Staff Kid “Trick or Treat”

Tonight I was visited by: Larry, Moe, and Curly; Darth Vader, 2 Jedi Knights, a light-saber wielding someone, and an Ewok; a not-so angry Angry Bird; a giant Hershey chocolate bar; a life-sized Beanie Baby (complete with TY tag); some sort of knight; Nancy Drew; a guy named “William Wallace”; a bearded dude from Duck Dynasty; a princess; a monkey; the LION! that I forgot until just now;  a fictional character that I recognized but have now forgotten; a rather odd-looking creature with two 7th-grade heads, and a few random chaperones. I don’t have a picture of my costume, but here is the scenario with which I greeted the visitors:

It seems that there is a misunderstanding here. You all didn’t come to visit “The Little Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe”. Who would live in a shoe? Seriously? That’s crazy. And all those children living with her? No, no, that’s not how it was supposed to be. There was a typographical error. THIS is what the nursery rhyme should have said.

There was an old woman who lived in shoes

Surely you’ve read of her plight in the news

Sneakers and slippers and boots by a thread

She must be uncomfortable lying in bed.

But then one of the oldest trick-or-treaters commented: “You know, you DO have lots of children after all.” So, so true…

My one regret is that the Rice Krispies weren’t shoe-shaped. I didn’t have the time or a cookie-cutter mold. :P

Shoe ya later!

The Big Picture

This was a PowerPoint I prepared for a staff meeting, but the easiest way to share it is in .pdf format.

The Big Picture


But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You.

You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.

Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in You.

Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” Your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me joy.

If you keep My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

 (Psalm 5:11, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 28:7, Psalm 65:8, Psalm 86:4, Psalm 90:14, Psalm 94:18-19, John 15:10-12, Romans 12:11-13)

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Suitcases and sleep and stills

I wonder if the amount of sleep I am getting is proportional to the amount of stuff still in my suitcases. I am nearly 70% unpacked, and I’m getting about 70% of the sleep I need, or want, but it feels like “need.” 

The cats are still as fat and lazy as they always are. Grocery-shopping is still the same; prices might be higher, but I haven’t yet shopped with a fully-awake brain. A few buildings seem to have sprouted from nothingness along the main highway. Our new mall (just about walking distance from my house) looks finished on the outside, but still seems untouched on the inside. The school grounds have been freshly landscaped with flowers that hopefully will survive until school begins in LESS THAN THREE WEEKS! Our school receptionist still smiles. 

I still have two suitcases in my living room; one has much stuff inside, and the other has a cat: his choice. I am also still sleepy. It’s still summer, but school beckons. 

A few fotos (yes, I know that’s misspelled, as far as English-speakers are concerned)!

Oh, look: there are pictures! I chose a few to show off my summer. 


VBS in Lexington, SC


Mom and me (“Me and mom” technically, but that’s not good grammar!)


Bwana Paul and me… what a legacy he has given to LBC.


Some of my favorite teenagers…

ImageYes, you too can learn to appreciate soccer and understand the “offsides” rule.



The Wizard of Oz museum in Wamego, KS



Highlights by Chez Jenna!


Welcome, or welcome back!

I’ve gone through phases with this blog. Before it existed, I wrote long, detailed emails. I was advised to put those stories here, and I did, but then life got in the way. I resurrected it, then let it idle, at least two or three times.

However, there are so many stories that need to be told, so I will make a mid-year resolution (again!) to post here more often than “almost never”. Comments are allowed, but they are moderated; I always read them, but don’t always post them.

If you haven’t read the other 170+ posts, feel free to wade through them. I do that myself now and then, just to see what I have forgotten!

<>< Brenda

The Neighborhood

Spring Break: the time when teachers catch up on all the things they wanted to do/needed to do in the first three-or-so months since Christmas break. My list of things to do on Spring Break was not that long: practice the accompaniment for the school’s musical, finish grading the last assignment for my math class, get Krispy Kreme doughnuts, write a blog post, and organize a few things in the apartment. If I write this blog post, I will have done only the last two things on my list, and it’s already Thursday morning. I’ll manage the grading and the practice, but Krispy Kreme is not gonna happen. Maybe another holiday…

One winter afternoon, on my way home from school, I saw something unusual on the sidewalk. It was so odd that I had to take a picture. Since my camera was out, I took a few more pictures on the way home. As you’ll see, I decided to “reverse” the process the next morning on the way to school, home again, and back.

Yep, that is a fishhead. What we call "sardines" would be called "hamsi" here. Somehow, one lone head was left on a snowy sidewalk.

69 C is more than 160 F... guessing the thermometer has malfunctioned again.

The park next to my house... look for this same picture tomorrow!

Snow stops at a respectful distance from the tall "crown" tree in front of my apartment building.

A water bill; should put this somewhere safe. One of the old customs is that bills must only be paid on certain days; I've got to wait a week before paying this, regardless of my plans.

A little snow fell overnight...

That would look nice in the living room next Christmas (though it wouldn't fit)! We'll see this tree tomorrow...

Someone's leftovers, perhaps? Peppers, discarded, snowed upon, waiting...

A little more white stuff on the way home, day 2

Snow has breached the defenses.

Safely home: white stuff continues to fall from the sky.

All this snow means a holiday for students and teachers; the crown tree just gets cold and wet.

The Christmas tree looks even nicer today, doesn't it?