Archive | October 2010

Once Upon a Time…

Every evening, parents and children sludge through countless rituals to get ready for bed:  bath time, clean up, brush teeth, etc.  The one ritual in our family that doesn’t feel like a chore is Story Time.  We have been reading a bed time story to Miranda almost since the day she was born.  Books are so plentiful in our house, that we are now on our third bookshelf…they keep getting bigger and bigger!

After Story Time, Miranda will often request a stack of books and “read” to her Lamb Chop for a good 20 or 30 minutes before falling asleep.  I love that Miranda is such an avid “reader” that is on the brink of learning to read by herself.   She’s constantly asking what this word says or how to spell that word.

In the past couple of months, another member of our family has been participating in Story Time…Bubbles!  Sometime between brushing teeth and picking out the books to read, Bubbles has climbed into Miranda’s bed and is waiting patiently for us to get situated.  During the stories, she is attentive and purring and often stays with Miranda afterwards.

These are the memories that our family will cherish in the years to come!

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This entry was posted on October 29, 2010. 2 Comments

Taming the Tongue

This Sunday, my pastor, Keith, gave a wonderful sermon on James 3: 1 – 12, Taming the Tongue.  Basically, in a nutshell, our words have the ability to help or harm people.

I have many examples of how words have hurt me in the past, as I am sure everyone does.  Unfortunately, I also have examples of how I have used words to bring down others, usually people I care deeply for.

On the bright side, I have a wonderful friend, Kim, that recently used her words to give me trememdous encouragement and understanding. 

We talked for over an hour last week.  I knew she was having a difficult time and wanted to lend a friendly, listening ear.  Halfway through the conversation, she read between the lines and asked how things were going.  Kim is one of the few people that I can be brutally honest with, without any judgement. 

She shared my happiness at the continuing progress that John and I have been making in our marriage.  Kim also had comforting words for other family and school frustrations. 

When I hung up the phone, I felt a mixture of emotions.  Sadness that she lives hundreds of miles away, but also incredible peace in the daily trials that I face.

Yes, words can be used for evil.  I thank God for sending me a wonderful friend, like Kim, who will also use her words for good.

The soothing tongue is a tree of life,

but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 15:3

This entry was posted on October 24, 2010. 3 Comments

Why I Love Being a Teacher

Boy:  Mrs. Cox, can you put my paper under there?

Me:  What?

Boy:  Can you put my paper under there?

Me:  Under where?

Uncontrollable laughter from several boys and girls.

Boy:  You said “underwear!”

Me, smiling:  Yes, you got me!  Hilarious!

This entry was posted on October 19, 2010. 1 Comment

Sweet Berry Farms

This Saturday, Miranda, Wendy and I ventured to Sweet Berry Farms.  I thought it was just a pumpkin patch; little did I know it was more, much more.

We began with face painting, of course, followed by pumpkin painting.

Hayrides, flower-picking, and a barrel train ride around a pink pig.

Yummy…fresh corn!

Miranda led us through the corn maze before were picked out our Halloween pumpkin.

After a homemade ice cream treat, were were exhausted and headed home.

What a great Saturday!

Silly Bandz

Miranda is usually a pretty good kid.  We’ve never had any behavior problems, until this year.  Within the first month of Pre Kindergarten she had hit, pinched, and bit other kids.  .Not the same child, but different ones.  And her reason why…they made her mad!  Really??

Miranda spent 2 years at her previous school and was usually the victim in these types of crimes.   After the biting incident, she was sent to the principal’s office and received a Discipline Referral.  My child should NOT be getting referrals!  It was time to take drastic action…bribery.

We told Miranda that if she had 5 “green” days in a row, we would get her a special surprise.  The first week was unsuccessful due to an unfortunate bathroom incident, which I will not go into.  The second week was unsuccessful because she was not obeying the teacher’s directions. 

This week, Miranda was finally able to get all 5 “green” days!!  Yahoo!! 

Miranda’s chose Silly Bandz as her prize.  Really, Silly Bandz??  How did she even know about these?  Oh well, I guess at some point Miranda was bound to succumb to silly fads, why not at age 4?

This entry was posted on October 5, 2010. 4 Comments