Thursday, March 31, 2011

Always Learning

Hello all! I hope you are doing wonderfully. Today was a pretty good day. Just a fair warning, if you have no desire to hear about teaching and think it's lame, then quit reading. Since it is such a huge part of my daily life. I'll probably talk about my struggles and PRAISES often.

Today, I would call a struggle. All my life, I've been someone who didn't realize struggle to get along with most people and had so many friends in different social groups. College was pretty much the same and I loved going to a school where I was able to know so many people on campus and have them truly know me back.
This year, teaching has been a new challenge to me. I want to be liked, I mean, who doesn't? I knew and still know that not every one's going to like me. Heck, I don't like everyone. :) But, it still is a struggle juggling that thought in my head. It's often a difficult balance between being liked by my kids while still being an authority figure who has a strict purpose to teach my kids. Warrren constantly reminds me that math is boring and that, of course, they aren't really going to enjoy my class. I realize not all people like math like me. (I can hear my best friends laughing at me right this moment :)) My desire is for my students to learn, walk away knowing that they are loved by me and a God that is so much bigger than myself, learn how to work hard, and take a few memories that, years from now, they will look back and smile.

I put so much pressure on myself to be all of these things. God's had to remind me this past week how totally incapable I am of doing all these things..without him. I know that I'm not in my word and spending time with Him near like I need to be.....or even like I used to be. Truth is, without Jesus, I'm judgemental, broken, awkward (I'm probably that anyway haha), lonely, a worrier, self righteous, and more things than I even want to think about.

My prayer is to be who only Jesus wants me to be. Not who my kids at school, my hubby, my family, or I want me to be.

I would love y'alls thoughts, prayers, and encouragement. Thanks for listening to me. I am so blessed by you guys.


Here's a few pics of our life :)
 You can admit he's ones of the cutest babies you ever seen. :)
 Love my hubby!
 Our precious puppy Kilo, he's the cuddly one.
Sneaky and Sweet, Manny. He's the mischievious  one.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sprang Brake!

Hello!! I can't believe I'm blogging again :) Well, what a crazy weekend it has been. We had Warren's little brothers (9 and 11) since Thursday and we've been running around doing things with them all weekend. Loved having them. They LOVVEE Warren more than you could imagine and I'm usually the one that gets picked on. Go figure. Work was suppppeerrrr busy last week. I worked 13 hours on Thursday and then had a crazy day Friday. "Pi Day" was last Monday (3.14) and we decided to celebrate as a department on Friday. Well, a couple of weeks ago, the math club decided to do a fundraiser by placing containers in each math teachers classroom. The teacher with the most money at the end of the 2 weeks would get a pie thrown in their face in front of the whole school. Well, I won't leave you hanging. I was the one the won. I'm not talking barely won or tied. I won by doubling the amount of the other teachers. Here's a pic that one of my most precious students while I was waiting to get pi'd.
Well, needless to say it got ALL over my clothes and my face. The kids loved it though and I guess that's all that matters. :)

Before it gets too late, I did want to blog about our wearing just to share our special day with those who weren't able to be there. Our wedding was everything I could have every dreamed up. We were able to share "Our Day" with special people that have truly changed our hearts and minds. I was so blessed by how many showed up (300+), our precious families who were truly selfless the whole process with all their help, and our friends who made every moment something to remember. Looking back, what I love most about it all is how much FUN everyone looks like they are having in the pics and how much Jesus was glorified. At the end of the day, that's all that matters most. Pictures to come soon. Most of them are too big to load and it's taking forever. Here's a couple.
Love those EEE's :)

War and I doing our thing!

As you can tell, we were there to party.

Leaving in my Grandmother's wedding dress which fit me PERFECTLY and was made by my great-grandma. So special.

Love you guys! Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My First Blog Post!

I must admit, I never saw myself getting one of these. I don't really have the time or the creativity. BUT, with that thought, I must also admit that I am guilty of creeping on other people's blogs. So, I gave in and decided to join all my blogging friends out there.

I don't have any incredible recipes to share like Ana, or a giveaway or extraordinary weightloss like Amy and Kate, or super cute pictures of a precious baby like Kati Baldwin, or witty  comments like Bethany, or all my creative hobbies like Brittney Lee. But, I do, occasionally, have a thought to share.

My job teaching high school math has been both a blessing and a challenge. It's easy to forget, as we grow out of those stages, the difficulty teens go through. So many kids are broken and lost and are looking for a cure for their hurt. I have had the most wonderful opportunity to form special relationships with so many teens that truly softens my heart daily. (and frustrates me often, too :)) I just hope that Jesus can use me, though I am far from worthy. 

Marriage is more of a blessing than I think I expected. It is so wonderful to have someone to wake up to and anticipate coming home to that you are in awe of. It's hard, don't get me wrong and he frustrates me A LOT :) but it has taught me so much about how exactly to love and how to change all those calloused parts of my heart that I didn't always noticed existed.

Well, this is a little piece of my life at the moment. I wake up, teach high school, come home, do math, spend time with my hubby, and go back to sleep. I've had to strap on those big girl panties. And it's not always as comfortable as I imagined it was from the other side. :)

Hopefully, my next post will be a little more interesting. Until then, I'll leave with some 17 year old quote from today:
Student:"Mrs. Seals, please don't take this perverted or anything, but when are you going to have kids?"
This ones not as funny as most of them.