Schoola – Help the Earth and a School of Your Choice

I can’t help myself.  I just have to promote Earth Day here on my site.  After all, I am a science teacher!  Tomorrow, April 22nd, is Earth Day and we’ve been busy at school discussing ways that we can reduce, reuse, and recycle.

I recently discovered Schoola.  The program works like this:

You clean out your closets.  You request a postage paid donation bag for your gently used clothing.  You send in your donations.  They are priced to sell through Schoola and the school that you have designated as your choice receives 40% of the profit.  Checks are mailed to the schools twice a year.  All schools in the United States are eligible.

Don’t want to donate?  You can also shop for clothing through Schoola.  There are many items that are new with tags.  I LOVE getting gently used clothing for my girls.  There are pieces for both genders and all ages.

It’s a win-win-win.  You’ve helped the environment.  You’ve cleaned out your closets.  You’ve contributed cash to your favorite school.
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If you have questions, please let me know!  You can follow any of the links above to get started!

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My kids are great, except when they’re not

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I beam with pride.  I tear up watching them.  I get a lump in my throat when I’m responding to your compliment about them.  I whisper thank you’s and prayers for them.  I do have great kids.  I said it out loud.  They just bless me.

Those are the days when it’s easy.  The moments that I remember that all that I’m doing is God-ordained and worth it.  What a treasure, these blessings that call me moma.  I’m filled up.  All smiles.

 

Then the clock strikes, or somebody looks at somebody, or the witching hour begins for the younger three or…… I don’t even know what happens to bring it on.

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There is shrieking.  Knocked over lego castles.  Windex sprayed in eyeballs. More shrieking. No one to play with.  Two on one end of the seesaw with the other dangling high.  Bike wrecks caused by a bad driver.  Hair getting stepped on.  Paintings get painted over.  Toes getting stubbed on dolls left out.   Sharpie marker appears on the house.  Lots of it. Tattling. Reporting.  It’s all the same.

Tempers flare.  Sometimes mine is included.

Toys get snatched.  That’s usually not me.

Games get abruptly ended.  Yes, I’ll claim that.

It’s over.

It really is over.  My patience is done.  Everybody is getting a bath.  It’s bath time. Except we only have two bathtubs…ugh!   Two of you have to be together.  Who’s the least offended?  They get partnered.

Oh, these glorious days.  These wonderful, wonderful days. 🙂

 

 

What to do when the skies aren’t blue?

Life feels wonderful when things are just ticking along like clockwork.  The skies are blue and the sun is out.  The birds might even be singing a little song.

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Except that’s really not what life seems to be like most of the time.  In just the past few days, I’ve had family and friends in my immediate circle who are facing many trials.  The trials are all different. And all big. And all scary.  Health issues for themselves and for their spouses, children with addictions, the death of a father and husband and many more that I’m sure I don’t even know about.  So what do you do when it seems that the sky isn’t blue, when it is clouded and gray and filled with rain?

  1. Find a friend to talk to.

    You don’t have to go it alone.  When you are troubled, when you are overwhelmed, then find a friend.  In your friend group, find someone who has a heart and an ear to listen….or find that friend that you can just “vent” to!  If you don’t have a friend that fills that role, reach out to a local counseling service. Many are free or inexpensive. If you don’t know where to start, Focus on the Family can help you to find a counselor in your area.  You can also be that person for someone else.  Often, I find that listening to others helps me to realize that I’m not so alone in my trials.  It may also help me to see that my trials aren’t as big as I thought.

  2. Be grateful.

    Now this one is hard.  When you are in the middle of a trial, it is hard to be thankful.  But there is always, always something to be thankful for.  Many people keep a gratitude journal.  Writing down the things that you are thankful for is a good reminder of how blessed most of us really are.  Do you have warm water to have a shower?  Do you have food in the refrigerator?  Are you well?  Do you have a job that helps you to pay your bills?  Did you sleep in a bed last night?  Do you have people who love you?  Yes?  You are blessed.

  3.  Pray and be patient.

    John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  Your trouble is temporary.  Persevere.  Wait for your sunshine and blue sky.  They will come. Appreciate them when they do.

  4. Take a break if you can.

    It is amazing what a few minutes “outside” of that mindset can do for your perspective.  Get alone, or with a group, for a few minutes and do something that allows you to shift your focus.  This might be listening to music, going for a walk, calling a friend, painting, reading, taking a bubble bath, sitting outside, whatever!  Do something that refreshes you and renews your ability to tackle whatever you’re facing.

My favorite line that I use often is still true.  This, too, shall pass.

Have a great Tuesday!