Monthly Archives: December 2021

You’re Never Too Old to Hug Your Grandma

“You’re never too old to hug your grandma!”

Those were the wise words from Boston, the young teenage boy who had been babysitting my grandson while my daughter and I ran a few errands. He spoke those words after I summoned my grandson for a hug goodbye. I smiled at Boston then hugged my 6-year old grandson and joked, “Yeah, Tyus…even when you are 40.”🤩

I pondered my comment on my drive back home… How many years is it until Tyus turns 40? How old will I be when that happens? How old will I be when each of my grandchildren celebrate their 40th birthday? Will I even be alive by then to celebrate with them?

These thoughts certainly had me reflecting about life and where I hope to be when the youngest of my four grandchildren turns 40 (God willing, I’ll almost be a centurion when that happens 😲😀). Contemplating all of these thoughts at the end of the year is a good time for me to consider what my New Year’s resolutions might be. It also has me pondering what my one word could be for 2022. Hmmm… 🤔

I wonder…what can I do to help myself stay as healthy as possible in the last quarter or last third of my life so I can be around to celebrate my grands’ 40th birthdays? The bible offers me these words of wisdom: “The righteous will flourish…they will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green” (Psalm 92:12a; 14 NIV). It also provides this truth: “Teach me to number my days aright, so that I may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12 NIV, emphasis mine). All our days are numbered. I want to make the best of the number I have left, so Lord, help me to be a righteous person for You. 🙏

All this contemplation has led to the choice of my one word for 2022 (and hopefully for life)…STRIVE.

  • I will devote serious energy to grow in my relationship with Jesus by reading my bible daily in addition to my morning devotions. I want to get to know Him more intimately and grow our relationship.
  • I will strive to love others unconditionally (especially those difficult people who rub me the wrong way 😬). 
  • I will fight vigorously to eat healthy, exercise often, and take the best care of myself as I believe I should and can. I did get a jump start on this one back in August by giving up alcohol. Nope, I didn’t hit rock bottom. I just made the decision that alcohol was no longer serving me in any positive way so I took a break. Still going strong on that one and the benefits have been AmaZinG! Ask me about it anytime. I’d be more than happy to share my story with you.
  • I will make strenuous efforts to do whatever it takes to thrive and make it to the ripe young age of 97 so I can celebrate my youngest granddaughter’s 40th birthday in 2057. Just typing that year out and seeing the number on this word doc makes me giggle. 👵😍

So, Tyus…Boston was absolutely correct when he stated, “you’re never too old to hug your grandma.” Even when you turn 40 in 2055, buddy! 😉🎂

Have you picked out your one word for 2022? Or, is that not your jam? Totally okay if it isn’t. BUT…if it is, please share with us in the comments.

Happy New Year to all. 🎉

Stay Calm & Go Hug Your Grandma!
Profs Dr. Wendy Dr. V. 

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like…FINALS

🎶 It’s beginning to look a lot like finals – stress in every soul
But the happiest sight to see
Is the end of finals week
When we’ve reached our goal!
🎶

It is that time of the year – getting ready to finish out this semester with big plans in place to enjoy a break before starting again new. The catch…there is simply so much to do between now and sanity – um, we mean winter break.

Isn’t this busyness true at all stages of life when it comes to the holidays? Whatever your religion or holiday participation, December is about closing one chapter and January is about starting a brand new one. 

With that in mind, we need to check off the many items on our list and hope for even greater things in the New Year. It seems a little scrazy to talk about the New Year already when there is so much left to do in this one. (We just can’t decide between “scary” and “crazy” so our stress has caused us to create a new word…which can be a positive thing about stress — it can raise our productivity level! Anyway… back to the main focus of the blog as stress has clearly caused us to ramble)!

Below are a few words of wisdom to remember during finals week…

  1. Take a deep breath.
  2. Make a list and check it twice. It is easy to get distracted – especially when there is yummy holiday baking and shopping, and decorating, and so much cleaning to be done and … wait a second… let’s get back on track here…
  3. Take much needed brain breaks – just don’t forget to get back to work and finish the task at hand. 
  4. Enjoy the journey and not just the destination or we end up wishing our life away.
  5. Are you still breathing? Yoga or a quick walk will do too.
  6. Look at the big picture – this too shall pass. In the moment, everything can seem like the big picture, but it is just a small piece of the puzzle.

Enjoy the ride – sleigh or otherwise. Best wishes on your finals, teacher candidates, and a huge congrats on when they are completed! We knew all along you could do it! 💪🎉👏

 Joyful message from a few of our teacher candidates…
“We are celebrating being done with finals. We all love you.”

Stay Calm & Enjoy Break!
Profs Dr. Wendy Dr. V.