We always had a blast and filled the time with fall activities like having a campfire and making caramel apples. I'm so glad I made the effort because now I can look back and know I didn't wish away any of the time I had with my "little" kids--even though it went by in the blink of an eye! In one year my granddaughter will be starting school--that's how much time has gone by!
I guess that's why I fill my books with kids and animals--I can't imagine life without them! Here's the most recent book in my "Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys" series--there's definitely a great kid character in this one! (Check out precocious Lucky HERE!)
WHOA...I barely got used to the neighborhood kids being here during the day and now it's almost time to send them back to school? Time really does fly.
If you have kids, you probably get all their school supplies together. You carefully label each item with a neatly printed name. Your younger kids agree to the first day of school outfit, your teenage daughter agonizes over it, your talk your teenage son out of wearing yesterday's jeans... Before you know it, you're forcing them to stand on the porch for their picture. Cherish the moments!!
When the kids are slaving away in their classes...take a break with a fast-paced, catch-your-breath Texas Ranger. Heath's story is still on sale.
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School... Kindergarten. Junior High. High school college. Masters. In the blink of an eye it's done-
Now I have three in my family that are teachers and it certainly offers a unique perspective into teaching. I have a much greater respect than when I was in school, for sure. Though I did have my "favorite" teachers--Mrs. Beer, the young, fifth grade teacher with a handsome army husband who'd come to visit in full dress uniform. Mr. Herring, American History--who looked like a large Irish elf, but with a laugh and a wit that made teaching fun! And my beloved Art teacher, Mrs. Nebola, whom I credit with drawing out my creativity and teaching me not being afraid to use it! "Never give up. Things can always be changed," she'd say.
When I had my first book signing in my hometown, I remember there was a sudden snowstorm and I feared not a soul would show. Guess who walked in that door? Mrs. Nebola. I told her then and will always believe that through her guidance, I now paint pictures with words, and creating a painting is exactly how I approach my writing.
SO TO ALL THE TEACHERS BEGINNING A NEW YEAR-
THANK YOU!! YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE EACH AND EVERY DAY!
I'd like to share the story of one of the best teachers I know, Aimee Worth-Kinnison who, with a carload of elementary students, brought down the Grinch of End of the Line one fateful Christmas Eve....
|School teacher, Faith Featherby|
Then one teacher said we would start all of his classes with a reading time of 10 or 15 minutes. We would just sit silently and read anything we wanted. I couldn’t believe some of my fellow students didn’t love this!
A great teacher is an amazing gift. In my short story Following Faith (currently only available in the Journey of the Heart anthology), my heroine Faith Featherby is a school teacher in a remote Oregon logging camp. She is unjustly fired from her job and discovers a new life, and a new love, after a single day riding a sacred Medicine Hat horse.
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL MEMORY?