teaching, schooling, and visitors!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Here is a quick update! Sorry, no pictures this time (I still have history homework to do tonight!):

~My parents have been here the past few days! It has been wonderful. We went to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido - an incredible experience, and I liked it much better than the main SD zoo! (We went ourselves a couple weeks ago) We also explored cute downtown Carlsbad and Oceanside, and we can't wait to get back there.

~I had on-the-job training as a teacher for a math/science/lego program the beginning of this week.. So much fun! Those kids love the activities at the "mock camp" and I enjoyed getting to know the program a little better - Bricks 4 Kidz, if you want to know! So excited for this opportunity!

~With that, I have my schedule for the rest of summer all out there now. It's going to be fun but quite busy!

~I am almost done with my history class, and start another education class with the new subterm on Monday. My math class, being all summer long, is really a downer. I wish I didn't wait until my last 3 semesters to take my only 3 math classes!

~Speaking of school, I officially have my Special Ed minor back and will still be graduating on time! Thankfully the edsp courses count as electives as well. If you didn't know, I'm majoring in Elementary Ed :)

~My mom helped me organize this little home A LOT! Bathroom storage, laundry room organization, shoe cubbies , rearranging furniture - the works. And this home looks awesome now. Finally, pictures will be very soon! We love our cute little oside home!

~My inlaws are coming over 4th of July! Very excited!! Not sure what we are going to do though... Definitely grilling out with our charcoal grill I spoke of the other day! Maybe the beach too.

~I have a good friend, another milso, who is coming in to see her Marine for the holiday week as well. (We met through a mutual friend I went to high school with) Besides the point, she is here almost the exact days the inlaws are here and staying at a hotel in town, so I am trying to conjure a loose plan of activities for us to do!

~There is a FREE David Crowder Band concert at a big church in San Diego on Sunday July 7th that I really REALLY want to go to!!!! It's an all day event too! Perhaps we can go with my friend and the inlaws, see downtown a little, and go to the festival around the time they will have the concert. This is something I know I will regret if I let it pass up!

..Okay, just going to stop this there before the list gets too long! Anyone else have exciting summer plans in the midst? Can't wait to see what July has in store for us! June has been a really crazy busy month! I've barely had time to breathe. More on that later...

Bookworm Lately!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

I thought I'd share a few of the books I've had the pleasure of reading recently! I won't write a synopsis of each, just a picture, and maybe later I'll add a synopsis or link to Amazon or something, with the hopes that you'd be interested  :)

And here they are... Books I've read and loved recently - within the past two weeks, actually!
Well, there ya have it! Can you believe I've read all of these within the past few weeks? I'm currently still reading I'm No Angel, but have completed the rest within the past week alone. All of these are in my pile of favorite books now, but I think one of the greatest is Touching Heaven. It is an incredible book of a children's hospital student chaplain and the incredible God-fearing children she met and their stories along the way. I have such a heart for this book because it is my life - read my testimony for more, and I definitely plan on sharing this in more detail later down the road. We will see what happens -I'm "applying" now for weekly volunteer positions at Rady's Children's in San Diego, in any way they need.
Anyway, please enjoy! Let me know if you pick up one of these books for your summer reading list or anytime down the road...you'll be glad you did!


God Strong Online Study - Week 3

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Once again I'm falling behind in blogger world, and that's due to interviews, and lots of homework and reading for summer classes. But, without further adieu, here is week 3 of the God Strong study! Don't forget to follow along in Sara Horn's book God Strong, and to get plugged in to your local Wives of Faith group for fellowship! OH! I almost forgot! Sara Horn's new book - My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife, came out recently! Go get it at the bookstore! I am starting it tonight and I cannot wait - I've been highly anticipating it ever since I first heard a while ago :)
Week 3 - Super Military Wife Syndrome
Verses to savor - Proverbs 31:10-31, John 15:4-5
Reading Chapter 5 & 6 of GOD STRONG
~Everything needs to be perfect
~One thing messes it all up!
~"If I don't do it, it doesn't get done"
~Making lists about other lists
~Not feeling appreciated
1. God doesn't ask for our perfection, only for our availability.
~He just wants me
~We are stressed less when available and looking to Him
2. He wants us to cling less to ourselves and our circumstances and more to Him.
~This is because our focus shifts to Him
~Put His word in our hearts - this will show in our lives and attitudes
3. Acknowledging God is in control and we are not makes us stronger.
~There is nothing we can do but lean on His strength
~What is He teaching us in this?
~Trust that God knows this and is with you
This week's message was learned by Sara Horn's one-year experiment, chronicled in her new book, My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife.  She learned that she is the thermostat of her family - she (and we) make it comfortable or not. In the week's video lesson she also explains the danger of comparing ourselves to others, and I know I have done that before! All of us have messy closets (lives, stresses, circumstances), and some of us are just better at hiding it than others! Seeing other milso's "have it all together" gets us in this rut... the "super military wife syndrome" or that of the Proverbs 31 wife. There is a real danger in comparing ourselves to others. This week, Sara reminds us that it is not about strength, but it is about learning on God and His priorities. We are to instead to be mindful, and are to give God control and not try to do everything on our own --- not try so hard to be superwoman. Trust that God knows this and is with you! Let go and let God.
To sum it up --
We need to let go and let God - Be mindful of stepping back and letting God have control. We don't have to be perfect, we just have to be available for Him. God gifts us His love - Take it!
What about you? Ever been stuck in this rut, this syndrome? Do you ever feel unappreciated in your efforts to become a Proverbs 31 wife? I know I have! We must learn to stop comparing ourselves to others and to instead handle stress with grace and faith - we are to be avaliable for God and are to lean on His strength!
Ephesians 2:8 - For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.

Wife 2 Wife #5

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Why, hello there Wednesday! I have been falling a little behind on my blogging lately, end of the school year/start of summer is a hectic time around here. I have my summer classes, helping at the elementary school, planning summer family visits, and job interviews all on the horizon. Throw in my love for books and reading (basically constantly lately) and that makes for quite a busy May/June :)

Anyway, more on that later. Right now I'm concentrating on the Wives of Faith Wednesday linkups!The button below is linked back to their website if you'd like to join :) Description again is below..

Wife 2 Wife is an opportunity for you as a military wife to share your heart with another military wife on issues and challenges that all of us face at one time or another in military life and get to know a LOT of other military wives. This is your chance to connect with other Wives of Faith!
Some questions will be fun, some will be serious, but EVERY week will be a GREAT WEEK!
This week's question:
Ten years from now, where do you want to be? Why?
Let's see..Ten years from now I will be 30 going on 31. Almost sounds like that movie with Jennifer Garner, except instead of jumping a decade and a half I'm only moving into the next decade of my life. We should be past done with Marshall's military commitment, and already have our land back home in Texas and our dream home built,or nearly done building/adding on. I expect to have my own classroom in a surrounding district, and to be soaking it up. Maybe write a book. Definitely work overtime - and lots of it. Little by little improving the schools of today. By that time we expect to have children that are at least elementary school age, so that will be loads of fun..I'll be able to extend their lessons and materials at home, instill in them a love of reading, and volunteer in their classrooms, ensuring that they are always learning! Teaching them to be lifelong scholars. I think my personal goals are pretty simple: own land and our house, have my own classroom and rapport with students and staff, teach Sunday school and childcare at our church, travel the great state of Texas every chance we get, and see family on a regular/weekly basis. (Something I've never been able to do for an extended time growing up and moving with the military). I also hope for us to have been on several mission trips together by that time. I long to serve Christ and experience His love and a love for others in places like Africa or the Philippines, and this will enrich our marriage and spiritual growth, as well as instill a novice for missions in our family. It would be great to serve as a couple, and also as a family. We can even go somewhere more local, such as places devastated from natural disasters on our home turf, but this is something I aim for. Oh, and have nearly everything paid off that we are able, God-willing!
Why do I want these things? I guess they are life goals, and to me they seem pretty simple. It's what I've always wanted, what Marshall's always wanted. Our home, and land in Texas, a home church, being close to family, settling into that season of our lives, raising a family.. Seems pretty simple, commonplace to me, but that's just us! What do you want ten years from now?
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