Monthly Archives: December 2016

Today we remember fun-loving, hilarious, beautiful, smart and talented Emily Huntington.  It’s hard to believe it’s 5 years since Emily’s tragic death.  Emily’s motto was “Live Laugh Learn” and a scholarship has been created in her memory under that name through Jac-Cen-Del Dollars for Scholars.

Emily’s mom, Jodi Comer, wants others to learn from Emily’s accident so she started a Pay It Forward campaign asking others to do one kind act in memory of Emily and leave a note for others that says “Pay It Forward.  Do not text and drive.  Wear your seatbelt.”

In honor of Emily today, won’t  you take just a few minutes to buckle up, put the phone on silent and out of sight and do a kind act for someone else?!

Emily………you still make me smile!

The First 100 Days

As the United States prepares for the inauguration of a new president, undoubtedly the media begins asking “what are your plans for the first 100 days in office?”  The new president and his staff come in with a plan.

Teachers also have a First 100 Days plan.  And then as the end of those days approach, the kids begin celebrating the first 100 days of school.  I remember my kids had to bring in some show and tell display that included 100 items.  One year my daughter took in a collage of 100 pictures displayed “artistically” on a poster board.  One year my other daughter took in 100 pennies hot glued in the shape of “100” on a board.  I’ve seen kids bring in 100 Legos®, 100 pop lids and 100 rubber bands.

As the new year approaches, we begin thinking of what goals we will set for the new year.  I thought it would be neat to have my own “first 100 days” goal.  Then last night I received an email from a company whose blog I follow in Australia suggesting the same thing.  (I guess my idea wasn’t so unique after all!)  So I began plotting my first 100 days goals.

They suggest focusing on one thing:  health goal, business goal, organizing 3 rooms versus the whole house goal or something like that rather than trying to cram too much into your first 100 days.

They also suggest focusing on something you avoid.  For me that is health and exercise.  The goal for the first 100 days is to accomplish something big yet doable and get yourself started on the right foot for the new year.

My challenge for you today is to think of The First 100 Days of 2017 and what you would like to accomplish – only one area.  Don’t get too overachieving but make it challenging, too.  Don’t let the naysayers stop you, but rather be the leader of your own inauguration into an exciting life.

What do you want to accomplish in your First 100 Days?  Read the Bible each day?  Spend at least 5 minutes in prayer every day?  Read the entire New Testament?  Read the book of Psalms? Do 100 acts of kindness?  Give up chocolate?  Start exercising?

Whatever you do, ask God to help you with your plan and then to help you with your execution.  I am going to try to walk at least 15 minutes every day for the first 100 days of 2017 and hopefully create a habit, see some weight loss and begin my journey to a healthier Deanna.

I’d love to hear your goal for the first 100 days of 2017.  You can email me at or leave a comment.  Happy First 100 Days!

Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Spelling Bee Buzz

Remember preparing for the spelling bee in elementary school?  You would study and study the spelling of words placing your own method of memory into place so you would be prepared when given your word during the Spelling Bee competition.

There were study groups and time set aside during school hours to prepare.  There were after-school meetings involving pizza and chocolate to encourage kids to be a part of the Spelling Bee Buzz.  It was a great way to encourage kids to learn to spell and to have fun in the process of learning.

The goal was to always be prepared with tools in your mind when called upon to spell the word of the minute!

The Bible tells us to always be prepared as well.  I Peter 3:15-16  says to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”

There’s a lot of pressure around being able to answer well in the Spelling Bee when called upon.  We did a lot of preparation for that Spelling Bee.  Let’s be prepared in the same way to answer when called upon as to the reason we have hope.

That reason we have hope is spelled J-E-S-U-S.  Jesus.

The Day After Christmas

Some people say this is the saddest day of the year!  After all the hype of Christmas preparation from decorating and cooking to gift purchasing, wrapping and giving, the floors are now covered with wrapping paper and empty boxes.  Decorations somehow now seem “stale” and calling to be stored away for another 11 months.

I saw a story on the news last night with some tips on disposing of boxes from gifts you receive for Christmas.  The story reported that thieves will drive by and look at the garbage people have placed at the curb, staking out their next victims based on discarded boxes from gifts.  People were encouraged to place boxes in black garbage bags or to take to recycle instead.

It’s so sad we have to be so cautious in this world for fear of a thief stealing our Christmas gifts.  We want to be able to share our excitement about our gifts instead of worrying whether someone is going to steal it!

The greatest gift ever given for Christmas was the gift of Jesus.  We can get excited about Him.  We don’t have to hide this gift in a black plastic bag or take it to recycle.  There is, however, a 100% guarantee that the devil will definitely try to steal it but don’t let it go.  Cling tight to Jesus and He will knock that thief down with one tip of His finger.

There is joy in Christmas from the gifts we receive.   Enjoy your gifts.  Get excited because you received them.  It’s the same with the gift of Jesus.  It’s okay to be excited.  It’s okay to spread the word; to share it with others; and to NEVER put it in a black garbage bag.

Don’t let the day after Christmas be depressing but rather look at it as the start of enjoying your special gifts.  In reality the excitement is just beginning.

Thank you, God, for the best Christmas gift ever – the gift of Jesus.  I love the day after Christmas and the excitement of celebrating His gift all year long!