Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Disneyland Pictures

Ok, Here are the pictures from Disneyland. Julie finally sent them to me...actually I took them off her facebook...haha

Here are Julie and I at the huge ferris wheel


We are sooooooo excited!!



The great mouse

Disneyland is so special!


And wow! Am I excited!!!!!!!!!

Aww!! The pretty sisters....



We love Snow White!!!


We can barely contain ourselves!!



These are the hottest glasses EVER!!!

They're so hot I'm crying about it!!

They are so hot it sucks the life and intelligence out of the wearers...

But she's cute no matter what!


And we save the best for last...wow we love each other!!!

What I've been doing....

Well I survived Catalina. Oh wow!! It was actually a lot of fun and very educational even for the teacher. The only bad thing...and I actually do mean the only one...was that I totally froze on the first night. It was stinkin' cold!!! I couldn't feel my feet. But then the next night, I wore 3 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of pants, a t-shirt, 2 long sleeved shirts and a sweatshirt with a hood that I had tied around my head. Then I pulled my hair over my face (it was truly beautiful) and I was pretty warm that night. But the camp was great. The kids got to snorkel and kayak, disect a squid and write with the ink, go hiking and all kinds of stuff. I did it all with them except the snorkeling and kayaking.

Then on Saturday, we did the Walk/Run for Life for the place that Mike's organs got donated to. It was great! Grace and I walked the 5K in about 1 hr. Pretty good for people who don't exercise. Then after that, I went to CSULB for a fair thing they put on every year that is really fun. And then I watched that movie Expelled. It was great! I highly recommend it. And I got to go to sleep at 9pm that night (after I locked myself out of the house and had to wait at my neighbors house for like an hour til my fam got home...lame!!) But it was good.

Sunday we did music at GAP. It was go good! God blessed that night. And a friend from CO was there...it was an interesting night.

So busy, it tell ya! Now I must go to school. We are going on a field trip to the Griffith Observatory tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes.....

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Haha



Life has been pretty crazy around here. But we've had fun! I got to go to Disneyland last week with Julie again. I'll post pics next time. I just love that place. Some people make fun but I don't care. I'm a little princess at heart. Gotta love Cinderella...actually I really do...haha

Then my best friend is in Japan. Yesterday I realized something about the whole thing that is incredibly strange... I was talking to her at about 8pm and I asked her what time it was there. She said it was about 11 am THE NEXT DAY!!! She was in tomorrow!! That was so cool! She assured me that the next day was going to be great...she was already there and having a great day. haha

And then a new baby was born today. My friends Aaron and Heather had a baby boy today, Benjamin Asher Smith. I'm so happy for them! :)

And today is my little brother's 24th birthday. He is such a good and sweet guy who cares for people like no one else I know. He is so generous and loving with the older people in our lives. He enjoys playing with the kids at church---he gets 'em all wound up and then sends them home with their parents. haha Happy Birthday to Peter!!!!!

And this week at school we've been taking SAT tests. I love it cuz it's not much work for me...although the kids are full of it by the end of the day. Their poor brains are fried. But they are trying hard and doing well...i hope...haha

And then next week I go to Catalina with the school...for 3 whole days. Grace says I need to keep a good attitude about it. I'm really trying to get myself in the right frame of mind to have a good time...but it's not quite working. I'm still dreading it...haha

That's it for now. The random happenings in my day. And a few haha s to get you through too...haha :)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Prayer


As I struggle with laying my burdens down, I am reminded that prayer is so crucial. Prayer all day long is necessary to keep the temptations and sin away. Today I went to Disneyland. I had a good time with my little sis Julie, but even in the midst of the fun and "magic" the temptations to want other things beside what God has given me continued to creep in. As they did, I did my best to bring them to Jesus and lay them at His feet. And now as I get ready for bed, my heart is not as heavy. Praise to Jesus for His faithfulness in my weakness.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Heart Check


Lately, my heart hasn't felt right. It's been pounding really hard all the time for no reason at all. It's happened before when I was drinking a lot of Coke, so I stopped drinking a lot of caffeine...just a cup of coffee in the morning that I don't really even finish. No more Diet Coke dependence. But even still, my heart continued to pound. I was feeling really tired and drained. Finally I decided to go to the doctor. I just couldn't handle it anymore. But before I went, I talked to my dad about it. When he said it was stress, I told him that couldn't be it. I wasn't stressed out after all. But was I?

I started thinking about it and wow, believe it or not, Dad knows his stuff. I am totally stressed out. I will start the day out ok, but by the time lunch rolls around, I'm ready to call it quits. The kids at school are really getting to me. Well, one or two kids in particular. They will really push me to the limit with their behavior. And it is usually in my last two hours of the school day. Then the stress of it all carries on into the afternoon and evening because I can't leave anything behind at work. I seem to have to carry it all with me.

So I need to learn to cope with my stress. How do you do that? Well, Jesus told us to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us. He does not mean for us to carry our burdens at all. He wants to carry them for us. No, I didn't say he wants to help us with them. He wants to completely take them from us. All the way away. So why do I insist on holding on to them? Are they helping me out at all? Is it so important that I dig my fingers in? Could it possibly be true that I can't handle it by myself???? I need to cast them at His feet. Allow Jesus to take the burden.

Then comes the practical question. How on earth do you lay your burdens at Jesus' feet? Pray. Pray all the time. I wasn't praying enough. My pastor's wife encouraged me to pray in between classes. As I'm walking down the hall to pick them up, pray for the next class I have. As I climb the stairs beside them, pray that God would take care of the behavior problems before they even step foot in my class. When things go awry, don't freak out!!!! It's in God's plan for the day...not the end of the world.

Now the school day is not the only source of stress in my life. There are many decisions to make, heartbreaks to heal, ect... But God is there in it all. He is waiting to carry my burden for me. Now, will I give it to Him?

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Homesick


Homesick by MercyMe

You're in a better place, I've heard a thousand times
And at least a thousand times I've rejoiced for you
But the reason why I'm broken, the reason why I cry
Is how long must I wait to be with you

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

Help me Lord cause I don't understand your ways
The reason why I wonder if I'll ever know
But, even if you showed me, the hurt would be the same
Cause I'm still here so far away from home

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

In Christ, there are no goodbye
And in Christ, there is no end
So I'll hold onto Jesus with all that I have
To see you again
To see you again

And I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won't you give me strength to make it through somehow

I've never been more homesick than now

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Wow

This week was the science fair at school. Since I am the science teacher, I was very busy with it all. I'm very glad it's over. We also had an Open House at school tonight, so I got to speak to lots of parents...some very concerned parents. I hate telling parents that their kids are failing math. Or science. It's painful! But hey...it's part of the job, right? Nothing I can do if the kids don't even try.

The current drama at school is a 6th grade girl who likes this 6th grade boy and is destroying his stuff as a way to get his attention. Little confused by the tactics, but whatever. We're gonna have a chat on Monday...

And today...or rather yesterday since it's 12:49 am...is the year anniversary of Mike and Amy's accident. And Sunday it will be a year since he went to see Jesus. It's gone by fast. It's been hard. But thank God for the good memories. Pray that the Lord gives Amy the strength she needs to get through. He is good. He is faithful!