Make A Note Monday: What Teachers Make By Taylor Mali

I don’t know if you all know this but I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger. Specifically a hearing impaired teacher, but then we moved away and all of a sudden there were no more hearing impaired students in my classes or to help out. I even started my college career majoring in Education K-6 I wanted to teach kindergarten… but then something changed and I got a chance to see behind the curtain of what really goes on and I didn’t like it… so I left… but that has never changed my passion for teaching or the respect that I have always had for teachers…

Here is a fun meme/comic/story that my husband found and sent to me… It almost made me tear up with gratitude for those who teach and who have made me the woman I am today… Enjoy but be aware there are two occasions towards the end that contain a not so nice picture and a not so nice word…

 

What Teachers Make... -   Misc

 

Make A Note Monday: Thank A Veteran

Today in the United States of America we celebrate and honor military veterans all across the armed forces. If you haven’t already done so today; Thank a veteran! To all of those veterans past, present, and future, to those special ones that I served with and to the one that I fell in love with THANK YOU for your service and sacrifice and for making me into the woman that I am today.

taken from themanesource.com via google

taken from themanesource.com via google

taken from meme4u.com via google

taken from meme4u.com via google

taken from crossmap.christianpost.com via google

taken from crossmap.christianpost.com via google

Happy Veteran’s Day! I hope you all had a wonderful day full of joy and good memories!!

Terri

My Stress Relief

I have been a tad bit stressed this past week so I decided to take a little time and do some cooking… I looked up a few recipes for potato soup on Pinterest and then made my own version… It was really good and my husband enjoyed it. Plus we have enough left overs for each of us to have another serving, which will probably be lunch sometime during the coming week…

In case anyone is interested I’ll let you know what I did below:

20131105-192429.jpg

I put on a pot of salted water about a quarter full to boil.

I chopped up a bunch of potatoes into chunks about 12 (they were going bad so I wanted to use all of them that I could).

I added the potatoes to the water and let them boil until they were soft.

Once they started to boil I pre-heated the oven for the bacon to 350 (I used 4 strips).

Once the bacon was done I took the potatoes off the burner (they had been on for maybe an hour) I didn’t really pay attention to the time… I just watched for how soft they were, stirring them constantly.

I then added some almond milk that I didn’t measure I just poured until I was happy with the amount in the pot, next I added chicken broth the same way and put the soup back on the burner to heat up stirring constantly.

Once everything was mixed together I seasoned it with a dash of onion salt, garlic salt, and pepper then I added two big spoons of sour cream and stirred it… Let that sit while I broke up the bacon and added it to the pot.

Once the bacon was added I took out the Mexican blend cheese and added it to the pot and stirred.

When it was ready to serve I topped mine off with sharp cheddar and my husbands off with black pepper (he doesn’t really care for cheese).

And that was it! I did it while taking part in a live chat for an online group project so it wasn’t very hard nor did it have a lot of parts to it… The whole thing probably took 2 hours from start to finish!

Not only do I feel accomplished for making this for the first time but I am relaxed and can go and do all my other homework assignments knowing that I cooked a meal for my family in the process.

Do any of you cook to relieve stress? What’s your go to recipe?

Well off to homework land I go… Until next time…

Be Blessed,

Terri

Make A Note Monday: Marriage Isn’t For You By Seth Adam Smith

I found this while scrolling through my Facebook timeline and had to stop to see what the author was trying to say… I’m glad I did! It definitely convicted me within the context of this season that I am in and not letting that be the be-all- end-all… and to actually take the time to love my husband the way I should.

 

Marriage Isn’t For You

Kim and I

Kim and I

Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. 🙂 I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.

Perhaps each of us have moments in our lives when it feels like time slows down or the air becomes still and everything around us seems to draw in, marking that moment as one we will never forget.

My dad giving his response to my concerns was such a moment for me. With a knowing smile he said, “Seth, you’re being totally selfish. So I’m going to make this really simple: marriage isn’t for you. You don’t marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy. More than that, your marriage isn’t for yourself, you’re marrying for a family. Not just for the in-laws and all of that nonsense, but for your future children. Who do you want to help you raise them? Who do you want to influence them? Marriage isn’t for you. It’s not about you. Marriage is about the person you married.”

It was in that very moment that I knew that Kim was the right person to marry. I realized that I wanted to make her happy; to see her smile every day, to make her laugh every day. I wanted to be a part of her family, and my family wanted her to be a part of ours. And thinking back on all the times I had seen her play with my nieces, I knew that she was the one with whom I wanted to build our own family.

My father’s advice was both shocking and revelatory. It went against the grain of today’s “Walmart philosophy”, which is if it doesn’t make you happy, you can take it back and get a new one.

No, a true marriage (and true love) is never about you. It’s about the person you love—their wants, their needs, their hopes, and their dreams. Selfishness demands, “What’s in it for me?”, while Love asks, “What can I give?”

Some time ago, my wife showed me what it means to love selflessly. For many months, my heart had been hardening with a mixture of fear and resentment. Then, after the pressure had built up to where neither of us could stand it, emotions erupted. I was callous. I was selfish.

But instead of matching my selfishness, Kim did something beyond wonderful—she showed an outpouring of love. Laying aside all of the pain and aguish I had caused her, she lovingly took me in her arms and soothed my soul.

SKwedding394

Marriage is about family.

I realized that I had forgotten my dad’s advice. While Kim’s side of the marriage had been to love me, my side of the marriage had become all about me. This awful realization brought me to tears, and I promised my wife that I would try to be better.

To all who are reading this article—married, almost married, single, or even the sworn bachelor or bachelorette—I want you to know that marriage isn’t for you. No true relationship of love is for you. Love is about the person you love.

And, paradoxically, the more you truly love that person, the more love you receive. And not just from your significant other, but from their friends and their family and thousands of others you never would have met had your love remained self-centered.

Truly, love and marriage isn’t for you. It’s for others.