How to Celebrate Your Birthday for a Full Week

How to Celebrate Your Birthday for a Full Week

I don’t know about you, but

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I know, I know.  I am so lame, but I have been waiting like 3 years to say that I am feeling 22.

Anyway, let’s move on to today’s post.

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Look at the above picture of Taylor.  Doesn’t she look disappointed at the measly 3 cupcakes that she has?  I mean, sure, she is only one person, but doesn’t she deserve lots of cupcakes? Ariana Grande has lots of cupcakes.

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And, I mean, sure, you were born on one day, but you are unique!  Your birthday celebration should last for at least seven days!  Here are some ideas to keep the celebration going all week long!

  1. Enjoy Sunday brunch with your friends.20170319_124043
  2. Eat cake and ice cream with your family to conquer Monday.
  3. On Tuesday, get a free drink at Starbucks.20170321_160504
  4. Eat free fruit from Sheetz with your lunch on Wednesday.20170321_153444
  5. Thursday is for a long supper with your closest, dearest friend.  (We always stay at Chick-fil-a for several hours because we talk so much.  In fact, we were so busy talking that I forgot to capture a picture for the blog.)20170323_195454.jpg
  6. On Friday, grab some more birthday freebies and join a casual volleyball tournament (or a whatever your favorite sport might be).
  7. Finish out the week with a relaxing swim and a birthday present (green tea) from the YWCA.20170325_084411.jpg
I Drove A Car Today

I Drove A Car Today

I must admit that I am far from being the most optimistic person in the world, but today I spent my part of my commute in utter amazement.  It all started with a statement that someone made at Bible study last night.  (I wish that I could type in such a way to show their inflections and sarcasm)

When we get stuck in traffic, we grumble, “There’s too many cars out here.”  But, um, HELLO! What are YOU driving?! Is THAT helping the situation at all?!

Why not change your perspective a little?

I had to laugh because it is true!  If I find myself in afternoon traffic, I unconsciously assume that everyone else is in MY way, but (HELLO!) they probably want to get home and change into comfortable shorts just as much as I do.  And my beloved car, Corrie the Corolla, is just adding to the chaos.

Today, when Corrie the Corolla found herself surrounded by dozens of automobiles on Peter’s Creek Parkway, that statement from last night flashed through my mind.  Suddenly, I was amazed for several reasons:

  • There were literally hundreds of people, all on the same road, and all with different destinations.
  • We were in pieces of metal moving at 55 mph.
  • There were colored lights that told us when to go and when to stop.

We didn’t have to walk or run or skip or crawl to our destinations.  We had CARS.

What’s more, my fingertips are hitting plastic buttons right now, and words are exploding across the world wide web.

When I want to eat something, I can reach into another piece of metal and find food that is perfectly cold.  Or, if it is too cold, I can put it in a box that will heat it up.

To talk to my brother or parents, I tap a glass screen and, suddenly, I can hear their voices.

Maybe I am too simplistic, but I think that life is wonderful when we look at it with wonder.

 

Question for you:

What are you amazed by this week?

Top Ten Tuesday: Student Teaching Bag

Top Ten Tuesday: Student Teaching Bag

This is the bag of a student teacher.

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It is capacious, sturdy, colorful, and (like every good school bag) eats school supplies.

You can tell a lot about a person based off of what is in their bag.  For example, if you were to look into my bag, you would learn…

  1. That I have lots of plans–so many that I have two planners.20170205_182529
  2. That I will be guiding the class through several science experiments this week..and that certain people in my family eat lots of peanut butter (me) and drink lots of coffee (Mom).
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  3. That I lead a lot of guided reading groups.  A lot.
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  4. That I am always prepared for the rain.
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  5. That I am about to teach a unit on the Civil war…
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  6. and that I need to make a lot of copies before we can start that unit.
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  7. That I only have one textbook (although I teach 5 subjects), and it is older than my students.
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  8. That I explained number 7 on the math worksheet very poorly, and I have not determined yet how I will grade it.
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  9. That I color code my lesson plans with different colored pens.
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  10. That I still like to decorate my notebooks as if I was in middle school and that I see student teaching as a grand adventure.
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Doing Hard Things in 2017

Doing Hard Things in 2017

I looked at my mom, shrugged my shoulders, and said, “I know that it is going to be a challenge, but if I never do hard things…I, well, I will never do hard things.”

In that moment of redundancy, I realized the truth; if I continuously choose the easy way out, I will never grow.

Let me tell you about the hard things that are ahead of me in 2017.

  1. I will be a student teacher at a fifth-grade public school for the first sixteen weeks of the year. I will have 30 students, and I will be coordinating with three different teachers.  I will write unit plans, teach every subject, and grade papers.  That is going to be hard.
  2. From May to August, I am a promotional media intern at Pine Cove Camp. As such, I will conduct photo shoots, write articles, and create videos.  I will be on my own to find subjects for my stories, film interviews, and complete all the projects.  That is going to be hard.
  3. After I finish the internship, I will look for a full-time job. I will determine what I want to do with my life (ha ha…I may never figure that out), find job openings, fill out applications, submit resumes, and WAITThat is going to be hard.
  4. And when I find that full-time job, I will probably move away from my parents. I will leave the house where I have lived 21 years.  I will take down all of my paintings, pack up my Fiestaware, buy furniture, and decorate my own place.  That is going to be hard.

But despite all of the hard things that I have ahead of me, I am looking forward to 2017.  I know that through these hard tasks, God will show himself faithful.  I will lean on Him for strength, and I will watch as He orchestrates His perfect plan.

Thus, I will run into 2017 with reckless abandon.

I will push forward with faith.

I will do hard things.

Top Ten Tuesday: Dear Freshman Me

Top Ten Tuesday: Dear Freshman Me


Today at 9:30 am, I will attend my last class at the undergraduate level.  Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I will take final exams, and next semester I will be a student teacher in a fifth grade class.  Lord willing, I will graduate in less than five months.

Looking back, I realize that some of the emotionally challenging days of college could have been avoided.

10 things I wish I could tell my freshman self

  1. God is God. You are not.  Trust His plan, and don’t try to fix it.
  2. Be humble. Be a servant.  Be like Christ.
  3. Treat your body like God’s temple. Worship in it, but don’t worship it.
  4. The accolades really don’t matter, so don’t get too engrossed in the competition. Enjoy the challenge for how it is building you individually.
  5. To have friends, you must show yourself friendly.
  6. Enjoy the moment because it is all you have.
  7. Quit worrying about money. God will supply your needs.
  8. Wear your polka-dot rain boots. Wear your green shorts.  Wear your flowy skirts.  Don’t be embarrassed by your quirky style.  When you finally get brave enough to wear those clothes in your junior year, you will get a ton of compliments.
  9. Get involved in school events and at church. You want people to know who you are.
  10. Perfection is unattainable. Quit trying so hard.

I would never claim that college is easy, but the past 3.5 years have been some of the most rewarding years of my life.  As I learned the ten truths that I listed above, I have grown emotionally, spiritually, and relationally.  I have seen God’s provision to pay for college and missions trips.  I have seen God’s sovereignty to orchestrate convenient class schedules and amazing summer jobs.  God showed His grace by sustaining me through difficult classes and long nights.

Truthfully, student teaching terrifies me, but I must “walk the walk,” not just “talk the talk.”

  • God will continue to provide for me.
  • God will continue to orchestrate His plan.
  • God will continue to graciously sustain me.

Meanwhile, I will believe the ten statements that I want to tell my freshman self.

Top Ten Tuesday: Peanut Butter Jar

Top Ten Tuesday: Peanut Butter Jar

10 Alternate Uses for a Peanut Butter Jar

When I saw this illustration, I knew that it had the makings for a terrific Top Ten Tuesday post. Every time I try a new peanut butter, I save the jar and re-purpose it is some way (but I don’t save duplicate jars because that would be excessive). Here are my ten suggestions for reusing an old peanut butter jar.
1. Cereal bowl

2. Gift in a jar

3. Fishbowl

4. Flower pot

5. Oatmeal in a jar

6. Pencil holder

7. Board game piece storage

8. On-the-go snack container

9. Piggy bank

10. Pantry item storage

 

P.S. Every Wednesday night, I eat dinner while sitting next to this sign…I think there is enough peanut butter in my blood to make me a hazard whether I am ingesting peanut butter at that moment or not.

Third Blogiversary

Third Blogiversary

Three years ago yesterday, I entertained the notion that I should start a blog.

Entertaining a notion, like entertaining a baby cousin or entertaining a pack of hyenas, is a dangerous thing to refuse to do. If you refuse to entertain a baby cousin, the baby cousin may get bored and entertain itself by wandering off and falling down a well. If you refuse to entertain a pack of hyenas, they may become restless and entertain themselves by devouring you. But if you refuse to entertain a notion – which is just a fancy way of saying that you refuse to think about a certain idea – you have to be much braver than someone who is merely facing some blood-thirsty animals, or some parents who are upset to find their little darling at the bottom of a well, because nobody knows what an idea will do when it goes off to entertain itself.

-Lemony Snicket

Three years ago today, I let the notion entertain itself, and (somehow) this blog was self-created.