Sunday, April 29, 2012

Friends, Birthday's and Boutique's!

I love shopping for gifts, especially for friends who have the same taste in things as I do! Tomorrow is one of my friends birthday so I went to my favorite Orlando boutique, The Pink Chalet to get something for her- I knew I could find something perfect for her there. While browsing at everything possible I came across this really pretty cross bracelet. She loves jewelry so I knew this was the perfect gift! Ps- I got one for myself too :)

While at the register I saw these cute little cards- you can't tell by the picture but the applique is 3D and very cute! I then found out that one of the girls who works in the store makes them, I have known her for years- she is the cousin of one of my childhood friends. Funny how small the world is sometimes! I will definitely have to support her with these great handmade mini-cards


All gift wrapped and ready for delivery! Oh, and the nail file attached to the gift reads: "Everyone Seems Normal Until You Get To Know Them". Isn't that the truth :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lord, Give Caleb a Miracle

I was standing at the nail salon counter, paying for my pedicure when I looked over and saw a sign that said "Support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society". Because this has hit close to home with me with Caleb, my friends son, I put some quarters in to fill the sign. Not 5 minutes later I get a text. It's from my friend, and it wasn't the news I expected or wanted to hear after learning he was in remission just 10 hours ago. His tests came back this afternoon from when he was first diagnosed, this determined what his plan would be.
I read the text, and tears started rolling down my cheeks. Caleb's leukemia is very high risk. I am not even going to say what that could mean. Lord, please. Caleb needs a miracle. And he needs it right now.

Wait for the LORD; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Be Still and Know that I Am God...

Grad school- survey of research methodology, standards-based curriculum and instruction, intense research papers, discussion posts, Applied Behavior Analysis course number one, flashcards, quizzes, videos, sunday night online live classroom at 10pm, final exams, teaching special needs kindergarten, classroom management, planning, instruction, muffins with mom, end of the year festivities, behavior plans, BCBA supervision meetings, work meetings, private clients, babysitting, tutoring, pilates, mentoring friends in need, being a friend and a peacemaker, bible study, teaching special needs sunday school, church. PHEW!! I think I am done...

Have you ever felt like you have taken on the world? Big or small. From the smallest tasks to the largest tasks, somehow and someway you have felt overwhelmed. I can truthfully say that this week it has hit me, I am in over my head. Don't take this as a negative feeling because it's not- all the things I have going on are all things I WANT to do, or NEED to do. But just look at that list above. I mean really, come on. This is my life right now and I am TIRED. I haven't let any one of those items listed above fail- nor have I fallen behind. But that takes dedication, and hours of prayer that I WILL be Still and know that He will not give me more than I can handle. I have 4 weeks until summer break and I just have to Trust in His word..."Be Still and Know that I am God"

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ballet and Plie' Trouble

My friend Michelle and I ventured off to Winter Park last Sunday to take a class at Barre54. I had been wanting to take a class for awhile since finding out one of my past parents from First Baptist Mom's Day Out was the studio manager. Back in the day I used to babysit for her daughter and triplets! I was excited to see her and also find out what this Barre exercise buzz was all about!
When Michelle and I got there we walked into a pretty brick building with lots of windows, it was so bright and had a fresh, vibrant feel to the studio. I was a little nervous because I didn't know what to expect. I do Pilates regularly but this is entirely different. The first thing that came to my mind was that my ballet training days that I took at Rollins better come back quickly!...

I put on my special black socks and got all my "stuff" ready- weights, mat, and the orange ball. I knew I was in for a treat...yea. 
Class begins and everyone knew what they were doing- they obviously are veterans of the Barre method. Not me of course, I am trying to follow everyones lead and try to look like I knew what I was doing. The class moves pretty quickly and I felt rushed at times. I am used to the slow movements of Pilates and I was out of the comfort of The Pilates Loft that I have become to know so well. 
Class lasted 54 minutes and that was long enough! My legs burned, and I definitely felt like I did some ballet work. 

But for now I will be sticking to Pilates until I get the courage to run back to the ballet bar head- I mean feet on!