Little Answer to Prayer

It's been a very long time since I've written anything on here. I've been feeling the call to come back. I feel more in control of my time and life and I'm remembering how much joy this tiny domain had brought me. Last night, I thought I'd be losing it. After a few hours of trying to figure out how to pay for and renew, I just couldn't get it done. I asked for help from my famiy. I asked other friends if they knew anything about Blogger and Google and GSuites. No luck. So, last night I said a little prayer and asked Him for help. Just a little one. I said, "I know it's probably silly, but I think you want me to come back to this and continue my little work. If that's what you want, please help me find a way to get this thing renewed and back on track."

Tonight I got inspiration. I was able to see what I was doing wrong, and fix it. is back up. I need to get back up. This little experience felt like a littl…

A First Grade Dog Post That Makes Me Laugh

This one reminds me of a story I need to tell you about the dog.

This one reminds me of a story I need to tell you about how I stood up to leave church at the end of the meeting and pulled a muscle.
A very crucial muscle and couldn't walk for a couple of days.

This one reminds me that I need to stop being hangry.

This one just makes me laugh. Poor dog. Poor kid. And if you didn't read the the cat post, you need to. It will make you laugh, too.  I hope. (FYI - the child that wrote this was very matter of fact when I tried talking to him/her about it- didn't seem upset at all. I believe no first graders were harmed in completing this assignment.)

If this house was a pregnancy, we'd be done

but we're not, but we will be, someday. The builder would laugh every time I asked, but now he's told me that "before school starts" is a real possibility. Phew. Since it has been almost a pregnancy since pictures have been posted, here are a few:

Yes. There will be urinal(s). My mom thinks I'm crazy, but every person who has boys in their home has endorsed this decision.  Every person that I've asked, that is and if you stay in our guest room, you get to look out these two windows. And I am not pregnant. And neither is the house.

A First Grade Cat Post That Makes Me Laugh


I survived

and learned that having a newborn tired has nothing on teacher tired.  I may need to sleep for the next two months. :)

Today I got to share the gift.

Share the Gift
It's no secret that I haven't been around lately as my life has become consumed by my wonderful family and a bunch of sweet little first graders.
Those firsties are sharing so much with me. Today it's laryngitis.  Can you imagine working with a bunch of 6-7 year olds and not being able to talk to them! Crazy. Thankfully, they behaved pretty well - at least in the morning.
We are doing a "Christmas Around the World" unit this week and I get to present Christmas in Mexico to all four classes.
When I was giving my presentation for the first time today (to my own class),  I became so emotional. You see, in Mexico (at least in what we are presenting to our first graders), Christmas is much more of a time to celebrate Christ. We talked about Los Posadas, luminarias, families being together and the traditions of putting out a nativity set and putting baby Jesus in on Christmas Eve.
Did you catch that? I got to talk to my sweet little ones (who I pray for …

Two Weeks - Unbelievable Picture Catch Up :)

Late night plan run.  The reason for the late night plan run. Glad we checked, because that floor vent might be too tempting a target to little boys using a certain fixture to the right.  The innards.  My incredible panoramic picture taking skills.  Our beautiful weeds that need to be cut down before they take over the property again.  Electric's coming (see little white flags).  It turned out to be just a little bit more moola to put in underground. Yay!  Our builder teasing me.  Beautiful sky. Beautiful roof line.  Big beams that will support our family. That's my watch put there for size reference.
 Fireplace.  We will be safe in the storm! That's a big deal. We want our home to be a haven.
Stairway to... My someday room that I keep calling "the grandkids' sleeping porch," but since we don't have grandchildren and since I walked up there today and had an epiphany that really - this room is going to be my sanctuary. I'll be nice and share, but i…