First Day Jitters


I’m having Meet the Teacher tonight at my school, and I am just jittery this morning.  No, I don’t even drink coffee!  I am buzzing with all the thoughts in my head, trying to remember the important things and knowing I have a morning full of meetings where I can’t exactly do the things on my mind.

Lord, be with me and guide my steps!  Calm my spirit and let me not get all tangled up in others’ anxious feelings.  Help me stay on task and relax.  I thank you that I love this time of year.  Help me relax in the joy of it.

I do need to get my blood pressure pills going this morning!


Here’s what we have cooking for the kids’ last week before school:

Whole Chicken in a crock pot (with potatoes and carrots)

Mini Chicken Pot Pies (in muffin tins)

Beef Taco Soup

Meat Rolls

Homemade Pizza

Orange Chicken

Sushi Night


Jamie made sushi for us, showing off the skills he gained in his foods class last year.  He also baked Apple Pies in the Apples—didn’t get a picture!!  Both were just delicious.

The sushi rolls included sticky rice, seaweed wrappers, cream cheese, shredded carrots, daikon and imitation crab.  Jamie did a great job wrapping them up.  We had some potstickers and sauce for dipping.

Pizza Monkey Bread


Pizza Monkey Bread

Bess and I made this monkey bread tonight with pizza dough from a can, butter, minced garlic, low sodium pepperoni, and mozzerella cheese. Yum! Dipped in pizza sauce, served with a big green salad. I found the recipe on Pinterest, from the blog—Confections of a Foodie Bride.    Inside the bread is a little bit of mozzerella cheese and a half slice of pepperoni.

Hello world!


I teach first grade at a Christian school where I’ve been for 4 previous years.  I live in SE Texas and am originally from Memphis, TN.  I’m a wife of 21 years and a mom of two teens—one son, a junior in HS, and one daughter, an 8th grader.  Before I taught first grade, I taught Kindergarten one year and I taught Pre-K age at a couple of our churches’ Mother’s Day Out preschool programs since before my son was born.  All that to say, I’m very much on the early learning side of the spectrum.