Currently (An Abridged Update List)

psalm 27-14

Friends, I have come to an important conclusion:

Today, March 20th, there is nothing better than Spark in the morning, curled hair, iced coffee, and a fantastic book.

Also, today, the AP Juniors class I’m observing had a long and in-depth discussion about High School Musical 1, 2, and 3.  This of course was highlighted by impromptu singing and dance moves, movie quips, and laughter.

Today is the first day of spring!  And the start of sPrInG bReAk! (Remember MSN days and how cool the AlTeRnAtEd LeTtErS were to use? And impossible to read?!)

This semester I’ve been observing Junior and Senior English classes at the local high school.  I’ve applied for student teaching in the fall, and am eagerly awaiting to hear about my official placement!  I also coach a 12s club volleyball team; our team name is Fire, which is fitting as these girls are little balls of fire, always working hard and improving.  I’m so proud of them!

Today, I hope to finish the book I started this week.  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr takes place in Europe during World War II, with the majority of the action happening during the Normandy Invasion.  Told through multiple viewpoints, All the Light We Cannot See takes readers back and forth through about 10 years in the main characters’ lives.  We see Marie-Laure, a girl who loses her eyesight around age 6, and her father escape to England.  We see Werner’s fascination with radios take him deep into the German army.  Both face decisions along the way that not only challenge them, but us as readers, too.

“This jewel of a story is put together like a vintage timepiece, its many threads coming together so perfectly.  Doerr’s writing and imagery are stunning.  It’s been a while since a novel had me under its spell in this fashion”  Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone.

So if you are looking for something to read over spring break or this summer, I highly highly recommend this book.

Suze is as cute as always, except when she wakes me up twenty minutes before my alarm.  She has also taken a strange fascination with laying in the sinks…..

hashtag sinkselfie

hashtag sinkselfie

Enjoy the beautiful weather and God’s promises!

Stay joyful,



Still Loved||Frances J. Roberts, “Come Away My Beloved”

Hi Friends,

I can make lots of excuses and give seemingly valid reasons, but really it all boils down to the fact that over and over again, I think I know best for my life.  I take matters into my own hands and disregard what God wants me to do in these situations.  From personal experience, this creates a distance between me and my beautiful Saviour.  I then begin to feel resentful, guilty, and ultimately unworthy to spend time with Jesus.

A friend recommended I read Beautiful Outlaw by John Elderedge, which has been a thrill (more to come about this).  But while I was at the bookstore, I saw this little blue book with plain silver writing on the cover.  Very unassuming, but I was still drawn to it.  I picked up Come Away My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts and began reading right there in the store.  Each section is just about a page long and the words began to melt my heart.  I left the bookstore with two books in tow and I couldn’t wait to begin.

I don’t read them every day.  I wish I did.  I know I should.  It’s something I’m working on though.  Last night I was reading parts of the Roberts book and I found two entries….Let me just share a couple excerpts:

I Joy over You
“You are many things to Me, just as I am many things to you.  My love for you is deep and tender.  I know your desire to please Me, and I am happy that it is so.  How can I tell you that though I desire holiness, and while I desire fruit in your life, still My love for you is not contingent upon anything you attain?…I love you because you are My child.  I love you because I am your Father.  i love you with Calvary love.  At a great price I redeemed you—becuse I have always loved you.  When I planned this, I foresaw you lost in sin; and I loved you, chose you, and set my heart upon you.”  (emphasis mine)

Wow!  So often my wish to please and be perfect overwhelms me to the point where I fall to the ground and feel like a failure.  Here God gently picks me up and cradles me, whispering to me that He still loves me.  Nothing I could do would make Him love me less.

You Cannot Weary My Love
“Lift your eyes, and look upon Me.  For though you have forgotten Me, I have not forgotten you. While you have busied yourselves with your daily occupations, I have still been occupied with you.  When your mind has been captured by the affairs of life, My thoughts have been of you.
My little children, you cannot weary My love.  You may grieve My heart, but My love is changeless, infinite.  I long for you to turn to Me….I am not a remote power.”

Yet another beautiful truth letting me know that God is still here, waiting for my return with open arms.

God does not see me as unworthy, but rather I am His beloved child whom He will never forget or leave or stop loving.

I couldn’t be more grateful for that truth.

Stay joyful,


Is my Disney spirit-princess Rapunzel??||The Ramblings of a Student-Teacher in the Near-Distant Future

Hi Friends!

Phew! What a whirlwind of adventures lately! I think we last left off sometime this summer when I had a rage of craftiness that has been unmatched since. I began my senior year of college in August (say WHAT?) and the fact that I have one more semester until I student-teach has hit me like a ton of bricks.

Thoughts about this:
1. Holy moly I’m almost done!
2. Oh no, I’m almost done
3. I was born for this
4. I can’t do this
5. Graduation–yay!

I feel a bit like Rapunzel in the movie Tangled when she leaves for the castle for the first time.

I flip back and forth between elation…..tangled___best__day__ever__by_kaelxy-d536p2w                                                                     image courtesy of:

and terror……………………


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But all in all, I pretty much just feel like this:

strangely optimistic with slight trepidation…..rapunzel 2

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But through all of these emotions, I know that I have plenty of time to prepare and plan for student teaching and whatever job I am blessed with after graduation.  I have so many ideas of things to do in my future classroom, and I’m so excited to put them to the test.

As a moderate perfectionist, it is difficult to accept that not everything I will do as a teacher will be successful.

The first several years will be hard.
Students will have more important issues than learning about Shakespeare and reading YA novels for fun.

It’s okay.  As a wise husband (I’m so lucky) always tells me, “It will all work out”.  And I know it will.  I just want it to work out right now, not six years from now 😉

There will be good days and bad days.  The trick to surviving each day is to always find some good in the bad days, and to remember why the good days were so good….

Let me try to say that better..

For me personally to make it through the bad days, I need to look for the little spots of hope, the glimmer of understanding, or the twinkle of excitement that arise throughout the day.  What’s that saying–every cloud has a silver lining–?   Every day won’t be a bad day, and when they do happen, I can’t let them dictate my mood.

During the good days, I want to figure out why they were better than other days.  Were the students engaged in the material?  Did hypothetical Suzy finally master her introduction?  Did I explain something in a different way that worked?  Or were the students just enjoyable today?  Maybe I’m just looking through rose-colored glasses, or I’m being the eternal optimist.. and maybe you have to do a little of that to be a good teacher..

I still have about 8 months before I’ll student-teach, which is good.  Of course I want to be at that point now, but there are still so many great things happening in my life where I am at today.

As a wise dad (yep, my dad!) always says “Life by the yard is hard, life by the inch is a cinch”.

So for now, I will be focusing on where I am at in life, not getting distracted by the possibilities of the future.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Stay joyful friends,


8 Things I’ve Learned…

Well, another year of schooling is in the books.  *cheers*

One and a half years left.  *groans*

It seems like things have gone so fast…but so slow.

So many new things at first have become old hat, but this semester in particular it feels like I have learned so many things!!

From being a newlywed, to being a full-time student, from figuring out how to meal plan and everything else that goes with housekeeping….here’s a list of a few of my favorite new tidbits of knowledge 🙂

1.  If you can’t carry all your groceries inside in one trip, you bought too many groceries.


Spongebob understands

2.  Clean laundry is absolutely wonderful.  Folding laundry, however, is…necessary.

3.  I finally experienced my first lack-of-caffeine headache.  My coffee-maker left me this note:

coffe mug

It’s true.

4.  Weekly meal-planning is always a fun idea, but so is fast food, and ice-cream, and a turkey sandwich…It’s like a game what we will decide to do!

5.  You will learn allllllllll about your neighbors in an apartment without ever meeting them face-to-face.
Learning their radio preferences…
Evidence 1: Sharing the radio with them.
Evidence 2: Sharing the radio with the car with the bright headlights in our window at 2 a.m.
Their water habits…
Evidence 1: Our ceiling raining with water shared from our neighbors. *twice*

6.  This:


But really….

7.  Even though the future scares me a bit, I know that I’ll be prepared thanks to my husband, family, and infinitely long schooling.


There really is a cat meme for everything

8.  Life is sure is great


Stay joyful,



It’s been a delicious temperature this week.

That delightful in-between of seasons,

The savory smell of the ground coming to life,

Of the world coming to life again.

The windows radiate sunlight inside 

and it gets so HOT!  

Holy moly, it was so toasty in every building today!  I sure love the warm weather now, but yikes I am not used to this heat inside!  Last week it was freezing indoors and now this glorious weather.    

Don’t get me wrong, this weather has been wonderful 🙂  I just need to start packing up all my heavy sweaters and long sleeves and switch in my short sleeves and spring colors 😀