I'm just a wife and mother who earnestly desires to grow in my faith and it's demonstration. DISCLAIMER! I have absolutely no problem with women in the clergy. As a matter of fact, I have several female pastors who I consider friends. In my home, the pastor is a male so the pronouns I use to refer to a pastor tend to be male. This is not a statement of any kind. Just a reflection of my every day life!

Archive for August, 2012


I feel like I should apologize for another post that is not very profound but the title of this blog is, after all, SIMPLE musings so I’m covered!

I’ve been struck today by the blessings in my life.

I have kids that make me laugh and keep me feeling young.  And they flatter their mother by occasionally seeking advice, venting and confiding, or simply giving me a blow by blow run-down of their day.  As if that wasn’t enough, I have several “honorary” kids who simply add to the fun!

I get to work with people I not only consider colleagues, but also friends.  Do you know how much easier it is for this night owl to get up at 6 a.m. when I know I’m going to see friends at work?!

Of the three part-time jobs I have, two of them are directly related to the performing arts.  One of those part-time jobs is with a musical theater production and I’ve donated a significant number of hours to the theater world so getting PAID to work with a show is a serious bonus!  As if that one show wasn’t enough of a blessing, I will have TWO MORE paid theater gigs before the end of the school year!

I could EASILY find things to complain about, believe me.  But I’m too aware of all the good in my life to feel anything but blessed!


Growing Pains

Nothing too profound tonight.  Just more thoughts crowding my mind regarding the passage of time and the growth of my kids, both biological and honorary.

If there is one piece of information I would embed in the brain of every high school senior, college student – let’s just say every young adult – it would be this: life is one big improv exercise and we are ALL living by the creed “fake it till you make it.”

My youngest daughter is a senior this year.  She and a number of her classmates have expressed some dismay and stress over having to have life all figured out.  Yeah, I’m still waiting to get there.

I know of more than a few 20 somethings who are stressing about “what they want to be when they grow-up.”

Let me lay it out in simple terms – I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in music education and a Master’s degree in Education.  Yes, I’m using the Master’s as an adjunct professor and I use my musical training all the time accompanying the choirs in the local high school as well as teaching private voice and piano students.  I have also taught music in literally every grade K-12 – general music, choral music, even some instrumental music instruction.

But along the way I’ve also worked as a cocktail waitress in a country club and on the banquet staff at the same facility.  I was a successful salesperson with a home party business.  Did some substitute teaching, clerical temp work, retail work . . . in other words, my career path has been nothing close to a straight line.

And I wouldn’t trade any of the lessons I’ve learned or experiences I’ve had.

If you are a young person in college, looking to go to college or wondering what to do with your life, give yourself a break!  Most of us are just making it up as we go along!  The maturity comes in when we learn to dance as often as possible, smile at every opportunity, and laugh whenever we have the chance!  Don’t get so focused on the destination that you miss the fun on the journey.


Song for Sunday!

Hadn’t posted one yet for today and something in hubby’s sermon reminded me of this song!

Proud of “My” Kids

I didn’t really need any more reminders just how amazing teenagers can be to work with.  But they provided some extras tonight!

The drum majors who willingly helped hand out and collect the band uniforms.

The marching band who did a fantastic job and had more of their show ready for the first game than they have in the past few years – hard work pays off!

The choir kids who jumped up, screaming for the band after their halftime performance – way to show school spirit choir kids!

My Take 2 kids who were kind enough to stop and chat with this old lady for a bit!

Another one of my Take 2 darlings who stopped me just to give me a hug.

The band students whose uniforms I collected after the game, every single one of them who thanked me.


Wordless Wednesday – Backyard Haven!


Song for Sunday!

The Joy of Freezer Cooking!

I have fallen in love with freezer cooking!  Whether it’s a quick recipe that means mixing together a sauce and freezing it in a bag with a particular cut/type of meat or a more complex recipe that has me chopping veggies, boiling sauce, browning ground beef, etc. it’s all worth it.  I spend one really busy day and have numerous entrees to show for it!

I started today with 4 entrees in my freezer (I have a “standing” freezer so I can afford to freeze quite a few entrees!) and added 11 more entrees today.  I also put together another recipe that was supposed to be a freezer meal but we plan on making it for Sunday dinner after church tomorrow so it’s currently marinating in the fridge. I also put up two meals worth of twice baked potatoes – they were baked once, the insides scooped out to make the filling, the filling put back in and the tatoes frozen, waiting their second baking.

The link below contains most of the meals I cooked today – I used recipes from a couple of other sources as well.  The ONLY one I didn’t use from the blog was the BBQ.  The chicken pot pie recipe is time-consuming but so worth it – I have three full-sized homemade chicken pot pies in my freezer!

Let’s face it – anything that makes life easier is worth investing our time in.  I put in a total of six hours today and got 11 entrees plus two side dishes put up.  From here, it’s a simple matter of taking something out of the freezer in the evening and either getting in the crockpot the next day, grilling it, or baking it.  In other words, I have dinner already started for the next two weeks!  Believe me, life just got a whole lot easier!

The Test Kitchen of Melissa Fallis: Freezer Cooking #2.

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