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The student council I advise ran for a state office and the last three days have been hectic, insane, chaotic, interestingly fun and AWESOME all rolled up into one huge STU.CO.TASTIC trip!

I’ve had students amaze me and make me crazy and make me PROUD.

We didn’t win the office at state, but all my students are WINNERS! …they did a great job and deserve to be proud.  I am proud of all of ’em and can’t wait to see all the future greatness that comes out of this bunch!  They worked so hard at doing so many projects this year that help CRUSH CANCER which is something I am on a continuous mission to do (among many other things, of course).  I could list all the projects they created and completed, but I’d be typing my fingers off.   I just hope all this stuffbgave them life long lessons that support them through anything they come up against in their SOON TO COME adult life.  (man, I’m going to miss this year’s seniors as I do so many of my past ones!)

I’m one SUPER DUPER BLESSED Stu.Co. Advisor. —and I’m exhausted!  HA!  No, really.




The ones I’m so proud of:



Congrats guys and gals–on being AWESOME!


It’s time to BE MORE AWESOME!

KID PRESIDENT did it again…


Somebody’s learning from YOU.

Keep learning!

Such an inspiring PEP TALK!

You have been pep talked!



Excitement makes me EXCITED!

I advise a group of great student council kiddos.

Today, the officer group went to our superintendent and shared the platform they are going to use to run for a Texas Association of Student Councils state office.  Included in the platform is a huge project involving a 5K event that the students want to be something MORE than just the 5k part.

I’m so proud of all of the things they have come up with for the platform and can’t wait to see them present themselves at the state convention.

They were so prepared and ready to share and brainstorm at this meeting this morning.  They wanted to get help from our superintendent’s resources and ideas.  I knew they would do great with their presentation, but I was not expecting their EXCITEMENT when they returned from the meeting.

All the students had a kind of fire in their eyes when they returned.  They were all talking about ideas and things they needed to do to get going on this BIG FUNDRAISER.

They had been kind of dragging their feet, not really on purpose.  They are all so busy and I was out sick last week–none of that helped!

So, after we have this upcoming 3-day weekend (THANK YOU MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.!), I’m interested to see what they will get done on Tuesday when we return.  This will be a major learning adventure for all of them and they are ALL EXCITED about it!  Their excitement makes me EXCITED!

Made My Day!

The last few days, I’ve been stuck with needles numerous times– had blood work, EKG, chest x-ray, stress test, wore a heart monitor and today had a sono of all my guts.  It has been an adventure that has kept me praying, praying and praying some more.  As I type this, I still have no clue what made me have what felt like an anxiety attack at 11:30 at night–waking up from a dead sleep.  I still have moments of weird feelings in my chest area.  It’s not so much pain, just WEIRDNESS.  The doctors look at me funny when I say that.  I have no other technical way to explain it.

Anyway!  Today, the sonogram appointment was different.  I first registered and realized that being sick is EXPENSIVE!  The procedure was some major change.  I had to get on a payment plan.  I was already down about being old and broken.  I mean, they all say, you hit 40 and everything goes downhill.  For me, I don’t believe everything people say and I definitely didn’t and still don’t want to believe that saying!

So, there I am in the waiting room thinking I’m old, broken and can’t seem to figure out what is wrong so that it can be fixed and to top off the crap cake, the icing is that I’m depleting my family’s funds.  UG!

I text my bestie to tell her how down I was.  She comforted me with a good ole pep talk text.  I sure do love her!  She basically helped me snap out of the so called pity party I was throwing for my self.  Thank You Lord for super friends!

At that point, I hadn’t gotten pushed and prodded on yet (today) so, I definitely needed to get out of the dumps.  I needed to be equipped with a good attitude for endurance.

I’m not belly achin’ no more!  

I mean, seriously, somewhere, some one is BURNING ALIVE!

I heard this once before and wow, does that put stuff in perspective! 

Next stop, the sono which took about 40 minutes.  The sono tech had a nice smile, but wasn’t much of a conversationalist.  I hear they are trained to be tight lipped and non-emotional.  I basically took a nap with my eyes open.  You know, that’s when your mind kind of zones out and goes away, but on the surface you are still with reality.  Haha!

After escaping the medical plaza of never ending germs that I thought I could see floating around, I decided to stop off to get a quick lunch before heading back to work.  (yes, I sanitized!)  While in line at one of my favorite healthier than most fast food venues, I decided I’d pay for the person behind me as well.  I had been at that exact restaurant before when this happened to me.  It was such a blessing!  I wanted to bless someone else.  I had some Christmas cash left in my wallet and I was hoping that would cover it.  It did!

As I was doing this, the sweet gal at the window looked so familiar and I’m glad I said something.    She said, “You were my art teacher! Remember…” She told me her name and I, of course, recalled her and said it was so nice to see her.  (I had already checked out her name tag and the Anabella didn’t ring with me since we called her Ana…ha!  I’m slow.)  She said, and I quote: “You look great.  I mean, you have not aged one bit and you know that has been quite a few years ago.”  (it has been about ten or so) WOW, did I need that comment today!  I told her that she just made my day and she said I made hers and the lady’s behind me.


I thought I was going to be able to bless someone there in that drive-thru today and look what God done did—HE BLESSED ME! He always does!  He never ceases to shower the blessings!


Keep on the Sunny Side

It’s funny that this song is on OH BROTHER, Where Art Thou.  Funny movie.  Great song.

Here are the lyrics:

There’s a dark & a troubled side of life
There’s a bright, there’s a sunny side, too
Tho’ we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

[cho:] Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us ev’ry day, it will brighten all the way
If we’ll keep on the sunny side of life

The storm and its fury broke today,
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear;
Clouds and storms will, in time, pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Let us greet with the song of hope each day
Tho’ the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Saviour away
Who keepeth everyone in His care

I am encouraged by this sweet little song today.  Not trying to say I had a bad day at all.  In fact, today was a great day…A VERY SUNNY SIDE kind of day.  I was blessed to be able to go with a group of kids–a big group of our students–who sang Christmas carols  at a local nursing home.  They stepped up and shook hands, hugged and talked to the residents.  They sang and smiled and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.  I was so proud to see them do this.  It reminded me of the reason I teach.  It’s not so I can take trips or get students out of class …it’s to teach children more than just the curriculum.  It’s to help students learn that putting others first is the most important thing to do in this life besides asking Jesus into your heart.

Today, keeping on the sunny side was definitely easy.

If we do what this song simply says…it will be easy to help others keep on that side too!



Rules without relationship leads to rebellion. -Josh McDowell (quoted by Dr. Kevin Leman –Have a New Kid by Friday)

I’ve been catching up with some lessons from HAVE A NEW KID BY FRIDAY By Dr. Kevin Leman.  This quote here was something that really got me to thinking about discipline in general.  He’s talking about how we treat our children and how we can really handle a situation instead of instantly reacting.  This quote, though, really reminded me of a video we watched before school started this year during our professional development days.  It was about relationships with our students.  It was a video by Rita Pierson where she says “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” ’

This quote above really summed it up for me.  Made me think even more about the fact that GOOD relationships are important in dealing with students and with my own babes.

If a student (or your own child!) knows you care about them (relationship) and want them in your class (acceptance), rules (discipline) are so much easier to administer.


What do you think about this quote?






(Pic just reminds me of UNPLEASANTNESS…haha!  Anyone? Anyone?)

Our boss gave us an article to read today which was about the effects of traditional school methodologies when applied to today’s students.   There were several points the author made, but in one paragraph, he referred to our society and how as a society, most are not surprised that learning is unpleasant to students.  It’s almost like that is the way it’s SUPPOSED TO BE.

Here’s a line quoted from the article:

“ Some people even think that the very unpleasantness of school is good for children, so they will learn to tolerate unpleasantness, because life after school is unpleasant.”


Don’t students already have enough UNPLEASANTNESS…broken homes, parents who neglect or even beat them OR WORSE…children starved for attention OR FOOD…at the very least, HORMONAL changes that confuse them along with peers who make the confusion even worse…   I MEAN, COME ON!  Those who think like that quote, are very sad people and I’m MOST certain, very unpleasant ones.  (AND THEY FOR REAL NEED JESUS!…JUST SAYIN!)

There’s no doubt, it’s been proven that most all students don’t enjoy school.  We all know that when we enjoy or want to learn something, the experience of learning IS enjoyable and we will even work harder and do more to learn the task.   Like he refers to in the article, we have all witnessed this.  I mean, we learned to walk and talk and move around in our society.   Think about a teenager learning to drive.  They may flunk that algebra test a million times, but they will ACE that driving test on the first try!  It’s because they WANTED IT!  They want the reward, the freedom of being a driver and all that comes with it.  What is the reward of passing that algebra test, but a pat on the back (MAYBE) and a nice grade on the report card?  Some students just don’t care about that!  And what makes it even easier for them to not care, is the fact that they have no one in their life that cares either.   All this goes right back to what I said before, DON’T STUDENTS ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH UNPLEASANTNESS?!  

A lot of teachers look at what I teach (fine arts and leadership) and think (and I’ve had some of them verbalize it as well) that my subject matter really doesn’t matter.  I don’t have a state test to teach to.  I don’t get weighed on the percentage of students who make commended or whatever the term is now.  I get it.  I’m not a “CORE” teacher, but that is mainly because I was that student who disliked algebra.  Why would I have a job where I use algebra?  If I did like algebra and I became an algebra teacher—my main classroom goals would still, I believe whole hearted-ly, be the exact same:  MAKE LEARNING FUN and HELP STUDENTS FEEL CONFIDENT AND IMPORTANT.  I know those are broad, but no matter what we teach, if we can do those things, our students will retain SOMETHING–maybe even more than you expected.


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