Tuesday, January 27, 2009

oh wow

My last part of school was a little more interesting....but in a bad way!! My first two classes of the afternoon wasn't that bad. My last class of the day was horrible. They were so rude and out of control, one kid actually flipped me off. I finally just had to tell them all to stop talking and made them open their books. The way we teach is the directive approach and a lot of open conversation. This class couldn't handle that. I guess it's good that I saw this on the first day, now I know how the rest of the classes with them will be run.
I tried not to let them ruin my day though, all in all it was a great experience and I can't wait to go back.

Monday, January 26, 2009


I had my first day of school today! I am teaching at one of my biggest High Schools I have in my area today. I have six classes, three back to back in the morning, break and then three more back to back. It is so fun. I have 140 sophomores that I'm interacting with and they are so fun. I was nervous about today and wasn't really sure what to expect. My first class was a dream they were so talkative and paid attention it was fabulous. My second class will be a challenge...but they all can't be easy right? My third class is funny, they are just a goofy bunch of kids and I really enjoyed that class.
Who knew it would be so exhausting though. My legs are sore, my feet really hurt and my throat is raspy now. HAHA I never thought it was that much work to teach but it really is. I'm so excited to go back and teach my next three classes...I'll be sure to let you know how they go.
In other news Denise is here!!! I've sucked her into my world for a while and it's cold and snowing and exactly what she expected :). We had so much fun this weekend. Saturday was our day to shop in the St. Louis area. Then on Sunday we had a jam packed day of the Arch, City Museum and Science Center. They were all so much fun. I can't wait to go to the City Museum again because it was such a blast. We didn't get back too late and had time to relax so all in all it was such a fabulous weekend.

Friday, January 16, 2009


My good friends are in the process of adopting. Over this time we have grown much closer and this week they were suppose to find out if they were able to adopt a little boy. This is the third time they have been this close to adopting. It hasn't worked out for them yet and this time I have grown a lot closer to them and really felt like I was more involved with the process. All week we have been waiting to hear whether or not the mom had made her decision. It always comes down to a few couples that they have to decide from.
My friend told me this morning that once again they were not chosen to take the baby. This seems like such terrible news. I feel so bad for them. They want a baby so badly, I want them to have a baby, they deserve a baby, they've been waiting so long to get one...and in all of those complaints I have to remember that God is in control. I know that God has a perfect plan and the perfect baby that He has designed to fit perfectly into their family. It is just so difficult to see them wait so long and have several chances, but none of them work out.
My friend is truly amazing though. They both are amazing people. They have such strength and hold onto their faith so strongly through all of this. They still go into every adoption opportunity 100%. They get completely excited, prepared, and just wholeheartedly get ready to have a baby any day. You would think after a couple of disappointments that they would become numb and just go through the process with little hope. They aren't that way though! Really, it is amazing to see how God is working through this situation, and it is helping me to grow as a Christian as well.
Becoming more a part of this process is painful in a way but more rewarding than I ever could have imagined. I just want to thank my friend so much for allowing me to go through this with her.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

After that...

ridiculous blog I posted I feel inclined to post a happier one. Sometimes, as Denise says, it is nice to angst out loud...or via blog. I promise not to make a habit of that though. The next time it happens just understand that it was under extreme circumstances...oh and that blog was much longer when I wrote it out originally, I saved you.
Anyways, bible study is starting back up again this week. I can't even remember the last time that we had it. Because of the holidays and hectic schedules we decided to wait until after the holidays to continue. This one is almost finished, it's all about waiting, while it's a fabulous bible study I'm ready for something different.
I feel a bit obligated to blog about the new year...it did just happen and all. I agree with most when I say I don't make resolutions because it seems pointless. I do think that is it a good idea to reflect on 2008 though and make some goals/changes for 2009.
1) only speak words of encouragement....call me awful but I find this difficult to do sometimes.
2) be fearless....in the since of being more open with people, excepting change...I heard from Joyce Meyer today that the devil tries to really get us to believe in "never". Like "I can never change", "this is never going to happen" etc. etc. But that's not true, we all have the ability to change. I want to move from having fear to having more faith.
3) not to be easily offended. I have a serious problem with this, and only recently did I realize that this is really something that God wants us to stay away from. He says to forgive quickly, and I do that part of it, technically....It is just so hard to not hold onto those hurt feelings. BUT it's not impossible to change, and I am determined to do it.
Those are the big ones, the most important...

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Dante James

So cute! This is my newest nephew and he is so adorable....