Your Day is Done

Your Day is Done

Today was a busy day.  I was actively on my feet, talking and teaching all day long (as opposed to other teaching days when I am circulating and helping individual students while they work in groups).  By the time I got home, I was tired of talking and walking and smiling and communicating.  But my day was not done.  In fact, it was just getting started. I rushed home to get Bean to his baseball practice by 5:30, which meant we had to grab a quick dinner.  Chris and I…

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Daddy/Daughter Dance!

Daddy/Daughter Dance!

Last Friday was the Daddy/Daughter Dance at the kids’ school.  I was initially kind of against most of it because it seemed kind of like a big deal over nothing, so we really tried to make this as low-key as possible.  She got a dress (sort of by accident, it was just a  new spring dress that we happened to get the week of the dance completely by coincidence), Chris gave her a tiny wrist corsage, and then he took her to a restaurant of her choice. She chose our…

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Greatness All Around Me

Greatness All Around Me

Two great things happened last week to two of the most important people in my life.  If that’s not blog-worthy, then I don’t know what is! First, my awesome sister did this awesome thing for an awesome high school friend.  And then our hometown news got wind of it and suddenly it’s all over my Facebook feed!  I’m so proud of Ginny AND Sean for both of their servant’s hearts.  This is just the sweetest story. Here is the entire news story: And as if that wasn’t enough celebration and…

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A Family Hero

A Family Hero

In my 8th grade language arts classes a few years ago, we used to write essays on the topic, “What defines a hero?”  Students spent all quarter studying all different types of heroes, and from those various texts, they had to come up with their own definition of heroism.  Year after year, we almost always came to the conclusion that a hero is someone who puts others before themselves.  This might mean someone in a position to physically save lives, like a police officer or a doctor.  Or it might…

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80%

80%

This boy and me? We’re doing good. I like him.  He likes me.  We make out a lot.  Life is pretty good. After almost sixteen years that Chris and I have been together (WHAT?!?!?!), I recently discovered something new about our relationship.  Don’t you love when that happens?  When you’ve known someone for so long and then, out of the blue, you learn something new about them? I’ve learned lately that the most important thing I can do for my husband is actually one of the easiest things I can do for him….

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From the Mouth of Babes

From the Mouth of Babes

For Gracie’s birthday, my mom gave Gracie her first real set of golf clubs.  She has given golf clubs to each of the “baby grands,” as she calls them, when they were old enough.  We all play golf in my family, and have for years.  But since my dad’s passing, golf has taken on an even more special meaning for all of us because it makes us feel closer to him. My dad was an incredible golfer.  Growing up, I thought all people were as good at golf as my…

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Long Weekends, Happy Hearts

Long Weekends, Happy Hearts

Friday was a teacher planning day for me.  I originally planned to send the kids to our daycare because they offer an extended day program on days when the public schools are closed.  But Bean has figured out that if HE doesn’t have school, then I don’t have school either.  So, he was like, “Can’t I just come with you?” And then when Gracie squeaked out, “Me, too?” Well, how could I say no? So, Friday, we ran some errands and worked in my classroom together.  And it was way…

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The Man I Didn’t Marry

The Man I Didn’t Marry

When we were in high school, I loved him because he didn’t care what anyone thought.  He didn’t care what he should or shouldn’t do.  And I loved him for that freedom because when I was with him, I felt free, too. In college, he began to love me as an adult.  Not a perfect adult (are there any perfect adults?), but in that “I will love you for the rest of my life” way.  And I loved him for that promise of what was to come. In the earliest…

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The Love of All Things

The Love of All Things

A few months ago, I blogged about two ministers in my church who were diagnosed with breast cancer almost two weeks apart from each other.  This past weekend, one of them preached again for the first time in nine weeks.  And do you know what she spoke about? The Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” A woman in her mid-forties, with young children at home, in the prime years of her career, and suddenly battling cancer.  And she stands up and she preaches a sermon called, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Actually, what…

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