Saturday, March 25, 2017

Teague's Birthday Party

Teague chose three friends to take to Urban Air for his party.  They had a great time jumping and flipping and dunking; they wore me out just watching.














Afterwards, we went back to the house for pizza, cake, presents and more playing.






Hard to believe that on Friday he will be 8!  Teague is very kind and generous and loves to play and hang out with everyone. This was the first year he requested a girl to come. He and Riley have grown up on the ball fields together while big brothers practiced and their friendship has only gotten stronger through the years. They are the sweetest friends, but he had no clue why she couldn't stay the night if he chose a sleepover party!! So innocent!! We love you, Teague and I'm loving every moment of watching you grow up!









Year 8 picture coming soon...







Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring Break

We decided a few days camping might be fun for spring break this year.  We loaded up and headed out to Lake Whitney. The kids did a great job helping to set up the camp site and within an hour we were ready to just sit and enjoy the view. 






Our site was next to the creek so the boys skipped rocks and used their sling shots 99% of the time, but when they were not down by the water we played a few games.

Bocce Ball


Croquet


We went in search for a trail to hike but had no luck, so we just found a creek to explore for a little bit. 


It was so peaceful to just sit and do nothing, but enjoy the surroundings. The sunsets were beautiful, the campfire was warm and eating s'mores always makes everything better.





I found all 5 kids, at some point in the trip, enjoying some alone time.  To get away and think and listen is priceless and I loved seeing each of them find some solitude. 






I think we all agreed that we need to camp a lot more often! 






Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Shack

**Spoiler Alert: if you have not seen the movie you might not want to read this!**


I loved The Shack! I had read the book several years ago and really enjoyed it and was hoping the movie would do it justice and it did!!

First, I loved the picture of the Trinity, both collectively and individually. The way they all work together, yet have different personalities and purposes, it's hard to wrap your mind around.  The Trinity is such a complex topic and to see it a bit more clearly was so neat!

The second thing that stuck out to me was the leading of Jesus and Holy Spirit. They appeared at just the right moments; the deer that walked by when the main character was contemplating suicide, Holy Spirit appearing when he wanted to leave and Jesus coming out on the water when he was going down in the boat.  Every time just wanting to love of the main character and help him through the hard times and point him back to God. How true it this!! How great is His love for us and how many times does He come after us, pursuing us with His love!

Lastly, my favorite part was the oak tree. Several times they showed the garden and the work going on inside. It was a mess but it was also beautiful at the same time.  At one point they worked together to cut down the flowers mixed with weeds to find one small poisonous root that was deadly. As they cleared away the debris a clean hole was left. At the end of the movie they returned to the hole in the garden and placed his daughter inside and when mixed with his tears a huge oak tree grew and attracted butterflies to itself. What a stunning picture!! When we choose to partner with God and allow Him to help us sort through tragedy it becomes so sweet, never easy, but so sweet and we become one that attracts others to us and ultimately to the Lord.

We took the youth group and so many mentioned how it changed their perspective in one way or another.  It was an amazing movie and I highly recommend it along with a box of tissues!

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Extraordinary

The only word I have for this past week is surreal. Last Friday my principal, along with several of my friends and colleagues walked in my classroom with flowers and a gift card and announced I was a nominee for Teacher of the Year at our campus. What a wonderful feeling that was!


Last year my one word for the year was Lead and as the school year ended I felt good about where I was professionally and where I wanted this new school year to go. Unfortunately, this year has been my toughest year in teaching. There are a handful of reasons why but it has caused me to reevaluate a lot of things in my classroom. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it has been a stressful task for me.  So, all week I have spent time writing essays, interveiwing with a committee and reflecting over my teaching career and it has been so good. To look at things with the big picture in mind rather than getting caught up in the day to day details has been refreshing.  I have received so many encouraging notes and emails and the kindest words spoken to me and it's all been so sweet and affirming.  I did not win our campus's Teacher of the Year but to have even been considered was an honor. The Lord knew I needed to go on this journey with Him this year and it was so rewarding!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Basketball Season

Basketball season was so much fun for these two! Last year they were a team of 3rd graders playing in the fourth grade league, but this year they were 4th graders playing with other 4th graders and they did awesome! With only one loss, they all grew so much in their skills! It was an exciting season!

Kelby

Troy






 As their team party we took them to Cici's and then a Baylor basketball game! 





    At the game they were the loudest group during a cheering contest and won a free pizza! 

They also stayed after and got several of the players autographs. What a great way to end the season!