Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

Sometimes, it takes more than a village!

There is an African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  Hillary took it a step further when she wrote (or did she?) a book with the same title.  When Amber wrote a sweet and meaningful post recently with that same famous title, it got me to thinking about my own life.  I’ve always known that a key factor in my ‘turning out’ (some would argue that I have indeed ‘turned out’) had a whole lot to do with the many wonderful people in my life who greatly influenced me.  However, for me it definitely took more than a village – maybe a city – or even a country!

mom & dad - a long time ago

Happy 50th Anniversary, mom and dad ~ this has been my mom's favorite picture, therefore it shows much wear

My parents deserve the greatest show of appreciation from me.  They celebrated 50 years of marriage yesterday.  This commitment for them hasn’t  just been a matter of ‘sticking it out’ because it was the right thing to do.  They are a wonderful example of two people who have loved each other and loved God through the good times and the hard times.  They have daily lived out the vows that were declared publicly on their wedding day.  Thank you mom & dad!

some of my village people

some of my village people

This collage represents just a handful of the people who poured into my life throughout the years.  When I was growing up our home seemed to have a continual flow of wonderful people going through it.  I would latch onto any and all of them and simply make them crazy.  Most of them would give me some of that attention that I so craved.  OK…I was, and still am, a bit needy!

Over the years, I’ve known that now it’s my turn to ‘give into’ the lives of others, especially kids as they are going through their time of ‘turning out’.  That’s a grand opportunity that each one of us have and there are so many creative ways to to it, but it’s not a challenge to take lightly!  😉  What does your village look like?

*In the center picture of the collage, take note of the stylish rw&b outfit that I have on.  I made that myself (w/help, I’m sure) and I was quite proud of it.  Must have been around 1976.

March 14, 2009 Posted by | appreciation, faith, family, friends | 5 Comments

I picked a WINNER…

a winner{some people can just have too much fun with a clothesline…even in the winter}

Charity can put this functional, organizational tool to use in her household of 6.

Thank you for all of your comments.  I enjoy so much journaling my way through life in this spot and I also love the bits of encouragement and inspiration that I find along the way.  Please visit often as you will most often find something new and hopefully inspiring and don’t forget to leave your own bits of encouragement.

January 5, 2009 Posted by | appreciation, blogging, give-a-way | 4 Comments


Dad T - taken during WWI

Dad T - taken after WWII

Thank You!...to all who have served

Thank You!...to all who have served

November 11, 2008 Posted by | appreciation, family, vintage | 2 Comments

Sunday Inspiration!

I bet you didn’t know that October was….

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  • American Pharmacist Month
  • Apple Jack Month
  • Awareness Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Clergy Appreciation Month
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Cookie Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Eat Country Ham Month
  • International Drum Month
  • Lupus Awareness Month
  • National Diabetes Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • National Vegetarian Month
  • National Popcorn Popping Month
  • Sarcastic Month
  • Seafood Month

There are so many worthy causes (not sure that most of these deserve to make it on the list) but the one that I want to remember today {it’s never too late!} is Clergy Appreciation Month. I have 5 people that I want to recognize.

My first and favorite is my best friend:

doing what he loves...selling knives!

I haven’t ever really been able to choose my pastor and lucky for me, right now I have the best one. Can’t imagine anywhere I would rather be than by your side. Love you Benj!

I also want to recognize our best friends:

time away @ Cannon Beach, OR

time away @ Cannon Beach, OR

We were blessed with these sweet friends as pastors about 18 years ago. They have given and given into our lives {and the lives of our children} and have blessed us as friends and mentors. Thank you Don & Jodi and we are so looking forward to that visit in a couple of weeks!

and then my daughter’s youth pastors:

So many of you know that if there is anyone around us who cares about our children and invests in their lives in a meaningful and positive way, we feel forever indebted to them {as with the above-mentioned couple}. Right now Andy & Stephanie are MissLibby’s youth pastors. They do an amazing job & I appreciate them oh, so-very much. They are also working in the school – it just never hurts to have those extra sets of eyes…’we’re always watching you , honey’…that’s what I tell her (& let me tell you she requires more sets than they average kid). 😉 [I can give her a hard time because she is so busy, creative and ‘colorful’, but she is one awesome girl and I am so proud of her]

November 2, 2008 Posted by | appreciation, Sunday Inspiration! | 5 Comments