a Sursee Gal Beauty tip

Part of the time I imagine Sursee Gal being like a quick conversation on the phone or a chat in the carpool line with you.  One of those, “Hey gal, I wanna tell you about this new book/recipe/product that I found.  That little Sursee that I think you need to hear about; the Sursee that will make you say, Aha!   Remember when I told you about this gorgeous Red Lipstick and dared you to wear some?

Sursee Gal Beauty tipsToday that convo would be about this really cool under eye concealer that my sister gave me on my recent trip.  This sister is the Queen of Sursees  whom I have written about before. I am the Duchess when she is on the scene.

The Queen described this product to me before I used it and said that the magic applicator felt all cool and refreshing for your tired under eye skin.  I was a little dubious about her testimony.  That is, until I tried it!  It really is pretty funky because the applicator does feel cool when the concealer glides on.  Ahhhh, a little spa time for my sad little skin under the eye.  It is called, Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller.



You can find it Target or CVS for less than $10.00.  Go check it out.  The magic roller ball makes this beauty tool AHHHHmazing.

What secret beauty Sursee do you use?  Do tell in the comments below. xoxo

Words for the End of the School Year :: Dear Middle School Mom,

Tips for May transitionsHere it is May again, and I always feel busy during this month and I don’t even have kids at home!  A friend told me once, “Never schedule anything for May.  No doctor appointments, no lunches with friends, no nothing.”  I think she is right.  There is enough crazy without me scheduling in more.

May is the end of the school year and the time of graduations and moving on.  Even with grown kids, I find May to be a month of transition.  So I looked back in the files of Sursee Gal and found this Letter to Middle School Moms, and I bring it back to you because I think it might be just the encouragement you need right now. Even if your child isn’t about to enter high school, I think there are some truths here to get you looking down the path with hope.   I am praying that as you face this time of transition and endings and beginnings  you will see the Lord in the middle of it all and that you don’t have to go it alone.  So read on dear friend and be encouraged.

Could you pass this on to a mom who might be struggling with this time of year?  That would be an awesome Sursee!
Dear Middle School Mom,

As I look back over my 11 years at our school, I remember what it was like to have a middle school student just beginning here. For those of you who don’t know me, I have four sons and my youngest is about to graduate in a few short weeks.
Gretchen Rubin author of The Happiness Project, says, “The days are long, but the years are short.”  And I am here to tell you, that is true!
So here, at the end of these years,  as I am rounding the corner and heading toward the finish line, I wanted to encourage you with some truths I have learned along the way.
First, I want you to know it has been a good ride.  And, yes, the work was worth it !
I want to exhort you as a mom to not be afraid.  No fear!   God is in control of all the details of your life and your child’s life. Your child will go to college somewhere when it is time. I promise.
Mom, No comparing.  It robs you of all joy.   No one else can be you with your gifts and talents.  No one else has the same child you do.  So, No comparing, friend.
Embrace life and all the ups and downs of mothering.  When we say yes and embrace wherever God has us, we are saying, “I trust You Lord, and  I believe You are in control.”
Middle school is the pitts.  It just is.  It was when you were in middle school. And it still is.  But, Your child’s class will survive. Your child will survive. And I promise, YOU will survive. The mean girls will get nice and the goofy boys will grow up. So encourage your child that this is true, and teach them how to extend grace.
Pray for the kids in your child’s class. Get to know the kids in your child’s class. God is using them to shape and mold your child.  The small classes here are like  your family, you don’t get to choose your family, and  yet, you love them and accept them. Show your child how to love those who are not like them. And in the end, when they graduate, you will be amazed how your class jelled and came together.
It is not too hard for them up here.  It is work, but it is not too hard.  Learning and being engaged is demanding and it requires discipline, but it is not too hard.  It is a new way to study.  A new way to think.  It is worth it.  There are no shortcuts.
Latin is one of the most important subjects your child can take.  Have them take as many years of it as possible.
Read. Read the books your child is reading.  Read the school newsletter.  Life works better when you are in the know.  Read your emails from your Class Mom. In fact, be the class mom one year.
Join up and join in. Our school works best when you participate. Serve on a committee.  Come to the parent meetings.  Head up something.  You might meet a new friend. Attend Moms in Touch.  Pursue friendships with other moms up here.  You will be thankful you have others to walk through these years with you.
Believe in the professors.  Get to know them.  Pray for them. Speak words of life to them. And, speak well about them to your child.
Make breakfast for your child.  It really is the most important meal of the day.
Go to events that involve the older students at your school.  See the finished product.  It will encourage you.  It will give you hope and fuel you to inspire your child through the years. Go to Declamation.  Attend the Ladies Tea.  Send your son to the Men’s Cook-out every year. Sit front row and center for the plays.   When you see the seniors and older students at these events, you will see what the target is and so will your child.
Attend all the different sporting events.  Lots of conversations and life happens there.  On that note, get your student involved in sports here. Character work goes on here that you don’t want them to miss.  Plus, it will be some of their favorite memories.  And yours.
Drive a carpool to a school event.  You learn so much.  Enough said.
Go to bed.  Teach your child to go to bed.  A good night sleep cures almost everything and things always look better in the morning.
Kiss and hug.  A lot.  Before they go to school and when they get home. Even when they are a senior.  Even when they are a boy.
Use less words with your kids and Believe in them.  They know the right thing to do.
So Middle school mom, this school isn’t a perfect place, but it is a great place.  And, it really is worth it.

Sursee Saturday :: A Word Picture for The Netherlands

Psalm 6512

  Loved my trip to the Netherlands...even just love that name- The Nether Lands- sounds so much like a C. S. Lewis adventure novel. In my Chronological Bible reading today, I read these verses and they pictured to me what I was feeling and … [Continue reading]

Mentoring Moment :: What Did You Do When Your Kids Compared or Used Unkind Words?

Mentoring Moments What Did you do when your kids talked unkindly or compared

–What did you do when your kids compared or used unkind words with one another? I just received a question like this, and as I was emailing this sweet mom back, I thought that maybe there might be others who would be encouraged if they heard this. … [Continue reading]

Accepting a Compliment Is An Art Form

accepting a compliment is an art form

Dear friends, A good friend sent this to me the other day, and I  just had to share.  What do you do when someone compliments you? How do you respond? I love this answer below, and I hope that it helps you the next time you are complimented.  A … [Continue reading]

Saturday Sursee :: A Piece of Fashion Advice that Never Ages

You Can Always Afford a Good Haircut

This is one of the best pieces of fashion advice I have received in my life. Hope it helps you. A friend told me this in college.  She said her mama told her, so now I am telling you.  From mama, to college roomie to Sursee Gal to you; here is a … [Continue reading]

Saturday Sursee :: Looking for Spring


Don't you love looking for spring?  The trees are blooming, the flowers are in full gorgeousness.  Everyday is a new day in our yard as everything wakes up from winter.  It is a wonderful reminder that God is alive and present and working.  Out of … [Continue reading]

He is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed!


Happy Easter!  Nothing better than the words of Charles Wesley to celebrate today!  I am singing this with you all today in my heart.  Click here if you missed yesterday's post about The In Between Times... Christ the Lord is risen today, … [Continue reading]

The In Between Time :: The Day Before Easter

Spring flowers

The day before Easter. The In Between time. Christ's work is finished.  We are waiting to celebrate.  What was that like when the disciples and friends of Jesus were waiting and waiting? I am glad I know the end of the story.   … [Continue reading]

Saturday Sursee :: An Easy Appetizer- Sunflower Seed Studded Goat Cheese and Crackers

Easy Appetizer

Hey gals, Just needed to tell you that I needed to correct this recipe.  I use sunflower seeds not sesame seeds.  Ooopsy.  Below is the corrected version.  Sorry for the confusion.   Sometimes you just need an easy, yummy appetizer.  This is it … [Continue reading]