Dogwood Trees

dogwood3As we walk the woods, the dogwood trees are emerging cautiously with their subtle blooms. I am reminded once again of the story my Granny B shared each spring, usually around Easter:

There is a legend, that at the time of the Crucifixion, the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus, nailed upon it, sensed this.  In His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering, he said to it: “Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. It shall be slender and bent and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross…two long and two short petals. On the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember…”

This story had a huge impact on her throughout her lifetime as evidenced in her writings. The following poem, penned by her in 1934, was her version of the story:

In Jesus’ time a dogwood grew to a stately size and a lovely hue; 

Strong and firm its branches interwoven and for the cross of Christ, its timber was chosen. 

Seeing the distress at this use of wood, Jesus made His promise still holding good: 

“Never again shall the dogwood grow, so large enough to be used just so…

Slim and twisted it shall be, with blossoms like the cross for all to see;

As blood stains the petals marked in brown, and the blossom’s center with the thorny crown. 

All who see it will remember Me, crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree. 

Cherished and protected this tree shall be; a reminder to all of My agony.”

When Granny moved from her beloved Tennessee to Texas in 1955, she brought a clipping of a beautiful dogwood tree for replanting in her new yard as a powerful reminder each spring of the legend, and of His grace in our lives.  Happy Easter, friends…be blessed and be a blessing to others. 🙂

…and we’re back!

SeedsofSuccessHere’s hoping Spring Break brought rest, fun, and lots of learning (in other ways) along with lots of outside play in the sunshine (when it decided to shine).  We missed everyone and welcomed all back this morning to get these last 12 weeks underway!

There is a Van Am Gram coming home this week with lots of dates for our remaining upcoming school events.

We invite you to read more about our upcoming MISD event called Camp Invention.  Camp Invention is where BIG ideas become the next BIG thing! Midlothian ISD educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for elementary school children.  Students in rising grades 1st – 6th grades spend time disassembling electronics to create something new and taking part in high-energy games!  Lessons explore connections between science, technology and innovation. Created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention.  Download flyer. Register Online  We hope you’ll make plans now for your child to attend from June 22-26!

Happy Spring and Welcome Back, LME!  🙂

Spring has sprung!

While the temperature and the wind gusts today would argue otherwise, a group of talented young writers all agree that spring is in the air at LME!  This bluebonnetspicture of bluebonnets was sent to me along with this little poem today:

Spring has sprung and the days are longer now

We get to play outside past supper and this is really WOW!

Bluebonnets in Texas are the state flower you know

We have a field of many and we love to watch them grow!

So get outside Mrs. Van and play with the Rowdy Runners

Spring is the BEST time because it makes everything much funner!  🙂

Thanks to my special poetry friends for allowing me the opportunity to share their inspiration today.  I’m headed outside if the wind doesn’t blow me away first…here’s hoping you get some springy action of your own today!

Spring has sprung…

Yes, as you can see in the picture a student shared with me, spring has sprung a little early!  The energy in our building (along with the change in barometric pressure today) is extremely high.  Not that we’re counting, but only one day to go now.  Don’t forget that tomorrow is M3 Day (Miller Math Mania); we hope you plan to join us . . . .

This time of year reminds me of the Irish saying my Granny B. would often quote:

May you always have enough…

  • Happiness to keep you sweet;
  • Trials to keep you strong;
  • Sorrows to keep you human;
  • Hope to keep you JOYful;
  • Failure to keep you humble;
  • Success to make you eager;
  • Friends to give you comfort;
  • Wealth to meet your needs;
  • Enthusiasm to look for tomorrow;
  • Faith to banish worry, and,
  • Determination to make each day better than the last!

As we get geared up for a well-deserved break, here’s hoping the coming week brings great rest, fun, fellowship, renewal, and extraordinary opportunities to you and your learner.  EnJOY!  🙂

Note:  We are on Spring Break next week (March 12-16).  See you on Mon; March 19th!