Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Having a Hot Cup of Cool Tea as I Ponder

   I know, your probably wondering what is Cool Tea? Well I'm having a cup of my favorite tea that I brought back with me from my China trip. The name of the tea is Cool Tea and I bought a ton of it. I was a lil afraid that I was going to be stopped because they thought I was trying to smuggle drugs, I means I was pulled over in AZ because they thought I was a drug runner (a very funny story!), but if you check out the pic below you can imagine that I was just a lil leery to be coming back into the states with 10 bags of this tea in my bags. 

So I have been doing some pondering on a few verses that I memorized a few years ago.
Eph. 4:29 & 30. "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up that it may benefit those that listen."
Also another one Ps. 19:14. "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer."
   Are my conversations helping to build others up? My Dad preached Sunday night about being Thankful for all things in all seasons, not just the good times, but also in those times when we truly don't want to be thankful. One way that we show this is to voice it and I don't always do that. When I "vent" to my friends I am not helping to build up. Also, I don't want corrupt communication to come out of my mouth. I know, I never use profanity, but there are other forms of "corrupt" communication. I've always been a pretty blunt open person and I sometimes let my "communication skill" get away from me (when I was young my Mom just refereed to it as being mouthy). As I've gotten older God has showed me that I have to watch what I say, how I say it, and to whom. So I guess having matured some I ask myself, am I meditating on acceptable things so that my communication can be edifying to those that hear it and be acceptable in the sight of God? I know that God has to get tired of me still wrestling with some of the same things. I think thats what I love so much about the Psalms, David over and over lays out the things he dealt with. In his writing you see that he understands the power of our thoughts and conversation, and he does not sugarcoat the fact that he battles controlling the.
   Just some things that I am pondering...  I am so thankful that no matter how many times I fail God never gives up on me. So I hope that you will also be thankful in all things and speak words that build up those around you.  -Till Tomorrow

Monday, November 29, 2010

I should be grading, but.....

    So reality came crashing in this morning at 4:30 am, when my alarm clock went off and signaled the end of my Thanksgiving Break...auhhhhh I needed and wanted another week! I was not the only one who felt this way, as I heard a few of my co-workers mumbling something that sounded like, "auhh...I didn't want to come back just yet" But I survived, thanks to me getting to work early, a POT of coffee and having 1st period as my planning period. I have already started to count down to the next break and let me happily announce that we only have 12 full school days to go people!!! (thats combining our half days together). Having made that announcement also makes me realize that I am quickly running out of Christmas shopping days. I have a few gifts, but I have a pretty big family and so I still have quite a few gifts left to get. Oh, and if any of my family happens to be reading this here are a few things that I've had my eye on and haven't bought myself since Christmas is in my near horizon.
  1. Victoria Secrets "Secret Charm" bath products.
  2. Fleurty Girl Zink t-shirt
  3. River Road coffee!
  4. Shoes. Any kind, any color, size 8 1/2.
  5. Clothes!
  6. Big, Fun, Funky Jewelery
 So I brought home some work to grade but I decided that I was going to finish my scarf that I started over the Thanksgiving break. It came out really cute and I LOVE the color! Seems lately I've been drawn to the mustard shade. I have another scarf already planned, but this new one I'm about to start may be a Christmas gift...we will see. Here's pics of my new scarf and the last one is the beginnings of what will be a fluffy, soft, loose weave scarf (thus the reason for the fat needles).
Well, -Till Tomorrow

My next project!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Giving Thanks


   Thanksgiving has come and gone. There were tons of family members in attendance, way too much food consumed, and lots to be Thankful for! I am such a blessed person and so thankful to God for all that he has given to me. As I celebrate this time of thanksgiving  I reflect on the year and all of the many little blessings that I am thankful for. So I decided to put them in the format of a list, you know how much I love list!!
My Thankful List
1. My salvation and God's Saving Grace.
2. My wonderful, big, crazy, loud, and loving family. No matter what happens in life I know that I can always count on my family to be there for me (even sometimes when I rather they weren't haha!!)
3. My great, fun, supportive, always there to let me vent, friends. I don't think I would have made it this year without you guys there to help cope with all the madness. 
4. I'm so very thankful for all the men and women who have protected my country and the many freedoms that I am blessed with because of the great country I live in. No, we are by no means perfect and yes, there are a lot of things that need to change, but we are blessed more than many.
5. Well I am so very thankful for my coffee! Without it I don't know how my day would be.
6. I'm very, very thankful for my MAC.
7. For my trip to the Grand Canyon this summer and the awesome experience of watching the sunrise over one of God's awesome creations.
8. For a great job when many are without work.
9. For my health and overall wellness.
10. A year without having to evacuate because of a hurricane!!!!

I hope that you have found much to be thankful for this year as well. 
-Till Tomorrow

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like...

...Christmas!!!!  I got my tree up today and I have to say that it is too cute! I added a few new ornaments this year, as always. Here are a few pics. Hope you enjoy!  -Till Tomorrow
As you can see I like Bright and Fun!!

I just love my lil elves!

My Elf on the shelf seems to like to hide out in my tree
My lil Gumdropville

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Things

   One of my favorite parts about Christmas is getting all of my decorations down and putting up my tree. If you know me at all you know that most of the time I'm a kid cleverly disguised as a responsible adult. That said, my tree definitely reflects my inner child. I love unwrapping all of my ornaments and remembering the memories that go with them, or the places that I visited and brought them back from. My Mom has always gotten us, or made us, a Christmas ornament. I have also started to get an ornament from the places that I travel to. Opening up the ornaments always makes me a lil sad because it reminds me that I'm the only one from my family that took my ornaments out when we evacuated for Katrina. So I thought that I would share with you a few of my favorite things. So it seems that I have not only new, old, and themed ornaments, but I also have an impressive collection of Red Mushroom ornaments (not something you see on every tree). So sit back and enjoy a small glimpse of what makes my tree so FUN!

 Since I have to get a new tree, mine bit the dust this year and by that I mean one of the wires got cut and no lights on the upper part...so anyway, since I couldn't put them up yet I put them in this really cute suitcase that I got from Goodwill for $2.

 Last year I got the red one and then found the pink one this year...guess its going to be a fun shoe collection to add to. Oh, and the inside reads:
"All I want is peace on earth and really cute shoes."

 Found these cute lil guys last year when I got the rest of my Gumdrop stuff (check back and I'm sure that I will post pics of the Gumdrop display...soooo Cute!!!)

 So we will go backwards from 2009, the watering can. Yep, once I started teaching I started getting teacher and education themed ornaments. Love the one with the lil worm in the apple.

 Here's 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998. My Mom made all of these.

 And wow...'95, '94, '93, '92, '91. Seems that I got two for each year except '94.
 And back even further...1987 was the year Mom was doing a lot of wood painting.

 These are my favorites...the best year of all. It was the wonderful year that I graced this earth with my presence and started to make everything around me better just by being there...haha, well at least thats what I like to tell myself.

 And true to my inner child, my collection of Dr. Seuss ornaments...this years will be added tomorrow after my visit to the Hallmark store.
Oh, and I thought you would enjoy some of my favorite quotes from the great Dr.
Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #1
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.
Dr. Seuss
Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #2
Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.
Dr. Seuss
Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #3
From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.
Dr. Seuss
Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #4
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
Dr. Seuss
Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #5
Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.
Dr. Seuss
Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #6
If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.
Dr. Seuss
Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #7
I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent.
Dr. Seuss
Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #8
So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.
Dr. Seuss
Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #9
And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.
Dr. Seuss
Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #10
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
Dr. Seuss

 Now prepare yourself, the next collection of ornaments are so cute and fun...and no, I'm not a drug head, but I do think it has something to do with my childhood love of the Smurfs and that my name means "lover of the forest" and they grow in the forest hmm... something to think about.

  Aren't they just the cutest things!?! I love colorful mushrooms and was beyond giddy when I found them for my tree!!! And look at that lil cute baby one.

These may look like the least fabulous but they are my favorites because they were my Grandmothers. The paint is peeling away and there are scratches here and there but when I pull them out they bring back all the memories of Christmas at my Grandparents, and that means more to me then any new shiny ornaments.

Here are the ornaments that I have brought back from my travels. The Eskimo from Alaska, Pandas from China, the snowman from Venice, Italy and made from Murano glass. Cross from Mexico, and the round ones from The Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, Mount Rainier, Jamaica, Cozumel, Austria, and Switzerland.  

It's always nice when you have a job that so easily allows for others to find you cute lil Christmas gifts, such as a Teacher's Ornament. 

I got both of these last year...seems word of my coffee addiction is out.

and well he is just so cute I had to share him with you all...doesn't he have just the sweetest face ever!!
Well I hope you enjoyed a small peek at a few of my favorite things. Come back and you can see it on my new tree. I will post pictures of the new tree in all its glory tomorrow.
-Till Tomorrow

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Not Even Close

   So it seems that some people have gotten the impression that I am depressed and not happy with my life, this is so wrong. Now I have stated that I know that I am a mountain top or valley person and that the last few weeks have been valley dwelling for me. But one thing I have learned about myself is that to 1. Recognize when I'm in a valley. 2. Never make major life decisions when I'm in the valley. 3. Encourage myself in the Lord. and 4. Take it one day at a time because the mountain top is on its way.
I know that I'm so blessed to have the life that God has given me and I by no means what anyone to think otherwise. I'm a talker and I tend to say what I feel even if what I feel is just for a fleeting moment, I like to voice it and then I move on. In most cases what you may sometimes read, the feelings that I express, I have already moved on from. There are some things that do always stand true in my life and that is that I love my God, love my family, have the best friends and in most cases have a great job!
   ok, so now on to a much lighter and funnier topic, I like to think of myself as someone who can be pretty funny you may disagree haha. So I will take this time to let all my single ladies know, Don't waste your money on eHarmony. I tried it (we will say that it was for the sake of a life experience and something to blog about...I need some excuse to make it seem worthwhile haha!) and besides a few, 1 or 2, decent guys there is not much happening and the harmony is lacking. Now Match.com has more of a Facebook kind-of feel to it and lets you wink at people you may like to know better. It also lets you say a polite "No thanks" when you get winked at by people that you would rather not know more about beyond the fact that they are 57 and father of 3 haha!! Now I have blogged about this some and gotten quite a few comment and emails from friends either encouraging me or trying to give me some advice. One friend suggested that I try Christian Mingle, a Match.com kind-of site that allows Christian singles meet and mingle based on the criteria that you set. Haha...I know your probably thinking..."dang girl how many are you going to check out?" Haha I figure why not? I have to say that I highly doubt that I will meet Mr. Right on here but I have met a few nice guys.
   So if I was recommending one of these sites to a friend I would say that if your beliefs are important then check out Christian Mingle and also next up there would be Match.com. But no matter the site or wherever you meet someone I'm still happy with my life so far and haven't yet met someone that makes me want to change what I've got going so far. Maybe one day God will bring someone into my life that makes me want to change things but...nope not yet. I'm enjoying life and doing the things that I would not be able to do if I was married. Planning a trip to Egypt and Greece in the summer and I can't wait!!! I'm loving this season in my life and know that it will soon change into something else and then when it does I will look back on this time and the lessons learned as a wonderful gift. I really like this quote by the beautiful and classic Audrey Hepburn:
Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future. -Audrey Hepburn
Enjoy today to the hilt and don't fret about tomorrow, thats my plan...well at least for today haha!!
-Till Tomorrow

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What I Wore Wednesday

 Hey! People its WEDNESDAY!!!!! I'm super excited Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I couldn't be Happier!!! Today was a great day! Even if it was a half day for the kids and the rest of the day in meetings. I got to help some of the Social Studies people with our new lesson plan program. Wow and let me tell you that teaching teachers is not the easiest! So I have been really loving this weather and really hopes that it sticks around for a bit longer.
   So I have tried to get back to taking a daily pic of my outfits but didn't do so well this week. I had a doctors appointment last week, my niece's 1st birthday, and my brother, sister in-law and the kids were all down for a visit. Tomorrow is my last day, I'm taking Friday off (yep, I'm using a personal day) and then Thanksgiving Break here we come!!!! I'm so happy that some of the family is coming in from TX. for the big Turkey Day. This was my Aunt Paula's favorite holiday and I really miss not having her here to tell stories with and to laugh so hard with that all of us get a great abdominal workout. I have been so blessed with such a wonderful family!! Ok, enough of my rambling...here is what I wore:

Wednesday (today)
White long sleeve: Old Navy
Off White sweater: Gap
Black pants: Limited
Black shoes: TJ Maxx
Turquoise Scarf: ebay  

Thursday (doc appt)
White tank: Old Navy
Green and White sweater: Gap
Jeans: AE
Blue Bow Bonefish Flats: Dillard's $12 bucks!
Red Coral necklace with silver coin: Guatemala

Love these shoes!!! and just love the color!
*Please excuse the toes, I need a pedi so bad!!!

Tue: (last Tue)
Wow same cream sweater I wore today haha!!
Black pants: Gap
Zebra-stripe flats: Gap Outlet
Green and Turquoise scarf: ebay

Linking up with Lindsey over at the
 -Till Tomorrow

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Heavens Declare

"Baby photos from the ultimate edge — a black hole"

"Astronomers may have lucked into the ultimate in cosmic baby pictures: a voracious black hole fresh from its violent birth.
After watching a nearby star that exploded into a supernova in 1979, astronomers now believe the star's death wasn't an ordinary one. The star's explosion was big enough to cause a black hole to develop in its wake. They think it's a black hole because they see something steadily consuming the gassy remnants of the exploded star, which is a telltale sign of a black hole. It sucks up everything in sight."

I saw this when I opened my Yahoo account and it brought to mind Ps. 19:1
1. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  Ps. 19:1-2

Its one of my favorite verses and when I see a truly beautiful sight like these photos, the Grand Canyon at Sunrise and Sunset, and the cloud on the Swiss Alps it really brings this verse home for me and makes me wonder how anyone can question if there is a God. 

How amazing!!!! The Wonder and beauty of the Grand Master of the first original arts.
-Till Tomorrow

Saturday, November 13, 2010

So Many With So Little

   So as I have shared before I have laid down my pride and joined the online dating world. My friends all tell me that I am very picky and that due to where I live I'm never going to meet anyone. Plus I really got tired of people telling me that I just wasn't putting myself out there. So I joined and its been very insightful. First off let me state that I have found that there are a lot of people out there looking to meet their match.  I have also found that there are a lot of men that do not know how to pick a good photo. Come on guys, if your still in the stage that your taking pics of yourself without your shirt on in the bathroom mirror then I'm definitely going to pass on you. Also, if your in your 30s and your profile pic is of you chugging down a beer, well I'm just going to keep moving on. Oh, and my favorite is the 35 year olds that have their potential match age range 18-40, that just screams, RUN!  And I just love the guys that have the pic of them shirtless, their headline reads "I'm kind-of a Big Deal," they have been divorced and have 2 kids, oh and they say that they want someone who wears a thong (thats from a real profile!!!!). One thing that really surprised me was the amount of people that call themselves a Christian and drink. Now its my personal belief and conviction that I don't drink and I could never be with someone that did. And there are a lot of "Christians" that don't (in their words) feel that I have to attend a church.
   Is it really that hard to find a good Christian man that has a job, degree, doesn't drink (not even socially), reads his Bible, doesn't have a bunch of X's and kids, and the biggest part for me, someone I'm attracted to them! I like to think that God has someone out there for me...but I'm really starting to wonder??     -Till Tomorrow

Friday, November 12, 2010

So many feelings that I don't like

Why do I always feel so unsure and mixed on so many things?? I feel like that there are so many things that I'm not sure of or don't know my feelings on. I hate that I don't know! I hate that I'm not sure...I did a wordle to express how I feel. Its just one of those days I guess.  -Till Tomorrow

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Cracked Pot When You Need One

   So I was having one of those days when I felt like I just didn't get it right. I seem to put my foot in my mouth, not understand what I should do,  and I wonder just what God has in store for my life.  So it never fails that God always knows what I need to hear and when I need it. I logged on to blogger and one of the blogs I follow was just what I needed to read. I follow Denise over at Victory Road. So I borrowed her post. Its a great story and it was just what I needed. What a lovely story and such a great reminder of God's awesome grace and infinite will. It helped to be reminded that even when we don't understand what is happening that He does. I hope that you enjoy.  -Till Tomorrow

The Story of the Cracked Pot

A water bearer in India had two large pots hanging at the ends of a pole that he carried across his neck. One of the pots was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house.  The other pot had a crack in it, and by the time it reached its destination, it was only half full. Every day for two years the water bearer delivered only one and one-half pots of water to the master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments—perfect to the end for which it was made. The poor little cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfections and miserable that it could accomplish only half of what it had been designed to do.  After two years of what the imperfect pot perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer and said, "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."

"Why?" asked the bearer, "What are you ashamed of?"

"Well, for these past two years, I have been able to deliver only half a load of water each day because this crack in my side allows water to leak out all the way back to the master's house.  Because of my flaws, you have to do all this work without getting the full value of your efforts," the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path." Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot noticed the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path.  But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because half of its load had leaked out once again.

Then the bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path and not on the other pot's side? That's because I've always known about your flaw and took advantage of it by planting flower seeds on your side of the path.  Every day as we walked back from the stream, you watered those seeds, and for two years I have picked these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table.  Without you being just what you are, he would not have had this beauty to grace his house."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Yay its a Mental Health Day!!

   So I'm taking a Mental Health Day tomorrow, oh and going to an appointment. But more then anything I glad for a day to sleep in. I'm so ready for Thanksgiving Break!!! I have 8 school days left, since I'm also taking next Friday off as well. I do love my 10 personal days that we get with each new school year. 
Well today was just a typical Monday, not too much to write about. Right now in my Geography class we are learning about Africa. My kids are so funny, the littlest thing amaze them, like the fact that there is snow in Africa (do you know where??) and that there are white people in Africa as well. haha Next week is my favorite lesson by far, we will move onto India and I do this Fun lesson on the Caste system...Oh so much fun!! I have the kids running around with signs that read "Im a Popper scooper" and some of the other levels in the caste system. It so much fun and they always really enjoy and learn from this lesson. I told my principal that would make a great day to come in for an observation. Well I'm off to bed.
I will leave you with a few laughs that hit close to home for me this year    -Till Tomorrow