Saturday, September 3, 2016

September Currently

I am in the mood for a currently from Oh Boy It's Farley for September. My children are in school and the grand baby is attending child care for a full day which makes my life less stressful. Please read and add your own currently, follow the link from Oh Boy It's Farley.
Listening: I bought a Spotify subscription in April 2015 and have used it daily to meet my needs as a mom, teacher, and just  person who likes a variety of music lists. I enjoy the comfort of going from John Coltrane to Ella Jenkins, and stopping in with the Lumineers so my four year old can sing his favorite song on the way to school. 
Loving: A few things have happened since I created this six hours ago, so I realize that I am loving water. I am loving the spirit of #IndigenousRising and #SacredStoneCamp more than I love freebies and blogging. No Dakota Access Pipeline-Water NOT Oil, please continue to support, if you aren't comfortable donating then please take a few minutes to educate and share information with others. 
Thinking: I am thinking about my fall budget and what we need to get in order for winter of 2016. I work in a field that is nothing but scrubs and tennis shoes so I spice up the scrubs and socks to keep things interesting.
Wanting: I would love a pumpkin spice latte tonight, but I am still organizing my home and laundry.
Wanting: That latte and a really good evening of talking and laughing with adults. I have spent the past month emerged in child care of some sort and just need some time with adults that I don't work with.
Needing: I need a companion for all of the same reasons. I have not wanted anyone in my life and recently I realized that I am ready and need to move beyond the things that have kept me from reaching out. I have ended a long term relationship years ago and have been more than cordial and realize that I don't need to be responsible for keeping peace with someone who doesn't deserve that friendship.
Three Goals: I need to consistently follow up with professional contacts to see a variety of projects through, and plan our family meals for the entire week instead of three days out. I also want to complete folding and sorting clean laundry so I can see what I need to replace and mend before winter hits.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Busy Week!

Water is our first medicine. Your health can certainly improve when you offer a simple prayer to transform your water. Please make it a daily practice to give thanks for your Water with prayers of love and gratitude. There can be no life without water...We can heal ourselves with water. When water is transformed into medicine, it will have a healing effect on our bodies. A man shared a vision he had about water at a ceremony several years ago. 'Heal the water and everything else will follow,' he said.
This weekend has brought a lot of really interesting actions. The Dakota Access Pipeline is on the move and there are a number of native people who are in motion with it.  We have been publicly asked to join Indigenous people in prayer, I had to pause a video posted yesterday to explain to my seven year old daughter what I was watching and what it means that the world I use to think we lived in is evolving. 
Our children will be a part of a generation that will see the adaption of our people to join the universal struggle for human rights.  As I was making my four year-old sons' bed it dawned on me that my children will experience a time in their life where they will realize that they are expected to accept unequal treatment and I may not be around  to encourage their strength so I will continue to do what I can to support them and show them the beauty of the world and remind them of our path in this plane while I can. 
On my childrens' behalf I think of the young people now who are experiencing the break down of privilege from a number of angles. I have to remind myself that they are growing and coming into their place in the world. I think about the children of The Longest Walk in 1978 as well as Wounded Knee and realize they are grandparents and transferring their knowledge and experience on  to the generation who are being asked to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. 
My children and I will be mailing extra camping gear that we haven't used for a few years to Cannonball, North Dakota on Wednesday. Its no longer a disconnected relationship with opposition of wrongdoing, it's a small step and the opportunity to help my babies learn.

Monday, August 1, 2016

August 2016

We made it! Look at us, another year down and a new school year approaching. I love to read and reassess where I am and what I think I am doing every fall so I thought I would start with this wonderful visual and commentary to follow. Please take a look at:
Oh Boy It's Farley

Almost every question I have had as a pre-teacher I was able to find a straightforward solution on this blog. I honestly have followed links to dozens of blogs that have met my needs on more than one occasion. SO let's begin.

Listening: I love The Big Chill, I can't wait to get a little bit older and have life long friends that get my quirks and strange behaviors that not everyone can appreciate. The music is amazing, I love Spotify(c) and the selections are classroom friendly.

Loving: I love the path that I am on and the people who have been brought back into my life. I went through some time where I felt alone and had to navigate my place in the world and felt the pressure of being a single parent which effected our most basic needs and I had to question where and why I had to struggle. I am in love with my life and I am humbled by the people who've been returned to me. I hope that I am in a strong mindset and spirit to welcome them and provide what they need.

Thinking: I have read and re-read my semester planning materials and with such a young early childhood group I don't want to lead them down the wrong path and I am sure it's a common concern for educators for such a young group and the balance of phonemic development and fun is always in the back of our minds.

Wanting: Encouragement that I am on the right path in life and the past few weeks of awesome are what I am gaining, and it's not fleeting. It feels fleeting but I want to know that I am strong enough and in the right place at the right time because it's what I needed, not dumb luck.

Needing: Resources and more time to fine tune and role play and rework my conceptualization of activities and curriculum...and yes, yes I know it's never going to happen but I am running out of words.

Back to School Random Act of Kindness: Flowers for each classroom. I have the jars and just need to call a florist who is willing to go cheap on a few arrangements for our classrooms. And gum, who doesn't enjoy gum while doing paperwork, right?

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