"You are meant to grace the world with your dance, to follow the lead of Jesus wherever he leads you." - Captivating

Aside from Jesus, "...traveling is the great true love of my life...I am loyal and constant in my love for travel...I just don't care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because its mine. Because it looks like me." - Eat.Pray.Love.

Here you will find my travels, not just physical travels but emotional and spiritual as well...journeys to different places in the world and journeys of the heart. And, of course, fun and silliness too :)

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 32

1. Finishing my first 5K where I actually ran the whole thing

2. Finishing under my goal time

3. Getting to hang out and support all my other friends in their races and having awesomely supportive friends and family...even though it was JUST a 5k

4. Breakfast at Paris Coffee Shop

5. Getting to watch Danny's boys' basketball team play

Friday, February 27, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 31

1. Playing follow the leader with my kids
2. Seeing SOME progress with one of my "bad" kids
3. Taverna with friends
4. Yummy soul food at our faculty luncheon
5. Coffee catch-ups

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 30

1. A partner teacher who is so considerate
2. Being able to still laugh with my kids...even when they have driven me CRAZY all day
3. Rest days from running before Cowtown
4. When staying up late is worth it
5. Getting to be passionate about what I do for a living

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Days 28 & 29

I know Carrie will be disappointed that I'm combining days once again...but this week has been hectic. I will try not to do so in the future.

1. Top Chef
2. Gorgeous springtime weather in February (of course if its this warm in February, I don't even want to know what its going to be like in August)
3. Looking through old photos with Carrie
4. Getting to go observe another teacher
5. Getting to eat lunch out for once during a school day

Monday, February 23, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 26 & 27

1. New Eli Young CD...downloaded with great Vday gift, iTunes giftcard from Mom
2. Monday dinner and Bachelor tradition
3. Snuggling
4. Learning to cook new things
5. Waiver day -- no kids

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 25

1. The Gathering events
2. church friends
3. Wii playing
4. La Familia
5. firsts

Friday, February 20, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 24

1. Flying Fish Fridays
2. Catching up on shows
3. Banana Nut Cheerios
4. Supportive friends
5. Its the weekend!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 23

1. Better day at school
2. Stars game with friends
3. Riding the train to Dallas
4. Long recesses
5. Chicken Strip basket

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 22

It was one of those days at school that I talked about in the last post so today was a little tough to find 5 things but here goes...
1. Having an understanding principal who listens to me
2. TCU basketball
3. Participating in a TCU alumni event (just took me 2 years)
4. Growing up in a stable household (one of the reasons my day was so crazy with my kiddos is their lack of one)
5. Good morning texts

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 21

1. This quote is in one of the teacher's bathrooms at school and inspires me everytime I go in there...especially when its been one of those days:
"I am a teacher: What I do and say are being absorbed by young minds who will echo these images across the ages. My lessons will be immortal, affecting people yet unborn, people I will never see or know. The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential for good or bad. The pliable minds of tomorrow's leaders will be molded either artistically or grotesquely by what I do."
2. Small group ladies
3. Getting to play with Julia's adorable puppy at small group
4. That my students love to play with my hair
5. Sonic Vanilla Diet Cokes

Monday, February 16, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 20

1. Bachelor night tradition
2. WiiFit for Valentine's Day from Dad & Katie
3. Actually feeling good while running
4. New music
5. Fun phone chats even though I'm really not a phone person

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 19

1. Softball practice and team meeting

2. Sleeping in

3. Desert Song at church

4. Christ Chapel

5. Fun text messages

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 17 & 18

1. Valentine's Day in elementary school
2. Hip Hop Hooray by Naughty by Nature being played on the announcements
3. Dinner and a movie
4. Dallas Day with Alison which included...
5. Gourmet Donuts (A-MAZING!)...
6. Orange Cup (a new obsession)...
7. Anthropologie...
8. Sprinkles cupcakes (kind of an all about food day...its what Alison and I do)...
9. and plenty of laughs and chat time
10. Pizza and movie in with friends

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 16

1. Working at a job where I get constant hugs and told daily how pretty I am
2. Running outside
3. Love Train being played on the annoucements
4. Waffle House date with a friend...classy
5. Just hanging out with friends at the apartment

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 15

1. Getting to start the day with great music like The Temptations "Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch" or Michael Jackson's "Thriller" over our announcements since its Black History Month.
2. Getting to go back outside for recess today
3. Old friends
4. Giggling and giddiness
5. One of my students drawing a picture of a giant and showing me the awesome grill he put on the giant's mouth.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 14

1. Getting onto one of my students for talking in class while I was talking and his justification being "No, no Miss Nichols I was talking in my mind." I couldn't help but smile.
2. Having writing time outside with the kiddos
3. Rain
4. Facebook
5. DVR

Monday, February 09, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 13

1. Cooking dinner for friends
2. Shoulder massages due to extreme soreness from softball practice
3. Our softball team's new blog
4. Only having 14 kids today...which means getting to actually ENJOY my students
5. Guyfriends being more engrossed in The Bachelor than the girls were

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 12

1. Coffee catch-up with Alison
2. Inaugural softball practice!...and actually being able to catch and hit still...working on the throwing
3. Having a patient "coach" and friends
4. Being a part of an incredible church home
5. Singing at church

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 11

1. The barista at Starbucks giving me my morning coffee for free.
2. Manicures
3. Fort Worth hole-in-the-wall restaurants
4. Laughing so hard with friends that my face hurts
5. Live Music

Friday, February 06, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 10

2. Waiver Day = no students
3. Girls night
4. Happy Hour with friends
5. Listening when a friend needs to chat/vent

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Cowboy, Take Me Away

I think I've talked on here multiple times about how much I LOVE all things rodeo. We went to the rodeo every year with my family when I was growing up. In college, I started going with friends each year and forcing them to enjoy the rodeo experience as much as I do. Since most of you see my pictures on facebook, I'm trying to do other things on my blog more often than just posting pictures. Here's a list of my favorite rodeo things and then a few pictures from over the years at the rodeo.

-Fun houses on the Midway
-Corny dogs
-Bull riding
-Exhibition Hall -- all the fun booths to browse
-Barrel racing
-Cute cowboys
-Wearing my cute cowboy boots
-the Grand Entry
-the announcer
-Feels like Fort Worth

I LOVED this pink bandana and I had boots to match!

Could we be any cooler??

Yeah, that's right...tuck your jeans into your sweet red boots. And those high waisted jeans...you may have seen Jessica Simpson bringing them back recently. I was WAY ahead of her.

This wasn't at the rodeo but it was on a horse.

Rodeo 07 -- Me, Carrie, Jennifer, Lauren, and Alison

Rodeo 08 -- Jennifer, Carrie, Me, Erin, Batey

Rodeo 09 -- Me, Danny, Carrie, Blythe, Cody, Lauren, Sam, and Adam

Grace in Small Things -- Day 9

1. LoveShack dinner with friends
2. Today being the last day of the week with kids
3. Beautiful weather
4. New running music
5. Old childhood pictures

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 8

1. Monthly dinners with Molly, Elizabeth, and Ally
2. Mark cooking all of us dinner this time -- Molly has him trained well!
3. Daily email buddies
4. Phone chats with Jilly
5. Finding out about the deliciousness that is J. Rae's

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 7

I promise I'm currently working on a new blog aside from the Grace in Small Things series...so if this is boring you...stay tuned :)

1. Small Group Time
2. Running over 3 miles...a few months ago I literally could only run for 5 minutes at a time
3. Central Market Macaroni & Cheese -- such a treat
4. Getting to actually leave school when my kids do
5. Watching some of my students develop a LOVE of reading

Monday, February 02, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 6

1. the Crossing Guard at our school waving at me every morning
2. blaring and singing loudly to Oh Happy Day from Sister Act 2 on the way to school
3. recess
4. laughing at The Bachelor with Carrie
5. The Office

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Grace in Small Things -- Day 5

1. Springtime weather in February

2. Improving my running pace...a TINY bit at a time

3. Sitting outside at Starbucks

4. Getting to read for fun

5. Superbowl party with friends