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We Love You Kim

I was contemplating on writing this post yesterday. Being a blogger, you open up so much of your life for the public to see, and it’s up to you to decide how much you want to share and how much you want to keep private. I am a pretty optimistic person, and I try to keep my blog mostly positive, but I also like to “keep it real” and let’s face it, life isn’t always pretty flowers and sunshine.

There is no good way to go into this, so I’m just going to write it. The world lost an amazing woman yesterday morning. Ryan’s Aunt Kim has been battling cancer for quite a while now, and early yesterday morning God called her home.

We have all desperately been praying for Kim and for the Lord’s will to be done. We saw this coming, but even when you expect something like this, you can never fully be prepared for death. Especially for someone you love and someone as wonderful as Kim.

Kim was an amazing woman who everyone loved. Her fun, sweet, kind, outgoing spirit was evident to everyone who knew her. She was a fantastic woman, wife, mother, friend, daughter, sister, aunt, and grandmother. I only knew Kim for a few years, but I loved her. You couldn’t not love Kim. Just thinking about her makes me smile. 🙂

The visitation will be Sunday, and the funeral Monday. This weekend Ryan and I will be spending time with family. I will most definitely not be posting anything on here this Monday, and I might still post my workouts for this past week tomorrow, but I might not. This blog is just part of my life; it’s not my whole life, and right now what’s most important is to be with family.

Before I end this post, I have to say that we are still glorifying the Lord through all of this. We don’t understand why this happened, but we KNOW that the Lord has a plan through all of this. We might never know what it is, but I trust the Lord and His plan. We continue to praise Him through the good and the bad.

…The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8

Please be praying for our family.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read this little blog of mine. I am very thankful for each of you. 🙂

 

Love Challenge

If you have been reading my blog for the last month or so then you know I have a new teaching job. I am a pull-out teacher for first and fourth grade, and if you care about it, you can read more about what I do here. Well, some days I get pulled to sub for certain classes if they couldn’t get a sub. Last Friday and yesterday I subbed for the same second grade class. After being there for two days, I already feel like I know the students in that class so well! I was amazed at how quickly they became attached to me and trusted me. I think I got about six letters that said “I love you” and had hearts drawn on it yesterday.

Isn’t it amazing how easily a child loves someone? How quickly a child can love someone without thinking twice about it? Now think about this some more. What can children teach us? Should we as adults love as simply and easily as a child? Why does it seem as we get older we love less and loving seems so much harder? Is it what we go through in life? Do circumstances happen that then make us harden our hearts to love others?

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:14
Do you see what I’m getting at here? 🙂
I know not all of you reading may be Christians, and that’s okay. We all have our own beliefs, but Christian or not, I think we can all admit that love is very important and something our world desperately needs.
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Now I am not just talking about the love you feel for a spouse or boyfriend or girlfriend, I mean the love we should show to all of the people we come in contact with.
It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and everything that is on our to-do list, but I feel that we have such a greater calling in life than to just mark things off our to do-list, go to bed, just to wake up and do more things for ourselves. What type of life is this? What is the purpose of this? Think about it, our world keeps getting more and more selfish, and as this happens, we love less and less people.
If you are a Christian, then you have a huge responsibility! God died for you and for me, not just to forgive us so we can go on living guilt free for ourselves, but he forgave us so that we would live for Him and use our lives to glorify Him! What a better way to glorify Him than to love the people in our lives? Even the people who aren’t always easy to love.
 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”               Luke 6:27-31
That’s hard. It’s just natural to not like the people who are mean or rude to us. But think about it. How much better would our world be if we all just worked on loving people more? If we worked on loving the people who aren’t nice to us or on loving the people we see every day at work or the store but never give a second thought about. Every person in our life is there for a reason. Maybe that reason is so that you can show him or her love. Maybe you will make their day or change their life.
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Showing love to someone could be as simple as holding a door open for them, lending them a dollar, or just even asking them about their life and listening to them. Maybe you have a few extra cookies or treats around your house, why not share them with someone? Send someone a text saying you are thinking about them. Give someone a hug. A hug might be exactly what someone needs.
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How do we love someone though who we hardly know or is mean to us? Well, we have a good example.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

Jesus, God, the Almighty Creator of the world, the only perfect one to ever walk this earth, died for us, a bunch of sinners. I mean he died to save the people who killed Him! How is that for loving those who it’s hard to love?? Now we can’t love people like this naturally, we have to ask God to give us the same love that He has for His people so that He can shine through us.

Here is another definition of love:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” I Corinthians 13:4-7

Basically, I think we need to think of ourselves less, and think of others more. If we do this, I think we will naturally love more! Think about the people you normally don’t give a second thought about, and then think about how you can make them smile. 🙂 Think about how you can make a difference.

This is where the challenge comes in. I challenge you to love people more. Love those who are hard to love. Love those you barely know. Make someone’s day. Make our world a better place. I mean, if we all do this, think about how much better it could be! Plus, I honestly believe that if we start thinking about ourselves less and loving others more, we will be happier! Let’s try to love as easily as a child. 🙂 But you might not want to give an adult a letter that reads, “I love you” with a bunch of hearts. That might be a little creepy coming from someone who is older than ten years old. 😉

Will you take part in this Love Challenge? If so, think of something you can do differently today and this week! 

I would love to hear any of your comments!

It’s All About the Money…Right?

The world has taught me that it really is all about the money. I mean if you want to be happy you have to have the nicest car, biggest house, and own designer clothes. You will never have enough “stuff” and because of this you will always want more. If you get a raise it’s nice at the time, but it won’t be long until that is no longer enough money for you and you want more. This is the mindset that the world gives us. I have a newsflash. NONE OF THIS IS TRUE.

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Somehow, money gained extreme importance in our lives, and so many of us have let it take over our thoughts and minds. When we let money take over our thoughts, then it will control our happiness, but this should never be the case.

Hebrews 13:5

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have…”

As a blogger, it is sometimes hard for me to open up about certain things on here. It’s easy to write about workouts, recipes, or the fun things I am doing, but sometimes it’s hard to share my difficulties and struggles. But, I want y’all, the readers, to know the true me and how the Lord is working in my life. In order to do this, I have to share some of my own struggles and sin so that I can share how the Lord is helping me through it. Also, maybe someone can relate to me, and they can gain some encouragement from this.

Let’s go back to this past Monday. I went to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned like I do every six months. No big deal. I actually kind of like going because my Mom and I usually go together, after they clean my teeth the dentist tells me my teeth are perfect, and then my mom and I go have lunch. Not a bad day at all. Well, on Monday as the dental hygienist was cleaning my teeth she goes, “Oh, you have a cavity. No, two cavities.”

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I was in shock as I heard this. I think I had one cavity when I was six or seven years old, and that was it. I brush and floss my teeth often and didn’t understand how that could happen. Of course I asked the dentist and hygienist what I should do so that this wouldn’t happen again, and they told me it wasn’t my fault at all. Apparently I have really deep grooves in my teeth, which make me very susceptible to cavities. They were surprised I haven’t had more in my life. As the hygienist continued to work on my teeth I kept wondering in my head how much it was going to cost to fix my cavities. I hate spending money, and this unexpected expense right at Christmas time definitely wasn’t making me feel good.

After she finished cleaning my teeth I went to the receptionist at the front desk to schedule an appointment to fill my cavities. My heart sank when I saw that the bill was going to be over $200. “Great,” I thought. “This bill couldn’t have come at a worse time. It’s a week before Christmas and  we have other things to pay for too”. I was so mad at myself for having two cavities, even though I knew there was nothing I could have done to prevent it.

I waited while my Mom got her teeth cleaned, and when she came out we went and had lunch together at Subway. I was not a very fun lunch date that day. I totally let the expensive bill consume my thoughts and upset me. My mom, being the wise woman she is, gave me some very important advice. She told me that I will never like it when stuff like this happens, and yes it is a lot of money, but it is not detrimental; the bill could have been worse. I have insurance, which of course makes it much better than it could have been. She told me to remember to be thankful that I do have the money to pay for this, and that unexpected things like this just happen, and you have to pay for them and move on. I can’t resonate on it or let it bother me because that does nothing but upset me. I knew she was right, but for a girl who loves budgets, it wasn’t easy having a big expense that was not budgeted for rise up so suddenly.

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As I got in my car to drive home I began to think about what my Mom just told me and why I was letting this upset me so much. This is when I had a realization and a conviction. I am letting myself be too much in love with money, and that’s a huge problem. I think people can love money in different ways. I don’t love it in that I always want more so that I can buy more things. I am actually so cheap it’s hard for me to spend money and buy things.  I am the exact opposite. It is hard for me to spend money because, for some reason, I just want to keep any extra money we have after all of the necessities have been paid. I also don’t mind buying gifts for other people; I actually love that! But it’s when I suddenly have to pay money that I didn’t plan for that it really bothers me. But as I was driving and thinking, I realized, it’s not my money to hold onto. Everything Ryan and I have, it’s because the Lord has blessed us with it, and it’s still his.

Matthew 6:19-21

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

Why do I feel a need to store up money here on Earth when I know it does not matter. Yes, I think it is important to be financially smart and save money so that when unexpected expenses do come your way you can pay them, but you cannot obsess over money or let it consume your thoughts. After all, in the end, we can’t take the money with us.

1 Timothy 6:6-10

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing in to the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

I hadn’t got to a point where money was consuming my thoughts and where I always wanted more, but I didn’t want to get there. In the car as I drove I prayed that the Lord would forgive me for this love of money that I had and that He would help me get over it. I prayed that my thoughts wouldn’t be consumed with how much the bill cost, but instead that I would be thankful that I was able to get done to my teeth what needed to be done.There are people who desperately need dental work done, but not only can they not afford it, they have no access to any type of doctor. All of a sudden me complaining and worrying about my dental bill that I have insurance to help out with and that I can afford seems pretty ridiculous.

Matthew 6:24

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

I want to serve the Lord with my whole life, which means I don’t need to worry about money. I need to be smart with the money I have, because that is something the Lord has given me and entrusted me with, but I don’t need to ever worry about how much I have because the Lord will take care of me. It can be hard to not let money consume you when you live in a world that is so consumed by money, but I have to remember that I serve God and not money. Falling in love with money is a dangerous thing, and I know it would take me down a dangerous path. I am very content with what I have and where I am in life, and I pray that I can keep this contentment. All of the fancy, expensive things that money buys are just extra things in life that won’t make me happy. If I focus my time, energy, and thoughts on things that really matter, on things the Lord wants me to focus on, I know I will be much happier.

No questions today. I would just love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

 

 

A New Stage of Life…Already?

Today is the day I graduate from college. I can not believe I am actually writing this. How did this happen so soon? How am I old enough? So am I like a real adult now? Oh wait, I’m already married and living on my own, so I guess I have been an adult. Again, not sure how the whole “adult” thing happened.

Three and a half years ago I graduated from high school, and that doesn’t feel that long ago.

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Me and my big bro at my high school graduation.

Graduating from high school was a big deal because I was leaving the small town and people I knew to move off somewhere else and make new friends, but I was still just going to be a student. My whole life, I just kind of figured I would go to college, but now that I am done it feels a little weird.

Ever since I was probably ten years old I have wanted to be a teacher. Now I am graduating with an education degree and have a job I will start in January as a full-time teacher. So now is when I am expected to be a “big girl” in the adult world, but I still feel like a kid at heart. I still feel like I have so much to learn. Am I prepared for this “adult world”?

Today, I want to share with all of you some of the things I have learned in college. None of these things have to do with math, English, science or history. It’s not going to be something I memorized. However, what I am about to share, I think, is so much more important than these things. College taught me some lessons that will help me through the rest of my life.

1. The Lord has His own plans for my life, and most likely, they aren’t anything close to my plans, but they are way better than any plan I could ever imagine. 

If you would have asked me my plans for college when I graduated from high school, I would have told you that I would be in college for four years so I could enjoy the whole experience (didn’t happen, I graduated in 3 and a half), maybe I would study abroad (nope), and of course I thought I would still be dating the guy I was with in high school (because we all know how often high school relationships work). Oh and obviously I would never get married before I graduated college because I was going to get a job, work, and save up some of my own money first. (obviously didn’t happen!)

Instead, while I was in college the Lord brought me out of a relationship that wasn’t growing me closer to Him, and brought me to Ryan, my best friend and love of my life. He is a man who loves the Lord with His whole life and lives it out. Ever since we started dating Ryan has brought me closer to Jesus, and he continues to do this every day. Instead of studying abroad, I became active on campus and enjoyed spending my time with Ryan and all of our friends playing intramural sports and having fun in whatever way we could find! The big one I never saw coming, I got married at the young age of 21 when I still had a semester left of school. From a worldly point of view, this didn’t make the most sense, especially from a financial point of view, but we knew this was what the Lord wanted. The Lord has been faithful and has provided us with everything we need. I couldn’t imagine not being married now! Thank goodness the Lord had such an amazing plan for me, and thank goodness nothing I planned on happening actually happened!

2. My parents always have, and always will support me no matter what. 

I have been blessed with the most supportive parents anyone could ever want. But even when I know it hasn’t been easy for them, they continued to support me. This past January, Ryan and I went on a week long mission trip to Mexico with our BSM (Baptist Student Ministry). With all of the bad things that have gone on in Mexico, my parents did not really want me to go on this trip, and I totally understood where they were coming from. However, I felt extremely strong about the fact that the Lord wanted me to go on this particular trip for some reason. When I told them I made my final decision to go, they fully supported me and prayed for me the whole time.

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When I started dating Ryan they loved him immediately (obviously, everyone does), and totally approved of us dating. When we had only been dating 10 months and got engaged, my parents totally supported us. When we told them we wanted to get married as soon as we could after Ryan graduated, they still supported us. Because I know my parents, I know they knew it was risky for us to get married right after Ryan graduated because there would be so much unknown. We didn’t know if Ryan would for sure have a job. If he did have a job, we didn’t know if it would be a good one, and of course I wouldn’t have graduated yet. I know my parents were aware that this wasn’t the best financial decision, but they totally supported us, and this meant the world to me and is something I am so thankful for.

3. I will always be a kid at heart.

I always felt like at this point in my life I would feel like an adult, but I don’t. I still like to go outside, and I can’t wait for Santa Clause to come on Christmas morning. Being an adult is overrated.

4. Enjoying where you are in life and having fun is a choice.

My first year of college was not the most fun experience of my life. I always missed home, and it was extremely hard for me to go back to school after the month long Christmas break. But I also wasn’t very involved my freshman year of college. My sophomore year of college, I started dating Ryan, got more involved, and made more of an effort to have fun. From then on, I LOVED college! Instead of staying in my room all night by myself, I would go and hang out with people. If you don’t make an effort to have fun and make friends, you probably won’t enjoy where you are in life.

5. True friends are hard to find, but the few you have will always be there for you. And no matter how long it’s been since you have seen them, it will be just like no time has passed. 

I only have a couple of friends from high school that I still even talk to, and I know those girls will always be a part of my life. Shelby has been my best friend since 5th grade, and even though we don’t get to see each other very often, I know she will always be in my life. If I needed her tonight, I have no doubt in my mind she would be by my side as soon as she could!

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Picture of Shelby and I from our junior year of high school.

6. I’m not superwoman. I can’t do everything, and I don’t need to try to do everything. I am just a weak human who needs the Lord’s strength to get her through everything life throws at her. 

When I was in high school I was a part of pretty much every extra curricular activity possible, and if I could have some type of leadership position, I felt pressured to try to take on that role. I learned in college that I don’t have to do everything. There are a lot of good extra curricular activities, but I don’t have to be a part of all of them. I have to pick and choose, and pray about what the Lord wants me to do. I will completely ware myself out if I try to do everything. The Lord has shown me that I need to do what I can, and let His strength get me through everything.

7. I need to be humble.

Nothing I have or do is because of me. The Lord has given me everything, and I give Him all the glory. Anything I have done in life is because of Him, and if I ever forget this and become proud, I will be going down a very dangerous path.

8. People will discourage you and not believe in you. Get over it and forget them.

I was told my freshman year of college I will never get a job as a teacher because it wasn’t a good profession to go into right now. Then I was told I especially wasn’t going to get a job since I was graduating in December, the middle of the school year. All I can say is I have a job as a full time teacher that I get to start January 6th. Don’t let others get you down. Haters gonna hate!

9. Sometimes it’s good to not try to do so much work in advance and just have fun.

This is something Ryan has definitely taught me. Before I started dating Ryan I was that person who would have all of her projects and papers done way before they were due. I know, I was a total nerd. Once Ryan and I started dating, I was way too busy hanging out with him and having fun to worry about something that was due in seven weeks. So instead of trying to always be ahead, I just learned to enjoy the moment, and I knew everything would eventually get done so I didn’t need to stress. (Ryan still has to remind me of this a lot. Thanks babe. 🙂 )

10. I will never have it all together. I will never know everything. There will always be more to learn. The people who seem like they have it all together don’t; they are just really good at acting like it. 

Nothing ever goes perfect, and this world is so big I will always be able to learn more. I want to always keep this mindset, because the more open I am to learning, the more I believe I will learn.

11. Prayer is powerful and alive!

I always knew this because I was taught it, but I really got to see this first hand and experience it for myself in college.

12. Finally, I learned what a Godly relationship between a man and woman is like, and I learned about the love that a husband and wife feel for each other. I truly learned what it means to love someone more than yourself.

Ryan is, without a doubt, the best thing that happened to me in college. He makes me happier than anyone else, and he makes me laugh more than anyone else. He knows everything about me and still loves me. He is so mature beyond his years, and I love how he leads me through his faith in God. Before Ryan, I had never been in a relationship with someone who made me a better person. The love that comes with being husband and wife is just amazing.

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Sorry for the novel of a post, but I had to share these things. I learned more these last few years at college, but these were the ones I wanted to share.

What have you learned the last few years of your life?

BIG BIG NEWS!

I know it has been over a week since I last wrote; I’m sorry this is just a really busy time for me right now. By the end of this post you will know why. 🙂 I had a fabulous Thanksgiving that I still need to do a recap over, and did a fun Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k that was a blast, but I will recap those things later. Today, I have much bigger, better news to share. But since it’s Friday, and I haven’t done a Faith in my Friday in a long time, I thought this post was perfect to link up with Melissa. Thanks for always hosting Melissa!

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So as many of you know, since January of this year I have been student teaching. I graduate college next Saturday, December 14, and I couldn’t be more excited! I have had an incredible student teaching experience, but I am ready to have my own job, and to be honest, I am ready to make some money too (not that teachers have a ballin salary or anything like that 😉 ). I knew that since I was graduating in December it would be hard to find a job immediately since it would be the middle of the school year. I was aware that I would probably have to substitute for the rest of this school year before I could get hired for the next school year. And I was totally fine with this. However…

I GOT OFFERRED A TEACHING JOB THIS WEEK!!! 🙂 I could not be more excited, thankful, happy or grateful. I will get to stay at the school where I have been student teaching since August, which is another huge blessing because I like the teachers I will be working with, I like the principal, and the school is close to my house! When my principal offered me the job I hugged her and told her this was the greatest Christmas present I could have gotten!

Now, you may be wondering why I decided to link up with Faith in my Friday about this post. The reason is because I give God ALL the glory about this job. The Lord continues to bless Ryan and I, and it is amazing to see how the Lord has made everything workout perfectly according to His plan ever since we got married. Pretty much everything that has happened to Ryan and I has been different than how we planned or envisioned things in our heads. But everything that has happened has been so much better than either of us could have ever imagined! This past year has been such a reminder to me that the Lord’s plan is always sovereign and is always better. God sees the big picture. We don’t see the big picture. It’s simple. I don’t know why we even think that our plan could even compare to His plan. But I sure am glad that the Lord has a plan for me.

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To give you a little idea how the Lord has been working in our life, here you go.

Ryan and I got married on June 7 this year (I still need to write that wedding post!), and at the beginning of May, we still weren’t sure where Ryan would work or where we would live. By the time Ryan did get offered a job they told him he would have a six week training period and then be placed in another store. Not too bad, but they couldn’t tell him where his permanent store would be until after the six week training period. So basically, we had no idea what city to look in to find a house. We thought this was absolutely horrible, but looking back, we see how it was a blessing.

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Because we didn’t know what city Ryan would be working in, we tried to pick a centrally located place that Ryan could drive just about any direction to get to where he might be working. When Ryan finally found out where his permanent store would be, we found out we didn’t live that close to it after all. We thought this was a bummer. Luckily, Ryan was only here for a few months before he got his new job that he loves, and it turns out where we live now is very close to his new work! Once again, the Lord knew Ryan would get the job he has now, and he knew that where we live now would be the perfect location for us.

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Also, if we didn’t live where we lived now, we would have never found our new church home, which we also love! Our church has been such a huge blessing, and we have met so many great people there already! The Lord knew we needed this church, and now we live within five minutes of it. I do not believe this is coincidence. This is the Lord’s will, and I know he played a part in making sure this all happened exactly as it should at the exact time it needed to happen.

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This picture was taken last Sunday at our church; Ryan and I were Mary and Joseph in one of our church’s Christmas shows!

Another huge outcome of us moving to our new home was that I ended up switching to a new school for my student teaching. This was a hard decision for me to make, because I loved the school where I did my student teaching from January to May, and I hated the thought of leaving and maybe ending up at a school that I didn’t like. But, I knew the school where I had been was too far from where we lived now, and I needed to try to switch schools. (Ryan helped me make this hard decision to switch schools. He kept telling me I needed to be at a school closer, I knew he was right. My husband is so wise!) I ended up switching to the school where I am now hired, and like I said earlier, I LOVE my school and it’s so close to our home! Again, the Lord placed me exactly where I needed to be and in a great school! The Lord amazes me how when you are faithful to Him He blesses you.

I am not writing this post to brag on myself or the good things that have happened in my life, but I am bragging on my God and on how sovereign, wise, and mighty He is!

“Let him who boasts boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (NIV)

2 Corinthians 10:17-18

I am writing this to remind you that the Lord has a plan for you, and even if it doesn’t always seem like it, His plan is so much better than yours! You just have to trust in Him and put your faith in Him. This is much easier said than done, but I promise you, if you do this, you will not regret it in the long run.

On a totally different note, the weather is really bad here, and it is supposed to be all weekend. The roads are so bad that my school got cancelled, and Ryan’s work is closed today! So we are both enjoying a relaxing day in our warm, cozy home! It sure does feel like Christmas! 🙂

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I plan on eating some pancakes soon and watching Christmas movies all day! (With a workout happening sometime today 🙂 ) Today was supposed to be my last day of student teaching, so I guess yesterday was my last day! I can’t believe my student teaching experience is finally over! I learned so much, and I am so excited to start my new job in January! As for now though, I am on Christmas break, and I plan on thoroughly enjoying this month off before I go back in January! 🙂

Questions:

1. Can you look back and see how the Lord has worked in your life and put you in certain places for a reason?

2. How do you like to celebrate when something big happens in your life? Ryan and I ate dinner at Panera bread and then had ice cream the night I got offered the job. 🙂

3. How is the weather where you live?