July 9

Happy 4th of July!

The best part of my summer is having the time to visit my family.  They live in three other states.  This year thirteen of us met at my brother’s in Cincinnati for the July 4th weekend.  It was the first time we’ve all been together in three years!  Thought I’d share a few photos with my blog family.  Hope you had a great holiday weekend too.

Kelsey and my sister

Kelsey and my sister

My brother and my niece

My parents and my nephew

My parents and my nephew

May 23


Wanted to share something about my sweet daughter.

Kelsey is very involved with SIFE at Belmont University. The goal of SIFE is to develop socially responsible business leaders. This week her team is competing in Kansas City. Her university will present on Wednesday.

From the Kansas City Star

About 3,000 college and university students are converging on the Kansas City Convention Center today though Thursday for the SIFE USA National Expo.

The annual competition of regional championship teams is a showcase of multimedia projects that are presented to panels of business-leader judges. Winning teams go on to represent the United States in world competition Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

This year’s competition requires the students to present projects “using business tools to improve the quality of life and standard of living for others.”

The teams will be rated on such criteria as how well their projects help entrepreneurs be successful, or how they help the unemployed learn skills to become employed, or how to improve the financial security of families or neighborhoods.

The event also includes a job fair at which about 50 companies will accept applications or recruit among the student participants.

SIFE, which originally stood for Students in Free Enterprise, is a nonprofit organization that encourages higher-education students to learn and use business tools “to create a better, more sustainable world.”

Update:  Just heard that they have made it to the semi-finals!

May 18

Letting Go

My daughter leaves today to study abroad in Spain.  I would appreciate if you would include her in your prayers.  She will live in a host home, take public transportation to the university, and participate in weekend excursions. She leaves knowing no one else on the trip.

As I have reflected on her departure, I’ve thought about our role as parents. Someone told me a long time ago that our job as parents is to prepare our children to leave us. From the minute they leave the womb, this role begins. There are their first steps, first day at school, and then the first sleepover. Later comes the first overnight class trip, the first date, and the first time they drive the car alone. Before you know it, you are leaving them at college. Our greatest challenge is to equip our children with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful and then to sense when they are ready for the next step on their journey. If they proceed with independence and confidence, you have been successful. Prayer and faith are your constant companions because as much as you love them, their heavenly father loves them even more.

I have invested in your children this year and they each hold a special place in my heart. They too are prepared for the next step in their journey as they move upstairs to third grade. As the years go by, I will still be here to offer encouragement and to celebrate their accomplishments with you! Please don’t hesitate to stop by my room.