We Come and We Go

“We come and we go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it – for a little while.”

— Willa Cather, O Pioneers!

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Today’s “words to live by” that I would like to share with you come from one of my favorite authors, Willa Cather. The woman I worked for this summer, Sarah Aubrey introduced me to Willa Cather’s books and I absolutely love them!! O Pioneers! is the story of a woman who has a passionate love for the land. While reading it, I kept making connections to this character and her love of the land. People do come and go, but the land is constant and beautiful. The land is the only thing worth working, fighting, and dying for because it is the only that lasts. For those of us that have this love of the land we have the opportunity to call it our own. It is a beautiful legacy that we leave behind when it’s our time to go.

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Cheers to the future!

Two weekends ago I had a lovely afternoon at a local winery with two of my best friends catching up on our crazy, busy lives. We laughed a lot, cried a little, gave advice, shared funny dreams, discussed our futures and reminisced. I felt so much better after that visit. Of course I still thought about all the things I need to do and all the things I wish I could change. Those thoughts were no longer my own because I had shared it all with them. A few days later, one of the girls sent me a text with this verse along with some words of encouragement. It instantly made my day. It reminded me that I can accomplish my goals and continue to keep my cool even on the toughest of days. It also reminded me that my future is going to be awesome because I will continue to reach for it. To sum it up, again I have amazing friends and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me and for all of them!

Liz, me and Emily at Oliver Winery

Boots

“Boots” by Sarah Thomas

Tall boots,
Short boots,
Red boots,
Cute boots.

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Boots to wear in the rain.
Some boots cause pain.
Boots that you can walk in
And boots to go Honky Tonkin’.

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Boots for all occasions.
It won’t take that much persuasion,
To purchase a pair of boots
That could take you back to your roots.

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I wrote this poem for class as part of my class’s poetry study. I chose a subject that I love, boots. All my classmates know how much I love them and how excited I was for fall so I could wear boots everyday. If I’ve got on a pair of good boots I am one happy gal! To sum it, don’t be afraid to wear or purchase a pair of boots that can take you back to your roots. Because twenty years from now you’ll be so glad you did!

What are your favorite pair of boots?
I think these are mine…

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What can you do?

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

— John R. Wooden

I was on Pinterest last night and came across this video…

Of course I laughed. I laughed a lot! But then I thought, “Well hey! I probably couldn’t do that at her age either!” I bet she is extremely talented at something else. Maybe drawing or playing the piano or telling stories. Just because you are not good at something right away does not mean that you aren’t an expert in another field. As a future educator I am learning how to notice and use a student’s strengths in the classroom and not to focus on their weaknesses. I need to see what the child can do and help them use that to be successful in their education.

For me, I cannot cook. Maybe I just don’t do it enough to like it, so I get creative in other ways. I know I can write, sew, teach and do all kinds of other things. I know what I am capable of and I sure do not let the fact that I can’t cook well keep me down! To sum it up, if you can’t do it right away or not at all don’t let that something keep you down and interfere with something that you can do.

Happy Wednesday! What’s something you can do?

Thanks for tomorrow

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.

Comes into us at midnight very clean.

It’s perfect when it arrives and puts itself in our hands.

It hopes that we learned something from yesterday.” — John Wayne

I am writing this post on September 11th, yesterday. I was in the 5th grade on that day and now I am learning how to teach 5th graders. I get to see another tomorrow because of all the people who give their lives every day for tomorrows. I owe it to them to learn from yesterday and do something good with all the tomorrows I’ll get to live. I encourage you to use your yesterdays as a learning tool for what you will produce, what you will do for all your tomorrows. To sum it up, thank you to all those who fight for tomorrow.

A true love story…

“A true love story never ends.”

On this day in 1981 my parents added a huge milestone to their love story.  Even though my Dad is not here in person, it is still an important date and it should be celebrated because it’s a great story.

Their love story will never end.  You see it when you look at my sister, Katie and I.  You can see it when you walk through the front door of the home they built together.  It’s there on the farm when you look around and see the legacy my Dad built and the job my Mom now does to keep that legacy alive.  You can see it when you look at her.  She is the woman she is today because of their story.  She continues to show those of us on earth what love is just as I know those in heaven have the pleasure of seeing it when they look at my Dad.  So yes, I agree, a TRUE love story never ends.  They will be together again someday and then one day we can all see that true love story in heaven above.

Happy anniversary Mom and Dad.  To sum it up, thank you for giving me the best example of a true love story.

Fading away…

I made this for my parents in 1995. I was 5 years old and in Preschool. It has sat on my Dad’s dresser ever since I can remember.

Apparently I liked to write my S’s backwards and make my r’s as tall as my h’s in my name. I can assure you I do not write my name like this now.

If you can’t tell these are my handprints in the cement in our drive way. It was poured in 1995. They, along with my name and year have almost faded away.

My hands are much much bigger now. And just like my prints in the cement my childhood and teenage years are beginning to fade away. I know I am only 22 but I feel like I have have lived through so much already.

The words I would like for you to live by today are, “Today is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be again.”

To sum it up life is too short to let it start fading away, so do whatever you can to remember and enjoy it. Do all you can to live it.

Too busy lovin’ my life

Your mission: Be so busy loving your life you have no time for hate, regret, or fear.

I have been very busy lately! So busy that I have not had very much time to myself. Surprisingly I have been alright with this (I have to have some me time). All summer I was busy working at my internship every week day and loving it.

After finishing my internship I was busy attending my county fair to watch my favorite 4-Hers show their livestock and having conversations with some of my favorite farmers.

Next thing I knew I was meeting my mentor teachers for my student teaching placement. Lucky for me my school is close to the Indiana State Fairgrounds and I was able to attend the 2012 Ham Breakfast to kick off our great Indiana State Fair. That next day I volunteered for Habitat for Humanity representing Marion County Farm Bureau. I also worked for Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom later that day. It was a long and busy day but I loved volunteering and teaching!

I made it through my first week of student teaching. I absolutely love my school, I feel so welcomed and the staff is so supportive of me and the other student teacher interns. The students are awesome! Who knew I would ever love the 6th grade again!

After my first day of student teaching I headed over to the State Fairgrounds to watch the Grand Champion Drive. I love watching 4-H kids showcase their livestock! It’s a great way to show people how the ag industry cares for their animals.

This past weekend I visited Nashville, TN for a great family friend’s wedding. I loved that city and cannot wait to visit again. Of course I purchased a pair of boots. I may have an addiction to boots, but twenty years from now I’ll be so glad I got them!

To sum it all up, I’ve been one busy gal! I’m loving every moment of my busy life and have no regrets, except maybe the shoes I wore to student teach in yesterday!

Have you been as busy as me? Are you loving it or do you need a break? Either way I hope you are loving your life!

Because of Farmers

“Consumers should understand the importance of agriculture and that they have the safest, most abundant and affordable food supply because of farmers.”

— Michael Scuse U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary

I think U.S. farmers are so unappreciated today. The everyday consumer is two to three generations removed from the farm. Many of them do not personally know a farmer, so they do not know how hard a farmer works to provide them with their needs. Because of farmers you, me, consumers are provided with food, fuel, and fiber that are our essential needs. We need farmers, we will always need farmers! Farmers HAVE to be the jack of all trades. They have to be a scientist, mathematician, marketer, environmentalist, veterinarian, student and teacher. If you are a farmer connect with your consumers or if you know a farmer introduce them to a consumer. Please educate yourself or try to educate a consumer. Correct those crazy misconceptions and stereotypes about agriculture and farmers. Farmers are professionals and because of you they get to do what they do best, provide you with safe, abundant, and affordable food, fuel, and fiber.

To sum it up, we need farmers and they need to be appreciated. I love farmers and I thank God for them every day. So remember if you ate today…thank a farmer, because you need them.

A Teacher

There’s a certain gal around these parts that might have been called that Queen of Hearts.

She’s always helpful in every way. Especially when there are bills to pay.

We are happy to know she’s on the procession and made up her mind to join a great profession. 

We know she’ll be happy and enjoy her work. As a teacher she never a duty will shirk.

The pay isn’t much. The bonus is none. But my what a feeling when each day is done.

To see each child grow from day to day is worth far more than compensation or pay. 

Remember you don’t teach math, music or art. You teach each child to better-live his part.

You may be a queen and God’s chosen Creature but it’s better by far to be called “A Teacher.” 

— Foster Thomas, a teacher

Today’s words come from my great grandfather, Foster Thomas, also known as Pap. He was a teacher for 47 years. He also liked to write poetry. This poem comes from his collection, “From Kreation to Kingdom Kome.” He wrote poems for his colleagues that retired or about teacher meetings and report cards. He was a great man and writer but most importantly he was a teacher.

Tomorrow I start my student teaching! I am “on the procession” to joining “a great profession.”  I will be teaching 6th grade at The Center for Inquiry Indianapolis Public School #84. I am nervous and excited to start this next chapter in my life.

Just as Pap wrote, I look forward to becoming a teacher so I can “teach each child to better-live his part.”