Month: November 2016

Serving Others

Serving Others

Today I spent with my father at the heart doctor’s office.  As it often is, it was a long visit.  It turned into about a three and one-half hour wait.  I begin asking a few questions about mother’s parents (my grandparents).  My heart was touched…

QUITE A TOWN

QUITE A TOWN

I love this picture.  It is a picture of some of the early citizens of the town of Climax Springs taken in the 1800s. They are all standing around the old spring house.  There were many wonderful minerals in the spring water, which drew lots…

The Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch

I wanted to share a few works of art from my art students at Cornerstone Academy of the Ozarks. This picture is a watercolor painted by one of my first grade students.  The class chose to paint pictures of a pumpkin.  It seemed very appropriate for this time of year.  They are all second year students in our art program.  They did an amazing job last year and are already showing use of skills and techniques they learned last year. They are wonderful students.   I  am so proud of them.2016-11-16-20.06.13.png.png

They love for me to tell stories while they are painting.   Their favorite, of course, is the story of the snake art critic who watched me paint.  Their next favorite is probably my hunting story, or should I say, “my failure as a hunter.”  It is such a joy to teach these first graders.   I hope you enjoy their art work.

Cool Colors

Cool Colors

I do love teaching art at the Christian school.  I decided it would be fun to share some of their works during the holidays.  This is a watercolor painting of one of the fourth graders.  It is her first year in our class.  She has…

The School Play

The School Play

Children have so many opportunities to play sports and take lessons to learn new things.  I had the opportunity to learn piano and be a cheerleader for one year in Elementary School.  I didn’t do much else. I do remember one play I was in. …

A Teacher Experience

A Teacher Experience

2016-11-11-07.41.58.png.pngAlthough I would loved to have been able to home school our boys, I do believe God called me to be a teacher.  I had so many amazing experiences teaching and they continue even though I have retired.

I am a volunteer teaching art and writing curriculum for Cornerstone Academy of the Ozarks.  To it I bring all of the training and experience I had from  teaching in the public school.  One of those memorable experiences was a class I took at Northeast University in Kirksville.

I had applied to be selected for the class.  I was chosen along with 24 other people.  I arrived early to the classroom.  There were already many students in the room.  Some were in tears.  Others looked scared.  As I listened, I learned that the year before the professor had brought in the upper level chemistry textbooks to teach from.  The entire class could not pass and most had finally walked out and dropped the class.  As I sat pondering what to do, the professor walked in.  He laid his notebook on the podeum.  You could have heard a pin drop.  He looked up and said, “You can relax.  I learned my lesson last year.”  You could hear gasping sighs of relief, people readjusting in their chairs and supplies shuffling.

It turned out to be a wonderful class with problem solving, fun labs and everyone got about $300 in science equipment and supplies to take home to use in their classroom..  So thankful I was not in the first class.

The Ice Storm

The Ice Storm

There are alway severe winters in Missouri.  Some are worse than others.  One particular winter stands out in my mind.  It was December and I was to graduate from SBU.  I had almost completed my degree.  It was finals week.  The weather was reporting a…

Blessings

Blessings

I recently posted about the little peaches and cream house we grew up in.  I decided to paint a picture of it but unfortunately we have no good pictures of the house so the painting came mostly from my memories.  I wanted a picture to…