Monday, September 15, 2014

Blue and White Stripes Keeping Me Warm

I am very unfortunate to have a sensitivity to cold. In my book, any temp below 75 is cold. And it's all the same, whether it's 72 or 32, it's cold. Which is why the whole idea of fall and winter is not on my list of happy thoughts...
 
Anyway, the temps were in the upper 80's this past Friday, and it was grocery shopping day. While temps in the 80's are great for staying outdoors, it means that I can guarantee you the stores air conditioner will be working quite well, keeping everyone cool. I opted for a long sleeve tee for the day to keep me comfy while in and out the air conditioning...
 

I recently purchased this shirt at Clothes Mentor for only $5. I love the blue and white stripes...
 


The skirt I have owned for several years now.  And it is by far the most comfy jean skirt I have owned. It was a Goodwill find. I'm pretty sure I did not pay above $4 for it...
 


 
With my flip flops, pearl earrings, and side braid, this outfit was really fun, and comfy to where out and about...
 


Are you looking forward to colder weather? Can you tolerate the cold pretty easily?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Teaching A K-3 Class

Frannie over at "Authentic Virtue" has asked some questions about my job as a K-3 teacher. I've been wanting to share a little more about my job with you, my dear readers, for a bit now, and this is the perfect time. :D
 
I will start out by explaining my job, and then answer the questions.
 
This will be my 5th year teaching a K-3 class. Class is held two half days a week. It's a reasonable amount of time for the kids to interact with one another, and be to introduced to a somewhat formal learning atmosphere. 
 
The school follows the Abeka curriculum, so everything is pretty much laid out for me, as far as lessons, stories, etc. go. I have been doing it so long, I don't even write out lesson plans. It's engraved into my head, and I know what comes next each day. :)
 
Our daily schedule looks like this...
8:30 Arival, Play on carpet quietly until 9
9:00 Bathroom
9:05 Pledges/Prayer Time
9:10 Exercise/Singing
9:20 Bible Story/Scripture Memory
9:30 Weather/Color of the Day
9:35 Bible Coloring Sheet
9:45 Letter Time (intro to letter sound, formation, and story with the animal friend)
10:05 Snack
10:30 Books/Puzzles
10:45 Gym/Playground
11:10 Bathroom
11:15 Numbers (counting, etc.)
11:30 Science or Social Study
11:45 Craft/Journal Time
11:55 Pack to leave
12:00 Departure
 
 
Three year olds are a very interesting lot. They are just coming out of the "terrible twos", and well, let's just say some days can be quite interesting in the behavior and attention span department.
 
As far as behavior issues, I try to spend more time encouraging their good behavior, and that seems to make them want to please you. I have a candy/sticker chest for the end of the day. And if they are particularly disobedient, they don't get to go into it. But I really try to reiterate that we should behave well, and have happy joyful attitudes, because that pleases GOD.
 
 
And now to answer some questions...
 
Do I like teaching?
 
As far as teaching, yes. It is not my job of choice (aside from being a homemaker, the best job I ever had was working on a neighbor's farm), but I do enjoy it. But I will admit, talking with parents is what I dislike the most. (my shy/introverted personality gets in the way there)
 
What has been the most challenging?
 
Patience. As I mentioned earlier, three year olds are not the easiest bunch to work with. They can be really sweet at times, but without warning they can turn in the most selfish little terrors. (that's human nature though...) I have had to learn to just wait out the bad moments, chill, and not get so upset when they are misbehaving. Prayer has been the biggest helper there.
 
 
What has been the most rewarding?
 
Seeing how ready and willing children are to listen, hear, and learn about GOD and HIS truths. Like in these verses...
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:2-4
 

If any of you have any other questions about my job as a K-3 teacher, please feel free to ask!

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Most Romantic Moments of My Life

Justin and I celebrated our 17 month anniversary on Saturday. I couldn't help but go back down memory lane of that day, and reminisce with my sweet hubby on the most romantic moments of the day.

Like holding hands before the ceremony, and praying...
 

Seeing each other face for the first time, as I walked down the aisle...
 

That first kiss EVER...

And that long, slow kiss, the first time we were alone, that seriously made me dizzy, and feel as if I was going to faint ...

I thought about those sweet days, and gloriously long nights of our honeymoon too...

Yes. Those were some very romantic times. But not necessarily the most romantic of times of our married life.

I've always dreamed those sort of memories would stand out as the most "romantic" of my life. But after almost a year and a half of marriage, I've seen a more beautiful side of marriage. And yes, an even more romantic side.

Like, lying on the couch together watching football, me falling asleep, then waking up to hear him say how much he loves it when I fall asleep in his arms.

Sending random texts through the day saying "I miss you".

Finding the dishes washed and the kitchen spotless.

Being called beautiful, and being told I smell fine, with sweat dripping down the face and neck after a 30 minute run.

Hugging him when he walks in from work.

Him mowing the yard, then clearing my walking path of any clippings.

And back massages when monthly cramps are bringing me to tears.

I have found that it's not always the "big" moments in married life that have made me love my husband more. But the little moments, that occur everyday.

His never ending patience with my faults. And his unending love in my pain.

It's the everyday, ordinary things, that have been the most romantic moments of my life.



What is something your hubby does for you, to show his daily love?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

My Heart Is Glad


Psalm 16
 Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Back To Teaching, What I Wore

It is sad to think about, but summer is drawing to a close. Soon, warm breezes will be replaced with chilling winds, and long nights will take the place of long days.
 
I'm going to miss these summer days. They passed by all too fast this year. But, I guess I'm looking forward to fall décor, hunting, and county fairs. Just not the cool weather so much... :P
 
This past week ended my summer vacation from my K-3 teaching job. Open house was Thursday night, so much time went into preparing for that. And it went well. I met one student and talked with
parents some.
 
Here is what I wore...
 
 
The skirt is a recent $7 find from Ross. :D It's so comfy, with an elastic waist band.
 
 
The shirt is from Clothes Mentor. I went there for the first time this past week. They were a bit pricey on some things. But this shirt was reasonable at $5.
 
 
Tuesday night is orientation at school, and the first day back is Thursday.
 
I'll admit there are mixed emotions on returning this year. On one hand I am excited about serving, spending time with young ones, and seeing their eagerness to learn 2 days a week. Then on the other hand, I'm very much going to miss serving as a full time stay at home wife.
 
But this is where the LORD has placed me, and I am going to serve as best I can. HE has a purpose for me teaching that K-3 class, and I'm going to strive to fulfill that purpose for HIS honor and glory.
 
Has summer mostly ended for you? What are you looking forward to this fall?
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Latest Thrifting Treasure

I stopped by a local thrift store for the first time in a very long while, this past Tuesday. I wasn't really expecting to find anything. I was hoping to though. And find something I did...
 

I found this beautiful, what I think to be perfectly vintagy and all 1940's or 1950's style of dress...
 

I did have to alter it a bit, as the arm holes were a tad bit too big. All I did was add a dart below each arm hole to remedy the problem. It took me 10 minutes to do that. And I added the belt to help shape the dress...


This dress is sooo... comfy, and I felt very feminine wearing it to church this past Sunday. I can already tell this will be a wardrobe favorite. :D


 Do you thrift store shop? If so, what treasures have you found of late?
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

GOD's Will and Changed Plans

As much as you want to plan your life, it has a way of surprising you with unexpected things that will make you happier than you originally planned. That's what you call GOD's will.

When I was in my early days of high school, I never imagined my life would be what it is now. I imagined I would be just graduated from college, maybe as a marine biologist, or an optometrist. Maybe dating a man with those same interests.

Then in the later years of high school, those imaginings changed. I wanted to be married soon after graduating high school. I wanted to be married to a farmer, raise our own animals, and crops, and have at least a dozen kids.

Following graduation those dreams of being married and having children were kept, but never hoped for much, for fear of them never coming true.

I sort of floundered the days following high school graduation. I really didn't know what GOD wanted from me in my life. 

I was working at a local restaurant as a waitress at that time. I wanted to be a stay at home daughter, staying at home, preparing for the day I would hopefully be married. But my financial situation would not allow it. I continued working there, but was very unhappy.

I decided that maybe GOD did not have marriage in my future, so I better find a more steady job.

I took a class at a community college, that trained for becoming an optometric/ophthalmic assistant. At times I felt wonderful, thinking this was what GOD had in store for my life. But most of the time, I felt uneasy.

Before I finished the class, the restaurant I worked at closed unexpectedly, and I was out of a job.

But I didn't feel too upset over that fact. There were only 2-3 weeks left of the class, and I knew that soon I could be looking for a job as an ophthalmic assistant.

I finished the class and quickly began my search for a job. I submitted my resume to no joke, over a dozen optometry offices. I soon received a call from 1 office to come in for an interview, and was pretty excited about it.

I went to the interview, and felt as if I aced it, and came home and prayed about it.

Soon after though, a wave of uneasiness came over me, and I was not so sure this was what GOD had in store for me.

Instead of calming peace, I felt wave after wave of doubt. Did I really want to leave my family all day, and work in an office? Sure I would be making money, and providing for myself, but would that fulfill what GOD has planned for me?

My greatest desire was to be a stay at home daughter, and felt that was where GOD really wanted me.

After A LOT of prayer, and talking with my parents, I gave in and told GOD I will take this leap of faith, and spend time preparing for the day you have prepared for me to become a wife.

I stopped looking for jobs in optometry offices, and prayed for the LORD to show me a way to be a stay at home daughter, and be able to meet my financial needs.

The very same day, I received a phone call from a lady at our church. Her family owns and runs a Christian camp. She told me they needed help in the kitchen that summer, and asked if I would be willing to help, 3 days a week.

What an answer to prayer!

I was able to earn some financial income, and still have plenty of time to devote to serving my family as a stay at home daughter, for 3 summer camping sessions, and 3 fall sessions.

During the fall of 2010, another lady from my church approached me about another job opportunity. She asked if I would be willing to teach the K-3 class at our church's Christian Academy. The job would be two half days a week.

Another answer to prayer.

At that point, I had two jobs. One for summer months, and the other for the rest of the year.

I knew marriage wasn't in my near future. I even began to think it was never in my future, and the LORD would have me spend the rest of my days serving my family, and those in my community.

But a young man, whom I had gone to church with since I was 3, began to grow important to me during the fall of 2010. I even wondered if this tall, red head would be the one GOD calls me to serve the rest of my days, as his wife.

This young man was shy though, and while he took a great interest in me, he never implied anything more than friendship.

Our friendship continued, but my feelings grew deeper. And I was not totally sure if this man's feelings were the same.

I never thought I would be the one to approach the man on the "status" of our relationship. That was his job! Or so I thought.

But there is safety in a multitude of counselors. And the multitude I was with all said the same, you need to know where you stand with him.

January of 2012, after A LOT of prayer, and even fasting, I approached the man about our current status, and even our future.

He admitted his shyness kept him from being anything further than friends, and the timing was not right.

Until then.

Justin and I courted for almost 10 months. We were engaged for 3 1/2 months.

We have now been married 16 months.

I'm not a marine biologist. I'm not a farmer's wife. I'm not an ophthalmic assistant.

I was a stay at home daughter.

But now I'm a wife.

Wife to a civil engineer, cooking his meals, and cleaning our little castle daily. Eagerly preparing and awaiting the day we have our own little prince and princesses.

I serve in our church wherever I am needed.

I continue to work at our church's Christian school, two half days a week, until said children arrive.

No, my life is DEFINATLY not what I planned it to be.

But I'm in GOD's will. I'm exactly where I should be.



How have your life plans changed? Where has GOD's will taken you?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

Monday, August 11, 2014

Busyness...

 “Busyness chokes deep thinking.”
― Todd Stocker
 
And that about sums up why I have not really blogged much of late. I have had so many blog ideas pop into my head, but have not had hardly anytime to sit and think them through. With usual housework, exercising, and quite a few church functions, life has been pretty non-stop here of late.
 
But it has been a good busy. One filled with fun, adventure, and yes even work...
 
Three weekends ago, our church went on a camping/ rafting trip. It was so nice to go up to the mountains, and view some different scenery...
 




 
Oh, and getting pretty cold and wet on the Nantahala River...
 
 
 

After we returned home, I was able to have some dear friends over for lunch. It was such a blessing talking with them. Friends are such a gift from GOD. :D
 
VBS was in our near future at that time. I was in charge of craft for all 5 days last week. So the week before was spent preparing and purchasing supplies.
 
Justin taught the 5th-6th grade class. I was commissioned to decorate his class. The theme was "Cross Canyon Trail". So western décor was essential...
The cacti are made from pool noodles and toothpicks.
I dressed like a cowgirl everyday...
 
 
And my hubby wore a matching hat...
 
It was a very good week. Attendance each night was good, and each child seemed to have fun, and I thank the LORD for that. But I am also thankful it is over. Every day was the same last week. Wake up, exercise, rush to clean the house, eat lunch, start preparing for the evening by 2, shower and be ready to leave by 4:30,  not get home until 8:30 or 9, then come home and cook supper for the hubby. Very exhausting for this homebody... 

 
Oh yeah! My handsome prince surprised me the last night. He took the top half way down on the jeep, and we rode to town, under an almost full moon, to enjoy some much needed quality time, and a Cookout milkshake. YUMMM!!! :D
 
 
My sister came for a visit today. I was quite surprised to hear a knock at my door and see her standing there. :D We spent 2hours talking and reminiscing about days gone by. Just like we used to every night before we went to sleep. :)
 
I hope to get some rest tonight. And maybe even read a chapter or two in the book I just ordered. It's "Spiritual Midwifery" by Ina May Gaskin. I've been wanting to read this one for awhile now, and finally found it used on Amazon for only 5 bucks. Oh yes...
 


The rest of the week looks to be fairly easy going. Normal life stuff. Even a birthday on Thursday. I shalt be twentay fo'. Whew, I'm getting old. :D
 
What have you been up to of late?
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel