Sunday, March 26, 2017

Define Your Dash # 13: Greatest Achievement of My Life

When I get to the end of my life and look back, I will hope to able to say that my greatest achievement is to have raised a righteous family. I understand that I can't make choices for my children but I hope and pray that Lincoln, and any other children that I might have, accept and live the Gospel and go on to share it with their own families.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Define Your Dash #12: Motto or Creed to live By

I have never thought about this. I have been trying to think about how to sum up the way I live and I why I live it but it's difficult to condense. So here is my super long motto. Maybe later I can make it more succinct.

Follow the prophet, trust God, live your beliefs, set a good example, be smart, be kind, and be honest. Be grateful for what you have and happy in your circumstances. Work hard to get where you want to go and be flexible if that isn't where you are meant to go. Be brave and love.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Define Your Dash # 11: Dearest Personal Values

1. Trust God: I believe that God loves me and knows what I need better than I do. I try to go to him with all of my questions and concerns (big and small) and follow his counsel and guidance.

2.Work Hard: I also believe that God helps those that help themselves. I know that when we put our best into everything God can make up the difference and better direct us. I also think that working hard develops character, makes you value the things you earn more than you might if they were given to you, and helps you understand others better.

3. Be Kind and Inclusive: Everyone has a place and can fit in if they are given the chance. As a kid my mom always made me include my siblings in my activities (despite the age gaps) and I have always been grateful (even though I didn't always like it at the time). Being kind and inclusive can get you a long way with a variety of people and kindness is harder to argue with than anger.

4. Never Stop Learning: Whether it is at school, church, home, or in the community, I believe that it is important to continually better ourselves.

5. Be Honest and Forthright: I think honesty in every thing you do is extremely important and I think it is important to not say things about people that you wouldn't be comfortable saying to them. I'm not perfect at this but I think it is important to be the type of person who people can not only count on to have integrity but who they can count on to have their backs or at least not malign them when they aren't present. Maybe be one faced instead of two.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Define Your Dash # 10: What are Your Memories of School Lunch

I ate hot lunch during Elementary, a mix in Middle School and cold lunch in High School (usually). I remember early on (maybe first grade) when a teacher was taking counts for hot lunch and cold lunch I was very confused. I didn't realize that cold lunch was brought from home and not a cafeteria option. I couldn't figure out why anyone would want the cold version of the lunch.
In 4th-6th grades, I remember getting to be a lunch server, which I loved. We got to leave class and go to the kitchen and put on fancy gloves and hats and serve our fellow students (fruit cups if we were unlucky and mashed potatoes if we were lucky). If you were extra unlucky, you had to wipe tables.
As a janitor, I remember cleaning ketchup off the walls. . . .nuff said. I also remember eating the free breakfasts and lunches with the little kids during the summer when I was little and when I was 18 working the summer shifts with Franklynna and Alisha.
I middle school I remember sitting with a big group of kids and somehow often longing to be at "the popular table". The food was mediocre and sometimes I would skip lunch one day so I could splurge and buy an ice cream the next day. I also remember kids pretending to be Pokemon right outside the cafeteria in middle school. . .
In high school, the lunches switched every other day and I had some really good lunches with some really good friends and some less desirable lunches that made me feel isolated and alone. I learned that it is important to be friendly and open and willing to have many friends and groups.
As a teacher, school lunch was obnoxious and took far to many minutes of my already to short lunch break. Lunch servers were even worse because then suddenly half of my class was gone and it was pointless to teach anything that I didn't want to reteach the next day.

Side note: My lovely mother made my lunch almost every day (that I took a lunch) from Elementary School through College) then my handsome Husband made it until I quite teaching. I was very spoiled.