About Me

Van Walton

Fun Facts about Van Walton

My favorite smell: The way the earth smells after it rains.

My favorite sound: The first notes of a grand symphony.

My favorite way to relax: Sitting anywhere outside - on my front porch, on my deck, or by the lake, early in the morning with my first cup of coffee.

My favorite birthday dessert: a Peach cobbler baked by my husband. He’s my fave chef!

I will not eat: Avocado. They turn my stomach into a volcano that never erupts.

Technology I couldn't live without and why: My laptop - it takes me anywhere I want to go.

One thing that makes me smile: My sons' faces!

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My Resources

My book, From the Pound to the Palace, is available for $10
from Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Pound to Palace

My book, Little Halos, is available for $5.99 from Proverbs
31 Ministries.

Little Halos

Proverbs 31 Ministries


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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Is 41 years a long time?

                       Congratulations to us! 
 Yes 41 years is a long time - but worth the work and time. We have built many memories, I don't knwo where to begin. Just want to say- stick with your man. There is no one else like him. He still has the same qualities that made him attractive when you first met. ...and  when tempted to focus on  weaknesses remember his strengths. That is what makes him the man you love!  Today marks the beginning of another couple of decades together! 

Monday, August 13, 2012

What is a good neighbor?

While sitting on the bench outside my garage, putting on my socks and shoes – getting ready for a walk, I heard a stranger calling me.

“Meow. Meow.” 

I turned around to see where the voice was coming from and noticed one of the neighborhood cats, a pretty little gray cat. Almost desperately she called and called as she climbed the hill in my back yard, approaching me. Then she walked right up to my legs circling, talking, wagging her tail and telling me -  something I didn’t understand.

I am a dog person so I don’t regularly communicate with feline friends, even when they are neighbors. But this little girl was persistent. She would not leave me alone. She wanted something! 

My husband and I took off on our walk and the cat followed us as if we had invited her. She continued to talk. We came to the corner and she rounded it with us. We headed to the next corner and she hopped in front of us leading the way. Pretty soon she couldn’t keep up with our gate and we left her behind. She kept talking,  or crying.  I am not sure which and with one last desperate sprint attempted to catch up to us. Then she gave up.

We forgot about her.

She didn’t forget about us. She was waiting s when we arrived at our first corner and home she went with us, still talking! 

“What does she want?” I asked my husband, not that he is a regular cat communicator.
“I think she is hungry. I haven’t seen her family home this week.”  

That thought pierced my heart.

“Oh no!”

I found some snacks for her and poured a bit of milk into a saucer. She lapped it up and just like a dog wagged her tail. 

Takes a community to care for all the neighbors amongst us.   

We were not created to walk life's long trails alone. It is fine to reach out and ask for help. It honors others. It shows a gentle and humble heart.  This little cat
humbled me. It gave me great pleasure to help her.  I'll do so again - given the chance!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cycle of life

It makes me happy to know that life is a cycle. I like that I can anticipate new beginnings. I get bored easily so I like change.

I am also comforted by the fact that nothing stays the same. 

If I am unhappy, the cycle of life will keep rolling and soon the situation will change. Nothing lasts forever. 

If I am content- yeah, it’s a good feeling and I’ll milk the moment for everything it’s worth. 

Today change came for me- 

Summer vacay slipped away

New school year began. 

Into my classroom I retreated to begin a new year for my students.

I am sad the summer is over. I so enjoyed the rest, relaxation, retreat, family, travel, and long lazy days. I absolutely took full advantage of every minute: read many books, spaced out on full moons and magnificent sun rises, took many walks, sat for long hours with friends and family, slept when I wanted to, and rejoiced because I am a teacher and I am in love with my work!  

But now it’s time unpack the boxes I packed in May. Time to slap educational maps and charts on walls. Time to put together lesson plans. Time to anticipate the faces of my students appearing at the door to my classroom.

That will happen in just a week.

WOW! Where did the time go?