OOH, I could become addicted to Wordle !
One full week
Two cases of separation anxiety
Three sandbox volcano creators
Four birthday snacks
Five days of shiny new adventures
Six silly songs by Dr. Jean
Seven girls in each class
Eight daily job helpers
Nine boys, one soccer team
Ten colors, numerous markers
Eleven hours of class x 2
Twelve teachers, sharing smiles
Thirteen costumes for photo ops
Fourteen student journals in Bookclub
Fifteen shades of construction paper
Sixteen weeks until Christmas!
Seventeen reasons to be thankful each day
Ok, I know this is beyond inane. I laughed at the song and then laughed at my LilBro singing along.
We are on the hunt for the plush bear! He sings the song!! Oh, joy!!!
For your enjoyment (with lyrics 'cause you're gonna need 'em):
"Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are, but more often than not God is speaking to you through them of the mystery of where you have come from and is summoning you to where, if your soul is to be saved, you should go next." Frederick Buechner
The pastor shared this quote during today's message. From that moment on, I was riveted. I've had a river running down my face this weekend.
Hubby moved from giving me encouraging pep talks to looking at me with puzzled worry. The children reassured me that it was ok that I wouldn't be bringing home more bacon; I assured them that I wasn't crying about money. (well, maybe I was, a bit) The thing that hit me was the realization that I was grieving. Having done it enough throughout my life, I recognize the markings. For me, grief includes the presence of tears, immediate and hot, when tears are completely out of context. I was starting to be concerned about the state of my heart....and then Frederick Buechner set me free.
This is my truth, August '09. It isn't all sunshine and rainbows. I do have hope that a little sunshine, mixed with tears, will reveal one incredible optical illusion.
"Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.....
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.....
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy."
After 17 months of pursuing something, I came this close and....it didn't happen.
Above and beyond anything else, I am grateful for my awesome job and amazing director. I was torn in two this week, as I prepared for an interview with another district, knowing that leaving my current position would be difficult.
But---Kindergarten!!---FirstGrade! The promise of opportunity, benefits, recognition and growth potential created a powerful cocktail that left me dizzy. And, you know, the higher you fly, the harder you fall. I wish I wasn't so disappointed. To try snapping out of this funk, I've buried myself in a Young Adult novel ; behold, I find wisdom in a passage quote from The Desiderata.
"With all my broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world." The passing days will make me older, but, hopefully, wiser. This year will not bring increased monetary riches, but, will definitely provide an abundance of four-year-olds' laughter.
"...no doubt, the universe is unfolding as it should."
Question Of The Day: What do you most want for your family's future?
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My husband has two sisters. He is the middle child, bookended by females who have grown into fabulous women. In my life, I have never seen siblings who are so close. Their dedication to and love for one another is one of the things that made me admire my future spouse.
With our four children, we have encouraged a strong commitment to the family. Admitedly, this has become difficult as the oldest entered the teen years. I most want our family to have bonds that transcend time, space, and distance. As Christians, my husband and I dedicated our children to God. I pray that the faith they have been raised in will remain in their hearts; I pray that their faith will grow to become a vital part of who they are.
I want my children to lean on each other in their adult years, not just show up for holidays or occasions. I know that each of them will forge friendships that are familial and I support that, but I hope that our family will remain strong even after I am gone.
H.L Mencken, journalist...from Teachers Are Special
We've just returned from a long weekend at the lake with my generous in-laws. A group of 15, we came together and split apart as interests dictated. I keep seeing descriptive words, floating across my brain screen:
waves laughter naps sunshine sunburn wine grilled magazines bowling jet skis motor boat
photographs playdough whispers cool teens&tots glee spats roadtrip songs memories
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"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive---it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?"
Hey, son of mine, we've hit a bump in the road. Naively, I thought we'd detour around this rock when, upon witnessing the road rage of your older brother, you promised, "Mom, I will never talk that way or roll my eyes at you.".
Hi...right now, you're dreaming of a future that is actually going to be a fork in the road. You want a husband, children, cottage by the sea. You also hope to have a career, be independent, do something memorable. In 1980, both goals are attainable, just not in the exact order you are hoping for.
I'm thrilled that you are immersed in the energy that is uniquely "high school". Enjoy your size 5 jeans and do not sell your cheerleading uniform to the girl who takes your spot upon graduation. Trust me, you will need to see it for future motivation. In fact, embrace the whole aerobics trend by becoming a certified instructor; don't ever give up on moving your body. You will need the strength and confidence that fitness can give. Start looking for colleges this year. Be brave. If jumping state lines, outrageous tuition, or a suite filled with strangers seems too intimidating, APPLY ANYWAY! Your grades will open more doors than you can fathom, but you need to believe in yourself. Which reminds me, keep singing. Sing for joy, with passion. Believing in yourself applies here, too. God will keep providing opportunities for you to use this gift. And yet.....you may look back and see many places where you walked the other way, afraid that you weren't good enough. In the end, it isn't about a career or a deal. It's part of who you are and will always be, a source of solace and truth. (Oh, um, sing during the prelude at the wedding ceremony, from the loft, but NOT at the wedding reception.)
Now, I'm going to tell you something that will transform your life. You know how your heart just aches when you break up with a guy? How you have a hard time opening your eyes in order to see another worthy boy? This is because you have a serious problem with "goodbye", which stems from waving to your daddy from the front porch steps and never seeing him alive again. You're going to have issues with anything you lose: keys, papers, jewelry, friends, etc. The sooner you realize this, the better; you will be free to enjoy your relationships for what they are, in each space of time that they are yours, not expecting more than is available, not mourning what is better gone. Very soon, In a time of huge transition, you are going to seriously fall in love. Go ahead. But don't clutch him or overanalyze the whole thing! I'm not giving permission for you to compromise your/our moral values, but let yourself go a little. Also, over the next eight years, don't listen to anyone who tries to spiritualize your love life. If someone says, "I heard from God that 'he' is the one for you", run. Then, find an in-depth Bible study and a church with a strong foundation in scripture. You'll be a decade ahead of yourself.
"You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." A.A. Milne
The Wonder Of Children is written by Lisa Dewey Wells, a 1st grade teacher and mother of two.
"Sometimes a light surprises the Christian while he sings;
Oh, yeah! I totally rule the microphone! I'd do better if the disc was filled with songs from the '80s, but I did master Nirvana today. And, I can't wait for this version:
WOW. Seriously, wow! This book grabbed me from the first page and did not let go. Stephanie Kallos has crafted characters who are complex, yet believable. The story bridges a transforming event from 1978 with the present day experiences of the main characters. The reader's questions are answered in journal entries, written by a mother who comes to life through her words.
In the first picture, he aspires to the role of Secret Service Agent. Nice pants.
He did set his sites on upper management.
Comedian....his teachers still describe him as having an abundance of verbal charisma. I wish he'd talk that much at home. I LOVE to see him smile!
From his earliest days, BigBro has shown an infuriating ability to take a conversation and twist it into something unrecognizable.
He can now spell "Your" correctly.
We've cheered him on for five seasons of football! This fall, he'll move up to Varsity----Go Team! Don't get hurt!
I really like the face guard.
In his current glory, BigBro avoids the camera. Well, my camera. If you are lucky enough to be one of his +900 friends on Facebook, you get to see many photos of his adorable grin. Um, he rejected me as a Friend, so I follow him around and attempt to score candids.
But, he never fails to tell me "I love you" when checking in by phone....no matter who can hear him. That Facebook thing? All is forgiven.
They run, sideways, hopping, skipping,
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We're about two weeks away from celebrating our 20th Anniversary. On the opposite wall from where I sit, there is a picture of us in our wedding finery. (The dress is totally "late '80s", but the veil is still a twinkling masterpiece. :-)) We look happy and just a tiny bit smug.
"Possession: Something that's not important until you have to give it up to somebody else." from Mind Games