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{sols}: planning

Slice of Life hosted at the Two Writing Teachers

{celebrate}: this week

Today I am celebrating: {portfolio sharing}

Talk about celebrating!  This week we hosted portfolio sharing conferences at school.  Yes, they are two loooong days.  Yes, I always hope to sneak in a little extra organizing in my classroom.  But I celebrate the time with students visiting over the two days.  I get to see big older brothers and meet little younger sisters.  It is enjoyable to watch the students celebrate their learning.  Big smiles.  Proud Moms and Dads.   And teachers.  

{growth} In my role as a reading specialist, I teach small groups of students that are developing readers.  Reading isn't easy.  I am always on the hunt for the right books for the right kids.  And still reading isn't a natural fit.  Yet, we celebrated growth that was made over the year and stressed the importance of the last five weeks of school.  We will continue to push hard.    

{parents} It was awesome to connect with parents.  To see their smiles.  To hear their stories.  To know they …

{five minute friday} friend

Five Minute Fridaywriting challenge hosted byLisa-Jo Baker The challenge is to write for five minutes on a given word.  Just write and share.

Today's Five Minute Friday word:  {friend}
I have always been the type of person that feels more comfortable having a few close friends rather that a whole lot of acquaintances.  I feel more secure in creating a strong bond and truly knowing someone inside and out.  And for someone to know me just the same.
Those few really close friends have changed over the years.  As my life twisted and turned down different paths, I have had different friends.  
Growing up friends.  High school friends.  College friends.  After college friends.  Some are now acquaintances, and some are long forgotten.  Church friends.  Couples friends.  Online friends.  My husband.  He's one of my favorites and my best friend!  
Yet, there has always been one constant friend.
My Mom.  
She is always there, lending an ear, saying a prayer, sharing her two cents, or providing …

{sols}: more to the story

Slice of Life hosted at the Two Writing Teachers

{celebrate}: this week

Today I am celebrating.

{victory} Tomorrow is Easter Sunday.  Bunny baskets filled with green grass, new bubbles and outside games.  Brightly colored hidden plastic eggs stuffed with chocolate candies and jelly beans. 

Sounds like a win, right?  Sure, maybe a temporary victory.
But the true victory is in Jesus.
Jesus died a brutal death.  None of us will truly understand the depth of His suffering.  He lived out God's plan and died for you and for me.  For our sins.  For our wrong doings.  For our disobedience.  For our disregard to do what is right.  Past. Present. And future.
But the true victory is in Jesus.  He is the {glue} that keeps my sticky, messy life together.
Tomorrow I will celebrate this good news.

{five minute friday}: glue

Five Minute Fridaywriting challenge hosted byLisa-Jo Baker The challenge is to write for five minutes on a given word.  Just write and share.

Today's Five Minute Friday word:  {glue}
{glue} is sticky, messy, connects, everlasting, hardens.  Just like life.

Reflecting on this holy of holy weeks, with much help from specific daily devotions from my pastors, be a part of the many praying for 120 hours of prayer, Ruth Ayres' 40 Stories for Lent, and deep conversations with my small group, I have witnessed how Jesus is the {glue} in my life, holding everyone and everything together.    
Jesus loved. Jesus forgave. Jesus cried out.
Jesus suffered. Jesus died for us and all of our sins.
Jesus is the One.  
The only one that I need to desire to have a relationship with to keep me from  forgetting failing and falling apart.

Through His relationship, He connects me those that continue to nudge and push and encourage my spiritual growth.
And then Jesus rose from the dead and stood in Victory.

Jesus is …

{sols}: sick day

Monday morning started as any other usual Monday.

I flipped on the light switch and started quietly singing, "Good morning! Good morning! Good morning! It's time to rise and shine!"  Big stretches and groans and yawns.  I know this feeling.

After a slow wakeup, the girls got ready for the day, had a quick breakfast snack, and they were out the door with Daddy.

I took a deep breath and prepared my bags.  I was out the door to head to my professional development meeting about assessment.

About an hour into the meeting, I noticed my phone light up:

Missed call.

Missed call and voice mail.

iMessage: Call me.

Missed call and voice mail.

iMessage: P. puked.

iMessage: Can you pick her up?

My eyes bugged out in surprise.  I quickly responded to my husband's texts and whispered to my table group that I had to go.  As quietly as I could, I quickly exited wondering if I missed any signs in the morning.

After the fifteen minute drive, I arrived at my girls' school.  P. was ready …

{celebrate}: this week

Today I am celebrating.

{successful practices}
My girls are taking swim lessons and hockey tot (ice skating) lessons.  Both evenings this week as we rushed from school to home to eat to back out the door, they said, "We don't want to go."  Yet, we encouraged and attended both practices with huge successes this week in the pool and on the ice!

{a birthday}
My husband celebrated a birthday this week.  This year we agreed that we wouldn't exchange cards or gifts because, quite honestly, we have all that we need or ever wanted.  But I still wanted to give him something, so I wrote him a little somethingthat he truly appreciated and teared up reading it.

{reading moments}
This week I celebrated some book reading love by sharing a special reading moment.  And that love spread to some of my students and they shared a special reading moment too.  (If you have a moment, I know they would appreciate your comments!)  It was pure delight to hear their stories in their own words.  My a…

{five minute friday}: paint

Five Minute Fridaywriting challenge hosted byLisa-Jo Baker The challenge is to write for five minutes on a given word.  Just write and share.

Today's Five Minute Friday word:  {paint}

There are layers and layers on that old rocking chair.

Layers of paint hiding underneath a shiny black.

Each layer holds a memory.  It once was white.  And a mom rocked babies.  To soothe.  To snuggle.  To remember.

Each layer tells a story.  It once was green.  And grandmas rocked grandbabies.  To love.  To hold.  To remember.

Each layer shares a moment of love.  It once was brown.  And great-grandmas rocked great-grandbabies.  To just remember.

The paint on that old rocking chair chips and exposes another layer of paint.  Sharing another memory.  Sharing another story.  Sharing more love.

{reader} a reading moment

Yesterday, I shared my daughter's reading moment.  A memory about reading that just made her happy as she chose to read a book over playing.  Even if it was just for five minutes.

This reading memory gave me an idea for my students at school.

I challenged my third and fourth grade groups to blog about a reading memory:  Think about a reading moment when you were all wrapped up in a book.  Or you were secretly reading in class.  Or you stayed up in bed and read under the covers.  Or when you couldn't put a book down, but your mom asked you to help her.

I shared my most recent reading moment as a mentor text:  {late night reading} 

As the day ended and students' saved their reading moment drafts, I spotted a few other student reading moments ...

A boy standing in the busy, loud multi-purpose room.  Students waiting for the bus and laughing as he stands alone, away from the bus line, holding an open book.  Reading.
A girl standing at the end of the bus line, swaying back and …

{reader} reading first

Yesterday evening was a perfect night to get outside and play.  Sunshine late into the evening with a slight chill in the air.

"But I want to read this book," P. demanded.

I never want to discourage reading, but we wouldn't be able to play outside all night.

"Hey, we can read it when we come back inside before bedtime.  Let's go play outside now!"

"I'm bringing the book with me." 
I wasn't going to argue with her.

P. jumped into her shoes, slid on her coat, and lugged the books outside.  Daddy gave her a questioning look as she stepped onto the patio.

Surrounded by daylight (and wearing a bike helmet), she kneeled at the outside table and read her book first.

sol: {a number}

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today: {birthday wishes}

Today is my husband's birthday.  Jon is one who enjoys a great birthday celebration!  Yet, today is a Monday and a day back to work.  After working all day, we'll rush home to eat quickly to be ready to take the girls to their swim lessons.

Not much for a birthday celebration!

But he still knows how to celebrate.  Yesterday, he enjoyed a day of working out in the yard, including a trip to Home Depot.  In the evening we celebrated with his parents by grilling flank steak.  He enjoyed looking at pictures from when he younger.  Then, this morning he stopped for Spunky Dunker donuts to take to work for his colleagues.  He received a video birthday message and song from the girls.  And, after swim lessons tonight, we'll devour the leftover chocolate cake from yesterday's celebration.

A celebration of sorts!  We also agreed not to exchange birthday cards.

So, instead, I write to you:  Here's to a day to remember!  Happy birthday Jon!

{my happy birthday wishes to you}

i …

{celebrate} this week

{Today I am celebrating.}

{saturday} It's Saturday!  After the first week back to school after spring break, this week felt busy.  So, today, in our house we enjoy a day without constant going and interruptions.  The first question I heard this morning was: "Do we get to stay home today?" We celebrate today ~ Saturday ~ Ourday. 
{writing}  I enjoyed my fourth year of participating in the TWT March Slice of Life Story Challenge.  I wrote for thirty-one days in March, plus five more days of continued writing (counting today)!  I had no real intentions of continuing to write each day, but the writing habit has been created.  I feel the need to write each day.  I also know the connections and comments fuel that writing.  I'll see how life and time transitions during this writing season.
{five minute friday} Ruth introduced me to another writing challenge: Five Minute Friday.  Yesterday, I wrote for five minutes (maybe a couple more) on the prompt word - fitting for the end …