as i look back, i realized that except for the summers, there has not been a time when i was not in school - since i was 5! that is about 19 years of my life! i enjoy school, which is perhaps why i went to college and became a teacher. i will miss going to class and listening to lectures, but i will be so glad to finally "arrive" and join the adults in a career and feel a little more grown up.
to all of you who helped me through the past 5 years of my life, thank you! i am grateful for all the times we went to the coffee shop, pretending to study. i am grateful for the talks about issues that i was confused on and you helped me better understand. i am also grateful for the fun things we did when it seemed like all i ever did was homework.
thank you especially to pete and my parents because you saw me when i was grumpy and upset or really tired because i procrastinated and had to stay up late which only made me more mad at myself. you are so good to me even when i am grumpy or ungrateful (thanks for everything, now we do not have any college debt!)
so thanks, God is so good to me and i pray that He can help you through what you are striving for just like He helps me!
that is all, i just like to read what is going on in your life, sorry if i do not have an interesting post but i did post.
i am at work trying to plan, but i cannot focus. my mind is constantly thinking of things i have to do... things at work, school, and home. i wish sometimes i could just sit back, listen to my favorite music (maybe jennifer knapp, kansas; or late tuesday) drink some coffee, wrapped in a blanket on the back porch with the cool crisp air blowing on my face. i want to go somewhere and not have to do homework or school work, but i also don't want to think about it either. i don't know how to turn my mind off.
please pray that i can find some quite time on the back porch this weekend free of thinking, just being. thank-you, that is all.
for those who want to know, (and those within utah's borders)
we are having an office party to watch the premier of the office 4th season
the party begins at 7:45 with the office starting at 8:00
meet at my house (call for directions)
dress as a character from the show (i will be pam)
and bring office type snacks to share
comment to tell me if you can come
(you don't have to dress up)
see you later, amy
i went to the coffee shop yesterday, and started grading papers. long story short, my geography students need more practice with maps. also, i ran into one of my old geography professors at the coffee shop, and he was working on some research (you know, that's what they have to do). anyway, we talked for a while about geography,the snow pack, and teaching. it was good, it made me miss being in geography classes having similar discussions with other geographers. so if you are interested in geography, find me so we can talk about it.
bad news: i am not motivated to do homework because of it
good news: work is going great, and i love my students
bad news: i have to endure 6 or so observations for student teaching
good news: lots of fun stuff this weekend
bad news: not enough time to do them all
good news: sarah is a good study buddy
bad news: her homework is easier
good news: i found a coffee shop to study at
bad news: i don't like it as much as got coffee
good news: the ladies at church are fun to scrapbook with
bad news: i stayed up way to late last night
good news: it sounds like this song... good news, good news, Christ died for me. good news, good news, if i believe. good news, good news, i'm saved eternally. that's wonderful EXTRA! good news.
bad news: not everyone believes that Christ is good news.
have a great day, go share the good news.
a small update for you. this week has been one of the most exhausting in all my teaching career. one of the seniors at chs passed away last saturday, so our school hasn't been normal this week. pray for his host family and his family in s. korea as they take him home. thank you to those who were an encouragement to me this week, i needed it.
i am glad it is saturday, i was able to sleep in. anyway, i am doing great and i am ready for a new week next week. i begin student teaching next week with a meeting with the education professor who will be observing me. pray that all goes well so i can finally get my teaching certificate and be done with school.
i have made a new commitment to really strive to be the best follower of God i can be. i want to desire to read and pray above anything else i have to do, i want to be an encouragement to others and not put people down. i want to do these things, but i need your prayers and encouragement. i would also like to deepen my friendships as well, but that seems so hard when i am so busy with work and school and life. anyway, i am trying, but it will take some doin'
anyway, this week was great. my students are better than i expected, and i hope i can carry this enthusiasm throughout the year. have a great night, hope to see you at church!
august is pretty busy for me. i'm glad to get back to grow group tonight, it should be a good time.
this week is my last week at the day care summer camp, then on to getting ready for the school year.
pete leaves tomorrow for a four day trip to michigan to buy frisbees and learn how to better do his job. pray for us as i hate it when he leaves, and i also don't like to be alone. but we will both be working, he will work on seminary, and i on school plans.
sidenote: pete began a seminary degree online and he has to read a bunch of articles, listen to sermons, and critique all of them: end note
matthew and claire are getting married on saturday (yeah, for them) so it will be another weekend of party times!
i officially go back to work on the 16th, school begins on the 22nd, and weber begins on the 26th. i will be completing my degree with student teaching until december. this fall will be busy and exciting.
pray for me as we journey along, that we may enjoy close fellowship, and always keep God as the center of our everything. have a great day.
which is my grandparent's cabin (view of outside, front porch)
this is how long it is (kinda small, but cozy)
this is underneath the cabin, (we used to play in the dirt under there when we were little)
now we go inside the front door. my parents are currently remodeling the cabin in order to maximize the usage of the space and update the 1980s look. pete and i went up yesterday to help my parents, my sister, and my grandparents work. straight ahead is the back door, bedroom and bathroom (near my dad and pete). to the left is the living room and to the right is the kitchen.
sarah and i in the bathroom mirror
now we will venture upstairs to the loft.
this is where we as children slept at the cabin, many memories and good times in this loft, beware, it gets really hot up there in the summer.
the cabin is surrounded by aspen trees which are my favorite trees ever
outside is also my favorite swing, we had family reunions, good talks, and even naps on this swing.
we could also ride motorcycles at the cabin, i was never daring enough. but i did ride the 70 (not pictured) around quite a bit.
well, that concludes our tour, sarah gives a thumbs up for a job well done. i really miss the way that the old cabin was, but the new and improved cabin will hopefully be around for a long time. this cabin is the place i learned how to ride a motorcycle, make a good snow fort, dig in sawdust for money (my grandma's crazy idea), play space invaders, hide notes in the ceiling so my friend christine and i could come back years later and read about the times we had, and i also learned how to shoot at bumble bees with a bb gun (not our brightest moment, i blame craig).
thanks once again for coming on the tour. we are going to have a bbq later in the fall for grow groups, i'll let you know more later.
(sorry if the pictures are spread out too much, i couldn't control it!)
i still procrasinate on school work - 4 weeks until school starts
pete likes his new job at williams
the murrays visited, and i am really thinking about going to jamaica now
i like to scrapbook, it lets my creativity go crazy
i really miss grow group on monday nights
that's all, have a great day and take some vitamin c!
i may seem like a flexible person, but really i am not.
once i have made a decision, when i have to change it i become grumpy and upset. for instance, if i make plans (in my mind) and don't tell anyone about them, when someone else makes different plans (without knowledge of the plans i have made), i find myself becoming upset. then they ask what's the problem, and i say, "oh nothing, i had different plans," which complicates things more. i need to learn to either share my plans earlier, or change them and not share that there were plans to begin with.
that is what happens in my mind all to often.
i worked on some school/work stuff. i'm trying to prepare my mind for school to start again. i still feel like a brand new teacher (i mostly am) but i shouldn't be this nervous.
we went to the coffee shop and talked some capitalism with mat. pete likes to have those type of conversations, the ones where he gets to play devil's advocate, i mostly watch.
to finish the day we played frisbee golf, i shot a 10 over with help from a teammate who can putt pretty well. then it was off to taco bell for dinner.
i too feel like whitney in her most recent post, it is good to have the people in my life who God has put in my life. you guys are good friends, and we have a lot of fun. i look forward to creating many more meaningful conversations.
have a great day! thanks mat for helping me keep my once a week blog promise (almost).
~sunday was filled with worship practice, church, lunch at the gompert's, and frisbee golf.
~monday was my day off. i went to the gym with lanie, body pump class was intense. we also had Bible study later that evening which was a good discussion about spiritual gifts and using all of our gifts for the building up of the body.
~tuesday i worked all day. 3rd and 4th graders are quite a change from the pre-schoolers last week. we went frisbee golfing that night, then home to sleep.
~wednesday i worked with 2nd grade, less stressful than 3-4th, but filled with petty problems that i couldn't fix for them. wednesday after work i went to payless with lanie and anasten, i bought two pairs because it was buy one get one half off. i also ate dinner with them while pete worked on jesse's car.
~thursday was a long day at work helping 5-7th. it went by slowly because i actually had time to sit while they entertained themselves for a while.
~friday was our day off. pete and i went to my grandparent's cabin to help my parents because they are remodeling. we tore out cabinets and fixed the carpet in the loft. my dad and pete framed a section of the wall and moved the stairs. it was a pretty good time. we met up with terry, jesse, jeremy, stacy, matt, and tommy for frisbee golf. i played on terry's team so we scored -3 on a 10 hole game. normally i score about 22 on an 18 hole game.
~saturday (today) was the highway clean-up for the church. twice a year we clean a section of trapper's loop. we start with groups at both ends and meet in the middle. it was pretty good this year, not as much trash as last year. we saw one live snake, one dead snake, and one snake skin. also, glendon got the prize for best trash because he found someones driver's license. we then went out to lunch with the gompert's and the grandparents for father's day. pete fixed the a/c in my car (we hope) and now we are sitting at the coffee shop doing a bit of blogging and reading.
sorry that post was so random, i thought it would be fun to write it all down (mostly for myself) the weekly posts will not be like that again.
congratulations to ben and tiff who we now call momala and daddy-o! little noah was born thursday night and he is 6lbs of healthy baby boy.
have a great day if i don't see you before the end of today!
may you be strengthened through God's grace and truth in your life.
school has officially ended. our last day was thursday the 31st and it was really fun.
i have begun my summer job. (working at the elementary summer camp, tues, wedn, thurs)
sabrina had a baby shower and we all had a good time laughing and trying not to say baby.
some laundry was completed, and ironing as well.
two rounds of frisbee golf
the house is still dirty
and i saw pirates of the carribean 3 with some good friends.
... all in all i am busy, but really, it is a nice change. HAGS!
we switched the game to spin avery until she might be sick, she didn't get sick, but it was fun. ryan had a turn
pete and i had our third year anniversary on the 15th! still seems like yesterday
we went to lagoon yesterday for school. it was so fun! i got to ride all the rides i like, and they have changed it a bit since i've been about 2 years ago... the "new" fountain is cool, the bat ride is not.
school is over next thursday, and i'm missing graduation for the wedding, but i'll see pictures. i pray they make good choices.
i will start working part-time this summer at the same summer camp as last year. tuesday, wednesday, thursday every week.
that's all for now, i'll post after we get back.