Motivation

Teaching

Positive growth.

Motivation in learning is a huge component! I have high standards and expectations for all of my students. We work HARD and play HARD! I use each opportunity to motivate, encourage and excel my students. I celebrate as much as I can! I am blessed to work with a great Administration at my school! My students will work for fun treats! The Reach for the Stars Program is a gift certificate program, where if they obtain 20 stars they receive a ten dollar or less gift card of their choice. (Roblox game cards are a hit in my class).

Students receive a sticker for 80 percent or better and first attempt.

It is a New Year……..

I came across Word Press and realized that I have not written on my site in quite some time! Life has happened, Covid is still running crazy after two years and things just keep moving on! I am excited to say that I am back on my blog. My inspiration this year outside of family, teaching, genealogy and now crafting. I think I have been in the house for too long! I am planning on starting my book reviews again and product reviews to share with you all! Thank you for continuing to read my blog!

Using Your Resources

I love saving money! Although I am too lazy to clip and cut coupons, if I see a bargain, I am in Heaven. Here are some of my secrets that I wanted to share with you. I love getting new things, and one of my favorite things to do is sign up and host house parties to receive new products in exchange. Go to http://www.houseparty.com and sign up to host a party to receive the new products. It is free and fun.

I love nice clothes, and tend to wear a lot of designer clothing but I refuse to pay full price for them. Most of my clothes shopping is done at the local DAV. I tend to buy nice looking ladies clothes and have them  dry-cleaned to keep them professional and durable.

Another great website that I have signed up for is http://www.freecycle.org. This is an amazing email based program and here is how it works. After you join the Freecycle organization, you pick a local community near you to receive information about items being used. Most of the items are posted when people receive a newer item. (e. g washing machine, which usually does still work but the person jests wants it “out of the way.”

I love to read books, and love the new concept of online e-books on my IPad. A great website for books is http://www.amazon.com, here you can find any book imaginable, often for free!

 

 

 

Do You Ever Wonder?

Time changes your thought processes, as I age, I often find myself asking, “I wonder why God trusts me enough to allow me to be used as a vessel for Him.” What I mean is, I no longer question God as to why he allows me to go through the things that I do, but as to what message He wants me share with other people along the way.  I am honored and humbled now by the ability to share my life experiences with others. I am always looking for the purpose or “lesson”behind the situation. No matter what the experience, whether good or bad, I learned a long time ago, there is no embarrassment, or shame if it is a less than desirable experience, but as a true opportunity to help others down the road that they will travel. God does not bring a person through something, for that person to keep it all to themselves. Compassion and empathy are truly God’s greatest gifts that we can receive. It is revealed to me daily, as I receive his infinite gift of Grace and Mercy. God tells us that if and when we ask for wisdom, He will give it to us.

James 1: 5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

So when you feel like you are in a stagnant place, sit quietly and pray for wisdom, but also that your purpose is revealed so that you can turn your circumstances into a solution for someone else’s problem.

 

 

We Remember

I have been thinking about the people that we come in contact with on daily basis, and how our interactions with them can change the way they view other people, life and different circumstances. In teaching, I see how teachers impact a child’s life daily. The true saying it takes a village could not be more true. Personally I have had five children of my own, but I can tell you I have dozens of surrogate children who I have love, mentored, and cherished throughout the years. A child’s ability to learn, think, love and grow is based on how they see themselves, and how they view others. A teacher can have a profound impact on their world view. I sat back tonight and thought about the four-year anniversary of Sandy Hook, and the impact on how that one school so tragically affected by an evil tragedy has we view the safety of our nation, the safety and greatest responsibility of not only educating our youth, but their physical well-being, and emotional growth. I recall stories of how the administration, the teachers, the students, the parents, and community evolved and grew that day. Tragedy will always bring growth, for it must occur for one to heal. I don’t want to think about the specific details of that day, for most of us will never know. I want to think about the awesome responsibility that we have to show our children that even through the horrors of the darkness, there is still light; a light that never can be extinguished because we have a God. God was there that day,  He gave the wisdom to the teachers that were at school that day, to hide them, protect them, comfort them, guide and keep them . We can all say we would have handled it differently, but until you have been in a classroom full of first graders, trying to get them to whisper is a heavy burden often impossible to accomplish.

God says if we ask him for wisdom, He will give it to us! ( James 1:5). Deep in my thoughts tonight, I just wanted to share my thoughts.

Gosh, I am so blessed, I came home from school today. My children came home from school today! Social media is putting out a PSA written from the survivors of Sandy Hook, I wanted to share the link here. It is deep, and personal, and I can honestly see I missed most all of the details the first time I watched it. See it, and tell me what you see! What we see could, no would save a life one day.

 

Faithfully,

 

Traci

 

 

 

Knowing When Something is Your Purpose.

I can tell you this past week was both a week of many doors closing, and windows opening. There were two opportunities that I thought would be a good thing immediately were eliminated. I have learned to be patient and wait and listen for God to tell me what he wants me to do next! I have a long list of things that I either want to do or start, but will wait patiently to ensure that it is not just my desire to do something but God’s will. One thing that I have learned and believe whole heartedly is that God uses painful situations to help others along in their journey. I have been blessed to be able to use my painful situations and past mistakes to help others!  The greatest gifts in life come when God allows you to help others and be a blessing to others.

Praying for patience to wait and see if something materializes is probably the most difficult part. I love the intimacy that I have with Jesus in waiting the process out.  Watching God work everything out is another process that the older I get the more I appreciate and am in awe as to what God does daily.

God has blessed me with vision, dreams, ambition, and most importantly positive friends who love the Lord as much as I do, that is exciting!  I cannot wait to see the next step in the process!

 

 

What’s New

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It has been awhile since I have written any articles in my blog. So much has been going on in my world. Saddleback Church is getting ready to start their new Easter study, “Miracle of Mercy.” I will post weekly once the study starts April 9, 2016 on http://www.mysaddleback.com. If you would like to join me in a small group, please let me know!

Spring is officially here, I think…. Virginia has the strangest weather ever! Now that I have said that, it will snow next week!

I have been busy teaching school and trying to finish my classes in Graduate School at Liberty University.

I look forward to chatting with you all very soon!

Traci

 

Another Busy Day…

The kids went to the last day of Vacation Bible School, and they had a blast! They have learned so much this summer. Tomorrow we will probably hit the local Chuck E Cheese, I have a box full of coins from last time. Its not easy keeping four kids occupied, lol.
It rained today, Thank God, so we didn’t have to go outside to “play”. Its been well over the Ninety degree mark for the last few days.

Kate is getting packed up for college, she has boxes everywhere! I think she is excited, and I haven’t been upstairs to see her room, it will be sad enough when she leaves. I will also lose my back up babysitter, so I can go to the doctor’s appointment alone, or just need to run out errands without a car full of screaming kids!

Took Elijah today to the doctor for his school physical, he was really good even though it took them two hours almost to get out of there! I was worried about him possibly being anemic, due to the fact that he is always cold, and is a poor eater. They are doing a complete blood culture, oh he will be thrilled… and a Thyroid screening. Wow… I can hardly wait to get it done.

Getting Shay signed up for school, since she is going to start school with us. Soccer sign ups are this week, but all three will be playing in only two different leagues, so that generally means only four days on the soccer field. Whew… I thought it was going to be at least five.

Anthony is coaching high school football. That really keeps him busy, four hour practices five days a week, games on Wednesday and Varsity on Friday… On top of all that, they review the tapes on Sunday…. so I think our life will be extremely hectic….
But I love it all and wouldn’t trade it for anything…….

25 Things about me…..

1. I am the mom to five kids: 20, 18, 16, 9,6 years old. I started early!

2. I am happily married to my soul mate, and we have a very busy life together.

3. I love taking classes, and learning new things, I want to finish with at least a Masters degree.

4. I love my church Calvary Revival Church. http://www.crcglobal.org

5. I love, I mean love to go shopping, and I can go through alot of money, mainly clothes.

6. I have an extreme fear of doctors and getting things done. I will avoid it as long as I can.

7. I have to have a calender, and a task list or else it doesn’t get done.

8. I love my kids, but do not like to babysit.

9. I hate cooking, and I love to eat out. My favorite restaurant is Bonefish and the
Outback. I love steak, salad and ice tea.

10. I love watching my husband coach football.

11. My kids play sports all year round, and I am always at some sort of field or
another.

12. My family is very dysfunctional, so that is why we strive to make our family
strong.