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Sunday, January 10, 2010

2010---A new year, a new decade!

I try not to make New Year's Resolutions that are like:
1. Lose weight.
2. Eat right.
3. Exercise 5 times/week.
4. etc, etc, etc.

The reason I try not to make these resolutions is because I just feel bad about myself when I don't keep them. And the moment I mess up, I just give up for the rest of year. One bad day, and the other 364 are thrown out the window!

Instead, I have one resolution this year, and it's more an "Area of Improvement" than a resolution. In 2010, I'm going to live in the present. I have a tendency to always be worried about what's next. I lose valuable moments with friends, family, and myself because I'm worried about the next step or what's coming. I've always got to have a plan, and I worry when things don't go as planned.My New Year's Resolution is to live in the here and now. Enjoy each moment for what it's worth. Don't take advantage of any time I have or any opportunities for trying something new. This year I'm going to take the time to learn more about myself and soak up the time I have with people.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

ABCs of Thanksgiving!

I saw this idea on somebody's facebook. They have been doing an ABCs of thankfulness since Thanksgiving is on the 26th of the month. Theirs was one a day since November 1, but I decided I liked the idea enough to do it all at once. So here goes (stick might see yourself, if you're lucky).

A-Argentina. I am so thankful for the experience I had living in Argentina. I learned things about God, myself, and other people that I will never forget. I constantly think about the relationships I formed there and remember how evident God was to me in that work.
B- Brenna. Brenna is an awesome roommate. She and I have laughed for hours watching our favorite Food and Game Show Network shows. She is someone you can be goofy or serious with. Because she works mostly from home, she is usually here when I get home from a day of teaching and is always eager to hear about my day!
C- College. I am so thankful for the education I received at ACU, and each day I realize that it truly did prepare me for this next stage of life. The friendships that I formed there are ones that are such a blessing and I've enjoyed keeping up with everyone since graduation.
D- Darby. I have the best brother-in-law! He truly loves and takes care of my sister better than anyone else can. He is such a hard worker in school, and I am so thankful that he is part of our family.
E- Eternal Life. I am so thankful that I have an eternal life that is even better than this earthly life. I love my earthly life and to think that something could be better simply baffles me!
F- Family and Friends. Of course, this had to be here. I am so blessed with an amazing community around me.
G- God. I'm so thankful for my Father who is continually guiding me and showing me in which direction I should go. He has watched over me and brought me to this enjoyable point in my life.
H- Hickey Elementary. I am so thankful that I got my teaching job. It has been such a blessing. I wake up everyone morning excited to go to work...what a blessing!
I- Identity. I am so thankful and so blessed to say that my identity is in Christ. Nothing I say or do defines who I am. I am simply and wonderfully a child of the almighty King. (That makes me a princess!!)
J- Jeremy. What an incredible blessing he is! He is the best boyfriend. Truly thoughtful, encouraging, and supportive. He works so hard in school and I'm so proud of his accomplishments, and more so, of his heart for God,
K- Kayla. My one and only sister. She and I have such a unique relationship. She is one of the most thoughtful people I know. I miss her so much, and am glad to not only have a sister but a friend!
L- Love. From my family, friends, and mostly my God.
M- Matt. My one and only brother. He is hilarious and we just laugh and laugh when we're together. He is also one of the wisest people I know, and I learn from him everyday.
N- New York Yankees. HAHA...they won the World Series! We know I'm thankful for that!
O- Opportunity. I'm so thankful for the opportunities I've had for traveling, learning, and discovering.
P- Parents. I truly have the best parents in the world. Talk about supportive!! I have never doubted their unconditional love for me. I am so blessed to feel like I can talk to my parents about anything and so blessed by their constant support and encouragement.
Q-Quality of life. I'm thankful that I have a roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes to wear each day. I'm thankful that I never have to go hungry and that I always have a place to lay my head at night.
R- Rescue. I love the image of Christ as our rescuer. The mighty man that sweeps in when we cannot handle it any longer and just carries us to where we need to be. I am so thankful that I have a God who rescues me from my despair and from my trouble and places me on higher ground.
S-Students. I have 15 precious fourth grade students that I just adore! They keep me on my toes and keep me laughing! They are also such little smarty-pants! I love them!
T- Trials. I'm thankful for trials and hardships that I've had to persevere through. They have made me the person I am today.
U- Uncertainty. I'm thankful for uncertainty, that my whole life cannot be planned out today. It keeps me humble and reminds me constantly that there is a bigger God in control of my life.
V- Valerie. My best friend! She and I have been on more adventures together (even if it's just out our front door). She is the most caring person, and I am so blessed to live with her. She and I are brutally honest with one another. We laugh together, we cry together, and we often do both at the same time!
W- Working out. I am so thankful that I am healthy and able to move and participate in physical activity.
X- Xmas. It's right around the corner! I'm thankful for 2 weeks off and time to be with my family!
Y- Youth. I am thankful that I'm still young and still have most of my life ahead of me! I'm so excited to see what the future holds.
Z- Zero. I'm thankful that zero is the number of times I wish I were anywhere different doing anything different!

Well, I hope you've enjoyed my ABCs! I encourage you to take some time to think of what you're thankful for. Can you think of 26? Or more?


Sunday, November 1, 2009

It's been awhile....

Well, it's been a long time since my last post, and a lot has happened! The only way I can think to organize this is to make a list. So, here goes...

1) I'm teaching!!!!! I was hired starting the fifth week of school to teach 4th grade. I always pictured myself teaching the little ones, but everyday that I'm in 4th grade, I realize that this is truly where I belong. I have 15 students (a teacher's dream) that are all just the sweetest things you'll ever meet! I can honestly say that I look forward to going to work everyday (even waking up at 5:00am)! Fourth grade is definitely a challenge because of all the content there is to teach, and of course the impending doom of the TAKS test. DUN DUN DUNNNNN....but I am loving every minute of it and so thankful for my class!

2) I'm still working at Starbucks! Hahaha...temporarily. I work like once a week at Starbucks still. It's fine for a little extra money on the side and that discount isn't too shabby. Don't be surprised if you all get coffee for Christmas! (Just kidding, but seriously)

3) My apartment and roommates are fantastic! I love my roommates, and we have such a wonderful time living the Dallas life! (By that, I mean living in the city but going to bed by 9:30 every night =)) The girls and I have started a Beth Moore study on Esther and that has been good for all of us! It's such a blessing to live with strong, Christian women who hold me accountable.

4) Jeremy and I are doing the whole long-distance relationship thing. It's tough, but totally worth it! I enjoy hearing about his time in Houston and elsewhere!

5) The Yankees are playing in the World Series!!'s awesome! It's been so fun watching (especially the ones at Yankees stadium---I've been there!!). And...hopefully we'll continue winning!! GOOO JOHNNY DAMON!!!

6) I REALLLY need a new blog title. I am no longer in Argentina. Help...any suggestions? If your suggestion wins, I'll give you a surprise.

Alright, I leave you with pictures of my classroom!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

New Beginnings...

I'm writing this blog from my new home in Dallas. My new apartment is awesome It's not totally far as decorating goes...but it's getting there! Pictures later...once it's done! I'm so glad to be living with Valerie and Brenna and to have many other good friends from ACU here.

I started a new job at Starbucks yesterday. It's not my dream job, but it has been good so far and I know I'll enjoy it much more when I actually start making drinks and serving people! Who doesn't love to wear a headset and an apron?

It's been an interesting adjustment to life here in Dallas. It's been difficult, I won't lie. My whole life I've dreamed of being a teacher. I just always pictured teaching the little ones right after I got out of college. Well, even for those of us who always plan ahead, things don't always work out. I, disappointingly, do not have a teaching job and am not going to be able to do what I want to do. Please pray for me. Pray that I can see what God's purpose is in this...because I honestly don't right now. Please pray that one of these days I'll be able to do what I truly believe I was called to do. I'm trying to be faithful and I'm trying to answer to the call I believe I've received from God, and for some reason, He's not allowing me to do that. Please pray for patience, for understanding, and for other opportunities to make a difference in the lives of children.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pomp and Circumstance

Well...I am 3 days away from my college graduation, and 22 days away from my 22nd birthday! What does this mean? I am an adult!! (YIKES) My friends and I have been talking everyday about the things you realize when you're graduating college, the things you do as an adult, and more importantly, the things you DON'T do as an adult. So, for your enjoyment, I've compiled a list of 10 things I'm trying to do/not do as an adult:

1. When I take my clothes off at the end of the day, I hang them up instead of throwing them on the floor or laying them across my chair.
2. I don't buy any clothes that I couldn't wear as a teacher.
3. I eat vegetables.
4. I make my bed every morning...and every afternoon, after my nap =)
5. Even when I have the opportunity to sleep all day, I wake up no later than 9 or 10am.
6. I throw away everything just so I won't have to pack it, and even worse, unpack it later.
7. I don't go to WalMart in my pajamas anymore...not even when I'm sick and going to the pharmacy.
8. I changed the voicemail on my phone to a more "professional-sounding" message.
9. I fall asleep wherever I am at 8pm. Seriously.
10. I got rid of my Dorothy slippers. Red, glittery shoes aren't gonna fly anymore.

10 Things I still do that I probably shouldn't as an adult...
1. I ordered Bumpits online. If you're unfamiliar with the bumpit, just visit their website
2. I run outside to catch the ice cream truck and then order the Tweety bird treat.
3. I sleep in my makeup every night...and often, just cake it on right over the next morning.
4. I watch Reality TV Shows like "Tool Academy" and "Pretty Wicked".
5. I am still trying to work on my breakdancing skills...I almost have a one handed handstand grabbing my feet!
6. I still own a Disney Princess glasses case.
7. I sit Indian-style in booths at restaurants and chairs in class.
8. I don't shower often enough. Haha.
9. I tell jokes like "What did Dela-ware? A New Jersey!" and think they are hilarious.
10. I ride a bright purple and pink bike with a light-up bell on it.

Maybe I'm not QUITE ready to grow up....Good thing I'm going to work with kids my whole life! =)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2009--The Year I Grow Up

Happy New Year!!!

It's 2009-- the year I'm graduating from ACU and moving into the "real world" of work and responsibility! But I have to tell you...I have never been more ready! I am so excited about figuring out where I'm going to get my first teaching job and settling down! most bloggers do, I decided to make a list of my New Year's Resolutions. Unlike many, I make only one or two resolutions each year. I get overwhelmed by long lists of "things I need to change about myself instantly". Of course, there are several things I need to work on and do work on each year, but I usually just handpick a select few to be my "Resolutions". So...I usually choose 2 broad things I can really work on. goes. I resolve to:
1. Take better care of the things I own
2. Get into a better sleeping and eating routine

Well...this has been a pretty boring post...and I'm pretty sure my mom and sister are the only ones who read my blog so...farewell! Happy 2k9!

Saturday, November 22, 2008


WOW! Today I went to the craziest football game of my life! ACU won their first playoff game 93-68. 93 POINTS?? In a football game?? Believe it..because it's true!

ACU's football team has been amazing this season! We are undefeated in the regular season and are now headed to the quarterfinals next week! It is so awesome to be able to experience this my senior year! Our school has had so much more school spirit (which, as you all know, is my FAVORITE)! So...hopefully, we'll be looking at the championship game here in 3 weeks!!

In other news, I'm nearing the end of my classes here at ACU. I have 7 more days of classes in college EVER! It is insane to think about...time is moving so fast! But, I am so ready for student teaching and then to see what's after that!! =)

Wednesday, I'm going to Illinois!!! YAY! I cannot WAIT to see my sister!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are going to have the best Thanksgiving ever...and it's actually going to be cold...and there are beautiful fall leaves on the trees!! =)