October 24, 2006
Good Shepherd Training Academy
We were notified on Wednesday evening that all the Sunday School teachers needed to perform for a Talent Show on Sunday morning and the kids were going to vote for the best performance!

Triple Ugh! I am a "behind the scenes" person! But, I am also kind of competitive and figured if I was going to make a fool out of myself, I wanted to win!!

After much debate ... I was originally going to pose as a Chef and pretend to cook something zany, but couldn't find the items I wanted. (rubber chicken, etc.) I also planned on having some treats to share in order to solicit votes!!

So, dh and I decided to work together. (I was originally going to leave him on his own!!)

One teacher did a poem from Shel Silverstein ... it was great. One lip synced with some volunteers from the audience, and one (which I thought was by far the best!) wrapped her son in a sheet, then wrapped herself and covered her head with one, and then sat him on her lap and made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He got a tad messy and had to taste it, and she forgot the bread so she used her hands! She did a lot of hand motions with her hands and was a bit dramatic in the making. Enjoyed that!!

I was the Master Canine Trainer for the Good Shepard Dog Training Academy. And of course he was my Honor Dog Graduate! My talent was to train the untrainable!

I set up some stuffed animals ... and did tricks with them first while he was hiding in a classroom.
Of course Fluffy, after only one lesson could obey the command Stay! LOL!

We had fishing line on one and he performed "Come" really well.

The other stuffed ones did rollover, and played dead. Some of my little friends at church brought in their stuffed dogs for me. Love those little people!!

Then "Ruff" was introduced! He slurped water out of the bowl, got a little stubborn when I didn't give him a dog biscuit. I mentioned to the kids that he had been there a LONG time, and giving him a treat made him obey better. At one point he refused to obey, and a little voice rang out "Give him a dog biscuit!" It was so cute and sweet!

I asked him to "Shake" and he shook his whole body. Then I said, "No Ruff, Shake Hands!" We shook and then did one of those shakes where we gripped hands, touched elbows and all that "groovy" hand shake stuff. The kids laughed and laughed!!

The ending trick was him rolling over, and then playing dead. But when he wouldn't get up, I started asking the kids, what happened to him, what do I do??? Ruff, are you alive?? Then I said heroically "I know. HEAL Ruff" And he jumped up and laid hands on me and was alive. LOL! (We were in church after all!) They thought that was a hoot.

And ...

of course ...

we won!!


Photos of Ruff


October 17, 2006
Kool Aid Kid
Love this girl ...
hard not to feel a measure of joy when she graces you with a cheeky grin!


Teenagers ...
I have 3 teenagers ... need I say more? {ugh}


October 11, 2006
21 Rules to Live By
ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Choose a man you love to talk with to grow old with. As you get older, his conversational skills will be as important as any other quality.

THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want; but do each in moderation.

FOUR. When you say, "I love you," mean it.

FIVE. When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye, and mean it.

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dream or ideas, no matter how crazy. Dreams are some people's livelihood.

NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.

TEN. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN. Don't judge people by their relatives. (We can't help who we're related to either!)

TWELVE. Talk slowly, but think quickly.

THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"

FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN. Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

TWENTY-ONE. Spend some time alone for a little bit every day.


Three things in life ...
Three things in life that, once gone, never come back -
1. Time
2. Words
3. Opportunity

Three things in life that can destroy a person -
1. Anger
2. Pride
3. Unforgiveness

Three things in life that you should never lose-
1. Hope
2. Peace
3. Honesty

Three things in life that are most valuable -
1. Love
2. Family &Friends
3. Kindness

Three things in life that are never certain -
1. Fortune
2. Success
3. Dreams

Three things that make a person -
1. Commitment
2. Sincerity
3. Hard work