Monday, January 22, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Visit Jen at Teach MentorTexts and Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders to see what they've been reading, along with everyone else who links up.

Last week, we were out of school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  There was a 2 hour delay the next day.  Throw in a snow day the week before, I just didn't want to rush through important lessons on compassion, equality, and friendship.  

So this is the week.  Here's what we are reading to discuss compassion and equality.  We have also started brainstorming what we can do to change the world and promote compassion in our community.  




These are just the beginning and for this week.  I'll keep adding to the stack.  What do you have for recommendations?  So many important reads!  


Sunday, January 21, 2018

A Teacher Needs to Eat: Part 3.

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Let's start with dinner tonight.  :)

I love using the Crock-Pot.   On Sundays it just feels lovely to get dinner going, and then leave it for the day.  

I'm still working on my food photography.  Hang with me.  :)

Spaghetti noodles underneath.  In the Crock-Pot I cooked some chicken breasts.  Then about an hour before we ate, I added some organic Alfredo sauce and some frozen broccoli.   

This week has one basketball team ending their season.  We are in a January thaw.  Things are looking good!  Let's eat.  

Homemade Lunchables.  I wrote about these here if you need to see that.  It is my go to when we won't get home until late.  It keeps us out of the drive through.  

Wildtree on deck!  Orecchiette pasta with peas and Sundried tomatoes.  
Orecchiette with Peas & Sun-dried Tomatoes - Wildtree Recipes


Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup - Classic, comforting, and tastes just like grandma made but way easier and faster!! This soup is AMAZING and it'll be your new favorite recipe!!

We make this soup a lot.  We use egg free wide noodles.  You can purchase those at our grocery store!  

Leftovers.  Also, my Mr. mentioned a lovely BBQ place that we love.  

Time for pizza.  


Celebrate: Grace in my Writing.

So.  In January I set off to write for 31 days straight.  

On January 15th, my sinuses had other ideas.  

Oh this week has been a struggle to keep up.  So I just stopped.

And rested.  

Because there is Grace in writing.  So as I bounce back, a link from some writing I did on Tuesday.  

If you pray, I would take prayers for healing.  These sinuses aren't messing around, even after a week of antibiotics.  

Thanks friends.  


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

My Doris-es: A Slice of Life

I'm blessed to have two.  Doris-es. 
Read here to learn more about what that means. 
After I read this post, I've decided, I'm just going to name my Tribe?  Doris. 

The friendships are years old.  Before children, if there was such a thing.  One entered my life when I was wandering with one foot out the door of my church, feeling isolated after a food allergy diagnosis for my youngest. 

We have seen: (Not an exhaustive list...)

  • marriages
  • babies
  • houses.
  • more babies
  • more houses
  • aging parents
  • jobs
  • no jobs
  • new jobs
  • growing kids
  • kids who do things that aren't in the books
  • babies
  • medical things that only a tribe would show up for 
  • hard things.  We do those.  
And here's what I know about these ladies:

At any given time they are there to speak truth and love to me.  (And the world.  But I'm so blessed, they share it with me.)  I remember sitting at my table, again with one foot out the door of the church, and a Doris holding my hand and saying, "This hurt isn't what God wants for His people.  He is Not rejoicing in this."  That statement kept me in the door honestly.  Why?  Because I felt treasured at that moment.  Not only by God, but by His People.  

And the other one?  Reminded me once that I don't say Yes to everything, because other people have gifts too.  So save your Yes's for things you are truly gifted for.  That encouragement is given to lots of people, and shared freely.  She's also a story teller, and reminds me that God's people aren't always pious and quiet.  Sometimes they wear overalls to church, dress up as Santa, swear a little, and laugh a little too loudly-if there is such a thing.  

My Doris-es also are constantly reaching out to those who might not be seen, who need their story told, who just need a friend.  These ladies love Jesus so much, they can't help but love others too.  

I'm so glad they love me too.  


Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Teacher Needs to Eat

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So last week, I talked a lot about what I was doing at lunch time.  

Dinner is important too!  I do meal plan our dinners, because let's be honest, if I didn't, we'd eat out all.the.time.  

You'll hear me reference Wildtree a lot in this post.   A little reminder, I don't sell it.  I'm not getting paid or anything to write about it.  I just love it and it's helped us a lot to keep dinner moving forward!  

First of all, I usually consider Monday the first night of my week.  But I want to write a bit about tonight.  

This is brown rice with chicken and Wildtree Thai Chili Sauce.  

The chicken was prepped and in our freezer.  I pulled it out and baked it at 375 for about 45 minutes.  

We had some brown rice, and so we just made that up and put the chicken and the rice into a bowl.  The chili sauce was a mostly sweet with a little spicy.  Everyone here ate it up!  
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So onto the rest of this week:

Monday:  Wildtree again!  I'm making a Beef Goulash with Egg Free Wide Noodles.  (Chicken for the one with a beef allergy.)

Tuesday:  We are going out.  Honor band is about 40 minutes south of here after school.  

Wednesday:  Pasta Bar!  I make the noodles.  I keep them plain.  I heat up red sauce, organic Alfredo sauce, meatballs, chicken tenders.  I also get out the Parmesan cheese.  I put all these in bowls in a buffet style on our counter and everyone builds a plate that works for them.  This is great for accommodating food allergies and preferences.  
A side note:  Lord Have Mercy with the diet resolutions.  For the first time ever, I went to the store to buy turkey meatballs and they were out!  When you are done buying them please let me know!  Thanks.  Hugs and kisses from a  Food Allergy Mama.  (Who doesn't like to break her routine!)

Thursday:  Homemade Lunchables.  Sliced Deli meat, a cheese tray, snack crackers, fresh veggies, sliced fruit, some chips and candy for fun.  Why?  Because Thursday is another drive all over the metro day.  This day we'll be coming from the north.  Homemade lunchables are set up just like a pasta bar!  We put the choices on the counter and each person can choose based on allergies and preferences.  

Friday:  Always Pizza Night.  One is always cheese.  The other one rotates, but is usually pepperoni.  

So there it is.  A Menu to feed a teacher and her Family.  Stay tuned next week for updates on successes!  


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Celebrate Link Up: An idea of a Bigger Table.

DRAFT -- Steph unequivocally unkind

Okay, so it's been 24 hours since the sh1thole remark.  I just can't even stay quiet anymore.  And I'm probably going to wind and turn a lot in this piece.  And here's why:

John 1:46- Can anything Good come out of Nazareth?  
Spoiler:  That's where Jesus was from.  Nazareth was small, there was A Lot of political unrest in the area when Jesus was young.  

This verse just sits on my heart when I think about the potential of people and how beautiful they are.  The end.  

But there is more:

Before this remark, I had neighbors on my heart.  Specifically women.  But after yesterday's remark, the idea of all people are swirling in my heart really.  

It started with a chance meeting at a restaurant with another lady from church.  (Okay!  It was a pub!  I like a good Cider!  So did Martin Luther! )  We greeted each other and began to ask each other about this new place that we were in.  

Then we mentioned another place we wanted to try, but hadn't been to yet.  It has gloriously long tables that look kind of like this:

Wooden Table by bpcomp

Then we went about our night.  But as I was sitting among our friends, I couldn't help but wonder:
We should all be connecting in this moment.  We should have chairs pulled up around the table and we should be getting to know each other. 

I bothered her in church that Sunday.  I told her we needed to get women together that don't know each other, so we can start forming friendships and offering support at the community level.  

So, now I'm dreaming and celebrating my gloriously long table that doesn't really exist yet.  I'm celebrating the women and neighbors who don't feel like they are being seen or being heard.  

I know lots of leaders talk about getting people around tables so their voices can be heard. This isn't a new idea by any means.   I guess I'm dreaming more of connecting so our communities can be impacted.  At the grassroots level.  

I'm not sure how that goes.  You bring a friend and I'll bring a friend?  We just meet for lunch and go from there?  I have no idea.  But I know I have to try.  Even if it reaches one woman, one neighbor  with friendship and support if they need it, then we've accomplished a goal.  

Will it work?  I have no idea. 
But I have to try.  
Let's Celebrate Humans and Possibility.  


Friday, January 12, 2018


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Thinking:  What to say politically.  
Enjoying:  Popcorn that my 9 year old made.  
Feeling:  Swirly.
Wearing:  Jogger pants and a running shirt.  
Needing:  A massage.
Wanting:  My puppy to lie down.
Listening:  to some jazz music.
Making:  A plan for the weekend
Eating:  Popcorn and M&M's.  
Drinking:  Hot Tea.  Lemon Flavored