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/ No sunshine... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317974 The forecast was for LOTS of sunshine today... sadly we've had no sunshine and lots of rain! I made the most of it and used this rainy day to get some much needed housework done, while hubby cleaned his shop!!! <BR> <BR> Praying for sunshine tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:17:59 EST Another education quote.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317309 Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible. —Robert M. Hutchins <BR> <BR> Education is so much more than teaching kids to fill in the blank... we must teach them to think... think for themselves.... think... think... think... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:37:00 EST Independence... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316838 Never do anything for a student that he he is capable of doing for himself. If you do you, you’ll make him an educational cripple…a pedagogical paraplegic. -Howard Hendricks <BR> <BR> It is very important for adults to encourage children to be as independent as is appropriate for their age... too many times we choose to "do it" for them because its faster/easier/etc... however, as this quotes says... in the long run it does more harm than good!! Sadly, this "crippling" often follows childre... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:00:08 EST Teachers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316337 The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. -William A. Ward <BR> <BR> This is the teacher I strive to be,even after nearly thirty years in the classroom, I continue to strive to be the teacher that inspires students to reach for the stars!!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:56:18 EST Hugs.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315825 “They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.” — Bil Keane <BR> <BR> I'm a hugger.... so of course I love this quote! <BR> <BR> Happy Valentine's Day to each of you! I shall be celebrating with my second graders today and then recuperating with my wonderful hubby this evening! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:06:36 EST Being true to yourself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315269 “Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.” – Hardy D. Jackson <BR> <BR> At times I feel I spend too much energy trying to be what I believe others expect me to be.... where do we draw the line between being true to ourselves... and yet still doing what is expected and required of us? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:29:26 EST Being alone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314796 Sometimes you need to be alone. Not to be lonely, but to enjoy your free time being yourself. -ANON <BR> <BR> This is true for me... my a lone time is usually the early morning hours... when I take time to pray, reflect, and center myself! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:23:37 EST Saturday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314321 It is going to be a beautiful day and I plan on getting outside and enjoying it! Need a little sunshine to chase the blahs away! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:01:35 EST A favorite quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313814 “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” <BR> ― André Gide <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorite quotes... as it reminds me to be TRUE to who I am... even when it would be easier to go along with the crowd... or the in thing... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 10 Feb 2017 07:08:02 EST Friends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313252 It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. Marlene Dietrich <BR> <BR> We should all be so blessed to have at least one friend like this; more importantly we should each be so blessed as to be this type of friend. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 07:10:51 EST Compassion... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312686 Sometimes people won't understand how you feel until it happens to them, until they experience the pain.-Anon <BR> <BR> I read this quote on another page and it reminded me of just how important it is for ALL of us to have compassion, if not understanding, for those who are hurting... it's not about enabling or feeling sorry for them, it's about understanding that we all hurt and can use a little extra kindness from time to time... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 8 Feb 2017 06:53:44 EST Winter weather? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312147 Thunder storms here this morning.... highs in the low 70's for this afternoon and sunshine!! Winter in Missouri!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 7 Feb 2017 07:16:27 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311604 Monday! Monday!!! A fresh new week!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 6 Feb 2017 07:51:18 EST Sunshine... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311128 Sunshine... still cool... but sunshine... YEAH!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Feb 2017 09:51:28 EST Time with our youngest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310907 My hubby and I were able to spend about four hours visiting with our youngest son, he's 30, this afternoon! We had a great time... just don't get to spend enough time with him. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a blessed day! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Feb 2017 21:42:48 EST Thankful for Friday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310044 I am so thankful that today is Friday.... it's been an extra hectic week with all our Homecoming (daily dress up) activities... to top it off I've been fending off a cold... <BR> <BR> Love my job... ready for some rest! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 3 Feb 2017 07:38:46 EST Learning.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309475 If you are not willing to learn, No one can help you. If you are determined to learn, No one can stop you.-Anon <BR> <BR> So true.... let's be unstoppable! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 2 Feb 2017 07:25:01 EST An acquaintance -vs- a friend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308882 “An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.” ― E.A. Bucchianeri <BR> <BR> This little verse says so much... most of us have each of these types of people in our lives and perhaps are these types of people in other people's lives! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Feb 2017 07:15:47 EST This... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308292 Friendship isn't about whom you have known the longest... It's about who came, and never left your side... - Unknown <BR> <BR> Absolutely true... I have lifelong friends and also more recent friends, like my Spark friends,... it isn't just about the time... it's much, much deeper than that! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:25:14 EST Friendship quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307672 "Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." <BR> ― Muhammad Ali <BR> <BR> How true is this! What a blessing to be able to say one has at least one real friend! Love my friends and all the dimensions they bring to my life! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:16:25 EST Albert Einstein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307089 It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> I believe there is a teacher in each of us! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Sun, 29 Jan 2017 07:37:51 EST Shel Silverstein Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306577 Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child. <BR> Listen to the DON’TS <BR> Listen to the SHOULDN’TS <BR> The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS <BR> Listen to the NEVER HAVES <BR> Then listen close to me- <BR> Anything can happen, child, <BR> ANYTHING can be.” -Shel Silverstein <BR> <BR> This quote is for the CHILD in all of us... I see it as a reminder that no matter what ANYONE says or does... ANYTHING can be... its up to me to decide who I am going to be! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Sat, 28 Jan 2017 06:53:16 EST Robert M. Hutchins quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306058 Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible. —Robert M. Hutchins <BR> <BR> Love this quote! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:28:56 EST Another teacher quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305461 Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. <BR> -Bob Talbert <BR> <BR> This is so true... as a teacher I understand that content/standards are important, but also know that teaching kids life skills, like kindness, empathy, decency, self-reflection, etc... are equally as important!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:05:49 EST The test of a good teacher... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304849 The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer. -Alice Wellington Rollins <BR> <BR> I absolutely agree with this!! Education is NOT about teaching to a test... or filling in a blank... it is about getting our kiddos to THINK and ASK questions... which will allow them to become REAL leaders!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 06:46:36 EST Teaching art... tradition?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304264 Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. <BR> —Jacques Barzun <BR> <BR> I am thankful that many in my community still value the art of teaching, sadly teaching is not always looked at in the highest regards by our society! Are there people in the field who shouldn't be... absolutely...but for every "bad" teacher they are 100's who are truly in trying to make a difference in the lives of their students... one lesson and one day at a time... <BR> <BR> Have a ... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:38:24 EST Teacher quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303567 If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important. <BR> -Barbara Colorose <BR> <BR> Oh so much truth in this little quote... of course some of these children are the most challenging in our rooms, which means they need us even more... easy task...no... but oh my goodness the importance of truly trying to reach all of these children/preteens and teens! <B... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:11:41 EST Daughter's birthday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302999 Today our daughter will be celebrating her 34th birthday! I am so proud of the the woman Serena Kay is... she has a loving heart, but isn't a push over... she is highly motivated and expects the best from others, but is always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. She is both a wife and mother and excels in these areas, too! She and her husband are "best friends" and her children Bryson and Jillian are well loved, disciplined, and pushed to do their personal best in ALL areas o... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:49:26 EST My students... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302368 So proud of how well my second grade students were able to discuss the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump today! It was great hearing my students respectfully agree and disagree when sharing their thoughts on today's events as well as responding to a question about the Trump presidency! (NOTE: Students also had the right to pass if they preferred not to answer this question, which several did.) At the end of our discussion I told my students how proud I was of them and their ability to... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:23:44 EST Martin Luther King, Jr. quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301779 Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service… You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.-Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> So true... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:58:39 EST Out of the mouths of babes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301155 Yesterday my class and I were discussing the upcoming inauguration of Donald Trump and what that means! The discussion was great... we talked about the fact that not everyone was happy about Mr. Trump being elected, but the fact is he will be ALL of the people's president! One of my little ones then said, "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit!"!!! Oh yes... out of the mouths of babes... Hello adults!!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:00:13 EST John Dewey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300476 Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. <BR> -John Dewey <BR> <BR> We must never stop learning.... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:22:36 EST Ayn Rand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299769 "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." -- Ayn Rand <BR> <BR> I believe the biggest obstacle in this path called life... is each of us... at least that's my personal truth!!! I tend to get in my own way sometimes... but the key to change is knowledge... so... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:05:12 EST Jim Rohn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299063 If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around. -Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> It's never too late to turn around... perhaps someone needs YOUR help today! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:13:38 EST John F. Kennedy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298639 As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> Love this... it reminds me that words are just that words... it's action that counts. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:36:53 EST Commitment-vs-Interest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297815 “There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” Kenneth Blanchard <BR> <BR> I definitely need to recommit to eating healthy in 2017; as I have permitted myself to become way too lax! I take complete responsibility... as the choices are all mine...just as the consequences are! :) <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:09:50 EST Weather... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297175 So far our little area is free of the sleet and ice that many areas are receiving! It is raining, but the temperature is 33... school is in session for us... but not for many around us... prayers for safe travels as well as home safety for all those not so fortunate! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:25:11 EST Forgiveness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296490 Forgiving is love's toughest work, and love's biggest risk. If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator. Forgiving seems almost unnatural. Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do. But forgiving is love's power to break nature's rule. ~Lewis B. Smedes <BR> <BR> Amen and Amen! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:59:08 EST Martin Luther King, Jr. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295813 The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. -Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> Great quote! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:12:40 EST Time and changes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295112 "They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."- Andy Warhol <BR> <BR> There's quite a bit of truth in this simple quote! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:55:48 EST Monday...routines. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294388 Back to school!!! Yeah! The first full week of second semester! Ready to get myself and my kiddos back into our routine! (We only had two days last week!) <BR> <BR> There is just something about routine that helps all of us.... in most if not all areas of our lives! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Mon, 9 Jan 2017 07:27:11 EST Sunday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293730 Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> Whatever your plans are for today be sure and take some time to reflect on the blessings in your life! We need to remember that no matter what is going "wrong" in our lives their is ALWAYS something to be thankful for! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 8 Jan 2017 09:36:39 EST On family... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293162 Family forever, for always no matter- Anon <BR> <BR> Love this! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:13:42 EST Snow!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292406 Snow day for my school in Bloomfield, about seven miles from my home! However, here in Dexter, there is NO snow! I hope there is enough snow for the kids to get out and play in! <BR> <BR> I'm not a fan of snow days, especially after only two days of being back, but it is what it is! I'm sure I can find something to fill my day! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 6 Jan 2017 07:34:31 EST Martin Luther King, Jr. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291710 The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge.- Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> <BR> How true is this? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 5 Jan 2017 07:14:20 EST First day of school 2017!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290960 Today is the first day of school for the 2017 new year!!! I'm anxious to see all my kiddos and hear all the stories they have to share about their Christmas break! <BR> <BR> I hope each of you have a day that is as filled with love as I know mine will be! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Wed, 4 Jan 2017 07:32:45 EST New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290127 New Year’s marks a new beginning. <BR> New people to meet, new adventures to enjoy and new memories to create. <BR> Here’s wishing you the Happiest New Year ever! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 3 Jan 2017 07:01:17 EST Be thankful... be thoughtful... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289293 Should you find yourself at a loss, wondering what life is all about and what your purpose is, be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity to wonder. - Unknown <BR> <BR> Great reminder... even when we are stressed we are blessed! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 08:05:47 EST A new year... a fresh start... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288533 Welcome to 2017! What a wonderful way for us to start this year by visiting a new church! One of my former students will be sharing her testimony today and I am so very thankful to GOD for what HE is doing in her life! I have known this young lady since she was a small child, as well as her parents and brothers! To say that she has struggled would be an understatement... but GOD kept calling... she is a part of John 3:17 Ministries and will be delivering her testimony at her hometown chu... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 10:15:58 EST Thoughts for the new year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287861 I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.- Neil Gaiman <BR> <BR> Love this little reminder by Neil Gaiman!! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:51:13 EST