Saturday, December 17, 2011
Can you tell it is December? I feel like every night has been booked since Thanksgiving and we are just coming up for air. Does anyone else feel that way?
Well, Marty finished his last exam yesterday...yipee! He has been working day and night for the past two weeks on final preparation, papers and group projects. He feels confident that although the tests were hard, he passed them all. We will see when grades are posted.
Last night we finished our Christmas shopping, wrapped everything and enjoyed some time reconnecting at Bread Co. (Panera here in STL) thanks to teacher gift cards. We have a wedding tonight to celebrate the marriage of a seminary friend, and then we are on the road bright and early heading for PA.
I had the sweetest moment with a child yesterday that I want to share with you, even though it is mostly so I remember. One of the students I work with everyday on reading is named David. He provides me with daily laughter because of his cute comments and sweet spirit. He came to find me yesterday as I was doing carpool at the end of the day. He gave me this big bag of baked goods, and I proceeded to tell him thank you and to have a Merry Christmas. Then he looked at me with his first grade voice and big brown eyes and said, " Mrs. Cates, I have really enjoyed reading with you this year. Thank you so much for teaching me how to read. I can't wait to come back to school and read with you more." I teared up like a big baby and so did all the teachers around me :). God is so good to give us these brief moments and glimpses of affirmation, to know that He has planned this job for me, when I didn't want to move out the STL, to help David and kids like him. He knew I would love this job and see other options for me to still teach, yet not be overwhelmed by an entire classroom of students. God is good, all the time!
Friday, November 25, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
|I wish my table looked like this, all white and beautiful!|
|Honey Glazed Carrots|
|Bacon Braised Green Beans|
|Sweet Potato Biscuits|
|Paula Deen's Crunch Top Apple Pie|
|Peanut Butter Pie|
Thursday, November 17, 2011
- a sleepover with my college roomies filled with late night chats, freshly baked cookies, arrested development episodes and a Starbucks run in the morning
- a family game night with my family which includes the game Clue and refried beans and lime chips
- snuggling with my dear friends new little ones LK, Caleb, Luke, and little Baby Hill ( when she arrives)
- an outdoor shopping trip in Richmond with the Cates and an Olive Garden lunch
- a crazy Christmas dinner with my HHS girls filled with life updates and the Greed game
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
|Still long, but touched up and layered|
|Thanks for caring :)|
Monday, November 14, 2011
|Awful bob, posing with a Disney princess ball. This is one of the only pictures I have of the bob which says lots about my true feelings for the bob :)|
Friday, November 11, 2011
This is what we have been up to...
|We took our middle school and high school kids on a Fall retreat. We had a dance party on Saturday night which was a decades theme. I always love a good excuse to dress up in 80s work out gear.|
|Most of the girls were 80s, because that is what is "in" right now. We had a few 50s and 70s girls as well.|
|Field games at the retreat|
|Marty dresses up most Wednesday nights for youth group in some kind of silly skit costume. Christmas card pic?|
|Couch-A-Rama in STL...awesome. We carried a couch under the arch, and were kindly asked to promptly leave after taking our picture by the nice Cop.|
Happy Weekend! This weekend, we are raking leaves for the elderly, attending a chili dinner and a 30th birthday bash. Enjoy your weekend!
Monday, October 31, 2011
What other day of the year can you put on funny clothes and be welcomed at your neighbour’s house? In my neighbourhood Halloween is the only day of the year that that people actually get out of their houses and chat with the neighbours that they don’t know. It is a night of celebrating community."
Click Here to read the whole article- Just some thoughts to mull over while you are enjoying yummy chocolates tonight.
Tonight, we enjoyed the costume parade on campus and got to know some of our new first year neighbors. The best costumes I saw were: Pebbles and BamBam ( 3 year old twins), and a newborn baby dressed as a puffy St Louis Cardinals baseball. After the parade, the kids ran around the 6 apartment buildings and collected as much candy as possible :)
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Our friend won the opportunity to buy tickets to a playoff game against the Phillies this past week while they were playing in St Louis. He invited Marty to go on Tuesday night, which was the night they lost to the Phillies, yet Marty had a great time and even brought home a rally towel :). Last night we went to a local pizza place to watch the Phillies-Cards face-off and cheered with the rest of St Louis to the Cardinals victory.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
- Marty is continually singing the Hebrew alphabet, learning to read backwards and practicing the Hebrew dialect which sounds like he is coughing up a lung
- We celebrated our good friend's wedding over Labor day weekend in Charlottesville, VA. We rented a house with a bunch of friends and family, and caught up with our dear friends from college and Norfolk. It was a whirlwind weekend, with a 12 hour drive there and back, yet worth every minute!
- We have been busy with the youth group at church Here are two videos of what we have been up to with the youth :) Just click on the titles: Gladiators and Gospel (Marty made the tennis ball gun that you see been shot at the end. After many hours of putting together PVC piping, it worked and he was super excited) and Pantyhosers
- I have been busy at work teaching the little ones to read and write. Here is my classroom in a bag :) Thanks Brenda for the great thirty-one bag, the individual compartments are great!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The school year has begun though and that means back to the grind of class and assignments. This semester I am taking a full load of class, 14 hrs to be exact. I've listed my classes below with a little one liner that gives some kind of idea about them. I've also included a link to what I am currently listening to morning, noon and night.
Second Year Fall Semester
Hebrew-Im in beginning Hebrew meaning im learning grammar. Im bad at English grammar, supposedly Hebrew is easier. This is still doubtful.
Church History- I will be learning about the historical Church I think its early to medieval though Im not completely sure. I like history and the Church so this should be good.
Christ and Salvation-This is a systematics/biblical theology class where we learn the specifics of what is taught regarding Christ's role in Salvation.
Christ Centered Preaching- This is where we practice making sure our preaching and thought process about preaching are all GRACE centered. As we learned today all text has a redemptive context.
Educational Ministry Foundations-We learn how to teach, evaluate, and design curriculum. I think we learn other things as well but im not totally sure.
Here is a link to what I am currently listening to. Listen to me
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
|Cute concession stand with candy, popcorn, beer, wine and St Louis' famous Ted Drews custard.|
Monday, August 22, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sweet Frogs. If you have one nearby, give it a try! On Thursday, our good friends in Norfolk had their first baby, and we were thrilled! They invited us to come and see the little one on Friday morning, yet made us wait the whole drive back to Norfolk to discover the sex and the name! The wait killed us, yet we were so happy to find out when we arrived, it made it all worth it!
|Ally looked great and is a total natural|
|Erin, Stacy and I loving baby D|
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
After two weekends of high school graduations, I spent the next weekend with my own high school girlfriends. From Thursday night to Sunday we had sleepovers, great conversations, lots of laughs, lounged by the pool and threw a baby shower for our second Mama to be in our group. Overall, it was a refreshing weekend to be with friends who knew me when I was young, silly and nieve about the world and still love me dearly.