Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Name is Stacy and I am a Shoe-aholic!

Some people collect purses and change them out often, others have tons of clothes. My habit is shoes.

The other morning I was looking for a pair of black shoes to go with my outfit. I pulled out 5 different single black shoes out of the closet with out finding a match (yes my shoe closet is that out of control).

My hubby just didn't get it. He does not understand why I need 5 different pairs of black shoes. I tried to explain to him that they each served a different purpose and he proceeded to ask my why then I need so many pairs of sandals and why some were the same but in different colors.

He has probably 5 or 6 total pairs of shoes. Tennis shoes for work, boots for work, a pair of sandals, a pair of slippers and a pair of dress shoes.

I am sure most of you (especially the girls) will understand the need for 5 pairs of black shoes. Some are sandals, some are flats and some are heels. Yes that equals more than 5....I may have 5 pair in the shoe closet but I know I have at least 2 more pair in my bedroom.

And believe me I do not spend a lot on my shoes. I usually get them on sale or at the end of a season. I once paid $60 for a pair of good shoes for walking but mostly all of my shoes were purchased for under $15.

How many pairs of shoes are too many? Do you have several shoes in the same style but different colors?

If you don't get the 'shoe' thing, what do you have to buy?


Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day

Tween was scheduled as the Special Music act for our church service on Sunday. I couldn't have asked for a better Mother's Day present than hearing him sing. The whole video was too long to upload so here is a snippet.

Not long ago I wrote this post: Mixed Feelings. If you haven't read it, you can click on the link to read it.

Tween finally got an answer this past week. He was officially accepted into Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School for Fall 2011. He is extremely excited.

Shortly after Tween called to tell me that he had been accepted I called our Pastor to let him know and also to pray for my nervousness. I am happy for Tween but I am also a little sad and anxious about the whole transition. I think the whole Sunday sermon was directed toward me. It was naturally about mother's and what our job is and how when the time comes we have to let them go....OUCH! Message received.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Totally Blessed

I recently was accepted as a Substitute Teachers Assistant with our local Intermediate Unit. The Intermediate Unit is in charge of all of the Early Intervention/Special Education/Life Skills/Etc. classes in the 3 local counties in my area.

I was both excited and nervous to go to my first assignment. I wasn't sure what I would encounter. My husband has an aunt who has Down's Syndrome and I also have friends that have children that are Learning Disabled in some way or Autistic. So I wasn't a stranger to the needs of these types of students. However I had never worked with a group of them at once and wasn't sure how it would go.

Last Friday I was called out to sub in a Life Skills/Learning Disabled Class. These students were high functioning. I don't know the exact diagnosis but I do know that one had Down's Syndrome and at least one was autistic. There were 7-9 kids in the class depending on the time of the day.

We started out the day with breakfast and then to our room for Spelling. Each student is given his/her own set of words for the week depending on their individual skill level. I helped check the spelling of their words and had them say and spell them to me. I enjoyed the one on one time.

Next two of the students went to regular classes (Art & Computer) while we took the rest of the kids bowling. They bus them to a nearby Elks club that has an OLD 4 lane alley in the basement. What I mean by old is that the Elk volunteers actually had to set the pins back up and roll the balls back. After they were done, the kids went into the lounge area and were served soda and chips/popcorn as a snack. This Elks club does this service/outreach to many of the local Learning Disabled classes in the area.

When we got back to the school they had free time/music time before we headed to lunch. After lunch they had a few more worksheets to do and one they did together on the overhead projector.

After that they head teacher set up a little store and auction center. At first I was unsure of what they were doing but I soon caught on. See the children have a 'bank account' in class. Each day they are given 'money' for certain jobs they do in the classroom. At the end of the week they can buy stuff. I kept track of their purchases and gave them a 'bill of sale'. They then had to go write me a 'check' for their bill and subtract it from their account. What a neat way to teach. I personally think all students should be taught this.

Friday was prom at this school so in the afternoon we had movie time. They combined classes with the low functioning students for the movie. They all shared popcorn and juice and laughed while watching "Spirit".

All throughout the day I felt so completely and totally blessed. And I haven't stopped thinking about those students and praying for them. They touched my heart and completely fulfilled my day, week, month, year.

I cannot wait to get called out again! I love the direction that God is taking me and can't wait to see where I end up!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Little S & I

I was going through some pictures looking for a certain one and ran across this one. I usually do not like my picture taken. I don't think I take good pictures at all. But I ran across this one and I love it. I can't remember the last time I loved a picture with me in it, but here it is:

Little S and I were just being silly at my mum's house out in my grandma's living room. Little S loves to take pictures. He often just takes my phone or camera and snaps away. So glad for digital photos!

Do you like to have your picture taken or are you usually the one behind the camera?