Grateful Heart Monday: because it’s been too long


Currently: taking a break from homework to write this.

Today was most definitely a Monday.

I started teaching Math today, and as I went to sit on the stool to teach my students about 3D objects, I missed it completely, and fell on the floor.

Me as I fell:

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No one knew what to do, including me, and I just laid on the floor for a minute, and then started teaching while still sitting down. A student told me I should have recorded it, and put it on AFV. Definitely, kid. Definitely…

But later today I had an awesome job interview with two amazing ladies, so in the end, I think my day was redeemed. I also had coffee, and they bought me a bagel with honey walnut cream cheese. I also snagged a re-fill (most likely illegal) and so I have coffee for tomorrow morning waiting for me in the fridge.

Sometimes I like to dwell on bad things that happen. I texted a bunch of people about the incident, and also made a big deal about how I also hurt my elbow. Looking back, I had a pretty great day. I even got to talk to my mom, and I get to see my parents this coming weekend! Yay for holidays!

So, today I’m grateful that:

  • I only hurt my elbow (and my pride), but that I was able to get through the rest of my lesson.
  • I had a great interview
  • Monday isn’t the only day for fresh starts
  • I won’t fall tomorrow (hopefully)
  • I had a bagel
  • my mom loves me, and has become my best friend

What are you grateful for today? Go check out Ember Grey to see what Emily is grateful for today. ūüôā


Grateful Heart Monday: family & photo recovery software

Today I’m grateful for family & photo recovery software.

On Friday, Caleb’s two brothers, Jared & Levi, came to visit from Florida. This whole weekend has been so intensely cold, but because Saturday was scheduled to be the warmest day, we decided to go snow tubing in the Poconos.

What should have been a 2 hour drive at most, became a 3 hour drive because of snow & slow drivers. Thankfully we made it in one piece, and wasted no time buying our admission tickets & sliding down the huge snowy hill.

We had such an awesome time tubing at Camelback Mountain Resort. Even though it was a little on the pricier side ($30/person), it was worth it – especially because the weather really was perfect. At one point, the snow had stopped falling, and we were practically the only people sliding down the hill.

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As soon as we got home, I wanted to edit all the pictures I took and watch the video I shot while we tubed down the hill. Unfortunately, after a computer freak out, everything was deleted off my SD card. I was so sad – I was the only one that took pictures, and while we had a few other videos, I wanted something to remember such a great day.

That’s when I discovered photo recovery software. After finding programs that only offered free-trials, I finally found one that let me search my card and¬†preview & download the pictures that had been found.

Some of the pictures I took were damaged, and the video was unresponsive, but eight pictures is better than none.

What are you grateful for today?

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Grateful Heart Monday: On a Wednesday

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Today was my first day of Student Teaching, and yesterday I kind of panicked.
But this morning I read 1 Corinthians 13, and I was reminded that God’s love is patient & kind. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. He has brought me to this classroom, and He won’t leave me to fend for myself.
Today as I spent time in the classroom, I received hugs, heard students say “Hey! Mrs. Anderson is back!”, and helped a small group of fourth graders understand the difference between prime & composite numbers. By the end, I had a sense that this is where I belong.
It’s been a while since I participated in the Grateful Heart Linkup with Emily from¬†Ember Grey Blog, but today I felt it was necessary.
Today I am grateful for:
– Jesus & His peace
– Confirmation that I am right where I’m supposed to be
– A supportive cooperating teacher who lets me ask her millions of questions
– A great group of third & fourth graders ūüôā
I hope that wherever you are, if you are doubting yourself, or are worried about whether or not you will succeed, know that if God has called you to this place, He will be faithful to provide you with all the strength & courage you need to accomplish the task at hand.

grateful heart monday: fall break pictures & words (pt. II)

On Saturday, I wrote about my much anticipated weekend home, and a few fall traditions that Caleb and I have with my family.

This morning we had a late breakfast with my parents and then made our way back to Pennsylvania.

As I sit here in our apartment, I am so grateful for the weekend that I was able to share with my family, and that we made it back to Pennsylvania with zero car issues.

My¬†last¬†grateful heart linkup¬†was all about how I couldn’t wait¬†to see my parents, and I’m here to say that it definitely was everything I had hoped for.

  Let me share a little bit more about what made this weekend so wonderful: 

Sunday morning we went to church, and by the time we got home, my dad was awake (he works a long night shift) & was so excited to show off his new motorcycle.

This is a pretty big deal because he has been asking for a motorcycle for years, and was finally able to buy one a few months ago.

I’d like to think that I look pretty tough.
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Because our car had given us trouble on the way up,¬†a good friend of the family said he would check it out. While we were at his house, his wife offered to take us to her mom’s garden to pick veggies.¬†She had¬†so many different kinds of vegetables to pick, but my absolute¬†favorite was picking the carrots.

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Her mom is 91 years old, and is still able to garden! She gave me a few great gardening tips, and made it sound so easy. I hope that one day Caleb and I have a plot of land that we can use to grow vegetables, and live off the land.

*sigh* one day…

We also carved the pumpkins that we picked at the apple orchard. Kitty decided to join in on the fun.

(FYI: She’s not as great as Milo)

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I carved Milo into my pumpkin:

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And then, we had to go home.

¬†It’s always difficult saying goodbye to my family, but seeing the hills and the fall colors made it a little bit easier:photo going home

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Krispy Kreme also helped:

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I’m grateful for these trips because they remind me of how blessed I am to have such supportive and giving parents. They love so unconditionally, and support us even when we talk about moving half-way across the world.

I know that God is preparing my heart for the day when Caleb and I buy two one-way tickets to South Korea …. but for now, I am thankful that we¬†live¬†in the same time-zone, and that we are able¬†to visit them even for short weekend visits.


Grateful Heart: tuesday night thoughts posted on a wednesday

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It’s been a while since I linked up with Ember Grey, but tonight as I sit on my couch, listening to the soft endearing wheezes¬†that Milo makes when he sleeps, and the pitter pattering rain drops outside, I can’t help but admit that my heart is grateful.

Would it surprise you if I said I’m tired of school and SO ready to graduate?

Every time I check something off on my to-do list, I add five more “to-do’s.”¬†I haven’t had¬†time to sit down and blog, and while everyone else will be leaving for Fall Break tomorrow, I have two full days of work ahead of me¬†before Caleb and I¬†finally¬†make our way to Upstate New York.

*enter sarcastic thought about how lucky I am*

*then admit that I appreciate my job & the extra hours they give me*

*but also admit that I’d rather go home when everyone else does*

Apple everything, cider doughnuts, and warm Mom hugs, here I come. 

However, how could I not be grateful when I finished all of my assignments due this week (without having to pull an all-nighter), Gilmore Girls is on Netflix, and I finally found a good enough reason to use my laminator.

I’m grateful that I have a cat to keep me company while Caleb is babysitting over-night (does anyone else¬†hate sleeping alone as much as I do?), and for that big cup of coffee that is keeping me awake long enough to finish¬†lesson planning.

And even though I will post these coffee-infused thoughts tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon, I am thankful that I will have a new day to be thankful for.

Even if nothing truly good happens, and I have a horrible day, and I can’t stay awake during field experience, and¬†my small group hates the multiplication game I created (*update:¬†they actually¬†loved it*)¬†….¬†this will not diminish the goodness of God.¬†


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And I will still have a cat to come home to, and a hard-working husband, and a mom that will be waiting for me on Friday night with open arms.

I hope that you are able to find something to be grateful for today.

Grateful Heart Monday

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I loved linking up with¬†Ember Grey¬†so much last week that I decided to do it all over again! I really want to continue doing Grateful Heart Mondays because let me tell you….I found that it was extra hard for me to be grateful today, and I would have much rather wallowed in my bad mood than put in the effort to be positive. But when I stopped & thought back on my seemingly “bad day,” it honestly wasn’t as bad as I had originally thought.¬†

So, for my second Grateful Heart Monday, here are two things that I am grateful for:

1. My friend Chelsie:

Chelsie and I have been best friends since high school, and I am so thankful that we have remained close. She was in my wedding last summer, and I was able to see her this weekend….over a year later! I hope that we’ll be able to see each other again soon.¬†

We made waffles together, went window shopping at KOP, spent a rainy day watching movies, and went into Philly where we ate Pho, got hit on by a shirtless Rocky impersonator, and got a free chocolate ice cream cone from the nice ice cream truck man.

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2. Creative Inspiration: 

On Saturday night I came across a post by Megan over at¬†No Small Life¬†blog. It was all about how sometimes what we want and desire most in our lives is far from where we actually are. And you know what? This is how I’ve felt for the past four years of my life. I have these lofty dreams of traveling the world, and entering the mission field, and yet, here I am, in Pennsylvania, starting another year of school. Sometimes I just feel¬†stuck.

And then I was reminded that God wants me to follow Him no matter where I am, and that He can use me here in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. I just need to be willing to give Him what I currently have: my talents, my time, my finances.

Megan also wrote about using what you have in your home to make it a new, fresh space. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I read this after visiting the shop West Elm, and drooling over all the beautiful furniture, centerpieces, owl salt & pepper shakers….oof the list goes on and on and on. I left the mall feeling discouraged, and jealous of people that have money to furnish their home.

I most definitely needed to be reminded that what I have in my hand, and in my home, is enough. 

Caleb and I have made our apartment cozy and beautiful, even while on a somewhat tight budget.

And you know what else? I can use my small space to show love and hospitality to others – I just need to be open and willing.

That Saturday, I raided through my closets, and found an old canvas square, paint, and a few brushes. 

I ended up creating this: 

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¬†I’m so excited to hang it on our wall! ūüôā¬†

What are you grateful for today? 


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I recently joined The Peony Project, which is a group for bloggers to find community among other ladies that have a passion for Jesus. I am so thankful for this new group, and I’m really excited to discover how I can expand my blog through the concept of a blogging community.


Today I decided to try something called Grateful Heart Monday; a linkup with Ember Grey.

I really love the idea of being grateful…even when you want to be negative and eat away your feelings.

I like what Emily said in her post: no matter how big or small the thing is that my heart is grateful for, it is¬†still valid.¬†It’s easy to look down upon yourself, or to belittle your feelings just because someone might have it “better” or “worse” than you. It’s not fair to think that way, and we should always look for ways to encourage and build others up. It’s actually really very important…

So, here are a few things that I am grateful for this Monday. 

1. My job & my supervisors: I don’t thank them enough, and it’s easy to be negative when you don’t see results and changes right away. However, I can’t even begin to think how much stress they must be under trying to find new staff members, or trying to boost morale within a group of people that complain…a lot. I’m also thankful that I can take classes like Piloxing and Yoga for no charge. It’s been a huge blessing.

2.¬†Freezer Meals: We froze meals for the first time about a month ago, and have continued doing so every two weeks. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am that I didn’t have to cook today when I came home from work. I just popped that pan of Baked Ziti in the oven, and we were good to go.¬†

3. Running water & Electricity: This past winter was pretty ridiculous, and at one point, we lost power for five days. It was romantic at first….snuggling under blankets with Caleb, and watching a movie on my dying laptop by candlelight. But eventually, it just became annoying. I’m grateful that I was able to come home to light, and to a shower.

4. Finally, I’m grateful for my goals, and my work ethic: I thought about not including this one in my list, but I really am grateful for these two things. I’m grateful that working at the YMCA is not the end, and that I know in my heart that this is just a season. I’m grateful that I was taught how to work hard, and that I can contribute something to our bank account, even though I only work part time during the school year. I’m grateful that I am finally graduating this year with a 3.7 GPA. I’m grateful because I have hope that I will make an impact on this world.

What are you grateful for today?