Saturday, August 18, 2012

This Is Why We Do What We Do!

I challenge you to be dreamers; I challenge you to be doers and let us make the greatest place in the world even better. ~ Brian Schweitzer
A simple trip to the local grocery store to grab a few things for dinner when all at once I see one of my former students from years ago.  The thing is this kiddo is now a grown-up...really, how did this happen??  Our eyes met and he came over to give me a big squeeze.  I'd been thinking about him and his family for sometime and had recently read that he was a new hire in our local school district; a new Language Arts teacher at our local high school.  When I read that awhile back I couldn't help but feel so many emotions:  pride for the wonderful young man he'd become, sad because he's grown up without even asking me, happy that one of our own has now become a teacher!!  Anyway, after our hug I just began rambling because I seem to do it so well.  We talked about lots in those few short minutes but one of the things that he said practically made me cry.  He talked about how it was people like me, teachers, who had really changed his life and made him who he was.  He went on to say that teachers didn't give up on him when, apparently, there was something to give up on??!!  I told him that it was his turn to do the same...a pay it back of sorts.  Wow...ever really realize the impact one person can make on anothers life?  I thought and prayed and promised all the way home.  I thought about those great memories of my former kiddos, I prayed that I could do a good...oops...GREAT job with this years class, and I promised my Lord that I would give it my all from the tips of my toes to the top of my kinda graying head.'s to a great school year of dreams, hopes, wishes and all those impossible things that just might come true.  Happy new school year to all.  P.S.  Yuppers...more pics of my fabulous room.  There'll be lots of learning here (and lots and lots of love:)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jobs, Jobs, and More Jobs!

"Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles." ~ Steve Jobs
Thank you to all who purchased from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  I just posted another lesson that I'm really fond of called Students at Work.  It's a job board with some pretty crazy jobs for your kiddos to apply for.  Please follow this link to the lesson:

I don't know if you're familiar with Store More Chair Pockets but I'm absolutely in love with mine from Really Good Stuff.  They have held up for four years now.  I wished I had a picture of mine:  they are currently hanging on my clothes line.  Yup, they are washable and very durable canvas.  These bags are truly worth their weight in gold.  If you're interested please take a peek at this link:

Store More® Deluxe Blue Chair Pocket™

Happy Tuesday Friends!

Friday, August 10, 2012

I Recommend Friday!

 All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a gigantic sale this weekend-
 My sale starts tomorrow, Saturday, and goes through Monday.  Please check out my website for some great low prices and pretty nifty things. Please also take a quick peek at my latest friend, La Escuelita.  Have a wonderful, safe weekend!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Awww Precious Time!

"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time!"
Thanks, friends, for sticking by me!  I took some much needed, very appreciated time off.  I spent some of it with family and some of it getting my battery reenergized.  After all, school is right around the corner.  I had a wonderful time with my hubby of 30 years as we ventured off to the Wisconsin State Fair.  You guessed it...lots of great food, cream puffs and corn slathered in butter, great music, and just a good day to get away and reconnect with my guy.  It was so worth it!
I've been busy creating.  Please take a peek at my store and my new creation...a Back to School Welcome Packet.  I'm gonna use this packet to welcome back my kiddos.  I can't wait to start teaching!  I love each and every new school year.  There truly is much to be grateful for...always!