i love the beginning of the song "I Want Candy," because it's so peppy and full of fun! kind of reminds me of my friend, Paulina, who is giving away her very first round of blog candy. if you haven't been over to her blog, you totally have to check it out--Paulina is so classy and creative with all her creations (wow, now that's some alliteration!) and above all that, she's an awesome friend.
she's giving away some great stamps, ribbon, and embellishments, and entering is super easy--go on over now!
in other news, i just got back from Canada where i attended a conference called Missions Fest. i got to go last year, and it was amazing--i got to hear missionaries from all over the world give their perspectives and stories on how God has been working in their lives and in the lives of those they were/ are serving. i have to say, this year was even better--so much encouragement, and i have come back home with a greater burden to lift others up in prayer. if you ever need/ want someone to pray for you, please ask! i'd love to intercede for you.
speaking of prayer, my neighbor, one i don't know well, just got robbed. literally. i went shopping to wal-mart, jo-ann's and sally beauty, and when i came back (8pm), my neighbor said "hey!" and then came over to explain that she'd gotten home when i was leaving (1 1/2 hrs previous) to find her garage door open, the car gone, and tons of valuables missing (including the computer, stereo, etc). i can't imagine having everything taken like that--i'd go crazy! you can think of her and her family... i don't even know her name, but she could use prayer.
also, i gave my 8th graders a journal assignment today:
"Have you ever had someone/ something you love get hurt, or die? How did/ are you dealing with that?"
i know it was a pretty heavy question to ask 13 and 14 year olds, but we're going to be talking about the Holocaust and Anne Frank and i told them they need to prepare themselves now if they haven't already. sad, but true. i thought of that journal prompt because my golden lab, Cookie, got hurt the other day.
she's a sweet, sweet dog, and such a people pleaser. when i was in Canada, my dad brought in the dog and found that she had a humungously swollen jaw area, and dried blood all along her neck and jaw area. she wasn't eating, and was visibly pained. my parents took her to the vet today (so it'd been 2 days), and the abcess (read: MAJOR swelling) had to be drained using a couple of tubes... which are still in her jaw/ neck area. she had to have stiches, get drugged up, and have fluid drained. my parents are taking her back to get the tubes removed in 3 days, she'll get the stiches out in a week, and right now she still looks pretty miserable as you can see from the photo of her face. thankfully, she's okay, and the swelling went down (from about 4/5 inches out from her face to almost normal). the vet said a raccoon probably bit her (!!!) but that she would be okay.
well, i told this story to my 8th graders, not knowing the current vet situation, and i had about 3-5 students visibly crying in class regarding my dog's plight... i've got some emotionally sensitive kids in class (in a good way).
speaking of teaching, i made a teacher's card for my friend Christina who just started her student teaching about 2-3 weeks ago. i know what it was like to start out with no experience, so i'm going to try to bolster her confidence with this handmade cutie:
anyway, i think that's it... i'll be posting more cards very soon i'm sure--i still have to finish some Valentine's and card sets for my church's auction.
have a great night, and thanks for looking!