The Bethadilly Challenge: January 26 – 31

January 26: what inspires me {the world inspires me. there are so many people I need to meet, places I need to explore, and food I need to eat. the idea of traveling is the main thing that motivates me to get up every morning & work hard to graduate in May. my body may be in Pennsylvania, but pieces of my heart have been left in so many places, and continually yearns for new ones}

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January 27: workspace {we had a snow day & spent the morning building a 1000 piece National Parks puzzle. we’re visiting a few of these parks this coming summer, and we’re so excited!}

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January 28: number {this day was a struggle. fighting to keep my eyes open & counting down the hours until I could go to bed}

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January 29: keepsake {part of my wedding dress. this was my dream dress – it made me feel more beautiful than I ever have before. I felt elegant, and all eyes were on me and my new husband. sometimes I wish I had a reason to wear the dress again}

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January 30: i made this {a heart shaped ceramic box that I made when I was seven. it’s stayed with me through every major stage in my life}

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January 31: saturday morning {it wouldn’t be a Saturday without a few pictures of Milo}

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I won a giveaway! {Parrish Papers & Busy Bot: Review}

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About five days ago I came across a giveaway on Instagram. I’ve participated in my fair share of “giveaway loops” – they usually end in disappointment, and too many followed accounts that I don’t really care for.

As you can see from the picture above, this giveaway was different. In the past few months I’ve discovered that I have a deep love for typography, and after a few feeble attempts, I’ve decided that I’m just going to leave handwriting to the experts. Once I saw everything that was included in the giveaway, I knew I needed to enter. Lo and behold, I WON!

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Today when I got home from student teaching, I was greeted by a little brown box, and inside were these gorgeous goodies!

Jordan’s prints are just lovely, and would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day card, or a wall hanging. She also offers custom watercolor portraits, and if I can convince Caleb that we need something else to fill our walls, I might just be ordering one in the near future. If you’re in need of a new set of recipe cards, look no further, because Jordan has those too.

Visit her Etsy shop, Parrish Papers, HERE.

Then there was the Luvbot. When I first entered the giveaway on Instagram, I had plans to give the little bot to one of my favorite little people (Baby Joy), but after opening the package & hugging this little guy, I’m not so sure. Abby’s Luvbot is so soft and plush, not to mention adorable beyond compare. She even sells a Luvbot that is a bit more girly, and still just as cute! Let’s face it, everything in her store is precious, and would be perfect gifts for a younger child, or someone like me who loves soft & cute things.

Visit her Etsy shop, Busy Bot, HERE.

I would definitely encourage you to support both of these ladies! They shipped my giveaway package right away, and everything was packaged so beautifully – with beautiful ribbon & string.

The Bethadilly Challenge: January 19 – 25

January 19: in my cup {a mason jar filled with cranberry ginger ale}

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January 20: light {little lanterns}

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January 21: looking down {a piece of banana bread & a mug of chocolate milk after a successful teaching day}

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January 22: weather {it was such a dreary winter day. the snow had melted from the day before, but it was cold, and damp, and sleepy}

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January 23: frame {some of my favorite pictures aren’t framed. a polaroid from the best family vacation in OBX, and the other from a bridal expo photo booth with one of my best friends, Katie}

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January 24: a selfie {I was trying to take a proper selfie & Milo distracted me. luckily I like these more than the others & have realized that I don’t like taking pictures with my face in them}

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January 25: sweet tooth {produce junction had these perfectly humungous pomegranates on sale}

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Math

Yesterday I tutored a boy in my math class. It’s ironic since I most definitely needed (and still need) math tutoring, but I surprised myself, and was able to help him understand how to find equivalent fractions.

He’s one of those students that emanates low self-esteem; acting out to get attention, and refusing to try to understand the material on his own. As I helped him answer each question on his homework assignment that was due last week, he took outlandish guesses, and wrote wrong answers down even after we had agreed on the right one.

I began to get frustrated, and wanted to get up and leave. Maybe that would show him. Maybe then he’d take me seriously.

But I put away that frustration, and quietly asked him why he wasn’t trying as hard as I knew he could. And his answer was simply,”I just don’t want to do this. I don’t want to understand.”

This past summer I wrote a post about my preschoolers that had “graduated” and were moving on to Kindergarten. Yesterday I was reminded of that post.

When this little boy told me he didn’t want to understand, my heart broke. I let him know that he was capable of understanding, and that if he didn’t try to understand this particular skill, he would be lost for the remainder of the school year. If he didn’t try to understand now, fifth grade would eat him alive.

As soon as I gave him that pep talk, he started to try. He finished the rest of the worksheet, and every single answer he gave was correct.

I thought about my own educational experience. My parents have always been my greatest supporters, and “I don’t want to understand” was never an option. I was always encouraged to try my best to learn, and was constantly reminded that I was capable. I was intelligent. I was bright.

It amazes me how each day I find a new reason for why I want to be a teacher. Sometimes I wonder why I chose this profession – there’s a lot of work that goes into it, and while teaching can be fun, it can also be discouraging when you don’t see the results you hoped for. You deal with hormone-infused attitudes, and children that think they know everything. You get eye rolls, and sneers, and students that think it’s okay to call out inappropriate things during instructional time.

There will be times when you will tutor this same boy in math…in reading…in science. You will see that he’s not trying, and you’ll get angry. Doesn’t he know the work I’m putting into each lesson I teach? Doesn’t he realize that I assign homework for his own good?

It’s easy to label him, and automatically assume he will fail.

But you see, these are the moments that have the most weight. In his nine or ten years of life, I might be the one that motivates him. The person that makes him want to understand.

I don’t have the power to see what goes on at home, and I most likely never will. I don’t know if he lives with both parents, or travels from home to home every other weekend. I don’t know if he has a mom that works on his reading skills with him at the end of the day, or a dad that helps him practice his multiplication facts.

I don’t know if he’ll remember my pep talk, or have his homework done for Monday.

But I do know that I will meet more students like him in the future.

And it’s my job to make them aware of their worth.

When Jesus said He’d take care of everything, He meant it

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Last night we had our first team meeting in over a month.

I think about our trip to Peru every single day.

I think about the people we’re going to meet, the children we’re going to fall in love with, and the language barrier we are somehow going to overcome.

Each team member is so special; we all have unique gifts & talents to offer, but in the end, we’re all just a bunch of introverts that have the same fears about crawling out of our comfort zones.

At our meeting we talked about important team stuff. Stuff like missing clearances, and a scary deadline to purchase plane tickets.

You see, we each have to raise about $650 before we can buy our tickets. And we need to buy our tickets in a little over a week.

As we met, we all agreed that this is a time of extreme stretching. It’s easy to become discouraged when time is running out, and funds aren’t coming in. It’s easy to lose hope. It’s easy to wonder if this is what we’re really called to do.

But then…

Jesus gently reminds me that He is my provider.

He reminds me that He is more than enough.

He reminds me of the second time I was planning to go to Peru, and Elim Bible Institute told me I couldn’t travel because I hadn’t paid off my school bill, and the cost was just too much. Within weeks, I won a grant, I was offered a well-paying job, and someone paid for my plane ticket.

He reminds me of His faithfulness.

He reminds me of His love, and how this love never fails.

Never fails

Never fails

Never fails.

When Jesus said He’d take care of everything, He meant it.

Every single penny.

The Bethadilly Challenge: January 12 – 18

January 12: starts with J {jug}Photo Jan 11, 6 46 40 PM

January 13: three {three blue legos}

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January 14: kindness {the greatest kindness offered to me is Christ’s love, despite everything that I am. today was my first day of student teaching, and I only hope I can show this same kindness to my students each & every day.}

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January 15: to-do {I had to turn in my lesson plans for next week because I start teaching ELA on Tuesday. I also made Orzo Soup & it was delicious.}

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January 16: shoes {my wedding shoe & engagement ring. please excuse the blanket fluff.}

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January 17: leading lines {my window pane that I still need to hang up}

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January 18: relax {Milo is the definition of relaxed. relaxing at home with my little buddy, and avoiding the black ice & freezing rain that awaits us outside}

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Milo

Today started the way all Saturdays should.

No need for alarms; just the sweet rays of the sun, and Milo’s soft wheezy breathing in my face.

I keep mentioning my new camera because I love it. I love being able to capture the things I cherish the most.

Milo is a special soul. He is unlike any other cat I have ever met or owned. He lets me hold him, he drinks sweet tea & eats crunchy leaves, he meows (sings) along to Adele, and loves to sleep right at my feet. He even participated in the ALS Cold Water Challenge.

If you’re really lucky, I might even show you a video of him dancing.
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