Does anyone know how to remove permanent marker off a kitchen table?  Anyone?  Sadly, I do.  This isn’t the first time one of my kids took a sharpie to furniture.  Luckily, Google can solve (most) things.  Did you know that toothpaste removes sharpie?  It’s magic.

Today was Em’s birthday, but I spent it with Sam.  I don’t get a lot of time with just Sam, so whatever I can get I take.  I like to spend time with each of my kids alone often.  Life is so hectic and crazy and they are growing up so fast.

This morning I got a call that Sam’s doctor who she had been seeing frequently for the past almost year died.  I told Sam what happened.  She wouldn’t be seeing him anymore, but there would be a new doctor.  Of course, it hurt her.

All day, I thought about my encounter with this guy.  He was only a few years older than me.  We just had an appointment with him over Spring Break.  Who knew he had so few days left.  No one knows when their day will come.  What will we leave behind?  Good memories?  Bad memories?  Alot or a little memories?

He obviously made a positive impact on Sam.  Isn’t that what we all need to strive for?  Making positive impacts?

Today, Sam and I went to Columbia for the teacher rally.  She made her own sign and we dressed in red.  It’s been a while since I got to be with just Sam and not bring the other babies.  She had a smile on her face the whole time and it melted my heart.

The time I spend with my kids is valuable and precious.  When I see a permanent marker scribble on the table, or a mound of laundry it’s because God gave me these little loves to take care of.

When the days get insane, I like to remember that it won’t always be like this.  Sam is growing up so fast, and it seems like just yesterday she wasn’t even born and I was imagining what kind of person she would be.  Now she is growing into a unique and funny kid.

I was talking to my brother months ago about my job.  As you know, I am a teacher.  I was telling him about some struggles I was encountering.  He said, “Teaching is a calling.”  What, being a priest, preacher, nun… those are callings.  How can a teacing be a calling?  As I thought about what he said, it made sense.  We are teaching and impacting kids.  God is calling us to look out for the little ones he put on this earth.  It is important to live in a way that you impact other people positively.

Whoever said, “The days are long but the years are short” (I can also add chaotic) had it SO right.  So today I really reflected on the shortness of life.  James 4:14 says that “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanishes away.”  How true that is.

Make the most of it.



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