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Keepin It Real

If you ever worry about thinking too highly of yourself… just become a high school teacher.

Exhibit A–Actual conversation in 3rd period today:

Student 1- Mrs. Mayfield, I had this dream last night and you and your husband were in it… but I’ve never seen your husband. Is he tall and skinny? B/C your husband in my dream was tall and skinny.

Me- Yes, he’s 6-4 and probably weighs less than me. But that’s weird that we were in your dream…

(I show her a picture from my desk of Trey and I on our wedding day)

Student 1- Woah- you look different! You look so… pretty. And that’s not the guy in my dream. Hey, wait- your husband looks so young, is he 15?

Me- Yes, I married a 15 year old.

Student 2- What? I’m 15!

Me- Exactly.

Student 2- Wait, how old are you? Are you in your 20s?

Me- Yes, why?

Student 2- B/C you look really young too… like, if you were walking in the hallways you could easily be mistaken for a student, if you were wearing, like cooler clothes. Like if you were in, like, Forever 21.

Me- Are you saying my clothes aren’t “hip” and “cool”

Class- Uh… well… not really… it’s more like “teacher casual”… but that’s ok too.

(Side note– I actually thought I put a halfway decent outfit together today. Apparently not so much.)

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I’m lovin it…

And no I’m not talking about McDonald’s (though I’ve been known to down the 2 cheeseburger meal once or twice in my life… can I get an Amen Rebekah?)

In honor of trying to keep my thought-life positive and lovely, I thought I’d share a few things I love right now.

1. My husband

2. The changing leaves (even though we’ve hit the mid-80’s again this week… in October!?!)

3. Having fish-sticks in the freezer and a box of mac-n-cheese in the pantry for a quick, easy dinner on a busy weeknight… reminds me of when I was little and we’d have a babysitter and argue about who got the bigger portion of macaroni. 🙂 Oh the simpler times.

4. Biggest Loser– New episode tonight!!

5. An upcoming 3-day weekend away with our best friends! We’re going to a beautiful cabin in the mountains of Copperhill, TN… thanks to some generous friends at church that offered their free log cabin for our getaway.

6. Free things (see above).

7. Jeff Henderson’s message at church yesterday and the song Candi Pearson-Shelton sang at the end. The sermon was so appropriate for the struggles facing our nation– it was all about how we spend so much of our lives trying to “project an image that is contrary to our real selves” and the good news is Jesus came for the real you, not the illusion of you, or the fake you.

8. Being halfway through the fall semester! Only 9 more weeks until Christmas break!

9. Onion Dip and Ruffles.

10. The comfort and encouragement in Isaiah 40:28-31.

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TGIF

Teaching

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Think on this…

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.

This is the scripture that Clay Scroggins preached about at church this morning (you can listen here after Sunday). Both Trey and I felt very moved and blessed by the message as it’s something we’ve been struggling with lately. I’m sure many newly married couples can relate to the feeling that we just don’t have enough time in the day to get everything done and still have enough time to spend together. Both of our jobs have felt VERY busy lately and by the time we are both home (and I’m done working– which is usually a few hours after I get home) we have time to eat dinner, take showers and then we’re pretty much off to bed (we are certifiably old people now… it’s pitiful). Over the last few weeks we’ve both fallen into the trap of feeling really down about the stresses of work and life and letting exhaustion and stress take over our attitudes. There have been a number of days lately that I’ve spent my whole drive home from work scheming about what other career paths I could take that would be less demanding and stressful and frustrating as teaching can be at times. And then when Trey gets home we gripe to each other over our t.v. trays ahem…dinner table about how we should just quit our jobs and move to Alaska and “live off the fatta the land.” Well Wednesday night Trey called me on my bad attitude and we had a long talk about how our thoughts and attitudes pretty much dictate how our days go… If I start the school day with a positive and expectant attitude, committed to patiently loving each one of my students no matter how I am treated in return, then my day goes a million times better than when I spend the whole drive to work dreading certain classes and duties and piles of ungraded papers. In my head I know that my attitude drives my actions… but sometimes my heart gets discouraged and tired and just wants to give up.

So… you can imagine how much we both needed to hear Clay’s message this morning about focusing our thoughts on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.

There is so much in my life that is true and right and lovely and praiseworthy… and yet so often all I think about are things like… how irritating this gas shortage has become, or how frustrating it is that the nature of my job means I will never have it all figured out and am never (nor ever will be) caught up, or how the laundry pile grows quicker than a teenage boy, etc. etc. But I’m lucky to have a car that runs and gets me to where I need to be, even if I have to wait in an hour long line with a half tank of gas. And my job is steady and rewarding and gives me vacations that allow me to refocus and regroup. And we have more clothes than we can ever actually wear (or that fit… dang that newlywed weight). My marriage is true, and right, and lovely. And my students are all (in certain moments…) excellent and praiseworthy. What would it be like if instead of getting irritated with lack of motivation, tardies, and immature comments… I praised my students for what they did well and right. I can’t imagine how different every aspect of my life would be if I really committed to only dwelling on thoughts that are pure, and lovely, and excellent. I’m well aware that this will be a lifelong battle, but I’m thankful for reminders that I have SO many true and right things in my life that I can think about.

Ask me next week how this newfound commitment to thinking only positive things goes… I’d challenge you to try it too… I truly believe it could change everything about our jobs and home lives and mental health. 🙂

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Excuses are like butt holes…

In honor of the longest week ever… here‘s a little taste of what my days are like. (The scary thing is, the kids in this video are not that outlandish). TGIF!

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