Active Shooter drill.
Over the past several weeks, the news has been filled with reports on the schools response to the Sandy Hook shooting. Schools all over the world are conducting special trainings and drills to prepare children for the unthinkable. Recently Cary Grove School in suburban Chicago participated in an Active Shooter drill where simulated bullets were fired to prepare students to recognize real gun fire. In many cities like Chicago, government officials are attempting to make these types of drills mandatory for all schools.
Over a month ago my five-year old daughter’s school had their first drill. As a parent it was unsettling but necessary, she is now aware of the realness of unnecessary violence. This situation has stolen a little of all of our children’s innocence and given them worries we didn’t have as children.
I want to hear from you. What do you think, are Active Shooter Drills in schools excessive or necessary? Leave me a comment.
I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy this time with the ones you love! Enjoy this day. Thank you for your support of this blog all year round!
Dressing— my maternal grandmothers sweet potato pie–my paternal grandmothers homemade rolls–my aunts mac-n-cheese–greens–my moms pound cake–yes I’m HUNGRY! I love all of these items dearly….believe me! BUT these reasons aren’t nearly close to why I love thanksgiving. For me the best part of thanksgiving isn’t about food but family and a day of gratefulness. My family has a tradition as many people do on thanksgiving, we go around a circle and tell what we are grateful for. Last week at bible study we learned about living with a spirit of thanksgiving aka”thanksliving”. How great would each day be if we treated it as if it were thanksgiving, not by serving a gigantic 10-course meal (that would be crazy), but if we dedicated some time out of each day to be grateful, specifically write down or speak what we are grateful for, to give thanks when we feel a complaint about to leave our lips, and making extra time for the ones we love.
Let’s strive to live everyday with a spirit of thanksgiving and a grateful heart , and let’s be diligent about sharing these grateful habits with our children in hopes of raising a grateful generation. Happy Thanksgiving!
1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
This a great blog post by Jon Acuff. Success always feels so far away and many people give up before they actually reach extraordinary, but if they kept on pushing and striving, they would have realized that they weren’t so far away from their dreams. This inspired to me to go a little further, and I hope that it inspires you also. Shoot for beyond the stars, and continue to Chase your kids and your biggest most wildest dreams!
How to close the gap between ordinary and extra ordinary by Jon Acuff
We usually think the distance between ordinary and extraordinary is a thousand miles.
When we survey where we currently stand and where we’d like to land, the journey feels massive.
The gulf between who we are and who we want to be seems impossible.
The distance between what is and what could be seems overwhelming.
It’s not though. It’s a lot smaller than you think.
And two cups of yogurt reminded me of that recently.
I got the one on the left one morning at a restaurant. You’re supposed to put a handful of granola on top of the yogurt. But, even so, the cup was literally only half full. In their defense, there were a lot of people in line, things were hectic, and it’s just one cup of yogurt.
The cup of yogurt on the right was from a hotel I stayed at that same weekend. I had low expectations for the hotel yogurt. They’re not a restaurant. They’re first and foremost a place to sleep and not a place to eat. And yet, the cup was full.
The difference between the two cups is maybe two inches. Perhaps only a single extra scoop of yogurt. But those two inches made the difference.
When we see people we admire, we tend to assume they arrived at the platform they’re on via catapults. They cleared a million miles of life experience in a single bound and probably don’t even have any cavities.
That’s not true.
They got to where they are the same way you will. Inch by inch. Step by step. Yogurt scoop by extraordinary yogurt scoop.
A single action might not seem like much today. But whether you’re eating yogurt or trying to publish your first book, it can make all the difference.
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Happy Resurrection Sunday! Today is a great and beautiful day! Check out this really cool video on the real meaning of Easter.
All week-long my church has been celebrating “Jesus Week” and last night Bishop T.D. Jakes was our special guest. He was AWESOME as he is always. I missed a lot of the message because I was serving, but there was an important part that challenged me and I hope that it challenges you also.
Bishop Jakes stated last night that most of us aren’t operating to our full potential, we are operating at around 20% and because of it we aren’t being as effective as we should be. If I can be very candid, I realized that as effective that I thought I was being, I am really not even tipping the scale on a level that I could be if I were operating at 80%. Your car operates better on a full tank of gas, why should we settle for a half of tank. As a working parent, I have always thought if I was multitasking, I was being efficient. In reality–I’m not, I can only give my full attention to one thing at time in order to be operating at a high level of effectiveness. For example, right now I am writing, Morgan is watching Barney on the bed with me, I have a load of clothes in the washer and dryer, my computer is backing-up, and I am warming up dinner for my hubby. What I am giving most of my attention to?
Do you realize how much more effective so many areas of our lives could be if we committed to operating at “AT LEAST” 80%? I would actually do better in school, not just do enough to get an A but actually focus, I would be so much more focused at work, I would have more time to think creatively and come up with better ideas and methods to implement them, I would have 5 or 6 blog posts pre-written that way if I have a busy week I would still have content to post, and most importantly my life would be less stressful.
Here’s a few tips to finding a few more minutes in your day so that you can operate on full tank.
1. This is a big one—-ASK FOR HELP-I know this is hard, this is hard for me, but in order to keep your sanity, you have to do it!
2. Add in small 10-15 minute breaks in your day to breathe, read, or just to gather your thoughts and you will realize how much the creative juices will start flowing. No social media during these breaks.
3. Prioritize your day–think your day out in the morning, so you know what you have to do ahead of time, and prioritize your tasks, everything does not have to be taken care of all in one day. Pace yourself!
4. Have fun, just relax, and Let everything that weigh you down GO!
Happy Monday! I hope you have a great and productive week!
“We do learn and develop when we are exposed to those who are greater than we are. Perhaps this is the chief way we mature.”
― Madeleine L’Engle
Many times growing up I heard sayings like, “you are what you eat” and “birds of a feather flock together”. It wasn’t until I became an adult I realized that who you are surrounded by truly has an effect on your determination, drive, and focus. We grow and are inspired by who we associate ourselves with, places we go, what we read or watch on television, and what music we listen to. It’s amazing how those things have the power over how far we strive and even our mood. Have you ever been in a sad or solemn mood and listened to a really sad song, and started feeling worse?
So I ask, who has our kid’s attention? What are they watching? What music are they listening to? Who are they hanging out with? Who is giving them advice?
A report says that teenagers listen to on average 2.5 hours or more of music every day. This means that on a daily basis at a minimum of 2.5 hours a day, kids are listening to sexual references, drug references, and references of negative behavior every single day. This does not include the time spent watching music videos of the same type, movies, facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, myspace, and interacting with FRIENDS. Out of all of this time, how many hours as a parent or mentor are we spending pouring into their daily lives, with all that we have going on.
Let’s be sure as adults that we monitor what our kids are watching and listening to. It is so important even before the critical teenage years, that we are exposing our kids to positive images and positive people that will inspire them to want more and to be more. With all the images in the world, let make sure that the primary influence for kids are positive images of successful adults living their lives purposefully and successfully. Let’s not let Lil Wayne and Drake raise our kids and form their thinking and actions. Let’s show them the right way!