Red carpet runway… for the kiddos

Elegance… “kindergarten-style”…  is true elegance.

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Learning the finest manners… through real life experiences!

Boys who extend their arms, gratifying “ladies first.”
Boys who pull their chairs out for their dates.
Guys who hold the doors for the girls.
Boys properly asking girls for a dance.

You may shake your head at the old fashioned flare. But this Mama’s so happy to find teachers who take the time to teach elegance in our schools!

Teaching through unforgettable experiences.

Kids walk the red carpet. Pose. Smile for nearly 50 lens vying for the perfect shot. Elementary girls scream like Bieber is in house!

“First grader Natalie… escorted by second grader Michael.” Then the kids, feeling like celebrities, walk into a classroom transformed into an whimsical splendor.

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This is Elegant Day. Toasting the letter E and Everything Excellent, Entertaining, and Extraordinary.

Dressing in your best, and behaving like gentleman.
Manners: please, thank you, and “you look lovely”.
Delicate foods: chewing with your mouths closed.
Napkins: are to be used.
New foods: deserve a chance!

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This day of practical application has more value than any class can offer.

When we take the 5 guys off the farm – and into the city –  new demands are in place. We simply say, “This is just like Elegant Day.” We get results! Free desserts because their manners are superior.  Strangers stop and notice. Waitresses write notes on our napkins. The lessons stick. The attitudes change. The manners appear. Because they’ve learned in kindergarten – what they need to know as men.

Oh…. and not all waitresses have loved us. For many years – a $25 tip would hardly suffice because: three high chairs and one kind on the loose is overwhelming; macaroni and cheese  smeared on wallpaper is not appetizing; and tables that look like tornadoes are not cool.

But, thanks to Elegant Day, you’ll stand by our table and hear 5 guys with lots of “may I’s”, “please”, and “thank yous.”

And for all the headaches and fights and nagging and reminders it takes to get to that point……………..“You’re Welcome!” 🙂

Walking the red carpet... in their finest apparel!

Walking the red carpet… in their finest apparel!

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It’s a new day: let’s run.

Running keeps a family together!

Running keeps a family together!

Does a singer need a Country Music Award to be a “star?”  Do we have to win a race to be a “runner”?

My P.R. is mine – but nothing to brag about. My split isn’t negative. 50-state runner’s club: not a member. I may never run a full. But, I’ve logged hundreds of S-L-O-W miles. I’m a Mom who loves to run!

I stay outside of the circle of being called a “runner.” I reserved it for the fast ones. The athletic. the graceful. the chiseled muscled humans. For just about anyone – but me.

After Boston’s tragedy –  many people, like this Mom,  with great pride stepped into the runner’s circle.  The worldwide runner’s family.

Like the burning muscles after a long run, our hearts tightened for the loved ones on the sidelines, and the ones who were steps from completing their marathon – their journey. And the ones who were hoping to make their personal history.

The fans are a runner’s life line. Our energy. Our push. Strangers become encouragers. So many times, they understand the sacrifice and months of dedication it takes to cross the line. The aching muscles, the euphoria.

Crying at the news at the Boston finish line, and begging for answers…  my legs twitched.  Burning for a good run. Go out. Run far. Run faster than yesterday. Run for them. Run for the brokenness of the world! Go run… 

We run for change. We run for a better tomorrow.

Digging deep… we will keep running!  to remember. to resolve. to restore. to recreate a beautiful love for the finish line.

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We are RADIATING RUNNERS with a remarkable resilience.

*** We’re always looking for more members of our runner’s family! If this Mommy can do it…. anyone can!!!!

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A prom moment… without the bling.

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Prom Dress (Photo credit: Birdies100)

It wasn’t her dazzling dress or his black tux. It was their eyes.

They weren’t in love. But it was love. real love.

The moment was so brief.. only a keen eye could  have stolen it. But, I was watching. Because I love to watch them.

A high school junior guy… good natured, sweet, charismatic and tender.

And a senior girl… beautiful, sophisticated, brilliant and unselfish.

One – a victim of fetal alcohol syndrome. And one – who could care less.

Their prom: a night of a hundred expectations.

Grand march love songs. Spotlights. Bling. Lots of bling. Leopard decorations. Everyone looking their best – and everything perfect.  But those details faded into the gymnasium walls, because I was mesmerized by a precious moment. One of those moments that seemed in slow motion so I could hang onto it just a little. bit. longer.

This young man bent to choose a flower for his dazzling date – as all the guys did for the gals. Very routine. But as he handed this selection with great pride, the most beautiful young lady reached out her loving, open hand and accepted his token with a sparkle.  Genuine gratuity. Authentic shine of her character!  “Thank you,” she sweetly sang. He just grinned.  I’m the man. she loves it.


How wise are the ones who love. and accept love. The real love.

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Light my world…. tell me what you see!

Real winners were everywhere in our school speech contest today... but these four have honors that they get to hang on their wall!

Real winners were everywhere in our school speech contest today… but these four have honors that they get to hang on their wall!

“Her left eye is blindness. Her right eye nearly blind.

But don’t worry about her. She’s learned to see from her heart.

And when you learn to see from your heart, you will always have light.”

  • a very wise 5th grade North Dakota girl.

She spoke softly, yet everyone in the gymnasium was listening.

Her chocolate eyes peered above her speech contest’s papers, witnessing. Seeing.

Absorbing all the emotion.

You could almost hear the kids’ peeling back their minds to understand a girl who looks different. A girl who stands our in their school.

This brave sister shared a glimpse of an unknown, dark and scary world her nearly-blind sister lives. And showed the kids that her sister has overcome – and sees light everyday! Its in the way her sister treats others. In the way she chooses to live.

Tears streamed our cheeks as this heart-felt child poured her soul. She shared her admiration for her big sister. A precious bond. Blood, or no blood… an attachment.

“She’s the bravest person I know,” this young elementary student concluded.

A smile and a plea were on her face. get to know my sister.

She gracefully ambled her way back to her seat.

I wanted to jump to my feet! She deserves a standing ovation….

But, I sat glued to that folding chair. I wish I would have jumped!

That young lady gave us new eyes. A different perspective to an old student.

She was the voice to enlighten. The wisdom to guide.

A reminder of people we often overlook. Ones we don’t take a moment to understand, or to help.

Because this sister spoke up…. she stood up in front of her peers, her elders, and enlightened… She chooses a happier world!

Simple messages from our kids really can be our BEACONS!!! 

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Stop, drop…. SNOW!!!!

Glisten. Sparkle. Every blade of grass appeared as it had been dipped into a frozen tundra. A picture-perfect frost. Everywhere.  A perfect day for a snow angel – but guess who was watching?Image

No one could have walked away. Like a fine linen blanket, the snow’s virginity so perfect. But, falling to the temptation, I took a step onto the cotton-soft quilt, and felt a crunch beneath my feet.

 

I could feel the depths of a winter-long accumulation of one flake piled upon another. Was each flake’s identities yearning to be maintained, but instead conforming to the greater cause of a winter landscape? So cool!

 

The weight of my chiseled body (hahaha!) marked the snow. Robbing the snow of its perfection, my suddenly child-like body began to move my arms and legs simultaneously to create an angel. 

 

I giggled! I surrendered!

 

My body’s outline as a glorifying snow angel.  I could feel my clothing begin to moisten as the heat from my brief winter run began to melt the natural bed I had claimed. 

 

Faster, my arms waved their freedom. Freedom of any insecurities. Freedom of anger. Arms up so high above my head I begged the snow to melt my hard heart – and renew my spirit. One request after another. One plea. One wish. One dream. The perfect snow angel.

 

As I glanced to the heavens in humble adoration for the divinity in the moment, my heart nearly stopped. 

 

For there, in the most perfect blue sky, an angel. Tears ran from my eyes onto my frozen face. 

 

It’s silhouette of a cookie-cutter, perfectly tailored, angel.  It’s size filled the highest heavens. 

 

On the ground, I left my imprint on the hardened water, and in the heavens, the angel lasted but a mere whisper.

 

A perfect moment. To know that our angels are watching. Simply mirroring our moves. Everyday. One arm motion, one leg movement, one layer at a time.

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Dang….. that’s one of those days I’m glad I was too out of shape to run another mile! Instead… I took a moment to be gifted with so. much. more.  

 

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