I believe the word of the year God is speaking to me for 2016 is “nurture.” Which is sort of an odd word of the year, I thought at first, since “action” was my word of the year for 2015. But after reading these definitions, I understood.

Nurture is defined by Merriam Webster as

  1. the care and attention given to someone or something that is growing or developing;
  2. training, upbringing;
  3. something that nourishes: food
  4. the sum of the environmental factors influencing the behavior and traits expressed by an organism

Interesting! And definitely applicable in so many ways in my life.

What’s your word of the year?


This pic almost didn’t happen because I almost didn’t put the tree up this year! Here are our sweet pets, Belle Kitty (age 18) and Levi (age 10).

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!




Christmas Break!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s the first official day of Christmas Break… two week of vacation! Woo hoo!!!

I didn’t get as much done today as I would have liked but I did start to climb Mt. Laundry, also known as the major backlog of clothes washing piling up in my closet. I wrapped a few gifts, got a few Christmas cards mailed, practiced piano and got a few Christmas decorations put up. A little bit of a few things but nothing major accomplished.

I still have a bunch of papers to grade before the break is over but those will have to wait for a bit. :)

While working on different things today, I listened to Christmas music, including my Ma’s fave, Feliz Navidad. Enjoy the clip below!


This is me

I really relate to this verse right now…


Oh yeah!


It’s our first holiday of the school year! Don’t get me wrong: I love the kids and it’s going well but we neeeeeed a break. It’s been a long first two weeks of school.

It is going well but it’s been hard. I’m struggling to get used to the schedule (I used to teach on a block schedule with 1 hour and 20 minute classes and only 6 periods — now my classes are 50 minutes and there’s 7 periods), the subject I’m teaching (before I taught combined reading and grammar/writing and now I teach grammar/writing/spelling) and the age group (before was 6th, now is 5th). All of these changes are OK — they’re great! But change is change. It takes some getting used to!

It was a great day!

My first day as a Pilot Point Bearcat was great! I’m loving these 5th graders. It was a wild and wooly day for sure, but somehow, we all made it through.

Not everything went according to my plans but that’s OK. All I hope is that everything went according to God’s plan for today. :) I’ve always loved this verse but now I’m learning how it applies to the life of a classroom teacher!

Lamentations 3:22-23

lam 3-23


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