Three Thankfuls

Of, course writing this on Thursday would be appropriate so the title could be Thankful Thursday. But, right now I am feeling all sorts of thankfulness, emotions, and pee shivers because of how lucky I am- so, we will go with three things I am thankful for today.

To be completely honest, sometimes I tell Pat how cool our life is. I don’t mean to sound full-of-it or brag, but I get emotional just thinking about how fortunate we have been with all of our experiences and opportunities. Please know we work our tails off to gain these opportunities and experiences, but still. it’s. awesome.

no. 1 I am thankful for my mentors I have right now while I am student teaching. Daily, I am a part of the team. Not once have I felt like I am just “in training”. Everyone is always supportive, uplifting, gets me Starbucks and treats, and I get cupcakes for our students’ birthdays (can you tell I like the yummies?). Also, today was the first day in three weeks of me teaching I got through everything I wanted to in each class. My mentors celebrated that small LARGE victory with me. It was glorious. Math stations with 4th grade moved smoothly and 5th grade had 10-ish minutes to illustrate their word problems. My students compliment either my earrings, dress, or hair (by the way, my hair looks the same all the time) everyday. I feel so posh. They write me love notes. I have had the opportunity to teach in a way that works for me, but use new things I am taught such as more differentiation in my lessons, becoming successful at being literal, and recognizing when to take a step back. I get teary eyed when I think about leaving the babes who taught me just about everything. I am so proud of my students and I imagine them being the best in math and great leaders as they grow up.

no. 2 I am grateful for people who go out of their way to help others out. Lately, I have seen true examples of Christ. They sacrifice something important to them such as time, money, or energy to make a person’s life a little better. I love it.

no. 3 technology, or people who invented technology, or people who taught those who invented technology. It has been a life saver, especially apple products and Google, in my marriage, family and friendships. I get to talk with the Mr. every night and share my day make funny faces at him. I get to see Zoi, send silly texts to my besties, and stay in touch with my niece and nephews.

It’s interesting how I tear up on the way to school about not wanting to leave my students, but at night I tear up because I miss Pat and Z. I ugly cried my first few nights here and I know I will be ugly crying when I walk away from LIS on my last day. Now…. if I could only get the best of both worlds! P.S. I am job searching if you know anyone in the CBUS area, preferably within biking distance any where.

We are heading to Dublin, Ireland this weekend! Can’t wait to share pictures.


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Currently, we are celebrating our fourth year of marriage. When I married Patrick, I knew it was going to be a roller coaster of an adventure. However, little did I know, we would spend more time on a plane than in our home. We are beyond excited to share our adventures of soil science, developing countries, our move up north, teaching endeavors, special education, training for our runs and tid bits of our life. Here is our stories of a PhD student and teacher attempting to stay above average, so hang with us!

2 thoughts on “Three Thankfuls

  1. I got a little teary reading this! So glad you’re loving it! Also in Dublin do the red double decker bus. Ride it around one full trip and then use it as a hop on/ hop off. Show your student ID they have a student discount. Also do the Guinness Factory and the Jameson Distillery! Miss you!

  2. Love, love, love this post. AND love love you! I can’t believe you’ll be in Ireland this weekend. It’s on my bucket list to go to Ireland during St. Patrick’s day! 😉 Miss you so much!

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