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8.04.2021

Clear the List




Being a teacher in Honduras is a challenge and even more so during a pandemic. The supplies we can get here are VERY limited. The government has given the green light for some schools to go hybrid but our district will be starting off virtual because of the high contagion rate. So I will be preparing for virtual and eventually we will move to hybrid. We are responsible for all our technological resources, which are hard to get here like I mentioned, and/or super expensive. 

So I made an Amazon wish list for all my needs and wants. Everything on the list will be sent to my parent's stateside address and then they will get it all together and send it down to me.

If you would like to help me out all you have to do is click on the link and choose something that will help me and my students this school year.  All you have to do is click on the link and choose what you want from the list. My Amazon Teacher Wish List.

What is really cool is that T-mobile has been clearing teacher's lists. I know quite a few teacher's who received $500 to clear their list. Definitely, an awesome thing they are doing and more companies should do the same. 


5.21.2021

3 Ways to Eliminate Stress Today


A mother and child walking on the beach with the text "3 Ways to Eliminate Stress Today"
 3 Ways to Eliminate Stress Today


We are living in a world that has changed dramatically over the past year. For some of  you, life may seem to be back to "normal" for others it is nowhere close to that.   As an educator the stress of this past year has been extremely difficult.  We went virtual on March 13, 2020 and have maintained 100% virtual as of present. Over an entire year. 

I have gone through burn out, high stress situations, trying to juggle being a mom and a teacher working at home and at school, two devastating hurricanes, the loss of many friends' and loved one's lives, and long hours sitting in front of a computer in virtual meetings/church/class.

Don't get me wrong. It has not been all bad and stressful; there have been some very memorable moments and wonderful times of refreshment. But the negative has definitely outweighed the good.

I used to think I trusted God completely, but there have been moments of panic and worry which tells me that maybe, at times, I don't trust Him as much as I thought I did. But that is for another blog. 

I recently watched a devotional, in which, the speaker talked about us living in a VUCA world.  VUCA is an acronym for  Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.  So he was saying we have all experienced these at some point, but not all at ONE time, like we are now. It changes everything. We are all trying to process and deal with this situation going on around us and maintain our sanity. (I personally don't know how people are able to handle it all without the Lord.) 

Sometimes, I am so hard on myself-which creates more stress- and I have to keep reminding myself that everyone is dealing with this and no one knows what they are doing. 

Again, for some context, we are missionaries in Honduras.  We were under a strict lockdown for almost all of 2020 (like literally not being able to leave our homes). On top of the corruption and complete breakdown of the health system there were two back-to-back hurricanes that destroyed the country...people are still living on the streets.  If I were to count the amount of people I personally know who have died from COVID it would be over 50, one being my father-in-law.  I have been teaching virtually for over a year and homeschooling my children that would have been starting school in August of 2020.

Life has been crazy but in the craziness we have seen the hand of God in amazing ways.  Through friends, family and supporters we raised over $12,000 to feed the hungry in Honduras and provide food to those affected by the hurricanes.  God has provided for our family in a number of ways, right when we needed it, without even asking. 

So in the midst of the craziness I had to figure out how to cope and as I was seeking help from the Lord I felt him speak these things to my heart. 

1. Morning Devotional Time

This was a game changer for me.  If I don't get up a little earlier and have my quiet time with the Lord most likely it isn't going to happen.  I know not everyone is a morning person but I can guarantee if you start this daily practice it helps to set your whole day in order. Christ first; everything else lines up.


The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

~Psalm 9:9

2. Do What You Love


Don't stop doing what you enjoy.  I love running and taking pictures. Whatever it is that you like to do, DO IT! Try to do it everyday. Put on some worship music and create; read, paint, cook, crochet, garden, or take a walk. Disconnect from social media and do what you enjoy doing. 

3. Quality Time with Family

So some of us have been stuck at home but just because you are at home 
doesn't mean you have had quality time with your family  Make sure you are dedicating personal time to your kids and spouse. Read books to your kids, play some board games, talk to them,  (they are under stress as well). Enjoy your time with your family. 


These three tips may seem like common knowledge.  Obviously, there are many other factors like exercise, eating well, cutting back or cutting out social media that contribute to lowering stress levels, but applying these three steps to my life helped me to be able to cope with stress in a considerable way. 





12.01.2020

Christmas Freebies

 Who loves freebies?

 I know I do. Do you know what I love even more than freebies??? Freebies that are legit freebies, no sign ups, no follow me just real freebies that I can easily download. If you are like me then this is for  you. 

This year has been so crazy and I have hardly blogged. The most recent craziness were the back-to-back hurricanes that hit us (Honduras).  Thankfully, we are good and apart from a leaky roof our home didn't receive damage.  Thousands of others across the country can not say the same.  I will blogging more on the relief efforts soon. 

So here are the FREE things and I hope you enjoy! 

Freebie #1 Scripture Writing Chart for December

This daily writing chart focuses on Luke chapter 2.  You can jump to the bottom of the post and download this bundle.



Freebie #2  Christmas Printable in English and Spanish. 

The bundle has both versions. 



Freebie #3 Christmas Phone Wallpaper in English and Spanish.

 Just take a screenshot and save the picture to your phone.






Freebie #4  iOS 14 Christmas App Icons

If you need a tutorial on how to add the icons to your phone you can watch here: Aesthetic iOS 14 Tutorial 



Click here for your freebie bundle.


Click here for your aesthetic Christmas app icons.