Priorities learned through a pile of rubble!

This is where The Inventor sat and had lunch everyday for the last 6 months.  Yep it’s her middle school cafeteria, can’t you tell!?!?  Or should I say what was left of the cafeteria.

Our school district opened a BRAND NEW middle school this year, the kids were able to move in, in March.  Fortunately they were able to stay in their old school until the new one was finished.

But now they have moved onto a beautiful new school the old school is being demolished.  Every morning when I drop off the Inventor I get to witness this former shell of a school, once filled with screaming hormonal middle schoolers, now being razed!

This WAS once a thriving school, just a few weeks ago, now it is NOTHING but a pile of ruble, dust and brick.

Every morning this building reminds me of this line, from an old poem.

We’ve Only One Life ~ It Soon Will Be Past ~ Only What’s Done For Christ Will Last

I am also reminded of these verses from Corinthians

10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 14If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

So many “things” of this world will all fade away, but the things we do for Christ is what truly matters…..the other things will be gone, just like The  Inventor’s middle school!  The old will pass away and everything will become new.

That demolished school reminds me every morning to  focus on building eternal matters, to keep my priorities on things that will last into eternity.  Some days, since we are so busy that is hard……but that shell of a building does a nice job of bringing it all into perspective each morning.

Can you see the new Middle School off in the distance?  The old school is now almost completely gone.

Only the new remains.

Friday Fave Five

It’s NICE to be  back to blogging and  participating in my favorite Friday Fave Five!  I have missed all of you!

My week started with a PERSONAL DAY from school on Monday!  I can not tell you what a nice day this was!  Drums and I had what I like to call a Marriage Mender day.  We just enjoyed some time being together!  We went to this amazing smorgasbord for breakfast!  Oh my can you say Oink, Oink….yes that would have been me. 🙂  So after  indulging in sheer gluttony, we headed out on a “rails to trails” bike ride.  It was a lovely ride through a heavily forested area, with several historical landmarks along the way.  It was such a pleasant day, and so needed!

Another fave this week was FRESH Strawberries!!  I am a big advocate of the Buy Local, Buy Fresh movement.  Living in the middle of farm country, fresh produce is easy to find and strawberries are abundant this time of year.  Wow is all I can say about strawberries!

A long bike ride on a lovely spring evening is another favorite!  Being so busy the last 2 weeks, I have not been able to keep up with my exercise routine.  So this week I have been back at it…..and a bike ride in the peaceful countryside is always a joy for me.  I have arthritis in my right knee, and I have found the more active I am the less it bothers me!

Wild Phlox!  They are blooming all over our woods.  The Inventor picked a TON of them the other day,  and put them in a vase .  They sure add a nice touch of spring to our house.

And certainly last but not least….. is something I am looking forward to this Sat.  I AM GETTING A MASSAGE!! Drums and The Inventor got me a gift card for a massage at Christmas…..and yes I know this is May…..but this busy mom is finally getting that massage.  Can’t wait!

For more favorite, please stop by and visit with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

I’m baaaaaack!!

YES!  I have finally emerged from the depths of the dirty laundry,  came out of the evil smelling baseball game porta-potty, and survived driving  five crazed teenage boys to a Phillies baseball game…yes I can now return to my beloved blog!

Wow it’s been a fun, crazy 2 weeks.

The Inventor made us all proud with her straight A’s this year, and was honored with a special “Honors Tea” at her school.   My little tomboy looked quite lovely the night of the tea.

Now on the other hand….SportTman…well you be the judge would you be the proud mom?  Yes, he is sitting in a grocery cart!

And yes you did read correctly, I actually survived, and am able to blog about my experience driving 5- 9th and 10th grade teen boys to a Philadelphia Phillies game.  First, they sang loudly and out of key to every song on the radio, next they turned ALL my driving moves into a relentless litany of baseball terms and last and certainly not least they yelled at “hot girls” in a car next to me.

All in all, I must say I did have a blast with them.

And yes I did assert my motherly power at one point.  I  locked the power windows while they were still down.

They wanted to tape a sign to the window that said “Honk if you are Horny!” They were all yelling at the one boy to put up his window.  He kept saying I can’t, something is wrong with it. I silently smiled to myself until the boys figured out what I had done!

I drew the line there, windows would not go up until they gave me the sign.  Is that skill or what….all while managing traffic on a busy turnpike!

Drums also drove a van full baseball boys to the game.  We met up at the game and got to hang out!

And yes I must admit I have actually found myself getting used to the evil port -a -pots, that I have learned to endure during baseball season.  Geez I was in one the other day, it had the name plastered on the outside of it,  “Pot of Gold!”

Wow, I can assure you that pot had NO gold in it!

But the port-a -pots are worth it all when I get to see my kid hit a triple like Drums captured in this shot of him!

Yep, it is a busy life we live, we are very involved in our kids activities.   It leaves me with little “me time.”  But I work hard to keep it all in perspective and balance.  Because before I know it my kids will be grown and gone, and I will have LOTS of time for me time! 🙂  So for now, I work my Sat. mornings balancing a bit of me time ( stopping for my FAVORITE coffee on the way to a chicken BBQ fundraiser) and then putting yummy smelling BBQ chicken in bags for 3 hours!

Yes, God has blessed our family, and I am thankful for this season of life!!

P.S Leave a comment and I promise to visit your blog……this is my way of getting back to visiting all my beloved bloggy friends!

So…………..where ya been?

Well first, I accidently dropped my laptop and cracked the hard drive.  Yep you read that right!!  Can you believe it!!?

And for us techie moms this borders on a CRISIS!!  I have a loaner computer for now, but I am lost, it does not have my bookmarks, photos, music etc.  And I can’t figure out how to get into my Twitter account.  Geez!

So…….I haven’t been able to visit any blogs or visit my own blog for that matter.

So I am thinking it is time to take a short blog break!    I will be back when I can get a computer with “all my stuff on it.”   Plus, I must say life has been a bit hectic with the kids sports… as Arnold once said, “I’ll be baaaack!”

And I will be posting a VERY yummy recipe for those “whoppie pies” I mentioned in my last post.

This blog post is also compliments of Drums and The Inventor who did the grocery shopping for me today…as a special birthday surprise.  Yep, 1st day of May is my big day.  So I am relishing some free time, and was finally able to figure out how to get back onto my blog. 🙂