Sunday, June 1, 2014

Can you give me one of your Saturdays.

So at age 30 I am STILL humbly learning life lessons from my mom. A few weeks before Easter my mom asks me a question. "Can you give me one of your Saturdays?"
As a young single adult, working with kindergarteners day after day, Saturdays are precious! I roll my eyes and say, "What do you need help with?"(Not getting the Daughter of the Year award after that...)
 I let my mind fast forward and thought, does she need help cleaning out the shed, or attaching a photo to an email- my patience in teaching her technology is gone.
She replies, I don't need help with anything. My mind didn't really hear her and I rambled off some Saturday that I would begrudgingly spend time *helping* her do something.
Well, Easter Sunday comes. I was supposed to go over and help her the previous day. I thought she would remind me or call me or something. She didn't.
She says, "Yesterday you were supposed to come over. "  I said Oh shoot. You should have reminded me. She says, "No, I wasn't going to remind you. This was going to be on your terms."
Well turns out, my wonderful and loving mother had set up an Easter girls day for us. We were to get our hair cut, pedicures and lunch. "This was going to be your Easter present." she said.
Me now feeling like a complete idiot and trying not to act like I cared, said oh can we still do it?
You can bet what her answer was....No.
I was truly humbled. There were no others words for how I felt. Humbled. 

Sometimes we are asked to do things, and we may not yet see the benefits or blessings that come from doing what we were asked to do.
A lot of times, blessings come from within the heart. A simple peaceful feeling knowing you helped someone, a moment that allows you to grow closer to Heavenly Father. These opportunities are blessings that allow us to become more like our Savior. We may be stretched at times, but HE knows exactly what He is molding us in to.  It may be painful, lonely or hard, but with Heavenly Father by our side, we can get through!
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Now go listen to Julie de
Azevedo's "Masterpiece."  #14
"Write your will upon my heart, mold my soul to your design."

I Love you 206

My cute friend Emily recounted this story in her
lesson at church today:

In a father-son game of "I love you more," Dave Barlow thought he had his 6-year-old son, Sam, beat.
"I love you infinity," the father would say.
A short time later, Sam came home from school and stumped his father with "Dad, I love you 206!"
Seeing the confused look on his father's face, Sam explained he had just learned that the human body consisted of 206 bones.
"Dad, that's every bone in my body!" the boy exclaimed.

How often do we truly love with EVERY PART OF US? Sometimes I find myself "loving" others with 103 parts of me-Not fully, but Half.  I put loving in quotes, because in order to love fully, you love with your all.   I feel that sometimes I am guilty of serving not only with part of me, but often with the mentality of  "What will I get out of this." As Dwight Shrute would say, False. We were commanded to love one another. Not to gain something in return, but to truly love others like HE loves us.  When we first understand and truly FEEL HIS LOVE for us, individually we then in return can begin loving others, using that SAME love! 
So, my new goal, loving with all 206 of me!
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bear Bucks and Blessings

I was contemplating my life during church one Sunday, and this little gem of knowledge came popping in....At school when I see students making good choices, or doing good work I give them a
Bear Buck. Bear Bucks are used for when we have "store." Students get to use their money to buy items at the store.
One thing that bothers me is when I offer a child a Bear Buck and they immediately say, "Do I get two?" Or students will be cleaning their center, and then proceed to ask if they get a Bear Buck because they were cleaning. They try to do good things just to earn that bear buck.
I usually tell them, "If you ask for one, you won't get it."

A thought came into my mind, "Kaija. ENJOY THE BLESSINGS THAT I HAVE ALREADY GIVEN YOU."  Enjoy that Bear Buck. I am so grateful that the Lord doesn't tell me, "If you ask me for one (blessings) you won't get it." He blesses me with what He knows and sees fit. I needed this little reminder to realize the blessings He has given me.

Oh the many things I am taught in the classroom!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Feelin Lucky?!

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Remember when Valentine's Day was about picking the perfect  Barbie or GI Joe Valentine card? Searching for the best candy, and having fun assembling it for your classmates and friends? Well, I just got approximately 40 of those sweet cards.  
Remember when you would throw away the ones that came without candy? Well l loved every single card I got, including that one without candy, because it demonstrates giving from the heart!   Kids pick out what they think is the BEST, for their friends.

It wasn't until just now that I realize. I. love. Valentine's. Day.  I used to think this holiday was just for those who were happily in love. Well guess what, as Dwight Shrute says... FALSE.
We have one day where we are reminded to do something  we should already be doing. Loving othersShowing people that you care about themTreating one another a bit more kindly. It's a day for turning your heart outward.