Monday, May 28, 2012

Sunshine and...

It's the last week of school!!! Happy. Dance.
The end of the school-year brings much...
sleeping in
grilling out
beach and pool
... and wondering if you made your mark...

Don't worry friends, I'm probably more excited for school to be out than most parents, considering all of the things listed above.  On the flip side, I've found myself wondering if I have "made my mark" on these students' lives.  All luxury aside, it's what counts the most.  We have had some super busy last weeks of school and I've strived to enjoy being with my students as much as possible.  They are why I am alive.  They are my calling.  And, I don't want to be a hinderance to any thing that God has for them.  I pray that I have made an impact on these students in more ways than one, and that most of all, they have seen the love of Jesus.  He is what counts.  Love is what counts.  

The more I am around middle school students, the more I realize how the world is giving itself over to the enemy.  Not something a teacher wants to see.  Especially since the teaching profession focuses on the future and how to train students for the future.  The great opportunity that I have as a Christian education teacher is that I am able to, not only try to be a positive role model for children, but also talk about Jesus and encourage them to live a life that is pleasing to Jesus.  I love to talk to my students about Jesus and hear their experiences and knowledge about a holy God.  It's powerful folks.  Please don't be fooled.. students in private, Christian schools don't have it all together, living a "perfect" life.  More than less of my students this year come from broken homes, abusive homes, adoption and abandonment.  My hope is that I have completed the task that God gave me for every single one of them as I took the responsibility to be their leader this year.

One of the many fun things we have been doing recently was a dinner theatre! I was also a part of the play and played the role of "Mom".  It was set in the 50s with a diner theme.  The name of the play was called "Uncle Phil's Diner".  Super cute.  Super fun.  Some if the action was caught below:

A nerd and a class president nominee!
Two cheerleaders and the mom ;)
Her prom date stood her up!

My kitchen staff, dancing husband :)
Priceless!! Beauty school drop-out!
Whole cast! So cute!
She's been waiting for her prom date for 7 years!
"Hostess with the mostest" :)
Uncle Phil and Tony
Cute nerds!
And that's a wrap folks.  Here's to sweet students, middle school madness, and one tolerant teacher!

Happy summer!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

It's OK Thursday.

I saw this on a blog and thought it was too funny. Especially because girls are always trying to find justification for our little issues that no one else seems to understand. Can I get a witness?! Ha! Maybe it's just me.. Who knows?

So, here goes:

It's ok that I stayed up until 12:30am last night because I HAD to paint my nails and allow sufficient dry time. Not to mention, I had been at the church from 7:45am to 9:00pm. Tired is an understatement.

It's ok that I had to tell the dance team to rearrange themselves in our circle yesterday because it looked more like an oval and my OCD was kicking in.

It's ok that I can't leave my house for the weekend without it being spotless. My brain literally cannot handle it!

It's ok that my dog IS my child.

It's ok that my husband cannot help clean the house because I will still feel like its dirty if I don't clean it. Anyone else have this issue? :/

It's ok that I eat rainbow sherbet in bed almost every night. Don't judge.

It's ok that every time I look at my wedding pictures I wish we could re-live that day all over again. It was perfect in every way.

It's ok that I create a complete disaster in our extra bedroom when I start any type of craft. It's inevitable. And usually it stays like that for a few days before I'm done with the activity and ready to move to the next.

It's ok that I'd rather read a book than watch TV. Current read: Kisses from Katie. Almost done, it wish I wasn't because its so incredible. Buy it. Read it.

It's ok that multiple people have told me they have never seen a girl eat as much as I do. If I ever become 200 pounds, it will not be ok. But for now, I will accept. :)

It's ok that I look to Jesus for peace, patience, and wisdom on a daily basis. He's such a good provider!

Alright lovies, I guess that's it for now. I'm thankful today that Jesus is holy and worthy of praise. Give Him your ALL today. He's worth it. I'm also thankful for my new blogger app, on which I am writing this post. :)


Monday, April 30, 2012


Confessions of a tired teacher:  
My favorite sound of the washer machine is currently gracing my ears after a very long day.  Lights dim.  House quiet.  Dog asleep on couch.  Candles lit.  Kitchen clean.  You get the idea...pure bliss.
Our crowd at Alligator Adventure on Friday for a field trip!

Confessions of a crafty chaos:
Its funny, I was telling Jordan tonight about how I prioritize things in my mind.  I don't make separate lists of things that I have to get accomplished and things that I want to get accomplished.  I just put them all together in one list!  And then arrives nights like tonight when they all pile up on each other and I find myself worrying about crafts and creations that haven't even been started.  Oh dear.  However, I did come to the conclusion that thinking that way allows me to make and create, even though it might not be the best timing.  But hey!  Canvases get painted, bows get made, furniture gets a makeover, and everyone is happy!!!!
Canvases I painted for my newest niece, Lillian Grace.

Confessions of a housewife:
This weekend we housed the Ladson kids while their parents went to Charleston for the weekend.  They are too sweet and too funny.  Jordan and I turned into softball coaches and Wii Super Mario experts! Something we are definitely not used to but loved every minute it.  I must admit, I don't think we're ready for a preschooler and 3rd grader.  I was thinking tonight as I was sweeping-- How do people do this on a daily, weekly, monthly basis?!  I guess our learning time will come when it's the right time, God's time.  However, I did love knowing the other side of our house was being used.  The bathroom contained used towels, the bedroom had clothes on the floor, and the bed had company at night.  It felt right.  I know our house will be full of little ones in the future.
Ladson lovies!

Confessions of a Matron of Honor:
OOOOMMMGG! SOOO excited for Julie Kellenbenz and Eli Byrd.  Their beautiful day is quickly arriving and its going to be so perfect.  See her blog here.
Here's the bride!!

More confessions later. ;)
For now, xoxo.

Monday, February 20, 2012

for the love of others.

Quiet house and coffee in hand. It's times like these that I like to think about the goodness of the Lord. He's just done so much.

It's President's Day and we are out of school (happy dance)! I was determined today to get up early, get ready, blog, do some crafts and just have a restful day. These days are the best. Jordan is at work, so the house is it quietest without ESPN on the television or iPad alerts. Although, I wouldn't trade those for anything in the world. I love me some Jordan. We are continuing to grow together in this marriage journey and loving every minute of it. It's amazing how being under this sacred covenant changes so much. It is truly a gift.

The Lord has just done so much in the past months. At the beginning of January, our church had a corporate fast for seven days and we had church everyday during that week. It was glorious. Ever since then, every person's heart has been stirring. The worldly one, the drug addict, the drinker, the complacent Christian, the leader, the follower. With that comes much responsibility. We have been very busy with the works of the Kingdom.

Personally, Jesus cleared my mind of much during the fast. Thoughts and situations that I have been burdened with for much time were lifted. I was given clarity about things that have gone on in my life, which pushes me to cleave to Him even more. I am thankful that we don't have to put all of our trust in a man, aren't you?! I am thankful that we have a choice.

One of the ministries in our church that I am in leadership over is our youth dance team, Ezekiel's Effect. I am blessed with the opportunity to help lead these teens closer to Jesus. And of course, I teach middle schoolers. Being involved with this age group is something that I have been a part of for a few years. I have seen some get closer to God, and some not so much. Some run as hard and as fast as their heart, soul, and mind can possibly go. I have seen some be leaders, and most be followers. My heart hurts for the followers and the runners. I was talking to my best friend, Jena the other day, and we were talking about some things that we were realizing about ourselves, on the subject of people. I realized that it was hard for me to love the back-sliding Christian. They know God's goodness and faithfulness. They know the Scriptures. They've seen and felt His presence. And what I don't understand, is what else would you want or need? Does alcohol taste that good? Does premarital sex make you feel that much accepted? And the same with defiant middle schoolers. Why do you feel the need to break rules to make your heart happy? Why do you wish to fit-in to the point of trouble? Why, why why?!

With this, over the past few weeks, I have been focusing on loving the "unloveable". Those that society deems as acceptable, but God sees as a broken life. I know it is God's will for me to love unconditionally. But, it is just not that easy all of the time. If its not a disobedient middle schooler, its a friend who I feel distant from. But, what I have come to realize is that everyone has their own struggles and situations that they go through. It is not my responsibility to worry about why they made certain decisions and the consequences of those decisions. Truly, those that are broken are probably looking for love. What I am called to do is just love, and let Jesus take care of the rest. I don't want people to look at me as someone who had a hardened heart when they needed love the most, but instead, a person who gave love when it was most needed.

Love this quote from my desktop daily teacher calendar:

"Today, see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches not only those whom you can give it easily, but also those who need it so much."

-Daphne Rose Kingma

Let's take some advice from the Word: love God, and love others.

"And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." Mark 12:33