Thursday, December 27, 2012

December 27, 2012

Day 57: Today, I am thankful for people like my brother who spend long hours clearing roads and parking lots as such so others can travel safely!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

December 26, 2012

Day 56: We are having a blizzard here today and I must I am thankful to be snow in with my family instead of home by myself. Let me explain a little. Almost every time ReneƩ and her family come to town, I (and usually Dudley) like to sleep over at mom and dad's, too. Most people think I am crazy because we just live three miles down the road. However, I don't care what others think. I like to be able to spend as much time with my family as I can when they are in town!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Joy to the World

December 20, 2012

Day 50: I am thankful for the heat we have in our house. It was super windy and cold today, and I can't imagine not having a warm place to keep is out of the elements.

December 21, 2012

Day 51: Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to work in an elementary school. At "work" today we got to wear our jammies, do fun Christmas activities, eat a snack, color and watch the Polar Express. It was a great, relaxing day for all of us!

December 22, 2012

Day 52: I  thankful for all the wonderful memories I have of my Mamaw Reedy!

December 23-25

Day 53-55: I am thankful for the times spent with family. We were treated to Christmas at the Zoo and pizza tonight by Adam and Andrea (minus Dudley). Today we are going to the children's museum and Christmas Eve services., and tomorrow is Christmas! I can't wait for all the memories to come!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I Know, I Know.....

I know...I am WAY behind. In my defense, I have been trying to catch-up the last two days but Blogger wasn't cooperating. So, here it goes...

December 12, 2012

Day 42: I am thankful for our house. I am grateful that we were able to purchase our first home this past summer! I know home ownership has its ups and downs, but we are loving being on our own, not in an apartment.

December 13, 2012

Day 43: I am thankful for books to read. Nothing can calm me down and help me to relax like reading a book before I go to sleep. I love finishing my day this way because it allows me to escape from all the stresses of life.

December 14, 2012

Day 44: I am thankful for my kiddos! After all of the events that occurred on this day, it makes me really love all my students even the ones who require a little more patience from me. They are all innocent 5, 6, and 7 year-olds, and I may be the only safe and loving thing they see in a day. I need to make sure that I remind myself everyday how precious these kiddos are to me!

December 15, 2012

Day 45: Today, I am thankful for medication. I know that may seem like a silly thing to be thankful for, but with all the allergy problems I have, I am glad there is some sort of relief.

December 16, 2012

Day 46: I am thankful for a family that understands that sometimes you just need a time to rest and get yourself back together.

December 17, 2012

Day 47: I am thankful for silliness! Everyday this week the Kindergarten classes is having a special day to celebrate the holidays. It is a good way to take off some of the tension from all the assessing we had been doing the last several weeks, and a way to make sure we aren't all going crazy waiting to get through this week!

December 18, 2012

Day 48: I am thankful for Dr. Pepper! It may not be good for me, but it sure does help some days!

December 19, 2012

Day 49: Today, I am thankful for thoughtful gifts! This time of year always reminds of how nice it feels to give/receive gifts that you can tell people really put thought and energy into.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December 11, 2012

Day 41: I am thankful for kind strangers. Dudley and I enjoy eating Mexican food, and have a great little place that we like to frequent. Through going to the same place we have come to know the owner and some of the workers. We don't know their names but they are always so friendly and inviting from the time we walk in that it feels like we have known them forever! We enjoy getting to be "regulars!"

Monday, December 10, 2012

Days 37-40

December 7, 2012:

Day 37: Today, I am thankful for our cars.  Now they aren't the greatest things in the world but they get us to where we need to go.

December 8, 2012

Day 38: I  am thankful for nights with friends! Tonight, Dudley and I had 6 of our good friends over for a night of ugly shirts, Mexican food, games and TONS of laughter! We need to make sure we have nights like these a lot more frequently!

December 9, 2012

Day 39: I am thankful for my health. I would say that for the most part I am pretty health. Besides allergy and knee problems, I hardly ever am sick and for that I am grateful!

December 10, 2012

Day 40: Today I am thankful for friends who stay connected no matter how much time or distance has come and gone. I was able to reconnect this evening with a friend I have not seen in 2 years. I wish we could see each other more often, but the fact we can talk like nothing has changed is great!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December 5 & 6, 2012

December 5

Day 35: I am thankful for coffee today! Not only am I thankful that it gives me a pick-me-up when I need it to, but because it warms me and it leads to so many great memories. For instance, the first time I had coffee it was given to me by my Aunt Merna. She gave me a tiny bit of Sanka at a family get together. Coffee lead Dudley and I to meeting each other face-to-face for the first time. He set up with my roommate to surprise me at Starbucks, and from there out it has been a part of the memories we have made together. Coffee is always served with dessert anytime my mom's side of the family gets together. So, as you can see coffee leads to lots of great parts of my life, and I can't wait to see where else we go together! :-)

December 6

Day 36: Today, I am thankful for the innocent smiles on children's faces when they are truly grateful for something! My aide and I had taken notice of a couple of our kiddos jacks. They just didn't look that great and we wanted to do something about it. Well, not that long ago a washer and dryer where installed in the school for such instances, so my aide volunteered to take the coats down and wash them this afternoon. Well, when I told one of the kiddos what had been done she got the BIGGEST smile on her face and she was so excited! She couldn't sit still she was so excited! It is moments like this one that I am glad I became a teacher!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

4 in a row

December 1

Day 31: Today I am thankful TRUE friends. The friends that are always there no matter the situation. Friends that you know are always honest no matter whether you want them to be or not. Friends that don't change who they are because of who they are around. Friends that can hang out in their comfy clothes and do absolutely nothing together. Friends that you can cry and laugh with. I am blessed with a few of these TRUE friends and God knew exactly what He was doing when he placed them in my life!

December 2

Day 32: Today I am thankful for people like my Momma who take time to invest in the lives of children to help them learn about God and what He has done for us. She has been leading the children's Christmas musical at church for like 30+ years, and she always does an amazing job at it no matter the stress it may bring about. She and those who work with her always put their all into the productions to make sure that not only the children participating but those watching come out knowing the true meaning of Christmas.

December 3

Day 33: Today I am thankful for time to actually sleep. I came home not feeling the best and I was able to sleep for 7+ hours. Dudley and I  had a few errands to run, and when we got home I ended up falling asleep on the couch. After a couple hours, I finally went up stairs and went to bed. It was nice to be able to get some much needed rest without feeling guilty for not doing the things around the house I should be doing.

December 4

Day 34: Today I am thankful for a hubby who understands how bad migraines make me feel. I really wish there was someway I knew when a headache was going to become a migraine. Everyone is always telling me that I should take medicine when I feel a migraine coming on. Well, when you have had headaches as long as I have you never know if it is a migraine or just a really bad headache. Dudley is such a sport when I have one of those days and does his best to make me as comfortable as possible. I love him so much for doing what he can to help!

Friday, November 30, 2012

November 30, 2012

Day 30: Today, I am thankful for thoughtful, caring co-workers! 

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Eek! I have really gotten behind this week!

November 26, 2012:

Day 26: Today, I am thankful for Mondays. I know, I know, I must be crazy, but this school year I actually like Mondays. My class this year is so good on Mondays! They are always so quiet and calm on Mondays, and in great moods! They make my Mondays!

November 27, 2012:

Day 27:  Today, I am thankful for surprises! I love giving surprises! I love being able to surprise someone with something they won't get for themselves!

November 28, 2012:

Day 28: Today, I am thankful for a hubby that doesn't mind taking a turn making dinner!

November 29, 2012:

Day 29: Today, I am thankful that my nephews want to call me on the phone! I noticed I had a missed call and voice mail from my sister. This had me worried at first because usually if she needs something during the day she just texts me. I couldn't check my message until lunch, but it was well worth the wait. I listen and this is what I hear, "La la, La la, hi, love you, bye, Hi, see you in a couple weeks. love you, bye, bye!" I had the biggest smile on my face after that message! I texted Renee' to thank her for the message, and she told me E had brought her phone to her and when she asked if he wanted to call someone he said "uh-huh." When she asked who he wanted to call he said "La la"  Love it!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 25, 2012

Day 25:

Today I am thankful for the silly side Dudley and I have together. I have always had a goofy, kid-at-heart personality, and I know God placed Dudley in my life because he can be goofy and silly with me! There is never a dull moment in our house, and I can't wait till we are 80 and still being silly with each other!

November 24, 2012

Day 24:

Today I am thankful that I was blessed with another year of life! I have now been alive for 28 years, and I can say they have been a whirlwind of emotions. In those 28 years there have been some rough times, but there have been many, many fantastic times! I was blessed to be born into a family that loves me unconditionally and is always going to be there no matter what the circumstance. I am looking forward to the many years I have ahead of me, and the road God is going to take me down!

Friday, November 23, 2012

November 22 & 23

Day 22:

Today I am thankful for having at least some part of our family close enough to celebrate the holidays! With Dudley working at FedEx, we are pretty much set to always be home from the beginning of November to Christmas. This makes it hard to see see his side of the family, but we are blessed to have my side close! We never have to worry about being lonely for the holidays.

Day 23:

Today I am thankful for the opportunity to shower my family with gifts! I love being able to give others either things they need or things they want! This time of year I am always so excited to see what I can give to bless someone else, but I love when I can do this no matter what time of the year it is!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November 19, 2012

Day 19:

Today I am thankful for stress-free nights out! Nights where you can go out and not have any worries. Nights where you don't have to can just go out

November 21, 2012

Day 21:

Today I am for time spent with my momma! It doesn't matter what we are doing, I always enjoy the time I get to spend with her. We almost always spend Saturdays going out shopping together. We may neither one end up buying anything, but its not about that. We just enjoy being together!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November 20, 2012

Day 20:

Today I am thankful for technology! I know sometimes we get to wrapped up in the world of technology, but we all have to admit....without it so many good things couldn't go on. I am so glad that I can just push a button and be face-to-face with my sister, bro-in-law, and their boys! Not many things makes my heart happier then hearing my nephews so excited to talk to me! That family is so amazing and they are such a blessing to me and Dudley, and any time we can spend together (in person, or on the computer) I will take!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

November 18, 2012

Day 18:

Today I am thankful for laughter! I don't know what else to say about it. I feel like Buddy the Elf, but what can I say, "Smiling's my favorite!"

Saturday, November 17, 2012


November 16, 2012

Day 16:

Today I am thankful for God's grace!

November 17, 2012:

Day 17:

Today I am thankful for my big brother, Adam! It is his birthday today, and I can't imagine my life without him! He has always been a great big brother! So much so that I have always hoped that I would have a little boy first and then a little girl because I know how much I looked up to my brother and I want the same for my children! We most definitely had our moments where we bickered and didn't get along, but I wouldn't change our days together for anything!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

November 15, 2012

Day 15:

Today I am thankful for comforting food.....chicken soup and grilled cheese. Foods like these are just what I need on days like today. Days were mornings start rough, and only progressively get worse. There were some upsetting things that happened this morning at school, and from there I just got to feeling awful. Nose consistently running, sneezing, pounding head, the whole works. It is foods like chicken soup and grill cheese that make me feel some what better because along with those foods come memories. Memories of mom making those food and placing them on a TV tray when we were little. Memories I will always cherish!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

November 14, 2012

Day 14:

Today I am thankful for God's unending love. It feels so good to know that someone is going to love me and before me through it all! He is there for our good days, and He is there through the rough days. He is there for us when we make mistakes, and loves us despite of those mistakes. In anything we do, we can always turn to God!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Two in One

November 12, 2012

Day 12:

Today I am thankful for friends who can help in thick and thin. I love that within my group of friends we are all so different that we can help each other out in so many different ways! With no two of us being exactly alike we can bring our talents together to be there for each other. If we were all the same our lives would be very boring!

November 13, 2012

Day 13:

Today I am thankful opportunities to make dinner with my hubby. We are very blessed to have schedules that allow us to eat dinner together most every night. This is often something I take for granted. I love the times we get to spend together just doing life!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Time to Catch Up.....

Well, I got a few days behind so today I am going to have to play catch up.

November 9, 2012

Day 9:
Today I am thankful for Fridays. Some weeks seem to last so long and it is everything I can do to make it Friday. Last week was one of those weeks. With Thanksgiving Break being just around the corner, the days seem to brag. When Friday rolls around, that is another week I made it through and I always look forward to spending the evening with Dudley!

November 10, 2012

Day 10:

Today I am thankful for amazing girlfriends! I had the chance to spend today with my best girlfriends in Chicago shopping! Our church put together a day to get to go to Chicago and go and do whatever we, sight see, etc. My mom, sis-in-law, and friends all got to go, and we had a great day just spending time together and doing a little shopping. The only thing that could have made it better was if Renee' could have joined us!

November 11, 2012

Day 11:

Today I am thankful for all the military personnel..... veterans and those currently enlisted. My grandpas were both a part of WWII, my dad was in the Air Force Reserves, and my bro-in-law is currently in the USAF. Without these men and all the others who have come and gone, our country wouldn't be what it is today. I am so grateful for what they did and our willing to do to make sure our country is safe! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

November 8, 2012

Day 8:

Today I am thankful for a much needed 2 hour delay from school. The fog was ridiculous this morning so the school decided to call for a 2 hour delay. When I got the text this morning, I was already up, but thankfully I hadn't started to get ready yet. I went back to bed and got a much needed couple hours of sleep. I love 2 hour delays not only for the extra sleep, but because everyone seems to come in a lot happier. We were all rested and ready for our day! We had a great day in class because of that much needed 2 hour delay!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nov. 7, 2012

Day 7:

Today I am thankful for my wonderful aide. At the beginning of this school year, I posted about how concerned I was because I had 29 kids and no help. None, nothing, it was all me!

Well, I am done down to 28 kids and I finally have some help. We were blessed at the end of September with 1 aide to share. That was great and we were so grateful that we had some help, but with the numbers like they are that still wasn't enough.

Finally, the second  week of October they told us they were looking to get an aide fore every kindergarten teacher. We were so excited because report cards were around the corner and a lot of our report card is one-on-one assessments. Well, we waited and waited and nothing happened. Finally, the day we before we were to go on our week of Fall Break I was introduced to the lady that was to be my aide.

I was a little apprehensive at first because even though I need the help in the classroom, I have trouble relinquishing control because I want to make sure they are learning everything they are supposed to and that it is done correctly. It has been 3 weeks now and I am proud to say there was nothing to worry about...she is great!

I can't wait to get to know her better and I know she is going to be a good asset to my classroom.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Nov. 6, 2012

Day 6:

Today I am thankful for the opportunity to live in a country where we have the right for our leaders. However, with that being said I am even more thankful to have a God who will still be King after all is said and done. He has everything in control no matter the outcome of today's elections. He will reign forever, and knowing that makes every day easier!

Nov. 5, 2012

Day 5:

Today I am thankful for our home. We were fortunate this summer to buy our first home! It was a great deal and perfect for where we are in our lives. I am excited to make it our own, and little by little we are. I can't wait to put up pictures as we get things finished.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Nov. 4, 2012

Day 4:

Today I am thankful for the leaders of my church. We at Mt. Gilead are blessed to have leaders that love and care for us that no matter the time or day they are there. They are there to uplift and encourage. They teach and lead us in the ways of the one true God. They are there through the good, bad and ugly. They care for those within the congregation and those outside. God has placed these leaders in their positions for a reason, and I am thankful to be ministering right alongside them!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November 3, 2012

Day 3:

Today I am thankful for days when I can do absolutely nothing and not feel bad about it! These days are few and far between, but believe me they are much needed when they come along. There is so much going on right now with school and my life that I have been stressed more than ever before in my life! Days to unwind and do nothing but take time for myself help me get through the rough days.

November 2, 2012 ( okay so it's really Nov. 3)

Day 2:
I am doing this a day late because yesterday was rough until last night when we spent the evening with our amazing friends! This leads me to what I was (am) thankful for yesterday.

I am thankful for the best friends Dudley and I have here at home: the Wiese's! They are the type of friends that no matter what we are doing together it is always a great time! We know they are there for us through thick or thin and vice versa we are there for them! We are blessed to have them in our lives!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thanksgiving Year 'Round

I am taking the challeng to see if I can write or take a picture of 365 things I am thankful for.

November 1, 2012

Today I am thankful for this wonderful man:

This isn't the greatest picture but I just love that smile and the laugh that goes with it!! He is not only my hubby but also my best friend! He knows how to make me roll with laughter or be there for me to lean on. He knows when I need his help and when to give me space. He is such a Godly man and I know that one day he is going to be an amazing daddy! He shows me his love in 100s of ways! I can't wait to grow old with him!!!!

Monday, October 29, 2012


I have been wondering how to update my blog because there is been a lot on my mind, and yet I keep telling myself, "No, there are bigger things going on in this world. Your problems aren't that big. Get over what you are feeling and move on."

So, here I sit. Still struggling on what to write.  Not knowing what to do in any situation....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


So its been a while since my last update...whoops! Let's just say that things have been a LITTLE crazy since my last post....

  • 6/26: We signed the papers for our first home!
  • 6/27: We moved into our new home. 
  • 7/3-8: We traveled to Illinois, and then on to Minnesota for a family reunion that only happens every three years. 
  • 7/11-14: I went to a family camp in Ohio with my mom and dad
  • 7/21-28: My sister and her boys got to come visit us! It was wonderful!
  • 7/21: Dad was ordained as an elder at our church. I couldn't be any prouder of my Dad. He is an amazing example in so many ways!
  • 7/30-8/3: My fellow kindergarten teachers and I held a camp from 9-11 for a few of our kids. 
  • 8/3: First official work day for school
  • 8/6: Teacher Orientation and Work Day
  • 8/7: First day of school - I have 29 students this year all to myself. We are filled to the max when it comes to space. I have to have 5-6 students at each table which makes it difficult when it comes to some projects. I do not have enough coat hooks for my students, so I am anxious to see what it will be like it gets cold out and kids start bringing coats. Also, I do not have enough cubbies. I have had to resort to using little bins for 5 of my kiddos. It is a lot of kids, and it is taking a HUGE toll on me, but I know I will make it through!
  • 8/9: I find out I have to participate in a new thing called The New Teacher Academy that our school corporation is putting together. It isn't going to be difficult and I am sure it will be helpful. However, to find out that I have to go once a month at 4'o clock and sit through a book discussion and lecture after being around 29 kids all day, not to mention the stress of being a second year teacher, lets just say I may or may not have had a meltdown. 
  • Today: We are preparing for a new testing format. We have only been trained a few hours in a few days. We found out today that we have to administer said test THIS Friday! Now, this isn't just any test. I have to get a sub for my class because I have to be the one to test all 29 students on their lettering naming, beginning sounds, and reading comprehension. Whew! 
So, do you agree that things have been a LITTLE crazy?!? I am hoping things start to slow down soon, but with the way things have been going I am not so sure that is going to happen. Every time I feel like I am getting ahead, I end of finding something else out that puts me three steps behind. I am not one that usually gets so stressed out about things....but I am not sure how I am going to make it through all this :-/ 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Man oh man...

We have some exciting news here in the Dudley house. We are going to be.......


We close on our new home on Tuesday, which just happens to be our 2 year anniversary! What better gift could a girl ask for than a new home! We are really excited about this next step in our journey together. Yes, it was a very nerve wrecking experience, but God was right there through every step just as He always promises to be!

I will post pictures once we get the keys! Stay tuned for more to come :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Okay, since it has been a month since my last post,  I guess I should update because there is kind of a lot going on.

Since my last post.....

- I have finished my first year of teaching. It was definitely a learning experience full of ups and downs. At the beginning of the year I remember being nervous of how the year would turn out. I was not only nervous on how I would do as a first year teacher, but how I would help the students I had to succeed and be ready for 1st grade. I learned things not to do, but I also learned that I think I am cut out for this job. With that being said, I now am in limbo as to whether or not I have a job next year. I do know that if I get my job back I will be on temporary contract again. That means I will have the job for the year, but it is uncertain about the following year. People may think I am crazy, but I am not really freaking out about whether or not I have a job. I have this peace about it all that I don't really know how to explain. Things will work out the way God has them planned so why should I stress out, right?

- Dudley and I are trying to close on a house. Remember how I have that peace about not having a job? Well, I need to keep reminding myself about that when it comes to us getting this house. The house we are wanting to buy is a perfect starter home for Dudley and I. There are limited things that need to be fixed besides painting. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. The problem with this house is that we were to close on  June 15th. That may have happened, but Dudley and I are applying for a specific loan and they are behind in their work. Now, sometimes this wouldn't be a problem, but when you live in an apartment where your lease was up in May, and you are now paying month-to-month, you begin to freak out a little bit .We now have to be out of the apartment by June 30, so things are going to be cut close. My mom and dad have said that if we need to we can stay at their house, but then we would have to figure out what to do with all of our stuff. So, needless to say we are in a time crunch. We are praying for the best!

Well, I should probably get back to getting this house ready to move, wherever that may be :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Here we are a month later and I am not very happy with myself or the lack of progress I have made. It seems like I just can't figure this weight loss thing out. We have switched our diet considerably but seems like my results are going nowhere! I make a small loss, only to put it back on the next day. I can't seem to get that jump start on losing weight.

Yes, I know that you usually plateau when you lose weight, but doesn't that come after you have had a significant loss?? Things are really getting frustrating and I think mentally I am worse off than when I started this whole process.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Here is a quote a friend of mine had on her Facebook status tonight:

"Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting."

These words hit me right in the heart. Dudley and I are in a state of having to be patient in several areas of our lives....

  • having to be patient until Dudley can land a full time job
  • having to be patient as we wait to hear back about a house
  • having to be patient on this weight loss journey I am on
  • having to be patient to know 100% sure I still have a full-time job next year
We have placed all of these things in God's hands but often the human side of us gets in the way and we begin to doubt His timing and His path for us to follow. We just keep reminding ourselves to be patient and let him lead.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


This weekend was our Annual Women's Retreat at church. It was so nice to take a couple days and be spiritually feed. Getting to spend time in fellowship and community is something that I often take for granted because it is something that we all, for the most part have, but something that we don't use like we should. The worship and speaking was uh-mazing! I love when it is as if God has those speaking or leading talking to me and me alone. I know there were others that needed to hear what was said too but I love when He hits me right in the heart with His message.

With all of this being said, with fellowship usually comes eating....not so good when you are on a diet. I tried to be good, but I am not perfect and I messed up some. I was a little frustrated when I weighed myself this morning, but I just had to remind myself that everyday is a new journey and I will make!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

One day down....

One day down and I have lost....(insert drum roll here) 3 lbs. Woot! I just ate better, six small meals/snacks, and did Zumba for about an hour!

Today got a little tougher when it came to eating because we had small group and they have a meal before we start the discussion. Dudley and I had dinner before we went but we used one of our snacks at group. It was so hard to just eat a little bit. I am hoping I didn't go over my calorie intake too much.

Here's to go results tomorrow!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Here we go....

Today is a day of beginning new things.

I have for quite some time struggled with my self-image. It is not something I have talked about with people, and it has been more of an issue than I am sure anyone realizes. That is how I often am with things. I keep them to myself because somewhere out there, there are bigger issues so why waste time on the small things like how I look.

It is often hard when shopping with others because, as I like to joke about, I always get the "big girl" clothes. It is hard when shopping to hear others always say things like, "Oh, wouldn't this look cute on so and so" but hardly ever hear, "Oh, this would look cute on you." My size usually doesn't look so cute on the hanger. This is why my style has never really been totally where I wish it was. I have always been the girl who wears t-shirts and tennis shoes. Even though I love both of those things, I have always wanted to branch out with my style.

This leads us to today. I have decided to really stick with and put in my full commitment to eating better and working out. The best part of all of this is that not only will I feel better inside and out, but I have the best accountability partner, my hubby! He has been so awesome in all of this and is stepping up to the plate to help me out anyway he can! I love him so much and glad we get to do life together!

I am going to try my best to update everyday how I am doing on this journey, but bare with me as I may not always want to post what is going on.

Monday, March 12, 2012


Changes, changes everywhere!

There are changes in the season right now.
There are changes at school.
There are changes going on for Dudley and I right now.
There are changes going on in my family.

Most of the changes are things for the better, but with the good there usually comes some bad, and I must say there is some bad changes here right now.

I honestly believe the only thing getting me through all these changes, good or bad, is my faith in God and knowing there is nothing He would throw my way that He doesn't think I can handle. I know that in Him all things are possible! He is in every change there is and will ever be and because of that I have joy in all things going on in life!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I started off doing a pretty good job of blogging more often and then we got back into the swing of school and I slacked off. Oops!

Since my last post, I got scared pretty good one more when I went out to my car to go to work and there was evidence someone had been in my car. Now, I had taken anything of value out because a when it first got really cold I could not get my car to unlock at work and my dad had to save me. So, we decided that until it got warm again I would have to leave it unlocked : / Well, back to when I went out to my car, I walked out, opened my door and everything from my doors, glove box, and consol were in my front seat, and a few other things were misplace. Luckily nothing was missing and my car was okay, but it really shook me up! It got Dudley and I thinking about some next steps in our lives.

Since my last post, Dudley and I got free tickets to see Jimmy Fallon while he was here in Indy for the Super Bowl. Well, we got there to wait in line for our tickets knowing there was a chance of not making it because they told us they over booked. Little did we know, they REALLY over booked. We didn't make it in, but we did get a free T-shirt out of it. LOL. We had fun looking at all of the Super Bowl excitement and we were glad to get to experience it all!

Since my last post my sister and nephews have come to visit! I LOVE when I get to see their family. It warms my heart every time I hear Teagan say "Aunt Lala, you want to play with me?" and every time I see Eli's smiling little face. I can't wait to see what God has in store for those two because I knew they are going to do amazing things!

Finally, since my last post we are now getting ready to head to Atlanta on Thursday evening to see Dudley's parents and his friends. We are both excited to get to go down there and spend some time with everyone!

Hopefully, it won't be too much longer before my next post. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Boy is it cold out there! We are finally getting the feeling of winter out there. I do love snow but I don't love everything it brings with it! Like today for instance, I was leaving school to head home and what happens. I slip on ice and fall right on my side. Then, my key won't unlock my door. It turns and turns but nothing. It has stuck before and after a few jiggles it unlocked. Not today :( I stood there freezing and trying, but nothing. So luckily I am blessed to live close to my parents and I was able to call my dad for help. He was able to come right over and he got it to open up!

So, the moral of the story is, I am one blessed girl to be able to live close enough to my parents that when Dudley is working and I can't get a hold of them I have someone to call on for help!

I know you are reading this, Dad, so thank you again for your help! I love you!

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Well, I missed a day yesterday due to the fact that our computer is old and didn't want to! I thought having the internet was going to make things easier. ha...story of my life.

School is back in full swing and so far (keeping my fingers crossed) things are going well. I have already in these two days seen some improvements in a couple of my kiddos! I really think we all needed a break to recoup and have time away from each other! I am looking forward to see where this semester leads!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Where Has Time Gone???

Here we are January 3, 2012. I can't believe that it is half-way through my first year of teaching Kindergarten. I never thought I would be in my own classroom teaching my own set of students. I have known I always wanted to work with children, especially kindergartners, but after many setbacks I haven't always been sure when or if that was going to happen.

Now that it is the beginning of the second semester, my love for working with kids just keeps growing. I am not sure I will forever be working in the school system, but I am sure that I will always be working with kids in one way or another!

As I think about starting back to school tomorrow, I know that my students have come a long way since the first day of school, but i also know we have a lot to do to make sure they are ready for first grade! I can't wait to see where this next semester takes us. I know we are all going to continue to grow together as we finish out this year!

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year, New Things

Now that we have Internet at home, I had planned on starting this blog back up yesterday but it seemed like sleep took over :)

I am looking forward to all the things that lie ahead in 2012. I know that God has big things in store for Dudley and I in the coming year. I am anxious to see what those things are, but I know that patience is the only way I will get to those things!

Here's to praying, listening and letting God take complete control of the road ahead!