One day, when I was moderating lunch as a seventh grade teacher, I received instructions from the principal to "keep the kids down there longer". So, like a good listener, I did so. I wondered why the students were being gifted a longer than usual lunch break, but didn't give it to much thought. Later that afternoon, I found out why we were instructed to keep the students in the lunchroom for an … [Read more...] about Mocha, Mercy, and Mondays – Clothe the Naked
From My Heart to Yours: Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to seriously consider this option. It's not easy, but it demonstrates how much you care about the life of your child. Thank goodness pregnancy is typically nine months and not nine weeks. Taking the time to consider an adoption plan is admirable - even though not everyone will agree. Please talk to your family about adoption. … [Read more...] about From My Heart: The 10 things I want all women considering adoption to hear . . .
Pope Francis, in my opinion, is a rock star. I love that he chose the name Francis. I love that he constantly asks us to pray for him. I love that he exudes hope and inspires us to love more, judge less. Since Pope Francis has declared this a year of Mercy, I want to reflect on that word and topic, and grow spiritually from it. When I first heard of this "Year of Mercy", it translated in my … [Read more...] about Mocha, Mercy and Mondays
Do you make New Year's Resolutions? What's your take on "giving something up for Lent"? Personally, I don't even bother making New Year's Resolutions. As for Lent, I think I gave up Facebook a couple of times, but have been "lazy" with truly reflecting on and persevering with either. I can honestly tell you that I have never, ever said,"I will eat less chocolate". This year will be no … [Read more...] about When New Year’s Resolutions are Out of Your League . . .
Our family truly had a Blessed Christmas! As I write this, I am listening to our son play with his Hess truck - which by the way could be the loudest toy ever created . . . like ever. Seriously. Anyway, I digress . . . Having a three year old not only makes the house louder and life more busy, it intensifies the magic that is Christmas. That childlike faith that Jesus reminded his disciples … [Read more...] about Ten Simple Reminders Were the Best Gifts This Christmas
Wake up. Get in school as soon as the doors are unlocked. Finish preparing for the day as long as I can and inevitably be cut short by a conversation with a teacher or student that needed to happen, but just wasn't in the plan. Teach all day and occasionally grade a quiz, pick up photo copies, discuss an event with an administrator, call a parent, tutor a hardworking student, and "counsel" the … [Read more...] about Last Minute Teacher Gifts that get an A+