Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summer 2014

Summer is upon us.

Only 3 1/2 days left with the kiddos.

Only 1 week until I move to Arkansas.

Only 2 weeks until the West Coast adventure.

Did I mention 3 1/2 days with kiddos?!?!!? ;)

Today, we are making summer bucket lists. I went ahead and made mine to share. Some of these will be attained on the West Coast adventure and others I hope to do a lot of these with J.  For the last one I am looking at you, Renee T.

I did kick summer off a little early (okay, not really early, but we are still in school so it is not officially summer).  Over the weekend I met J and the McCallisters for a little camping action at Big Hill Pond State Park in Pocahontas, Tennessee. We made smores, laid around in the hammock, and just spent time relaxing and catching up with no technology. We hiked to an observation tower with a beautiful view. J and I even got to do a little star gazing. Best kind of way to kick off a summer.
Summer is almost here!!!! Now back to work...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.” 
 -Criss Jami

A year away from blogging. A year of changes and growth. A year my family probably felt they did not know what was going on in my life since they read about it here.

You should always take a break... a little reprieve. Even and sometimes especially if it is something good. You gain perspective.

I am back, my friends. Ready to write. Perhaps with a little more seriousness. Even if it for nobody but myself.

Some great adventures are in store...

Friday, April 12, 2013

Where I Come From

The last few weeks have been busy writing papers for grad school and lesson plans for 1st grade. (I should be writing a paper right now. Sheesh.) However, we did get a little chance to take a break from the academic writing to write a little "I Am" poetry that stemmed from a book we read in class. Thought I would share mine...

I am from the South where we draw out our words, sip on sweet tea, pretend everything is alright, and show hospitality.
I am from a broken family with many parents, many siblings, and many lessons learned.
I am from a childhood that felt like raging seas, but was anchored by a God that pursued me.
I am from hopes, dreams, and the desire to rise above.
I am from an education that showed me what servant leadership is and that numbers do not matter.
I am from a country that is consumed by materialism, but surrounded by a people that are called to something different.
I am from heartbreak, love, quirkiness, and old-souls.
I am from a place that is a home-not a building, but a life.
Where I am from helps define me, but does not constrain me.
I am going places.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Yummy Lunches!

Sandwiches and Lean Cuisines get old after awhile so I am always on the lookout for new things to try. Thanks to Oh She Glows (via Pinterest) I have found one of new favorites for lunch (or dinner)!

Quick Avocado-Lime Black Bean Salad

•Two 15-ounce can black beans

•1 lime, juiced

•1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

•2 small shallots, diced

•1/2 tbsp olive oil

•3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

•1/4-1/2 tsp Kosher Salt, to taste

•Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

•1 large avocado, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces

Directions: Drain the beans thoroughly and rinse. In a large bowl add the beans and toss with lime juice, cilantro leaves, diced shallot, olive oil, and ground cumin. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Peel and slice an avocado, and serve the beans at room temperature, with chopped avocado on top or mixed throughout the salad. Note that I did not have any cilantro on hand, but it still tasted delicious! Makes 3-4 servings.

Do you have any recipes you think I should try?

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Song and Request For This Sunday

I heard this song for the first time this morning. Powerful.

This weekend has been tough. In the midst of grief and stress, it is not been easy to focus on the meaning of the day. Thankfully, I serve a God who loves me through all of my struggles and even in my moments of doubt and darkness.

Tomorrow, I will once again be going to the doctor for a lump in my left breast. While it might be nothing, it has been something before and it is hard to not worry. At this point, I will have them removed if anything is amiss. It does not make it easy though. I have had some little spells of vertigo this weekend which is probably stress related. To make matters worse, I hurt someone that I love very dearly. It was a terrible, horrible mistake and I am so, so sorry, but now all I can do is pray that I will be forgiven and that the hurt will be healed.

If you could say a prayer or two or three tonight, I would be so grateful.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

30 Days

Well my friends, in 30 29days I will turn 3-0. What?!?!!

In order to mark the occasion, I will be sending 30 letters of thanks (one a day) to people who have played a key role in shaping my life.

I am thinking 30 is worthy of an amazingly fun celebration, but not sure what yet. Thoughts?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Meet Firefly

I have always dreamed of traveling from place to place in a camper, picking up work along the way, and writing a book about my experiences. (Cliche maybe, but it is a dream of mine.) However, the dream has gotten one step closer this spring break...

Meet my Firefly...

She is a 71 Fan camper with huge potential. (Yes, I mean potential as in needs some work, but not so much that I have to put quotations around potential like when parents use the word. ex- "You are not living up to your full "potential"" aka- get a job.)

I have named her "Firefly" because she puts a smile on my face and a gleam in my eye like the first signs of firefly season. Plus, she is sweet, fun, and hopefully will flutter from place to place.

Family members may stop freaking out now. I have no intentions of quitting my wonderful teaching job  to go meandering around the US in my new beauty while I write and not live up to my "potential". However, I hope that we can make at least one adventure in her.

J and I plan on putting some TLC in Firefly and then selling her for a profit. (That is unless I can talk him into keeping Firefly just for fun.)

Won't she look great with the Vespa and Linus the bike at the beach?!?!?!

We will post updates and before/after pictures so you will be able to see her achieve full potential.

So very thankful that I continue to live the dream...