1. If at first you don’t succeed, don’t take up skydiving. (Unknown)

2. If you think you’re too small to be effective, you’ve never been in a dark room with a mosquito. (Unknown)

3. It takes less time to do things right than to explain why you did them wrong. (Longfellow)

4. Here’s something to think about – why don’t you ever read headlines like “Psychic wins lottery.” (Leno)

5. Most people would rather die than think. In fact, they do so. (Russell)


Thanks everyone for voting for me in the Kids Ministry Blog Contest.

I really appreciated it.  I did not make it to the Final Four, but that’s ok. I was honored to be chosen for the first 64 and thankful to you for getting me to the final sixteen.  Good publicity for Awana and the blog.

So thanks 🙂


Friday morning we left (we being me, S and K and the munchkins) for Indy to join Rob and Leah for their wedding celebration.  For those of you who don’t know Rob and Leah, we are not related in any way – but Rob has been a good friend of our family for say … about 16 years!  We met him back when he was in high school and actually he was one of the first people I got to know well at Central because as Cubbies leaders, Rob and I had the inate ability to be entertaining in a VERY SMALL room with a VERY LOT of 4 and 5yo Cubbies. (Let me just say here – that Kelly and Rob can actually SING.)

As the parents would pick up the kids, we would be the Cubbies “worship” team (Cubbie chaos team?) and along with Kelly S lead the kids in singing EVERY SONG WE COULD THINK of amid tons of laughter. Oh, and there was the hot July Sunday that Rob and I did the pre VBS Cubbie skit with Rob dressed in the Cubbie costume (think about having your entire body covered with two inches of fabricated, unbreathable fake fur). I was in the air-conditioned auditorium, but Rob was stuck in a very small unair-conditioned oversized closet.  Let’s just say, Cubbie almost melted that day.

But then we both got “promoted” to JV – where we worked for several years. We’re very good at teaming together to do a magazine thing that will totally puzzle your middle schoolers and have them extremely frustrated in how we manage to do it.

Anyhow, S and K got to know Rob well, too, through JV  and through The Group at church. Ken and Rob were also very close.

About three years ago, Rob moved to Indy and then last August, on the way to Cedarville, Ruth M. and I stopped to meet Leah – the new person in Rob’s life. (I could’ve told you right then, we would soon be attending a wedding.) And then came the phone call announcing their engagement.

And now, this weekend, the wedding.

We went down early because Kelli played and therefore, she needed to be at the rehearsal.

Here are some photos from Friday night.


Once again, busy day and then real Awana …

But here’s something kind of cool. When I was in sixth grade, I invited a bunch of friends from my class at school to come to Awana with me. Several did. One girl who came went to the Lutheran Church in town.   She came all year and we would work together on our books and both finished them.

Time went by … much time …years and years of time … totally lost track of her.

Then about seven years ago, Ken and I were at the mall and she saw me and recognized me.

Now, I am working with a fifth grader in my Awana group who has my sixth grade friend for a teacher in school.


Been an interesting week – everything from taking a tour of another organization to giving the devotions at a bridal shower to taking my car to spend the day at my local, friendly auto shop.

And today, as I picked up the car from my local, friendly auto shop, they promised me that it was good as new and that as long as I kept up with it (at which point I reminded them that THEY were the ones who took care of my car and therefore, they were the ones keeping up on it) I could drive it for many more miles.

We’ll see.

But anyhow, just a lot of stuff happening and little time to do long blog posts