Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Life! It's nuts! But you know that, so I won't go into more detail about why I've been MIA. On to the good stuff!
Abby, Laney, and I have had the fun opportunity to play with and review a dinnertime wonder! From the moment the box arrived, the girls were giddy to see what new treasure had come!
We received a chalkboard placemat from a very neat paper project company called Paper-source!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Ok, so Linny challenged us again to leave a story for her...and I did. But thought I'd finish it here. Here's a recap:
This week's item for my memorial box is a plastic apple. When I finished my student teaching at a school I LOVED (funny though, our rivals while growing up) I had no idea where God would plunk me. I had taken a teaching assistant job at that same school, but it was only to finish out the year. By May, I had people asking all around me about what I was going to do for a job. I consistently said, "I'm not sure where God will put me. But I trust Him, wholly." And I meant that. I did NOT worry one ounce. Not one bit. I felt TOTAL peace.
Tony trusted Him too, but being the planner (and financial guy) wondered alongside all the others where I would work. We were married in the spring of 1999, so he was 100% supporting me while I student taught.
Literally, all summer everyone else seemed to sweat what I was going to do. I had put my resume out at only a couple of places. I KNEW God heard my heart, heard my cry. And He was faithful. Seriously, though. EVERYONE hounded me about what I was going to do. Come on people, I serve a big GOD!
About two weeks before schools started all around this area, I got a call. It was from the school where I had student taught, and was a teaching assistant! One teacher moved into the role of Assistant Principal, which opened up her teaching position. They were offering me THAT position!
On Linny's blog, I explained that God not only gave me the cupcake, but He iced it AND put a cherry on top! The position that opened was for a 5th grade Language Arts position (don't judge my writing here!). God knew my heart was with the older kids (1st graders are whole other animals!) and that my passion was Language Arts. So NOT ONLY did He provide a job, He designed that job specifically around me!
Of ALL the schools. Of ALL the positions. THIS position, at THIS school opened up for me. I just know it. And since I have taken that job, I have had the time of my life. I have had both 5th and 6th grade, and I have loved it.
My loving Father, my Daddy, my Teacher, Abba, blessed me with my current job as a teacher. What better symbol than an apple? It represents my teaching, AND my trust. I trusted Him 100%.
Thanks for the challenge, Linny! I needed the reminder!
P.S. Stay tuned! The givewaway is nearly ready!! It was a fun little project I got to do, and now I get to give it away!
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
First, read http://www.nogreatergift.blogspot.com/
They're working to bring home their daughter and are asking for help!
1. Donate Money AND be entered in a drawing (amazing prizes)
2. Purchase gorgeous small pottery pendants where half the money goes toward their fundraiser.
I want to challenge you, friends! I know you'd come through for us if we were doing a f undraiser to bring our next child home (who knows, we might just do that!) so step up, help out, and be the hands and feet of Jesus now!
Grab This Button
Sunday, October 04, 2009
I just wanted to drop by here and say hello. Life has been busy with the girls, work, local happenings, and etc... So here is an update.
One of the things we have been doing recently is geocaching (visit http://www.geocaching.com/ for more information). If you are not familiar with geocaching, it is basically treasure hunting with your GPS using coordinates posted on the website. Our best friends Paul and Christy introduced us to this when they were in town a few weeks ago. I think they have over 400 finds. We are up to a grand total of 13.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Flashback Friday can wait.
There is a passionate family working hard to bring their daughter home. If they cannot bring her home ASAP, she'll be put in a mental institution forever. She is asking we storm the gates of Heaven today and tomorrow for God to move the government for sweet, sweet Ruslana. That's the least we can do!
Read about it here.
Well, my last Flashback Friday post went over like a lead balloon! Only a couple of you remembered Jem and the Holograms! I actually felt sad for you! She was great!
So, this week, I wanted to do another Saturday morning cartoon hit, but I figured I'd need therapy if you didn't remember this one either, so I'll hold off on that. Instead, I want to highlight one of my favorite television shows from when I was an elementary school kid..
Anybody remember a spunky little girl who dressed in rainbow colors? Her hair was always in pig tails and she was being raised by her foster dad? (Hmmm, maybe that's where I first started thinking/learning about adoption?) Of course I'm referring to PUNKY BREWSTER! Her name was Penelope, but she went by Punky. She was left in a grocery store with her dog, Brandon (who names their dog that?) She eventually gets adopted by her foster dad, Henry. (Ohhh, I remember when that actor died in real life! I was so sad!)
So today, Friday, I salute Punky. She was a snazzy dressin', trouble finding, little cutie. (She had a cool name in real life too...Soleil Moon Frye.) She was one of the first to introduce adoption and the love that goes along with it, to me!
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Hmmm...so much to be thankful for.
1. My new great-niece born this week! (www.reidhosp.org Click on Reid Babies, then recent births) Her name is Kynlee Grace and she is just beautiful!
2. It's October...WHOO HOO! I LOVE this weather, season, time of year! L-O-V-E, LOVE IT!
3. Two cutie patooties that make me laugh EVERY single day! Such sweet spirits! Thank you, Jesus!
4. Thankful my brother-in-love's surgery went well and he is recovering @ home! (even if certain places feel like Chinese stars moving around!)
5. God's heart for the orphan. It challenges me.
6. Text messages straight from God!
7. Pastors at our church who "get" the big picture. We need to get outta our seats and BE the hands and feet of Jesus!
8. Thankful we serve a mighty God who carries us when we're weak!
9. For friends.
10. My job. My students make me laugh. That's a good thing, right?
11. I'm thankful for YOU! My faithful readers! I forget how many of you there are until one of you mentions a post Tony or I did. So often you don't leave comments, so I think there are only a few readers out there!
12. A fun blog experience will be coming up soon! You'll want to stay tuned for this one! One word. GIVEAWAY!
13. You fill in the blank here. What are YOU thankful for???