Tuesday, May 25, 2010

spring tablescape

In April I had a bridal shower for a good family friend which prompted me to move the candlesticks I love so dearly off of my kitchen table so I would be able to decorate for the shower.  I moved the one of a kind candlesticks to my bathroom on my tub deck and I actually kind of like what it adds to the decor in there.  Since Spring was in full bloom I wanted something a little more springy for my table.  I didn't want something overkill, just simple. 

I always seem to find the best things with my momma.  After graduation a few weeks ago we sent the men back home and we stayed in Little Rock to do some shopping.  I was giving up hope of finding anything and then we walked in Vesta's and there was adorable fat round somewhat bubbled glass vase.  Fell in love.  We bought the vase and were going to stop at Hobby Lobby to get some flowers for it, but strangely enough found this neat bamboo at Hallmark when we ran in to get a candle and Mother's Day card for the mother-in-law. 

And here it is! I took this picture with  my phone once we got it set up. I just love the simplicity of it. 



Please take notice of the two new chairs on the ends too.  Thanks to momma for buying us the chairs for my graduation present :)  We've had the table since we got married....it was a steal as a display at Pottery Barn and bought the four chairs at Target, but if I was smart I would have bought six chairs.  Six chairs wouldn't probably fit in my last dining room actually, but lately we've been in desperate need of two end chairs.  Coming to the rescue...I O Metro, oh how I love you.  And oddly enough, they are comfortable! 

I'm working on a giveaway (can't believe I am doing a giveaway!)...coming soon!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

stick a fork in me. i'm done.

I am finally done!  With graduate school that is.  I started back in January of 2008 with a few pre-requisites for Arkansas that I needed and last Saturday, May 8, I graduated with a 3.917 GPA :) A 4.0 would have been nice, but I'll take what I can get. 

My parents came up for graduation and stayed the night since Sunday was Mother's Day.  I'm so glad I got to spend the day with my dear momma.  Here's a play by play of the weekend :)

My dear friend Leslie came to graduation...so happy to have her there! She graduates in December and I'll be there to cheer her on.  We are crossing our fingers she gets a teaching job this summer.

Well, you can barely see me, but I'm there in the middle of the picture getting hooded.  I wasn't quite sure what "hooding" was, but that's the tradition of graduating with a Masters.  It didn't go on my head like a hood, which is what I was imagining, ha!  Just around my neck. 

There's me after graduation.  Big smile because I have noooo more homework! 

The farmer and I after graduation. 

The farmer was happy about the pay raise that was coming with this new degree! 

Leslie and I...I look like a cow in the black gown. 

My family :)
 Mom and Dad need to learn how to smile for pictures...they should have a big smile on their face because they get a pay raise too...no more paying for school!  Dad asked about my doctorate and I'm opting out at this moment in time. 

So, for graduation from Matt and his parents I got two oak trees.  May seem strange to some, but it's a very unique gift and I love my trees!  Since we have a new house we have no trees and they are a long lasting gift.  My father-in-law said that one of my mother-in-law's students gave her a tree years ago and it's still in their yard.  To me it kind of symbolizes the life of a student...they start out small with just a few leaves and they grow up and gain new leaves or knowledge the older they get.  Oh me getting all philosophical...on with the playbook. 

Anyways, the farmer and I with one of the trees :) and his dirty farm truck. A little photo shoot on Mothers Day before heading over to the grandparents to eat.

the other tree. please take a moment to imagine how grand it will be when I retire...all the leaves will represent all my little kiddos!

the diggers.  thanks to dad and the farmer for planting the trees while mom and I were shopping.

Stratton, the farmer's cousin, and his fiance, Sarah at Mothers Day lunch

And we're finally home and relaxing. 

The weekend was fun, but went by way to fast!  It was back to the grind on Monday, but only a few more weeks left.  We've still got some work to do in class and then I'll be packing up my room and heading to Kindergarten :)  Yay for little people!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

acceptance

I have been a church goer for 26 years and I've sang (or is it sung?  Yes, I should know this, I'm a teacher, but we don't know everything...ha!) a bajillion hymns throughout my lifetime.  I know most of them by heart and often find myself humming them or singing them to myself in my car while driving...while no one is listening of course.  Oddly enough it's usually Amazing Grace.  There is just something about an old hymn that makes me feel good. 

For the most part the Baptist and Methodist hymnals are the same...or so I assume...I haven't studied them next to each other, but a lot of the songs from the Methodist church are the same as the Baptist church, which is what I grew up in.  But, in my 26 years of Sunday morning worship services I've never heard this particular song...and it really set with me for some reason.


Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us,
teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace.
Be present God among us and bring us to believe
we are ourselves accepted and meant to love and live.

Teach us, O God, your lessons,
as in our daily life we struggle to be human
and search for hope and faith.
Teach us to care for people
for all, not just some,
to love them as we find them or as they may become.

Let your acceptance change us,
so that we may be moved in living situations
to do the truth in love, to practice your acceptance
until we know by heart the table of forgiveness
and laughter's healing art.

God, for today's encounters with all who are in need,
who hunger for acceptance, for righteousness, and bread.
We need new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding on,
renew us with your Spirit, and free us, make us one.


You don't have to be a Christian or believe in God to understand what these words guide us to do.  I think in today's world we need all the reminding we can get.  Often we don't even realize that we lose sight on acceptance of others and need to be reminded how God accepts us as we are. 

Man, I should have remembered this before I had a student parent encounter today, HA.  Maybe I should post it in my new classroom next year!

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