Tucker Tuesday Preparations

We are busy with preparations for Tucker Tuesday.  We snapped a few shots to share what we’ve been working on.


Tucker’s banner hanging in the commons


Goodbye “Cherylbration” (our last big fundraiser) Hello “Tucker Tuesday”.


Continued remodel of the sandwich board sign


I wish the sign was this cool in the end.  I just love how this picture came out!


We’re live on the school marquee:

The “21” is larger because of the neat coincidence that Tucker’s football number is 21 and the event is being held on the 21st.



All donations will help to defray Tucker’s medical expenses.  You can donate to Tucker Tuesday by bringing or mailing your donation to the high school or use the handy donate button on the right sidebar at wcffa.com

Thank you so much for your support of Tucker, his family and the West Central FFA Chapter.

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Tucker Tuesday


Tuesday, December 21, 2010 has been proclaimed “Tucker Tuesday” at West Central High School.  We will be helping to raise funds to help with Tucker Smith’s medical expenses.

On Monday, December 13, 2010, Tucker was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls.  After three days of surgical procedures, Tucker was released on Thursday from ICU and moved to a regular hospital room.  Tucker will remain hospitalized at least through December 23, 2010.

Tucker has been an integral member of the West Central Student body.  Active as a member of the varsity football team, a mentor, member of the Homecoming Court for 2010 and an active member of the West Central FFA.  Tucker was a member of the state winning Ag Communications team in 2008 that advanced to national competition in 2009.

The primary objective of “Tucker Tuesday” is to help raise funds to defray Tucker’s medical expenses.  Once released from the hospital, Tucker will remain on some rather costly medications indefinitely.

It’s time, West Central, to get behind one of our own and help Tucker and his family to celebrate the holidays with a few less worries.

Donations may be made to “Tucker Tuesday” by sending them to the West Central FFA or the West Central Letter Club in care of West Central High School, P.O.  Box 730, Hartford, SD 57033.  You may also donate quickly by going to the West Central FFA website and using the “Donate” button on the right sidebar.

Thank you for your continued support of the West Central FFA Chapter and especially of Tucker during this time of need!

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Remodel update, we’re almost done!

If you’ve followed this blog for any time, you’ve learned a few things about me.

1.  Mr. Wonderful is, well, wonderful!

2.  Things 1, 2 and 3 are the center of our lives and our greatest accomplishments!

3.  I love my job.  My students give me opportunities daily to learn from them!

4.  I have a garden roughly the size of half a football field.  Weeds beware!

5.  I dabble in photography and graphic design, Photoshop is my friend!

6.  If I can get it to hold still, I’ll cook it or can it for later use.

7.  We have a good dog and a bad dog.  Their code names are Dexter and Elwood.


8.  We’ve been remodeling our house for what feels like forever!

I thought it was time to give you a sneak peak into how the remodel is going.


Looks like we’ll be all done by Christmas!

I have to credit my college room mate, with whom I just recently connected  on Facebook for the photo and the hilarious idea to tease you with it in a post!

Thanks Linda, your sense of humor is still among my favorites!

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My Blessings


I recently took a trip to our capitol city of Pierre, SD with my students.  At Christmastime, we always make a stop at the capitol building to take in all the beautiful decorations and Christmas trees.  It’s that time of year when I think we all take time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives.  I’ve been recently reminded of how incredibly lucky that I really am.


One of my blessings is this young man and the opportunities that he has shown me for compassion, growth, teamwork and strength.

As I write, this young man is laying in a hospital bed in an ICU ward.  He underwent a surgical procedure today and will have another tomorrow.  When I stopped to visit with he and his mother this afternoon, he was in a great deal of pain, but still, smiling and happy to see me.

I need to remember that special quality when I’m having a bad day and suffering from my crabby disorder.


I need to remind myself to see the beauty all around me and be forever mindful of my many blessings.


These young leaders are some of my greatest blessings.  They enter my classroom and share their lives, laughs, talents and tears with me.  All too quickly, they will graduate and move on through the various trails of their lives, leaving fingerprints and so much more on my heart and mind.

I thank God for the blessings of a wonderful husband, family, friends and students.  For a job that I truly love and for all of the opportunities I am provided with each day to learn more from those around me.

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What really matters…..

I received this in an e mail from my cousin, Baby Davy.  He and I are only a few months apart in age so we really have grown up together.  At this time of year, when I’m reflecting on my life and the joys and discomforts of it all, I found this a great reminder of what really matters.

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!!  Make sure you read to the end!!
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer (News), Cleveland, Ohio.

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.  It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.  My “odometer” rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God.  He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.  But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath.  It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.  But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take “NO” for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.  Don’t save it for a special occasion.  Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now.  Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything.  Give time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life.  Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day.  Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

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Things have really been busy in my world.  Soon it will be Thanksgiving, the Things will all be making their way back to Willow Creek to celebrate, eat and engage in deer hunting traditions.  There will also be the annual pilgrimage for Black Friday Shopping!

I’ve finally updated my Project 365 page, yes, I am horribly behind, but also quite human!

I want to share just one of the photos that I posted for you here.  I shot this one evening after football practice while doing one of my students’ senior pictures.  This shot is SOCC – straight out of the camera, no editing or photoshop hocus pocus!



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Thing 3 in Pictures

Thing 3 and I spent a few hours shooting more of her senior pictures recently.  Thing 1 was on hand to manage hair and makeup.

To see more of this year’s senior pictures from many other than just Thing 3, check out Inspirations Photography.

The weather was perfect but the mosquitoes were out in force.

I think this photo is my favorite of those I have shot of Thing 3 thus far.


No color was added to these eyes!  Aren’t they amazing!  She has her Grandfather’s beautiful ,crisp blue eyes.


A true farm girl is not afraid to play in the creek in her cocktail dress!


Another of my favorites. Yes, that is Willow Creek!


One of the first shots of the afternoon.


There’s a small sampling for you for today.

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Flooding of the Big Sioux

The Big Sioux River rose over its banks after as many as 10 inches of rain in 36 hours.  Thing 3, Mr. Wonderful and I took a brief tour of some of the flooding recently.

Once the fog cleared the reflection of the sky and the fall colors on the flood waters were a shot I could not pass up.


The fog beginning to lift as Thing 3 checks out the flooding at Midway.



At a different location, friends of our, produce growers, faced with harvesting floating pumpkins. You can just see orange blips against the white fence.  Click here to watch how he finally chose to harvest them.


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Harvest Moon

The  days are getting shorter and there is a certain crispness in the air that can only mean one thing, Fall is rapidly approaching at Willow Creek!

My garden is still in full swing and heaven knows the weeds are more than healthy!  Soon the colors of Autumn will paint the landscape and I’ll be enjoying the fall foliage and the bounty that harvest means here in America’s Heartland.

I’ve designed a new kit, Harvest Moon, inspired by this amazing time of year.

Here’s the full preview:


Some of the papers in Harvest Moon:


Details View




Find Harvest Moon and other Inspirations from Linda products here

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Fall Carnival Blog Train

It’s Blog Train time again!

This time our theme is Fall Carnival.  There are 100 stops on this blog train.

To find a list of all the fabulous designers participating in the September Blog Train, see The Blog Train Blog

Happy travels!

Here’s the preview of my little tidbit for your collection:


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You arrived here from Digi Illusions

Your next stop is Rosey Toes Designs

Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to leave a little love!

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