A Mom and More…

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I know that Mother’s Day has already passed, but I feel that moms are so special that they shouldn’t have just one day devoted to them, but instead we should recognize their significance all the time.  Really, that goes for everyone, not just moms.  If people took more time to compliment and exemplify the strengths of others, think about how much more pleasant life would be.

Everyone who is fortunate enough to have a mother knows the many great traits that most of them display; loving, caring, compassionate, unselfish, patient, and the list goes on.  My mom has many of those qualities, but to me, she’s more than a mother.

My mom has an unconditional type love, even when I don’t deserve it.  A love that shows through in the best and worst of times.  My mom loves me, even when it’s hard to.  My mom loves me, loves me more, and loves me most, but even more so, she loved me first.  Even when I was just a thought in the young married couple’s minds of my dad and her.  I was loved, and still am, and always will be.  Wow.

My mom has the ability to fix just about everything.  Scraped knees, hurt feelings, a broken heart, or the very best home-cooked meal you could imagine, she can fix it.

My mom has been there to encourage me when I didn’t think I could possibly stand anymore.  She’s pushed me to be a better person and to infect others around me with the same attitude and positivity.  She’s been my cheerleader on the side lines of nearly every extra-curricular activity I’ve participated in. My mom would take a bullet for me and my siblings, jump off a cliff, or travel to the ends of the earth for us.

Just like she’s encouraged me, she’s also been there when I needed humbled.  She’s been there to set me straight when I was out of line.  She’s exposed me to life lessons that only a mother can teach.  My mom has held my hand when it needed holding, and pushed me when I wouldn’t let go.

My mom has shown me the meaning of strength, dignity, integrity, and faith in a multitude of ways, but more so in her own actions.  She’s shown me what it takes to be tolerant, forgiving, passionate, hard-working, humble, and empathetic toward others.

I could go on for days and days about my mom and the great attributes she possesses, but in all honesty, my mom is more than a mom in every way; a cheerleader, a caregiver, a role model, a cook, a comedian, a shrink, a mediator, a defender, a friend….

As I stopped to think about all the things my mom has done for my siblings and I, I sit in a state of awe, but not a sense of surprise.  I experience awe because of the fact that it’s pretty astonishing that one person can have so much impact and be so special.  I’m not surprised because my mom was shown all of those things by her own mother.  I hope when God gives me children of my own, I possess even half the qualities that my grandma and mother have passed on and shown me.

 

 

Cardinals Opening Day 2014

20140407_122009Although the highest temperature reached barely fifty degrees and the rain did not stop until the 6th inning, Opening20140407_142455 Day at Busch Stadium was a hit!  Mike and I had a great time and got to mark off a Bucket List Item together.

Who knew that the rain and the cold would bring out the largest crowd at Busch Stadium ever, including past opening day games and post-season games….WOW! I have no doubt that the big draw was Ballpark Village in it’s inaugural season in 2014.  It was definitely a sight to see, although I only saw it from the outside.  The lines were unbelievable!  I’ve already said I’ll be heading back  on a non-game day soon just to experience the hype myself.

20140407_122532Once we were inside, it felt great to be back at Busch.  The sea of Cardinal red, the smell of ball park food, and the overall atmosphere never disappoints.  I may be a little biased, but St. Louis has the best fans in baseball, by far!  After hogging down on some supreme nachos and, we were headed to our seats to enjoy the parade.

The parade was so neat!  It was great to see the Cardinal legends mixing and mingling 20140407_150755with current Cardinals team.  It’s a true baseball culture and truly remarkable to watch from a couple of die hard Cardinal fans!  Once the parade reign through and the National Anthem was sung, it was time to….PLAY BALL!

 

 


April Currently…

imagesI’ve been looking to some of my favorite blogs for all kinds of inspiration lately for life and blogging of course.  Recently I was reading through my Feedly and came across one of my favorite blogs, The Polished Teacher.  It’s such a cute blog and I happen to love the way she gives updates using a fun little chart.  So, here’s my April Currently modified from The Polished Teacher…

Listening…. Currently, I’m listening to anything and everything, new and old.  I can’t get enough music variety in my life!

Loving…. The way my house remodeling is really starting to come together.  I can’t wait to see the finished product.  One of my favorite’s in relation to my house is the claw foot bath tub we will be installing that just came in last week! Ahh!  Cuteness!  I’m also loving the fact that Summer is drawing ever closer and so is the warmer weather! Yay!

Thinking…. WAY. TOO. MUCH. (As Usual) But mostly positive things lately about three graduate courses this summer, the upcoming Benchmark test that my kiddos will be taking, about when I’ll finally get all moved in to my first home, about my late grandparents of course, about the afternoon nap I will absolutely eat up after school, and where I’d like to travel this summer. And, how could I forget?! My new second grade classroom theme.  Haven’t quite decided yet.  Just too many cute things out there!

Wanting…. Easter Break to get here soon!  I love Easter and I’m hoping for an amazing, and much needed, time with my family.  Oh, and all things home interior/decor/shabby chic/vintage for my house of course!

Needing… A new pair of rain boots.  This Spring weather has already been especially rainy.  I’m going to have to make the investment in a good pair to last me through.  I’m thinking red? Or pink? Or turquoise? Oh my!

Teacher Talk

“…You make me want to do well.”

I received a few of the best little compliments I’ve ever received in my young teaching career today and I had to share….

We’ve began preparation for the end of the year assessment.  It’s a bit of a pressure-filled and stressful time around school.  Kiddos are typically reluctant and wishing for summer vacation rather than focused in on performing well.

As I was explaining today’s online preparation assessment, I wanted to make sure students were doing their best and realizing that they practice how they play, but no matter what score they received as long as they did their best, I’d be very proud.  In the midst of talking, one of my students raises his hand and says, “Miss Politte, Amber and I have been talking while you were talking.  I know we weren’t supposed to be, but anyway, you’re pretty awesome, and, well, we think you should be a motivational speaker speaker.  You’re so positive and peppy and nice.  You make me want to do well.”

As soon as that student finished another student blurts out another unbelievably nice comment saying, “Yeah!  And you should write a book. You’re so smart and give such good advice.  I know people would read it.”

I can’t explain the feeling that came over me after hearing such kind words from brutally honest kiddos, especially with the series of unfortunate events and this time of year when there’s pressure to score well, burnt out feelings as we approach the end of the year, anxiousness and excitement for summer, and an overwhelming sense of fatigue that all teachers are aware of that hits about this time.   It truly was a pick-me-up for today.  If ever I needed validation for why I do what I do, those little reasons, knowing I’ve touched a kid, is the only validation I need.

Is It Spring Yet?

2014-03-26 11.06.44Okay so I have not been keeping up with my blog as of recently.  I’ve gotten a severe case of the winter time blues and I think it’s infecting everything! I’m just ready for spring already okay…. Is that too much to ask for?

I do have a few exciting things coming up soon that I’m anxious to share with my blog readers.  First, I’m remodeling my bathroom and I cannot wait to share the before and after pics.  It’s going to be Awesome baby, with a capital “A” (in my best Dick Vitale voice in honor of March Madness of course!)  Check back for the big reveal.  I’m hoping to finish in record time, just waiting for everything to come in.

Next, I’m re-finishing an old dresser of my grandma and grandpa’s.  I’ve been pinning the best techniques on this DIY project.  Just hoping it turns out like I have envisioned!

Lastly, for now, I’m marking another item off my “Bucket List” in less than two weeks.  I’m going to Opening Day at Busch Stadium!  Ahhh, excitement is an understatement!  You can bet I’ll be rocking my Cardinal red, no doubt.  I’m so excited to soak up all the festivities in downtown St. Louis I can hardly contain myself!  Check back for all the excitement!

I’m hoping the Spring weather rejuvenates me and my routine.  I’m in desperate need.  Anyone else feeling the same way?

Embracing {JOMO} The Joy of Missing Out

Wow! I’m usually pretty up-to-date with the latest lingo, being a teacher and all.  After all, I do know about YOLO ha!  One acronym I’d never heard of was JOMO or FOMO until I came across a blog post from IFB on my news feed.  This post really hit home with me, in more ways than one, and I couldn’t resist sharing.  Find out what JOMO and FOMO is all about!

6 Ways to Embrace JOMO (The Joy of Missing Out)

 

Little Things…

Okay, so I’m a very sentimental, passionate person, guilty as charged.  I hope you can tell that in my blog posts or in my character, for those that have met me.  I’m thinking about starting another weekly post where I stop and appreciate the little things in life, because those are the ones that mean the most.

Today, I happen to be leaving on a trip for about five days.  My mom and20140312_122307 sister left me the sweetest little note on a Post-It today on top of my bag.  Although it was short and simple, it was most of all, sweet!  It absolutely made my day.  The fact that they would take a few minutes out of their day to write this note and the fact that they thought about me makes me feel so good.

Even though this was such a simple gesture, it meant so much.  It’s one of my favorite things to see a note that someone has left for me, but the fact that it’s something positive and sweet, makes it even better!

I encourage you to leave someone a simple note.  Maybe just telling them to have a good day, or a compliment, or even thanking them.  You’d be amazed at what it does for them!

Thanks for reading!