Monday, August 22, 2011

First Day of School

Today was the first day of school here in Amarillo.  Abby started second grade and Wyatt started back at his day school after taking the summer off.  I have a couple of long term sub assignments lined up if I don't find a permanent teaching position. 

Abby couldn't wait to wear this outfit.  It was 100 degrees here today, but she insisted on wearing it.

Sassy, Statue of Liberty pose

Wyatt wanted to hold the sign too :)

Another Statue of Liberty

I love the start of school because it signals a new routine and a set schedule, not to mention that fall is on its way (and hopefully some relief from the heat).  We had a great summer filled with memories that I will treasure forever but I am excited to get the ball rolling for a great school year!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Pinterest? Help!

Okay, I've seen several posts about Pinterest lately, and I definitely want to join so I can find inspiration for home decor and craft projects.  My question?  Do you have to be on Facebook or Twitter to join?  I know, I know, Casey and I are the only people in the world that aren't on Facebook.  I have my reasons for it, but I might just be tempted enough to join if it's the only way to Pinterest.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

It has been way too long since I've done a WILW post.  Here's what I'm loving this week.  Link up with Jamie to share what you're loving too!

DKNY Golden Delicious perfume.  I received one of the paper scent samples in an Ulta catalog, and I must have it! 


Paisley Pillow Cover from PB.  The colors match my living room perfectly and it's on sale!

School Supplies!!  I love back to school shopping for the kids.  We just bought all of Abby's school supplies and clothes.  Plus some stuff for Wyatt, even if he will only be home with me.  We still have school at home and he needs stuff.  :)

China Glaze Crackle Metals.  I fell in love with crackle nail polish several months ago and especially love the new metallic colors.  They look perfect for fall.

I'm loving that we're studying the book of Revelations in our Sunday morning Bible class.  It's always been a little harder for me to understand because of all the symbolism used so I'm really looking forward to diving in and learning more.

And as always, I'm loving my sweet family and friends.  Couldn't get by without them! 

 Happy Wednesday!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Faith in Uncertain Times

I've had a bit of a heavy heart lately.  After two job interviews for elementary teacher positions in less than a month, I've still not been hired.  There have been a lot of budget issues this year here in Amarillo (actually the entire state of Texas) and not as many new teachers are being hired.  I've heard that there are over 400 elementary teachers alone here vying for a handful of jobs.  I'm finding that experienced teachers are getting shuffled around and new teachers are being passed up.  It's really frustrating because everyone has to start somewhere.  How do you get experience without actually having a teaching job?

I'm really trying to count my blessings.  I know MANY potential teachers that haven't even had an interview, so I feel that I must be on the right track if I'm getting called in at all.  I talked with one principal at length and was reassured that I answered the questions correctly and will be a great teacher, but they just needed to go with a candidate with more experience.  It's been tough.  I KNOW that I am a good teacher.  I just need someone to give me a chance. 

I've been fortunate to have some very supportive friends who have given me a lot of encouragement, but it's still a hard pill to swallow.  I've done a lot of soul searching lately and know I need to just completely turn this over to God.  It's too big for me to deal with alone.  I know that Satan delights in my pain and anxiety, so I must turn to the Lord to comfort me and give me the strength I need.  We sang "The Battle Belongs to the Lord" in services this morning and it really hit home. 

I have an arsenal of verses that I keep close by for strength and instant peace.  Here are a few of my favorites.

 When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
   your unfailing love, LORD, supported me.
When anxiety was great within me,
   your consolation brought me joy.         Psalm 94:18-19

This one has been particularly helpful.  I've felt self doubt and anxiety this past month like never before.  I must remember that God created me to be just that...ME.  He loves me and has a plan for me.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will make your paths straight.      Proverbs 3:5-6

This verse helps me to remember that God is in control.  He sees what I can't.  I must simply have faith and trust in Him.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.     Philippians 4:6

This verse reminds me that I need to talk to God in prayer frequently and with gratitude, asking for what I need. 

I had a friend gently point out to me recently something that I've struggled with throughout my entire student teaching and job search....that maybe God wants me to be home with my children for a while longer.  She reminded me of all that I would (and did) miss and that I will never be able to get this time back.  I am fortunate that my husband has a good job and I am currently in the position of being able to stay home.  Maybe this is His plan.  I just don't know, so I have to pray for guidance and understanding. 

God is faithful and I need to be too.  Even, make that especially, in uncertain times.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Biker Chick

Abby came out of her room the other day wearing this get-up: a witch's dress from an old Halloween costume, a skull and crossbones bandana, and a pair of skinny jeans.  She said she was a biker idea where she got that from, but I'm not gonna cross her. :)