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First Day on the Job

Thank you for all of your sweet comments on yesterday’s post.Β Β I promise I will write about the wedding ceremony and reception next week, so I won’t leave you hanging for too much longer. πŸ˜‰

Yesterday I started out my post with, “Today is going to be a great day!”, and that is because yesterday I was finally able to sign a contract with my school district and begin my Β new job as a teacher! I was so excited! I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in like sixth grade, and the fact that I actually am one now is crazy to me. This is such a huge blessing, and something I am so thankful for!

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When I first announced that I got a teaching job, many of you asked what grade I will be teaching. My job isn’t a typical teaching job that you would think of, so I thought I would explain just a little of what I will be doing for this semester.

My school had too many students in each first and fourth grade classroom last semester, but they could only hire one teacher. The school district also tries not to switch up classes midyear, as that is hard for the students. So they hired me as a teacher for first and fourth grade to help the teachers out. So I don’t have my own classroom with my own group of students, but I share a portable with another specialty teacher (my school is an outside campus if you didn’t know, so most of the classrooms are portables. It sounds like it’s not nice, but it really is!) and I have my own desk and area to do work.

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In the mornings I do whatever the fourth grade teachers need me to do, and then in the afternoons I do whatever the first grade teachers need me to do. It will usually be a lot of copying, laminating, grading, etc, but if they ever need me to pull out certain students and work with them, I could do that too. Also, if any teacher ever has to leave or is gone for some reason, I could step in for them. Then starting next school year in August, I will have my own classroom with my own students. πŸ™‚

I absolutely love my school, and I work for some of the sweetest people, which I know makes a huge difference! I am so grateful for this job, and I don’t mind in the least bit that I don’t have my own classroom and students because I think this is a great way for me to get my foot in the door! Since I graduated in December, I knew finding a job mid-year would be difficult, so I think this is perfect. Besides, if I had my own classroom, my Christmas break would have been spent buying stuff for my new classroom, trying to set it up, and stressing about all of the little things. Now, I will have all summer to decorate my own classroom, and I can continue to learn the rest of this school year from the other teachers.

So some of you probably didn’t care in the least bit about my job or what I will be doing, but some of y’all had asked so I thought I would share. πŸ™‚ If you didn’t care and skipped over this whole post, don’t worry, we can still be friends. πŸ™‚ If you actually did read this post, kudos to you! πŸ™‚

Questions:

1. If you could be a teacher, what would you teach and why? If you are a teacher, what do you teach and why do you enjoy it or why don’t you enjoy it?

2. What workout are you doing today? Today is cross training day for me in my marathon training plan, and I am about to do some yoga!

3. What are you having for dinner tonight? Homemade pizza on sweet potato crust for me! πŸ™‚

 

 

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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. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰ ). 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!!! πŸ™‚ 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!

β€œLet 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,Β 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! πŸ™‚

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I plan on eating some pancakes soon and watching Christmas movies all day! (With a workout happening sometime today πŸ™‚ ) 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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

3. How is the weather where you live?

What is a Hero?

Yesterday morning I went to my school’s convocation for all of the teachers Β from the school district. I honestly wasn’t too excited about this because I just thought it would be a boring ceremony where I would have to listen, or pretend to listen, to some speaker while I thought about anything else I could think of in my brain.

Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I actually really enjoyed the convocation and loved the speaker! The whole theme of the convocation was being a hero and how teachers can truly be heros to their students.

Teachers don’t get the smartest, brightest kids; they get the abused, the dyslexic, the mentally challenged, the ADHD, the poor, the rich, the hungry, the homeless, and then they get a few kids who have the perfect home life. Teachers, then take these kids and try their best to teach them, not just subjects, but about life and morals. Teachers care for their students, they discipline them, and they love them.

I am pretty sure we can all admit that kids today need to be loved and disciplined. As I sat through this convocation I began to think about what exactly I thought a hero was.

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Here is my definition:

Hero: Someone who is selfeless, cares for others, and lives his or her life for everyone else but themselves. A hero is hardworking, and knows that laziness does not lead to prosperity. A hero is positive, and shares that positivity with others. A hero realizes that doing what is right and good is not easy and is not popular with most of the population today, but despite knowing this, they do what is right and good anyway.

So, needless to say, Β a hero is so much more than what we sometimes think of.

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As I thought of my definition of a hero, many people came to my mind. Here are some of my heroes.

1. Jesus Christ is my hero. I have some amazing people in my life, but none of them compare to the Lord. He came to this sinful world in the flesh, lived a perfect life, and then died a horrible death so that I and everyone else could live eternally with Him one day. He took on all of our sin and took the punishment we deserve. He loves me more than anyone ever could and more than I could ever imagine. I am forever grateful, and because of this I live my life for Him.

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2. Ryan, my amazing husband, is my hero. I know I constantly write about what an awesome husband he is and how much I love him, but words can never describe just how extraordinary my husband is and how much he blesses me. He is such a Godly, selfless, hardworking, loving, supportive man, who is extremely mature for his age. He has a hard schedule, but he works every single day to provide for us so that I can finish my last semester of school without working.Β He has never once claimed our money as his, even though it all comes from his paycheck, and I know he never would because that isn’t the kind of man he is. He is selfless, and would do anything for me. Every night he washes the dishes for me (after getting home late from work), and always asks if there is anything else he can do to help. At the young age of 21, when most guys that age think about nothing but partying and different girls they can be with, he asked me to marry him and immediately started looking for a job to have when he graduated from college. At the young age of 22, he married me and made a covenant between the two of us and God. He continues to always keep God the center of His life, and he loves me just as Christ loved the church. (Ephesians 5:25). I can honestly say that Ryan makes me a better person, he makes me happier, and I have grown so much in the Lord since he came into my life. He always says I am out of his league, but the truth is, he is way out of my league. I love him more than anyone on this earth, and I am so proud to be his wife.

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3. My mom is Β my hero. She is such an amazing woman and has showed me how to be a Godly wife, mother, and friend. She always has such a positive and fun outlook on life, and I love that so much! She fought cancer when I was 10 years old, and she beat it with a smile on her face! She is one of the most giving, selfless people I know, and I seriously would be lost without her. I always have so much fun when I am with her, and I hope I can be just half the wife and mother she is.

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4. My Daddy is my hero. By watching him, I have learned how a Godly husband and father should act, and because of him, I knew how a man should treat me. He always provided for our family, but never let his job come before any of us. He made sure he never had to miss a cross country meet, a volleyball or basketball game, a tennis match, or a track meet. When I was little he played Barbies with me every day, he got up in the middle of the night, every night, to get me water, and he didn’t get mad at me the time I threw up on his pillow. If I ever need or want to talk, he is always there. He is now my favorite person to run races with, and this is something I treasure very much! So pretty much he is SuperDad. πŸ™‚

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5. My big brother, Ben, is my hero. I mean, first of all, he has put up with me being his annoying little sister who asks a million questions about everything Β for the last 21 years. That should probably make him a hero right there. πŸ˜‰ But seriously, Ben is one of the most hard working, dedicated people I know. When he sets his mind to something and makes a goal, he gets it done. And he doesn’t just barely get it done, he does whatever he does successfully and tremendously. He graduated college with his bachelor’s degree in 3 and 1/2 years while working part-time, and then graduated with his masters degree in a year and a half while working full time. He had it set in his mind that when he graduated with his masters he wanted to move closer to home and work at a hospital. Guess what? He graduated on a Friday, moved to an apartment closer to home on a Saturday, and started his new job at a hospital on a Monday. Like I said, he sets goals and he accomplishes them. Also, I have to mention that even with his busy, hectic schedule, he always makes time for his family. I love him so much, and I know he doesn’t realize how proud I am of him.

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6. My in-laws, Bob and Debbie, are my heroes. They have raised three amazing young men, one of whom I think is extra amazing because he is my husband. πŸ™‚ They brought him up well and taught him to fear the Lord. They also took me in as family and always loved me. Right before Ryan and I started dating they moved about 6 hours away from where we were attending school. Because of this, they didn’t get to meet me for a while, but as soon as they did, they welcomed me with open arms. They took every chance they had to get to know me and include me in whatever their family was doing. They love me and have let me become part of their family, and for this, I am so grateful. I can honestly say I love my in-laws and have been blessed by them!

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7. My second, third, and fourth grade teachers are my heroes. Why these three teachers specifically? Believe me, I have had some incredible teachers, but these three really went above and beyond what their job required, and they impacted me so greatly that I still remember much from them today. I remember how my second grade teacher would take the time to come to my little league basketball games. I remember how when I told my third grade teacher I wanted to be a writer when I grew up, she looked at me with one of the most genuine smiles anyone could have, and she said, “I honestly believe you will be some sort of writer someday”. And my fourth grade teacher still cares enough about me today that she continues to keep up with me through my Mom, and she even came to one of my bridal showers. These ladies taught me so much more than just subjects in the classroom, and are part of the reason I decided to pursue teaching as a career.

Sorry, I don’t have any pictures of these three. 😦

In case you can’t tell, I am extremely blessed with some amazing people in my life, who I honestly think are heroes. I know there are many more heroes, but these are the first people I thought of. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and none of them are the same. I do think it is important to think about who are your heroes, and let them know. They obviously mean a lot to you, and they have done something to impact your life. I am sure it will mean a lot to them if you tell them how much you think of them.

So my question for you is, how would you define a hero? Who are some of your heroes?Β 

I also want to challenge you to let one of your heroes know how much you think of them.Β 

I know this is kind of a long post, but this had been on my mind since yesterday, and I wanted to write about it. If you read this whole thing, kudos to you! πŸ™‚