Pinky Promise

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Pinky Promise

So, if I’m going to keep blogging (and I am) you’re going to need to know a few things about me. Today I will reveal that I am a First Grade teacher, woop, woop! A job that never gets boring. With being a teacher comes lots of interesting stories and life lessons (for me and the kids). One recent one really hit home to me regardless if it home to the student or not. It had to do with telling the truth and keeping your promises. So, here we go story time…

While arranging all my math stations I looked to one counter only to realize I was missing one of my pink owl stickers. I didn’t think too much about it until I recalled a previous conversation I had with one of my students, Vonda( I changed the name to protect the innocent). Vonda had told me the day before how she really wished she had more stickers. You may be thinking ,seriously, it’s a sticker. But in First grade world this is like gold. Then I went on to see the same sticker I was missing was on Vonda’s toolbox…dun, dun, dun! After making this connection I decided to confront Vonda. I simply said, “my stickers missing do you know where it is?” You could see the wheels start spinning. First, she tried to out another student. That was a no go. Next, she proclaimed, “I found it on the ground.” Seriously Vonda?! Get a little more creative. This is when it was time to get real. I was going to pull out the big guns…the pinky promise. I said, “Vonda, I need you to pinky promise me you did not take my sticker.” She was about to rebuke it once again ,but before she could I told her to take a minute. Then I explained once you break a promise to me it is going to be hard for me to ever trust you again. Trust is a very special thing and once it’s broken it’s hard to rebuild.

Let’s just be real here folks, I knew she took it. I could care less about the sticker ,but it bothered me to the core that a student was willing to lie to me to save face. We ended up talking for what felt like two days but this is a lesson I’m willing to take more time on because to me it’s one of the most important. If you don’t have the truth or trust you don’t have much. We also spoke of promises and how once you break a promise it’s hard to make it right. After much time and tears Vonda finally said, “YES, I took the sticker.”

At that moment I was so proud of her. She could have stuck with her story but she chose to tell the truth. I told her to keep the sticker as a reminder of how important promises and the truth are. I felt so accomplished until the next day.

I entered my class to once again realize that the same sticker was missing and the same sticker was on Vonda’s toolbox. She took it…again! Even though the whole discussion we had the day before seemed to go by the wayside, I still love Vonda the same as anyone of my students. We talked ,again.

It made me realize once again that life all about second chances. Thank God for grace and His promises that He will not break.

Until next time…keep suiting up, showing up, and doing the next right thing.

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“You Look Like Your Dad”

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“You look like your dad” is a comment I’ve heard countless times since I was a little girl. I remember being mortified that people thought I looked like a boy! I proclaimed to my mom that I could never wear my hair back in a ponytail again because people thought I didn’t have hair. That must be why I look like my dad, right?!

I hoped I would outgrow it and one day I would magically look like my beautiful mother, that was not the case. As I grew into a young lady I continued to have people comment on how much I favored my dad. It used to bother me. Not because my dad wasn’t handsome (because boy howdy, he was) but simply because I wanted to look like a girl…a woman.

My two sisters would get comments on how they looked just like my mom. Of course that is what I wanted to hear. My mom is gorgeous! I never appreciated looking like my dad until two years ago when my dad went to heaven. Now, every time I look in the mirror or see a picture, I feel differently.

I feel thankful. It’s funny how life events can change our perspective on things. I am now so grateful for the fact that I do indeed look like my dad! When I see the reflection in the mirror I get to see glimpses of him in my face.

I long for the day I get to see him face to face.

ILBYD!

One Has to Have a Theme Song…right?!

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In life, if you really think about it, we have different theme songs. That song that you hear on the radio and you have to pump it up because it just speaks to the core of your being. Well, as life changes our theme songs seem to change right along with it.

I wanted to share my current theme song, Brave by Sara Bareilles. The opening line says, “You can be amazing.” Hell yes! There is such power in those four words. Life or the day to day sometimes causes us to forget that fact. You can be amazing, you are amazing, God made you to be amazing! He did not make us to simply exist. He made us to make a difference in this passing world. That’s not comfortable. It’s following the desires of your heart and taking a leap to be uncomfortable. Let’s be uncomfortable together!

What’s your theme song?

Go get em ya’ll!!

We Can Learn SO Much From Kids…If You Pay Attention

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Why is it so hard to be nice to the person in the mirror? We spend most of our days giving to other; wether it be giving of time, compliments, money, or emotions. We’re giving! Don’t get me wrong, that’s great! That’s what we should be doing, right?! But, what I’m trying to get at is what are you giving to YOU?!

I love the absolute innocence of children (that’s why I’m a teacher). This little lady makes it seem so simple. Look at yourself in the mirror, list the things that you’re thankful for in life, including things about you! We have so much to be thankful for, but it’s so easy to get caught up in the rhythm of things around us. Don’t let them steal your innocence(joy).

So, my challeng to you. STOP! Look in the mirror and list things you are thankful for, including things about you…maybe even about your body?! Don’t go too crazy!

Go get ’em folks!!

What does EverydayAboveDirt even mean?

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http://www.davidfoster.tv/remembering-dave/

Now, that I’ve taken the first step, and I’m so appreciative of everyone’s encouragment, it’s time to explain myself. Where I got my title from, what’s my purpose of blogging, and why I think it matters. Well, for this one I decided to attach a video compelation of my dad, who is now in heaven for almost two years. I’m not attaching it to pull on heart strings but instead because it so beautifully and powerfully encompasses why we are here and why it is so important to make the most of EverydayAboveDirt, therefore, why I’m blogging!

We don’t know what the futurte hold, but thank the Lord, we do know who hold our future. Our mission while we are here for however long is to make our world a better place…we can change the world!

So, my challenge to you today. Take about eight minutes to watch this video. It will change the course of your day and maybe even your life. Yes, I believe it’s that powerful!

Go get em!!

The Fear in Starting

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It’s amazing how much fear can rob from you. It’s very sneaky. Fear won’t just do it outright. It’ll make you think you’re doing things that are worth while but all the while you are ignoring that one thing you want to do because of our good friend (or not so good friend) fear. Well, frankly…I want to break up. I’m so over fear controlling me.

My momma raised me to be stronger that that. So, here it is…my first blog in almost a year. You may ask, “why has she not blogged in a year.” The answer is as simple and complex as fear. There is something in me that wants something to be perfect before I ever take the first step, but how on earth do I expect to perfect something withouth ever attempting it. Fear makes us scared to mess up, scared to start, and scared of failing. Well dang it all…this is my one life…I want to kick fear in the face. So, here is my first sucker punch!!! The goal is to keep fighting it!

What do you fear? Put your boxing gloves on with me.

Go get em!

Be you, it’s what you do best!

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Be you, it's what you do best!

I think it’s amazing that most of the time people change who they are or what they believe in because of another person’s opinions. Don’t get me wrong, I fall into this way to often. It is best known as “people pleasing.” Why do we want to please others so badly only to sacrifice what we want or what our hearts want? God created us each differntly with our individuall DNA, unique dreams and talents. Lets not be afraid to be true to them. The time to live your one and only life is now! We are not promised tomorrow, but we do have now. Don’t be afraid to stand out, dream big and MOO out loud! Lets go get em!!