Friday, May 31, 2013


The last day of the blog every day in May Challenge and Friday Letters! I wont know what to blog about after this since I will no longer have a prompt! Today's challenge is to blog about a vivid memory. Hmmmm.... 

This one took some digging into some old photos to share with you all. 

I have a ton of memories from joining my sorority! This is a picture of us tailgating before a football game, and yes that is a farm behind us! Grand Valley is located in the middle of cornfields and farms, so at tailgates we often found ourselves admiring the local horses and cows from a distance :) Even though it might not be the best smelling location, I wouldn't change these years for the world! I LOVED my sorority and I LOVED Grand Valley! I wish I could go back and re-live these moments! 

Dear Blonde Hair, your back! I went and got high lights this morning (it has been forever!) and now your back for the summer! 
Dear season finale of Nashville, WOW! You shocked me! I can't wait till the fall and you start back up because I am dying to know what happens to everyone! Great first season, you definitely will be back for more! Dear Erin and Bekah, less than one month away from your weddings! AHH! I am so excited to celebrate with both of you :) Can't wait to see how beautiful you both will be on the big day! Dear week off of work, as much as I loved you, I am so bored! I really don't know what to do when I have nothing to do! I read some books, I still had school, but seriously, i'm bored, back to the grind Monday with summer school! Dear Rachel, I still can't get over how obsessed I am with my new blog lay out! You did such an AMAZING job! I visit my own page all the time now just to look at it :) Thanks again! I am obsessed! 

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Letting Go and letting...

Today's blog challenge is titled Letting Go. 

Letting go has been something that I have struggled with, learned about, and have continually worked on this past year. After an awful break up last summer (que water works) (just kidding, I am over it!) I really struggled with this saying. Not so much because I was still holding on to the idea of "the ex" but rather the idea of having someone else care about me. I have been the girl that has dreamed of her wedding day since a young girl, I have watched my aunts wedding video over and over again as a child (where I was a flower girl) and would dress up in my biggest, pouffiest, white play dress as if I was the bride. 

When the relationship ended I was so upset because I felt as though that dream of mine would never come true. I know, so dramatic right! However, this past year I dove into Gods word and recently had a really long talk with one of my best friends about life, Gods will, and love. I was telling her for the first time in my life I actually like being single! I actually like the idea that come graduation in December I don't have another persons life to consider where I will move to, I like the idea that I can focus my full attention on my students (especially if I want to continue teaching inner-city), I like the idea that I am only 23 years old and although others around me are getting married, I am still young and have plenty of time :) And maybe that time won't come? Maybe God's will for me is to be a single teacher so I can invest my full attention on students, or maybe not? 

But I do know that worrying about it, or trying to take it in my own hands has NEVER worked out well. God is the author of my life, and he has done an incredible job so far, so why do I want to write this chapter? 

Letting go, and letting GOD. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I can't believe....

Two Link Ups today! 

I can't believe how AMAZING my blog looks!!! I just got a make over yesterday by Rachel at Dwn In Lndn!!! She is AMAZING! check her out :) Thank you, thank you, thank you!! 

I can't believe the ending of Nashville! I was in complete shock! Season finales are always the best and the worst. I love the dramatic endings, but the fact I have to wait to see what happens makes me sad. See you in the fall Reyna James! PS Rookie Blue is back on! Yes!! (sorry, I am a TV junkie!)

I can't believe the awesome weekend I had up north :) I already want to go back, but with graduations, weddings, etc I won't be able to till the fourth of July. See ya then cottage! 

I can't believe only 2 1/2 weeks left of summer classes. Then its the home stretch! One semester of student teaching left! 

Now for the challenge; today is to share five songs that influenced you some how. Music is always an outlet for me depending on the time of my life and what I am going through, different songs have reached out to me. So here are some of my favorites right now!

1. Sure be cool if you did-Blake Shelton: Love this song! It is a good summer jam and so cute! 

2. Cruise- Florida Georgia Line: You can't help but jam out to this song with your windows down! 

3. Redeemed: This song is one of my favorite worship songs! It has the most beautiful words. 

4. Then- Brad Paisley: LOVE! This is my all time favorite love song. 

5. All to Well- Taylor Swift: My favorite break up song, truer words have never been spoken! 

Happy Wednesday! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


CHECK OUT MY BLOG!!! Doesn't it look pretty?!?

I am seriously so lucky and so thankful for Rachel at Dwn In Lndn! She has spent all day making my blog look better than I ever thought it could!!! Seriously, you should contact her right away because she is awesome! Let me tell you a little bit about friendship :)

Me and Rachel have become blog friends about a month ago. I LOVE reading her blog!! Anyway, we stared commenting on each others blogs and have been emailing each other ever since! We have a lot in common such as both being in college, loving the same music, same books, movies, etc. I am just so happy to have found her blog via blog world but more so, I am so THANKFUL what she has done with my blog! 

Thanks Rachel!!! Once again, check her out, she is AMAZING! 

Dwn in Lndn

Summertime in Northern MI

Today's challenge is to post only pictures. Since I have been MIA this weekend and have "failed" the challenge I promise lots of pictures, as well as words, because I have to tell you about the amazing weekend I had at my cottage  :) 

I seriously LOVE going up north! There is nothing better than north in the Mitten , especially during summertime (hence kid rocks song where he says "summer time in northern michigan"). I have been traveling to my cottage since I was born, 23 years this place has been a home away from home for my family and all my cousins. It is probably the most relaxing place I go to just sit back, do nothing (except tan and read), and let the worries of the world just slip away. I like to think of it as "my go to place" where I can wake up in the mornings with a cup of coffee and enjoy gods word along with his creation :) True bliss. 

Beautiful Sunset :) 

Some of my favorites about the cottage: the flowers, wishing well, bell, and the creek 

My sister and I on the pontoon 

Coffee and bible study in the morning :) 

Grandma and me :) 

Sunset night two

I heard fish like kisses, this is as close as I would get! 

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and thank you to all who have served for our country/are serving for our country currently! And to all of those who have loved ones doing so :) 

Sami's Shenanigans

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Words I won't forget

Today's challenge is to share something someone told you about yourself you will never forget. 

I have this friend and in high school we were hanging out and watching a movie. As I was intently watching the notebook, yes he was nice enough to watch the first half with me, he looked down at my feet and said "wow your feet are so weird, they look like a monkeys feet." I still don't know what that means and to this day he will mock me about them! However, I am now very self-conscious of my feet and a few days ago at school one of my students nicely pointed out the flaws of my toes, heels, and how small they were. I don't know what a monkeys foot looks like but I am pretty sure I don't want mine to look like them. 


Yesterday I had such an awesome day! I got to babysit two wonderful children and go to a small group party for my sunday school :) It was a ton of fun! We grilled out, played games, and go to know each other more. I use to be really scared of Sunday School classes and small groups because of a horrible experience I had in high school. I am so glad that I gave it another chance and even though it took 8 years to try it again, I only wish I would have joined sooner! I am so blessed by my church and the small group I am finally a part of! 

photo shoot!

blessed :) 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Top Three

I failed the challenge :( Yesterday was so crazy that I did not have time to even log in to my computer! 

The challenge today is to list your top three worst traits:

1) My obsession with planning. I really have an issue here! I have stated this before but I love to know exactly how my day will go and sometimes, if it get thrown off I get a little anxious. I have done much better since in teaching the plan never goes as follows, but it is still something I need to work on. 

2) I am extremely competitive. I really hate losing! For example, we went to a mini golf/go karting place with my students yesterday for a field trip! It was so fun, but I refused to loose in go karts so I passed most of my 11 and 12 year old students and even made one girl spin out. Oooops :) Sorry guys, you can't win them all! (I really need to work on that!) 

3) I crack jokes when things get serious. It just makes me really uncomfortable and I like to lighten the mood. The problem is the mood sometimes needs to stay serious and I upset people when I do this. I often get, "I am being serious right now" or "can't you just be serious." Sorry! I just get so uncomfortable! 

Friday Letters:

Dear Little, I had so much fun sleeping over at your apartment this week! Nothing better then a nice long talk and sleepover with your best friend :) Dear Big, I had such an awesome time at lunch with you yesterday! I love that we both try to eat healthy but ordered the worst two sandwiches on the menu..oops! We should not use each other as dieting support! Dear Students, I cried yesterday. It was awful! I know I already said goodbye to you when I left student teaching, but yesterday I had to say good bye to most of you who will not be back for summer school because the after school program ended :( I can't believe I have been with you for almost 10 months and now you are off to the Junior High next year all grown up :( So sad! P.s. Thank you for the wonderful artwork you gave me this week, check out the double head dragon below :) Love my job!  Dear Silver Lining Play Book, you were an awesome movie! I love that I am currently learning about all types of disabilities in class and this movie came along perfectly with what I am studying. Great story! Dear Nicholas Sparks, I want to read every single book you have ever written! I just finished At First Sight and no matter the story line you always end things with a shocker and bring me to tears! 


Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Todays challenge is to go on a rant about something...and honestly, I have nothing to rant about. So I am going to do my other Wednesday link up and share this inspirational video with you.

I know this is long, like 22 minutes, and I highly encourage you to watch it (just not at work) because it is a tear jerker! It is one of the most inspirational videos I have ever watched about a 17 year old boy who truly knows the meaning of life and how to live it. Why can't the rest of us live our lives this way? Makes ya think! 

I can't believe......

I can't believe I only have three weeks of summer classes left! Then strictly work and a good month off of everything come August!

I can't believe its already memorial weekend! Time to head to the cottage, yay! 

I can't believe how awesome the finale of Scandal and Greys was last week! Seriously kept me on my toes all Thursday night! Who knew about Olivia huh?!? 

I can't believe that I get to go to a go-cart, laser tag, bumper boat place on tomorrow with my students!! Yay for field trips!! 

I can't believe how much I love Nicholas Sparks books! I read so many last summer and just downloaded my first one this summer, At First Sight ugh nothing better then a good love story! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My Favorite Posts

Today's challenge is to post some of your favorite posts from your blog archive. I have only been blogging for about 2 1/2 months so my archive is full of mostly posts from this challenge, but here are a few of my favorites I wrote :)


Happy Tuesday 

Monday, May 20, 2013


Today's challenge is write about what you are struggling with right now. 

The thing I am struggling most with right now is the unknown of the next year of my life. I guess your future is always unknown, but with graduation from college approaching, the search for a job on, and the lack of teaching jobs in the mitten, there is a lot to "worry" about.

In some of my other post I have mentioned the idea of Houston, Texas becoming a potential home for me in the next year; and although the thrill of moving somewhere as warm and nice as Houston, the thought of being so far away from my family completely freaks me out! I can't imagine moving somewhere by myself and knowing no one! The worst part of this fear is that this is just a possibility and I am a year away from actually making a decision about where I will live. 

Since I am such a planner and would like to schedule the rest of my life out right now, the thought of not knowing where I will work, where I will live, and what will happen in the next year gives me anxiety at times when I sit and think about right now. 

However, the thing that helps me most with this struggle is prayer and trusting in the lord. I know I will have the job I am suppose to, live where God wants to me to, and work in school where God has placed me. That is the beauty of having a relationship with christ, knowing and trusting that Gods plan is perfect and if I can't plan my life out like I would like to, God already has :) 


Here are a few pics I took this weekend! My sister is home for two weeks from college until she leaves to be a camp counselor for the summer! We went to this awesome new sushi place after church Sunday, so delicious! 
Me and my sisters!

The really cool decor, yes thats a roll of sushi on fire, and another roll at the bottom. 

Self shot! 

Happy Monday! 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

My 5 Favorites

Todays challenge is to blog about your five favorite blogs and why! I am so excited for this one! 

Here are my five favorite in no particular order! 

1. Erin at the Erin Elizabeth Blog is one of my daily visits. Not only is she one of my best friends, but she also has so many great pictures and words of wisdom to share :) Check her out!  

2. Rachel at Dwn In Lndn is also a daily stop for me! I am so excited about blogging because Rachel and I have become blogging friends and read/comment on each others posts daily :) This is actually my favorite part about blogging and I am so happy to have met Rachel through it! Check her out, I seriously LOVE reading her blog
Dwn in Lndn

3. Robin at the Sunshine Diary is also a daily read for me. I love to link up with her on Wednesdays for her I Can't believe statements! Robin has so many great stories and wisdom to share on her blog :)  
4. Ashley at Run with Me is also a favorite of mine! She has such awesome posts and a great sense of humor! I enjoy reading about her music interest, recipes, and inspiration at the gym! I am constantly laughing reading her blog and you can't help but smile when reading! 

5. Erin at Love, Fun and Football caught my eye due to her blog title name! I love Love, I love Fun, and I love Football! Erin was one of the first blogs I started following and I absolutely love to read her posts! She is such an inspiration to me and I am so glad to have found her blog via blog world! 

Love, Fun and Football

Have a great Sunday! 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Letters and Photos

Todays Challenge is to post a favorite photo of yourself and why. 

I took this photo my first day of my first semester of student teaching. 
1) I am having a flawless hair day, which makes teaching so much better! 
2) I think my make up looks great as well!
3) The face, ehh not my favorite, but the post was title (First day of student teacher, don't mess with me!) I was told that when you teach, you have to start off mean and you can slowly get nice. Well, I learned thats not true at all. So this photo is a reminder that its okay to smile, in fact, most people will respect you more and actually listen to what you have to say when you do! 

FRIDAY LETTERS (Link up Number 2)

Dear Greys Anatomy and Scandal, WHOA!!! I was blown away last night to the shocking secrets coming out and the crazy love affairs! I can't wait till next fall! Dear Rookie Blue, Does anyone else watch you besides me? Good thing you start next Thursday because my Thursday nights just opened up! Dear Cottage, I have official plans to come up north next weekend! I can not wait to kick back and relax! Also, grandpa bought a new pontoon boat, so I will have to take that out for a little spin around the lake! Dear Dunk Tank, How I ended up in you for the school carnival today I am unsure, I hope the kids are nice to me! 

Happy Friday all!  


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Lot in Life

Today's challenge is to share something difficult about your lot in life and how you're working to overcome it. This one was tough for me! 

When I first thought of this I thought of how difficult my students lives are and how I really can't compare. So I know this is suppose to be about me but bare with me :)

I work in an "inner city" school. Now its not like NYC or LA or anything like that, but it is still rough. I teach students ages 10-12 some 13 year olds. It is absolutely horrifying to hear the stories that some of my 10-12 years old tell me about their lives. 

A lot of my students come from broken homes, or live with their parents who are still not married. Now I am not saying this is the worst thing ever, but statistically speaking, it does greatly affect a child and their behavior. A lot of my student have one or both parents in prison for various reasons. I have three homeless students just in my class, one person who has come to school crying because she found her mom passed out from being high in the living room again, one was locked in his house when the next door neighbor was barricading himself next door at gunpoint, one student who wears the exact same clothing every day because his parents can't afford any other clothes, most of them are fed breakfast, lunch, and dinner at school because we do not know when they will eat again, some who have had relatives shot and killed due to gang violence, and so much more.

These children are 10, 11, and 12 years old. When I was this age I was not fearful of going hungry, loosing a parent, drugs, alcohol, where to live, what I was going to wear. Maybe some of you have similar stories to these children and maybe some of you don't. But I know that I am 23 and have yet to see 90% of what these children see regularly. A lot of them have great families, that work really hard to provide for their children, who are involved in school and work with the teachers well, but a lot of them don't, which is very different from the school and life I grew up in. 

So when I thought of my lot in life and put it in perspective of what their lots in life are, there is not comparison about the difficulty and the challenge that they will face compared to me. They do not have things handed to them on a silver platter and will have to work extremely hard to pass high school and even consider college. 

Just a perspective on difficulties in ones life. Everyone goes through rough times and maybe you had it worse then they did but anytime I think I have it rough I realize my students would give anything to have my problem be their problem. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Day in the Life of Me

Two links up today! The challenge and I can't believe.. 

Todays challenge, a day in the life. So here is my daily life: sorry for those of you disappointed by my lack of thrilling daily events, I am too!  

I wake up every morning and head directly for the coffee machine. Que the funny coffee mugs I use, here is my personal favorite :) No truer words have been written ;)
Since its "summer break" I do not have to go teach every morning, so after my cup of coffee I go for a run. I seriously can tell a difference in my mood if I skip this step of my day, plus I am starting to train for my half marathon I entered! AHHH! 

I usually have homework (boring) and need to finish that before I head into work! 

Work: An after school program at the school I completed my first portion of student teaching! I love these kids so much and I only have two weeks left with them :( Unless they need summer school. This week I am leading the art activity and we are using side walk chalk. This is what the students have completed so far, they are seriously so creative!
After work I have class for three hours, every day until June :( Boring!! 

Then I come home and spend some time with my family before heading to bed :) Not a super thrilling day, but I love it and wouldn't change it for the world! (minus the whole classes and homework thing). 


I can't believe only two weeks left with my students! I will miss them so much!! 

I can't believe how much I love froyo! There is a great froyo place near my house and I am obsessed! I could eat it everyday! I like to think its "healthier" because its frozen yogurt and not ice cream, but with the amount of toppings I use it might actually be worse. 

I can't believe that I signed up for a half marathon! I am seriously so excited and scared at the same time! The thought of running longer than an hour straight makes me nervous but I am so excited for the goal I set for myself!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What Makes Me Happy

Todays Challenge, 10 things that make you happy! 

Quick announcement: I registered for my first half marathon!!! I am so excited and nervous!! Check out my fitness and health page for more info and my journey! Time to kick it into gear! 

1. Running: I find running the best way to clear my head and alter my mood. Sometimes a good run can relax me so much! 
2. Coffee: How does one live with out it? My first purchase for my classroom will be a Keurig. I have to keep my energy level up all day with the kids! 
3. My cottage: There is nothing better then heading up north for a weekend in the summer to relax and be on the water!  

4. Game Nights: I love game nights with my family. Although we are all super competitive and the games often get heated, its always fun to spend some quality time together!
5. My Relationship with Christ: Nothing makes me happier then knowing how that I am forgiven and loved unconditionally. 
6. Christmas time: All of christmas makes me happy! The trees, the lights, the cookies, the music, everyone is always in a good mood and cheery! Christmas is the best (plus my birthday is christmas eve ;) )  

7. Sunsets: They are one of the things that show GODs hand in creating the nature of this earth. Sunsets are amazing! 

8. TV: Some people may think this one is awful, but I really do love sitting down and watching a good TV series. 
9. Teaching: I love my job and most days in makes me really happy to do what I do. Being with kids all day and becoming such a big role in their lives is amazing! 
10. Shopping: Nothing better then finding the best deals around. I don't like shopping when I buy stuff at full price, but I do love shopping when I get good deals :) 

What makes you happy? 

Monday, May 13, 2013

My Public Apology

Today's challenge is to write a public apology. This one was hard for me to think of! Me and my sister have been joking around a lot lately about all the quirks that we will someday bring to our future marriages. Granted, I don't have a boyfriend, but we always laugh about the funny things that some unknown lucky guy out there will have to deal with forever. So whoever this lucky man is, here goes nothing! 

Dear Future Prince Charming,

You have no idea what you are getting yourself into! I would like to start off by saying I am sorry for the lack of finances I have to contribute to our bank account! I have shopping. I love shoes, purses, jeans, tops, and jewelry. So although I can not contribute much money, at least I will look good (or try to).

Which brings me to my next point, sorry for the lack of closet space. Like I said, I love shopping :)

I also need to note the amount of bed space I occupy. I kind of like sleeping right in the middle of the bed, with all the covers. So I will come out and say a King size bead might be necessary, and I am so sorry for your future freezing cold nights ahead of you

I am sorry if you talk to me before I drink a cup of coffee. I can't function with out it. I also can't wake up with out it. So when the mornings come and the coffee machine isn't working, I apologize for my sassy remarks that will follow. 

Although these are some of the quirks I have, I do promise I have a lot of great qualities to, but unfortunately this not a letter about how awesome I am! 

- Your future princess

Have a great Monday everyone! 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all you mom's out there! What a wonderful gift to be a mother, I can't wait to experience it someday :) Most importantly to me, happy mothers day to my wonderful mom! 
My mom is not only just a mom, she is my best friend. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful relationship with her. It is funny how much that relationship changes from when you are are really young and you need your mom for everything. Then the teenage years hit and your mom seems to be the biggest burden in your life (which turns out not to be true, at all), till you leave for college and suddenly you miss your mom so much! And now in my early twenties I have my mom to go to in any situation and am truly blessed to have her as a role model to be a godly wife, mother, friend, daughter, and more. 

For the challenge today, it talks about something you miss. 

I couldn't think of one specific thing but I thought of this, childhood. How easy was life when your biggest concern was the street lights coming on and you had to go inside for the night? The innocence of a child is truly one of life's greatest blessings. I just miss the days of creativity and play. My sisters and I always use to play house and school, and now those things aren't play anymore, they are real life! The cool thing about play is that nothing goes wrong, a house is a warm loving place with a family and no problems, a school is a place of learning with no cliques or bullying. In reality, we know those things not to be true, that a home may have many issues and a school is full of disappointment and anxiety for some. So I miss the innocence of a child, where this picture perfect world could do no wrong :) As some would say, those were the days

Saturday, May 11, 2013

10 words

Todays challenge is to sell yourself in 10 words: 

- outgoing
- energetic
- passionate
- leader
- caring
- curious
- loving
- disciplined
- nurturing
- athletic

I am also linking up with my new blogging friend Dwn In Lndn and coming up with a summer bucket list! Check out her blog! 

- attend all my friends weddings!
- get myself up to running 10 miles per day by September
- head up north to the cottage for a relaxing weekend
- Ace my summer classes
- Save money from my summer job so I don't have to work while I student teach!
- Lay out at least once a week and read
- Read five new books