Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Great Husband

It's been no secret that I have been struggling this week.  I have been grouchy, cranky, mean, frustrated, irritable, tearful, angry and any other adjective to describe a person in my state of being.


Luckily for me (not my husband), he has been kind enough to put up with my ever changing attitude. This week has been nothing but easy. My runs have been terrible! I feel unhappy about my job. I feel unsteady about my summer plans. I feel like nothing is good enough. My hair is supposed to be going to its natural color and it just isn't washing out.... Just have a rough week..


My husband knew I needed a pick me up...


The good guy he is... 




Left me a funny card, twizzlers and a nice flower/plant. It made my entire day. Sometimes you just need a pick-me up in the midst of a storm..

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cherry Blossoms

Cindy Woodsmall is the author of many novels including my recent review on The Christmas Singing. I have had the opportunity to review Cindy's new book, The Scent of Cherry Blossoms. The story takes place in Apple Ridge when Annie Martin, a Mennonite Woman who is sent to live with her grandfather because Annie and her mother are at odds with one another. Annie reunites with an Older Amish man, Aden Zook. Aden supports his brother and father due to injuries. Annie steps in to help and begins to find her feelings of love for Aden. 




Annie and Aden struggle with their feelings. If Aden acts on his feelings for Annie, Moses might shut down the family restaurant, which will mean Aden's brother and father will lose their financial support. If Annie acts on her feelings, she may be forced to leave her grandfather. Will Annie and Aden commit to being together or will they let their hardships tear them apart? 


You will like this book.. It is a quick read and nice little romance story! Happy Reading! 


Thank you waterbrook press for this book. 

In a Funk

Do you ever get in a funk? I was in a funk earlier and decided I NEEDED to change my Attitude. I might be failing at everything, but if my attitude was stinky, then it just makes everything worse. I don't even want to be around me.. 


I decided to pop in my new 20 Minute Praise Moves for a boost of encouragement.  Instantly, I could feel my body relax, the tension left and I felt at peace. Something about repeating scripture and working out is peaceful. I felt so calm. This workout has modifications for beginners, intermediate and advance. I am so NOT advance.. lol..  I am like a beginner, if you can even call it that.. I really want to do more Yoga. It is very peaceful, but I only like this Praise Move Yoga. I feel like I am worshipping God, learning scripture and becoming more flexible. I didn't even run today.. Can you believe that? I was in such a fowl mood, I didn't run. Praise Moves put into a good mood! 






If you have never tried Praise Moves, I recommend it! This Dvd has 3 20minute work outs to fit a busy schedule or if you are like me and need to get out of a funk. Laurette's voice is very soothing and calming. You will see you stress level decrease.


 Thank you Harvest House Publishers for allowing me to review this product! If you would like to find out more about Praise Moves go here!

Stuck

Dear God,
Why is the world against me? I keep trying. When will things work out? When will it be my turn?? When will I find freedom? When will I feel like I was made for something? When will I know? Could you just tell me now? 


Why am I on a path that isn't taking me to the destination I invisioned? Where are you taking me?  Trusting you is so hard! I know everything has a time & season, but when is it my season?  I am tired of sitting in a flower pot and being watered on.. I am ready to blossom into a beautiful flower. When will I grow into something beautiful?  I feel stuck!!! I am trying to be patient, thankful and faithful, but in my waiting, I am becoming discouraged.   I am putting my hope and trust in you. I feel stuck, but your plan is far greater than mine.
Please help me to lay down my fears and doubts, and just have faith that you work things out. 
Thanks,
Sarah

Friday, February 24, 2012

I miss Disney!

A couple bloggers I follow are on their way to running the Disney Princess Half Marathon! To say I am jealous, doesn't even begin to describe my feelings about not being there.

Drew & I were just talking about how we want to go to Disney World this summer, but we don't know how realistic that is with all of our medical expense and student loan debt. We trying to be "adults", but that seems to be so BORING! 

Some people have kids each year, but we go to Disney.  You may recall my Disney Themed Wedding or you can go here!  

My obsession with all things Disney goes beyond therapeutic help and I am well aware of my disease. 

Check out our bathroom.. I have been meaning to post these pictures a while ago..
                                                                 (our towel rack)

                                              (One wall with Disney Post cards)


                                                   (Shower Curtain)


  (My favorite Disney Picture of Mickey and Minnie sitting on the beach looking at Cinderellas castle. I couldn't get the glare because it is to high on our bathroom wall for me to reach..lol.. ) 

I told you the disease was bad!

You may remember Disney gave us 4 day park hopper tickets during our honeymoon stay and we're saving them in hopes of doing the 2013 Disney World Marathon...


If we don't get to Disney this year, we will next year, especially with the Magic Kingdom expansion. It is the largest expansion Magic Kingdom has ever seen! 


What is your favorite travel destination?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Seriously? 10 inches on Friday?

I don't know what mother natures problem is, but she tends to dump snow every Friday when I need to do a long run.. It's rather annoying. I'm not going to lie.. I am trying to stay dedicated to my training schedule and she is making it a MAJOR PAIN in the you know where!


                            Totally stole this from my husband's T.V. station... Nice Graphic WOOD TV!


I decided to out smart her! HA! Take that Mother Nature!!! 


Instead of running tomorrow (Friday), I decided to run today (Thursday) and beat the snow!  I accomplished 8 miles. I didn't do it in record time or anything, but I got it in before the snow. The long run is done! I have tomorrow off from school, so I will be able to spend some time catching up on my favorite blogs and if you haven't stopped at 3 little men and a mommy, you should! Krystle is just great! Love her! 



I love fun color shoes, but I scored these for $30 bucks around Christmas time and couldn't pass them up. They are a silver/ purple color. I can't believe they are still white after all the snow, slush, ice, rain and junk I have ran in.. Michigan is very bi-polar this winter.. One minute it is in the 40's and the next day it drops into the teens.. I don't get it.. 


Happy Thursday Evening! The weekend is just upon us... 


What is your favorite type of junk food??? ( I am addicted to Cheez-Its)


I want a shirt that says... " I will run for Cheez-Its"

Bummer dude!

Got some bad news....




Remember when I posted that I would get to do a fill in school social worker position??
Well, the school social worker is coming back and they don't need me after all... Bummer dude! 


While I was really bummed for me, I am super happy for her! Glad her daughter is well enough and that she is able to return to work..


My time will come... 


What is the biggest obstacle you have faced in your career?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What's in your mailbox?

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved getting the mail.  I secretly have always wanted to be a mail woman. I thought delivering the mail would be magical and that people loved receiving the mail.
                                               Look at those hot clothes!! 

As an adult, the mail isn't always that fun. Usually, I receive bills, credit card offers, or massive medical bills. The theme this week, seems to be medical bills from my thyroid surgery. I will keep you posted on my battle with the hospital.. In the meantime, I got a lot of great loot in the mail today..

Check out all these packages! I got 5 packages in the mail today! I was so excited to start ripping them open..


Here is all the goodies I received! This was an awesome mail day! 
Books & Dvd's...... I love FREE books! I couldn't believe that I got this many in the mail! All in one day! Ridiculously cool!
More books.. Also, I will have an upcoming giveaway in March!! I am excited about this one!! This book that I will be giving away is supposed to phenomenal. I can't give it away till March!

New Camelbak lids. My current Camelbak water bottle lid has been leaking. My husband contacted Camelbak and they said they would send a replacement lid. Instead of one lid, they sent two

What a great day for mail! 

What is the best thing you ever got in the mail?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Why do the blizzards happen on Friday's?

What a run…

Friday, I was scheduled to run 7 miles, but only completed 6.75 miles. I was so close, but ended up turning home. I could not take the blizzard snow anymore. It was cold, I had to go to the bathroom and my knees could no longer take the pain. I am proud that I went farther than I thought I could, but I wait for this week’s long run. Hope I can make the 7 miles. 

I keep saying to my husband...




"Why does it snow on Friday's (long run days) and then melt on Saturday??"

He keeps telling me.. "That's how it goes." 

Hopefully this Friday, it will not snow!! Here's to me hoping!




What is the worst weather condition that you trained or workout in?




Monday, February 20, 2012

Big News, Big Fears

Friday, I got a phone call from a neighboring school district asking me if.....

I would sub as a school social worker in their district.....

Their current school social worker has a daughter, who has been battling appendicitis. They asked if I would be willing to fill in...

I said .. YES!! 



I am so nervous... So nervous.. I feel like I have no idea what I am doing.. My fear and anxiety has taken over my feelings of excitement.. In my current school position, I am not in a school social work position, so this is going to be a big change.. I am going to be in charge now, work longer and take on more responsibilities, while being a leader. I am excited, but a big ball of nerves.. My district will take me back when I am done subbing. They are hiring a long-term sub for me...

I will let you know when I start.. I could use your prayers for my anxiety and fear! I am a creature of habit, so change is going to be hard.  I pray God will give me peace!


When did you ever fear change? Or when were you afraid of tackling something new? 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Today has burnt me out

I've got a LOT  to tell you. (WOW.. Life can change in phone call).. But.. TODAY has completely burnt me out!! I ran 6.75 miles and had a draining day at work. I am unplugging from the net.










I am so far gone, I can't even type straight! See you Monday!
 

The Chronic Chiropractor Days

You might have remembered a post on steroids??? My doc. thought I had an infection in my neck since my lymph nods appeared to be enlarged. Upon the pain not going away, I decided to try a Chiropractor. After visiting the Chiropractor, he told me I have a pinched nerve and need treatment for 2-3x a week for 3-4 weeks. Are you kidding me?  Crazy!


I am not a happy camper! 


I am not trying to complain. I am so very thankful to have health care and insurance, but we have to pay a co-pay every single time. We are just in the process of recovering from all the medical bills of last year, plus my thyroid surgery, let's not add more medical expense. I feel like we are in a valley of expense. Slowly things get better and then we slowly dip back into the valley. When you have to visit the Chiropractor 3x a week, it gets expensive. It is much cheaper than a surgery, so I am praying that being adjusted a couple of times a week ,will decrease an chance of a surgery. I know their is a reason for all this junk. I continue to trust God in the valleys!


When have you, had to trust God in a Valley? 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I want to Work for Disney

Got an email from Disney Parks and they are hiring!!! Want to work their so bad! This is my dream job. I could even be a park sweep.. I don't care, I just would love to work for the Mouse House! Maybe someday!




Looking for your dream job? That's exactly what you'll find at the  
Walt Disney World® Resort. We are now hiring for a variety of roles in our enchanted Theme Parks and world-class Resort Hotels.
Why Disney? From our thrilling theme parks and resorts, to spectacular 
shows and beloved characters, Walt Disney World cast members
 have a world of opportunity, and take pride in turning 
dreams into realities. Make your dreams come true
 by applying online today!
For more information about our current opportunities and to apply online, please visitwaltdisneyworld.jobs/nowhiring





What is your dream job??????????????

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Big News: Big Prayers

I mentioned in previous posts, that I needed some major prayers for decisions regarding this summer. I  ready to share why I need those prayers.. I was waiting for a few details to line up before sharing..

My Aunt and Uncle live in Georgia. They have two 1 year old twins and a 4 month old. My Uncle is in the Air Force on reserve, but has been commissioned for a 3 month mission in Afghanistan from July to September. My Aunt will be left alone with three little ones during this time. At first, they were unsure if it was really going to happen, but they have gotten word that he will have to go.. Which is why I didn't post a whole lot about this..


Well, they have asked if I would come down in July till the end of August to help out. They will pay for my plane ticket and pay for my help. This is perfect is many ways, especially since I don't get paid in the summer and don't have a summer job lined up. However, this means leaving Drew for almost two months, praying I have no health issues and taking care of my cousins.  It also means missing Drew's grandparents 50th Anniversary Party.. While these are important events, my heart cannot even begin to fathom the possibility of taking care of three little ones on my own. I can't imagine being in her shoes..  My heart is very heavy. I want the best of both worlds. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend time with my Aunt and baby cousins, especially since Drew and I have no children yet.
Drew and I are going to be in prayer and ask that you will be in prayer for us too..



We want to honor God and we want to know his leading for this decision. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Prince will Come

I had the opportunity to read and review My Prince will Come written by Sheri Rose Shepherd. This book is meant to inspire and encourage women. It is full of scripture, prayers, applications, experiences and lessons in experiencing God and the final day when one meet's Jesus. This book is broke down into chapters, but I see it more as a devotional. This is a book you will want to keep on your shelf and lend out to friends.




The writing is easy to read, Biblical and very encouraging. This book is targeted towards women and is very uplifting. Sheri shows us how we are to walk with authority as daughters of the king.
Very uplifting book. I recommend this book if you need a boost in your walk! 


I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.


 

Happy Love Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! 


I love this happy, sappy, Hallmark Holiday!  I love pink and red..


On this day, I dedicate this post to the one my heart loves.. 


" I love you" is not enough to describe the way I feel for him. I can't put it into words, on paper, express it enough, buy enough, show him enough, how much I really love him.


He is my, companion, soul mate, partner in crime, lovie and best friend. If you would have asked me at the age of 16, when we had met, I would have laughed at you... Little did I realize the journey that God would take us on... 




We are extremely blessed and thankful to have found one another. Most people search their entire life and don't find the love that we have.  We could spend every hour, of every day together and I still wouldn't get sick of him. 




I am amazed by his generosity, loving heart and kind spirit. He is a great leader, provider, protector and my personal space heater.  Every single day, I am reminded why I chose to spend the rest of my life with him. I am thankful for Gods blessing on our life and marriage. 
I look forward to many more Valentines together! I love you more and more everday!

52 things Things Wives Need from their Husbands

52 Things Wives need from their Husbands written by Jay Payleitner is the perfect book for the man in your life, especially since today is Valentines Day! If you are looking for a last minute gift, that will benefit you, your marriage and Husband, don't look any further.  This book even has a lesson on Valentines Day!
52 Things Wives need from their Husbands provide 52 small devotions that can be broke into daily chunks or into reading the book cover to cover. The choice is his! This book is full of humor, honesty, scripture, and practical ways for your husband to win you heart. It is very easy to read, understand and SPELLS it out for your husband.. No guessing work!! lol


The 52 things include some of the following:
1) To Kiss the girl, 
2) To Push the Right buttons
3)  To Hit bottom together
4) To rage not
5) To rebuild Love
6) To stir her pots
7)  To do the Church thing
8) To not be in the Jerk in the stands
9)  To be the Dad
10)  To Let he be the stay at home mom

Marriage takes a lot of work, if your husband practices what Jay talks about in each of his 52 things, you will see your wife light up. This book will make a difference in your marriage.. Lucky for my husband, he gets to read it!
Thank you Harvest House Publishers for the opportunity to review this book. To find out more information on Jay Payleitner, go here

What are you getting your husband for Valentines??? Do you have any traditions? If you're not married or dating, what kind of fun things to do you do?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Major Monday Update: Debit Card Fraud

This weekend was CRAZY!!! I am so sorry for not posting!!! What a weekend!

First, on Friday, I ran 6 miles in the crazy snowy blizzard! It was crazy, but I am thankful to have accomplished it.. To read about it, go here!

Saturday- What a day.
First, Drew and I celebrated Valentine’s Day. Since Drew works 2nd shift, I don’t see him in the week, so this past Saturday was the perfect day to do so. We spent the day relaxing, watching tv shows, running a couple of errands, church and then going to dinner at Olive Garden. It was great evening until Drew check his phone and had an odd number come up...



The odd number was a sister company to our Credit Union. Apparently, someone had got my husbands debit card number and was charging stuff out of New York. Thankfully, it was caught right away, especially since we had used the card on Saturday, in Michigan. The company called us right away, alerted us and suspended all transactions.  Now we wait for an investigation and in the mean time had to get new debit cards.. Our main concern is.. How did this happen???? Drew went into the credit union today to straighten all this mess.. I hate this stuff!


Sunday - We went to our first Dave Ramsey class and what a DUD! Their was three other couples, which is fine, but most of them are doing this their second time and haven't made any significant changes.

Drew has done Financial Peace and I have read a lot Dave Ramsey, so I am very familiar with him, we are on Babystep 2 (Paying off your debt). We have some major student loans, especially with my Masters Degree and we have been on Babystep 2 for a year and will probably be on this step unfortunately for a while.. We are working hard, but have had setbacks with health bills and other unexpected events.

Anyways, the leader is only on Babystep 3( 3-6 months emergency), which is fine, but he isn't really much a motivator.. Drew and I are doing the class to find inspiration to keep going!! Don't get me wrong, God uses imperfect people to teach and lead others, but I need someone with energy, motivation and passion to get me moving and on fire again to get rid of this DEBT!

Drew and I left our class frustrated!  We are looking at purchasing the DVDs our selves and doing this at home.. The group experience is good, but I want people who are looking to change their fiances. Maybe my expectations are to high.. sigh.. 



Have you ever had debit fraud? Have you ever done Dave Ramsey?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Successful Women Think Differently

Valorie Burton is the author of six books, a certified personal coach and is the founder of The Coaching & Postivie Psychology (CAPPP) Institute. The CAPP institute is a training and leadership development company who helps people thrive in work and in life. Valorie has dedicated her to life to helping people become more resilient when they face difficult life circumstances.


Her latest book, Successful Women Think Differently  is a book that contains nine different habits that lead a woman to a more productive, successful life. Although this book is geared towards woman, the nine habits are just as effective for men too.


One of the first things I love about this book was the fact that it asked me to write down a previous failure. I realized that I did not want to write a moment in which I had failed. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that sometimes I let fear paralyze me from trying new things. 


Another thing I loved about this book  was the question " What makes one Woman Succeed at a higher level while another with seemingly more resources & experiences falls short of similar goals?" How many of us have thought that a time or two? I know I have and have always fallen short to come up with an answer. 

Throughout the book, Valorie shares personal experiences and the experiences from other woman who she has worked with. As each of the habits are presented to the reader, it feels like you're in a personal coaching session with Valorie. She really invites the reader to be challenged, confronted and transformed as each individual takes a journey to find their own personal success.

 9 Habits to Transform your life


1) Believe you can do it
This chapter is about discovering previous failures and learning about your personal potiential.


2)Get off the Hedonic Treadmill
This chapter allows you to discover why/why not you're happy and how you can become content with where you are at, while trying to aim towards higher goals.


3) Stop Trying to Fix your Weakness
Insteading of focusing on the gifts and talents you don't have, focus on the ones you do! Build off your strengths and find others to help you conquer your challenges. This chapter has a lot of room for writing and I really enjoy that! 

4) Build your Muscle of Self- Control
Dedication, discipline and hardwork will help an you achieve your goals.. I could really relate to this chapter, especially with running. I ran 6 miles in a blizzard and I am dedicated, disciplined and working hard to achieve my goals of running Riverbank. I can see that the dedication will pay off..

5) Cultivate Positive Emotions
How many of us make decisions based on poor emotions?  (Raises hand). Welcome to my new Vera Bradley bag :).

6) Be prepared for Battle
Obstacles and unexpected adventures will come up, but do you have a plan to overcome the unexpected? 


7) Don't be a Maximizer
Loved this chapter too. I am big at second guessing my decisions and living in regret. This chapter helped me to move forward, not make second guesses and go with my gut. This habit also had a lot of room to write good choices in the book, which helped me to reflect on important lessons I have learned. It also gave me the opportunity to write about the five worst experiences and lessons learned from my mistakes.

8) Don't go it alone
Get other people involved, get some accountability, others can be very helpful in your journey towards change.

9) Write it down
When in doubt, write it down! Writing allows you to discover your thoughts, success, failures and goals! Get it on paper!




If you really want to transform your life, this book has the tools to help you do that!


Thank you Harvest House Publishers for allowing me to review a book that has transformed my life.

Friday, February 10, 2012

six mile blizzard run..

Wow. Who knew a 6 mile run could be so adventurous?   Let's start from the beginning!
Our courtyard was starting to pile up with snow.... This was the slushy stuff..


Before the run.. I was trying to get myself pumped.. I knew this was going to be a challenge... We got at least three inches of snow and I knew the sidewalks would not be shoveled.. Actually, we are in a winter weather advisory.... I am trying to run the River Bank Run (15.5) miles, so training is essential and I am adamant about sticking to the training schedule!




              (After Mile 3)


Mile 1) Wished I liked the treadmill. Snow and slush kept getting stuck in my yacktracks.. I felt like I was running on a bouncy ball.. It was so unstable. .I was scared to break an ankle.. 

Mile 2) Waved to MOM on the road who was heading home from the grocery store. That was a nice boost of encouragement.. I even got to wave to her.. I watched a car accident happen. People were driving like idiots... The roads were so wet and slushy, which is not good.. I almost got hit at one point during the run.. I had to run on the roads a couple of times, especially when the snow was 4 inches thick.. 

 
Mile 3) During this mile, I realized my hair was starting to freeze and I was concerned it might start to break off.. I need all the hair I can get! I made a quick detour home and got on a hat.. I didn't realize my headband wasn't going to be enough. Hence the above picture!



Mile 4) At this point in my run, I realized that the road was complete ice and I began to watch people slide all over the place.  I couldn't believe how from mile 1 things were slushy and all of a sudden, the roads were GLARE ice! Crazy!


Mile 5) This was pretty cool.  I saw another guy running! I didn't feel so crazy running in this crap. Also, a woman in the passengers side, took my picture. My husband works for a local TV station and I was wearing a scarf that had their logo. Maybe she thought I was an anchor.. It was very odd! Weirdo!


Mile 6)  After 5 miles in the snow, my legs continued to feel like I was running in quicksand 
and not making any traction. I am so glad this run is over.. It took me 30 minutes longer than last week.. Not a good time, but glad to finish it.. Now, I can enjoy the rest of my weekend and not worry about a long run!

   
  (After Mile 6, I am trying to act happy, but truthfully I am in PAIN!)




Glad that is over.. On with the weekend!



The Vera Bradley Clearance & The Wedding Band issue

My body needed a break from running, so what better than to shop? If I can't run, why can't I shop? Somehow, I don't think Dave Ramsey nor my husband would agree with this theory. Good thing neither of them were home! 

I headed off to the mall. I have been having a wedding band issue. When Drew bought my engagement ring, he didn't buy a wedding band because...  a) couldn't afford one and b) had to pay for a wedding, c) I was finishing my Masters and D) I was living on a part-time nanny income.

Well since being married and being so young looking, people think I am only engaged, which totally annoys me, so I have been on the hunt to find a wedding band. I have been hunting for about a year! I haven't really found one that I'm  super crazy about or they are outrageously priced.  Guess what? I found one and guess how much it costs??? 

$1300. That is for a wedding band. .When did they become so expensive? sigh.


Well, since I didn't purchase a wedding band (I would never do that with out the husband), I bought a Vera Bradley Bag. Now let me honest, I think a lot of the patterns are ugly, but people really love these things.. I think they are ridiculously priced and I told myself I would never buy one.. It's the way I feel about Coach purses too. .Coaches are so cute, yet , so expensive! However, I am a person who has a bag for everything, just ask my husband so.....

 I couldn't pass up on Vera Bradley bag HALF off!!! Could you???

 
             (Pattern on the inside of bag)

 ( Outside pattern, Buttercup)

         Front pockets! 



I thought this was so cute. Brown and pink! Love those colors together! This was only $31! I would have never spent this kind of money, but I was in a low from the Wedding band dilemma.. I don't believe in spending money to make me happy, but I couldn't pass up on a clearance deal like this..  My husband will roll his eyes when he reads this post, but I don't care!!

What have you ever purchased on a low?? Or what has been a guilty pleasure you would never normally spend $$ on?

 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

What do you do?

             How many of you hate your picture taken?  
i DO! This morning, I told my husband I needed a picture where I wasn't in running gear or with a Disney Character..lol... I thought it might be good if you saw me in my work clothes...


Often, I get the question; What do you do & What is a Behavioral Specialist?(aka B.S.)


Well, let me start off my saying this.. I have my a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work. It is my dream  to work in a school, as a school social worker with Special Ed. students. Currently, the Michigan workforce isn't that swell, we have high unemployment and our state is cutting tons of education funding. With that said, I have been unable to a get a school social work job. I might add, I am okay with that because I know God has a purpose for me as a B.S. (Behavioral Specialist)


Currently, I work with Emotionally Impaired Students as a B.S. ,which essentially is a teacher, parapro, school social worker, nurse, parent and restrainer. Emotionally Impaired students have high levels of anger and usually physically react to their anger. They hurt themselves, others and become volatile. They push, kick, flip over desks, scream, swear, ect. We have a Time Out Room (TOR) which is used when a child is physically harmful to themselves, teachers and other students. Frequently, we have to restrain students and transport them to the TOR. I have been bit, hair pulled, punched, kicked, spit on, screamed at, pushed, pinched, stabbed in the eye with a pencil and even had student try to rip off my clothes. With that said, I love my job and I know that is crazy. 



 Most people ask why do these kids act this way, Is it environmental or biological? My answer, "both". Many students have mental health impairments (Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADHD, Bipolar, ect) which contribute to their inability to control their anger and emotions. Other students have difficult home lives which do not provide them the proper support, love, nourishment or are single parent homes struggling to survive. Either way, environmental and biological factors contribute to their behavior. 


My kids can be challenging at times, but they are so lovable. They have qualities and gifts that are unique. I love my job, but I hope for a school social work job in the future. Also, I do social skill lessons in each REI (Regionaly Emotionally Impaired Program) classroom. Each month we focus on a different topic. This month we are doing "friendship", how to be a good friend, what good friends do and how they act towards one another. You would be amazed at how poor social skills they have. Maybe I need to start posting my crafts and lessons!! 
Happy Thursday! One more day and it will be Friday!! 







Wednesday, February 8, 2012

1000 Gifts

Part of one of my 101 in 1001 goals it to read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, which I won from Adorakble! It has been over a year on my shelf and long over due to be read, so I've made it my goal for the month of February, to read it. I am on chapter 4 and well on my way to finishing my February goal. 






One of things I have been challenged with, is to be thankful for the gifts in my life, whether big or small. I believe a heart of gratitude allows us to see the world in a completely different light. This book is challenging me to think differently and enjoy the small things in life. I really want to compile 1000 things I am thankful for, but I don't if that is realistic, especially since I am trying to complete my 101 in 1001 journey. 


Can you write a 1000 things you are thankful for?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Three things Quick

1. How many of you watch BL and want Conda to go home?

2) Found this awesome picture of Social Media Explained Waterbrook Press fb!! Completely loved it and laughed!



3) Ran 2.5 miles this late afternoon and it felt like such a fast run.. Maybe because I had so much going on in my head. I am glad it is time for bed!
Good night world!

Prayers

I am wondering if you could keep me in your prayers... I have a couple of options this summer and I am unsure of what to do..


Could you pray that God would give me direction? In some circumstances I will disappoint people and in other circumstances, I could really help out people.. I feel torn, especially since the circumstances have to do with family members... Please keep me in your prayers..


Also, I am unsure if God is going to move forward in a different job or if I am going to be at the same job.. 


Decisions.. I could use prayers and directions! Thanks friends!