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major catch up

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things that have happened since I last really blogged: visit from beth & jacob & isabella & kirchbaby pt 2. betsy & stuart’s wedding + visit from christine! makin’ homemade christmas presents. christmas vacation. time with family. breaking my four year no puke or fever streak (in related news, david & I watched a whole season of lost while i recovered). trip to kosciusko. jared & annaclaire got married. we acquired a grill (thanks mom & dad) & used it. pizza night with roomies. such a good lunch with my mom. learning to be a better teacher. cooking new things. reading reading reading. settler’s of catan. visits from LA delta TFA friends. lots & lots more. but that will do. for now.


acción de gracias


I taught my kiddos how to say “thanksgiving” in spanish last week. acción de gracias. loosely, directly translated it means “action of thanks.” I like that. & here just ten of the dozens of things I’m super thankful for.

one :: a good place to work & lots of challenging tasks. even when I’m stressed out & overextended, I’m so, so thankful to work at a job that’s never ever boring. my students brighten every single one of my days. & I’m thankful for the support & wisdom that comes from colleagues & TFA.

two :: a big, loud, beautiful family, made up of wonderful siblings & wise parents.

three :: fellowship. close college friends who all happen to have stayed in town. new teacher friends who understand my life. a good, good roommate.

four :: a boyfriend who plays music & makes ramen & drinks black coffee & consistently lives in a gentle & understanding way with me.

five :: jenna’s & my cozy house w/ a working heater & random furniture, full of pictures & recipes & parties & joy.

six :: a body that can run & jump & swim (even if it’s pretty bad at ballet).

seven :: words & books & writing. animals don’t read & write. we do. words have power & meaning & beauty. I’m thankful for the privilege of wielding & weathering them.

eight :: this great big beautiful world in which we live, full of sunsets & secret trails.

nine :: church… familiar faces, folding chairs, the lord’s prayer, & an invitation to take, to eat, drink & remember.

ten :: & of course, always, more than anything, I’m thankful for grace. I’m thankful for grace at work, grace in my family, grace between my friends, grace from david, & ultimately… grace from the holy yahweh god who is constantly proclaims over me “YOU ARE LOVED“… even when I least deserve it.









shawreth informal was a real good night. so proud of David & Wilson & all the “new kids”… they’ve done a lot of life together these past few weeks & it was a joy to celebrate that together.

p.s. if you like pictures or photo booths or christmas candy cane ice cream,
you should check out Chase Richardson Photography.
not just anyone can photograph 120 college kids one weekend & a wedding the next.

tangles & time management


“ms. broom, how come your hair looks like that?”
“like what?”
“you know… like you didn’t brush it!”

it was a three day school week & I was thankful. it’s been full, full with work still… a bake sale for Make a Difference Day, grading 150 tests, professional development, painting a voting booth for election day… you know, elementary school teacher stuff.

but it was also full with non work things. watching the sandlot for the first time. seeing a sweet friend get married. homecoming festivities with the entire family! pizza + $5 movie sunday funday with hannah & wilson. & then thursday night was a birthday party for emily & brandon & derek. so many beautiful friends from college life… they stayed late, eating & tossing our globe around & talking about life outside of the bubble.

life is so very full. & I just wrote out this week’s schedule on our white board & it’s already crammed. sometimes I wish I could take a week long sabbatical. or quit something every thursday like bob goff does. but I’m trying to dig in deep & enjoy this season. thankful that, for the most part, the things that keep me busy are joyful & meaningful. here’s to finding that elusive balance between rest & productivity… because God is glorified through both.

birthday at brent’s


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all of the college roommates met at brent’s last saturday to celebrate leslie’s birthday with breakfast & catching up. brent’s biscuits are good but time with these friends was even better. so thankful for the life that we’ve shared so far & the adventures that are to come. happy birthday, les! hope this year is full of life & joy & beautiful surprises. we love you big.

p.s. thanks to emily for the pictures. as usual.

busy like a bee


it’s been a crazy week, mostly full of JPS new teacher training & so much unpacking. some highlights include: finally procuring a recycling bin, painting with carter&dylan, making a batch of chocolate covered strawberries, birthday party on our front porch, good catch up time with Kristy, this risotto, & settlers of catan with friends. so many things I could / should / need to do all swimming around in my head… trying to take some deep breaths & remember that rest & renewal are important… even if they’re not on my to-do list.

p.s. tonight I am babysitting at a  house with TV so I am watching Olympics for the first time since the opening ceremony. my goodness. I think I’m glad I don’t have a TV. otherwise I would just watch the Olympics & cry. moving stuff.

happy 4th

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fireworks. friends. my first ice cream sandwich ever. lots of music. A DAY OFF FROM SCHOOL.

delta state threw a big ol party last night. the fireworks & music were oh so lovely… I like celebrations tons & tons. but I couldn’t help but think that, as wonderful as this party for a country is… one day there is going to be a party for a kingdom that will be like nothing I’ve ever seen. (fireworks are just a rip off of the whole star concept, anyway.) but I’m nonetheless grateful for food & friends & music & freedom & r e s t. happy fourth from teacher camp, ya’ll!