Saturday, June 24, 2017

Build Something That Will Stand

The word for this week is perfect!

five minute friday


staff development day

and I knew it was going to be an amazing day
when our group facilitator started with my

1979 hit

then after we settled down
a closer look at our core values

(through an activity)

The task?
Build the tallest structure using drinking straws

The challenge?
Must be steady enough to stand alone

The outcome?
My group completed and won the challenge!

See that piece of blue painter's tape? 
(Shhh... we were the only group to use ours)


when reporting back to the larger group
our facilitator asked us the key to our success

(and a lot was said, but I will not bore you with those details here)

bottom line


worked together

we built something that could stand

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Slow Down Summer

Another summer has arrived and the kids are so excited!

counting the days
planning the days
anticipating the days


And as I sit and quietly listen to their plans



slaps me in the face...

my children have less than 5 summers left as children


I remember
where they are


I've been
where they are

so while...

life moves faster
time moves faster

my hope for Summer 2017

is that they really learn to just

slow down and
enjoy it all

click to read...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

What a Dad Teaches His Son

A dad teaches his son to be a man...

Stay out of trouble... 

Work hard...

Trust God...



a Champ!
Happy Father's Day Winston!

What a Dad Teaches His Daughter...

 A dad teaches his daughter...  
what it means to love and to be loved...

how to take care of family first...

spend quality time together...

and reminds her that all she has to do is call...

and he'll be right there! 

Check out this Dove Father's Day Tribute video and... 
Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Life Worth Living

It began so inadvertently...

but turned into something that would charge

my passion
my position
my perspective

as I looked up to find myself at the intersection of "Double Grace"

the intersection where

gratitude and

ordinary and

and one picture a day for 100 days

provided proof
(once again)


is a life worth living


One Hundred Days of Grace

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Blessing Right Next Door

There's something...


about meeting your
first cousin

for the
first time

in a "random chance situation"

Well, last week...

my cousin texted "visiting from London"

then I texted "where?"...
then she texted the address...

then I realized that she was right next door!

And as we fell into each other's arms

holding one another
trying to determine

if it were real
if we were real

I realized
that in life

there are no "random chance situations"


perfect spiritual alignment

and the greatest


are not only
the ones you least expect

but sometimes

they just also happen to be
the ones right next door

Friday, June 2, 2017

A Fresh Start

Allow me to reintroduce myself...

I am Tondra Denise
I love the Lord and
I have five minutes

wanna share?

We are human and sometimes just need

a fresh start
a second chance
a reintroduction

"old things are passed away
all things become new"

last week my post here may have been
slightly confusing/misleading

(and for that I apologize)

but here I am
back again this week
bright and early

because that's the beauty of Calvary...


born sinless
bore sin

in order to

relieve us
retrieve us
reintroduce us

to the Father...

erase the past and
exchange it

with hope

for the future

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Early Care and Education (Sensory Experiences)

"If it has not been in the hand... it cannot be in the brain" -Bev Bos

Sensory Experiences for Young Children

Bubble Station
Float or Sink Experiment

Sight Words

Sensory Science... Flubber!
(and yes, we used Borax!)

Today Will Be the Last Time We "Visit"

Time and opportunity
had kept me away for too long...


cares of life

so writing
had been put on the back burner

over a low flame
that kept burning

warming me
waking me
welcoming me

early today as I decided to just

stop by
check in
sit down and chat

(for five minutes)

grateful for

the moments spent here
the connections
the joyful interactions

and discovering that
today will be the last time we visit in this space

because by next Friday...

we will all be home

Thank you Kate for "everything" and congratulations FMF Family!
(So excited about the "new space")

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Survive the Flood

"It didn't make it through the flood"

he responded, when I inquired about our popcorn machine

and then I remembered
how we lost it in the flood

how we lost almost everything on the ground floor of our house
when it flooded almost three years ago...

"Saddest words ever"

I texted back

(because microwave popcorn just isn't the same)

"Five Senses" poster courtesy of

my thoughts drifting to Noah and his family

3 sons

3 wives

"only eight souls saved by water"

and although I'm sure they were grateful for grace
I wonder if they ever just sat and

talked about

over how things were...

before the Flood

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Blog Blackout

as I have intentionally

blacked out

all of the other posts
on this blog

to bring you the following message...

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Early Care and Education Series (Week of the Young Child)

Week of the Young Child 2017

Music Monday- Sing, Dance, Celebrate, Learn

Tasty Tuesday- Healthy eating and fitness at home and school

Work Together Wednesday-
Work together, Build together, Learn together

Preparing a batch of Italian Herb Play Dough!

Artsy Thursday- Think, Problem solve, Create

Family Friday- Sharing family stories

"Little Nino's Pizzeria" by Karen Barbour
and sight words salt writing tray
Learn more about WOYC and see how others celebrated!