First day of school with kids and for the kids!

We are so excited to spend the year together at University Schools! 
#bulldogs #firstdayofschool

First day of school with...

These time hop photos! 
They grow so fast... snuggle them while you can... kiss them while they'll let you... spend all the time you can with them... be present.

Pretty soon you'll blink and they'll be grown and not need you anymore.

These two will be in 4th and 1st grades in 4 days. 
I'm blessed to be able to take them to school and even teach in the same school with them this year.

#grateful #mom #momlife #teacher #universityschools #growinguptoofast

These time hop photos! They...

I painted the back deck today... one more coat tomorrow ought to do it...

I painted the back deck...

🌊 Such a perfect family day at Water World! Kids had so much fun... So did the parents! 🌊

#waterworld #waterworldcolorado #familyfun #ridethewave

🌊 Such a perfect family...

These kids!

Tea party at Carolyn 's house... they've been looking forward to this for weeks!

Thank you, sweet Carolyn and Lois, for a fun afternoon for the kids... and time for this mama to get a pedicure! ❀😁❀

These kids! Tea party at...

Pray for the impact God will have on your students, your school, your district and your community this school year.

#schoolchildren #schoolstart #schoolstarts #startingschool #students #teachers #schoolsupplies #schools #prayforourschools #prayforteachers

Pray for the impact God...

Feliz dia Peru!

It's Peruvian Independence Day today! 
Celebrating in Denver with the family!... Daddy performs soon!

And... Jalea... my favorite Peruvian dish... what a treat!

#peruvianindependenceday #peru #peruvianfood #peruviandance #incakola #jalea #guino

Feliz dia Peru! It's Peruvian...

Oh my gosh! Such an amazing day! Beautiful hiking weather! Beautiful hiking companions!

This was our last hike of the summer small group session at Rez Church... and we had to be a little flexible due to a full parking lot at Bridal Veil Falls Trailhead... but Jon found us a great trail to hike today.

God had something great for us today... just LOOK at all those wild flowers! 
Looking forward to leading this group again next summer. 

Oh my gosh! Such an...

Ok... so I kept going... ended up almost in Timnath 😳

So round trip today was about 38 miles. 
Can you believe it!?! 😲

#rezstaycation #bikeride #riverbluffs #workout #poudreriver #poudrerivertrail

Ok... so I kept going......

Nothing like coming around the last corner of your hike and seeing a big bull elk headed up the trail in your direction... Beautiful day for a hike in Estes Park... Gem Lake Trail.

Beautiful people... great fellowship... amazing views.

It's been a great summer for hiking with my Rez Church small group. One more hike left for this small group session if anyone wants to join us on the Bridal Vails Falls trail next Saturday.

#rezsmallgroups #rezstaycation #hiking #estespark #gemlake #gemlaketrail #rezchurch

Nothing like coming around the...

No Excuse To Be A Jerk

For the last seven years I’ve been a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education teacher. I have my Masters in that, and I work with a lot of kids who are either immigrants or refugees into the United States.



At one particular school, I worked with kids who came from places all around the world; from Burma, from Somalia… kids that have lived in really, truly, extreme poverty… even civil war going on in their country.


For some of these kids, their villages had even been burned down.. and they saw it happen… They saw people killed right in front of them just because they didn’t conform to what the military in charge was trying to get them to do.


The military came in and stole things from them… and if they resisted… they would be killed.


Kids coming from places like that and coming here, to the United States, and understanding the opportunity available to them. Their parents understanding it … their mindset is just that,


β€œI am here to learn everything that I can and observe every possible opportunity that I can get while I’m here.”


And then, on the other hand, we have kids born in the United States, who come from poverty or anywhere, poverty or even from privilege. They might be kids that have experienced tough things in their short past already…


Parents leaving, going to jail… etc…,


Kids that I personally have worked with…


Their families may even find themselves homeless for whatever reason…


and these kids…


So many of them will take these kinds of things as an excuse for the terrible behavior they demonstrate,


The disrespect that they show to other adults in their life whether it’s their teachers or any other adult that might come in the room.


And they don’t take their learning seriously.


And maybe I’m generalizing big time here, I get that, but I see it time and time again.


You get these kids that come from immigrant families, that come from refugee families and have lived through extreme things on one hand…


And then you get the kids born in the states who come from poverty, [I’m sure you see it with privileged kids too].


And there’s just some kind of mindset difference where they think that the world owes them something.


And because they have a parent in jail or they’re homeless for a time or they have these other circumstances… and junk that happens to them in their past and…


Oh my gosh, I don’t wish that on anybody at all… and would love to help people get out of those kinds of situations,


But you can’t use that as an excuse…


You can’t teach your kids to use that as an excuse to be a jerk.


It’s just the bottom line.


You can’t use those circumstances in your life as an excuse to just be a jerk and decide you’re not going to do anything because you don’t feel like it.


So instead… think about the amazing blessings that you have in your life right now


Instead of thinking about the junk from the past and using all of that stuff as an excuse as to why you’re not where you want to be right now, or why you’re not doing the thing that you wanted to do,


And oh my gosh, never use your kids as an excuse for any of that.


Motherhood is not an excuse for not reaching your dreams.


It’s absolutely not.


So be aware of the blessings in your life.


Seriously take a look at the things in your life that you have to be grateful for and focus on those things.


Let those things expand in your life.


Be grateful for what you have and you will start to see things change for you.


I hope that this has inspired you to look at the things and the situations in your life and just know that none of that is an excuse as to why you’re not where you should be… or where you want to be… or where you said you were going to be.


Do it anyway, get it done, and make life happen for you.


Life doesn’t happen to you, you make life happen for you.


So be amazing, be blessed, and leave me a comment on this post to let me know how this resonates with you.


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