Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I think God knew that I needed some extra time to study because the school district did not call me Monday or Tuesday to work. So I spent both of those days putting together my portfolio notebook, and studying for my exam.
I was so nervous. Much to my pleasant surprise, I picked up the test and knew all but one of the answers! I made a 99. I was elated! Thanks to God, and all my family that prayed for me to do well.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I was really upset because the warranty just expired. Oh well, at least it was a good camera while it lasted.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Well, Christmas is on it's way here again. It seems like every year is a little shorter, but that may be because I am a little older.
Yesterday I put up my Christmas tree. Setting up the tree has always been my favorite part of celebrating the Christmas holidays. I remember being a little girl, and bothering my mother with questions of when I could decorate our tree with ornaments. I wonder what my house will sound like when God blesses me with children. Will they be excited as I was to decorate the tree? I hope so. This year Caleb helped me to decorate my tree, and I got to enjoy some of that childlike excitement again.
Now that I am an adult, I enjoy sitting and admiring the tree's beauty from my couch. It gives me time to reflect over the last year and realize how fortunate I am.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Amy and I decided that while she was in town we would have all of Christy's boys come to my house for a sleepover. The evening was a blast. We had pizza for dinner, did Thanksgiving crafts, read books, and watched Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving on DVD. Here are some of the highlights of our evening.
Here are the boys with their finished turkeys.
They were Amy's idea, and listed what they
were thankful for on the feathers.
Here are the boys watching Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving.
Tim, Amy, and Karson
Monday, October 27, 2008
My neighbor told me that she had been running all over the street, and he was concerned for her safety. Once he saw that I was after her he went on his way. This is when the chase began. I was running all over the neighborhood after my dog. This presented several problems: I was chasing her in my pajamas, It was freezing outside, and I had Christy's boys asleep in the house.
I thought to myself, I have to catch this dog, but what about the boys? I knew if they woke up and I wasn't there they would be scared. Daisy happened to run right down their grandmother's street. I frantically knocked on her door, and asked her to go to my house and check on the boys. She told me she would and I ran after Daisy again. I finally caught her in their backyard. I was tired, mad, and out of breath. I returned to the house, and the boys were okay. Thanks Kathy for coming to my rescue. That was one wild dog chase I won't soon forget!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
One of the boys was really excited about his weekend. "Mrs. Elam, do you know where I am going this weekend?" " No where, I asked?" My dad is taking me hunting! Really what are you hunting? Doves! Sometimes we hunt wild pigs. Wow, I said. I then proceeded to tell them how an uncle of ours raises pigs, and that they had hog meat on the menu at their wedding. "Was it a red-neck wedding, he asked?" I laughed at that one!
Then there was a girl who told me all about her ethnic heritage. I was proud of her for remembering some pretty big details about her family. I told her that she must really be proud of her family.
Then there was a little boy who proceeded to tell me that he needed a cell phone! You don't need a cell phone I told him. Who would you call? How old are you? "I'm eleven, and I would call my dog!" I thought that was pretty funny!
These kids kept me laughing all day, and I enjoyed all of their little antics. It makes me feel pretty good when a class I just have for one day wants to tell me all about their lives. Kid's say the funnies things!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Obtaining my teacher certification has been quite a process for me. I know with all of my heart that I want to teach. It is really hard not to be nervous, and worry if everything will work out for me. It is just one of those things that you have to let go of, and take a giant step of faith. In the meantime I continue to make the preparations necessary for that step. I hope that over the next couple of months that my friends and family will keep me in their thoughts and prayers.
Sometimes when I am alone I try to picture myself in charge of my very own classroom. I think about what the students will be like, and the experiences that I will have. Above all else, I want to make a difference in the lives of those students. I hope that I can.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Daisy got bored and tore up the cat's bed.
I had foam all over my living room. I didn't punish her because it was my fault. I just said Oops my mistake, and cleaned up the mess.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Yesterday was much better. I had a 4th grade class and they were really sweet. They were working really hard because if they were good they got to eat lunch with their teacher the next day. It was so nice to be able to tell them something and they just did it without arguing or talking. At the end of the day they asked me if they had earned lunch with their teacher. I told them that they did. They were so excited, and they told me Mrs. Elam you are awesome! I told them that they were the ones who did awesome, and thanked them so much for giving me a good day. It was a welcome change. When you are a substitute every day is different. It reminds me of a saying that used to be our slogan on mission trips, "Remember Be Flexible!"
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Christy's boys are always so sweet. They posed for this picture.
Below is also a shot of a sweet little surprise they bought me, Yellow roses.
Kevin was so tired after all the fun that he fell asleep.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Daisy has a bad habit of pulling the cushions off the couch. She usually does this when she is left alone to long or is in a playful mood. In this case, it was because she was left alone. Thomas and I were in the other room of the house just chatting about our days. It was one of those nice long chats that come only on rare occassions (If you know Thomas you know what I mean). I went into the living room and found this! Silly dog!
My silly little girls! When the Mom's Away the Pets Will Play!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Thomas went with us to the vet today. Daisy did a little better with him there than she does when I take her by herself. She sat all cuddled in his lap in the waiting room. She shook the whole time. Then when we were in the examining area she recognized the vet's voice. As soon as she heard the doctor talking she was trying to jump off the table and get away! Poor baby. They are so nice at the vet's office I don't know why she always gets so scared.
Animals have so much personality! My life would be pretty dull
without my girls and their funny antics.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The school is really nice, and I wouldn't mind having a permanent job there someday. Today was an early release for meet the teacher night so it was a pretty easy day. I have the same group of kids tomorrow, and I am looking forward to going back. They were a really sweet group. I hope that tomorrow goes as smoothly as today.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
My dog Daisy had to go to the vet about two weeks ago because she had ear mites. Daisy hates the vet's office, and I literally have to drag my poor baby in the door. She also hates the medicine that we have to put in her ears. As you can see in the picture above, as soon as she sees the bag of medicine she goes and hides under whatever she can find.
This is Daisy cowering because she knows we are about to put medication in her ears.
The look she is giving me says it all, "Mommy this is so mean!"
This is the funny part. After the medicine is in, Daisy rolls around on whatever she can find and tries to get it out. Poor baby! Next week we go back for a recheck to make sure the mites are gone. She forgave Thomas though. We always give her a treat afterwards.
So it's not just kids who don't like their medicine, it's dogs too!!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Well, today we had an ant invasion. This has happened before, but it was quite comical how it came about this afternoon. It was a normal Sunday afternoon about two-o'clock, and Thomas was watching t.v. I was catching up on the laundry when all of a sudden I hear Baby, come here! I was a little bit irritated to be called away from my chores. Thomas was almost jumping from the couch. I asked him what in the world was wrong. Do I have an ant on my back, he asked? Sure enough there was one. There must be ants in the couch, he said. So he moved the couch away from the window and began to search for ants. Sure enough there was a little trail of them from the backdoor to the couch.
The next thing I know Thomas is vacuuming out the couch trying to find the ants. He got the spray and attacked the ones that were under the window. Thank Heavens for Raid!!
A little funny isn't it?
Well, we survived the ants marching in to our home. The moral of the story... don't eat food on your couch! Ha Ha.