has applied to. Louisville's are: big city, airport, major hospitals and education, affordable housing, Churchill Downs, 4th Street Live, pottery, and the MOST IMPORTANT Pro: probably guaranteed visits from Dory and probably Shannon when she is visiting Dory!
Well today marks the 12th day of exercise in January. Of course I finished the 12 of 12 with Zumba at 0800! I still have the rest of the month to get in exercise, but I have made it to my goal for the month! Yeah me! I think that means I can reward myself with new running shoes since I should have replaced them 3-6 months ago!!!
I have added the Zumba infomercial for those who asked me what Zumba is! Even if you gym doesn't have it you can experience Zumba in your home! I have also included a testimony by a child!
GET OUT THERE AND GROOVE, MOVE, DANCE, ZUMBA!!!!
Swim suit season is just around the corner and my 10 yr high-school reunion is even closer!
Saturday and today I have taken Regan for two very long walks! We continue to work on walking on the leash. Regan is doing much better on leash training. While walking yesterday in the middle of Manhattan, KS we saw 2 does (that's female deers for city folk). Yes it is rare to see deer in the city (even a small city) even in Kansas!
Okay so it is like 20 degrees and falling tonight while I am filling up my gas tank and with the super dry air and the increase in static electricity I so do not need my car catching on fire and being engulfed in flames-- yes it is something I think about! So, a solution to the problem of turning into a popsicle while filling my car: (I so wish Matt were with me to get this on video)
Insert nozzle into gas tank and then start running/hopping/side stepping/air boxing in place to keep warm. Thank-goodness my car only has 10 gallons! I did not dare to look around to see if anyone was watching. I know I burned a few calories and I stayed toasty!
Just a quick note- Matt has his first interview in PA tomorrow! Please send prayers of safe travel, good weather (it is 10-15 degrees warmer there than it is here!), a good interview, and God's hand in it all! Thanks in advance!
I got back to a weight watchers meeting! I had not been in since 12/8/08- LAST YEAR! Oh my goodness...
Well I went to my meeting and saw a friend S. there; we said hi and that was that. Matt and I went and started laundry. We were almost finished when I left him to fold the whites and load the laundry up while I went to a 30 minute Zumba class.
I walked into the Zumba class and S. was there! We both laughed.
I am going to change things up a bit at least this month. I am going to go to bed at a decent time on Monday nights and get up for the Tues Am WW meeting; go to Zumba and start my day.
Here's to another day of exercise and eating healthy in moderation!
Over the weekend Regan and I went on a few short walks and worked on walking up and down stairs like a lady and not like trying to qualify for a race! I have to say she is getting better (I am getting better at being consistent with her training!). We walked up and down the front porch of mom's house for over 20 minutes practicing together. We also went on a walk and enjoyed it together- my arm doesn't hurt from her pulling when she walks like a lady!
Okay Jennie is awesome! The Zumba instructors are going to alternate every other Thursday night and I am excited about that. Jennie kicked my butt with a major high intensity cardio Zumba for approx 40 minutes then it was time for a cool down. Then for the last 20 minutes it was weights/lunges and then BOSU ball! It was a great workout and I can't wait for next time!
Got an email from Grandpa today- says he is going to the specialist today and will know more tonight. He says they are going to try to reduce it again and try some pins- if that doesn't work they will have to go in and put a plate in.
We saw 3 different alligators while on our airboat ride! They do not guarantee alligator sightings and we were so fortunate to see 3, WOW!
What big teeth you have! Enjoy this alligator at monitor's reach. This was close enough and at times too close for me! I kept telling myself: "This is a wild animal! How many people get in trouble with alligators while on airboat rides?"
Matt and I were waiting in the Atlanta airport on our way to Kansas City and overheard that they were offering upgrades for a fee to first class. They had over 6 people trying to fly stand-by. Matt and I talked. We had been blessed with the plane tickets anyway and had been given some cash for Christmas. We decided to spend the money and fly First Class! We know with our future plans that this opportunity will not be presenting itself for awhile if not ever so we jumped and checked it off our Bucket List!
When you get to your seat they have a pillow and blanket waiting for you! Then they offer you drinks (yes any drink is free...)
This is the view from our first row seats in first class!
I received an email this morning from my mom. She had received it from Ann, grandpa's wife. Sounds like my grandpa will be spending the first month or so in surgery and recovery...He and I would appreciate your prayers!
This was Ann's email:
Your Dad took a tumble on his usual morning walk with Lacie, slipped on a paint-covered graffitti slope and broke his right wrist. He's been treated in the ER, and must see an orthopedist on Tuesday - looks as though he will have to have surgery - the radial bone fractured and a piece of fragment from that cannot be put in place without open reduction, it seems. Please say a prayaer for proper placement and healing - thanks so much - Love, Ann
DO NOT HIT THE DELETE BUTTON ON THE LABELS DROP DOWN MENU IN THE EDIT POSTS PAGE OF BLOGGER!!!!
I was trying to detach labels from posts and instead I deleted over 30 posts! I have a wonderful hubby that was able to retrieve them and save them in his google reader in less than 10 minutes after it happened. Blogger does not have a way of retrieving posts nor did it ask me if I really wanted to delete the posts (I obviously would have said NOOOOOOOOOOOO!).
So I will rewrote and edited my old posts from mid November to the present last night; I have my posts but not my wonderful comments from my wonderful friends. Please have pity on me and comment on future posts starting with this one! :)
Well, I guess my typing skills will continue to flourish in the new year! LOL!
This is a snapshot I got on our airboat ride on 12/29 in the Everglades. I think it captures what I see for the next year and it's blank pages:
The Everglade waters flow slowly into the Gulf/Atlantic Ocean there is no end and very few boundaries, only opportunity.
The Everglades may be scary with unknowns like alligators; but beauty is easy to find as well. Life may have some ugliness; but beauty is all around if you take a second to find it.
And sometimes you just have to leap in faith as the bird in this photo soars out of the water and into the air.
This year is bringing new trials to our country and world; please remember to pray for our leaders and our countries. We may not agree when it comes to politics; but I think we can agree that praying that our leaders will have wisdom, grace, kindness, understanding, and self-control can't hurt!
I am a KANSAN who has relocated to the mid-state of Pennsylvania. Being from Kansas I have heard every Kansas joke there is, but for fun:
Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore...and I have the posts to prove it!
I am now a mother to a beautiful baby boy, an encouraging wife to my assistant professor husband, a Registered Nurse, and manage to keep a german shorthair pointer and two cats alive, as well as enjoy the house maintenance of a 90 yr old home.