Monthly Archives: March 2014

Photo of the Day – March 24

I love wildflowers, especially flowers that find the most unlikely places to grow.

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Photo of the Day – March 23

I like the different textures, the smooth, red beads against the weathered, grey boards.

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Photo of the Day – March 22

View from the shore of the St. John’s River.

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“You are Not Alone.”

Tonight was the first part of a two day retreat that is a requirement of the three year theology program I’m enrolled in. It was an enjoyable evening.
I joined several of my classmates on the dock down by the river to pray the Rosary in total darkness, which was powerful in the sense that the darkness helps you concentrate on the prayer. I also happened to be on the winning team for the Catholic Trivia game.
Probably the most powerful moment I experienced though, was when our retreat director, a religious sister, asked us what Jesus would say to each of us individually if he were to walk through the doors at that very moment.
She directed phrases that Jesus would speak to individuals, and looking right at me she said, “You are not alone.” I will be honest, I started crying. I cried because it was exactly what I needed to hear at this exact moment in my life. No matter the group or the location or my role, I have always felt like an outsider. And lately, I have felt like I am all by myself, without a friend in the world. Even in my own marriage, I often feel like I’m raising my son by myself and that my husband has “checked out,” leaving me to take care of the household too.
I needed to hear that despite how I feel, I am never alone. God is always with me. He is there to comfort me, to guide me, to love me. In all my imperfection, I am His. Thank you, Jesus, for telling me what I so desperately needed to hear. God is good…all the time.

101!

No, I’m not talking about Dalmatians. I officially have over 100 blog followers! Wow! Thank you so much, each and every one of you! I am honored that you chose my blog and I hope to continue to keep your interest. Thank you again!

Photo of the Day – March 21

“I got you,” says Pudge the cat.

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Zoo Trip

Yesterday, a friend and I took our kids to the zoo. It was their second visit. My friend’s daughter was sort of interested, but my son was so excited to see everything. It was adorable, watching his face light up when he recognized the animals in each exhibit. He even loved some of them so much he threw fits when it was time to move to the next one. My remedy for the tantrums was, “Let’s go find the elephants!” He LOVES elephants, so I purposely saved them for last because I knew we would spend the most time with them. He had so much fun! He even got a new little friend on the way out.

Bird watching.

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Loves the monkeys.

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Loves the elephants too.

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And here’s the little friend that followed us home.

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My little monkey was so tired after his fun filled day at the zoo.

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Photo of the Day – March 19

I took my son to the zoo yesterday and got this wonderful little image of a squirrel monkey.

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Photo of the Day – 3-18-14

Photo of the Day is a flower found at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, where my son and I will visit tomorrow.

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Catching Up

Has it really been two months since I blogged? I feel so lazy. Truth be told though, I’ve been super busy. Teaching has been an adventure, to say the least, and I find it hard to keep up with grading all the projects. Currently, I’m on spring break and I still have 160 projects and 110 quizzes to grade. Here are some of my Middle school and Elementary school students’ work.

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In addition to my busy school schedule, I have to mention that my photography business has really picked up. I have a wedding, a new born session, a maternity session, an album design, and three religious ceremonies that all need edited and uploaded by the end of next week.

And with all that on my plate, I’m taking tomorrow off to take my son to the zoo. It’s been raining the last few days and tomorrow’s forecast is 75 and sunny, so we’re taking advantage of it.

Speaking of my son, he’s growing like a weed. He’s 18 months old now, weighs over 25 pounds, and is about 34 inches tall. He is super smart too. He’s running now and his vocabulary is ever increasing. He’s become obsessed with the show Little Einsteins. So obsessed in fact that he wants to watch the shows over and over, all in a row, and he starts crying when each episode ends. He’s also learned that he can watch it on the computer and if he clicks the mouse the next episode starts.

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He’s still very active though. We think it may be time to buy him a riding toy.

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He still loves to read too. We’ll go through his entire book collection (30-40) three times before he gets tired of it.

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He has a thing for trains now too. We had to pry him away from this set at Toys R Us (resulting in a complete meltdown), but we did surprise him with his own train set when we got home. He’s played with it for hours on end and takes the engines with him everywhere.

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All in all, this has been a very full two months.