It is my hope that through this blog I can share experiences and challenges from day to day life.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Oh the places you"ll go

Life has so many ups and downs mixed in with many turn-a-rounds.  I have been preparing for some lessons and suddenly thought of so many fun things I can do with the kids and learn at the same time.  I started thinking, "Oh the fun we will have and remembered this poem by Dr. Seuss.  So I share it with you.

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
by the incomparable Dr. Seuss
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. 
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with
care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go
there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes
full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a
not-so-good street. 

And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. 
In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of 
town.  It’s opener there in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen and frequently do to 
people as brainy and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen, don’t worry. 
Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start 
happening too.

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the 
speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon 
take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of 
the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, 
you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups can happen to you.

You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. 
And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch.
You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant
bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a 

And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much
fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not
marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly 
they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your
elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you
dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much
can you win?

And if you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind? 
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a 
mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race 
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace 
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane
to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the 
phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting 
around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to
grow. Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly 
a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, 
perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a 
Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants 
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. 
Everyone is just waiting.

No! That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. 
You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are
playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll 
ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready
because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! 
There are points to be scored. There are games to
be won. And the magical things you can do with 
that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the 
whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t. Because, sometimes, 
they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games 
too.Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against 

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something 
you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance 
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your 
pants. There are some, down the road between 
hither and yon, that can scare you so much you 
won’t want to go on.

But on you will go though the weather be foul. On 
you will go though your enemies prowl. On you 
will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up 
many a frightening creek, though your arms may 
get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on
you will hike. And I know you’ll hike far and face
up to your problems whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. 
You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you 
go.  So be sure when you step. Step with care and 
great tact and remember that Life’s a Great 
Balancing Act.  Just never forget to be dexterous 
and deft. And never mix up your right foot with 
your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or
Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to 
Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Waves of emotion

With struggles our son experienced this past year in school and upcoming challenges he will face with higher grade level and surgery, we have decided to home-school our children this coming school year.  Initially, my thoughts leaned on if I could really do it.  Academically I know I can; I am a teacher after all.  Emotionally and morally I knew it was the best decision.  None-the-less, fear has a way of creeping in.

However, I choose NOT to live in fear and therefore, determined to find curriculum that would work well for both children while maintaining my sanity.  SUCCESS!  I found much and narrowed it down and found what we feel will be a perfect match for the kids and myself.

Today I noted an almost happy, anxious overly joyous feeling about starting school.  I felt "I can't wait and want to start right away"  A strange feeling for me.  As I pondered those feelings I realized that I was indeed ready for this new endeavor.  Not that I have it all figured out; or that it will be all "peaches and cream."  I foresee challenges along the way.  This is new for us; but at the same time there is the feeling of satisfaction that indeed this is the best for us right now.  In the past there was always the teeter-tater effect as to weather we should try home-schooling.  This time that feeling is not present.  So we plunge forward and prepare for the new adventures this coming school year will bring.  CARPE DIEM!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Time passes

So it has been awhile...a long while.  I can honestly say that I have been busy with doctors and school ending and trying to juggle many things that I have not had the energy to write or read much and hence have not written anything or done much on Facebook for that matter.  So today as I am catching up and friends and other people I realized I should also do some catching up on me.

In the course of the last two months time has truly passed.  My daughter turned 4 and my son turned 7.  It is amazing to took at them and see how much they have grown.  Just tonight my husband was looking through some old videos and came across a few of the kids when they were two.  Oh how precious and sweet they were.

Yes they have their moments now and  at times I must remind myself that "this too shall pass" and the character qualities we are trying to instill in them will shine through--even if it is hard to see when they throw the teenage attitudes at us.  My hope comes in knowing that God gave these two incredible children to us because HE felt we were best equipped to raise them to be the best loving adults HE created them to be.  Our job is to simply and lovingly guide and direct them.  Sometimes I feel like I am pushing a mule so I must be more diligent in finding the sweet hey to entice them to follow.

Also in this past few months we learned of surgery our son will have to have.  Info on that to follow.  For now I will relish in the time I have with my children and pray that no matter what life throws at us, my children will know they are loved.