Sunday, January 14, 2018

Lessons from Jay

This weekend has been so nice! I love the job I have, truly, but gosh I've enjoyed couch time this weekend. The beauty of it is that I still have the day off tomorrow. *grin* I LOVE THAT! Every once in a while, a day off is a gift. Tomorrow will be a bonus gift since we had a Snow Day last week. *grin* Today I learned something I thought I would share. Read it, don't read it, whatever... This is basically for me more than you. However, I do hope it blesses you if you read it all the way through. *grin*

This morning Jay climbed up in my lap and fell asleep. Words cannot describe how much it touched my heart. I sat and looked at him for a little while, amazed that we've been roomies for 8.5 years and I'm still touched when he climbs up in my lap like that. Mornings are cool like that when I'm at home. In the mornings, he is much more affectionate and at peace. So, yes, mornings are a favorite time of day for me when I'm at home. *grin*

Jay is a rather moveable dog, and throughout the day he comes and goes from my lap. He has the recliner by my couch that is basically his spot. I honestly think it's because the chair is cooler, in temperature, than the couch. *grin*

As I watching the little guy this morning, I pondered how similar I am with God. I love time to just sit and chat with God, but honestly, that chat is continual. I don't always stop to pray, I just continue where I left off in our chat. Perhaps that's weird for you, but that makes it fun for me. *grin*

There are times I can just sit and talk and talk and talk with Him. Then there are other times I go off to do my own thing, but from time to time, I stop and talk to Him. There is one really big difference though between me and God. Okay, a lot of differences, but in relation to this story, He's so much bigger than me. *giggle* Let me explain...

There are moments, like the 5:00-6:00 hour, that Jay is ANNOYING. He knows that's dinner time, and a treat typically follows dinner. He comes and goes from my lap like a yo-yo on a string. Tonight I gave in around 5:40 because he was wearing me out. For him to be coming and going while I was taking care of various tasks on the couch was a pain. Fortunately, we aren't pains to God. *grin*

Sure enough, after dinner, he was back to the recliner to sleep. I just smiled. We're Best Friends, so it's okay to get frustrated every once in a while. Fortunately, I don't think God does that though. *grin*

See, Jay knows that I will ALWAYS make time for him. Truly. God does that too, ALL THE TIME. *grin*

Jay also knows there are moments, like a little while ago, when sitting BY ME and not on me, is what needs to happen. I thought about God as he sat by me. It was perfect, I could be productive, but still have my little buddy by me. I pet him whenever I can and that proves to be helpful during that time. *grin*

Finally, I find it amazing that God continues to use Jay in my life to teach me things about Him. He's ten years old, has been with me 8.5-ish years and continues to teach me things.

I love that! What has God been showing you?

He talks daily, and teaches us all the time. Today, maybe take time to see what He has for you!

*grin*
LIFE.
IS.
AWESOME...with God and Jay beside me. *grin*

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Best Ten Minutes of My Day

Yesterday we returned to school after one Snow Day on Thursday. I was fine with returning to school, as I knew some of my littles need the daily routine of school. I had a really good day, and laughed a lot in my classroom. I had a mixed review from kids about the Snow Day. Almost all of them are so practical and didn't want to give up another day of Summer. I'll be honest, I was in need of the Snow Day. I love random days off work, when I'm not sick. I don't get sick much at all, but, I really do like random days off work. *giggle*

We finished in the car rider room and headed up front to the breezeway so the kids could wait in the warm air for their car. I looked over in the office and one of our students was waiting in the office for his Mom to arrive. I'll be honest, he's one of our Special Education Students who I adore! He saw me and I made a face at him. *giggle*

For the next few minutes (not sure, but I'd guess it was about ten minutes) we did some peek-a-boo and made faces at each other. I was laughing the whole time, and so was the assistant who was with him. Right before it was time to go, we both moved over to the window and were making faces at each other through the window. I realize it loses something in a post, but it was, by far, my favorite ten minutes of my day. I laughed a ton and the kid loved it too.

I'm still convinced I have the coolest job ever working with kids. Today I've pondered that short little interaction and am so glad that young man knows me well enough to know from the very beginning my goal was to make him laugh. That's kinda what we do anyway, we always make each other laugh. *giggle*

*grin*
LIFE.
IS.
AWESOME!

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Happy Feet....A Walk to the Mailbox

This week it has been stupid-cold and I have avoided the walk to the mailbox. I just couldn't get the strength to go back out in the cold, until yesterday. It was an INCREDIBLY good walk to the mailbox. *grin* I saw an envelope from a former student and immediately smiled. *grin*

Inside the envelope, was a plain piece of notebook paper. What was written on that paper has had me smiling ever since. I didn't go into teaching to make tons of money, I did it to make a difference in the lives of young people. Letters like the one I received from this young man, remind me how making a kid feel like somebody is key this side of a Heaven.

You may be wondering what the letter had in it that touched me so much. You'll be surprised to hear that it wasn't just what he wrote in the letter. What touched me was the fact that this young man was in my class 9 years ago, and he's now a high school graduate. (Yeah!) I am NOT surprised that he graduated, as he's an extremely intelligent young man. The reason it touched me was that nine years later, is that he took time out of his life to write me a letter on a piece of notebook paper. I LOVED IT!

The young man that wrote it was nicknamed Happy Feet at my previous school because of the way he danced with his feet. He made us smile was he did it too. It was fun to me to see him dance and laugh.

I love how I'm in the student's lives to teach them, but in return they often touch mine too. *grin*

The step to the mailbox was worth shivering to get that letter. I plan to add it to my scrapbook.

A letter on a piece of notebook paper...not a greeting card or anything special. But, that piece of paper means a lot to me.

*grin*
Life.
Is.
Awesome.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Posted by John David Anderson

Every once in a GREAT while, I find a book that makes my top ten. Okay, top 5. I'm still working to find ten books that I can truly recommend with confidence. I will be honest and say I currently only have 3 books that I would love everyone in the world to read. Okay, not counting the Bible. I mean, that'a a given, right? The Bible is THE book! However, since that's a given, I have three that are worthy of making my top book list of all-time. I've blogged about the other two in the past. They are Wonder by RJ Polaccio (and the additional ebook chapters), and The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen. I highly recommend those books. Today I want to introduce you to a new book. The title is Posted by John David Anderson.

I have been fascinated by Young Adult, and Early Readers books, for years. I truly believe it's because I have a heart for kids with character-building experiences. I also like that it's fiction, so I can stomach the stories while relating to them on some level. *grin*

Posted is a book about friendship and bullies. While I was bullied at times as a kid, it is NOTHING in comparison to what kids often experience today. I was blessed to be able to go home and not have the internet to remind me how many people enjoyed being mean to me. (In all honesty, it was one or two kids at a time for me. Overall, kids liked me and I was blessed.) In this book, cell phones are banned and kids are left with sticky notes to pass notes or put on each other's lockers.

I was hooked from page one, and struggled with wanting to finish and and not wanting to finish it. If you don't like to read, you won't understand that struggle, but it is a real thing for book lovers of all ages. *grin* I don't find books like this very often, which is why I wanted to dedicate a whole blog post to this book.

This book is fictional, but every part of it was believable. I could see each part of it happening, and kids emotions being as transparent as they are in this book. I love the phrase, "You find your people and they become your tribe." That quote has proven true to me throughout my life. Truly. *grin*

So, I encourage you to download it, buy it, or check it out at your nearest library. You won't be disappointed.

So now I'm on the hunt for recommendation #4. I'll keep ya posted.

Until then, HAPPY READING!

*grin*
LIFE.
IS.
FUN...WITH A GOOD BOOK!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas 2017--Love, Laughter, & Family

Today was great from start to finish. I can't believe I'm ready to crash and it's only 10:00, but, then again I love sleep, so it works. *grin*

Today Jay turned 10 YEARS OLD! Yes, he was born on Christmas Day! It's hard to believe that he's ten, as it feels like it was just yesterday I brought him home. *grin* He's been spoiled rotten today, and it's been fun to watch. Not only did I give him birthday & Christmas Gifts, so did my parents, brother, and sis-in-law. *giggle* What can I say? We also bought gifts for their dogs too. Yes, our dogs are well taken care of. *giggle*

I spent the day with my family, and with every passing year, I find holidays even more special because we still have all of my immediate family with us. While the gifts were precious, spending time together was even more important to me. I loved it. It was tons of fun!

I will say it was so much fun to watch everyone open their gifts. I think that's my favorite part of our gift traditions. We take turns and each person opens one at a time. I love the way we do it because we get to see what everyone gets, and it lasts more than five minutes. *grin* I love my family. Truly. *grin*

I came home to cuddle with Jay. He's come and gone from my lap all evening. That's kinda how he rolls, so I love it. *grin* He and I have had fun playing, and I've loved it. The biggest source of joy is when I let him outside. We have enough snow to cover the ground, and he HATES the cold. I will say that I'm enjoying the shorter trips outside. *giggle* He's precious.

So, while I didn't say a lot in this post, it's okay. I wrote it more for me than for you. Every year feels like it goes faster than the last, so I wanted to remember today.

Sidenote: My sister-in-law can make my next birthday cupcakes (or cake)! She makes a mighty chocolate cupcake! *grin*

Tomorrow: I won't set an alarm and I have zero plans. I think I'll stay home in my new Pajamas and hoodie while I read a bit. *giggle*

LIFE.
IS.
AWESOME! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Friday, December 22, 2017

My Favorite Time of Year--Blessed Beyond Measure

So, this week was a whirlwind, and I am blown away by the love that surrounds me on a daily basis. The first part of the week we had school, which was character-building in some ways, but so full of love in other ways. I'm always amazed at how much my students want to bless me at this time of year. While the gifts were fun, the cards and hugs were even better. I was amazed at each of them. I was blessed beyond measure. *grin*

The gift that showed who knows me the most came from my para. She gave me a YARD full of M&M's. Yes, 18 regular packs of M&Ms. I laughed so hard when I saw it. That's what I asked for, Pepsi and M&M's. It's that easy to make me happy. Seriously. *grin* Oh, and I have Pepsi waiting for me too. *giggle*

After kids left Wednesday (They had a half day, we had a full day) we were put into teams to work on various projects. I was amazed at the team I was on. We all would have LOVED to have that time to prepare for grade cards, but, we had Professional Development (PD) instead. I found myself pondering how blessed I am to be on a team of hard working staff members that do what's right consistently. We worked on various tasks and created a gingerbread man with supplies that we were given throughout the afternoon. I'll admit it was fun and we laughed a lot Wednesday afternoon. *grin* There was a contest, of course, and my team WON. *grin* We earned JEAN coupons, which made me grin ear-to-ear. Yes, it is that easy to make me happy. *grin*

I spent all day yesterday in my pajamas, and even took a nap on my couch. I've been in need of some down time and it's always fun when it's a weekday and I'm at home. *giggle* I loved it. Totally.

This morning I got up and saw the new Star Wars film with my brother and sister-in-law. My brother does such a great job of taking care of me, even when I don't ask. I loved the movie and the fact they drove south to see it at a theatre nearby was amazing! It was a lot of fun seeing the movie with the two Star Wars Fans in my family. *grin*

Now I'm cuddling with Jay (in between his trips upstairs) and have a book to finish.

I'm blessed. I love this time of year. Totally. *grin*

LIFE.
IS.
AWESOME.

Friday, December 15, 2017

O Come Let Us Adore Him

There's something that has encouraged my heart all week. Okay, well, several things encouraged my heart this week. *grin* However, one was a reminder of how much He loves us. Let me attempt to explain this to you. This post is probably more for me than for you, however, I pray it blesses you. *grin*

One of my favorite, FAVORITE songs since I was saved is "O Come Let Us Adore Him". I also love that isn't limited to just Christmas. I love being in a service in June, for example, and singing it. It pretty much sums up what we should do daily. I remember my first year after I accepted Jesus how the Holiday Season meant something more than gifts to me. In that, I now love Christmas in a new way. Kinda cool, if you ask me. *grin*

Fast forward to this past Sunday. *grin* I was a smidge late for church. Music had already started, and I was excited because they were opening with one of my favorite songs of all time, "O Come Let Us Adore Him". As I was walking to my seat, I told God how much I wanted to hear the medley version that I LOVE. Meaning, you can go from one song to another song and back to the first song...or a version of that. *grin* I didn't think much of it at the time, but then it happened.

THEY DID A VERSION OF "O COME LET US ADORE HIM" mashed with another song. *grin*

I was truly in awe.

I wasn't shocked, as I've had a lot of moments like that over the years. It's been a while, though, I'll be honest.

I grinned the whole time and thanked Him for that.

Yeah, you can sit there and say, "The worship team had that planned ahead of time." While that's true, God knew what I would ask for before I did. I think he did that just for me. *giggle*

I'm kidding, I pray others were blessed by that too. *grin*

However, it has encouraged me all week as I have served His kids.

He's listening, and sometimes a little reminder is all it takes to keep my heart steady in the moments when life this side of Heaven is character-building. *grin*

I pray I get to do that song several more times before the Holiday Season ends. Truly.

I'll smile every time I sing it too. *grin*

LIFE.
IS.
AWESOME, especially when He speaks to me like that. *grin*