“…a little bit of this, a little bit of that”

the ramblings and musings of an elementary music teacher and aunt extraordinaire

SPRING BREAK!!!!!! March 30, 2007

Filed under: my life as a music teacher — marlise @ 7:41 pm

It’s been a long, long, long, long week! After going home every night feeling like it was Thursday, it’s FINALLY Friday. This next week will be used to do some work (sadly), but I’ll settle for the fact that I get to sleep a little more than usual, and there will be some peace and quiet.

SPRING BREAK!!!! WOOHOO!!!

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Thankful Thursday #4 March 29, 2007

Filed under: Thankful Thursday — marlise @ 7:17 pm

I came across the following quote by C.S. Lewis. These are truths for which I am very grateful, and since C.S. Lewis put it into words so beautifully, I’ll leave it as it is.

No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes in the airing cupboard. The only fatal thing is to lose one’s temper and give it up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us: it is the very sign of his presence.

Aren’t you thankful for that presence? I sure am! I’m also thankful that, even as the very dirty child I am, that beautiful home is waiting for me.

 

Sticky post, please scroll down–Check out my new website!! March 25, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — marlise @ 7:40 pm

I’m very excited to be able to show off my new website! I recently joined The Body Shop at Home as an independent consultant. I get to enjoy some great products at a good discount, and I get to help ladies enjoy a little relaxation time in their homes with Girls’ Nights Out. I’m having fun with this new venture, and I’m enjoying some extra income and free products while doing this.

Click below to check out The Body Shop at Home’s great products and core values:

www.thebodyshopathome.com/web/mshaffer

Then, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

 

Thankful Thursday #3 March 22, 2007

Filed under: Thankful Thursday — marlise @ 1:17 pm

He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He
increases power. Isaiah 40:29 (NASB)

It’s been a rough week. First, there was school stuff–grades due, children antsy for spring break, and the start of the marathon that is the last few months of the school year. Then, it’s been a week of wierd things, too. The skin around my right eye is red and swollen for some unknown reason. I drove to work this morning in a black-skied, strong-winded, angry thunderstorm (after fighting with my hair, of course.) The list could go on….

Then, just a few minutes ago, it hit me that today is Thankful Thursday. Today, I need to stop feeling sorry for myself and start counting my blessings. So, here I go, in my attempt to adjust my attitude. I am thankful for…..

1. Makeup to cover up the horrid redness around me eye

2. Safety on the way to school

3. Being able to get my grades in on time

4. Lots of new and excited students for the beginning band (over half the class, actually)

5. A good response from the sixth grade students when the musical parts were announced

6. A pretty good start to my new business

7. Warmer weather

8. Spring break being only a little over a week away

 

Welcome, Spring! March 21, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — marlise @ 1:55 pm

Spring is here, and I am very glad! Here are a few things I’m looking forward to doing in warmer weather:

1. Opening windows and doors in the house to breathe fresh air

2. Riding in my car with the windows and moonroof open (except when driving past the foundry–choak, gag, cough)

3. Eating food that has been cooked on a grill (I’ll have to get a grill or find someone willing to share their’s first, but I’m OK with that)

4. Going for long walks–This will be very nice now that I live in a neighborhood where I’m safe to do this.

5. Not having to let my car warm up for half an hour before driving it to school

6. Lower gas bills for the house

7. Rain–especially those calm rainfalls

8. Spring break

9. Sunshine!!!

 

small enough March 20, 2007

Filed under: what I'm learning — marlise @ 1:23 pm

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve gotten into a bit of a spiritual funk. It’s one of those situations where I have no reasonable explanation for feeling down, I just do. Things are going well, and I really am thankful for what God is doing in my life and in the lives of the friends I have been lifting up in prayer.

Then, I was listening to some of my old CDs and I came across a Nicole Nordeman song, Small Enough, that put the real issue into words.

Oh, Great God, be small enough to hear me now.
There were times when I was crying from the dark of
Daniel’s den;

And I have asked you once or twice if You would part
the sea again.

But tonight I do not need a fiery pillar in the sky.
Just want to know you’re gonna hold me if I start to
cry.


Oh great God, be small enough to hear me now.
Oh great God, be close enough to feel You now.
There have been moments when I could not face Goliath
on my own.

And how could I forget we’ve march around our share of
Jerichos.

But I will not be setting out a fleece for You tonight.
Just want to know that everything will be alright.

Oh, great God, be close enough to feel You now.
All praise and all the honor be;
To the God of ancient mysteries.
Whose every sign and wonder turn the pages of our
history.

But tonight my heart is heavy, And I cannot keep from
whispering this prayer.

Are You there?

And I know You could leave writing on the wall that’s
just for me.

Or send wisdom while I’m sleeping, like in Solomon’s
sweet dreams.

But I don’t need the strength of Samson or a chariot in
the end…

Just Want to know that You still know how many hairs
are on my head.

Oh, great God, be small enough to hear me now.


I love her way with lyrics. I can relate to them, and I think she nailed my problem on the head. I’m afraid I may be becoming a bit of a “drama queen Christian.” I do pretty well when things are rough. Over the past few years, through the death of my close friend, job changes, and big financial struggles, I managed to stay on course. (Some times better than others.) Now, though, things are going well. I like my job and my situation in life. God wants me to be just as dependent on Him now as I ever was in those hard times. I’m praying for the faith to trust God and know His strength in the everyday.

 

Happy Birthday, Dad! March 13, 2007

Filed under: family — marlise @ 4:07 pm

My father turns 59 today! Happy Birthday, Dad! I love you!

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