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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cupcake War History, How Sweet it Was

It has been a difficult winter to teach.  We missed 9 days of school after Christmas break.  Then the days we were at school were so cold the kids did not get outside recess.  Which after weeks of being cooped up inside they were becoming restless and picking at each other.
I tried to think of a good lesson for them that would be fun.

Then old march rolls around and the beginning is dr. Seuss' birthday.  So what did I teach? Dr. Suess to 6th graders, maybe a story , but we did the history of cake.  Yep, a week of learning about cake and leaving agents and ingredients.  We ended the week with a Dr. Seuss themed cupcake war.
That sixth grade team who so loves their students
Gathered in Crawford classroom to judge the loot

Cat in the hat,

Green Eggs and ham,

Red fish, blue fish

The lorax, Horton, more fish, even thing 1 and thing 2,

....so many cupcakes, oh what
To do?
Pass them out to others, that's who.

Well, we munched and we snacked.
We joked and we learned.
We found out that we can have fun in the winter blahs.
When we take time to have fun and have some ha has.

We had prizes and giggles, and winners

Oh what a fun day in Crawford's class.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Weaknesses Make you Strong

Ether 12:27 "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."

Things have been major busy since Kota left on a mission.  We had a surgery.  Then I had parent teacher conferences.  Then I tried to refocus on all the college work I neglected getting everything done.

Then we received a phone call last Tuesday night that Kota was coming home from his mission.  He wasn't ready to go yet.  For reasons that are personal to him, he is home.  As my Minnesotan family says, "Uffda!"  Total kick in the heart.  Sad for the kid coming home, sad for the explanations, wishing I could have done things differently...total drain on the emotions.

Instead of going into a complete depression which is what I want to do, I have chosen to dive into my scriptures.  I feel like all parties involved are getting their weaknesses made strong.  For whatever reason, beyond my comprehension this happened, I know that all things will come to pass in time.  In my quest to be more like Him (the Savior), I am learning to forgive, faster than before.

I have learned to think before casting stones.  For I have also sinned and am unable to judge another according to the Savior in John chapter 8.  I am going to grow in this next year waiting on the mission return or not and watching the healing of the atonement wash over my family.  Boy, am I glad we have an eternity to figure everything out.