Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I know, those words just don’t go together!! Anyone who knows me well knows that spelling is pretty much the last thing I am good at. Spelling was something I struggled with all through my educational career. I am sure if you are a faithful blog reader you too have probably caught some of my mistakes on this very blog. Kudos to you! Although I have come a long way with my Spelling skills, it is something I have just come to terms with. The funny thing is, even though my spelling and grammar might not be the best, you keep coming back to read my blog, don’t you? Therefore, it must not be that big of a deal, right? Needless to say when my principal asked me if I would be the Spell Master for the Fourth Grade, District Wide, Spelling Bee I was shocked. I guess he didn’t realize I was the world’s worst speller… I told him I didn’t think I could do it but he really believes in me and felt that I could. So, I couldn’t say no, right? The great thing about being a Spell Master is that you don’t actually have to know how to spell any of the words. You are the person who runs the Bee. You read the words and the sentences that go with them and then tell the students if they spelled them correctly or not. It’s a pretty big job… no pressure!! Even though the words are right in front of you, it is really nerve racking because Spelling Bees are very intense. If you have ever been to one, you know that you could hear a pin drop in the room and you can just feel the tension. You are nervous, the kids are nervous and the parents are nervous. The first year I did it I really thought I was going to pass out, I am not just saying that either. The second year, I couldn’t believe I had agreed to do it a second time. This was my third year and although I was not as nervous, I still had butterflies. Anyway, I am sharing this because it is a really exciting thing for me. I hear it’s good for us to push ourselves out of our comfort zone every once in a while. For me being a Spell Master is exactly that. I hate reading aloud. I am not a good speller and the parents really make me nervous. When it’s done however, I feel really good about myself. Who would have guessed it, me a Spell Master? Running a Spelling Bee??? It still makes me laugh! I know you might think that fourth grade words would be really easy, trust me, they aren’t. Even older, wiser teachers who I look up to because they have been doing these things for years still get nervous. These kids are amazing! They learn hundreds of words and pretty much memorize them all. Many of the words are words that I have rarely, if ever, heard before. The kids work so hard and most of them really know their stuff. As weird as it is for me, it’s neat to be a part of something like this. I don’t force myself to step out of my comfort zone very often but when it’s all said and done and the ribbons are passed out, I am always glad I did. I bet the kids have no idea that even the judges are getting something out of the experience!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
What is this??? A post without pictures? I know, weird right! I always have pictures but this time, I have something to say…
Emily’s wedding was a really big deal for me and it really got me thinking. I mean it has totally been like memory lane in my head since then. It was so much fun seeing friends I hadn’t seen in a really long time. I was reminded what it was like to be around people who really know me and with whom I can truly be myself without even trying. It was wonderful. I am so thankful for the friends I have now but there is nothing quite like catching up with those you share history with.
Because Emily and I have been friends for, forever I feel the need to say something. I just feel I have been planning this wedding as long as Emily has so I have had sometime to think about what I would say. I guess what I am trying to say is that I am someone who needs closure so this toast is really more for my own sake than anything else.
Anyway, here’s my toast to Emily and Aaron
Emily and I have been best friends for what feels like forever. Although we have known each other since we were kids I believe that our friendship really began in 7th grade when our mom’s got us together to go see Annie. They wanted to make sure we had good friends as we entered the harsh world of Jr. High. Turns out our Mom’s were pretty smart because it worked! We hit it off and became best of friends right away. Although we didn’t go to the same Jr. High, we did go to the same youth group and we quickly bonded. Some people remember Jr. High and High School as painful times. It’s just the opposite for me. I will forever remember those years as some of the best years of my life. I know that without Emily it would not have been that way. We had so much fun together. We made lasting memories no matter where we went… So many memories from youth group, teaching 3 yearold Sunday School, trips to Hume Lake (winter and Summer), SEMP, Mexico, Costa Rica, countless late night sleepovers, a particularly memorable trip to Oregon to go to Jesus North West and to meet the Cleavers, I still can’t believe my mom let me do that but I am so glad she did. We bonded through so many things but I think the thing we bonded over the most was boys and our obsession with wedding planning. To be honest I blame Mike and Kate who had us in their wedding when we were just in 8th grade. It’s funny that Mike would end up to be the one who would marry Emily and Aaron. Amy is a little to blame as well because she was the older sister who was in a serious relationship at the time and actually had reason to start thinking about weddings. On the trip to Mike and Kate’s wedding Emily introduced me to our very first Bridal Magazine and it was all down hill from there. From then on whenever we went on a trip we would always stock up on bridal mags, and talk weddings the whole trip long. I think that both of us were surprised when we got to college and found that most girls had never owned a bridal magazine. They hadn’t picked their colors or their bridesmaids or anything. They would say things like “but I am not engaged” or “I don’t have a boyfriend” and Emily and I would be like "so?" We didn’t just plan the wedding, we spent a lot of time talking about marriage as well. Some of my fondest memories will always be our late night conversations when we would make predictions about who we each would marry. Although I think we had some pretty good ideas, some how we never predicted Aaron. That would have been hard because we didn’t know him at the time. I am so glad that God brought these two together. My favorite question since Emily and Aaron got engaged has been “how do you like Aaron?” It’s my favorite because I honestly couldn’t have predicted anyone more perfect for my best friend. I love that she is totally herself when she is with him. I know he will always cherish and take good care of her. Aaron, I am proud to call you my new best-friend-in-law!! So, here’s to Emily and Aaron. It was a beautiful wedding, better than we even planned and I pray God will bless you as you start your new life together.
I love you both!!