For the last 15 years I've been able to say, "I live in Freedom." I'm pretty sure I snicker each time too. It's fun to live in a township named "Freedom" for a couple reasons. 1- Sometimes I say it imagining that municipality borders mean nothing to me. 2- The Camp Vick mailing address is in … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: living in freedom
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression." I can't remember when I first began caring about making first impressions. At what point in a person's life do we make that extra effort to present our best self in an initial meeting? I watch my girls at the playground. They run right … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: more than a first impression
"But... why?" Oh, how many, many, many, many times in life do we ask, "Why?" It think it is intrinsic to who we are as human beings to want to know why. Did you ever notice, that for all the times we seek the answer to that ever present questions, there are way too many times the … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: when you can’t see the why
I'm guessing it's coming as no surprise Mother's Day. Did you notice people started celebrating it on Facebook days ago. Here we are: Mother's Day. Today is a day to honor, celebrate, remember mothers. We buy them flowers, cards, candy, gifts, take her out to eat, and in church we ask them to stand while … Continue reading Mother’s Day Edition 2017: Can you do these three things today?
This is no shocker to those who know me: I talk... a lot. What do you imagine it would be like to be there when I encounter one of those rare moments when I'm speechless? I guess you could be relieved that I finally stopped gabbing. Would you be perplexed to see this side of me you'd never … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: not the time to talk
Homophones are fun... and obnoxious. Great amusement can result from their intentional use and (often) unintended misuse. When it comes to learning spelling, homophones can be a source of intense frustration. For the purposes of understanding in the flow of conversation, homonyms are even worse. ho·mo·phone ˈhäməˌfōn,ˈhōməˌfōn/ noun each of two or more words having … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: homophones, for the times you say one thing when really you should mean the other
This flashlight... I'm not too sure what to say about it other than it is like the energizer bunny and it keeps going and going and going... No, really. Against all odds it keeps on shining. Its proud owner is my 2 almost 3 year old, Calah. For a year she's had this flashlight, loved it, … Continue reading Shine the light
My Ellie... Our type A, planner, organizer, have.to.know.how.everything.is.gonna.work.out little lady is having a rough go of being nine years old. Life is sure meeting her straight on with opportunities to stretch her character and grow in maturity... or not. It really is up to her and how she chooses to respond. Small interaction to show … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: do you trust me?
Did you think I'd forgotten? Did you forget? A little more than 4 months ago I wrote this post called: the dress. Near the very end of that there post I said: Easter is still about 4 months out. Let’s check back then, on her dress situation… sure, but more so on us… Let’s check back in on … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: the dress (check in)
Up at 6am, trying to be quiet to avoid waking the family, I stood in the kitchen waiting for the heating water to make tea. In the early morning light I wrote, filling in our daily board: notes for the day, jobs, meals... the words hit me kind of hard Not the literal meal, that … Continue reading Easter leftovers