Freshwater Academy

Fresh Water Academy was founded in 2010. It is home to four lovely young ladies of learning and their dedicated teachers. Located in the wilds of Wyoming, the name Fresh Water Academy was chosen as a Western analogy to Christ. Just as He is the Living Water, and we must have Him to have eternal life, any desert dweller knows the importance of fresh water to life, both for self, and the nourishment of crops or livestock. By taking nourishment in God and His word, we strengthen our own relationship with Him, our faith, and the quality and abundance of our fruitfulness.

Our keystone verse is from Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 8: "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

The fruit that we speak of is mentioned in Galatians 5:22
"22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

And the heat could be anything we experience that might test our faith in God; trials and tribulations, relationships, anything that focuses our love and attention anywhere but on Him...

Friday, May 13, 2016

Old Dog Learning New Tricks

I started the first two classes in my Library Media Endorsement Program this week, and while I think I have my head pretty well above water in one, I definitely feel stretched beyond my comfort zone in the other (which I think is part of the point).

My experience in class so far really makes me believe that our instructor subscribes to the  Innovation Class theory, "where students have time and space to create their own learning experiences and collaborate...", where they learn by doing and creating, and the focus is on discovery, curiosity, and building knowledge.

She gives us the opportunity to fail, so that we can "tweak the formula and create...a more meaningful experience."  It requires us as students to take ownership of our education, and challenges us to prove that we understand the material and have mastered the standards.  It gives us the chance to be our very own MacGyver, and figure it out, using a paperclip and a toenail ;).

I've already tweeted at our textbook author, and told him I can't wait to read the next chapter!


Monday, March 14, 2016

The Word

John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

 The Word is Jesus.  Jesus is the Creator of all things.  The same God we have asked into our hearts, the same God lost people need, a Friend who is always there, God's peace.

The world can give you temporary satisfaction, but it's not real, it's a lie, and it's not permanent, real peace.

Only Jesus can give you real peace.   

Matthew 11:28

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


I know that you're expecting to see posts about thankfulness and gratitude today, and well you should.  I had to throw my hat into the ring as well, because so many times we take for granted and forget to give thanks for the amazing and wonderful gifts that God has given us.

I am going to start with the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus, my Lord.  Not to mention, the gift of life, period.

I am so thankful for my wonderful family, from my wonderful husband and children (and grandchild, to my amazing parents, to my little brother, to my many precious nieces and nephews, both actual and assumed, our furry children, and so many more.

I am thankful for my supportive and loving church family and friends, for my community, for my library, and more people, places, and blessings than I could ever name.  I am thankful to have a roof over our heads, food on the table, and for my husband's job.

Psalm 95 :1-2] Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

1 Thessalonians 5:18New International Version (NIV)
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Chronicles 16:34New International Version (NIV)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 29:13New International Version (NIV)
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
    and praise your glorious name.

Psalm 9[a][b]
For the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 69:30New International Version (NIV)
I will praise God’s name in song
    and glorify him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 100:4New International Version (NIV)

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Well I couldn't post the bouquets and leave out the boys, now could I?  These were built in much the same way, on a smaller scale.  I trimmed the flowers to the length I wanted, wrapped them together with corsage tape, and finished them off with a bit of ribbon.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bridesmaid's Bouquet

You may have seen my earlier post, DIY Bouquet  (Bridal Bouquet with Sunflowers, Teal Roses, and Daisies).  This is the bridesmaid's bouquet, put together to complement that bridal bouquet.

I made it in the same style, beginning with two stems, and adding one at a time with corsage tape to hold it together.  I finished off the wrap with a twist of lace accented burlap, and the finished product looks like this!

Monday, November 23, 2015

DIY Bouquets and Boutonniere (Bridal Bouquet with Sunflowers, Teal Roses, and Daisies)

I have made bouquets and flower arrangements before, but it's been awhile, so I skimmed Pinterest and looked up a few DIY Tutorials.  Our oldest daughter and her fiance are beginning to plan their wedding, and I just went a little Pin/research crazy on the planning end (don't worry, I haven't sent her all these pins, I'm just quietly putting them on my boards and getting it out of my system so I don't drive her crazy).

There are separate tutorials for fake or fresh flowers, but they are pretty similar (except shelf life and preservation techniques), and the one I found the most informative and helpful is here, at

You'll need your flowers, sturdy shears, floral tape, fabric or ribbon of your choice, and I used a hot glue gun instead of pins.

First, choose two or three stems to be the center, foundation of your bouquet.  Arrange those the way you would like them, and wrap floral tape around the stems to secure them in place.

I did not think to take step by step photos (I know, silly me), but there are very good ones on the site I mentioned earlier.

Add other flowers one or two stems at a time, securing them to the center with more floral tape.  When you have the complete arrangement that you want, wrap the entire end (or to a point about 2 inches from the bottom if you want the handtied rustic look), and then wrap your fabric or ribbon over that.

This is where I used the hot glue gun, finding that it is more secure and less likely to come apart.  Since I was using artificial flowers, this didn't harm them in any way, and it made it stay put!

I also added small charms to this bouquet, representing our daughter's interests and personality.  These I attached with jewelry wire tucked into the bouquet, and a dab of hot glue to secure.