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Friday, May 29, 2009

Amazing News and Thank Yous!!!

I am so blessed to announce.... I GOT A JOB! I will be teaching second grade next year at an elementary school in the county I grew up in! I am BEYOND excited. I cannot begin to express how blessed I am. God has finally revealed His plan for me and it is much bigger and more amazing than the plan I had for myself!!! I am so thankful that He has been so faithful to me. I was able to quit my job to student teach and was given a long term sub position and summer school position, and now a full time job for this fall teaching 2nd grade! What an amazing blessing. Praise God!!!!!! Hubs and I are going out to dinner to celebrate tonight. I am sooooooooooooooo excited. I seriously cannot put my feelings into words. This whole job search has been an emotional roller coaster and I am finally back to solid ground. God is so good!!! I also want to thank all of my blogger friends who have left me encouraging messages and have been praying for me. Your prayers are so appreciated and have been answered in a big way!!! I have been so fortunate to have so many friends and family members praying for me during this up and down process. I am so excited that all of our prayers were heard and answered according to God's will! Thank you all so much!! :) :)

PS. Can you tell I'm excited? :-)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I'm Back!

I'm back! Sorry that I've been a bad blogger this past week. I have a lot on my mind right now and I'm hoping for some clarity this week. I spent my Memorial Day weekend in Petersburg, VA at a softball tournament called Beast of the East. No ladies and gentlemen, I am not exaggerating. My husband plays for a local travel/competitive men's softball team so I made the trek, along with many other wives and girlfriends. I baked in the hot sun while sporting a shirt with my husband's name and number on the back of it, and yelled with the best of them. I did not however, use the profanity that the ball players used. Hubs' team finished 4th out of 50 some teams (I think?!) and they would have most likely made it to the championship game, but there was a lot of drama and they lost out. It's unbelievable that amount of drama that men can get into. I thought women were just overly emotional and dramatic at times and that men mostly mind their own business, but they have drama of their own! All in all it was a pretty good weekend but it was exhausting. We didn't get home until 8 last night and I was so tired at 6 a.m. when my alarm clock went off. Needless to say, I will be in bed early tonight!!

That's a quick update on my weekend for now. I promise I'll post a better more informative blog soon! Hope you all had a great long weekend!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Another Interview!

I am fairly certain that most of you readers are sick and tired of hearing about my job search for next fall. If that is indeed the case, please stop reading now. I have been on this emotional rollercoaster of a job search for the past few months and it is only now that positions are beginning to open. I received a voicemail this afternoon from a principal of a school close by asking if I could come in for an interview. YES! While this in no way guarantees I will get the job, I am happy that I have been given the opportunity. It is a really great school and I could be very happy there. It is MUCH closer to home than the other schools that I have interviewed with. I continue to pray that God puts me where He wants me and gives me the wisdom to seek and see His will. Your continued prayers are much appreciated!!! I will keep you posted on the ups and downs of this time in my life. God has definitely taught me to rely on Him. I am beginning to see that He has bigger plans for me than I had for myself. I will definitely elaborate on that as soon as I get some clarity in this job search! Hope all is well with you and yours! I promise I will post a more interesting blog soon!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Morning Musings

I spent all day yesterday at the softball field because hubs was playing in a tournament. After suffering through several rain/storm delays, the tournament was cancelled for the day and was set to resume this morning. Since it is cool outside today and the threat of rain still looms, I decided to stay home. Normally I would be in church right now but I didn't make it there this morning. So I am doing some laundry, cleaning, making our grocery list, and will hopefully get to take the dogs for a walk before it rains. I also have to write out my lesson plans for the week. This will be week three of my long term sub position and 5th grade isn't my forte. I prefer the lower grades... I just think that the classroom is more exciting and alive in the lower grades. I am used to tons of bright posters declaring how fun learning is, shelves and shelves stocked with books, and learning centers spread across the classroom. In 5th grade I walked into a pretty sterile classroom. The kids are just not as excited about learning as they are in the lower grades. I think there are ways to brighten up a 5th grade classroom, but I guess when you are preparing the kids for middle school you kinda have to wean them off of the learning centers and child like environment. So anyway.... I am in charge of teaching social studies and I have about 2 weeks of teaching ahead of me before all of the assemblies, field day, and farewell activities begin. Since the SOL's are over for 5th grade, I am free to teach whatever I want. I think I will start with World War II and then discuss the Civilian Conservation Corps camps. Hopefully everything goes okay, I am new to 5th grade and to teaching only social studies. It is nice that you only have to make lesson plans for one core subject and Language Arts, but at the same time you are repeating yourself all morning. We'll see how it goes. Wish me luck!

I am heading to the grocery store this afternoon and hope to stock up on fruits, veggies, and Crystal Light to get me started on two of the three small goals I mentioned in the last post. Another blog I was reading mentioned the Couch to 5K plan... I am contemplating trying that to help me with my running. This week my goal is to walk two miles each day. The best way for me to start that is by taking each dog for a one mile walk. Sounds easy enough! Hold me accountable! :)


And finally, I want to thank Kristen over at Ladybug Blessings for giving me a blog award! I will pass this award on soon!


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Starting Small

It's been a few days since my last post... I guess nothing interesting has been happening. I have been so exhausted the past few days. I can't seem to catch up on my sleep! Not to mention, I have been administering SOL tests so I haven't been drinking coffee in the mornings because I can't leave the room to go to the bathroom. Haha. Now.... SOL's ARE OVER (for 5th grade)!! So tomorrow I will enjoy my coffee. :)

The job front is still the same... No updates there yet. I don't want to talk about it. Well... except to mention that I got a summer school position. Kindergarten here I come! :) Still waiting for the fall though.... trusting, praying, believing.

The battle between Lazy Christina and Healthy Christina.... is still at a stalemate. Ok, that was a lie. Lazy Christina is definitely winning. Lazy Christina convinces herself not to get out of bed any earlier to exercise, she allows herself to eat at Sonic to avoid the hassle of cooking, and she refuses to pay for a gym membership. Healthy Christina gets annoyed with Lazy Christina in the evenings because she feels like crap.

Although I have not started a new fitness/health routine, I have begun to set a few goals... to get an idea of what I would like the end result to look like.

1. I want to be able to run 2 miles without huffing and puffing and feeling like crap afterwards. Is that an unreachable goal? Doesn't seem to be but it's extremely hard to get started.
2. I want to desire fruits and veggies more than french fries and burgers.
3. I want to drink more water.

Three small goals to start with.

More comments and motivation would be appreciated! :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Weekened Update

This weekend was really fun. Hubs and I hung out with friends on Saturday night had a great time. I laughed a lot... which is something I haven't done in awhile. Life has been so stressful lately with trying to find a job and starting this long term sub position that I hadn't really lightened up in awhile. Sunday the weather was perfect! We had a Mother's Day cookout at our house and both of our families came over. It was really nice. We had TONS of food that are really bad for you.... potato salad, pasta salad, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, and KFC chicken! Yum. Hubs and I had great leftovers for lunch today!

My two job interviews have come and gone. The first one didn't go as well as I had hoped. The second one was much better but they still asked a lot of tough questions. Now I will just wait and see I guess. For those of you who commented on my desire to get in shape- Thank You!! Unfortunately I still haven't found the motivation. I am about to go attempt a long walk with one of the dogs. I am hoping that good news from one of these interviews will give me the motivation and energy to begin a new exercise routine. Here's to hoping!

On another note... while I was upstairs checking my email, my chocolate lab decided to jump up on my counter in the kitchen and eat a KFC chicken wing, bones and all. I have already placed my call to the emergency vet and they believe he will be fine. Keep in mind, this dog has eaten a screw and it came out... whole. Hahaha. Nice note to end on!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Resolutions?

Tonight the hubs and I went to see our nephew (he's 5) sing in his school's music performance. It was soooo cute. He is adorable and all of his PreK classmates are too! Hubs and I don't see him as often as we would like, so hopefully this summer we can spend more time with him! My long term sub position is going okay. The beginning of the week was rough but it's ending pretty well. I'm teaching 5th grade right now and I am realizing that I really like teaching the lower grades better (which is actually the opposite of what I thought when I first began my masters program). Luckily for me, my TWO interviews are for PreK positions. Keep praying and I'll keep you posted.

While I love that my flowers look beautiful, I am seriously tired of the rain. I need sun and warmth. Rain has a way of bringing people down. It matched my mood at the beginning of the week, but now that I have HOPE for a job, I need sun.

I also want to start improving my life/routines. Make healthy choices, get in shape, you know, all of the New Year's Resolutions that no one ever sticks to. I need to exercise more. I need it to become part of my routine... much like brushing my teeth and having my morning cup of coffee is part of my routine. How do I begin to incorporate a 30 minute workout into my already packed schedule? I would love to think I could do it in the morning, as a stress reliever, health benefit, and overall mood booster. I wish that I was good at running. If you are out of shape, how to do you start out running? I usually do too much the first day, feel miserable at the end, and stop my new "routine" after day one. Any ideas? Inspiration?

Good News!

I don't want to say too much too soon, but........ I GOT ANOTHER JOB INTERVIEW!!! It's in the county I student taught in and I would really, really love this job. I'm still praying that I follow God's will and that He will place me in the school/district He wants me in! If you don't mind, say a few prayers!! Happy Thursday!

I will try to post another blog tonight!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Bring The Rain - Mercy Me

I can count a million times
People asking me how I can praise You with all that I've gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly change who I forever am in You?
Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It's never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times
So I pray
Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there will be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You Jesus,
Bring the rain
I am yours regardless of the clouds that may loom above
Because you are much greater than my pain
You who made a way for me suffering your destiny
So tell me whats a little rain
Rough day... this song and video on YouTube reminded me that God is always there.
"If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all." Isaiah 7:9

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Meet Mrs. Couch Potato

As I faithfully read blog after blog.... It has become clear to me that everyone has the motivation to work out. Well everyone, except me. Help. During high school I was active and played sports. During college I made it a point to go to the gym, to walk miles upon miles each day and I devoured every Self magazine I could get my hands on. I was practically waiting at the magazine rack for them to put the new monthly issue out. After college I started working full time and BAM. There goes any desire to exercise. I came home tired everyday and didn't feel like doing any sort of physical activity. I traded in Self magazine for Bride magazine and now Better Home and Gardens. Once I added full time grad school student to working full time... I was just happy to fall right into bed when I got home. Now that my schedule is no where near as crazy, I still find myself lacking the motivation to exercise. You would think that since my husband is a PE teacher, that we would be this workout couple and we. so. are. not. He is active all day for his job and he plays competitive men's softball, rec basketball, and flag football. He is active. I am a couch potato. I'm stuck in a work out rut. Sure I love to hike and we tend to go hiking every other weekend, but that isn't going to cut it. Aside from joining a gym (because I'm just not sure that I will go, even after paying big bucks to become a member), what can I do to get out of this rut? I would love to be able to run in a 5K but my lungs tell me that will never happen. I am not a good runner. I have zero endurance. I would love it if working out could become part of my daily schedule, I just don't know where to begin. Any advice?

Friday, May 1, 2009

Housewife Returns to Work

After my post on Wednesday, I gained the motivation to clean the house! That's right. I redeemed myself from bad housewife status... The house looks great! Of course... I didn't do all of the rearranging and organizing of the closets and such, but I did make the house look organized and presentable. I must say, hubs was impressed with me (and the house) when he got home from work. The index card list worked... I'll be honest, I even added to the list after I did something that wasn't on the list, just so I could cross it off. Ha! Lists may become part of my daily routine. :)

On another note, this temporary housewife starts work this afternoon. Yep, I've got a meeting at the elementary school in regards to adminstering the SOL's (Virginia's standardized tests). The teacher I am subbing for is starting her maternity leave on Monday, so for the entire month of May and two weeks of June I will be teaching 5th grade. I'm not sure how I feel about that yet. I am excited to have the opportunity but it's hard to come into a classroom and take over after they are used to their teacher all year. I don't know the kids and it's in a school district that I haven't subbed much in so I'm still not used to their daily routines. It will definitely be good experience and after a week or so I should have the hang of things... I hope!

I'm not sure what's on the agenda for this weekend but I would love it if it decided not to rain, and just to be warm and sunny. My parents have opened their pool and I plan to spend the summer laying right beside it or on a float in it!

My interview is next Friday. Keep me in your prayers!