As you know, we are expecting one addition in February. That's about 4 months from now. We are also working on another addition to be finished at the end of January- an addition to our house. They started the dirt work this week. So far they have torn down the carport and removed all the grass from the backyard. Here are some pictures of the work so far. At least I will have something to blog about over the next few months...
Last night I finished one of the best books I have read in a while, "Same Kind of Different as Me". I started reading it because I thought it was the male version of "The Help", which I also loved. It was very different. The book tells the true story of a sharecroper in Louisiana in the mid 20th century. It also tells the story of a man who started out poor and became a very wealthy art dealer.
Not only does it tell about their lives, it tells how they came into each others lives and the changes they made once they became friends.
This book really makes you think about yourself as a person. How you view others, how others view you, and what things you do to make a difference.
And, it has a very sad twist. Not quite expected when you begin reading. I cried for a lot of the book. (Yes, I am emotional now, but I think anyone would find it sad).
The book also makes you think about your relationship with God. You find yourself asking the same questions as one of the authors. But, it isn't one of those things that makes you feel bad about yourself. It just makes you want to do more than you are already doing.
Please read this. I am very glad I did. It will really make you appreciate the things you have in your life, not just material possessions, but the people and experiences as well.
My favorite quote from the book is "I woke up". A simple blessing that most of us take for granted. If you can think of nothing else to be thankful for in a day, this can be your thanks to God. That you woke up and that you have the opportunity to live another day and make a difference to someone.
Seriously Les Miles? I don't think I can take up for you any longer. Did you learn nothing from the Ole Miss game last year? We are STILL hearing about it. How are you not? For those of you that missed the "plays" here they are:
In celebration of Fall my class painted pumpkins today. They turned out really cute and I heard some of my kids saying this was the best day ever! I guess so- they didn't have to clean the mess!! In all seriousness, I love to do things like this with my class because they work so hard all day every day. They really need some fun time. PS- this is EXHAUSTING to do as a teacher. Not quite sure what our Christmas craft will be. Something low key. Enjoy the pictures!