Thursday, November 29, 2012

End of the Month Gratitude

So, I started the month out with the intention to do a daily gratitude post...and failed miserably. Honestly. And I've got my excuses, but they're pretty lame. Like the one from when I was like a week behind and I was sick and slept all day. Or like how I'm so exhausted by the time I get home from work that all I want to do is sit down and put my feet up and not think about anything else. Or like how I sometimes bring home mountains of papers to grade. See? Lame.

It's not that I'm not grateful. I am so full of gratitude. I am so blessed. A year ago when I was getting ready to moved down here to Utah, I never would have seen myself where I am today. With a good job that I love. With an amazing class. With super supportive co-workers who have helped me get things figured out. Married to the most perfect man. Wonderful in-laws. A husband who is working hard to be able to finish school. A husband who is also working hard to help support our family. A...well, Never mind. I'm sure anyone reading this doesn't really want to hear all of my mushy-gushy-ness. Just know that I am grateful for everything that I have and the many blessings which are coming my way.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Grateful Day 11

Today I am grateful for Veterans who have served and are currently serving our country, helping us have a free place to live. On Thursday at school, we had the Veteran's Day assembly. I was in tears. It was an incredible experience as the entire student body (well, 3rd through 11th grade--and we were lucky we were able to go as they found space for us at the last minute) paid tribute to the many great veterans of the country. There were many Veterans present, and it was a very touching program. The entire time I thought of people I know who made the sacrifice to serve our country. To close the assembly, we sang the following song.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Grateful days 8,9, and 10

Grateful Day 8

I am grateful for my students. They always keep life exciting and wonderful at work. And they are so considerate of each other. I feel so blessed to be able to teach each and every one of them. This week one of my students said something that made me laugh so hard! I felt bad for bursting out in laughter in the middle of class, but it caught me so off guard. You'd have to know this student to really find the hilarity of it, but I'll do the best to explain. He is one of my African refugee students. At the first of the year, he was a problem for me. I couldn't do anything to get through to him. Now, with the help of one of the administrators, he is a star student and a wonderful example for the rest of my students. He regularly participates in class. This week we were talking about the difference between statement sentences and question sentences. I asked the students how they knew a sentence I had on the board was a question sentence. My refugee student raised his hand, and seemed very excited, so I called on him. His answer? With a HUGE grin, he says, "Because I'm smart!" I totally busted up laughing, it was so random and caught me off guard. Yes, dear student, you are smart. You are very smart. And I never know what is going to come out of your mouth next.

Grateful Day 9

I am grateful that I am able to speak Spanish. I had parent-teacher conferences this week, and was able to do several conferences on my own that I would not have been able to without a translator had I not learned Spanish on my mission.

Grateful Day 10

I am grateful for missionaries. Jeff and I are both RMs, and now my sister, LaKesha is waiting to leave on her mission to the Florida Orlando mission in March. My mission was one of the best experiences of my life and I honestly wouldn't trade it for anything. Jeff says the same thing about his mission to France. I am so grateful for the example that we will be to the children that we will have one day. They will know that the Gospel and sharing it is important to us, and I pray that they will also be able to support at least any sons we will have, if not our daughters too, on their missions.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Grateful Day 7

I realized last night after I posted what I meant to post. Yesterday was the 4 month anniversary of Jeff and my wedding. 4 months ago I married my best friend. The past four months have absolutely been the best months of my life. We have had so many wonderful adventures in the past four months. We have been on several vacations and just had an overall good time.

I feel so blessed to have Jeff in my life. He is such a wonderful, caring man. He has, since day one, put my needs/ wants before his own. He is so selfless. If I need something, he is the first one to make sure I have it. Since I started work, he has cleaned the house, done the laundry, gets up in the morning and makes breakfast and our lunches, helped cook dinner and then does the dishes, helped me grade papers.

Jeff respects me so much, and works so hard for our little family. He wants the best for us now, and, when the time comes, for our children. He is trying so hard with school and at his job.

Every day I feel so blessed to have been able to meet him and get to know him, and be the lucky girl to marry him. I thank Heavenly Father every single day for this wonderful blessing that has come into my life, and I am so grateful for the eternity more that I have with him.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Grateful Day 6

Today I am grateful for the opportunity and ability I have to vote in this free country. I expressed my vote this afternoon for new leadership in our country with hope to be able to turn things around. We are so blessed to live here in this free nation, and our Forefathers had such a wonderful plan for this country when we came, and the people need to be listening to the Spirit of our Father so they will be able to help us go back to where we once were, and to where, with a lot of hard work, we CAN be again! Tonight, I am praying for our nation, and the children that I will one day have.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Month of Gratitude

Yes, I'm a little slow, but I've had it in my mind to jump on the bandwagon of doing a "30 days of gratitude" post...or 30 of them. It is now the 5th of November, so I'm 5 days behind, but better late than never, right?

Day 1: I am grateful for temples. Jeff and I went to the Jordan River temple and did sealings with our ward. As we were in the sealing room, I reflected back on the day we were sealed and the great blessing that is. I am so grateful for my eternal companion and that I know that I will be able to see all of my family when I eventually return to my Father and that we will never be apart.

Day 2: I am grateful for my students. They are certainly a handful, but what 8 year old isn't? And I have 28 of them in my classroom that I need to take care of and teach each day, plus the I don't know how many students are in my groups throughout the day. I have learned so much about myself over the past 9 weeks as I have taught the wonderful children who have been trusted to me to teach.

Day 3: I am grateful for family. We spent a quick weekend driving to Boise to see Lance swim in the state meet. He only was in one race for the finals, but I know it meant a lot to him for us to be there. We hadn't seen my family since grandpa's funeral in September so it was good to see them for a little while.

Day 4: I am grateful for good friends. Tonight one of my good friends from before my mission invited Jeff and I to dinner. It is good to know we have friends we can count on and have a good relationship with and have things we can do things with. It was great to be able to go out and do something different than our usual routine.

Day 5: I am grateful for sunshine. As yesterday was daylight savings, it was once again light as I drove to work this morning. That made for a much more cheerful day, having seen the sun in the morning. And it was such a beautiful day, even though I dont' see much sunlight through the blinds of my classroom knowing it was there cheered me up.