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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.

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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!

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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 🙂

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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 🙂

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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.

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Challenge 15

Challenge 15:  Favorite Verse

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

This Bible verse is by far my favorite.  It is most relatable, calming, and perfect for my life.  To know that all obstacles that are placed in front of you in your life are there for a reason, to make you stronger, to make you appreciate life more, to allow you to mature into the person you will be proud of, all of these things are made possible because God has a plan for your life, and no matter what it will be a GOOD plan.  So rest your arms in the Lord and He will forever take care of us.

This verse was repeated over and over again after my uncle passed away.  It was sudden, unknown, scary, and nobody understood; but this verse helped me realize that God had a reason for wanting Uncle Jackie that day.  Whether it was because he had done His duty on earth and God was in need of him in Heaven, or whether it was for us who are left behind to grow, mature, prosper, forgive… Whatever it is, God did not do it to hurt us, we are his children and seeing us in pain hurts Him too.  He did it for our life’s journey and he only meant it for GOOD.

This verse has gotten me through the toughest times in my life and will continue to get me through the obstacles that face me in the future. 

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Challenge 14

Challenge 14: A picture of something you love…

Well in this case, it is SOMEONE I love 🙂

This is my grandpa, Floyd Duane Blankenship.  My hero, my role model, the voice of my conscience, and above all the one man besides my daddy that can put the biggest smile on my momma’s face.

My grandpa is above all an inspiration to me in so many ways.  He is strong. He has gone through colon cancer, recently finishing up his 12 chemo treatments about a couple months ago, he has survived the death of a son, kept the family farm running and prospering since he was a kid, and above all he has changed the lives of countless individuals within his 33 years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent.  This man has done it all, and given the time would love to share stories of every memory that he has of it all. He is the reason I want to be a teacher.  On him and my grandma’s 50th wedding anniversary, countless individuals came up to him and said “thank you. thank you for giving me a chance when nobody else would. for realizing my potential and not letting me give in to what everyone else thought of me. For you I have to thank for making something out of myself, because without you I would have this wonderful family I have now”.  Hearing statements like this put me to tears and will forever bring a tear to my eye.

This picture of my grandpa teddin the hay in July of 2010 is the look I often see on my grandpa’s face.  This look is calm, thoughtful, precise, and always thinking one step ahead. Ya see, my grandpa is always anticipating every motion and if something arises in his path he has already figured up a way to get through it. Grandpa is not the type to get extremely angry, yes I have seen him upset before, but most of the time he is the type of person that gives you the “I’m very disappointed in you” look that ultimately rips you to pieces without the need of words.

Thought my grandpa has not ultimately been himself lately because of not feeling well, I know that he will be ok.  He is a trooper, a fighter, and this whole cancer thing will not get the best of him.

I love my grandpa. Forever and Always.

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