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/ Great little quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433383 “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” “No one has ever become poor by giving.” <BR> <BR> Great reminder during this season of Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:30:50 EST Material possessions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433074 None of the material possessions can make your life better. There are a lot of people out there who have everything, yet they absolutely feel miserable. Thus, it will not do anything for you except if you are a happy person and have a thankful heart. <BR> <BR> Amen to this! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:44:38 EST Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432999 Here's wishing everyone a blessed day! We had a quiet afternoon, after the boys and Gwendolyn headed home early this afternoon! It was great having extra time to visit with Shadrick, he and I sat up until 1:00 AM talking Saturday night! This is a short school week, two days... then all the kids and grands will be down for Thanksgiving!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:59:16 EST Great day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432681 We had a great day with our oldest son and two of his children, Bennett 9 and Gwendolyn 2 1/2! They came down yesterday afternoon for the weekend, while his wife and middle child, Anderson are on an annual get away with her side of the family! We had lots of fun, even when the power was out for nearly three hours... we found plenty to pass the time! Feeling blessed! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:05:53 EST Zig Ziglar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432188 When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you're making a commitment and difference in that person's life. Encouragement really does make a difference. Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:49:56 EST Sunshine... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432090 Today we all need to try to bring just a little sunshine into the lives of those around us!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:47:19 EST Funeral today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431544 Prayers for strength and peace for the family and friends of Summer (the young mother who passed away last week) as they lay Summer to rest. I ask that you especially keep her children in your prayers as all but one is too young to truly understand what is going on. Today is going to be a difficult but necessary day for everyone involved. Thanks in advance for your thoughts and prayers. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day. <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:55:11 EST Simple reminder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431241 "If you love somebody, better tell them while they're here." <BR> <BR> Amen to this! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:31:39 EST Continued prayers requested. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430914 Please continue to pray for the family and especially the children of Summer, the young mom who passed away unexpectedly on Saturday. The family is really struggling and I know all the extra prayers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:32:31 EST The loss of a young mother. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430659 Yesterday a young mother (the aunt of our grandson, Layton) passed away after a severe asthma attack. This young lady leaves behind five young children, the youngest being less than four months old while the oldest is eight. Her death raises so many questions... questions that we mere mortals can not answer, so we must put our faith in GOD and know that ultimately HE is in control! Please keep this family and especially her babies in your prayers. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day. <BR> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 10:58:23 EST Deer Woods!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430285 Praying for a fun, successful, and safe day for all those headed to the deer woods this morning! It looks like it's going to be a great day/weekend for hunting! Be safe! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 11 Nov 2017 07:43:39 EST Veterans Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429988 Today our Bloomfield Wildcats will join with our community to honor all the men and women who have served in the military for this great country of ours. This is by far my favorite assembly of the year, as it brings our community together and gives our students and staff first-hand experience on how and why we honor and celebrate these brave men and women! God bless all of our veterans and soldiers! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:27:34 EST Love and kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429676 "Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver."- -Barbara de Angelis <BR> <BR> This is so true! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 9 Nov 2017 07:28:02 EST Charles Dickens quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429357 “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” —Charles Dickens <BR> <BR> When I choose to look at the many blessings in my life and not the "oh nos" my days are brighter and my soul is happier!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 8 Nov 2017 07:50:10 EST Encouraging gratitude... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429010 Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. <BR> <BR> My 7th graders and I are working on being more thankful in our daily lives, by keeping individual lists of who and what we are thankful for, we add a minimum of five to our lists daily! It's great seeing the kids focus on what's good in their lives while also reminding me just how much I have to be grateful/thankful for! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed d... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 07:27:27 EST God is in control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428667 No witty thoughts or comments today, just wanting to remind ALL of us (myself too) that GOD is in control.... HE has not forsaken any of us or our great country! Prayers are the greatest power we have during these challenging times! <BR> Amen and Amen! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Mon, 6 Nov 2017 07:08:21 EST Heavy heart.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428561 My heart is heavy just thinking about all the people shot in the church in Texas today, just keep praying to GOD, as this event once again passes all human understanding, but knowing HE is in control brings much needed peace. <BR> <BR> Prayers for Texas! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 5 Nov 2017 21:24:34 EST Self esteem and respect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428044 "There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity." -Nathaniel Branden <BR> <BR> So true!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 4 Nov 2017 08:02:47 EST Albert Schweitzer quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427736 "Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate." -Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> What a wonderful thought... love this! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 3 Nov 2017 07:36:27 EST On being kind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427391 It's not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not.-Anon <BR> <BR> How true is this? It's so important, although not always easy, to be kind to everyone even those who are the most difficult to be kind to! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 2 Nov 2017 07:15:03 EST November 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427043 Another Halloween is in the books! Wheewwwww... parades, parties... trick or treaters... great day and evening! <BR> It's hard to believe it's already November... as I get older it becomes clearer and clearer just how fast life goes by! So, I'm making a greater effort to take the time to truly STOP and enjoy the little moments that make up my life great! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 1 Nov 2017 07:16:14 EST Happy Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426721 Happy Halloween to one and all!! Today will be a crazy and somewhat chaotic day... but the kids will love it and memories will be made! <BR> <BR> "Witching" everyone a very Happy Halloween! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:07:40 EST Monday! Monday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426579 I woke up with a terrible headache this morning, complete with nausea! Of course, it's also the first day of our Red Ribbon Week at school... today was hat and shade... needless to say, I made it through, but was more than ready for 3:30 to roll around! Praying for some relief before morning as tomorrow is our annual Halloween parade and parties... no way I can NOT be there! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 30 Oct 2017 19:21:05 EST Hallmark Christmas Movies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426087 I am a true lover of Christmas movies, so last night when my wonderful husband was flipping through channels and discovered that Hallmark had begun playing Christmas movies I was over the moon... So here I sit bright and early watching my first Christmas movie of the season!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Oct 2017 08:31:57 EST Our son, the coach!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425902 Our oldest son, Shadrick is a high school English teacher, as well as his district's track and cross country coach! He lives about 70 miles from here, but today the district cross country meet is being held here! Long story short my hubby and I were able to go up and see him and cheer his team on! It's a great feeling watching him with his students and knowing that he sees the total student and not just the athlete or academic student! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 28 Oct 2017 14:31:07 EST Accountability!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425483 Accountability breeds response-ability. ― Stephen R. Covey <BR> <BR> Love this one!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:09:32 EST Steve Maraboli quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425170 “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ― Steve Maraboli <BR> <BR> So very true! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 26 Oct 2017 07:06:43 EST Brrrrr... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424842 Oh my, it's a chilly 37 here today! I love fall... but would like it to be just a tad bit warmer, especially when I have morning duty!! Time to drag a heavier jacket out of the closet <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:35:22 EST Back to school! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424486 The first day of school for me, as I took off yesterday for our extended weekend with the kids and Grands! I'm looking forward to seeing my kiddos and very hopeful that ALL went well with the sub!! I have great kiddos and am hoping they ALL showed their greatness to their sub yesterday! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:36:35 EST Great week end! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424393 We had a wonderful extended weekend with our daughter and her family! Yesterday we visited the World War I Museum and Liberty Memorial in Kansas City! There is something very special about visiting this type of museum with your child and her children! <BR> <BR> We then went out to a later lunch at Arthur Bryants! After lunch, we sent the "adults" home while we took the kids out for a round of mini golf and go-carts! (Mom and Dad had chores to do to get ready for the work week!) :) <BR... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 23:21:32 EST Saturday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423775 Today we attended not one but two of our oldest grandson's, Bryson, flag football games! We also went to a car show that was created by three high school students in our daughter's high school leadership class! It was great! The young man did a great job of organizing and promoting their event! We had a wonderful dinner and fun evening play games with the kids and grands!!! I am truly blessed! Sun, 22 Oct 2017 01:05:07 EST Great day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423373 We left home at 6:00 this morning to make the drive to KC to see our daughter and her family! We took the back route from our home and saw some beautiful fall foliage! It was a wonderful, peaceful drive!!! Now we're ready for the weekend with our Liberty grands... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! <BR> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:40:04 EST Our anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422909 Thirty-seven years ago today at 2:30 PM my husband and I said, "I Do"... what a life we have built together! We haven't always had it all together, but together we continue to work together! I am truly blessed to call him my husband, my children's father and the grandfather to our six GRANDS! Love him <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53180fa9-d88e-4b6c-b643-7bc5cbf7bf7c.jpg"> now and always! Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:19:04 EST Joys of being a teacher! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422593 This is my 30th year as a classroom teacher and my first year being back in middle school after being in both high school and elementary for the past decade! I must admit I wasn't overly excited about returning to the middle school level, but I also believe in "blooming where you're planted", so I went into my newest role as a middle school teacher with a positive attitude and mindset! Now for my revelation, I am absolutely LOVING my new position, GOD is good and knew that I needed these k... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:53:24 EST On being a teacher... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422293 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> In today's world, it is even more important to inspire our students to go beyond the obvious... to question... to think... to dig deep.. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:05:49 EST Ralph Waldo Emerson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421967 “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> I believe through loving and helping others we find true happiness! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:30:19 EST Grandchildren!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421692 Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends — and hardly ever our own grown children. ~Ruth Goode <BR> <BR> So blessed to be Grandma!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! <BR> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:54:22 EST Life is a blessing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421330 When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.-Marcus Aurelius <BR> <BR> Great reminder... no matter what's going on in the world, I am definitely blessed! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 08:09:06 EST 1/2 the GRANDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421022 When I get home from school two of our Perryville GRANDS will be, my husband is picking them up in Cape today... the two youngest.... Gwen age 3 and Anderson 6.... Layton (10) who lives close to us will come over around 4:30!!! We are going to have an AWESOME time!!! <BR> <BR> Let the "grandmothering" begin!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:45:11 EST Joyce Meyer on teachers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420666 Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.- Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> I like this quote, as my goal as a teacher is to make a difference in the lives of my students, by encouraging and challenging them to be the best they can be!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:05:28 EST Norman Vincent Peale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420314 Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex. Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:04:57 EST Tuesday Back to School! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419973 Back to school today!!! Ready to see my students and get this week started! The first quarter ends on Friday, so this week we will be wrapping up some mapping activities in Social Studies and continue reading Maniac Magee in our reading classes! <BR> <BR> Blessed to be a teacher! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:17:06 EST Columbus Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419760 We're out of school today in honor of Columbus Day!! I've had a productive day cleaning house and grading papers! Now, I'm headed out to give blood at the local Catholic Hall! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Mon, 9 Oct 2017 14:32:16 EST Rainy Sunday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419307 Woke up to the sound of gently falling rain! What a wonderful sound... Lower temps today means I can finally fix a big pot of taco soup! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 8 Oct 2017 09:00:51 EST Warm fall day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419196 Hubby and I went to Cape Girardeau today to see exact replicas of the Nina and Pinta ships! It was neat seeing both ships, although I was surprised at their size, they were much smaller than I anticipated! The river was beautiful as was our day! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 7 Oct 2017 22:25:50 EST Grandparents Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418614 Today we are headed to Perryville to celebrate Grandparents Day with Bennett Wayne and Anderson Wallace!! I am super excited to spend the morning in their classrooms, after an 8:00 AM school-wide Mass to set the tone for the day!! Blessed! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Fri, 6 Oct 2017 06:58:48 EST Middle School!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418274 So loving working with all my middle school students! They do a great job of keeping my on my toes, while I do my best to challenge, encourage, and motivate them to be and do their best!!! <BR> <BR> Blessed beyond measure to be a tired teacher! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 5 Oct 2017 07:42:15 EST Mary Pickford quote and great reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417918 You may have a fresh start at any moment you chose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.- Mary Pickford <BR> <BR> Truth!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 4 Oct 2017 07:19:59 EST Maya Angelou http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417568 “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ― Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> God Bless the U.S.A.! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 3 Oct 2017 07:30:46 EST A little reminder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417183 “Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.” <BR> ― Roy T. Bennett <BR> <BR> So true! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 2 Oct 2017 07:17:50 EST