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A Sparkly Hodgepodge!

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for the Hodgepodge!  I love the fun questions Joyce came up with, and I think you will too!  Play along by posting your own answers.  The more the merrier (get it…merrier?  LOL).

1.  So, when did you last take a walk in the woods? A stroll along the beach? A drive going nowhere in particular in the car?

Well, I cannot remember when I last went walking in the woods.  I’m not a very outdoorsy kind of gal.  I’ve been to the beach recently.  I live about five miles away from one, but have I actually strolled on the beach?  Nope.  There’s a mall there that I like.  I also can’t say that I’ve driven in my car with nowhere in particular in mind.  I am a girl of purpose who doesn’t see much besides a classroom, a gym, and other sports venues where my students might be playing.

2.  Are you sending Christmas cards this year?  About how many do you send?  Photo card or something more traditional?  How do you display the cards you receive?

I quit sending cards many years ago.  The cost of postage was too much to fork out around Christmas.  I do display my cards on the fridge or various tabletops.

3.  What’s a word you’ve heard too much of in the past week?

If you read my Random Thought last week, you’ll remember that my students made me aware of a new word…


Well, that word keeps coming up…ALL THE TIME!!  One of my students called a female student “ratchet” when she got up to do work at the Smart Board.

For this girl, it was a compliment because she is not nasty in the slightest bit.  She’s the cutest thing who always dresses impeccably.

Then, that same day, a different student called me ratchet.

I was mortified!

Until I realized that he was complimenting me on my outfit.


I seriously have heard my students use this word almost every class period every single day.


4.  December 13th is National Cocoa Day-are you a fan?  Plain or flavored?  Marshmallows or no marshmallows?

Yes, I am a fan of hot chocolate…especially the Peppermint Hot Chocolate that Starbucks sells.  I can do without the marshmallows.

5.  What is something you do to help alleviate the hectic pace of the Christmas season?

I allow the Mr. to do the majority of the Christmas shopping.  He enjoys shopping.  I do not.

6.  Besides jewelry, what’s a favorite sparkly-glittery item in your home or closet?

On Black Friday, I bought a red sparkly shirt from Kohl’s.





7.  Share a favorite line or two from any Christmas carol.

Breath of heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, breath of heaven
Breath of heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me your holiness for You are Holy

8.  My Random Thought

If you didn’t read yesterday’s post, you might want to take a peek at it, for today’s Random Thought is related to it.

Yesterday, I was having a good day until a couple of my students told me that another gal in the class wouldn’t be back…that she either had moved or was moving.

I went to Guidance to inquire further because the little girl was still showing up on my roster.  The lady wasn’t sure but said she would make a phone call.

This student of mine came to me through pretty traumatic circumstances, so trying to figure out if she had been withdrawn was something we were going to have to be proactive about.

The guidance lady had not gotten back to me by the end of school, so I paid her a visit.

Let me tell you that you never want to hear the words, “I didn’t want to send this to you through email…”

It was not a good indicator of what was to come.

It turns out that my little student will not be returning to school because of some new circumstances.

They’re not the good kind either.

I’m not talking jail or anything, but still, the uncertainty of her new situation is bad.




This makes three of my girls I will have lost by Friday’s end as I also learned that my other student (the second one I blogged about yesterday) will, indeed, be leaving with her father on Friday.

This.  Job.  Is.  Difficult.



Heart wrenching.

Would you mind saying a prayer for my little “H”?

She needs it.


Please, also, pray for teachers as we constantly come into contact with babies such as those outlined in yesterday’s post and today’s Random Thought.

Thanks y’all!

5 Responses

  1. Cute top! And I love that Amy Grant song. I will say a prayer for your special student today.

  2. your hubs does the shopping??? I’m impressed!!!!

    LOVE that Kohl’s shirt! Perfect for the holidays! I need a good outfit for my hubs Christmas party Saturday.

    Breath of Heaven makes me tear up EVERY.TIME!!!!

  3. I wish my husband enjoyed shopping. He thinks making the money is his contribution which is great but if something ever happens to me no one will get a thing! Cute top from Kohl’s.

  4. I Love the top/ I hope it will brighten your spirits in the coming term with so many comings and goings.

  5. You can definitely count on prayers from me! It does sound like a heartbreaking situation. So very sorry. Oh, how I love that top of yours! Razorback red…just what I need! 🙂

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