I finally made it to Fall Break! My To Do List is a mile long, but I am slowly checking things off of it. I am hoping to get back into this blog thing. I know you are probably saying you said that before, but it is truly something I love. It is just hard to find time to do it. I am hoping this week I can sit down and plan some things out. Please check back!
I wanted to start by joining in Denise's My Truth Monday series on Sunny Days in Second Grade. I think this is a great way to get to know each other. The first one is on Fitness. Here is my truth about fitness.
I know I am a day late, but it has been one of those weeks. Have you ever had one of those weeks? Where you could not get anything done? Where nothing seems to go right? Where it seems that everyone is against you? That is how I have felt lately. I know it is not true, but I just feel like I have more trouble than good. I have double-booked all week, I have had a sick 12 week old, and I have not caught up on sleep from a weekend trip to the other side of the state with the high school cheer team that I coach. In the midst of all my troubles, I have had to remember this verse:
God is my strength. If I put him first, then my troubles will be less. However, when I put everything else first then I will get like I was this week. It's definitely hard sometimes in our extremely busy society, but we have to realize what is the most important. First comes God. Then comes my husband. Then comes my daughter. Everything else comes after. When I am able to put these things in this order my days go by better, and I don't feel overwhelmed with troubles.
I think my trouble first started on Sunday when I missed church due to the cheer trip. Now I couldn't help missing church, because we were on the long road back home. However, I could have devoted some of my time studying His Word. The whole time after I felt behind and not knowing what to do next. Last night, I finally put everything on my forever long To Do list aside and made myself go to our Sunday School Class's first night of Bible Study. It was definitely what I needed. It's amazing what a difference it makes when you prioritize correctly.
I pray that you will find hope in your times of trouble. I pray that in the midst of our crazy world that you are able to put God first. I pray that you are able to not be burden with everything going on, but you are able to find peace in this life.
I hope you have a great Friday, tomorrow! I'll be back this weekend with a new entry. :)
If anyone asks me what my greatest fear is, I would definitely respond with the answer of failing. I believe my husband and my parents would definitely agree. I do not like to fail in anything. Anything I do, I try to do my very best. I get very frustrated when I am not successful at something. Well this school year proves no different, I want to be the best teacher I can be, I want to be a positive, Christian coworker, and I want to grow as an individual. However, I fear that I may not be successful in all avenues. I have had to remind myself that the Bible says in Isaiah 41:10 to
I have to remember that God is going to be with me every step of the way. He is the pilot of my life and depending on how much I give to him the more he will direct my paths. He is my strength! He is my helper! He is my GOD!
I'll be honest with you by starting this blog back I am afraid that I may fail again at keeping it up, but I am going to try my best to keep it up. I hope this year is great for everyone. Remember that when you fear (anything), God is there with you.
I pray that God gives you the strength to be a positive role model for not only your students but your coworkers and family. I pray that when times get tough that you remember that He is always there holding your hand every step of the way.
Do you ever have that class that the kids just can't keep their mouth shut for one second? I have that class this year. The kids are great kids, but they are so comfortable with each other that all they want to do is talk! I have been desperate to find something that will work to motivate them to be quiet. I found it this week on the internet!
Too Noisy - The App
This app is available on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad! This app consists of a noise level meter built for the classroom. This helps teachers keep control of the noise levels in their classrooms. Similar to a speedometer, the noise level meter increases as the sounds in the classroom increases. If it gets "too noisy", then the alarm goes off. With the pro version, teachers can control the noise levels for various parts of the day such as group work and/or silent time.
I started using this app today, and my kids loved it! They kept asking me to turn it on. I made a rule that if they didn't set it off that they could get a marble in the good side of our rewards scale, but if they set it off they had to put a marble in the bad side of our rewards scale. Well low and behold, I set it off twice by being too noisy myself...haha. The kids thought this was hilarious!
It's definitely been a productive day, but I still have a lot to do before my To Do Lists are complete (Does that ever really happen?). Adelaide and I have enjoyed a day together while Kevin has been clearing off our land where we are planning on building our house.
I ordered a new jogging stroller a few days ago. I ordered a BOB! I am so excited and can't wait for it to come in. I am really working hard to get back into shape, and I think this will help a lot.
Does anyone else feel like there is not enough time in the day? I have so much to do and so little time to do it in. However, I know it will be ok. I just prioritize what has to be done now and what can wait.
My three things that I would love to accomplish this month that will make my heart happy:
1) Exercise Daily - I definitely think this will make me feel better about myself. Plus, I always feel better after working out!
2) Have a Quiet Time Daily - When life gets busy, it is easy to omit our quiet times. However, this has to be a priority.
3) Stay Positive - It is so easy to become negative due to life's difficulties, but like our Sunday School lesson stated yesterday it is our job to be joyous in all situations. I have to remember this when things do not go my way and/or when others try to bring me down.
Well there it is...My first September Currently! Now back to finalizing plans for this week. I pray you have a great 4 day week! :)