Sharing Coffee, One Quarter Clean Water, New Published Ruby


If we were having coffee, today we’d meet at a quaint little coffee shop I know. Sit in front of the plate-glass windows and watch the Saturday morning shoppers stroll by doing a little window shopping.

We’d sip our frothy, caffeinated beverages slowly asking each other where this week evaporated to so quickly. Pondering the fact that the rest of the school year will probably be the same blur of continuous motion.

We’d trade stories; the things that made us laugh, made us cry, made us, well, flabbergasted this week as we tried to save the world by impacting one person at a time. We’d discuss those who motivated and encouraged us, and the opportunities we then had to turn around and motivate and encourage someone else.

I had a lot of those this week. Did you?


A co-worker mentioned how well their class was doing on our building service project to collect Quarters for Water (wells) in another country. I was embarrassed by my lack of encouragement and motivation in my classroom. So I went to work. Game on. Our students in our department bought in once a teacher did.

Let me encourage you, too. Find something you believe in that doesn’t affect you in any way and find a way to give time, money, or encouragement. Invite others to get on board with you. It might be work. It might be a sacrifice of something else. It might even be frustrating at times. However, come back in a few months and tell me how it wound up effecting you. I have a feeling the comments you leave for me won’t be negative. 🙂 And I can’t wait to hear them!!!

Hey, and if all else fails, but you believe in providing clean water to kids in Africa and want to help my students raise money for equipment to drill a well, well, mail them some quarters. But I think you can find something in your community right where you are!

A fellow blogger, and published author, encouraged me several weeks ago to submit some of my blogs to Christian magazines. You can check Amy Bovaird’s blog out at Amy’s Adventures. I promise you’ll be inspired and motivated too.

I dismissed her encouragement as simply being “nice” and went about my schedule. A few days later I had a request from Sr. Editor Nina Newton at Ruby for Women, an online Christian magazine, to submit some of my blog posts. I might be slow on the uptake, but when God actually hits me with the stick, I listen.


So, I submitted Everlasting Name Change because of Amy’s suggestion.

I still didn’t expect anything to happen. It was a short piece. It lacked depth. No one would understand the parallel I was trying to draw. I didn’t even have a good image.

Then came the e-mail wanting my bio and information to go with the article.

Bio? Um, sure, I have one.

You can find my amazing bio (Tongue in cheek, friends, tongue in cheek.) that I penned quickly during a break while out-of-town at an English teacher’s conference with a migraine in the magazine below.



Now I’m thinking I’ll try a print magazine next. Possibly AFTER softball season unless some free time just happens to drop into my lap before then!

What has someone encouraged you to do this year that you’ve actually tried? How did it work out?

I’d love to hear your stories, too!


  • Very thought provoking! As a wife and Mom, I find myself encouraging others a great deal every day. Thanks for sharing!

    • That does seem to fall under both job descriptions, doesn’t it? I actually wish more parents would take that job serious.

      Thank you for stopping in today! Have a blessed weekend.


      Carrie Ann

  • Glad you’re working with your students toward something that will help people! I think that the more often kids do that, the more likely they’ll do it when they grow up. Helping, I mean.

    And congrats on the magazine! 🙂

    • It is a building wide project, but with all of our snow days teachers had kind of forgotten about it. I was amazed by their immediate response once I brought it back into focus.

      We believe in teaching local and international service as part of our advisory program. It’s an awesome experience for our kids.

      Thank you!

  • Hi Carrie,

    Enjoyed reading your post today 🙂 Sitting drinking coffee is one of my favs 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • I loved the post you submitted the first time I read it and still think it is beautiful. I look forward to watching you grow even more. You are one of my favorite bloggers and your words need to find a wider audience. In other words…. You go girl!

    • Snarky,

      I always have to pray that God will remove prideful thoughts from me after I read your comments. 🙂 Thank you for encouraging me!

      I pray that I can maintain a humble attitude and live up to your expectations if it is God’s desire for my life and gifts. I feel that He’s called me to do this, and now I have to DO it.

      I’m so glad you’re going along on the ride with us!!!