I am ashamed at my lack of blogging due to lack of time and energy in the evenings after teaching ALL day! I miss all of my blogging buddies and miss my creative spirit to inpsire "Lola's Journey to and From." Don't give up on me...more to come this weekend.
One day will flash and send you crashin' through the ceilin'
Thank heaven for little girls
Thank heaven for them all
No matter where, no matter who
For without them, what would little boys do?
Thank heaven for little girls!
Thats right Baby Newman is a girl...let the shopping begin! Last night Mom and I pulled out all of Liz's and I's old smock dresses and oh how the memories flourished! I am too thanking heaven for this little angel that I already love so much!
I know I don't share a lot about my disorder, but in light of this upcoming week, I feel it is important I spread the word as much as possibly. If it can help save the life of one person from this monster, than its worth all my efforts...
The Mission of NEDAwareness Week
"Our aim of NEDAwareness Week is to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses- NOT CHOICES- and it's important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder."
I fell in love with Ivy and Piper's floral poppy fabric a few months back and Sissy surprised me with my very own pillow for my birthday...well the sweeties over in Australia just shipped it a bit late so I am anxiously waiting for the man in the brown suit everyday till it arrives!
Its going to add the perfect balance of color to my humble abode!
Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other -- it doesn't matter who it is -- and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other. -- Mother Teresa
Whether spending this day with your soul mate, friends, parents, or dog...rejoice in the fact that its the one day out of the year you can wear as much pink as your hearts' desire!
Well this past week was my first week student teaching in third grade. Let me start off by saying that my cooperating teacher is an angel, the children are precious, and I have never been so exhausted in my entire life...
In these three quick days, I planned lessons, studied permanent records, and even experienced my second Colonial Day (the first being when I was a third grader at this ver
y same elementary school). It was truly a great first week, but I realized that I have so much to learn and also need to let go of my previous flexible-easy going schedule. No more leisurely mornings spent sipping coffee and watching my morning shows. No more wasting time on the millions of blogs I follow or the embarrassing amount of time I spend on Facebook. NOPE...thats all coming to an end.
I found myself getting in a tizzy that I would never get everything I needed to accomplish outside of school. How I would be able to chat to all of my buddies? When would I paint? How could Lola get all her ball playing time in? These three days really pushed me to my limit in that I have got to return to my mantra for living...live fully eng
aged in the moment!
So just for your enjoyment here is a picture on my first day where we were stenciling our Pine Street Colonial Day tote bags.
Ok...now please don't laugh. Here is a group photo from Colonial Day. I must say the dress was rather comfy.
I've been waiting for this day for a year and a half now...today my journey of student teaching begins! Nerves, jitters, and excitement are encompassing me today. I am stepping back in the past as I return to my ole stomping grounds...Pine Street School. I'll be in third grade for the next 60 days where I hope to prepare myself to begin teaching my own class in the Fall...I can't wait to share this new journey with you all and hopeful the wisdom and knowledge that come from this last step of in my Masters program.
Head on over to The Company She Keeps for a special giveaway from Sissy's Paintings! She is a dear dear friend who probably is more excited about my little endeavor than I am! She has style oozing out and writes the best blog out there! Thanks again sweet BLC for all of your friendship and support!
It started out as just something I gave my family as gifts (being that I am a poor graduate student)...but it comes that other people besides my family ,who have no choice but to compliment me, think that they are actually good! So I am starting to commission my paintings...I guess I have a new little business entitled "Sissy". (A little background behind the name...well my baby cousin who is now not a baby and is 16 has always called me Sissy because she is an only child and we might as well be sisters because I love her like a sister. One thing led to another and eventually the name stuck and my real sister, Elizabeth, calls me Sissy too. I guess its a nickname between the girls in my family.) You too can have your very own Sissy painting! Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get a color scheme together for you!
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Just call me Martha...if you are like me, you LOVE Valentine's Day not because of all the mushy gushy hoopla but because everything is PINK! Whether having a romantic dinner for you and that special someone or even better with a group of good friends, nothing beats fresh tulips and festive conversation hearts!
1. the state of being contented; satisfaction; ease of mind
2. something that contents
Another more realistic definition of contentment states:
"Something no one will really ever truly achieve. No matter how much they hold it in their palms it will eventually slip through the cracks at the slightest feeling of uncertainty. While partial contentment can be sustained for a brief time frame, it is not an enduring sentiment."
As I sat in bible study this morning, I realized wow...will I ever be content?
Is anything ever good enough?
Will I ever be satisfied, content, just plain happy with life?
Rick Warren says that contentment means my happiness is not dependent upon circumstances. Most people get caught in "when" thinking- "when I get such and such, then I'll be happy." "When I get this skinny...When I meet the right man...When I have this many clothes...When I have this type of car...then I'll be happy."
God says...."No, once you get there, you'll always want something else. You'll always want more."
So how do we learn to be content? The million dollar answer is to STOP COMPARING. God says it's stupid to compare yourself to others. We're constantly comparing and comparing causes DISCONTENTMENT. And because of discontent God says, "You can't handle what I want to give you because you're putting too much priority on things in your life. He wants us to come to Him and ask when we have a need and learn to be content, that our happiness isn't dependent on how much or how little we've got. If you don't learn contentment, you'll never be happy.
You'll always want more...
"All excess is rooted in emptiness. The world's claim of happiness is betrayed by an ever-increasing lust for more. Nothing ever suffices. Nothing ever will.
Christ alone satisfies the ailing human soul."- Beth Moore
Yes that's right, I am not ashamed to admit I am in fact a Barbie girl. From the vintage striped one-piece to the hot pink dream house, I have been obsessed with all things Barbie since I was a little girl. My closet didn't hold clothes as a child, but chests full of all of my barbie accessories and paraphernalia. Hours were spent picking the right outfit for Barbie and her friends Midge and Skipper. Santa was oh so clever when he picked up this gem for me this year...
I also can't be but just a little in awe of Jonathan Adler's Barbie Malibu Dream House. I know I know...its a bit over the top, but come on who doesn't silver leather poufs? So tell me whats your favorite childhood obsession...