Quoticisms | Grace

Our pastor this morning (speaking of grace) told a story of an alcoholic who, when late for church, was snubbed and looked down on but when he was late for an AA meeting, the meeting stopped and he was welcomed and embraced because at the AA meeting they knew that his being late meant he almost didn't make it.

We truly ALL could use (and give) a little more grace.

Tyisms | You're Young

Ty to me:  "How come you're young and Daddy's kinda old?"


Tyisms | See the World

Taking the long way home cause Ty "really would like to see some of the world."

Tyisms | Snowglobe

Good news!  Ty just consulted his Cars Snowglobe and it told him I'll feel better by Tuesday!

Tyisms | Trust Ninjas

Watching 3 Ninjas with Ty and Jason.

Ty says PaPaw and Papa Don can't do backflips like their grandpa does and hes not sure he would trust Caden if he was a ninja.

I agree with Jason, I'm not sure I'd trust Ty OR Caden if they were ninjas!

I Love My Library

Having a nice library is one of those things that I'll never again take for granted.

Coming from a small town, our library selection left a lot to be desired...and the service often left even more to be desired.

When I called in to that library to inquire about getting a library card the lady I spoke to all but verbally spat at me as if I was a low-life that was going to come in and steal the (mostly outdated) books from them in an effort to further reduce literacy in that county.

And when it came to actually getting a library card?

Well, let's just say it stopped just short of fingerprints, a blood sample and an act of Congress to get it.  It was kinda unnecessary.

But whatever.  I submitted all the information--references included--and waited out the two week waiting period for my slip of approval to arrive in the mail.

And it finally did and I went down to the library so that I could load up on all of the wonderful books that I had in my heart to read.

And they had like three that I was interested in.

And those weren't even new books.  They were just old books by an old favorite author that I hadn't yet read.

So that was disappointing.

Which is why, when we moved to Hot Springs, one of the first things I wanted to do was check out the local library.

And so began my love affair with the Garland County Library.

And so here, below, are 10 of the many things that I love about our Garland County Library!

1.  I was given a library card on the same day I requested it after simply providing my driver's license for address and identification and signing my name on the little signature card.

2.  I can have up to 30 things checked out at a time.

3.  I can renew and reserve books online from anywhere at anytime.

4.  GCL actually has a section for "New Books" that are ACTUALLY NEW BOOKS--not just "new to the library but with a 1990s (or earlier) copyright date".

5.  I can also check out DVDs, audio books, computer software, video games, and I'm not 100% sure, but I think that digital books are available or soon to be available, too.  Oh and I can check out FISHING RODS too!  How cool is that!

6.  If I'm hanging out in the library, I can either read, surf the net on one of the stationary computers or I can check out a library laptop to use inside the library.

7.  Two words.  Coffee machine.  :) :)

8.  The staff are incredible AND incredibly nice!

9.  They actually get people community involved.  From nightly activities for the kiddos, including arts and crafts, bedtime stories, and even a night where everyone can bring (or check out) a Nintendo DS and link up and play with old or new friends.

But my favorite thing about Garland County Library....

10.  I like that they understand that someone who's coming into a library is probably there because they enjoy reading, so there was no criminal background check necessary and no one treats you like you're trying to steal something.  It was kinda like "Want a book?  Go pick out a book, take the book, enjoy the book, and I'll see you in three weeks when you're done!"  They're pretty nice like that.

Quoticisms | Doubt

If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits.

-Don Ward

Loving Lake Hamilton

Contrary to my typically sarcastic nature, the following statement is said in complete honesty.

Lake Hamilton Schools go above and beyond for their students and their families.

I understand their opening this morning as it wasn't even snowing in our area at 6 o'clock, and roads at 7:00 were barely dusted with snow.  Instead of claiming a free snow day that may or may not have been necessary, they made the decision to try to have school for as long as it was safe (less days to make up at the end of the year).  However, unforseen to many of us, the roads drastically changed between 7:30 and 8:00 and quickly became dangerous and slippery.

The schools at that time made the decision to let out at 9:00, which put me in a pickle because at 8:30 I was still stuck in traffic moving at approximately 1 mile every 10-15 minutes.  And I was about 13 miles away.

So 9:00 wasn't realistic to me which got me to worrying.  I hadn't discussed with Ty that in inclement weather his daycare would shut down, too, and he would need to be a car-rider and wait for me to pick him up.  And the schools lines would be out of this world crazy with upset parents.

So I called the daycare, who are awesome, too.  If you're in this area and need one, I'd totally recommend Chris and Mari Sutterfield's daycare, 123s and ABCs.  Chris informed me that the buses would run there and I could just come there to get Ty.

So when the principal of the primary school called me himself to verify if I needed Ty to ride the bus or wait on me, I told him Ty was fine to ride the bus as normal.

Except when I got to the daycare and the buses hadn't even left yet because they were waiting on the roads to improve before sending hundreds of precious kids out onto them.

So I called the school, verified that Ty hadn't left yet, and they whisked him up to the office to wait on my arrival at 10:15.

And as impressed as I always am with their genuinely friendly and attentive staff, I was even more impressed that they were unintrusively verifying that kids were leaving with who they were supposed to, at a time when many families were probably having whomever could get to the kids to swing by and pick them up.

So while the whole morning, starting at 7:25 when we left the house, and ending at 10:58 when we pulled into the garage, was a nightmare thanks to the weather.  But our incredible school and daycare went out of their way to keep it from being more of one than it had to be.

And to make it even better?  After Ty and I got home and into the warm safety of our house, I got another phone call from the school's automated call-out system just letting parents know that the bus-riders are all on their way home and assured parents that the buses are being carefully driven and may take a little longer than normal.

They didn't have to do it, but a little assurance can go a long way, and they did that.

I love Lake Hamilton Schools.