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It seems she swallowed this one too! In light of that the Tooth Fairy decided to play a bit of a game with her…

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Dear Noelle,

So you are 7 years old and have lost your 8th tooth. And your sister now has 6 teeth??? This is almost too much to believe. Speaking of not believing – I’m not sure I buy your story about losing another tooth. Where’s the tooth at this time? I suppose you’re going to tell me you swallowed it again, right?

Okay, so I checked your mouth and you are missing a tooth. I guess that’s enough proof. Why are you hiding them from me though? Since you hid your tooth from me I hid the money from you. I hope you can find it!

Brrr, it’s starting to get cold here again. I don’t know if I like these different seasons or not. It’s not this cold where my family moved to. It’s actually pretty warm all throughout the year. That’s the good part. The bad part is I miss all my friends. What do you do when all of your friends live somewhere else? I’m making new friends though. That part is really fun. On top of that my dad loves his new job. I get to watch him a lot as he trains all of the new fairies to do their job.

I don’t have much time tonight. I spent most of it trying to find your tooth. I looked all over and couldn’t find it. You definitely found a good hiding spot for it. Wait until you see my hiding spot!

I enjoyed seeing you again, even if you were sleeping. Thanks for being my friend.

Sleep tight my little one. Until next time…

Love, the Tooth Fairy

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It has been some time since my last post. There are always so many ideas running around in my head for things to write about but they never quite make it to the finish line. My intentions are much better than my follow through. It just may have to be that way for awhile.

I have said for some time that I love everything I am doing. My love for teaching elementary music became more apparent when I was moved from teaching middle school music to elementary music. I was not looking forward to the switch but it has turned out to be a great move. I can honestly say that I am fulfilled with what I am doing in music education.

I was also very satisfied serving as a youth director at our church. I thoroughly enjoyed what I did. The biggest problem there was that I couldn’t find time to do more. About a year ago I made the decision to resign. Primarily, that decision was so that I could spend more time with my family. It has been a great choice and one that I have not regretted once!!! I stayed involved helping with our youth and I have since picked up other responsibilities with the college ministry and other areas. Doing “just” this leaves me wanting more. I have never been completely satisfied with what I could be doing in this arena.

So, I am content but not fulfilled. It leaves me wondering what I should be doing differently. Do you ever feel like that? I am so glad the God is in control and that I have the kinds of options God has laid out in front of me. That is something not to be taken for granted.

I wonder how much longer she will want letters from the Tooth Fairy?

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Tooth number 7? Here we go… The way I figure you’ve lost about 1 tooth per year. You are almost 7 aren’t you? I come by every so often to visit but it has been quiet around your house here lately. Why is that? You are never around during the day anymore.

I did notice one other thing – your sister has 2 teeth now! She is so, so cute. I was trying to check her teeth this afternoon and she slobbered all over me. She would have bitten me too if I hadn’t flown out of the way. She’s quite a character. She reminds me of you.

So where did you lose this tooth at? I was trying to figure out tonight but the only thing I heard was reading and SPCS. Now, what does that mean? Oh, how I wish I could see you and talk to you. We could be such good friends.

I don’t know how much more I’ll be around. My dad got a job transfer. He is now head of the Fairy Farm. This is where we all go to learn how to do our jobs. I hope they’ll keep letting me come see you.

It sure is amazing how things change over time. You’ve grown up so much. You seem so smart and creative. Before long you’ll be in school and I won’t see you at all. How did things change so much?

My dear Noelle, I’ll never see you face to face but I think about you often. I hope you remember me too. Please say you’ll always remember me and never lose touch. I’ll always remember you.

Sleep tight my little one. Until next time…

Love, the Tooth Fairy

How’s that for a title? No, I am not off my rocker. That is really what I wanted it to say. A few weeks ago I had the privilege of going with our youth group to Spring Hill. This was at least our 11th year and maybe our 12th. Let me put in a quick plug for a great camp! If you want a fabulous camp experience check out Spring Hill!

The way things worked out I was going to be teaching the first few nights before our youth leader got there. The text I chose was Ephesians 5:15-21. It was a four-part series on how to be the church. It was entitled “There Is A Better Way.” I spoke on wisdom (v15-18), encouragement (v19),  thankfulness (v20), and unity (v21).

I started off the first night with the lesson on thankfulness because I thought I only had two nights to teach. The song, “Me and My Teddy Bear”, was actually used as part of my introduction. The kids loved the song and it was something they sang all week long. I just hope they remember the main point more than they remember the song!

Below is the introduction that I gave…

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What kind of routines do you have with your family? Mealtime, bedtime, vacation, chores? Are there any that you’ve had from a very young age? One of the routines I can remember most vividly from growing up is my bedtime routine. Every night as we were getting ready for bed we’d crawl up the stairs while mom would sing to us. I can still remember the song. It was called “Me and My Teddy Bear” by Rosemary Clooney.

After we got up the stairs mom would tuck us in and we’d pray “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake I pray the Lord my soul to take.” After that I can remember going through a simple routine of praying for all of our family. “God bless mommy, God bless daddy, God bless grandma, God bless grandpa, God bless granny, God bless pappaw, etc…”

Little did I know how much this routine would influence me. Now that I’m older, I realize the first prayer is not really accurate biblically. But I’ve also realized that it did teach me how to pray. Not only did it teach me how to pray but it also taught me how to be thankful as I recognized the important things in my life, such as family.

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From there I jumped into the passage and talked about thankfulness. In v20 of Ephesians 5 Paul challenges the church to be thankful always and for everything. That’s a big step for many of us!

The Jews developed a tradition of blessing God in and for everything. It was called a brakha or berakhah. The first word means thanksgiving and berakhah means prayer of thanksgiving. According to Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg, the traditional line for each blessing, in use for the past seventeen hundred years, is this: “Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe,” or, in Hebrew, “Barukh atah, Adonai Elohenu, Melek ha-olam…” (p92).

What if we lived life being thankful to God for everything and in all circumstances? How would that change our approach to life?

How would that change the church?

There really is a better way!

And the saga of losing teeth and growing up continues… I love my family!

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Six teeth already??? Please stop it! You have the weirdest way of losing your teeth! I heard it was coming out so I stopped by earlier this week but all you were doing was wiggling it around. And it came out in cantaloupe? Oh yeah, and who is this Tom fellow you keep talking about?

 You sure are growing up fast. Time flies (and so do fairies). I noticed all of your kindergarten stuff lying around and it made me tear up a little. Oh how I wish I could come see you when you were awake. We could have so much fun. They tell me it is against fairy rules though.

 I took a peek at your little sister tonight. She is so sweet with her bottom all bunched up in the air. She was a little gassy though. Whew! I tried to see inside her mouth but she had her thumb in it. You know that will make teeth crooked don’t you?!?

 Well, I must be going.  We’re going to Disneyland to see my cousin Tinkerbell and her friends.

 Sleep tight my little one. Until next time…

 Love, the Tooth Fairy

Today is the last day of school. There is a part of me that is very excited and relieved, and there is a part of me that is very reflective. This seems to happen almost every year. I wonder if this mixture of emotions happens to other people?

First, the part of me that is excited – I made it through another year, in another new building, with another new principal, with two new grades. Plus, I still have my sanity. I have found a niche teaching elementary music and I love the addition of the older kids. I feel like I connect with the older kids better but I love them all.

Second, the reflective part of me – Part of it is just my personality. I am a bit melancholy. In the past, however, I have always finished the year wondering if that one would be my last. Because of my work with church ministry and my work with teaching I can never decide what I am going to do when I grow up. I have always committed to God that I would be available to do whatever He wanted me to do, whether that was teaching or working with a church full-time.

Thirdly, for the first time in over a dozen years I do not have a summer job – yet. In the past I have worked with band camps or at the church. This summer I am totally free of any of that responsibility. I’m not even taking summer classes. It is a very weird feeling. There’s a part of me that wants to do something else and there’s a part of me that is saying just enjoy the time at home with your family. A refreshing summer might be exactly what I, and my family, need.

When all is said and done the job will sort itself out on its own. What I know for sure is that I have one more day to finish up school.

“Heigh ho, heigh ho, It’s off to work I go, Heigh ho, heigh ho, heigh ho…”

Singing a song like this only gets better when you get to share it with someone who can sing so well. This is a beautiful song by Natalie Grant. What a joy to be able to sing with this young lady. What a joy to have been her youth pastor for so many years.

As you can see, I taught her everything she knows. The rest is pure God-given talent and training.

For His Great Name and not for our glory!

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