Thursday, April 28, 2011


I have been reading about the life of David, the man after God's own heart, and I came across this passage the other day.

2 Samuel 16: 5-14  Shimei Curses David

 5 As King David approached Bahurim, a man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he cursed as he came out. 6 He pelted David and all the king’s officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David’s right and left. 7 As he cursed, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel! 8 The LORD has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The LORD has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!”
 9 Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.”
 10 But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’”
 11 David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. 12 It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.”
 13 So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt. 14 The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself.

It made me realize that sometimes God has placed people in our lives that we don't like and don't want to deal with. But He has placed them there for a reason. The others around you may not understand why you tolerate that person or situation, and it can sometimes drag you down. No matter how annoying, frustrating, or angering he/she/it is, He will give you the strength and support to get through it.

I have a situation just like this right now, and it is such a comfort to know that these times are temporary and that I will get through it. If thousands of years ago David could get through being cursed, I can certainly persevere through this with the Lord carrying me. :)

SO thankful my life belongs to HIM!

What a Wonderful Wednesday

Yesterday was so random...

I got to witness high school students act like children...more than normal anyway.

We are watching movies in class this week because of TAKS. But yesterday was exceptionally delightful because some of my students haven't seen Despicable Me. It was like watching a 5 year old walk into Disney World for the first time. Their faces lit up during all the funny parts, and they were so enthralled with the movie. I loved seeing these "tough" students behave like youngsters!

I have another autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

What a cool name for a disease! Now I'm not thrilled about having more stuff wrong with my body, BUT if it has a cool name, it makes things slightly better. :)

I went shopping!

I got to go shopping for my roomie's bridal shower on Saturday! It was so nice to do something other than grade papers or discipline students.

Claire got an iTouch for Easter.

I tend to play it more than she does...

My students have learned WAY more from me than I thought!

I had kids come to class yesterday excited that they knew a few more questions because of something we talked about in class! It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. lol :D

like I said...random, BUT still very thankful my life belongs to HIM :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

1 Peter 5:5-7

5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
   “God opposes the proud
   but shows favor to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Just the verses on my mind today...thought I would share.

So thankful my life belongs to HIM and for His gift of salvation and forgiveness for all of us. Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 16, 2011


My super awesome math dept. head had some Astros tickets on Tuesday for game 2 of the Cubs series and couldn't go. SO who gets the opportunity to use them first....the newest member to the department who loves the Cubs and Astros especially when they play each other! :) 

My mom, who lived in Chicago for awhile, also LOVES the Cubbies, so I knew exactly who I was going to ask to join me.

The night was AMAZING because...

  • I got to hang out with my mommy!
  • We ended up getting free parking because the game wasn't busy!
  • The seats are in the club section right behind home plate...even I couldn't get distracted during the game!
  • There are waiters that bring you your food, so you don't have to go anywhere. But you still had to pay for it...
  • George and Barbara Bush were right in front of us in the bottom section and got a standing ovation as they left...verrrrry COOL!
  • Final score: Astros 11 Cubs 2   I didn't really care who won, but it was exciting because there were so many hits!
  • I got to eat a pretzel!
  • I caught a bag of Cracker Jack from the announcers who are right behind the section we sat in.

The VIEW!!!!

My pretzel :) It was DELICIOUS!

George and Barbara


SO thankful my life belongs to HIM!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

6 months...

October 13, 2010 changed my whole world.
6 months ago on October 13, 2010, almost to the hour, I was being admitted to the hospital for diabetic ketoacidosis.  Some of you may remember that day/week I spent in the hospital whether it was because you could only be with me in spirit through prayer or through cards and gifts or actually being with me.

Some things I remember about that day:
  • I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
  • I rode in an ambulance.
  • I was orange on the triage list in the ER.
  • I realized that I have the best family, friends, and roommates in the world! (i knew this already but it deserved to be stated again)

just to name a few... :)

Anyway, I felt like I should share some of the many things I have learned about my body, my disease, and my relationship with our Heavenly Father.

  • I didn't think I would ever be able to tell you anything about diabetic ketoacidosis, but now I can. Ask me if you're curious lol
  • I can tell you when I have high blood sugar or low blood sugar.
  • I can tell you what that ^^ means and what you do to fix it.
  • My pancreas doesn't produce insulin, so i have to inject it at least four times a day into my body.
  • I really can (and do) eat whatever I want to, but I just can't have a lot...portion control and more insulin. :D
  • Insulin makes you gain weight :/
  • Stress messes with my blood sugar.
  • I have to plan ahead of time...always.
  • I know how to count carbs...good thing I'm a math major. My ratio is 1 unit of insulin to 15 grams of carbohydrates. Which means if I eats 60 grams of carbs, how many units of insulin do I take? It's math!! haha
  • Exercise really does help bring your blood sugar down. I didn't want to believe it because that would mean I would need to work out.
  • People are praying for you all the time, even if you don't realize it.
  • God has a plan in every situation.
What is so crazy is that I learned a lot of those things in the time span of a week. My brain was going to explode. lol

Sometimes we don't understand why God has placed us in the middle of certain situations, but He always has a BIGGER and BETTER plan than we could possibly imagine! It may take 6 months for you to realize it; it may not, but God calls us to be faithful to Him no matter what. I'm not saying I always did (I generally told God that He should take back my disease and give me a piece of cheesecake instead...He didn't), but what I am saying is that He deserves everything we have to give Him even when our circumstances look like there's no way out.

SO SO SO thankful that my life belongs to Him

Sunday, April 10, 2011


I felt like I needed to share this song with you today. I learned this song awhile ago...before I got diabetes.  I knew the song and the lyrics but I never really heard the lyrics or took them to heart. Then a month ago, I heard it on KSBJ driving home from work. It was the first time I really listened to the lyrics. I remember spending the entire way home crying because I didn't feel healed or taken care of at that point, and I needed the reminder. I began to listen to the song all the time, and it kept reminding me to trust Him and believe that He is everything I need. When I got fired on Wednesday, the song became even more real to me. He WILL hold my every moment. He WILL calm my raging seas. He WILL walk with me through fire. and He WILL heal all my disease (even if it is not during my life on earth). 

This song has been such a comfort to me...I hope it is for you too.
So thankful that my life belongs to Him.


You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease

I trust in you
I trust in you

I believe
You're my healer
I believe
You are all i need

I believe

You're my portion
I believe
You're more than enough for me
Jesus, you're all i need

Nothing is impossible for you
Nothing is impossible
Nothing is impossible for you
You hold my world in your hands

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Technology...and patience

It's crazy to think how technology has changed our lives.  But as we have improved technology we get more and more impatient with it when it does not cooperate.

I REALLY wanted to listen to Mandy and Ann's Junior Recital today. I went to the school of music website, and I followed all the directions exactly. When it finally connected, all I got was silence. :( I was so frustrated that it wasn't working right, especially when I miss them so much and wanted to be a part of their special day. It was such a tease, but I know that I will get to hear their beautiful music soon. 

Then right after the annoyance with quicktime, I was on Facebook. I saw that some of my Tau Beta Sigma sisters did a step routine at district convention, and a video was already posted on YouTube. Minutes after they performed there was a video posted for the world to see. It blows my mind how a cell phone can record something and immediately post it to YouTube and Facebook. BTW you should watch it!

SO there are some really great ways to use technology...and when it doesn't work right it is super frustrating. I really don't like waiting when computers are being dumb.

Even through weird daily occurrences, God is trying to teach me patience. I have found when you pray for patience, He will provide situations for you to practice patience. Most of the time it happens at school with high school students, but today He challenged me with technology. :)

so thankful that my life belongs to Him

Friday, April 8, 2011

Blessings come in all sizes

SO this is my first blog. I felt that after this ridiculous week I needed to share my happenings.

This week of school has almost come to an end...THANK THE LORD!

On Wednesday, I was laid off by Spring Branch ISD like so many other educators in the state of Texas. But even though this week has been horrible, God has provided so many blessings.
  1. When I was told that Spring Woods HS was not renewing my contract, they gave me the rest of the day off. This means I did not have to teach my two most challenging classes. WOOHOO!
  2. I had lunch with some wonderful friends on Wednesday!
  3. The verse on my mind all day was Philippians 4:6-7. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. SUCH a blessing!
  4. I went to school on Thursday, and ALL my co-workers were more upset by this than I was. They keep saying that I am a wonderful teacher, except that I didn't know that I am a great teacher. I am just doing what I know to do.
  5. Thursday was wonderful because my Battle Math League teams are AWESOME...we're in second place!
  6. I was told today twice in the span of 5 minutes that I have "IT" What is "IT"? I have no idea, but apparently it makes me a wonderful teacher.
  7. Realizing that when you truly give your life to the Lord, he WILL take it! Allowing God to have control of my life has been the best decision and life style! The past year and a half has been a roller coaster, but HE has walked me through EVERY second!
  8. Greatest blessing of the week: I have shared my faith and story with 3 co-workers this week that may or may not know the Lord like I do...and its all because I got fired. Isn't that crazy?
so thankful that my life belongs to HIM