Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Reindeer Games" Layer Cake

So I just got a great surprise - my newest quilt pattern 'Rockafellar Rival' from the 'Reindeer Games' line, a layer cake (basically like the charm pack I linked to above, but larger squares. {Isn't it DARLING?!?!}

And let me tell you after this week, it couldn't have come at a better time! I am beyond tired, stressed, and frustrated. I need a strong drink and a new attitude about the whole situation.

For now, I'm just praying about it & trying to leave it with God - He is after all the only one who I can count on.

Can't wait to sew my stress away this weekend :0) - next week HAS to get better or I'm going to take a personal day - a personal day to catch up on sleep and stop this stress!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

How Did I Miss This?

So, I've spent all day on Blogger! Basically I've tapped into the collaborative teaching community that is 1st Grade Teachers blogging...and I must say - WOW!

My head is spinning with ideas - can't wait to start my Johnny Appleseed unit Monday & even more so because I found a MILLION ideas to enhance it.

I'm so excited for all my new stuff that I added all my favorites to a blog list...don't be sad if you're a blogger friend, my blog list is for my TEACHING ideas. Maybe I'll just turn this blog into a teaching one...but hence I've got one with my new school website! Can't wait to post photos and clips of my students' apple work.

Lovin' blogs right now :0)!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hurt People, Hurt People

This week I've experienced more than ever: Hurt people, hurt people.

I am trying to keep that in mind when I stand, open-mouthed, shocked, stunned, amazed at the things people say (or feel that they can say). Whether true or not, there are boundaries you should adhere to in your speech and quite frankly, there is a certain tact that you should aim for as well.

I am far from perfect in this area - BELIEVE me! But, what I hold fast to are simple truths (taught by my mother and God) and I feel might need a revival, so here goes:

  1. If you don't have anything nice to say - don't say ANYTHING at all! BEFORE saying something out-and-out rude, just ponder "Should I go there?"

  2. Kill 'em with kindness - for those of us reeling with anger over how we've been spoken to or treated.

  3. This one hangs in my house: "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." Proverbs 25:11 - maybe using this as a guide. I think this: complements make someone bloom, criticism makes someone wilt (you can see it happening, I swear & quite frankly, HOW SAD!).

So lesson to me - rise above the nonsense and do/be better! Don't let hurt people get a dig in, rather pray for them. Hard to do, but I do feel sympathy for them - truly. I love my family! My blessings in this area are OVERWHELMING...that is just for my family, not to mention my job and other areas.

I'm actively choosing to be a "the cup is half-full" person - because really, when I stop and take account, my cup runneth over!!!!