Thursday, January 29, 2009
1. Snow Day - I wasn't as excited as Daniel and Katy about our Snow Day on Wednesday, but I was able to work on my Lectureship presentation and get it almost finished.
2. Snookum's - It's almost time for me to go meet my friends for our weekly meal at Snookum's.
3. FHU Basketball - After eating, we'll all go to watch FHU play Trevecca. It's wonderful to be around friends doing things that both of you enjoy.
4. Makin' Music - I've been fortunate this week to get to work on Makin' Music. We had pictures made for the program on Monday night and then the clubs revealed their shows on Tuesday night. I'm so lucky to have Garrett, Kathryn, Chelsea, and Lauren to work with, too.
5. My mom - Today is her birthday. We (my class) called her this morning to wish her a happy birthday. Stacy and I will go on Saturday for an official celebration.
6. Mama Hinson - She was my dorm mom when I went to summer school one summer and lived in Bradfield. She passed away this week. Wayne is helping with her funeral. She was a very sweet lady.
7. Jana's surgery - We're so thankful that Jana's surgery on her hand went so well. We're keeping her in our prayers.
Well, I'm off to meet my friends, and then on to a great basketball game. Hopefully, FHU will win both!!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
1. I'm trying very hard to live the Christian life every day.
2. I am Wayne's wife - for almost 20 years (July 22) - WOW!
3. I have two great kids - Katy (almost 15) and Daniel (11). I love being their mom.
4. I'm a kindergarten teacher. (This year I'm teaching first grade with my kindergarten kids from last yar.) I can't imagine doing anything else. I love it!
5. I have a sister, Stacy. She lives in Madison, AL. Her husband John is in Iraq right now with the National Guard. Please pray for them!
6. I have a brother, Chris. He lives in Orlando, FL. He's an optomotrist. He also loves to travel. In the past few months he's gone to Los Angeles, New York City, and now he's in Utah.
7. My parents are Roger and Ruth Choat. They live in Cherokee, AL. I don't get to see them as often as I'd like but I can feel their love and support every minute.
8. I love watching Daniel play sports. He plays basketball and baseball.
9. I love watching sports period especially Alabama football, Atlanta Braves baseball, and Tennessee Titans football. I'll watch almost anybody play baseball, football, or basketball especially when I'm folding clothes.
10. I'm hooked on 24.
11. I love Little House on the Prarie - books and TV show.
12. I love teaching the four year olds in Bible class on Sundays and Wednesdays.
13. I love to plant flowers.
14. I love peas.
15. My favorite place to eat is Outback. I love their Alice Springs chicken.
16. I do not enjoy public speaking, BUT I'm trying to do better with this.
17. I love Freed-Hardeman University.
18. I enjoy cooking when I have time.
19. Growing up I lived in the same house in Cherokee. Since I've been married, Wayne and I have lived in Cullman, AL; Tuscumbia, AL; and Henderson, TN.
20. I have taught third grade, first grade, and kindergarten.
21. I love Snoopy.
22. My husband and both my kids have Type 1 Diabetes, so I've become a diabetes "expert."
23. I love Disney World. I wish I could go every year.
24. I love studying the Bible. You can always learn something new.
25. I love history. I guess I got that from my daddy. This past week learning about the inauguration and other inaugurations was very interesting to me.
Now I get to tag someone. Let's see. I tag:
I can't wait to see what you put! Have fun...
Friday, January 23, 2009
I am so blessed. I love thinking about the many blessings that I have and to be thankful for all that God has given me.
1. Sonic Cokes - Sometimes a Sonic coke is all that will give me a boost.
2. the Peanut Butter bars I eat for breakfast every morning - Wayne and I went to Sam's one day about two months ago, and they gave us a sample of these peanut butter granola bars. They were so yummy, so we bought a box of them, and I've been eating them for breakfast since. I think I'm on my 4th box now.
3. my new laptop - Wayne gave me a new laptop for Christmas, and I love it!!
4. my new bird dishes that Mother and Stacy gave me for Christmas
5. my bed - I look forward to going to bed every night. It's so comfortable and cozy.
6. Outback Alice Springs Chicken - yum, yum...
7. chocolate covered peppermint sticks
8. my green turtle purse my mother gave me
9. Wii tennis
10. my Alabama windbreaker that Wayne gave me
I have been very fortunate to have such positive role models in my life: my daddy, my mother, my granny, my aunt Evelyn and uncle Tommy, Mrs. Holt, and Coach Hubbard. He was an elder at church. He led singing from the time I can remember and probably led singing last Sunday morning. His children were grown up, so he and his wife "Jean" often took me and Stacy home with them from church on Sunday and entertained us - we roasted marshmallows in their fireplace, collected shells at the river, and ate watermelon. Coach Hubbard used to be a football coach and chemistry teacher in Cherokee. Then he was the principal at Barton Elementary School. He would talk to me about my classes at FHU and later when I started teaching. I would ask his advice about discipline or teaching, and he always had some words of wisdom to share. He love Alabama football, and we often shared opinions about players and coaches. I always knew I had a fan in Coach Hubbard. He also loved his garden and would always share green beans, tomatoes, and watermelons with us. We'd walk out on the carport and there would be some fresh vegetables, and we'd know Hubbard had been there. When Katy was little, she gave him a new name - "Hub". My life has truly been blessed by knowing Coach N.C. Hubbard. I know that he is receiving his reward now in Heaven. I'm sure that my granny has welcomed him and they're probably discussing growing something. I'm praying for Jean, Norman, and James as they've lost their husband and father. Tomorrow will be the visitation and funeral, because Coach Hubbard had told Jean that he did not want his funeral or visitation to be on Sunday. He didn't want to interfere with anyone's Lord's Day or keep anyone who might have to travel from going to services. The church lost a great shepherd and influence for good last night. I hope I can live so that I will be able to see him again in Heaven.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Before we went to play this morning, I had an incident happen with my class. One little girl said that another little girl called her a name. I took the two girls into the hall and talked to them. The answers I received were "No, I didn't. Yes, you did. No, I didn't. Yes, you did." Over and over. Luckily I had playtime to think about what I was going to do about this. Since Christmas I have noticed that the children have been speaking to one another in tones I don't really like, I so moved some kids around (the two girls especially) and gave them one of my famous "sermonettes." They're used to it by now. I talked to them about how we have a new president and how we need to support even even if we didn't vote for him (we talked about the election, so they know I voted Republican). We should pray that he makes good decisions for our country and we should pray for his safety. Someone said something about him being the first black president, and I told them that when I thought about any person I didn't think of their color, I thought of their actions and their heart. President Obama seems to speak to people in a kind way from what I've seen. He would want everyone (even first graders) to speak to each other in kind ways and to treat people the way we would want to be treated. I also told them that if everyone treated others in a kind way, we wouldn't have wars going on. We wouldn't have fights. We wouldn't have a lot of the bad things that happen in the world. I had the children draw a happy face and to write "I will treat everyone in a kind way." Then each child stood, showed their picture, and said "I will treat everyone in a kind way." The afternoon was wonderful. I heard no squabbling, no tattling, no name-calling all afternoon. Hopefully, this will continue tomorrow. I'm anxious to hear what they think President Obama should do as president.
We've had some lively discussions at home with Katy and Daniel about Barack Obama. I just hope that he is able to help our economy and to help the troops finish their job and come home soon. I will be praying that he is successful and that he stays safe and represents our country in a good way.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
1. Parents - Where would I be without my wonderful parents? My mom and dad are both very special to me. I only hope I can be a good parent like both of them are.
2. Prayer - What a very special privilege to be able to talk to God. Prayer is definitely an area that I need to improve upon. I'm working on making Prayer Charts for my four & five year olds in Bible class right now.
3. Peas, Potatoes, and Pickles - My granny could cook peas better than anyone I've ever known. Since she died in 2004, I haven't eaten any peas that come even close to hers. She also made "hot" pickles for us. My mom has just about perfected Granny's hot pickles with her own recipe. I love potatoes in any form - baked, fried, boiled, mashed, chips, French fries, etc...
4. Prince - I love Disney movies and how the girl in the story always gets her prince. I also love how wonderful the prince is and how he treats her. My prince Wayne is also wonderful to me. He's such a great husband, father, and Christian.
5. Priorities - When I was in elementary school, a Bible teacher taught us how to set priorities by using JOY. Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself Last. I still think about this simple lesson when setting my priorities, and I've tried to pass this life lesson on to my own children as well as the children I teach.
6. President - I'm not really big into politics, but I do think it is important for us to pray for our country's leaders. Even though I supported the Republican ticket, I still feel a duty to pray for our new president and his cabinet, the Congress, and all the changes our country is about to undergo (hopefully for the better.)
7. Pizza - especially the $4.99 large pizza special at Domino's.
8. Plants - My granny loved flowers and plants. She always rooted her geraniums, impatiens, and other flowers. She watched the signs and knew just the right time to plant the garden each spring. Both my mother and daddy love working with plants, so it seems like I've been around growing stuff all my life. I love flowers and other kinds of plants. It makes me feel close to those who are no longer around for me to spend time with.
9. Peter and Paul - These men are two of my favorite Bible characters. Peter is so much like many of us - he acted or spoke first and then thought about it. Paul sacrificed so much to tell others about Jesus. Another great Paul to an Alabama fan is Paul "Bear" Bryant. What a coach!
10. Pachyderm - My favorite one is Big Al!!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Katy had a major biology project: an insect collection. She could either compile pictures from books and the internet or collect actual insects and mount them onto a board along with labels, etc. This is my child who screams when she sees a bug - any kind of bug, so I thought she would choose the first of the options. I was wrong. It must be very nice to be able to do an insect collection without actually touching any insects. She called my dad and asked him to collect insects for her and I got out and tried to collect. Our family and friends all pitched in to help Katy - even the children in my class at school. She completed all the mounting by using tweazers, and looked up all the information, typed it, and mounted it to her board. I thought she did a great job, and so did her teacher - she got 100!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Earlier this school year my first grade class was thrilled to attend an assembly about different kinds of animals. This group loves animals, so this assembly was just perfect for them. We were able to see a pot-bellied pig, an armadillo, a pheasant, and two Norwegian rats (ewww!!) At the end of the assembly the kids were so excited when our principal Mrs. Parker gave the pot-bellied pig a big kiss!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Genesis - Beginnings
Exodus - Deliverance
Leviticus - Holiness
Numbers - Disobedience
Deuteronomy - Covenant
Joshua - Victory
Judges - Cycles
Ruth - Faithfulness
1 Samuel - Change
2 Samuel - Consequences (Psalms)
1 Kings - Division (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon)
2 Kings - Destruction (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habbukek, Zephaniah)
1 Chronicles - Heritage (summarizes 1-2 Samuel)
2 Chronicles - Temple (summarizes 1-2 Kings) Ezekiel, Daniel
Ezra - Restoration (Haggai, Zechariah)
Nehemiah - Rebuilding
Esther - Providence
Malachi - Apathy (prepare for the Messiah)
Law: Genesis - Deuteronomy
History: Joshua - Esther
Poetry: Job - Song of Solomon
Major Prophets: Isaiah - Daniel
Minor Prophets: Hosea - Malachi
I've been able to keep up with the assigned reading so far this first week. Hopefully, I can continue to read the Old Testament and learn more about these important stories which were written for our learning and so we can understand the New Testament better.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Last year after Christmas my mother and I were in Belk's shopping, and I showed her the dishes and told her I'd love to have some, so this year she and my sister went in together and got me a set of them. I love them!!
I made lasagna (my aunt's recipe), salad, garlic bread, lemonaide pie, and yellow cake with "Granny" icing. My "Granny" icing didn't set up right, but it did taste ok. I was able to use my new Christmas plates and the plates Wayne got me from the bookstore last year. We enjoyed the meal together, and then the kids went off to play. Carter was once again his usual hilarious self. When they went into Katy's room, he announced, "No, I do not want to watch Makin' Music!!" Poor Carter, LB and Katy always want to watch Makin' Music, don't they?
Finally I went in and asked them if they wanted to open presents, and they came on into the living room to open a new Alabama shirt, a new Barbie and Barbie clothes, a Vera Bradley hipster, a personalized baseball card box, and Alabama serving plates. Even though we exchanged great gifts, the very best gift of all is having such wonderful friends who help us become better Christians every time we're with them. Merry Christmas Damon, Becky, Laura Beth, and Carter from Wayne, Kim, Katy, and Daniel. We love you guys!!
Their trip started with a yummy meal at the Spaghetti Warehouse in Memphis. Wayne had lasagna and Daniel had chicken alfredo.
Then it was time to go to the game! The Grizzlies were playing the Phoenix Suns without Steve Nash. The guys had great seats! Look how close they were to Shaq. They were also pretty close when Amare Stoudemire got thrown out of the game after getting two technical fouls.