Writer’s Workshop: STOLEN During Recess

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 5.) It happened during recess….

Two Jesus inspired posts in one week…you guys are LUCKY! Or blessed. Or both.

The Catholic school I attended in 1st and 2nd grade shut down before 3rd grade and my mother reluctantly enrolled us in a public school. Since Dad died, there was a bit of financial pressure involved there and sending all of us to a public school was a heck of a lot cheaper then enrolling us in another private school.

Imagine my dismay when I got to this new public school and realized there was NO PRAYER.

No prayer??

That’s right.

No.

Prayer.

I don’t know how those heathens expected me to study in a room without Jesus, so I brought Jesus to school with me. I had received a gorgeous, shiny, glistening rosary from my mother for my First Communion. I brought my expensive looking satin box to school with me and placed it at the corner of my desk,

I smiled at my friends as my beautiful beads sparkled.

Yes friends. Unlike you, I am a child of God. Do you see my rosary? I am a chosen one.

My friends liked my rosary so much that when I came back from recess after just one day on display, it was gone. STOLEN during recess.

I was crushed. I had not expected this kind of violation even at a public school.

After some silent prayer asking Jesus what the hell I was supposed to do now that my expensive/special item was stolen (not to mention the ultimate of punishments from my mother should she find out)….I heard his voice loud and clear, “My Child, Go forth and confront the guiltiest looking person in your class”.

So the next morning I did.

It was Lonnie.

She had asked me about my rosary and I mistook her inquiry as a desire to get right with the Lord. Instead I sold her on the idea of having a rosary of her own, so she took mine.

Before class began I nestled in next to her at her desk and I was all, “sigh…today is such a terrible no good very bad day…”

And she was all, “oh really why?”

And I was all, “Welllll…my beautiful rosary has been taken. It meant so much to me because, Jesus. And also because my Dad gave it to me before he died and it’s one of the last things I had to remember him by”.

(I said a quick Hail Mary for my lie, but it was a desperate time. I felt sure God would understand.)

Lonnie shifted and I leaned in a little closer and quietly whispered, “you know Lonnie? If you thought my rosary was pretty and wanted to bring it home to show your mom, I wouldn’t even be mad at you. I would just want you to bring it back.”

And Lonnie was all, “Really?”

And my brain was all “Oh hail no girl, I KNEW it was you, PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!!” but my mouth said, “Mmhmm…promise.”

Lonnie brought the rosary back the next morning without the satin case and I was so pleased to have those sparkling beads back in my clutches that I didn’t even care about the missing satin case.

Well I did care a little bit because my rosary fit so perfectly into it’s expensive looking case, but I had my rosary! I brought it straight home and never brought Jesus to the classroom again.

Now it’s your turn!

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Choose a prompt, post it on your blog, and come back to add your name to the link list below. Be sure to sign up with the actual post URL and not just your basic blog URL (click on the title of your post for that URL). For good comment karma try to comment on the three blogs above your name!!

The Prompts:

1.) Describe what you thought living on your own would be like after you graduated high school.
2.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: adventure
3.) Show us a before and after.
4.) 10 things you’ve learned from reality tv.
5.) It happened during recess….

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Vlogging Workshop: Stitch Fix Update

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I’m taking another free day option this week and sharing a video I put together to follow up on the Stitch Fix raucous I found myself in a few weeks ago. After receiving emails from the CEO of Stitch Fix as well as the vendor Stitch Fix receives some of their clothes from, I felt like I should provide a Stitch Fix update. My final thoughts. Sort of like Jerry Springer only not nearly as classy:


(video here)

And I’m featuring Dude Mom’s back to school haul because with three little guys heading off to school, she knows exactly what we should be stocking up on:


(video here)

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Now it’s your turn!

This week’s vlogging prompts:

1.) Vlog your last day of summer.
2.) Bake something!
3.) Labor Day is coming…create a video that somehow incorporates Labor Day…I don’t know. Think of something.
4.) What song has been your summer anthem?
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Link up!:




Get a jump start on next week’s video! Here are the prompts next Wednesday’s Link up:

1.) Use video clips from your camera to create a mini video compilation highlighting your August!
2.) Monthly haul! Share your favorite things from August.
3.) Film the Back to School YouTube Tag! (questions here)
4.) Back to school haul!
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Vlogging Prompts for 9.03

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Every week you’re invited to join me in a Vlogging Workshop focused on working together to create a community interested in video blogging!

  • To join, simply add a link to the Vlogging Workshop posted here every Wednesday that will direct viewers to your video (either on YouTube or your blog).
  • New vlogging prompts will also be posted on Wednesdays, so you will have a full week to create your video response!
  • I will feature a favorite video each week.
  • You can subscribe to this weekly newsletter if you’d like the video topics delivered early, along with a weekly vlogging tip.

To view more detailed instructions on how this weekly Vlogging Workshop meme works click here.

Vlogging prompts for the Wednesday 09/03 Link up:

1.) Use video clips from your camera to create a mini video compilation highlighting your August!
2.) Monthly haul! Share your favorite things from August.
3.) Film the Back to School YouTube Tag! (questions here)
4.) Back to school haul!
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

Back To School YouTube Tag

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Time to get ready for school!

Whether you’re sending kids off or hitting the books yourself, the back to school YouTube tag is a fun and easy way to share your school experience with your YouTube channel. Take it on your own, reminisce about past experiences or quiz your kids, interview style!

Back To School YouTube Tag

1.) First day of school jitters?
2.) Have you ever fallen asleep in class?
3.) Share your most embarrassing moment in school.
4.) Will you (or have you) joined any clubs or sports teams?
5.) What has been your favorite grade?
6.) Did you ever have to wear a uniform?
7.) Who was your favorite teacher?
8.) Least favorite?
9.) What was the worst thing you ever did at school?
10.) Did you have a car? If so, what were you driving?
11.) Are you still friends with anybody you went to school with?
12.) Is there anything you would change about your experience with school?

Have fun and click here for more fun YouTube Tags!

After Seven Years Of Catholic School

I overheard Laina educating her little brother about how God is Jesus and I found the conversation interesting purely because church attendance on behalf of our family has been spotty at best over the course of Laina’s life. I felt I should probably interject,

“Well Laina, actuallllllly…God is not Jesus…well what I mean is that God is our father, the son, and also the Holy Spirit. One entity. You know what an “entity” is right Laina? Yes, one entity that is actually three very important parts. Would it be easier for you to understand if we referred to all three parts of that entity as The Holy Trinity? So you’re right in that God is Jesus…or I mean Jesus is God…well like a part of God, or that God is in Jesus. In all of us? I think. Okay wait, let’s start over, ahem, in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth….”

This is a fun conversation to have with kids when after seven years of Catholic school education you still don’t really know what the heck you’re talking about.

I think I like her simplified version better. Why do we have to grow up and complicate everything?

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Writing Prompts For 08.28

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Every week you’re invited to join me in Writer’s Workshop by responding to one of the provided writing prompts posted each Tuesday. The directions are simple:

  • Choose a writing prompt from the list provided that inspires you most.
  • Write.
  • Come back this Thursday and link up by pasting the URL from your post into the list of thumbnails that will be displayed. Just scroll to the bottom of the thumbnail list, click the bold words you will see that say “Click here to enter” and you’re all set!

View more detailed instructions on how this weekly meme works in the Writer’s Workshop FAQs. To receive writing prompts in your inbox each week, subscribe to the writing prompt newsletter here.

Writing Prompts:

1.) Describe what you thought living on your own would be like after you graduated high school.
2.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: adventure
3.) Show us a before and after.
4.) 10 things you’ve learned from reality tv.
5.) It happened during recess….

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“I have loved alfredo sauce since I was a little girl, beginning with a shrimp-and-pasta dish I ordered at Red Lobster in maybe fourth grade.” -The (Not Always) Lazy W

“because I forgot all things ordinary when I met you” -MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter

“Mom hummed while she worked, and I filed away a memory.” -May Achieve Clarity

“Precious, ordinary moments that would otherwise be lost forever are now mine to cherish (all day, in my pajamas).” -Blissfully Jeanette

“I looked out her window and saw these three guys, sitting against the post office (about three blocks away) and just looking our direction.” -Betsy’s Random Assortment Of Thoughts

Camping With Chevrolet #Chevy4G

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chevrolet. The opinions and text are all mine.

I snuck away with my family on a camping trip this summer and it was awesome. We went fishing and bike riding, made s’mores and barbecued hotdogs.

One of the beautiful things about working online is that you have the luxury of setting yourself up to leave, as long as you complete your work ahead of time and have some sort of Internet connection to peek in on potential time sensitive emails. The last thing I want is to sabotage future jobs or be part of the bottleneck stopping other people from completing their jobs while they wait for a reply from me.

If I’m going away for an extended time (longer than a weekend), I’ll let people know I’m going to be gone and come up with a backup plan so they’re not waiting on me for anything. But in the case of this camping trip I thought I could sneak away and not tell anyone. I could check on my work first thing in the morning, maybe again midafternoon and one last time before bed. Surely I could complete any outstanding work from my phone while camping!

Except that my phone could not connect to anything at all.

When I learned that Chevrolet is the first automotive company to bring 4G LTE Wi-Fi into their cars, trucks and crossover vehicles I instantly began thinking of all the moments an Internet connection would have come in handy (obviously while parked) and that camping trip was the first on my list.

If I’d had the luxury of internet access from the comfort of our car I definitely feel like I could have relaxed a little more during our trip.

Apparently the 2015 Malibu and Impala (pictured below) are available with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi and can connect up to seven devices. The other 2015 models pictured will be equipped with Wi-Fi soon!

I’ll take one of each!

Chevrolet is merging the physical freedom of the car with the virtual freedom of Wi-Fi to become the first and only car company to bring built in 4G LTE Wi-Fi to the largest vehicle line-up. Visit http://s.chevy.com/TBX to learn more.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chevrolet. The opinions and text are all mine.