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… peace in parenting

20131005-115010.jpg It feels as if our little one won’t be here for an eternity. It feels as if the next seven months will completely d r a g by…….. I know that’s not completely true but that’s how I’m feeling today.

I’m not as worried about being ready for the baby physically; s/he’ll have everything it needs when it gets here. (It doesn’t need much anyway at the beginning…. All the hoopla is really for me!)

I was looking at these pictures and realized how often I’ll be kneeling for years to come. How some days, it will come naturally for me to stoop down and tend to my child. I also realize that there will be moments when I’ll have to make a conscious effort to pause my own life and stoop down to be eye to eye with this little person who will spend their life looking up at me.

I want to be a good mom. And, parent who is balanced, loving, kind, and patient.
I want to balance fun/spontaneity with responsibility/maturity and forgiveness/grace with self-control/morality/boundaries in such a way that I teach enjoying life and the beauty of loving all people for who they are. I want to teach acceptance and freedom in being who God created us to be while modeling a teachable & submissive spirit.

I’m already praying for God to calm my heart and for me to live in His grace & peace. I believe He wants less law & more grace to rule my home & I below that just living and taking things day by day is the best game plan. But, that’s going to be so hard…..

I have some amazing mama-models who I know will help & pray with me in my fears and struggles. And, who have already given me such great mama-character to immolate.


I believe that when we remain eye to eye, we teach our children that they are important to us. Their perspectives are important. Their issues and challenges are just as important as their successes. I believe that when our kids (& students, too!!) see that we take time to look at them in their eye and listen, as they grow they will take time to seek our perspectives about life.

One thing I’ve learned is that life is a journey…. One day is nothing, children are forgiving and model the purest form of love. And, each day God gives us another chance to live life again better than we did the day before.

So, I’m hoping that the grace, love, and forgiveness I pray to model daily for my child will be embraced and will display that same kindness towards me/us and those around them.

… Here’s to remaining eye to eye with our Heavenly Father and with the babies He gives us! … And, depending on God to be the mother He’d have me to be!


… back to school

School starts on Monday and I’m actually excited. Up until Friday, I was worried that I wasn’t going to really get excited about school starting.
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I was wrong! Thankfully.
Our school's Open House was last night and my excitement for seeing my new & old students came rushing back.
I was so proud to add my cheerleader's trophies & awards from this summer's camp in the trophy case and see them again! These middle school girls are the sweetest things – they've already started asking about practices and games.

Last week, I wrote about prepping for school, expectations, and the triad that sets everyone up for a successful school year for Houston Style Magazine.

20130817-070317.jpg I can be a bit hard core in the classroom and with my students. I expect so much from them because I work so hard to make sure they’re successful. Thankfully, we have parents and expectations rooted in our legacy that guide every student that walks through our doors.

As educators, we all know that every child will not be on Honor Roll or make all A’s and E’s – however, my expectation is that you work hard and do your best.

I’m hoping that this year as we prepare to send our kiddos back to school that we are focused on our kids doing their best. Yes. I want my class (with a combined effort of each of them) to be the best 2nd grade class in all areas. Yes, we push them. We work with them. We encourage and set the bar high. But, we have to remember that each child is different, they each have different motivations and skill levels.

Even though our intentions are the best, we hurt more than we help when we create unhealthy competitions & comparisons between siblings & classmates, when we push them further than they can go at the moment, & set bars higher than they can reach.


Education is a journey & so are these nine months we spend in the classroom. If we each work hard, the parents/family, student, & teacher, every single day- we will accomplish great things.

I pray (in Jesus’ name!!! :)) that we walk through the doors of our schools and classrooms prepared for a new, fresh beginning and ready to work hard every single day. We’ll be successful. We’ll be patient with each other. We’ll do our best and treat each other well.

20130817-071747.jpg My little bundles started school last week – aren’t the first day of school pictures so cute?! I love this idea!!!

…. here’s to an amazing school year!