Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How Do I Love Thee?

Yes, I am still gratituding (most days). I am sure I will have plenty to share on Thursday. That being said, last week was a tough week. I can only hope this one will be better.  Please.  Pretty please?

So I have written several posts this past week. In my head.  Like "The Life of a Teacher". "Omaha Fun".  "Down and Out in Ozark Hills".  "Poster Child for Adoption". Yes. All of those.

But I settled on this one when one of my children, yet again, asked, "Do you really love me?"

So this is written to my children and husband.

Some tongue in cheek.

Some truth.

How Do I Love Thee?

Let Me Count Thy Ways...

  • Even after a full day of watching volleyball games, I still go to the grocery store to buy food to cook for you all week.
  • I clean the sink out any chance I have, just because I know you like it that way.
  • I get the smallest shake with the leftover ice cream on shake night.
  • I listen to endless dialogues about Star Wars characters.  Or at least I pretend to...
  • I stay up until midnight cleaning, preparing food, etc.  Then I am up early in the morning to start the day, pack lunches, etc.  And I usually end up with about 10 minutes to get myself ready for the day.
  • I am the last one to sit down to eat our pancake/bacon dinner. While you all are eating, I was at the griddle, flipping pancakes. And my bacon is cold by the time I sat down (to an empty table).
  • I went to a volleyball tournament. On Valentine's Day.
  • In fact, I spend many good hiking days watching volleyball games. Inside.
  • I get up early on Sunday mornings (when I really would rather sleep) to make breakfast for everyone.
  • I share my prized pistachios with you.
  • I sit next to you with sports blaring on the t.v. just to spend time with you.
  • I sit through countless music programs, choir concerts, school presentations, etc.
  • I reach out to your teachers (without you ever knowing) when I know you are struggling or hurt or treated unfairly (or so you think).
  • I watch you do the same trick on the trampoline thirty million times, oohing and ahhing every time.
  • I note the things you notice or like or mention for possible future gift ideas.
  • I huddle in the cold to watch you play soccer or baseball.
  • I don't read books often because I know I will get lost in that world and forget about you.
  • I go to Target late at night for that list minute friend birthday gift or a wardrobe crisis.
  • I go to school earlier than I wish each day because you signed up for early morning activities.
  • I leave school early each day though I know I could work there for hours (at night and on the weekend).
  • I search for Coke bottles with your name on them.
  • I sit through cartoons for Popcorn/Shake night.
  • I spend a lot of time wrapping all those birthday gifts that will be open in 3 minutes.
  • I stay up at night, holding your sick body, wishing I could take any and all illness away.
  • I take family vacations instead of the extensive travel I would like to do.
  • I read books, I pray, I talk to friends, all to find out how to be a better mom (and wife).
I know there are many more but I must head to bed.

How do you show love for your family?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Thankful Thursday Thoughts...

It was a long week. I really hoped to share some other thoughts this week but I should have known it was too ambitious a dream.  We had parent/teacher conferences this week (which means staying about 10 hours after hours then coming home to do home stuff throughout the week).  It was a challenging week as a parent.  It was a tiring week as a teacher (kids get a bit rowdy for Valentine's Day parties...).  But somehow I made it through.

And even in the midst of all the stress (and there was lots), I found some things for my gratitude journal...

  • watching my daughter with her friends, all dressed for the semi-formal dance
  • pizza night- no cooking!
  • my camera
  • holding my husband's hand
  • sweet hugs from students as they leave for the day
  • my reading room
  • a drive through the Boston Mountains on a beautiful January day
  • watching my daughter play her game (volleyball) with passion
  • listening to the giggles of teenage girls in the backseat of my car
  • a gas station off the exit right after the gas light comes on
  • the breathtaking view of the University when we top the hill on I-49
  • an "I love you" from my youngest child before I leave
  • the smell of banana nut muffins drifting through the house
  • the big yellow moon in the sky
  • answered prayers during parent/teacher conferences
  • a husband who picks up the kids from school so I can do conferences
  • thinking about the beach
  • a Sonic drink surprise from a friend
  • sitting down after a very long day
  • comfortable shoes
  • new books from a book order
  • a quick evening snooze
  • a beautiful bright pink sunset at the end of a long week
  • Valentines from my sweet students
  • cooking dinner with my oldest child
  • finishing my last parent/teacher conference for the week
  • watching my students write
  • an understanding e-mail from a friend
So I have a few things to be thankful for.  What about you?


Friday, February 6, 2015


It was another busy week. (And next week will be even busier with parent-teacher conferences)  There were a lot of sad things this week (friends facing loss) that I could easily allow to consume me.  But even in the hard times, I must remember He is faithful.  There is much to be grateful for.

Things like...
  • a husband who fills my car up with gas
  • a chilled Ghirardelli dark chocolate square with sea salt caramel filling
  • a friend who checks in on me
  • a glass full of cold water
  • laughter among friends
  • getting seated at a restaurant much earlier than expected
  • an evening out with my family
  • a salted caramel cupcake
  • a handwritten thank you for a dear friend
  • Souper Bowl lunch with my colleagues
  • lesson plans turned in early
  • a cross country/track coach who encourages yet challenges my child
  • a fluffy dachshund blanket on a cold night
  • the weekend
  • a car that lets me in on the busy interstate
  • dress shopping with my daughter (and agreeing on a dress!)
  • baked potato soup in a bread bowl on a cold night
  • coming home to find my husband and youngest child watching Star Wars together
  • dress shoes on sale
  • a day of rest
  • Razorback red
  • watching the snow fall from the sky
  • Super Bowl Sunday with my family
  • watching my youngest speak loud and clear during his school performance
  • a happy half-birthday wish from my sister
  • friends who open up their hearts and homes to foster
  • safe travels
  • hitting 10,000 steps for the day
  • an organized pantry
  • former students who remember me
  • sharing parenting struggles with my sister
  • the brightness of a full moon
  • reading a testimony that glorifies God, even in the sadness
  • a sweet e-mail from the mother of a student
  • thirty minute faculty meetings
  • a good medical report for a good friend
  • group text messages (with my "team")
  • listening to my youngest read to me
  • snow covered bushes
  • cooking with my daughter
  • a warm house on a cold day
  • the prayers of our children

What are you grateful for this week?