Genetics

I don’t look very much Iike my immediate family {although my maternal cousin Robin and I look more alike the older I get}. I think the blonde, fair/pinkish skin runs on my Daddy’s side, the Moxleys. {Hello skin cancer!!!} My first cousins, Stacy and Sheila, and their daughters, Kristen and Deanna, all have the same coloring. My Dad’s cousin, Diane, and her daughter Mandy do too.

Last year or so, I virtually “met” another Moxley family member through my blog. Christina is the granddaughter of my Bomba’s Uncle Click Moxley, which would make her my second cousin, once removed, if I did the math right. Uncle Click was very special to me. For years, he and Aunt Jodie were my pen pals, and they shared much of their genealogical records with me.

Christina is much younger than I, but looking through her photos, I was struck by our similar features. We are certainly not twins, but I definitely think you can tell we are kin.

I hope she doesn’t kill me for posting this!

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A Little Family Fun at the Tallahassee Museum

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Zip-lining at the Tallahassee Museum was on our Summer Bucket List, but we never made it over to try it. Aunt Angie and Uncle Travis visiting recently to check on us was perfect excuse to give it a go.

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I knew from our friends that Mason could do the children’s zip-line, but I did not know if Miss Julia was big enough. She was! It was a little expensive, but it was worth it for a special treat. And the price allowed them to go through the course twice.

Mason figured the course out pretty quickly. He’s super balanced and coordinated. Miss Julia took her time, but she stuck with it and did a great job.

The best part was watching them glide through the air onto the small sand pile. Adorable!

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Afterwards, we had lunch, then walked through the boardwalk to see the animals. It was really fun, and I think Aunt Angie and Uncle Travis enjoyed the day. My favorite part is always going through the old farm buildings. I really like this picture I snapped of a very tired Miss Julia. It looks like she is straight out of Depression-era Appalachia.

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Blessed Beyond Measure

Carlesia.

This girl came into my class my first year “back” teaching and made it her purpose to drive me insane. Only I would not let her; and I would not accept anything short of the best from her. Somehow, our two identically large personalities bonded and she became like a daughter to me. I love her.

She is now the outstanding Mommy of sweet and handsome baby Legend, and I could not be more proud. She brought him to see me recently, and he stole my heart.

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Is Legend not the cutest baby ever?!?!

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Mason’s First Day of Kindergarten

Mason started kindergarten this year and, even though I tried to prepare him emotionally all summer, the first few weeks were rough. He was more than prepared academically, but being away from the buddies he had been with since birth really took a toll. As a mom, it was hard watching him struggle, and there were many tears shed by both of us. Being the minnow in a lake is no fun when you’ve been the big fish in a small pond!

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On the first morning, he greeted his teacher on the playground where the kindergarten students were being dropped off.

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Mike and I then backed off thinking he would quickly start playing. Mike was in a rush to leave, but I wanted to stay to make sure he was okay. He was not. This picture of him standing terrified still chokes me up.

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I ran to him, and another mom came over to introduce him to her daughter. He still stood frozen. I was so sad, but thankfully our sweet babysitter, Miss Ashleigh, showed up. She saved the day!! She works at the preschool next door and came just to check on Mason and another church friend. It was only because of her that I felt okay leaving and going back to work to greet my own students.

Mason’s teacher sent this to me later that day.

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I tell you one thing, I have never been so happy to wrap my arms around anyone as I was picking Mason up that day. He made it, though, and we celebrated with frozen yogurt.

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On another note, Mason’s first homework assignment was to decorate this paper person and bring it in the first day of school. To his Daddy’s dismay, Mason created a Confederate soldier. Something in me was very, very proud. Hehe!

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A Tour of My US History Classroom

I am forever on Pinterest looking for ideas for my high school classroom, so I thought I would share mine.

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I have gone from teaching a full day of AP Psychology to teaching a mix of government, US History and also Student Government. I wanted to change things up a bit and went with patriotic decor.

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I got the idea for using burlap borders from my friend Lee Walker. I really liked how these boards turned out.

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I am super happy with these superhero posters I brought back with me from the Smithsonian.

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But some things stayed the same. I had to keep my Elvis board, with a little updating…

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And, of course, my “Welcome” board. I don’t know what I would do without these smiling faces.

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Oh, and here’s mine and Kaitlin’s annual back-to-school picture. I love my job! I get to work with wonderful kids and my best friend. It doesn’t get any better than that.

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Preview of Death Comes to Pemberley on Masterpiece Mystery PBS

Originally posted on Austenprose - A Jane Austen Blog:

Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin in Death Comes to Pemberley

The long wait is almost over. The two part BBC/PBS mini-series of P. D. James’ bestselling novel, Death Comes to Pemberley, will premiere on Masterpiece Mystery in one week on Sunday, October 26 at 9pm (check your local listing) and concludes on the following Sunday, November 2.

To get you warmed up for this intriguing mystery that continues the story of Jane Austen’s characters from Pride and Prejudice, here is a brief synopsis of the first episode and a trailer from PBS:

Six years after Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have prevailed over pride, prejudice, the caddish Mr. Wickam and the frivolous Mrs. Bennet, a coach races up to Pemberley, Darcy’s palatial estate, with an hysterical Lydia shrieking, “Murder!” So continues Jane Austen’s timeless classic, Pride and Prejudice, in Death Comes to Pemberley, a star-studded adaptation of crime-writer P.D. James’ bestselling whodunit.

On the eve of…

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My Morning Prayer

I love Proverbs 31 Ministries, and I just prayed this morning prayer to my sweet Jesus.

Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as an opportunity to point others to You.

As I was reading these words and praying, I realized that, even through my separation and divorce, God is working in my favor. Instead of letting my emotions lead me to anger, hurt, fear, anxiousness, and resentment, I pray that I see God’s truths.

I hope to use what satan has intended as a dark time in our lives as a time of spiritual dependence on God, healing, growth, and an opportunity to point others to Jesus.

I pray that my kids and even Mike see Jesus through me.

~Amen