BUSYGRANNY5's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUSYGRANNY5 BUSYGRANNY5's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Tiger Woods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242488 "No matter how good you get you can always get better and that's the exciting part."- Tiger Woods <BR> <BR> Love this quote as it reminds me that even though I am considered a "good teacher" there is always room for improvement and growth! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:59:17 EST PAULO COELHO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242323 "Everyone has his or her own way of learning things. His way isn't the same as mine , nor mine as his. But, we're both in search of our own destinies. " - Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> Great reminder for each of us! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:32:14 EST My husband... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241597 This morning during my quiet time with the Lord, it became clear to me that I needed to be more thankful and appreciative of the husband HE has blessed me with! I was reminded that while I frequently "brag" on our children, our wonderful grands, my students, friends, etc, I rarely take the time to express how thankful and blessed I am to have Tony as my husband!! <BR> <BR> So here goes: <BR> I am incredibly blessed to have this man in my life! He is so understanding and tolerant of me... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:57:56 EST Being oneself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241160 "We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be."- May Sarton <BR> <BR> So true!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:42:50 EST Courage -vs- Fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240491 "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."- Ambrose Redmoon <BR> <BR> We are not meant to live in fear... but instead we are called to be faithful and courageous! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:29:24 EST Ralph Waldo Emerson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240038 None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which heard by him alone.- Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> I know that little whisper comes from my heavenly Father! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:36:02 EST St. Francis of Assisi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239475 Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."-St. Francis of Assisi <BR> <BR> So true!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:50:08 EST Robert Schuller http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238917 "As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others."-Robert Schuller <BR> <BR> <BR> What a great reminder! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:24:37 EST Monday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238776 It's been a great Monday.. but a Monday none the less.... So many hurting people... prayers needed on this Monday! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:36:00 EST Brick by Brick... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237773 Thought for the day: "Big things are built one brick at a time. Victories are achieved one choice at a time."- Lysa Terkeurst <BR> <BR> I am reading both Lysa's Made to Crave book and her Made to Crave Devotional, and I must admit both are forcing me to take a closer look at my actions, reactions, reasons, etc for what I do and don't do on a daily basis! The challenges each of us face in life are to lead us to a closer walk with our Lord, I am chagrined to admit that I don't always reme... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:02:23 EST Spending time with the Lord!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237283 Up early this morning... spent a bit a time reflecting and rejoicing with our Heavenly Father.... so important for me to do that to help me stay focused on what is truly important and NOT get to distracted with the "things" of this world!!! HE has blessed us with a gentle rain, that is both nourishing and cleansing to my soul! <BR> <BR> Ready to face this day... enjoying time with the hubby and one of our grands, Layton! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:58:18 EST Hello Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236716 Hello Friday, it feels like a month since I've seen you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:26:38 EST My students... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236154 I have figured out the best way to gain and keep the attention of ALL twenty-two of my students... no miracle... no new fangled electronic device.... ready for it... I read to them! Who knew that simply reading to kids would draw them all together!! Duh!! I did and have for years, sadly too many educators cut reading time to kids because there are simply too many other important skills to be taught!! Really... more important than listening, inferencing, visualizing, predicting, etc.... ... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:15:26 EST My thoughts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235603 Every time I hear the words "It's easy" in regards to technology... I visibly cringe and fight the urge to bolt from the room!! The pain is real!!! <BR> <BR> I am progressive.... but I am a teacher... not a technician... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:34:33 EST U-verse Internet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235397 After a week of NOT having internet service in our home it is finally restored! Our new U-Verse box arrived today and I was able to "hook" it up myself! Not a major feat for most, but I am the first to admit that I am very challenged when it comes to technology! <em>24</em> My husband is in Pennsylvania, so I had no choice!! A small victory, but a victory it was! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:17:31 EST 9/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234306 Let's all remember to take a moment to bow our heads and say a prayer for all the lives lost, as well as all the lives that were forever changed on this date fifteen years ago! We must never forget what happened that day! We may forgive, but can not, should not, will not forgot! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 23:55:59 EST Beautiful Day and Trip!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233518 Tony and I are having an absolutely wonderful time in Branson! The trip is being made better by the wonderful weather we are experiencing! (The high today is 78!!) <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:04:24 EST On the road.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232454 My hubby and I are headed for a LONG weekend in Branson... yes, I took a personal day.. he has a meeting tomorrow and then the weekend is ours... I normally wouldn't miss a day of school for this type of activity, but really feel like my batteries need to be recharged and told him I'd changed my mind about joining him, last week, and his reaction, made all the extra getting ready for a sub worth it!!! :) He will be flying to Pennsylvania on Monday... so this will be the calm before the stor... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 19:20:41 EST AT&T Woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231983 AT&T .... on my.... that it is all.... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 22:08:52 EST On holding grudges... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230918 We must remember that when we hold grudges, it only poisons us. We must do better, to be better! Together, we are better! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 6 Sep 2016 07:08:49 EST Labor Day Ramblings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230401 Labor Day is considered the last official day of summer by many.... the last three day weekend of the summer... It's been beautiful here with below average temperatures and we have enjoyed them. Today the temps are expected to creep back up into the low 90's.... one or two last weeks of summer temps.... one or two last weeks for us to enjoy the summer.... while fall slowly creeps in... <BR> <BR> Whatever you're doing today... whatever your temps... be sure and take the time to truly enjoy ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 08:45:17 EST Sunday... Rest Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229973 So happy that this is a three day weekend, as that means one more day to fully regroup and get ready for the week ahead! We have Layton for part of the weekend, last night we enjoyed a little deck picnic, complete with a fire and roasting hot dogs! It's so nice just to spend time with the family... creating memories just being together! Thinking and praying for those families who have lost loved ones... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 4 Sep 2016 11:29:27 EST Another tragedy... prayers please... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229486 Yesterday afternoon we had yet another tragedy strike our little community, when a car filled with five people, two young mothers with their very young children/babies and one other young lady, pulled into the path of train. Both of the mothers and their babies were killed and the fifth young lady was flown to a St. Louis hospital in critical condition! All involved were local "girls" and this has once again rocked the community! I believe that prayers are ALWAYS heard, even when those ... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 12:32:36 EST How we treat ourselves... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228794 "The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others."-Sonya Friedman <BR> <BR> This is so true... at least in most situations... I see people getting "walked" on all the time... it saddens me and also angers me a bit, because they permit themselves to be treated this way, by the way they see themselves... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 2 Sep 2016 07:31:32 EST Martha Washington http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228185 "The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances."-Martha Washington <BR> <BR> So much truth in this little quote! It's often easy to blame circumstances on our unhappiness, when deep down inside true happiness lies within and NOT with our circumstances. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 07:02:13 EST Thomas Edison http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227535 "When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this-you haven't." -Thomas Edison <BR> <BR> When I read this, I realize I can give that impossible task one more try.... We must keep on keeping on! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:47:32 EST Loss of a true fighter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226956 One of the ladies I taught with for many years has finally won her battle with cancer and is resting in the arms of the Lord today! Oh my goodness, was she a fighter and inspiration to all of us! First diagnosed eighteen years ago, with inflammatory breast disease, she fought... and was cancer for free for years, during that time her husband was diagnosed with lung cancer which eventually took his life, she also lost a daughter unexpectedly, yet she never faltered.. her faith was strong, h... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:25:51 EST Death in the family! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226360 Thoughts and prayers to ALL those grieving the lost of a loved one today! May GOD touch all the hurting souls! <BR> <BR> My son's father in law passed away Friday and his services are today! I am so very proud of my son and how he has stepped up and shown just what a man of God he is! I have observed as he prayed with his three young children, then gently explained to his eight year old son, how Grandpa Stan is now in heaven, while also supporting his wife and mother in law! It is obvious ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:44:24 EST Henry Ford http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226168 "Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal." -- Henry Ford <BR> <BR> Great reminder!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 21:46:20 EST Saturday! Oh Saturday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225255 We're heading to Perryville to watch our youngest grandson, age 4 play soccer... game time 8:30AM so we hit the road about 6:45!! Layton, one of our nine year old grandsons is with us... after the soccer game we are taking Layton and Bennett our eight year old grandson, to St. Louis for a day of fun, before heading to the Cardinals game tonight!! We are staying all night downtown and plan on letting the boys chill in the indoor pool this afternoon before heading to the game!! I am so bless... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:14:32 EST Hurting people!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224704 So many hurting people all around us; so thankful that we have a GOD who understands and heals the hurt and broken! It's been a rough week in our little community, made even more painful when a young man ended his own life... God bless him and his family! <BR> <BR> Prayers for ALL those hurting and broken people! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:23:02 EST Anne Frank quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224140 How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.- Anne Frank <BR> <BR> Awesome reminder for each of us!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:52:48 EST Peter Drucker- Your Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223553 The best way to predict your future is to create it!- Peter Drucker <BR> <BR> Great reminder... it's up to you and me.... what do we want our future to look like and what are we willing to do to make it happen? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:24:19 EST Lou Holtz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223298 "It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." -Lou Holtz <BR> <BR> Amen and Amen! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:10:38 EST Teacher Tiredness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222795 Oh so tired!!!!! That is all! It happens every year.... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:59:57 EST Sunday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221831 Up early this morning to get a little walk in... such a beautiful morning, feels like fall!! There is no rain in sight.... <BR> <BR> Time to get ready for the upcoming week, but first spending some time with the Lord... the best way I've found to stay focused on what's truly important! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:13:26 EST Two days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221375 The first two days of the year are in the books.... and so far so good.... my kids all twenty-two of them ROCK!!! They are inquisitive, respectful & polite, and ready to learn!!! :) They are also rambunctious, curious, and caring!! We are going to accomplish great things this year!! <BR> <BR> Now I'm off to Fulton, MO for my sister-in- law's retirement party.... as I total resisted the urge to curl up in my recliner and relax when I arrived home from school last night at 5:30.... instead... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:44:23 EST Aristotle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220730 Happiness depends upon ourselves- Aristotle! <BR> <BR> Just a reminder that we are only as happy as we allow ourselves to be! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:56:23 EST And it begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220142 It's the first day of school.... A day of new beginnings for my students as well as myself!! A day which signals the start of a unique opportunity... the wonderful gift of getting to know, truly know these little souls... what they like, their favorite subjects, what they hate, what makes them laugh as well as cry, how they see themselves, and their goals and dreams; for this is how true learning and growing begins! So very, very, blessed to be called teacher! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:15:56 EST Billy Graham on Character... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219489 "When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost." -- Billy Graham <BR> <BR> This is a great reminder! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:36:08 EST Back to School Bash... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218984 In just a little bit I will be heading out the door for our annual school registration/meet the teacher event and am finding myself being a bit reflective, as I begin year twenty-nine as a teacher!!! <BR> I still recall my first day as a teacher way back in 1988, at Mary Immaculate Catholic School in Kirksville! I was so blessed and priviliged to have terrific parents and even more wonderful students that year and every year after! However, its the mentors I've had through the years that k... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:14:33 EST Success -vs- Value Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218230 Strive not to be a SUCCESS, but rather to be of VALUE- Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> <BR> Like the thought of this!!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:21:23 EST Benjamin Franklin Quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217720 An investment in KNOWLEDGE always pays the best interest.- Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> Never stop learning and challenging yourself! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:26:09 EST Rainy Week-End :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217137 We're expecting a rainy weekend and I am absolutely not going to complain about it; as not being able to get outside will force me to get some last minute files/units ready for school! Also going to spend time finishing cleaning out a couple of closets,,, that I've warranted attention for quite some time!!! So as they say.... "Bring on the rain!'' <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 13 Aug 2016 08:34:56 EST Potpourri Friday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216608 Today is going to be another great day! I'm going to finish up some prep work for school, while also doing laundry, also going to continue to read in the book "Made to Crave" for my online Christian based healthy living support group. Loving this book and the author's perspective! This afternoon, I'm off to donate blood!!! <BR> <BR> I almost forgot, I weighed in today.. down 2.6lbs this week, for a total of 31.7 since I recommitted to being healthy at the end of April!! I'm feeling st... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:40:32 EST Happy Birthday in Heaven, Kenny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216020 Thirty-seven years ago my first nephew was born and it was love at first sight! Kenny Kale McKenzie, Jr. was a beautiful baby, who grew up to be a wonderful man! Who was loved my many, he was the first baby in our family which made him extra special, we were blessed when his mother (my sister) allowed me to babysit him when she returned to work after his birth! He was like our first born.... and so loved.... When we had our first son, Kenny Kale still continued to be a huge part of our fam... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:55:35 EST Spark Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215457 A goal without a plan is just a wish!- Anon <BR> <BR> Read this today and realized the total truth in it! I am a big list maker... trying to focus on the big things first...sometimes when I don't write things down I get way off track, this still happens when I do write things down, but not as often or easily as when I have my list... I consider these lists to be my goals.... sometimes they're quick/simple tasks that need to be accomplished, sometimes they are longer... some are truly long ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:55:52 EST Oh the life of a teacher...and most who attempt to organize... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214790 How many can relate.... you to your room to "prep" for the new school year... and open "the cabinet"... first thought, shut it quickly, instead you begin to pull "stuff" out, while some "stuff" falls out.... I know I'm not alone.... Your room quickly looks like a small disaster zone... three to four hours later... you are done... with ONE cabinet.... Next... <BR> Oh yes, the struggle is real, but I shall be victorious.. tired, but victorious! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:00:13 EST Working in my classroom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214553 Back at it in my room... worked all day... game home to fix supper and eat with hubby and headed back... <BR> <BR> Gotta work when in the groove! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Mon, 8 Aug 2016 21:04:39 EST Back to school shopping and the GRANDS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213631 Oh boy...yesterday we took one of our GRANDS, Layton (aged 9) back to school shopping, personally I would much preferred to go ANY other weekend than "tax-free" weekend, but this was the weekend that worked for the family, so this is when we went! Let me say, neither Layton or my hubby enjoy shopping, unfortunately Layton is at the age where his taste in what he wears has evolved to the point, that he MUST pick out the majority of his clothing...so shop he must!! The stores were PACKED...... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 09:30:09 EST