Rivers in the Desert

Rivers in the Desert

Recently it has been such a changing time for everyone. Some have endured tradegy, others worry and fear and some trying to keep the norm. For all, it is difficult and trying times. John and I are trying to follow the guidelines and spending much…

Feeling Excited

Feeling Excited

Amazon Well the last time I posted I was on the closet floor surrounded by picture boxes looking for a very specific picture. It was a picture of our family pet cow. And a pet she was. Not everyone has a pet cow but if…

A Child is Born

A Child is Born

Recently we were blessed by attending the baptismal service for one of our grand daughters. It is truly a joy to know that she has accepted Jesus as her Savior and desires to follow Him in baptism. It was a beautiful service and the image…

Country Kids and City Kids

Country Kids and City Kids

  Another of my works in progress.   I always loved the children’s book “Country Mouse and City Mouse.   It reflects a great picture of each experience.  I myself am a country girl.  I grew up in the country and hope I get to…

The Selah Project

The Selah Project

Some of the ladies at our church have started meeting to do mission projects.  We started with the Shelah Project.  We are making baby gowns for newborns that are still born or live only a short time after birth.  The gowns are made from donated…

All Men are Created Equal

All Men are Created Equal

Writing curriculum is one of those things I really enjoy doing.  It is harder to do when I am not the one who teaches it.  Being able to help the teacher visualize the big picture is a challenge.  But the most important element is making…

The Value of Reading

The Value of Reading

Love this picture my son painted.  He is the real artist in the family.  I spent the day at school today.  It was test day.  I also got to spend some time going over art contest results.  The kids did such a great job this…

Road Encounters

Road Encounters

We are on the search once again for a new car.  My hubby is not a fixer-upper so keeping our vehicles updated helps.   I don’t really have much opinion about the vehicle we drive; color, model etc.  When I was younger I always wanted…

The Silver Lining

The Silver Lining

Over the years I have written and directed a few bible schools.  Just like my teaching I like everything to be themed.  Our church home for a few years was First Baptist Church of Osceola.  At the time the church building stood just a short…

The Scavenger Hunt

The Scavenger Hunt

    My classroom was always designed around a theme.  A detective unit or a study of a country might be the theme.  Whatever it was there was always some fun activities.  One of those special activities was a scavenger Hunt.  I typed up a…

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Every year we took a trip to see our great United States of America.   As a teacher I loved seeing historical places that would enrich my teaching.  We had visited Independence Rock where settlers had passed by signing and dating it.  It was fun…

Moving Day

Moving Day

My son and his family are preparing for a big move.  Their growing family has out grown their present house.   Not enough bedrooms and no room for the toys.   I grew up in a family and a house the same size.  We didn’t…

My Van Gogh Moment

My Van Gogh Moment

It has been a while since I last put a story on my page.   Life sometimes steals us away momentarily.  I have not been painting much, one of those wilderness times where much is happening, but going nowhere. The summer has been busy and…

“Take a Run at It.”

“Take a Run at It.”

Being a farm raised girl you might think tractors would not be an issue for me.  However, that never seemed to be the case.  I had two brothers who were always ready to do chores that required driving the tractor.  So I didn’t drive the tractor…

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day

I Love the 4th of July.  It is a time to get together with family and friends, maybe even go back to the old home place.  Many of us enjoy the cookouts and fireworks that make this holiday unique.  We always used to make home…

Everyday is Precious

Everyday is Precious

​ I recently had the opportunity to visit with a beautiful young mom who has three small children.  “The time is moving so fast!” She said,  “How can I slow it down?  We are just too busy.”  How true that is. Most don’t even realize it…

The Pick-up Truck

The Pick-up Truck

​ My youngest son’s growing family of six has left them with only one vehicle they can all ride in.  The children are little and car seats are big.  So it takes one good sized seat space for each one. I am so thankful for…

The Homestead 

The Homestead 

This weekend my grandchildren got to spend the night at the homestead farm, the same house I slept in at that age with my grandparents.   It was a joy to know they had spent the evening surrounded by all those happy memories and getting…

God’s Love

God’s Love

​ I painted this picture for a friend upon his request.  The painting came out quite interesting, as it appeared to have a face looking down on the three crosses.  Although I did not plan to paint a face in it, it certainly reveals a…

Where is Jan?

Where is Jan?

There are some stories in our life that we never live down.  I started kindergarten at age 4.  We went to E C Meservey In Kansas City. My sister was in second grade.  I don’t remember the building, but she described it as a big…

Elly May

Elly May

Family has always been important to me.  I have tried to instill in my children and now my grandchildren the love and importance of staying connected with family. Growing up I was very shy.  I always felt awkward and not as pretty as my sister. …

The Door

The Door

Our lives are filled with new doors opening.  Sometimes we walk through.  Other times we pass by on the other side.  As you get older you can look back and wonder if there were some doors you should have entered.  My mother often said, “You…

Enter the Narrow Gate

Enter the Narrow Gate

For Christmas my husband gave me The Founder’s Bible (https://thefoundersbible.com).  I am totally enjoying reading God’s Word along with historical messages and accounts of our forefathers. For our wisest people to deny the facts and the words of these men and women who wrote them, seems…

The Wagon Ride

The Wagon Ride

I am so blessed to get daily pictures of my grandchildren.  When this one came up I knew I had to paint it.  Love, love, love it!!! My father has always loved wagons and buggies.  Growing up, we often got to ride on a horse…

It’s the Little Things

It’s the Little Things

Christmas has taken on a whole new joy with the presence of all the little grandchildren.  It is always fun to see what their favorite present will be, usually the little package.  The one you would least expect.  I love to try and capture that…

Words of Thanks

Words of Thanks

I spent my entire life working with children.  Because I was one of those who began kindergarten at 4 years old, I graduated from high school at age 17 and received my Elementary/ art degree at age 21.  I wrote and directed Bible Schools, summer…

The Big Snow

The Big Snow

We all have stories of the big snowfall.  As I ponder winters past, not one stood out more than others.  I am not a fan of cold but I realized memories of snow were some of my favorite.  One of my favorites was Christmas caroling…

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 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. …