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March 2016

Fellowship Conference Recap

This past weekend my husband and I (along with two friends in the car with us, and a pretty significant amount of our church family traveling separately) attended the Fellowship Conference in Denton, TX.

Fellowship Conference is a huge deal in our circle.  This year, you pretty much had to register within the first few days (maybe even hours!) of registration opening if you wanted to get accommodations on site, and it just a few days the limit on attendees had almost been reached.  And the limit on attendees is almost 1,000.

Why is Fellowship such a big deal?

Well, just look at the name.

Fellowship Conference is a time when Christians can get together and worship, be fed the Word by some amazing pastors, and also have plenty of time to fellowship with our family in Christ.  And that Fellowship is important, because it may be one of, if not the only time, some folks get to see each other in a year. And of course, it’s a great place to meet new people.  Attendees come from everywhere.  I didn’t even realize just how vast the scope of attendance was; I was only aware of people from about 2 states attending, but at this year’s conference, 27 states and 9 foreign countries were represented! Continue reading “Fellowship Conference Recap”

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Saint Patrick’s Day in preschool

Today I subbed in a preschool classroom and that I’ve been in quite a few times over the past couple of weeks. Obviously, today is St. Patrick’s Day! I just love celebrating holidays in the classroom with students.  It’s really fun to come up with activities to do to go along with the holiday. Continue reading “Saint Patrick’s Day in preschool”

5 Challenges for the Introverted Teacher

That phrase itself seems like an oxymoron–“introverted teacher.” How can you be an introvert and subject yourself to standing in front of a large group of people everyday, all day?

Well first, let’s talk about what introversion is not.

Introversion does not mean you are shy.

I think most people understand that at this point; conversations about introversion and extraversion have been all the rage for a while now. I’ve seen a lot of things written about how introverts aren’t necessarily shy, and that a lot of introverts really enjoy being around people–some might even be mistaken for extroverts.  The key is what makes you thrive and what makes you exhausted.  An extrovert is going to come away from a big group of people feeling recharged, while an introvert is going to need to recharge. 

I personally fall under the category of an introvert that does enjoy being around people, although I would never be mistaken as an extrovert.  I am also a teacher, so I’m around a significant amount of people  a significant amount of time every day.

So what challenges does an introverted teacher face? Continue reading “5 Challenges for the Introverted Teacher”

Bridal Shower Book Haul

If you know me, or are a regular reader of the blog, you know that I married a man from a different state than me, and that I moved to his state when we got married.  Well, the ladies at my husband’s church (now mine as well, of course), were kind enough to want to throw me a shower, but we were not able to fit it in before the wedding (partially because I  was long distance at the time, and it wasn’t just about finding a free day, but a free weekend that I could travel).  Anyway, the shower was scheduled for a little over a month after the wedding, when I was finally local.

Another thing you know about me if you know me at all, or are a reader of the blog, is that I’m an English teacher, I love reading, and I LOVE books.  Because of this, the shower theme was “Happily Ever After” and guests were encouraged to, in lieu of traditional gifts, bring books that had meant something to them.

I could not have been more thrilled with this plan! I know it’s probably materialistic, but I love books, and I love getting my hands on new reading material (even if it takes me forever to get to it).  But more importantly, I was getting meaningful books from my new friends and family that they had personally picked out to share with me. I like to think that I’m getting to know people better by reading the books that are important to them. 🙂

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Seating arrangement at the shower 🙂
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Those are book pages decorating the tree.  That garland was strung around the room as well.

So what books did I get? I’m glad you asked. Here is a list of the books, along with a little background information. Continue reading “Bridal Shower Book Haul”

#LoveBlog Recap: Lessons Learned

Well, we are four days into March and #LoveBlog is officially over (although there are several prompts from the month that I missed; when I finally get to them, I’ll indicate that they are #LoveBlog). It was a great month.  Here are some of the things that stood out to me, and some “lessons learned,” in no particular order:

  • Writing and posting everyday is QUITE the challenge! It’s a challenge that I’m glad I took on–I’ve rediscovered a love for writing that I hope to nourish, but I don’t intend to even *attempt* to post that much on a regular basis. But it sure was fun cranking out that much content. 🙂
  • If something is worth doing and worth doing well, you have to commit to it and work hard at it.  This goes for any endeavor, whether it be a job, writing and blogging , or relationships.
  • Reflection is SO GOOD and SO IMPORTANT.  Teachers reflect a lot: on their practice, on their lessons–Heck, part of how we are EVALUATED on is how well we REFLECT. So I know reflection is good.  But I don’t always apply it to the other parts of my life as I should, whether that be spiritually, in my relationship, or other things.  #LoveBlog month helped me to bring that to the forefront better. Now to work to keep doing that. 🙂
  • Writing is a really great way to reflect. Again, I already knew this.  I used to journal all the time. But this month refreshed my memory.
  • I thought a lot about the 5 love languages this month, and how they apply to my relationship with my husband, and with others.  It has been really helpful to think about those things, especially being so newly married.

I think this challenge came at the right time for me. I was already considering starting up the blog again, and this gave me an excuse to do it, and a lot of great things to think about and write about. During this time of adjustment and change, it was really great to do that.  Hats off to Brita for hosting the challenge; I look forward to continuing to blog, and I look forward to #LoveBlog next year!

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Thank you for reading! The #LoveBlog Challenge is hosted by Belle Brita, introduced to me and co-hosted by my friend Charlene at Enduring All Things. Check out the introductory blog post for the challenge and link-up here.

LoveBlog with Belle Brita

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