High Five for Friday

This week has been tough on many of my close friends, community, and family. 

We lost a great man unexpectedly Monday night under unimaginable circumstances. 

It is crazy to think about how horrible things happen to the best of people. 

This week I've found myself asking over and over again why it happened. Why it happened to the family that it did. Why God let it happen. I know he has a reason for everything, but it is really hard to see it right now. 

As I was driving to school last week I started singing a song that I usually sing in church and I finally was able to connect with the words. Although it doesn't make it easier right now, it gives me hope that one day Teddy's family and those who are asking the same questions I am will understand it one day. 

Although, I usually do different high fives during my Friday post this week all of my high fives, and prayers, go to the Mays family. 

Rest in Peace Teddy. You're missed by so many. 

Farther Along

When death has come and taken our loved ones.
It leaves our home so lonely and drear.
Then do we wonder why others prosper
Living so wicked year after year.

Farther along we'll know all about it.
Farther along we'll understand why.
Cheer up my brother live in the sunshine.
We'll understand it, all by and by. 

When we see Jesus coming in glory.
When He comes from His home in the sky.
Then we shall meet Him in that bright mansion.
We'll understand it all by and by.


Forever in my Heart

Rest in peace to an amazing man. 

Forever in my heart, Teddy. 


High Five for Friday!

I missed out on last week's High Five for Friday, so I've got two weeks to cover! Here it is! 

(I've also been horrible with taking pictures this week, sorry!)


My boyfriend and I went on a double date last Friday with our good friends, The Yeagers. (Check out Lindsay's Blog) We had such a good time eating and catching up (and eating more). It's so nice to spend time around other couples, especially one like the Yeagers who have been together FOREVER.

2. BOYFRIENDS WHO PRAY WITH YOU (and  cook for you)

This is kind of funny because my boyfriend LOVES to tease me about my "High Five for Friday" and "Wishlist Wednesday" posts and my blog in general, but, hey, I'm going to make him rich off of this blog one day! (JUST KIDDING) Anyway, why not give him a little high-five this week! He deserves it! First off, he was blessed this summer with an amazing job at a law firm, high five for that, Puppy! But what he is getting this high five for is his spiritual job. I'm a firm believer in the man being the spiriual leader of the household and in the importance of Christ in the center of every relationship. Wednesday, my boyfriend cooked dinner FOR ME and before we did we held hands and prayed together. It's hard to put in to words the peace it gives you when you find a man who will do that for you.



One of my best friends/big sister is getting married in July and I am the Maid of Honor! I've been unreal excited for YEARS about this wedding since I'm pretty sure we started planning it in my bedroom when I was 17. Meredith has always been someone who helped me believe in love and fairy tale romances because she always did and now hers in coming true! (Wow, I need to save that for the speech.) I'm just so proud of her and we've been talking so much about it that I had to give it a high five! And for giggles... here's a throwback!



My boyfriend and I went swimming Wednesday night and it was AWESOME. For me, the first night swim really signifies that summer is officially here!


I must give my last and BIGGEST high five to my Alma Mater's softball team! They took down a tough team last night for their ticket to STATE! My high school hasn't been to state for softball since 1994.

Check out the article here.

Written by a Wayne High alum, Ryan Epling.

(Photo by Kelli Arnold)

Proud of these girls!

Make sure you link up with Lauren for your High Five for Friday! Have a GREAT weekend!



Pizza! Pizza!

Last week was hectic as all get out... I kind of slacked on blogging towards the later half of the week because I was so exhausted. I had several project due and wanted to share them with you! 

I have to teach a lesson for my Elementary Math Methods class, Wednesday, and I decided to get a little help from one of my blogger role model, Cara Carroll! I am using her Pizza Fraction activity, found here as my main activity. She is so fun! 

I decided to expand off of her lesson for my bulletin board, learning wheel, and file folder lesson! Here is how they all turned out.

We had to make an interactive bulletin board for our kids to use, so I came up with this! I used the pizza boxes that I will do my activity with my students with and velcroed them to the board. The students will have to lift the pizza and answer the question that is posted beside each pizza by using the numbers in the green pouch. Here's a closer look! 

We aslo had to make a learning wheel and I decided to continue with my pizza fraction theme and made mine into a pizza! 

I also made a file folder game for the students to play during down time to practice identifying fractions! 

I actually had a TON of fun making all of this stuff and plan to use it all Wednesday when I teach my lesson! I'll be sure to let you know how it goes! 

I also finished up my clinicals last week and decided to make some goodies for all my kids and teachers, so I hit up pinterest and found some awesome ideas! 

You're a "kool" kid! Loved these! Fun and inexpensive! Plus I wrapped a ribbon around my krazy straws to make it look like a bouquet! 

My friend, Morgan Henson, did this little treat when she had clinicals with my mom and I had to steal!  You fill a tumbler with flavored tea and the tag says "Thank you for being a great TEAcher"! How cheesy and teacher-ish! Love it! 

In other news, my blogger friend, Kate nominated me for the Liebster Award for up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers (let's try to change that)! 

Here are the rules: 
1. Choose 5 blogs to give awards.
2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
3. Post the award on your blog.
List the blogs you gave the award to with the links to their sites. Leave them comments or send them e-mails to let them know they received the award.
5. Share five random facts about yourself.

Here are my fabulous five! 

All of these ladies are super fun and have super cute blogs! 

Now here are five random facts about me.

1. I am a twin.
2. I have never been to New York City.
3. I am terrified of clowns.
4. I don't live around ANY of my family. Closest is 2 hours away.
5. I have been to at least 10 concerts with my best friend in the past 2 years. 

Whew, okay that was fun, but now it's time for school! 

Happy Monday! 


Wishlist Wednesday

Hi all! 

It's time for wishlist Wednesday! The past two days have been nothing but hectic, but we've finally reached hump day, so we are halfway there! 

Here are my wishes/wants for this week! 

1. Colored Skinny Jeans! 
I'm especially fond of this teal color shown here! 

2. Victoria's Secret MLB Collection - Cleveland Indians style, of course. 

Summer and baseball just go hand in hand and I've had my eye on Victoria's Secret MLB Collection for so long. I NEED these two pieces, if not more! Love, Love, Love! 


My final wish is for more hours in the day. These summer classes are already killing me and I'm only two days in. I just wish there were more hours in the day so I could lay out, read a book, or sleep... yeah that'd be nice.

Have a lovely day and share your wishlist with me! 


My Summer Break Weekend

Hi all! I figured I would go ahead and blog because I had a busy busy weekend and my summer classes start tomorrow, so I'm about to be really busy again! 

Here's a recap of my fun weekend! Friday evening Morgan (who is a new blogger check her out here!) and I grabbed ice cream at a local ice cream shop and then sat by the river and had girl talk. Afterwards we went to her house and learned some zumba songs so we burned some calories off! Haha!

Saturday was jammed packed, but a ton of fun. Morgan and I assisted her Momma at our Relay for Life Zumbathon! I almost passed out, but luckily made it through! It is tough keeping up with those two Zumba Mami's! 

Signature pose! :)

Immediately after our zumbathon I rushed home to get ready to glam up my "little sister" Paige for her senior prom! She looked ABSOLUTELY stunning if I don't say so myself. It's not hard to make someone as beautiful as her look glamorous! 

It was so fun primping and helping her get ready! It made me miss high school so much! 

(Check out the 10 dollar Gabe's wedges! My boyfriend refered to them as "sassy"! HAHA)


After my busy morning I FINALLY got to see my sweet boyfriend! He is officially home for the summer! We went to dinner with his fabulous parents and then spent Cinco de Mayo with friends. It was so good knowing that I wasn't going to have to tell him goodbye this time! 

Today was everything that a Sunday should be. I went to church with my family, then we went to the nursing home afterwards and handed out Mother's Day cards. We don't realize nearly enough how blessed we are to be able to take care of ourselves and, for me at least, to have grandparents who are still in good enough health to take care of themselves. 

I drove down to Pup's house shortly after church to spend the entire evening with him considering my week is jam packed with school starting tomorrow. We had a true lazy Sunday and I loved every minute of it! 

In other news I totally took advantage of the Teacher Appreciation Freebies today on Teachers Pay Teachers! I've got a lot of lesson plans to write and teach for my two classes I start tomorrow, so I'm sure some of what I downloaded will come in handy! Thanks ladies! 

In other news, I started a new book today, Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow. I've, of course, only heard amazing things about Tim Tebow, but reading this book has become a blessing in itself. It seems like I always have a lesson to learn and the past few weeks I've been dealing with some struggles of my own, but some things I've read in this book have really helped me out. 

"I know the plans that I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. - Proverbs 3:5-6

My lesson from this needs to be to relax and not worry about things I cannot control. God already has a plan for me and my future and as long as  I do His will, and not mine, he will give me the life he sees fit.

In one part early on in the book he recalls a time when his dad went to do a controlled burn to the hay field to get the weeds out of the pasture. The "controlled" fire soon got out of control and they had a panicked moment, but what he remembers most from the incident was after the fire was put out his dad decided to teach his children a lesson. 

Tebow writes, "With the smell of the fire still on our clothes, Dad got us glasses of water, sat us down, and picked up his Bible. "Just like a small spark can cause a big fire," Dad said, "the smallest part of the body, the tongue, can cause great damage when we do not control it. A wrongly chosen word can hurt a reputation, alientate a friend, or break a heart," he continued, and had us each name a word that could hurt someone. A memorable lesson."

When I got to this part of the book I literally said, "wow" out loud. I think back to all the times I've let my tongue mess up a friendship or relationship because I didn't think before I spoke and because I let me emotions get the better of me. I also think about people who have hurt me because of words that I still to this day haven't forgotten about and it makes me never want to inflict that kind of pain on another person again. Great, great lesson. 

This entire book so far has been a lesson for me. I would recommend it to anyone. 

Whew. Sorry for the hodgepodge of topics on here, but I had so many things on my mind tonight! I want to leave you with a few of my close friend's blogs to check out! They are all fairly new to the blogging seen, but have fantastic blogs and stories to share!


High Five for Friday


It's that time again! I love High Five for Friday posts! Linking up with Miss Lauren at "From My Grey Desk Blog"! 

This week seemed to FLY by! I'm sure all my finals had something to do with that, but the semester is OVER! Thank goodness. 

Let's see what is getting High Fives this Week!


(There will be no picture of this! Haha) However, it has been almost 90 degrees here in West Virginia and I've had a few spare hours in my schedule to relax and work on my tan. Signs of summer, LOVE IT!

I finally got to finish a book, and what a book it was at that! I have new found respect for Jennifer Hudson after reading about her determination and success at finally getting HEALTHYfor herself and her son, not trying to fit a certain image for other people.

Last weekend I got to sit around a bon fire Friday and Saturday night! It's one of my favorite ways to relax and a sure sign of SUMMER! 

This is hands down my favorite pin of the week! How adorable! 

5. For the Love of Teaching!

My best friend has decided to become a blogger! She will be fantastic at it! She's just getting started, so help her out and head on over to visit or drop some advice! 

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend! 


Wishlist Wednesday

Well, I came up with this idea to do "Wishlist Wednesday" a few weeks ago, but my Wednesday's have been so packed I haven't started it! My idea behind Wishlist Wednesday is to list a few things that I am wishing/hoping for at the moment, whether they be materialistic, spiritual, etc. 

So here's my wishlist for this week:

1. I've promised myself that if I got down to my goal weight I'd splurge on any bikini I wanted. I'm a huge bargain shopper so I've never bought a bathing suit for full price, but I found one that I LOVE! (Oh and I'll take her body too while I'm at it!) 

2. I've been DYING over these shoes I found on Pinterest. Since I've started running I realize that it is important to have comfortable running shoes, but I prefer comfortable AND colorful! these are AMAZING! 

3. My final wish is to be able to READ. By reading I don't mean textbooks, lesson plans, and power point lectures, but actual books from the stack of plenty that I have piling up because I buy these fabulous books that I think I'll have time for and never do. I've been trying to finish a book I've been on since February, I Got This by Jennifer Hudson (which is amazing) but 10 minutes a day just isn't going to cut it. 

Let me hear your wishlists ladies and if you do a Wishlist Wednesday post your link in a comment so I can visit it! 

P.S. Thank you to everyone that views my blog! I hit the 5000 mark yesterday! LOVE YOU GUYS!