Simple Joy Saturday #15

Simple Joy Saturday #15

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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December 9-15

1. The sunrise on Tuesday.

I walked outside at 7:15 And saw this:

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Simple Joy Saturday #6

Simple Joy Saturday #6

Every Saturday, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

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This week, I have quoted Philippians 4:4 countless times.

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Simple Joy Saturday #5

Simple Joy Saturday #5

Every Saturday, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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What a week of joy!  I don’t know if I can limit myself to three things.  This feeling was on repeat:

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I Drove A Car Today

I Drove A Car Today

I must admit that I am far from being the most optimistic person in the world, but today I spent my part of my commute in utter amazement.  It all started with a statement that someone made at Bible study last night.  (I wish that I could type in such a way to show their inflections and sarcasm)

When we get stuck in traffic, we grumble, “There’s too many cars out here.”  But, um, HELLO! What are YOU driving?! Is THAT helping the situation at all?!

Why not change your perspective a little?

I had to laugh because it is true!  If I find myself in afternoon traffic, I unconsciously assume that everyone else is in MY way, but (HELLO!) they probably want to get home and change into comfortable shorts just as much as I do.  And my beloved car, Corrie the Corolla, is just adding to the chaos.

Today, when Corrie the Corolla found herself surrounded by dozens of automobiles on Peter’s Creek Parkway, that statement from last night flashed through my mind.  Suddenly, I was amazed for several reasons:

  • There were literally hundreds of people, all on the same road, and all with different destinations.
  • We were in pieces of metal moving at 55 mph.
  • There were colored lights that told us when to go and when to stop.

We didn’t have to walk or run or skip or crawl to our destinations.  We had CARS.

What’s more, my fingertips are hitting plastic buttons right now, and words are exploding across the world wide web.

When I want to eat something, I can reach into another piece of metal and find food that is perfectly cold.  Or, if it is too cold, I can put it in a box that will heat it up.

To talk to my brother or parents, I tap a glass screen and, suddenly, I can hear their voices.

Maybe I am too simplistic, but I think that life is wonderful when we look at it with wonder.

 

Question for you:

What are you amazed by this week?

I Wish I Had Time

I Wish I Had Time

I wish I had time to tell you all of my student teaching stories.  I still have 23 class days to go, but I am already armed with an arsenal of student stories, enough stories to fill a separate blog.

I wish I had time to tell you about the first time that I taught math.  I later compared the experience to a fish teaching chickens how to climb a tree.  Thankfully, the second day was more like a squirrel teaching chickens how to climb a tree.

I wish I had time to tell you about when we tried to melt butter on metal spoons.  It was my first science lesson, and the science teacher said that the kids were “ready to start a mutiny.”  Then the butter melted, and they thought it was the coolest thing ever.

I wish I had time to tell you about how a girl threw up on her way into English/Language Arts, and five kids left “sick” within 1/2 hour.

I wish I had time to tell you about when I poured alka-seltzer into Diet Coke to start science class.

I wish I had time to tell you about playing grudge ball.

I wish I had time to tell you about the students that thought they were reading about a “cham-e-lon” instead of a chameleon.

I wish I had time to tell you about the girl that wrote a letter to Sunbutter.  Here is an excerpt:

Another reason that I am so fond of Sunbutter, is that it is processed in a facility that doesn’t handle any peanuts or tree nuts.  It states this fact on the label, meaning that it’s true.  If this wasn’t true, then it would be false advertising, which is illegal.

I wish I had time to tell you about the girl who does back tucks across the soccer field during recess.

I wish I had time to tell you about the Chromebooks that didn’t work when my school advisor was there to observe me.

Since I don’t have time to do all of these things (in fact, I have to read 60 more pages of Because of Winn-Dixie tonight), I hope this post will suffice.

Top Ten Tuesday: Facts of Life

Top Ten Tuesday: Facts of Life

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Top Ten Facts of Life

1. The Lord “protects our lives and does not let us be defeated.” Psalm 66:9

2. Reading in the bath tub with a cup of tea is a restful way to spend a cold, snowy night.

3. Bananas should never, ever be thrown away.  Freeze them, make cookies, bake muffins, cook pancakes, just don’t waste them!

4. Thrift store clothes are more classic and durable than cheaply-made mall clothes.

5. A day is incomplete without oatmeal.  Here, try a recipe!

6. Running clears the mind, and nothing feels better than the sweet soreness after a hard workout.

7. There is never an appropriate reason to wear socks or tights with sandals.

8. Eating peanut butter straight from the jar is a satisfying fix for a rough day.

9. No one in the world can calm me like my family. They will always listen to me when I need them, and they give me great advice.  They can make me laugh when I am frustrated.  I would be miserable without them.

10. If you don’t write it down, you will forget it.