Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Classroom Concert

I'm ending my teaching career with a BANG and officially going down as the best teacher ever, with an assist from Matt Wertz, that is.
Here's the thing... I've been listening to Matt's music since college, so I'm a fan, but living in Nashville, we've become friendly acquaintances. Emily and I ran into him and another friend one day at lunch after church, and in talking to them, I told Matt about my class falling in love with his song "Slow Motion" and becoming big fans of his. The whole time, everyone is going "Nuh uh!" "No way!" "That is so awesome!" and when I finished, Matt says, "Ok, so here's what I'm thinking: I should come out to your school and sing for your class. Could we do that??" "YES!" I said, "That would be so much fun!" We exchanged numbers and agreed to talk later and pick a date. That date finally arrived last Friday!
I had been hinting at a big surprise all week, mostly to keep my kids' behavior in check, and by Friday I was about to burst from excitement. I knew that my kids were going to lose their minds, and I couldn't wait for that afternoon to hurry up and happen! I made a quick video so you can see a snapshot of his visit - honestly, I googled "best video editor" and downloaded an app, so no judgement. Haha! Also, the blurriness is weird, but I can't put videos of my kids' faces anywhere public. The picture below isn't blurred out because I took that one from my principal's twitter account - which is allowed. Rules. I'm a rule follower.

Update: I can't get the video to work. :(

Y'all, I can't say enough good things about this whole event. Matt was so kind and so gracious with my kids. He asked all of their names individually, and introduced himself to each of them. He let them ask questions for almost 30 minutes, any question, and answered all of them! He even let my silly boys talk him into singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat". He was willing to sign an individual autograph for everyone (I said, "Hey, why don't you sign one to the class and I'll make copies.") and took pictures with everyone that asked. When we were getting ready to take a group picture, the kids were so excited to stand next to him that I'm pretty sure he got pushed up against the wall! It was easily the highlight of the year for my kids, and probably one of my favorite moments of my teaching career. I loved getting to see them so excited that he was there, and getting to see the awe on their faces when I told them that the whole thing had been Matt's idea. It was just so good, y'all. So, so good.
Just to be clear, this picture is via my principal's (public) school twitter account. I made sure it was ok before I saved it and posted it for myself. Would never want to do something I shouldn't. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Here we go again... for the third time.

Here we go again with the Talking Heads song, Once In A Lifetime. "And you may ask yourself, Well... how did I get here?"

After 2 years in Nashville with no involvement in Young Life, I started praying for the Lord to provide an opportunity for me to get back into the world of YL. Within the next 2 weeks, he answered that prayer in a big way! (You can read about THAT, right here.)
One of the biggest things the Lord did, when he punted me back into Young Life, was putting me on a summer assignment, even though I'm not on staff! That happened something like this...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

15 Minutes In The Magic Kingdom

Ha! What a title! Let me tell you that story...

It's a well documented fact that I love a quick trip to Florida in the spring. I used to go to Tampa to visit my grandparents at Spring Training for the Yankees every year in college. This year, I went down to Florida for a long weekend, and even went to a spring training game, but it went a little differently than it ever had before.

Friday, March 10, 2017

March 10 - #topfivefriday

I've noticed that I tend to use some of the same phrases over and over again here, but especially when telling you about my fave music. Three of those most-used phrases are, "I've been listening to this song on repeat," "Homegirl can straight write a hook!" and, "I don't think I'll ever get tired of this song." Clearly I need a thesaurus... for entire sentences.
Anyhoo, here are my 5 most played songs this week:

Friday, March 3, 2017

March 3 - #topfivefriday

I've been listening to a lot of Jack Johnson, Michael Franti, and Donavon Frankenreiter lately. Probably brought on by the unusually warm "winter" weather we've been having, along with my strong desire to go to Hawaii. I've also been going back through old playlists and listening to songs I'd either forgotten I love, or just revisiting some of my "go-to's". Here are my 5 favorites from this

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

3 Things We Can All Agree On

Y'all know I'm a list maker, so today I came up with a mid-week list of things we can all agree on. With all of the disagreement that is filling up the news, and my Facebook feed, the first thing I think we can all agree on is that we have to find something we can all agree on. Let me offer a few suggestions...

Friday, January 27, 2017

January 27 - #topfivefriday

The weather this week in Nashville has been a roller coaster! Honestly, it's felt like a true Southern winter - heavy coat in the morning, riding with the windows down in the afternoon. The reason I'm saying that is because riding with the windows down makes me want to listen to loud, FUN, music and sing at the top of my lungs. Here's what I've been listening to this week:
(I also linked my Spotify playlist at the bottom!)