Trying this at home

Our internet connection here is really slow, but I’m going to try this anyway.

Recent hoorays:

Rebecca was accepted to Harding’s Honor Symposium

Noelle had a great time on her Spring Break mission trip to the gulf coast

Emily made all A’s even though she had to struggle in math this time

Caleb is reading his first LONG chapter book

Daniel has been seizure free since October and is reading on a 4th grade reading level.

Isn’t God good? Amen and amen.

Keep checking on me. Stop in and recommend a book sometime.

Can you tell I’m working on Saturday?

And that the day is feeling long?

I’m stealing this from Hannah Dixon’s blog. Feel free to chime in.

Four jobs you have had in your life:
1. Circulation desk worker in library (public and university)
2. English instructor for group of Chinese students
3. Tutored in the Writing Center
4. Peer counselor for pregnant moms for Arkansas Department of Health

Four movies you would watch over and over:
1. Fiddler on the Roof
2. Finding Neverland
3. Princess Bride
4. The Ring Trilogy

Four books I could read over & over:
1. Narnia series
2. Bible (esp. Ephesians, OT prophets and Philippians)
3. The Poisonwood Bible
4. Anything by Madeleine L’Engle

Four places you have lived:
1. Searcy, Arkansas
2. Monticello, Arkansas
3. Shreveport, Louisiana
4. LaGrange, Georgia

Four TV shows you like to watch:
2. Monk
3. American Idol
4. Good Eats

Four places you have been on vacation:
1. Colorado (high school chorus trip)
2. Florida (high school chorus trip)
3. New England states (mission trips and high school chorus trip)
4. Lake Fausse Pointe, Louisiana (favorite family place)

Four web sites I visit daily:
1. Harding’s Library website
2. Amazon
3. Hotmail
4. Google

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Chimichangas covered in queso
2. Chocolate sans nuts or coconut
3. Spinach dip
4. Thin Mints (just got my Girl Scout cookies)

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Home
2. Outside
3. Rivendell
4. Narnia

A few of my favorites

Here are a few of my favorite blogs

Not-so-deep thoughts by denise

Denise and I survived our years in Monticello together and came out better because of them!

Mike Cope’s blog


Mike was the pulpit minister at College church of Christ in Searcy, AR when I was in high school and college. He’s an amazing man who helped keep me anchored to Christ during some difficult years. Thanks, Mike!

My sister Sheila’s blog.

Sheila is the deep thinker in the family. Someday, we will write a book together and it will be totally obvious as to which of us writes which part! Check out her cute dogs.

My brother Lawrence’s spot on the web

You’d never know from his writing, but Lawrence used to go hunting and then leave animals skins tacked up to dry. I tried really hard to give off a “Southern Belle” image, but Lawrence’s hobbies always confirmed that we were just country hicks. 🙂

Hannah Dixon’s blog

Hannah is the daughter of our library director. Reading about her adventures in Harper’s Ferry is really cool. I’ve never met her, but I can tell she has the intelligence and sass of her mom.

Check them out! You’ll be blessed.


Tradition! Tradition! (Sing with me now!) Tradition!

I’m so, so excited. I learned yesterday that Harding’s Homecoming 2006 musical will be “Fiddler on the Roof” and will star one of my favorite people in the world– Craig Jones — as Tevye, the musing milkman.

I love the story and music of Fiddler and introduced my children to it at very young ages. It’s a “must see” that we show to all of their friends who are around enough to absorbed into Burley world. As a parent, it’s heartbreaking to see Tevye’s third daughter choose to marry outside of her faith. As a music lover, it’s amazing to hear the Russian-inspired music and see the Jewish culture come through. As one who enjoys anazlying life, it’s fun to hear Tevye ponder the meaning of it all and attempt to look at life from different points of view.

Rebecca says I should try out for the role of Yente the matchmaker or Fruma Sara who comes from the grave to warn Tevye and Golda of their oldest daughter Zeitel’s upcoming marriage. Oh, if only I could. This fall will be full of grad school, working, and being a mom. But OH! how much fun it would be: “pearls, pearls PEARLS!” How fun to stand up on a platform, shrieking before the world! 🙂

Ahh, well, responsibility calls. There are times when I must simply be an adult.

God is good, amen? And to that I say, “L’chaim!”

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