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Thought for the Week from Karla’s Korner: Looking Beyond Yucky

Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

Looking Beyond Yucky….

This past weekend my husband and I went back to the little town where we started our family. With the rain falling for most of the weekend we were sad that we couldn’t get out and walk around and take in the town like we wanted, but we were thankful for the opportunity to go on this journey together. We lived in three different houses while we were there and were excited to see the changes that have taken place in the past twenty years. While there were definite changes to each house the biggest change was to the one we lovingly refer to as the “yucky house”. When I was 7 months pregnant with our daughter, our landlord decided to sell the house and our option was to buy it or leave; we left and moved into an older less attractive house. Two years later we bought a foreclosed home that needed some work. One night after working on the new house we were packing up to go back to our rental when 2 ½ year old Melinda plopped down on the floor and said “I don’t want to go back to the yucky house no more…I want to stay here in the new pretty house!” From that day on we have always referred to house number two as the “yucky” house. Moving into house number three was exciting; we brought our baby boy home and completed our little family. Having lived in that house for almost five years we were excited to go back and remember our time there. What astounded me about the “yucky” house was that it was no longer yucky. The brown cedar siding had been replaced with beautiful light yellow vinyl siding while the yard had been cleared of the excess trees. It was beautiful. To the side of the house stood a garage and the driveway was nicely paved. For the rest of our weekend we found ourselves discussing the “yucky” house and how surprised we were at how great it looked. (Being renters we did all that we could and learned to just make do with what we had knowing that it was only temporary.)Continue reading

Thought for the Week from Karla’s Korner: Living Beyond Defined Descriptions

Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

Living Beyond Defined Descriptions…..

Recently I spent some time with a group of individuals writing a job description for an opening at the camp my family and I are involved with. The person who currently holds this job has held it for nearly 35 years and has decided to retire. Realizing that over the past 35 years the job responsibilities have changed, we concluded that a new more precise job description was necessary. As we labored through mounds of job descriptions we pulled from other camps, we discussed the importance of flexibility meaning that even though there were certain criteria necessary for the job, the new person needed to be willing to reach outside the realm of his/her responsibilities and pitch in if necessary much like the current job holder. We listed this as “all other duties necessary”.Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: A Love Letter to My Children for 2013

Thought for the week from Karla – Love Letter

love letter

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

A Love Letter to My Children for 2013

It’s so hard to believe that a year has passed since I wrote my first love letter to my children. Lately when I lay my head on my pillow and try to find sleep my mind floods with thoughts and emotions about my little family and the enormous changes that have taken place in our lives. Some days it overwhelms me so much that they are no longer my little babies while other days I find it difficult to remember the sleepless nights, runny noses, bumps and bruises of toddlerhood and the chaos of life with little people. Some days my heart actually aches to go back if only for a brief moment to that time where I was their everything. Knowing that going back is impossible, I shake off the brief sadness of it all and look at where we are right now and know that it is because of our past we have our present and a future to look forward to. This year, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share my thoughts on love and life as I see it in yet another letter to my children; I guess this has become tradition.Continue reading

February 4, 2013

Thought for the week from Karla’s Korner: Negativity Hurts

Thought for the week from Karla’s Korner!

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

In the past week I have been honked at, flipped off, yelled at and practically shoved out of someone’s way. By the end of the week I decided that I was going to go home and stay; go into hiding so to speak. When my son asked me why I had chosen to be anti-social I shared with him that I was in need of some peace and quiet and that the outside world was just a bit much for me to deal with right now. As Saturday morning arrived I greeted the day with a cup of coffee and a bit of quiet time before I tackled my weekly chores and laundry. With my house clean I showered, dressed in a clean pair of pajamas and began working on the six loads of laundry that had been sorted and placed neatly in baskets. With the entire afternoon in front of me I took the opportunity to curl up in my chair with my favorite camp blanket turn on the television and enjoy having nowhere to go and nothing to do (other than the laundry). Snow began to fall and as I watched the big fluffy flakes drift to the ground I found myself at peace; something that I had not felt for most of the week.Continue reading

December 31, 2012

Karla’s Korner: Lessons From 2012

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

Lessons From 2012

Staring out the window at my neighbor’s yard it almost seems fitting that their deflated Christmas decorations are scattered, windblown and out of place. The holidays are over and nobody really cares if blowup Santa is still sitting upright in the cut-out sleigh or that Joseph is laying down by the manger (after all I’m sure the real Joseph got a little tired standing there waiting for those fellas to show up). We spend so much time getting ready, preparing everything perfectly for Christmas that in the end, we are tired and ready to throw it all back in the box and move into the New Year without stopping to reflect on what the year has meant to us.Continue reading