Sunday, May 30, 2010

Strawberries!







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I won't back down



My journal was given to me by my dear friend and sister-in-Christ, Laura Munck. She called me the real deal. I cried!

Laura and I have never met but she prays for me each day. I love her family. She has ten children ranging from eighteen years to eight months. It's a comfort to know that there are people praying for me. There is strength in numbers! When God is for you, who can be against you! (Romans 8:31)

This is from my journal this morning:

Last week was unbelievable. The storm that was raging had me in tears many days.

I continued to write details of what happened each day.

Wow, I'm the problem. At least that's what Satan wants me to believe as the tears start to flow. Shut up, shut up, shut up! I'm believing God. I'm putting on my full armor. All things are possible with God. I am holding on to these five truths.

God is who He says He is.
God can do what He says He can do.
I am who God says I am.
I can do all things through Christ.
God's Word is alive and active in me.

Lord, lead me to the role you want me to play. Should I be submissive and let my actions speak louder than my words? I am very confused God as what I should do and say. I can only change me.


Be strong in the Lord in His mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6: 11-12

Thank you Lord for the hurricane this week. You have been my Rock. I have been in prayer more in the last five days than I have in months.

Jimmy Needham - Hurricane


I need You like a hurricane
Thunder crashing, wind and rain
To tear my walls down
I'm only Yours now.

Writing out my frustration of this week had me thinking that I'm the problem. Satan wants me to believe that lie. But I know that this is a battle not against opinions and personalities. this is a war waged on the believers. Now we need to respond in love and kindness.

Therefore, put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13

The day of evil has come into my life. I love my job! but Satan wants to take that from me. He has placed thoughts of quitting in my head and heart.


Stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around your waist., with the breastplate of righteousness in place. Ephesians 6:14


Shut up, shut up, shut up! I'm believing God. I'm listening to His voice.

Voice of Truth - Casting Crowns

But the Voice of truth tells me a different story
the Voice of truth says "do not be afraid!"
and the Voice of truth says "this is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth.

I will not be bullied. I love my job and I LOVE MY CO-WORKERS!

And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:15


Peace! Lord, I pray that You will bring peace to every classroom. I pray that Satan will not be permitted to sneak through the front door.

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16

He has hit so many with his arrows including me, leaving so much damage and hurt. Heal us Lord.

Healing Hand of God - Jeremy Camp

I have seen,
The healing hand of God,
Reaching out and mending broken hearts.
Taste and see the fullness of His peace,
And hold on to what's being held out.
The healing hand of God.

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17


These ladies are not the enemy. I sit and talk to each one of them. These are good people Lord. Help me be an example. Let me reflect Your perfect love. Your word is alive and active in me.

And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. with this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18


I was reminded of this through an email. I have been holding on to this thought:

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS!


Father God,
I've been knocked down many times this week but if it's for Your Glory, Lord, may I be knocked down again and again. I may be discouraged at times but I am clinging to the hope that You bring me each day. I will not back down. I will listen to Your voice. Your path is the only one I want to be on. I want to Live Like Christ.
In Jesus name. AMEN

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Choices

I had a wonderful few hours with my sister and best friend! We got trapped in the bathroom in our robes which ended up in uncontrollable giggles. Lucky someone heard our plea for help. The massage was amazing. I prayed the entire time and was focused on nothing else. Maybe that's why it was so amazing.

We then had lunch at Panera. I chose the strawberry poppyseed chicken salad and water. "For an extra 99 cents you can get a cookie." I said no thank you! (Thank you Holy Spirit). There are only 310 calories. Woo Hoo. I made a good choice on my own.

We had a heart to heart about choices, communication and professionalism. She is my little sister by 25 months but so wise.

I had a long talk with the Lord on the 40 minute ride home. It got me thinking about choices.

Here are a few I made today, yesterday and will make tomorrow:


To get up early or sleep in.

To eat cereal and fruit or bacon and eggs.

To drink water or drink coffee. (I did have my Saturday morning coffee).

To clean the house or lay on the couch.

To read the bible or watch Food Network.

To eat the salad or the baked potato soup.

To play a game or facebook.

To follow the rules or break the rules.

To be obedient or disobedient.

To go to worship service or do laundry.

To eat the low fat pudding or the Hershey bar and peanut butter.

To hold your tongue or speak your mind.

To do your best or just the minimum.

To lean on the Lord or your own understanding.

To trust God or trust man (or woman).

To forgive or to hold a grudge.

To love or be angry.


No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Love's Motivation - Day 29

It's been WAY longer than 40 days for this Love Dare, but that's ok. All in God's timing. I read it when I am called to. And it's always just what I need to hear. I heard on the radio: God knows what we need to hear, when we need to hear it and HOW we need to hear it. God's neat, to say the least.

Render service with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men. Ephesians 6:7

Although moods and emotions can create all kinds of moving motivational targets, one is certain to stay in the same place, all the time. When God is your reason for loving, your ability to love is guaranteed. That's because love comes from Him.

Think of it like this. When you were a child, your parents certainly established rules for you to follow. Your bedtime was a certain hour. Your room had to be kept mostly clean...etc. If not for the incentive of force and consequences, you might not have obeyed them at all.

But if you met Christ along the way or received any kind of Bible teaching, you probably were exposed to this idea - "Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord" (Colossians 3:20). If you took this to heart at all, you knew you didn't merely have your parents to answer to anymore.


OH MY LORD, I could have written this!

This was no longer a battle of wills between you and a flesh-and-blood authority figure. This was now between you and God.

As it turns out, however, the relationship between parents and children isn't the only thing enhanced by letting God become your driving motivation. Consider the following areas where pleasing Him should become our goal:

Work: "Do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men" (Colossians 3:23)

Service: "Obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord" (Colossians 3:22)

Everything. Work hard at "whatever you do...knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve" (Colossians 3:23-24)

OH MY LORD!

Even marriage. "Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord" (Colossians 3:81) "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25)

Being about to wake up knowing that God is your source and supply...changes your whole reason for interacting...

No longer is it this imperfect person who decides how much love you'll show, but rather it's your omni-perfect God who can use even a flawed person like yourself to bestow loving favor on another.

Yes, me, flawed!

I have not been called to a perfect life. I have been called to a purposeful life!

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15


Father God,
I want to thank you for my children. And thank you for my husband. I want to thank you for the storms that have raged in my work week. The Son will always shine on my world. Soften my heart and break it for what breaks Yours. Help me to put on my full armor on each morning and protect me from the attacks of the enemy. Let love be in my heart and kindness on my lips. Set a guard at the door of my mouth so I may only speak when necessary and out of Truth.
In Jesus name, AMEN

Friday, May 28, 2010

Here I am

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:10-18

I am in a spiritual war, one that has had me in tears almost every day this week. The closer I get to the LORD, the more difficult my life has become. "Life was so simple before". Well, no it wasn't. But when I am sobbing, those are the thoughts that are going through my head. I guess it's regret or doubt. Which ever the most damaging emotion Satan can use, he will use it against me. I felt desolate at moments, especially today. I sobbed, I screamed, I prayed in my car. And then I turned it all to God. And love never fails.

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Psalms 143:8 NLT

Each morning I check the bible gateway, KLove's encouraging word and the Keys for Kids devotional. One, if not all, will be speaking to me. The above verse is from KLove today. Man, is it right on. Where am I suppose to walk God?

I want to be the same person on the outside that I am on the inside. I want to be the same person on the inside that I am on the outside. In other words, LORD, make me transparent. I am NOT perfect for those of you who think I am. I may appear to be, but I am not. I am just a sinner trying to walk the path of Jesus. For me, you cannot be walking with God and walking with Satan. It's one or the other. When I am not walking with God...well what am I doing? You can't have it both ways.

I am struggling with judgement. God has told me every morning to be careful. I judge people. I come off as self-righteous many times and I am filled with pride. I know all of this. I am reminded of this on a daily basis. But I am telling you in case you think you know me. We probably have so much in common. We probably are just wanting to be loved for who we are. I could have wrote this song by Barlow Girl:

Why, why are You still here with me
Didn't You see what I've done?
In my shame I want to run and hide myself
But it's here I see the truth
I don't deserve You

But I need You to love me, and I
I won't keep my heart from You this time
And I'll stop this pretending that I can
Somehow deserve what I already have
I need You to love me

I, I have wasted so much time
Pushing You away from me
I just never saw how You could cherish me
'Cause You're a God who has all things
And still You want me

Your love makes me forget what I have been
Your love makes me see who I really am
Your love makes me forget what I have been


My walk with Jesus is not the same as yours. We are all called in different ways. A few years ago, I was convicted to stop watching prime time television. I gave up Entourage, Grey's Anatomy, CSI and Survivor. Do you still watch that stuff? Well that's OK. I am not condemning you. Was I called to give up alcohol? No, that was my choice for health reasons. The most recent thing that I've been called to do is clean up my mouth. I hated reading foul language and was getting judgmental even though I was a huge offender. Then the Holy Spirit said...if you want to walk the walk then you cannot talk THAT talk. Do I mess up and curse? Of course I do!

Lately, I have been looking at other Christians and thinking they shouldn't act like that. They aren't a very good example. Sometimes they are even offensive. Well guess what? The Holy Spirit knocked me down to size and said "You offend me often!"

You see, it's really like this. I have someone in my life who I don't want to disappoint. He loves me for who I am even though I let Him down a lot. He never judges me. He never raises His voice. He is not pushy. He waits patiently for me to come to Him. And I always do so, crawling on my face. I guess lately I have not been relying on Him very much. He was trying to get my attention and I was too busy or tired to notice.

Do you have someone like that in your life? Someone you just don't want to let down. Then let me tell you about my Jesus. He is my best friend. I couldn't get out of bed in the morning without Him. He is so important to me. I want to be His bringer of God's Glory. I want to Live Like Christ!

I answer to a higher authority. So if I offend you, I am sorry. Please know that it is not personal. It's just who I am.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Evaluation Report (ER) Results

CONCLUSIONS - Determination of Eligibility and Educational Needs

The student has a disability but does not need specially designed instruction, and therefore is NOT ELIGIBLE for special education.

The evaluation reveals Amanda to be a very pleasant and good-natured 11 year old student with a 504 plan who has been diagnosed with ADHD and who has been experiencing academic under-achievement. She also has been experiencing frustration in response to academic demands that challenge her abilities to effectively plan, organize, integrate, and apply information - processes that are involved in executive functions and which are integral to successful learning experiences. Importantly, such problems are often found in individuals who have been diagnosed with ADHD.

Although neither prior nor present assessment has revealed a specific learning disability, both evaluations have pointed to Amanda's apparent problems of executive functions and their adverse effects upon her school performance. Notably, however, after recent modifications were made to her existing 504 plan, Amanda showed considerable improvement in her work performance across all subjects. In deed, her grades have improved as well. As such, although Amanda should be considered as a student with a disability (ADHD), it does not appear that she requires the restrictiveness of specially designed instruction. On the other hand, in order to maintain the recent improvement found in her school performance, it will be crucial for next year's educational team to implement Amanda's 504 plan with the same integrity as has been afforded this year. Moreover, her team will need to closely monitor her performance and continue to make reasonable adjustments that are aligned with her needs in order to increase the plan's effectiveness - and enable her to succeed in a regular education setting.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I want to blog!

But I just don't have the time. I have so much to say but I need to use my time wisely. I am so striving to be the Proverbs 31 woman...a woman who pleases God.

She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. Proverbs 31:18


Here are some pictures to hold you over (I hope).



Helping with the laundry or just clowning around?



"So do you like this new style? I was thinking mohawk."




This is my best smile after I pitched my first game!




First tooth lost (pulled) on May 4, 2010...three months before my 8th birthday.



This is the letter to the tooth fairy written by Daniel:

This is my first tooth so can you just give me the money and we will make a deal.

I want to blog (Part 2)




First day of Trout




My Irish Dancer. This is her sixth year dancing. It was the first year of hard shoe. These girls are amazing. Amanda loves to dance. She dances through the house. She is in the kitchen, dancing from the counter to the refrigerator. She always has a song in her heart. She is the child I wanted to be!



The girls! Amanda and our fierce lion, Reilly.



Me and my girl the night of the spring concert. I wish I had videoed it. The closing song was "Praise His Holy Name". I am amazed that the public school can get away with that. The girl next to Amanda was Muslim. But she was singing every word...Jesus, Jesus, how I love You. Sing hallelujah. Praise His Holy name!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I have a dream

"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." Dr. Martin Luther King

Saturday, May 15, 2010

WELCOME TO HOLLAND

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo. David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."

"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."

But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandt's.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.

by Emily Perl Kingsley.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

W.O.W

Happiness keeps you sweet,
Trials keep you strong,
Sorrows keep you human,
Failures keep you humble,
Success keeps you glowing,
But only God keeps you going!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Prayer Time

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. Ephesians 6:11

I love this verse. I love Ephesians. I read chapter 4 this morning and my Wee Care sister said that she was reading chapter 6 this morning. Funny.

Father God,
Thank you for today. Thank you for this horrible, no good, terrible day. It was just awful. But I am thankful for it because we don't have cancer, or ALS, or Diabetes, or kidney failure. I am grateful I have a house to live in, and cars to drive and food to eat. You have blessed me with a wonderful family and job and parents. Please let Amanda and my Love feel your arms around them comforting them tonight as they don't feel good. Keep Daniel safe and healthy. Help us all take restful sleeps. In Jesus name, AMEN.


Actually, a lot of days lately have been challenging. I have been praying more. I mentioned that to Amanda and she said "That's a good thing." Yeah, it is!

My day wasn't great in the morning (I had to leave work to tend to a sick spouse). It wasn't great in the afternoon (I got yelled at by the school secretary because I was late picking up my child). And it certainly wasn't great tonight (I went to Target to fill a prescription only to get there and realize I didn't have my wallet).

But God is good...all the time. He has given me a peaceful feeling as I am ready to go to bed. Tomorrow is a new day. Praise the Lord.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I'm Struggling

"In your anger do not sin;" Psalm 4:4

I'm struggling.

I struggle with food. I struggle being kind. I struggle in my marriage. I struggle with patience. I struggle being a good parent.

But this weekend, I am struggling with anger...and mean girls. My sweet girl is bullied. This is nothing new. It started in first grade, if you can believe that. Six-year-olds bullying!

In fourth grade she was physically threatened to the point where the principal was notified.

Sixth grade is nothing new.

Amanda, however, is an easy target. She is not a fashion Diva. She marches to the beat of her own drum. She reminds me of Harper from Wizards of Waverly Place. And it doesn't seem to bother her either. One day, she was wearing a skirt that her cousin, Kayla gave her. She loves it for that fact. It is multi-colored...green, purple, pink and yellow. Amanda chooses a red shirt and orange flip flops to wear. Another day, she decided to wear her blue penguin socks pulled up to her knees. Most people would say she looks silly. And middle school kids tell her that she looks silly. (Actually, they probably aren't that kind.)

I have told her that I can help her if she wants to look "fashion". Yesterday, I bought her two more pairs of flip flops. Now she has green, pink, orange and yellow to choose from.

I tell her not to give people a reason to make fun of her. I also told her that when someone is unkind she needs to stand up straight and look them right in the eye and say "STOP IT!".

Are you wondering if I am angry over this? Well I'm not. I was bullied my whole life too. So I truly can sympathize with this nonsense. But what gets my goat is when I receive an email about my child bullying someone else and trash talking.

My girl may have problems with telling the truth but she DOES NOT trash talk. I know my kid and I believe her when she tells me that she did not say such things. The child who is claiming she did is a straight A student, athlete and probably the perfect child at home. Thus child has told Amanda that they need a break from their friendship. However, the email says that she continues to try to reach-out to Amanda only to be hurt time and time again by my child.

I am angry.

These are non-believers. I am the believer. I have told Amanda that the path of Christ is not the popular road. But it is the only road for us. It NEEDS to be the only road for us. We have prayed about the situation and I asked Amanda if she wanted to confront the accusers or should we just let God handle it. Amanda said God should handle it.

I am not responding to the second email. I am letting God handle this. Amanda is forbidden to talk to this child. And I am praising the Lord that we only have 25 more days of school. My request for you is that you pray for my girl to stand tall in her convictions. Please pray for her Momma who is struggling in this world...struggling not to be OF this world.

Can you help me?

Father God,
I come to you tonight to ask for your guidance and wisdom as I struggle not to be angry at this family. Take away my angry feelings and replace them with Your love, Lord. When my baby hurts, I hurt. Help me feel compassion for a family that doesn't know You. May a guard stand at the door of OUR mouths. May only kind and necessary words come out. Help Amanda stand tall in her convictions. All things are possible with You who strengthen us. In Jesus name. AMEN.

Homemade - Nicole C. Mullen
Riding the city bus on the way to school
Me and my two sisters and all the ridicule
The older girls on the back of the bus
Would laugh and call us names
They'd talk about our hair, our clothes
And call us homemade

See the "not so good ole days"
Can make you weak or make you brave
I've never been the most beautiful
No I ain't never been the most popular
But it's amazing what love can do
It's amazing what a little love can do

Every thought and action is like a boomerang
What goes around will come back baby
So careful what you say
And the little ugly ducklings are swans that got away
Cause Cinderella stories, they still happen everyday

Where the "not so good ole days"
Could make you weak or brave
I've never been the most beautiful
Don't care I've never been the most popular
Still it's amazing what love can do
It's amazing what a little love can do

I bumped into a stranger just the other day
She said "Can you spare a dollar sista?"
"My man he ain't got paid"
So I gave her what I had, then I recognized her face
She was the leader of the girls who used to call us homemade

Back when the "not so good ole days"
Could make you weak or brave
I've never been the most beautiful
I ain't never been the most popular
But it's amazing what love will do
Ain't it amazing what
Homemade love will do

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Loving Lemons vs Patient Plums

"I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born, I set you apart..." Jeremiah 1:5

Are you are perfectionist or a pursuer of excellence?

A perfectionist sets up standards in which he is bound to fail. It has been said that "perfectionism is a slow way to die." You're bound to fail somewhere along the way. On this earth you can't achieve perfection! And even if you could, no one would recognize it because no one has seen it before!

The pursuer of excellence, on the other hand, has high standards, and he tries hard to reach them.

There's a huge difference here. One way to determine which one you are is to ask yourself how you respond to criticism.

The pursuer of excellence welcomes criticism, is not threatened, is open to suggestions, and feels better equipped to achieve his goals.

When the perfectionist is criticized or fails, he often simply shuts down, feeling frustrated and disappointed in himself.


Well, I certainly am not a perfectionist (just come see my house). Am I a pursuer of excellence? I'd like to think I am.

Thursday and Friday I was not with the Patient Plums. I was with the Loving Lemons, which is what you become after you are a plum...in other words, the 3-year-old room. Thursday was different from Friday of course. Each day is unique in itself when you work with children.

Thursday, I had nine children by myself for a good part of the morning. It's a whole different kind of patience. But now that I think about it, it's just a truer sense of love. In this classroom right now, the children are almost four because it's so late in the year. They will be Kind Coconuts soon enough.

All morning I heard, "My turn. I'm next. My turn. My turn. I want a turn." (Trying on my nerves). "I'm first" was also popular. The room is also louder and small, I think. But I really enjoyed being with these children. I had this group last year. They were my first class at Wee Care. And honestly, I believe, they blazed the trail for everyone else. There will never be a combination like there is in that class. There are three boys that are real lu-lu's. But I love them.

Friday I started out as a Plum, then moved on to be a Guava (which is our infant room) then I was a Lemon the rest of the day. Again, another wonderful day. I think the change of scenery was so good for my soul. I am not sure where I will be on Monday. And I really like that "not knowing" feeling.

I don't want to pride myself on anything because it's really not me, it's the Holy Spirit, but...I think I am pretty flexible. I have an attitude (that I have been calling Laissez-faire) about a lot of things.

Now I said things, not children. There is a difference.

However, after viewing the definition of Laisses-faire, I am not sure if that is exactly what I mean. It's not a "I don't care. Do as your please" in a sense of not caring attitude. It's "I am not going to sweat the small stuff". It won't ruin my day attitude. I major on the major and minor on the minor. Are my six happy? Are there faces clean? Are their diapers changed? Then I'm good.

If you are asking me if I want pink or blue paper. I could care less. If we should do it in purple or red paint. Again, I could care less. Am I making myself clear? I am about the children and not the things.

OK...now getting back to flexible - from Merriam-Webster.com:
characterized by a ready capability to adapt to new, different or changing requirements.

Yep. That's me. In my opinion, it is the single most important trait that you can have when you are working with children. When you are not flexible what happens? Think about it. Look at a palm tree. When the storm comes, what does it do? It bends. What does an oak tree do? It breaks.

We are all going to have storms in our lives. If you are not in a storm right now, well good for you! One's coming however. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not next week but one is coming. How are you going to weather the storm?

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Friday, May 7, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Week

TEACHERS affect eternity; one can never tell where their influence stops.
~ Henry Adams

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go"
Psalm 32:8

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

W.O.W

"pRomise mE you'll alwayS REmEmbER:

you'RE bRavER thaN you bEliEvE aNd stRoNGER thaN you SEEM, aNd sMaRtER tHaN you tHiNK."

~CHRistoPHER RobiN to POOH

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tag from Laura

1.High heels or boots? Neither. Sneakers, slippers or flip flops.


2.What time did you get up this morning? 5:25


3. What was the last movie you saw in the cinema? The Squeakel


4.What is your name? Theresa


5.What is your favorite TV show? When I watch t.v., anything on Food Network.

6. What do you usually have for breakfast? Honey Nut Cheerios, applesauce and 16 oz of water.


7.What is your middle name? Mary Margaret, but changed it to Flynn after I got married.


8.What food do you dislike? cooked spinach, anything slimy.


9.What is your favorite CD at the moment? Britt Nicole's new one


10.What characteristic do you despise? Lying


11.Favorite clothing? Pajamas :)


12.Anywhere in the world on vacation? Maybe the Grand Canyon or Alaska


13.Are you organized? I like to think I am but don't visit my house, please!


14.Where would you retire to? Somewhere that is not too hot, not too cold (I sound like Goldilocks) and no major weather disasters like tornadoes or hurricanes. Does that place exist?


15.What was your most recent memorable birthday? Don't have one.

16.What are you going to do when you finish? BED


17.What is your birthstone? Aquamarine


18.Person you expect to publish this first? nobody, maybe Multiple Mom T


19.When is your birthday? March


20. Are you a morning person or a night person? I've always been a morning person. God has blessed me with a husband who is one too. But my morning starts around 5 am. Being married to a fisherman, well he defines morning person when he gets up and out by 3 am to catch a walleye on the river.

21.What is your shoe size? 5


22. Do own any animals? Yes


23.Any news you'd like to share? We paid off the credit card but I decided to book a cruise for January and placed the deposit back on. No worries. I have until November to pay for the trip.


24.When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? A wife and mother, thankful I was blessed to be just what I wanted! Yet, I never knew it would be this wonderful. (my thoughts but Laura's words).


25.What is your favorite flower? Daffodil


26.What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? The last day of school which is also our Relay for Life event.


27.If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Passionate Pink


28.How is the weather right now? It's 73 and finally cooling off.


29.Last person you spoke to on the phone? Isabelle, my travel agent.


30.Favorite drink? Water, plain and simple!


31.Favorite restaurant? The Olive Garden

32.Hair color? I see strawberry blonde (and grey). I think others just see blonde.


33.What was your favorite toy as a child? Sock Monkey and Little People


34.Summer or winter? Winter


35.Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate...YUM!


36.Coffee or tea? I could take either. I only drink coffee on Saturday and I haven't been completely enjoying that cup.

37.Wish you were still young? No way, no how. NEVER!


38.Do you want your friends to publish this? Uh, yeah, I guess?


39.When was the last time you cried? Yesterday during service when we were talking about Pastor Wes and the failed kidney transplant.


40.What is under your bed? 3 storage boxes, and a lot of dust bunnies.


41.What did you do last night? Spent two hours at the church hanging out since the parenting class was cancelled.


42.What are you afraid of? It's too personal to put in to words.


43.Salty or sweet? I choose sweet every time!


44.Best quality you have? I say it's encouragement but I think others could answer this question better.


45.How many years at your current job? Since Sept. 2008


46.Favorite day of the week? Sunday


47.What four people will you tag? Not tagging anyone. Sorry.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Are you doing this?

"Live the life you have imagined."
~Thoreau