Friday Letters 5.8.2015

Dear Friday, I thought you would never come.  You see, this is my last week working every day for the next 14 weeks!  Starting next week, it is Monday through Wednesday for me.  Looking forward to sitting on my porch reading all day next Friday.

Dear Red Cross, I know you want my platelets and I will happily give them to you next week LIKE I TOLD YOU TWO MONTHS AGO. I visit you regularly and allow you to poke and prod me and steal my blood and platelets but this has been a crazy semester (like I said, every single time you call me).  I will try to make up for lost time this summer, just please stop calling me.

Dear Red Box, I need you to have good choices when I stop by to pick up a movie for my platelet donation.

Dear AK, You can not wear long sleeves when it is going to be 90 degrees.  No matter how many times you say it is going to be 6 degrees, it just isn’t.  You live in Georgia, no long sleeves until November.  Also, just because you dream about eating outside and going to the beach doesn’t mean I am dreaming the same thing.  I love those things too but shouting at me telling what I did or did not dream last night isn’t going to change anything.  Also, thank you for the Mother’s Day picture you worked so hard on, it was very sweet, you make a pretty cute butterfly but you might want to tell your teacher that graceful doesn’t really describe me, awkward might have been a better choice or undexterous! Both words have Rs in them.

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Dear Face, I know it has been a stressful time the last few weeks and I tortured you with that new face wash.  I promise to never use it again. We have got to get some things straight. I am not a teenage boy.  I am not eating a bunch of junk food, I even cut soda completely out of my diet.  I don’t do meth.  Can you please get it together and stop torturing me?  I can’t handle the breakouts, it is getting really old.

♥ Elizabeth

Friday Letters 4.17.2015

Dear Blog, I have not abandoned you!  Classes are almost done and I am working on a few posts that need more attention than I can give until next week.  Don’t worry, come June you will be tired of me since my GA position is not available through May.

Dear Church, I don’t know why I am always blown away by your generosity.  When there is a need, you jump.  So many members helping in so many ways, I am proud to be a member of Comer Baptist Church.

Dear friends having babies, Just keep doing what you are doing.  Thanks for helping me hold down the baby fever until I am done with school.  Just keep on letting me hold those sweet squishy babies for one more year.

Dear AK, Please stop praying for a baby sister, ain’t nobody got time for that right now. You are just going to have to wait like the rest of us.  Also, thanks for telling me the story about what you told your friend who said, “that’s not fair”, I can’t believe you have listened to us so well and remembered we don’t say that in our house.

Dear Mom and Reych, Thanks for being flexible in our mother’s day excursion and working with us so we can have other adventures… y’all are the best.  AK has made up songs about next week all morning, I think she is excited.

Dear April, Way to come on strong with the April showers this week!

♥ Elizabeth

Sunday Funday

Sunday Funday in pictures!

My view for most of the weekend as I finish the last two weeks of class, busy writing about critical literacy and blended learning.  I am on my 4th cup of coffee and going strong!  Loving our new patio set we finally ordered with our Christmas gift cards from Dad! We ate dinner last night, breakfast, and lunch out here!

My assistants aren’t very motivating…

Sleepy head woke up from her nap and wanted to do homework like Mommy.  She has been practicing writing her name with these free printouts I found on Pinterest.

Waiting on Eddie to come home and go eat Mexican for dinner and the weekend will be complete.  Hope you had a relaxing weekend!

♥ Elizabeth

Friday Letters 4.10.2015

Dear spring semester, I am going to need to get the most out of the next two weeks, got a lot of stuff to finish.  Two more weeks and then freedom for a month before taking three classes this summer! THE END IS IN SIGHT!

Dear Friends, Thank you for the supportive texts, messages, and emails I received regarding sharing my struggles this week, it is nice to know people there are so many people who care!

Dear missing chicken, Thanks for all the eggs over the years, I am sorry you met your demise this week. It was probably the neighbor’s dogs.  I will keep a better watch on your friends!

Dear AK, I have been super flexible with your clothing choices, even as flexible as allowing you to wear a crown to school but I am drawing the line at two different shoes.  Just because you can’t find one sandal and one princess slipper (WHERE ARE THEY???) doesn’t mean you can wear one of each. And by the way, they are both left shoes.  Also, no stripe shirts with stripe shorts, that is just getting too crazy.

Dear Running, Sorry I neglected you lately.  Pollen is bad. Allergies are bad.  I am going to suck it up and drag myself back to you, begging for forgiveness like cheating ex from a country song.  Please go easy on me!

♥ Elizabeth

I am a M&M cookie mom.

It is the night before the preschool Easter party and I don’t have the required 6 candy filled eggs or cookies I signed up for to take to the party.  We live in the country, the only options are a tiny over-priced grocery store or Dollar General.  We go straight to DG after church and pick out the pack with 6 plastic eggs (because I do not want any extras in the house for me to step on!) and Hershey Kisses (got to at least get the good candy!) to put inside them and head home only to realize I forgot to buy cookies. At this point I am kicking myself for not getting Sew Sweet Things to make some beautiful and delicious Easter cookies like these for me to take.

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Cookies from Sew Sweet Things

Lucky for me, I did buy cookies a few days ago at Kroger: Sugar cookies for Eddie and M&M cookies for me AK. Maybe no one will notice one or two of the cookies are missing.  Fast forward to Thursday morning, AK and I are running in the door with the required 6 candy filled eggs and M&M cookies and I see the cookies the other mom brought.  Imagine with me: a perfect nest created with the no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies everyone loves and in the center of the nest is a single peep surrounded by colorful chocolate eggs. They were beautiful. A Pinterest creation. This mom spent some time making an edible spring scene for all 21 children in the class.  I hand over my M&M cookies, kiss AK bye, and head home to work on homework.

As I am driving home, I keep thinking about those cookies.  Why hadn’t I taken the time to at least make some break and bake cookies or practiced my cookie decorating skills I learned at the last Ladies night at church, isn’t that why I signed up to make cookies?  Oh yeah, ain’t nobody got time for that when they are in grad school.  I think about that mom taking the time to make each individual nest and matching the peep with the eggs around it and I remind myself

It isn’t a competition.  Being a mom isn’t a competition.

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Friday Letters 4.3.2015

Dear Jesus, Thank you for Good Friday and for giving yourself for someone as lowly as me. Can’t wait to celebrate the Resurrection on Sunday! I am looking forward to the sunrise service.

Dear AK, Thanks for going to see Cinderella with me!  I am so glad you enjoy movies and sit still, it was a good day to skip school and spend the day with you.  Don’t worry, I will catch you up on what you missed at K3.

Dear cashier at Target, you are the bomb (do people still say that?). I am so impressed you rang up a buggy worth of Easter stuff without the toddler noticing. That takes skills, they should give you an Easter basket for your hard work.

Dear Lady in the Easter section, Thanks for not judging me for waiting until the last-minute to buy the Easter stuff WITH MY TODDLER. That was super helpful of you to help distract my kid while I snuck a chocolate bunny in my secret bag.  While other moms (who also waited until the last-minute ahem, Judgy McJudgerson) were looking at me like I was crazy pointing at random things in the store for AK to look at so I could stealthily place items in a gift bag from the dollar spot, you started pointing at random things too!  Way to work together for the better of all moms instead of judging each other.

Oh hello April, I didn’t notice you had arrived…other than the massive sinus headache I have had all week.  I am going to need you to bring some of those April showers to wash this crap away.  My black tin roof looks green. Okay? Thanks!

♥ Elizabeth

Friday Letters 3.27.15

Dear Spring, I thought we were past this?  Freeze warning tonight? Seriously, get it together, wasn’t it 80 yesterday?

Dear AK, Thank you for being honest about being in trouble at school this week.  I know you will work harder to not play during lunch.

Dear Philippians, Way to call me out this morning.

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.  2:14-15

I have been grumbling a little too much lately. I get it.  Hey, when is this two month study going to end?  There might be other books in the Bible I need to check out.

Dear Sadie, Thanks for being my accountability partner, not just in exercise but also in the rest of my life!  I am loving our 6 AM torture sessions work outs.

Dear Orchid on my desk, I loved you, I really did.  I know I don’t show it very well but I am just not very good with plants.  I don’t know if you will make it to next Friday, if not RIP.

♥ Elizabeth

Pick your battles or choose your engagements

As the parent of a toddler, I find I am picking battles all day, every day.  Such as this one…

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Sure, you can wear a crown to school.  Maybe it will promote more narcissism like everyone is talking about.  Everyone loves a narcissistic threenager.  Oh yeah, ALL toddlers are narcissistic, but I digress.

We pick battles every single day: in traffic, at school or work, and in our own homes.  I recently went to an education conference in which the speaker was discussing ways to manage anxious students.  One of the of her suggestions was to

choose your engagements rather than pick you battles.  

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Friday Letters 3.20.15

Dear Friday, You couldn’t get here soon enough. This week has been crazy and I am not even sure what I did every day this week.

Dear Spring, You’re here! Hallelujah!! I was beginning to worry you would never show your face around these parts again.  Looking forward to brisk morning runs, bike rides, and long walks!

Dear AK, I am going to need you to tone down the sass.  It is really wearing on me. I am hoping spring’s arrival will assist with the problem as we are going to spend as much time outside as possible; go ahead and say goodbye to all your friends on Disney Jr because it is going to be a rainy day before we visit with them again.  Also no matter how many times you ask, we are not changing your name to Rapunzel.  You have two names to choose from A or K or AK, those are your choices.

Dear March, ummm, where did you go?  How is there only 11 more days left?  I have a lot of things I need to get done in those 11 days, so if you could just slow it down a little that would be great.

Dear Girlfriends in God, Thanks for the clutter reminder in your Friday devotion  – That hit home, did you write that just for me?  “It’s one thing to be prudent with our stuff. But when we start to hold onto things with a “just in case” mentality, what we are saying in some small but significant ways is that we are the bottom line instead of trusting in God provision.” Ouch…the truth hurts sometimes.

♥ Elizabeth