Saturday, November 19, 2016

Thankful #savmp #gratitude

This is the view from my deck. I love this view. Every day it's different. And yet if you were sitting here with me you would see this view from an older house in need of yard work, paint, and a new roof. Life is like that, isn't it? No matter where we find ourselves, we can always choose our view- the way in which we see our life and everything in it. And I choose gratitude. Life is not perfect or easy, but it is filled with extraordinary and ordinary moments that have shaped me and filled my life with joy.
our thankful wall 

This month I have been focused on showing gratitude and appreciation for others. One thing I did that is new to me was to start calling the families of staff members to say thank you and share why I am so grateful to have them on our school team. It was so fun making those calls, and I am about half way through my list! There is so much to be thankful for!

My family

This past year I celebrated being married for 25 years and my oldest daughter turns 25 this month. How can that be? I don't feel old! In fact just yesterday in the staff room we were listening to Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Fight For Your Right to Party! I can be hard to live with sometimes, and my family loves me anyways! Too many memories to count.
hiking with Sam
my mom and dad
this picture. 
my girls
My school community

I read somewhere that in life we should find a job we love so much we would do it for free. I feel that way about my work. Is every day sparkles and unicorns? Not a chance. But every day is filled with magical moments, hugs from kids, and learning. I make a lot of mistakes there. Every day I get to try to be better than the day before. And my days are filled with fun and incredible staff, students, and families. 
first day of school
Star In Motion- dance every day!
Passionate and creative teachers!
Smiles for miles 
learning everywhere!
I work with super heroes!
My favorite shirt.
Some days there are unicorns and sparkles!
I love to read! As I thought about the books I've read this year, I realized that each book made me think of a person or experience. Some of my toughest moments have happened this year and yet each of those experiences inevitably pointed me to a book to help me learn and grow as a person and leader. And I have read some truly inspirational and transformational books this year. Many I have read with others and have had great discussions. 

And every book in our book club! Check out our 2016 books here!

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