For the past couple years I've decided to choose a word that I would like to define my year rather than making a bunch of resolutions that I would inevitable not keep up with.

In 2012 I chose LET GO! I know it's two words, but it was really what I needed to do with a lot of things at the time. I did let go, and our whole life ended up changing that year! We moved to a new state, got new jobs, and began attending a new church! All great changes that we have been incredibly blessed by!

In 2013 I chose PRAY! Letting go was just the start and committing to prayer was the next step for me. I new God had been directing my life, but it's so easy to try and solve things on my own when they come up. I made a commitment to not give answers about major life choices until I'd prayed about it, to not get upset about things happening until I'd prayed about it, to make major purchases until I'd prayed about it, and it really did make a huge difference this year! I feel like I've grown so much in my trust for God and knowing that he has absolute control of my life, his plans are better than my plans, and his ways are higher than my ways. I have seen situations that I know in the past I would have made worse turn into great opportunities for me. God has been so faithful to me and my family and I know my commitment to prayer has again blessed my life all year long!

Last year my brother bought me a journal for Christmas that said "Keep Calm and Pray On!" across the cover, it was the inspiration for my OLW. This year when my mom gave me a new journal I knew as soon as I opened it what my OLW for 2014 would be! I knew what the next step in my life should be! So here it is......

Now that I've given God control of my life, it's time to experience the JOY he has created for me! I have so much to be thankful for. So many great things have come my way over the past couple years, and as I've taken steps to live in God's perfect plan for me it has brought real JOY even when I didn't really take time to enjoy it. So 2014 is all about living in the JOY of the LORD!! I know he continues to have great things in store for our family!

Here's the cover of the journal my mom gave me for Christmas.....

Thanks to Denise over at Sunny Days in Second Grade for hosting the One Little Word linky this year! If you want to know more about OLW, read about other's OLW, or link up with your own little word head on over to her blog!

Happy 2014!! 
Hi everyone! I can't believe we are already saying goodbye to 2013! It's been a busy few months for me and I haven't been here on the blog a lot! My resolution for 2014 - you guessed it, to get back to blogging and creating for my store!

I am finally feeling rested and ready to celebrate a brand new year! I hope all of you find many blessings waiting for you in 2014! I am thankful for each of you that follows and comments here! It means a lot to me that you take time to read what little ol' me has to say! So to say Thanks for a wonderful 2013 and Welcome to 2014 I'm throwing a sale!!

My friends over at Blog Hoppin' are also having sales to help you start the new year off right! Head on over to see everyone offering discounts for the next two days!

Happy New Year!
I am so excited to be participating in the December Freebie Frenzy on facebook! So many amazing teacher authors are joining together to brighten your holidays with fun freebies galore! So hop on over and pick up your gifts today!
Here are the links to the beginning of each hop
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So many great freebies, available this weekend only!! Hope to see you there! 
I can't believe I've been gone for an entire month! I'm sorry everyone, I didn't plan to be away that long, but life has been sooo busy! First of all WE MOVED! How do you make a big move while teaching?!?!? It's so chaotic but in the end, it was soooo worth it and we are enjoying our new house very much. On top of moving I've been really busy with school, and tutoring, taking care of my own children, as well as teaching Sunday school each week, and I just haven't had the time or inspiration to blog about any of it!

I promise December will be better! I've already got some great plans I can't wait to share with you! Only 15 days of school before break!!! It's gonna be CRAZY, and FUN, and I can't wait!!

For now I'm linking up with Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade for December's Currently, here's what I'm up to.....
It's all pretty self explanatory! We are in the Christmas mood around here! Decorations are up and I'm loving it!! Christmas movies, Christmas music, Christmas cookies! It's all going on at our house this weekend! Now I've got to head back to work and I still have a million things I wanted to get done, but haven't! Anyone else with me????

My favorite Christmas Tradition is spending the evening at my Mom's on Christmas eve. My brother, sister, and I, along with our families all head over to Mom's for a nice dinner and exchange gifts. We use to do this with  my Mom's mom when we were little, and my mom has carried on the tradition. I look forward to days ahead when It becomes my tradition to have my kids and their families come to my house (at least I hope they will continue the tradition with me!). It's always a ton of fun, and I wouldn't want to miss it for anything!

Before I go I wanted to remind you that there's a big cyber Monday sale going on at TPT for the next two days! Look for my New Christmas Fluency packet in my store SOON! and stock up on other sets, you always get the updates for free once you purchase! Click on the picture below to head on over to my store!
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are getting into the Christmas mood too!
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