Sunday, April 11, 2010
I love Little House on the Prairie. When I was little my mom read me ALL of the original chapter books. I love imagining the pioneer times. My friends and I, in the picture above, used to play "Old Fashioned". We covered my 4 poster bed with sheets to turn it into a covered wagon. My loving mom eventually sewed enough bonets for all of us to wear, along with old clothes that seemed fitting to the time period. The picture above was taken one year for Halloween, but we really dressed up and played Old Fashioned often.
I also love the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I love how her family grew up believing in Christianity and that Ma and Pa expected their children to do what they were told (why did that ever go out of style?) I love that Laura was so close to her sister Mary. I love that Laura became a school teacher. I love that Laura met and fell in love with Almanzo Wilder after a sweet courtship. When I reread the book about Laura and Almanzo a few years ago it reminded me of falling in love with Ryan.
In 2nd grade we study the prairie and we get to watch certain episodes of Little House on DVD that incorporate life back then on the prairie, economics, and the use of natural resources. I don't think I've ever been so thankful for a TEK. Most of my kids really enjoy watching the show even though its so different from anything they'd normally watch. One year we even wrote a class book called Little Class on the Prairie after a field trip to a preserved prairie in Denton.
So tonight I'm just sitting here on the couch, enjoying my Little House. Right now it's actually the newer made for TV movie with different actors. My mom doesn't like the new one but I do because the girls look a little like the girls that my mom nannys for. If they ever need a new actress for grown up Laura, or maybe even Ma, I volunteer to play the role.
The ironic thing is that to most people, even some teachers, it wouldn't be a sad moment. This is a student who is challenging and who I had to frequently hold his hand as my class walked down the hallway. But beneath the outer layer, this little kid had a big heart. When he would apologize to me, I knew he meant it. He knew who the "good" kids in class were and admired them, even if that admiration didn't quite show in a normal way.
As a teacher, I have discovered that the kids that are the hardest, the most challenging, are the ones that I keep closest in my heart. Even after each year passes, those are the kids- somehow always boys- that I continue to pray for even after they've moved to the next grade, or in most cases, have moved away. So I'll keep praying for my little friend and I hope that he makes good friends at his new school.
Monday, April 5, 2010
One reason we stayed with my parents was to visit my Uncle Paul. Paul lives in New Jersey so we don't get to visit with him very often.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Watch the video for a short clip of Ashley playing.
Right now Ashley and her band are in a contest to win 6 weeks worth of hotel stays so that they could go on tour. Please go to www.rockyourselftosleep.com and vote for her. It would be such an awesome opportunity if they won!!!!