Sunday, September 29, 2013

My fall to do list

  • bake pumpkin cookies (raisin for me, chocolate chip for Andrew)
  • make crockpot applesauce
  • make chili
  • make corn chowder
  • make a bunch of other recipes from my fall Pinterest board
  • pass out candy to trick or treaters
  • make a fire in our fire pit and make smores
  • and possibly carve pumpkins
    Image found here

Monday, August 12, 2013

Weekly Mantra 8/12

I think I'm going to try to come up with a mantra for each week, which should help keep me focused and motivated.  Since this week is the first week of school my mantra for this week is:


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Wrapping up summer

This has been a good summer.  I feel like I've accomplished a lot while also taking the time to relax and rest so that I'm ready (though I never feel ready) for a new school year.  This summer I:
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  • taught four weeks of summer school
  • lesson planned for the upcoming school year
  • bought a birdfeeder for our backyard
  • read a bunch of books
  • finished the library reading program
  • took a sign language class with Andrew
  • knit two and a half prayer shawls
  • took a week long vacation to Michigan with Andrew
  • ate out at a few restaurants
  • went to the Exotic Animal Rescue Center
  • volunteered at the church rummage sale
  • bought a hammock and a baker's rack from the rummage sale
  • went to the Indianapolis Zoo
  • went to the Indiana State Fair
It's been a good summer.  This week I'm starting back to school so my goal is simply to get through the week with a positive attitude.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars

I just finished reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Oh my gosh.  This is seriously the best book I've read in a long, long, long time.  It's so good that I'm not even sure what to say about it except that you should go read it.  Right now.  Seriously.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Love enables us to walk bravely, to run confidently, and to live triumphantly. -Amish proverb

Monday, June 3, 2013

Something to remember

"The Mighty One, God, the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to where it set." -Psalm 50:1

Thursday, May 30, 2013

My First Memory (of Librarians)

My First Memory (of Librarians)
By Nikki Giovanni
This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky
       wood floor
A line of green shades—bankers’ lights—down the center
Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply
       too short
              For me to sit in and read
So my first book was always big
In the foyer up four steps a semi-circle desk presided
To the left side the card catalogue
On the right newspapers draped over what looked like
       a quilt rack
Magazines face out from the wall
The welcoming smile of my librarian
The anticipation in my heart
All those books—another world—just waiting
At my fingertips.