My Top 10 Instagram Pics of 2014

Ok, ya'll, this linky party from Teachery Tidbits is RIGHT UP MY ALLY! Words cannot express how much I LOOOOVE taking pictures... and Instagram is probably my favorite social network! (So much so that I'm embarrassed to even tell you how many different IG accounts I have. I can't help it! I like to keep things organized into categories!) If you don't already follow my Instagram, check it out! @adventuresofaschoolmarm




So, here they are in all their glory... my Top 10 Insta Pics of 2014.

You will notice very quickly that most of them are after August.
That's because I had like ZERO followers before this school year started. 
OK, maybe more like 40. But you get the idea. ;-)





I am not surprised at any of my dog's pictures that made it into my top 10. 
He's pretty much the most adorable thing ever! I mean, I know you guys have cute dogs, too. 
But this guy takes cute to the next level! ;-)





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Yes! My friend Katrina's minion cabinet made it into the top 10! I think my head might explode if the cabinets in my room were this bright--I'm more of a subdued blue girl myself--but even I can admit this cabinet is the bomb.com! She is so creative. :D






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Oh, you know, just another picture of the most adorable dog ever. 
Watching a sunrise. From inside a tent. 



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This picture is a throwback to when I worked as an intervention specialist for students labeled emotionally disturbed in Preble County.  I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing people over the years, and let's just say I've got MAD LOVE for these ladies! We've all ended up in different schools now... and kinda far apart... but I will cherish the memories I have with these ladies for the years to come. We made such a fantastic team!






Jealous? I am! I want one for my house!






It had been the most dreary day. It was cold and wet and grey. 
But then the sun broke through the clouds and lit this tree on fire 
like laughter breaks through sadness. 
And all was well with my soul. 






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Seriously. 
My husband and I always choose to keep Christmas very simple. 
We actually have a tradition of making each other gifts by hand. 
We also like to stick to the "3 gifts were good enough for Jesus" motto. 
Life got busier than I had planned and time to make his gift ran out. 
But I had the most delightful time leafing through the pages of these books 
to find him the perfect one. Or two, as the case may be. ;-)






This was one of the prettiest leaves I found on our camping trip with friends this fall. Because it was a state park and very much a "leave it like you found it" kind of place, I opted to take a picture of the leave instead of keep it. But I love collecting beautiful fall leaves and pressing them between wax paper while they still have their colors. I love to see their beauty linger just awhile longer. 







I need to tell ya'll about THAT kid. You know, the one that's a hot mess, but that tugs at your heartstrings like no other. The one that has every acronym known to man attached to his name--ADHD, IEP, SLD, ODD... The one whose dad died from a drug overdose when he was in first grade... and whose stepdad died the same way last Christmas. The one who has been homeless. The one whose mom is in jail that you lose sleep over because you worry if he's safe. The one you told your coworkers you would LITERALLY adopt, but there's not enough room in your house for his twin brothers and baby sister, and you could never separate him from his siblings. The one who can't spell to save his life, but gives the best inferences in class. The one who WALKED in the cold and in the dark to come to his parent-teacher conference BY HIMSELF because I kept saying how important it was to come. Yes, that kid. Well, I am happy to report that HE IS {FINALLY} READING ON GRADE LEVEL!!!!!!! Tears, ya'll. Now, I'M the hot mess!!! #bestchristmaspresentever
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I am in a new position this year. I had this kiddo two years ago for Reading and again last year all day. He made so much progress in Reading during his first time in 3rd grade, but because of the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee in Ohio, he didn't quite hit the mark and was required to repeat the grade.  Last year, I had him all day, and it was a very hard year for him. Life got a little out of control, and that makes learning VERY hard. 

Well, we have both moved on... me to a new, traveling position, and him to a new school! I stop in to see him whenever I can because, well, I LOVE HIM. Always and forever, I will love him. And worry about him.  And pray for his future. His new teacher reported the great news to me! I am so very proud of him!!! He has been staying with other family members that give him more stability than he had before. I will keep praying for him that he stays on the right path. He is surrounded by SO MANY obstacles, but I do believe he has the GRIT to persevere and rise above the odds!!!





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Not gonna lie. I feel like this one is a little anti-climactic after picture #2. 
But I did tell you he was the cutest dog ever. ;-)

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One Word Resolution: Persist!

Let's be honest. I love the idea of a good New Year's Resolution... but I've never done a very good job at keeping any of them!  Nonetheless, there is something exciting about envisioning a fresh start. Preparing for the new year always makes me feel hopeful for the future!


I am linking up today with the gals at Primary Powers for a fun New Year's linky party. The goal is to choose ONE WORD that you can focus on over the next year to help you be more successful.  Just one word. 

I doubt you will need to labor long and hard over the word to choose. My word immediately popped into my head because it is close to my heart. 


PERSIST 
(verb)

1. to continue steadfastly or firmly 
in some state, purpose, or course of action, 
especially in spite of opposition

2. to last or endure tenaciously

Maybe I am setting myself up for failure by choosing this word as my resolution since the very lack of it is what has kept me from achieving resolutions in the past. I have a feeling, though, that if I give up the "end product" that I have in mind and just PERSIST, it will be more likely that I get there. 

Do I want to lose weight and live a more healthy lifestyle? Yes! But I am not going to put a number on it. I am going to PERSIST. 

Does my new position feel overwhelming because we are essentially building up our teacher mentorship program from ground zero? Yes! But I am going to get there one day at a time. I am going to PERSIST. 

Do I want to blog more? Yes! Sometimes I get stuck in the trap of thinking, Who would want to read what I have to say? I feel silly blogging some of my ideas for the classroom. But I have been encouraged by other blogging friends to just do it! They insist that if I PERSIST, it will get easier and feel more natural. 

Do I want to be completely debt-free? YES!!! Sometimes my husband and I feel like we will never get there (which makes it easier to spend frivolously), but I know that by simplifying life and sticking to the Dave Ramsey plan, we WILL get there. We will PERSIST!  


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