Saturday, May 23, 2009
However, 11:30 hit and I had to say goodbye to him.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Cali found an organization to work with called Project Rescue. They have an amazing work going on especially in Mumbai. Please keep this work in your Thoughts. (For more information click on the picture.)
Please Lift Cali up. I know her work will be joyful and sorrowful at the same time. There is a lot of spiritual warfare that she will face. She will also be coming home in June to get married. Talk about a lot on her plate! She is pretty remarkable though and will do great things.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
While on our walk, some guy came up and offered us free tickets to the Crawfish Boil. :) We had just talked about going last week, but well... In the end we got to go for free which was much better.
Because it was so late, we only got to see the headliner 311. Talk about some memories from middle and high school!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
In order to keep my head above water, our class took a much needed break today. The sun was shining, weather ideal, and we needed to be outside and be silent. We all (including me) took a book, laid in the grass, and disappeared into quietness for awhile. Our attitudes were much better for the rest of the afternoon.
Sometimes you just literally have to stop and lie in the flowers. :)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
When I get stressed I cut my hair. Not every haircut comes from stress, but it is a good indicator.
If I had not just gotten my haircut last week (not stress induced) then yesterday I would have. It wasn't a bad day, but I have a lot on my plate right now. There was and is a lot of praying going on.
This morning after I hit snooze 3 times (and to think I use to just bound out of bed!), I managed to roll over, grab my Good Book, wipe the sleep out of my eyes enough to read.
Talk about something for me to take to heart.
It's going to be a different kind of day. :)
My dad has become more adventurous the older he gets. A couple of years ago, he started his own company. He travels more. He got a Harley. Dad has always had a huge heart and now he is just plain old fun.
Dad left on April 29th for a trip to China and Thailand. (His first trip to Asia.) The trip is almost a full month. It is fast paced with lots of work. He has not had much time to see the sights. Plus, Dad is incredibly tall so his height makes him the object of much spectacle. I know it is not an easy trip. I am so proud of him.
This morning I had this picture in my inbox. It made me smile. He really is a great man. Please pray for him as he continues his travels.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
I never knew about the world around me until high school. Growing up my life consisted of the Nashville bubble and a glimpse of North Carolina. Diversity was not something I experienced. In high school though, I had Mr. Fleming and he changed my life more than he knew. I took all of Mr.Fleming's classes: Government, Humanities, and World Cultures and Literature. I attended conferences on race relations. I helped to write a section of a children's/teen book on world perspectives. I began to see what pure love for the human race meant. It wasn't until college that I began to travel, but I sure have not stopped. Teaching ELL is extremely rewarding because I continue to learn about the world and life of others through my kiddos. I wish everybody could have some of the experiences I have.
The International Fair was a great way for students and people from the community to learn more about other cultures. There were booths for several different countries which has tons of information. You could sample foods. People were wearing traditional clothes. The afternoon closed with performances.
Drummers from Kenya
This woman performed dances from Egypt and Iran.
Of course, I bawled my eyes out when the Chinese fan dancers performed. (Hence, why there are no pictures!) I was truly impressed and hope that one day my school can offer such an activity.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The students have looked forward to this for quite awhile. Their teacher on the other hand, has not. I was imagining bloody messes. (Due to previous experience.) However, there was no blood and it was a lot of fun.
This was only my second time ice skating and first time to not be clinging to the walls. Thankfully my students were impressed. The secret is to grab a kid who is clinging to the wall and skate on the outside of her... you look like you know what you are doing. ;)
The trip was a good incentive (aka-threat) for students to keep their behavior in check. The middle school attitude is slowly creeping in. It helps having days like today. Fun to be had by all!
Thanks Mr.Daniel for chaperoning and tying lots of skates!
Monday, May 4, 2009
1. Register and pay for grad classes that start next week
2. Grade, grade, grade... papers are overwhelming! (Even with all of the help the Awesome Amy has provided)
5. Write thank you notes and letters to friends. Getting behind.
Just to name a few. Number 1 being the biggest goal.
Well, it was a good thing I got substitute because now it has turned into a genuine sick day. My nose is oozing, eyes are watering, and head feel like a balloon that won't pop. Yuck. Hopefully, I will still be as productive as I was today.
On Sunday night, Amy, Josh, Brad, and I went to the Ryman to see Death Cab for Cutie. We ate dinner before at the Gerst Haus which was a first for me. I really enjoyed it! (Although prices were not too amazing.) It set the mood for a fun night.
Ra Ra Riot opened. Music was pretty good, but stage presence was terrible. I was disappointed after all that I had heard about them. Matt Costa played next and I was really impressed... In fact, so much so that I purchased his latest album on iTunes during the show.
Death Cab... AMAZING!!!!! We stood and danced the whole show. I would follow this band "into the dark" for sure.
Not only have I have I enjoyed good concerts, but enjoyed good friends to go with. Hope it was worth the drive down from Cincinnati. ;)
Next show... Coldplay and Snow Patrol on June 6.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Happy Boob Day! (Yes, I know a tad tacky, but sometimes you need to smile and laugh about things.)
At Centennial, I was given two huge bouquets of flowers, a bottle of champagne, a glass that says "When life hands you lemons, stuff your bra", and Gigi's cupcakes. Once arriving at home, Amy and Tiffany were there to be happy with me. Brad got into town just a short while later so another big hug. We had a champagne toast and planned a fun evening out.
We met Daniel and Josh at Hooters for dinner. (Wings are not nearly as good as BWW!) Then, we went down to Big Bang. Big Bang is a dueling piano bar. The guys do not only have amazing musical talent, but are also hilarious. They were more than happy to celebrate Boob Day with us. I was called to the stage where one of the guys wrote me a "love song" to the the tune of John Lennon's "Imagine." "Imagine if I were your boyfriend..." It made for MUCH laughter. About that time Jordan showed up. We had such a good time singing, dancing, and laughing. The party then moved to Tarboosh where we ended the evening. Minus the awkward "date" (another story...), the night was a complete blast!
I cannot be a luckier girl. To have this behind me, have seriously wonderful friends, and just lead the charmed life that I do... Not enough praise can be lifted up to my Father for all of it. I am so truly thankful.