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Happiness

I have not posted in my blog in quite some time.  It has, in fact, been over a year ago… WOW how time flies by so quickly.  In that time, I finished my senior year at Missouri State University and graduated in May with my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, interviewed and got hired in my hometown school district to teach 5th grade alongside my own 5th grade teacher, and I am in the process of buying a house with the love of my life.

It amazes me how 4 years ago when I was graduating high school I wanted nothing more than to move to Springfield because everything I thought I wanted or needed was there.  Turns out, 4 years later, I want nothing more than to move into my new home with my soul mate and reconnect with the friends I so desperately love and need in my life where I left those 4 years ago. Who knew that finding the love of your life would lead to coming “home” to the place where I grew up and hope to raise our future children. I guess that is what happens when you settle down, become grounded, and entirely sure as to what you want out of your life. If I have learned anything through my 4 years of college it is that you must not rush things in life; everything will happen in its own time because, after all, it is not US who is controlling how things are going to play out.  It is up to US to LIVE the life that God has created for us.

All the signs have played out and pointed towards the happiness that I have currently found… I just had to let the pieces fall as they may and realize that God has a plan… a great plan… and one that will involve more for me than I will ever know or understand. I know my future will be bright, so today I need to drop the stress and the worry and just… LIVE.

Alabama roadtrip!

On Sunday, Ryan and I left early at 8am to leave for Alabama to go visit our best friend Beth!

She sent us directions, she altered them a little from Map Quest so that it would take us around some of the bad parts of Memphis (I told Ryan that was a good thing because i decided not to be “packin” on this trip haha) so we had those printed off and Lee the Australian Garmin in hand and were on our way!

*These were the itty bitty directions we had to work with, so needless to say we delt more with Lee the Australian voice of my Garmin 🙂

To otherwise equip ourselves for the ride, Ryan created over 9 hours of mix cds for us to work with! These cd’s were the BEST! They had Rihanna, Backstreet Boys, N*Sync, Glee, etc. It was Fantastic! 🙂

8 hours later we arrived in Alabama to see our best friend! We were in the house and met her grandparents then were back in the car the take a very quick stroll around the area to show us around. We did very quick drive through tours because Zach was gonna be off work the next day to take us through most of the Downtown area. We got to see where Beth works, quick overview of the high parts of downtown, see the location where Beth and Zach’s wedding will be held, along with the reception area, etc.  Then we came back to the house to chill and just talk which was the best part 🙂

The next morning Zach arrived early, Beth’s grandma made homemade biscuits and gravy, and we headed on our way for sightseeing!  It was too early for lunch, so instead we visited the Vulcan statue first!

Vulcan is pretty cool, he is a Bronze statue that was created over 100 years ago and overlooks the entire city of Birmingham, Alabama!  It was finally taken down and restored a few years ago to it’s original condition. We walked from the car (well I crutched lol) to the first layer that overlooked the city.

* This was the view from the first layer overlooking Homewood (an outer city of Birmingham) and Birmingham.

* This is Vulcan! Zach said that people say Vulcan is mooning Homewood because it looks like he is bare-butt lol.

* This is Zach and Beth reading a sign that shows the industrial buildings of Birmingham in the skyline.

After we did this, then we went up into Vulcan (through the elevator of course since I’m on crutches, and Beth went by stairs once and said she about died lol).

*As we were up at the top, this was the view of the parking lot.


* This is the city as we look from the top.

After we came back down from the statue, we went into the museum that was included within the park.

* This was just the very beginning of the museum tour.  It was a nice little museum that talked about the mining towns that gave each Alabama city their names, the history of Birmingham, the civil rights history, etc.

After our visit to Vulcan, we drove around Birmingham and got a glimpse of the lives that Beth and Zach will lead together as they enter a new phase in their lives…marriage 🙂

That night when we returned we were fed dinner that Beth’s grandma had made… it was…wait for it…. HOMEMADE chicken and dumplins…that’s right people, be jealous, it was amazing!

Then Zach had to go to EMT class and while he was gone, Beth drove us to Sumiton to visit Zach’s mom and that was amazing in itself! Such a wonderful family with great personalities that made us feel right at home.

Then: Me, Ryan, Beth and Zach played monopoly for 3 hours where emotions were high, stakes were raised, people lost their properties, traded, and ended the night exhausted! 🙂

Beth and I again talked ourselves to sleep and it was the perfect end to such a wonderful day.

The next day we got up early once again and left by 8 to begin our journey home.  It wasn’t as hard to leave as I thought it would be because I knew that I would see Beth soon once again in a little over a week, but it still left me with a wondering if we could have just stole her away and brought her with us 🙂

Thanks Beth and your family for such a fantastic tour of what your life is like now. I know you are in wonderful hands, in a wonderful place, surrounded by wonderful people.  God has truly blessed your life and mine for you being in it!

Something new!

So my friend Jon C. introduced me to a new website!

Stumbleupon.com

COOLEST website EVER!

 

It is for all us random bored people 🙂  You sign up for it (can easily be done connected through facebook) and then you check off all the areas you are interested in (art, types of music, activities, jobs, history, etc.) and it pops up random items, websites, videos, etc that are connected to what you are interested in! It is truly awesome! Each thing you “stumble upon” gives you an option to like it or not and if you don’t like it then it won’t show any more items like it to you.

 

It is totally cool! While i was stumbling upon items today I found this awesome quote by Bob Marley that totally fits who I am and may explain me better to guys out there 🙂

“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect– you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break–her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”

— Bob Marley… wise words

It basically tells one to live in the moment, accept people for who they are, never change somebody or ask them to be something they are not, accept people for who they are at that point in time in their lives.

 

Definitely gives one something to think about… and it also makes me realize I’m lovin this StumbleUpon website because it gives me opportunities to learn more about the things I enjoy, which this just happened to be under my interest in Quotes 🙂

The next step

My best friend has entrusted me in putting together her personal (lingerie) shower for her wedding 🙂

This is an exciting event for me… I feel like I get to contribute in making this point in her life even more special and memorable.

Invitations are being printed. Venue is set. Addresses are being found. Smiles are being created.

Filling Beth in on every step and knowing how excited she is becoming just makes my day! She has been there through the hardest points in my life and through the highest most wonderful points, and this is just a small way I can repay her for that. 

It has been hard though, because the closer it gets to the wedding the closer it is to her building a life away from me.  I know it may sound selfish, but when you get used to spilling your guts to your best friend every day it gets hard when they aren’t around.  I know though, that she IS there and I’m proud to be able to be her Co-Maid of Honor and help make this special chapter in her life one that will last forever.

She constantly reminds me of how one can find their other half when they are least expecting it, whether it is at Jiffy Lube or in another state.  No matter where you are if you keep your eyes open, your guard down, and your sense of self intact, you never know when a new person will walk into your life and change it forever.

So thank you Bethy Lou, my best friend, my sister from God….Thank you for being there for me, through the bad times AND through the good times.  You’ll always be my best friend 🙂 and I’ll never be able to express it well enough 🙂

So I have been out of the blog mood for a month or so! I know, I know! Shame on me! But it creates that mystery of “Oh! when is she going to write another post”, or not… but if not then just let me think the first one 😀

So this has been a crazy month! Classes have once again began and the Spring Semester is on its way… I am greeted by presentations, lectures, reports, and projects. Oh gee the joys of becoming a teacher!  I do enjoy all my professors this semester for once! You can tell they genuinely care about our well being and they want to whip us into the best teachers we can possibly be and I respect that 🙂

In  another area, my best friend Beth is getting married in June and I am the c0-mo (in awesome movie words).  Being the co-mo, it is my duty to put together a shower for my best friend. No not a water shower, a wedding shower! 🙂 This has been interesting since she lives in another state and I have no idea when she will be visiting next (note to Beth: I need to know! lol) so I have no idea when to plan the shower for in the first place :/.  Me and the other bridesmaids have been working together look for suitable places for this wedding shower and think we have come across a couple goodies! More investigation will follow though 🙂

Also, this Thursday marks the day that my cousins depart to Vegas for their anniversary and I am left with their 3 kids (Josh-14, Sydney-12, Jackson-11).  This outta be an interesting weekend! I am their full-time babysitter so it won’t be a big deal, but I’ve never had all 3 of them for this amount of time before! Lots of ping-pong, watching tv, going to baseball practices, horse barn, and who knows what else is in store for me! Also, mom and dad you will appreciate this, they happen to be great birth control LOL!

Well this is enough updating for the time being!

Love and Hugs!

Tonight I have been watching a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel titled “Farewell Mr. Kringle.”  It had a quote in it that is what inspired this blog post for me!  Mr. Kringle has said how he will do all that he can for all that he meets for he will not be able to pass by this moment again when his time on earth is done.

Makes ya think: Why do we only publicly discuss doing all we can for the unfortunate when the Christmas holiday is nearing?  Why don’t we do all we can to help those in need all year round; even at that, why do we feel the need to have to publicize when we DO do those kind deeds.  Is it that extra pat on the back we feel is necessary for one acknowledging “yes… you are a good person?”

When I do things for others I feel a warmth within my soul and receive a smile that reminds me that I am appreciated for what I do without having to be told and it reminds me as to the reason I love helping others: not for the praise, but for the smile I often receive in return.

50% of charitable donations collected by charities for an entire year are given during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season… is this our last-ditch effort at the end of the year to do good for someone other than ourselves?

I, personally, feel that opportunities present themselves on a daily basis as to how we can help those around us: whether it be picking up a grocery item that was dropped by an individual because they had too much in their hands, opening a door, greeting one with a smile on your face (just a smile can make the pain or hurt one has can make the ride of life a little bit easier to ride), donating your time to help a family friend going through cancer by checking on them or volunteering your time at a fundraiser.  All of these are ways to help people around you without even pulling money out of your pocket.  Yes, monetary donations are much appreciated for all charities, but those that cannot afford to shell out more money during the year, your time can often be just as appreciated and just as helpful.

We never know how much time we have, but we do have the opportunities presented to us to make our lives as fulfilling as can be.

Media: Make every day important for helping out others, not just Christmas!

Readers: Realize all the opportunities presented to you to help others, even if just to put a smile on their face. Never put off for tomorrow what could be accomplished today… (unless it’s laundry, because who really wants to do laundry!)

Embrace this holiday season, but be it but a reminder that there are people who are hurting every day, not just Christmas, and if you can make a difference on any day of the year then your generosity will be just as appreciated then, if not more than during the holiday season.

My challenge to you, readers, is to embrace generosity and find a way to help the less fortunate all year ’round!

What do you think? Do you agree?

Happy Holidays dear bloggers! Enjoy the time you have to spend with your family and friends, for those memories will never be forgotten and can never be replaced 🙂

Hope

I was watching the movie Freedom Writers last night… I hadn’t watched it in awhile and had a completely new perspective on it…

 

It is a source that completely reiterates the reason as to why I want to be a teacher.  The faculty within that movie didn’t believe in their students therefore the students did not believe in their own abilities which led to other people being able to corrupt those kids because they had no self worth or hope for a better future for themselves.

 

Miep Gies, the brave woman who helped shelter Anne Frank and her family during the Holocaust had a quote within the movie that was perfect:

“But even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can, within their own small ways, turn on a small light in a dark room”
– Miep Gies…

 

It begins with one individual… that individual can turn on the light of change that may soon be felt by other individuals in the same situation all around the world.

It has happened before, who says that it cannot happen now?

As teachers we have the ability to plant the seed of hope within a child’s heart that builds the realization that they are worthwhile, loved, cared for and about, and that they have the ability to reach for the stars and achieve their innermost dreams.

As a teacher, if the only word of wisdom that a child walking out of my room leaves with is hope, then at least we have given them the one word that can open the door to endless possibilities. 

Being a teacher is about giving all children the abilities to succeed in the outside world to the utmost of their abilities; a hope for a better tomorrow.