Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"Do One Thing Each Day that SCARES You!" ~Just Good Advice

Looks like it's straight from the pups' mouths...
There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not dare to do them.
~Charles D. Gill

It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.
~Author Unknown

The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.
~Author Unknown

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
~Thomas Alva Edison

The shell must break before the bird can fly.

Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right.
~Henry Ford

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down.
~Allen H. Neuharth

Talking with a friend last night...
Part of the conversation was about change and growth. How it's never easy. How you can get caught in a comfort zone, content to stay put, not motivated to move beyond it for fear of... whatever you name it. Anyway I was inspired. Hence my million and one quotes today. More to encourage my own self than anyone else but I'm willing to share. Sometimes it's interesting to meander back through the chapters of your life to peek at all the events that have led you up to where you find yourself right now! Then it's kinda scary and exciting to guess where your headed, as if you can ever really tell ha ha ha . You just never know what God has planned. That, I think is a blessing. Many times we (by we I mean I) couldn't have handled knowing. God knows. That's sufficient. He'll fill me in when appropriate. In the meanwhile I'm supposed to be about the business at hand. Watching for the moments when He surprises me with a curve ball or maybe a dip...kinda like a dance. LOL, yeah, that's more like it. Twirling around the dance floor with God, let Him lead and try to keep up! Woooooowhoooooo! What a ride:) Sometimes fast songs, sometimes slow...just stay with Him.

Walking home from school
the other day I stopped to chat with a couple of the kids who were playing on this little ice hill that has formed on a small elevation next to the building. They would climb to the top then ride the slight incline down to flat ground on their feet. The whole thing couldn't be more than 8 feet long. Anyway when we had sufficiently exchanged pleasantries I said good bye and turned to start plodding home. I was a good 50 yards away when I heard little Katie call out after me "See you around Crocodile!" I had to laugh out loud at her experimentation with language... "Okay then After Awhile Alligator!" I hollered back.

A Pair of Skiers
Students and teachers alike have been swishing about on the school skis the last month or so. You might even say that cross country skiing is going viral in Quinhagak lately. Principal Eric even order us 6 more pair from one of our favorite ski shops back home in Hayward, Wisconny New Moon! But the sight I witnessed the other day took the cake, Michael and Karen evidently were only able to check out one pair between the two siblings. Apparently they had compromised by making the most of their set dividing it down the middle. Each of them step/sliding along - one boot, one pole and one ski. That's how much we love skiing right now in Quin. Better to have only 1/2 a set than to not ski at all.

At Least He Thinks He Knows His History
One of my high school students forgot my name today, some impression I must be leaving, eh? Pay no attention to the fact that he has been my student since the start of the school year and was on my cross country team. "Hey little girl," he directs my way. "Alden!" I respond " I know you aren't seriously referring to me right now??" " Yeah, yeah I was. Who else do you think I was talking to?" he confirms unapologetically as though this was a normal occurrence. "'Hey Little Girl', is not what you should call me," I reprimand ready to seize this proper etiquette teachable moment. "Well, then what do you want me to call you??" He shoots back, "Sacajawea with bling?" The moment was lost as Connie busted out laughing from the other side of the room having overheard our conversation while I was doubled over snorting around in my own right. Alden. Enough said. So we took a picture of me to capture the moment, here's posing to give you a visual of his witty comeback. This key chain was actually beaded by a former student back in Wisconsin. I've gotten tons of compliments on it. Everyone loves it up here as much as me, so it truly is 'bling'!

My Wednesday's Resolution: Also known as My One thing that Scares Me Today! Tonight I will do the Dishes! Yes, my friends I've been ignoring them for over a week now, there I said it. I just needed to rebel, if only against myself! But now there are no dishes left and the counter space is rapidly disappearing so I am letting go of this rebellious stand off with me starting tonight. Bring on the dish pan hands!

To those of you down states: Happy Ground Hog's Day! Dang hogs don't even live in Alaska. 6 more weeks of winter always 6 more weeks... Connie enthusiastically chimes in, "But we do have squirrels."

Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands." Isaiah 43:19


  1. LOVE the keychain. It's pretty warm here too in Anchorage. snow's falling and i sure want to take the kids out sledding. I always wish I were home tho.
    Oh yeah, were you able to talk to Steph about the Daniel disks?


  2. I was tempted 2 tell u but fought my lips to keep shut. I'm surprised you didn't get it with all my many clues. Now do you remember that I said that one day you're going to go home from after school and find out your dishes are already done? That day has come to pass :) Mrs. Jaye

  3. Karen - Mrs. Jaye! I was all mentally prepared to spend the evening in the sink. But when I walked into the kitchen somehow miraculously (Mrs. Jayeously rather) my mountain was a sparkling squeaky clean work of art dried in the sink! Am I in heaven I wondered? No as my cinderella friendshared with me, "I was just helping a friend out." She even packed her own water! I owe her big time.
    QUYANA Karen you totally blessed me!