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I will


Advent day 4 –
Luke 1:32 He will be great,
be called ‘Son of the Highest.’
The Lord God will give him
the throne of his father David;
33 He will rule Jacob’s house forever—
no end, ever, to his kingdom.”
34 Mary said to the angel, “But how? I’ve never slept with a man.”
35 The angel answered,
The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
the power of the Highest hover over you;
Therefore, the child you bring to birth
will be called Holy, Son of God.

Dance day! Rehearsal went well, but after going through recessional 3 times my ankle was swollen, it didn’t hurt, just was all swollen. So, I put it up for the rest of the day as much as I could and it was fine for dance and recessional when the time came, but swollen right after. I guess it wasn’t all the way better from whatever I did to it last week. The performace was I will, as in – I will go, I will do, I will help the body of Christ.

Hannah was excited to be wearing a tunic this time, but not excited to be wearing a leotard.

Grace’s class was wearing velour black pants, at one point they had 3 girls climbing on the knees of the other girls and they said the pants were slippery, but during performance they held on well.

I forgot to get a pic of Hannah and her class.

I heard afterward that the adult class was beautiful and we were together and on time with everyone and the music. You’ll have to take their word for it because no one taped me, but I did feel like we were portraying the song better than in the past. Now, off to wash leotards, shirts, skirts, bloomers and tights.




I had my doc appointment first thing, she took x-rays and promptly put me in two splints. They were on the wrong hands in this pic, I fixed it later.

One for a broken thumb and the other for a ‘abnormality’ on my radius, so I think that is a thin hairline fracture. I went to coffee with the NIA crew, then back home for some school. Dance went well, not very graceful, but it looked okay. I made this for the group, it’s the bridge to our song.

Devotionals were on sharing our burdens with those who can be praying for us and hold us accountable. It kind of touched on the idea from Bible study, don’t let cracks in your heart where the devil can take hold, confess your sins and ask for help so you can overcome the lies of the enemy. I’m doing the B&W challenge again, day 1 –

One more hat done.




It was a lazy morning for school. Grace did some Physical Science, Agri Science and History. Hannah had reading and reading and reading and math.

Dance devotionals – Setting hostages free.

The enemy loves to invade and take control. Doubts, questions, lies, fear, anxiety, self worth, bitterness. He wants you in a prison, easily controlled. He wants you held back, restrained, feeling like you can’t do what God wants you to do. Make no mistake, God came and set you free, but the choice to stay in your prison with the doors wide open is your own choice. You might feel that you deserve to be there or you might be comfortable with it, afraid to venture out into the unknown. God is greater than the enemy, He sets you free (John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.) Jesus came to destroy the devil (I John 3:8 The Son of God entered the scene to abolish the Devil’s ways…) He came to unloose you, release you, untangle you, untie you, unbind you from the enemy. Everyone thinks that they are alone in their prison, whatever that may look like, but we are not alone. That’s why we need to tell our story, tell about how we walked out of that prison, how we were unbound from the chains of the enemy, because in telling your story you might be helping someone else. 

Looking forward to a sunny park day tomorrow after our dreary day.



We got a lot of school done despite Bethany and James being home. I got to go to breakfast with my Schnooke, look at that French toast.

This week I’m starting Happy pics, a picture that makes me happy. Day 1 – one of my favorite spots on the Highline canal trail.

We didn’t go over devotionals during dance, instead we jumped right into the dance and got a lot done on it. Anne and I got to chat at the coffee shop after dance, which was nice.

Dance – observation day


We did some school, the girls went to McD’s for lunch, then we headed to dance. Observation day was supposed to be last week, but got moved to this week because of the power outage (and no dance.) I didn’t get to see Hannah (since I was in class), but Grace’s dance is great.

We kept walking back and forth waiting for classes, the clouds looked like waves of sand in the air.

Devotionals today were based on bearing one another’s burdens while still talking about forgiveness.

1-3 Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.

Asking others about their burdens so we can help them and coming with our burdens to those we trust so they can help us. Being the hands and feet of Jesus, but realizing that He may be asking us to help with someone close, not just those who are far away. Finding opportunities to hold those that hurt, because when one part of the body hurts, the whole body feels it.

I’m doing the B&W photo challenge, day one was today.

Someone threw a pumpkin in our backyard and Maisy thought it was the bomb!

After dinner we went to the post office to mail off Joel’s birthday presents, the sunset was nice.



Devotions –

Mark 11: 25-26 And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.”

Forgiveness – to set free, let go, release

Luke 17:3-6 3 So each of you needs to be careful. If your brother sins [against you], confront him about it, and if he has a change of mind and heart, then forgive him. 4 Even if he wrongs you seven times in a single day, if he turns back to you each time and says he’s sorry and will change, you must forgive him. The Lord’s Emissaries: 5 We don’t have enough faith for this! Help our faith to grow! Jesus (pointing to a nearby sycamore tree): 6 It’s not like you need a huge amount of faith. If you just had faith the size of a single, tiny mustard seed, you could say to this huge tree, “Pull up your roots and replant yourself in the sea,” and it would fly through the sky and do what you said. So even a little faith can accomplish the seemingly impossible.

I have always heard these verses separately, forgive and have faith. But, the verses are really meant to go together. Unforgiveness needs to be dug out from the roots or it will grow back. The tree that Jesus is talking about has roots that are deep and intertwined. To kill the tree you can’t just cut off the top, you have dig it out by the roots. This tree grows quickly, just like the bitterness from unforgiveness can grow quickly when untouched. The fruit of the tree is pungent and bitter, the more that we chew on the trespasses of others against us (known to them or unknown), the more bitter and sour we become. Jesus says that with just a tiny bit of faith, the tree can be taken up by the very roots and flung into the sea. So too, with a bit of faith you can forgive others or seek their forgiveness and take the bitterness, unforgiveness, the death of your joy and uproot it. By this act of faith you are setting free, letting go and releasing yourself and the other person from the downward spiral of unforgiveness.

I did NIA in the morning and after dance I just wanted to curl up on the couch. I still wasn’t feeling well. Tuesday the girls played around, did a tiny bit of school and I went to a Teacher’s Day Out and I think that is going to be a thing from now on. Some people can’t make it to evening TNO’s, so a TDO makes sense, plus I’m all over getting out one afternoon a month to meet with other Moms.


River sampling, dance


It was low flow sampling time, so Grace had normal, blank and duplicate metal samples to get, regular samples to test, nutrient jug and cylinder samples plus duplicates of those and physical habitat. One good thing was it was really low flow, the Platte had one small space to squeeze through since Marcy Gulch was pushing sand out into the river, we could walk from one bank to almost the other at our sample spot, so the stream depth reading was like – 0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0, 0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,…….2″, 6″, 12″, 18″, 12″, 6″, 3″, 0, 0, seriously. Back at home she did the pH, hardness, alkalinity and DO and I checked off our supply list for the next day. We plan on dropping samples tomorrow and picking up EDTA, Sulfuric acid, filters, bottle, acid pillow packets, labels and 2 other chemicals – we were running low on a bunch of stuff, I didn’t realize how low until she went out in the field with 1 filter…oops.


Left bank/Right bank

Looking from the far left bank where we had to start stream depth.

Just a pretty Fall water picture.

The sand bar from above.

By the time she finished testing, it was time for Hannah and me to go to dance. We missed last weeks dance and devotional, I gather it was on working on the fruit of the Spirit from the inside, Holy Spirit, will, emotions and then fruit – since fruit always starts from the inside. Today’s devotional was about the body of Christ.

I Corinthians 12:5-6 Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful:

Jesus is the head, the church is the body. No part is indispensable and all parts need to work together. Everyone has something that they are gifted with, to use to help the body, the world and to glorify God.

-We are a reflection of Christ and we are not doing a good job of imitating Christ and becoming more like Him.
-God is relational, as a body so are we. That’s why we should rejoice with those that rejoice, weep with those that weep, love others, meet with others, serve others.
-We need to walk with the body to grow in Christ, the path of life is not meant to be traveled alone.
-If the body is not working properly it won’t function the way the God intended.

Yes, we are broken people, we are not perfect, but the more we lay down ourselves and focus on Jesus, the more we will be like Him, the more we will love, the more we will serve, the better the body will be.

Roman 12:4-9 4-6 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.

6-8 If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face. 9 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it.

I Corinthians 6:19-20 Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.

My teacher was at the hospital with a friend, so we had a sub which meant that we didn’t get to start on our dance. Grace was super happy to find out her dance – For King and Country’s Love Like You’re Not Scared. Hannah found out her song too, but I can’t remember it.

I dropped the girls at home and flew as fast as I could to the DMNS for the educator night. James met me there and we had food, drinks and perused some museum exhibits and I gathered flyers from a ton of SCFD organizations, some of them I didn’t know about and some of them have free educational outings – cool!

We also got to see some raptors, always cool.