Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Currently...

 Currently....

...reading...Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch

...writing...part three of my Social Foundations of Education project

...listening...to iTunes radio.  The Top Pop station is on constantly, and Andrew hates it. :)

...thinking...about how excited I am that TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF TEACHER ORIENTATION!

...smelling...like Bath and Body Work's dancing waters.  It's my all time favorite scent. 

...wishing...that I could do a million things at once.  There's a lot to accomplish in the next week or so!

...hoping...that Andrew makes dinner tonight?

...wearing...something super cute, yet professional.  Today's the first day of orientation, so I've got to make a good first impression, right!?  I've probably got some of my cute Fifth and Mae jewelry on, for sure, though!

...wanting...my blog to magically redesign itself.  I love this design, but once again, I'm itching for a new design. 

...loving...life.  Cheesy...but life is good, am I right!?

...needing...chocolate.  Always chocolate. 


Allieology
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Blogmapolitan - Round 3!

 It's time again to link up with Erin again! I just love these quizzes!!

Now, go over to Two Thirds Hazel, and grab your own copy to fill out!

Happy Friday, friends!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Growing up in a Small Town

People always complained about not being able to do ANYTHING in our small town growing up.  I must have been crazy, because I loved out small town growing up, and I LOVE our small town now!

Of course, Newnan has grown, and we have many of the shops you could want....when I was younger we'd have to drive 30 minutes to go to the mall to get all of our new school year fun.  Now, we don't have to go anyway-we just need to drive 5 minutes to get our shop on.


But, that's not even my favorite part of Newnan.  I love our downtown.  We've got some great restaurants, and beautiful old homes and churches.  (What kind of person would I be if I didn't take any opportunity to share wedding photos with you!?  Isn't our church beautiful??)



Newnan also has some great events that keep us busy all year long.  Every so often, we'll have a "Taste of Newnan" where different Newnan restaurants will come serves sample size portions in exchange for tickets.  It's a great way to try out some restaurants we don't quite want to commit to for dinner, and just walk around and have fun!

Newnan has Market Day the first Saturday of every month, too.  I love looking for handmade jewelry, wreaths, local honey or homemade sweets each month.  Art walks are a every once in a while occurance...and wine/beer "crawls" (these are probably my favorite, right now).  I just love our little town, and am so glad Andrew and I are here!

Come visit me?  I'll take you to all of my favorite local restaurants!! We'll go to...

The Redneck Gourmet to get burgers and handcut fries

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La Fiesta for the best cheese dip and margaritas
Golden's for some southern home cookin'
and Sprayberry's for some great BBQ and brunswick stew!

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Or, I'll take you on a tour of some of the places that The Walking Dead has been filmed.  Melissa, the actress who plays Carol, comes in to Panera ALL the time!


I'd love to give you a REAL tour of Newnan...come visit me!

Allieology
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Follow

We shared this video with our youth last school year, and I may have been more touched by it then they were.

It's called Follow.  I really, really want you to take 5 minutes and watch it.



I want to know your opinion on it--did it hit your heart like it hit mine?

How often I get caught up in social media, and don't use it the the full power I could.  Do I want to be one of those bullhorn guys (the ones who stand at the corner of Wal Mart screaming at you through a bullhorn)...absolutely NOT! But, I want to use my social media influence for good!

What would you say to Jesus if he had twitter? What pictures would you share/not share if he followed you on instagram?  Could you imagine what would be said if we live tweeted a sermon of His?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It's official!!

I just cannot contain my excitement!  I've FINALLY got a full time teaching job, in KINDERGARTEN!!!!!!  I received the call Friday afternoon, and was given the weekend to think about it.  I knew in my heart that was where I needed to be right away, but wanted to talk to a few people before officially accepting.  I've been walking around all weekend with a sense of relief...a sense of worth...acknowledgment that God knew what He was doing the whole time; I just needed to be patient. 

The night before I got the call, I was filling out applications in other counties, and it just felt wrong.  I didn't want to work there...I wanted to work in my own county.  Ladies I had worked with as TA's at my previous position had received positions in the other counties, but I just knew something was going to happen for me in my county.  I stopped filling those applications out mid-way, and never finished them...

You know what's even more awesome?  You know I started graduate school in June...but you may not know that we already had to start the process of picking research topics for our thesis paper.  Research topics that we could actually study in our own classrooms.  I had no idea where I would be at the time, because all of the previous interviews I've had have been for Pre-K classrooms.  I decided that I was most comfortable with kindergarten, so I would put my focus there, in hopes of maybe being able to observe with someone's class or something.  Once again, God knows what He was doing--I'm in a kindergarten classroom, so it all worked out. 

I was talking to someone earlier this week about how God has been testing my patience this summer.  I was really hoping to have known where I'd be this school year wayyy back at  the beginning of summer break.  However, I'm so grateful that He gave me a job with time to spare----granted, not much time, but time to get things together.  I'm so grateful that I'll be started the school year fresh; not in the middle of the year!

God is good, and I've been wanting to shout this from the roof tops since Friday.  I'm so excited for this journey to officially begin-y'all be praying for me and my precious kindergarten class. :) 

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