a grateful {teacher's} heart + weekend snapshots | olive june
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a grateful {teacher's} heart + weekend snapshots

what a productive weekend. as i have mentioned several times, the packing has gone well so far… we've enjoyed spending time together and were able to get lots done.  sorry- you are all probably getting sick of me talking about the move- it's just a pretty big deal going on at the moment. speaking of- TODAY IS THE DAY- CLOSING DAY!!!! yay! we are both so proud and so excited to move into our dream home. we love the house, neighborhood, being a mile from the city- everything about it. i will let you all know how it goes, but hopefully by my next post- we will be homeowners for the first time ever. we have big plans for today, which i am excited to hopefully share with you this week. it should be a very memorable and special day. let's just say let the christmas season officially begin for the monacos!
i found this photo of me {age two} feeding my sister- my first forever friend
it appears i hated getting my photo taken at an early age but loved babies- sounds about right.
i also came across lots of other old photos and cards from my sister and from very special friends
this one was from 2008- i love her so much. 
yesterday i took a break from packing 
for a little diy project/some wrapping
i created this floral gift topper
tutorial coming soon:
it was super easy and i love the way it turned out!
only downfall… i got white paint in my hair while making it and woke up to what looks like gray hair on the top of my hair-on the day of our closing- perfect. :)
…brown paper packages tied up with strings- these are a few of my favorite things…

a grateful heart: 
… many of you know that i teach 8th grade language arts...
i know what you are thinking - i get this reaction all.the.time:
'oh my gosh- you are so brave - aren't they horrible?
… i was so bad in 8th grade- how do you do it?!'
with one exception last year {it was my roughest year in eight years}
i have loved teaching 8th grade
did i ever think i would love this age group- no way.
am i grateful for the experience- beyond words.
i was devastated when i was moved up from 7th grade in 2009,
but ended up loving it so much more.
and this year has been wonderful so far!
i love all of my students and despite what most of society thinks… they are awesome.
they really are.
they definitely get a bad rep, but {most} are much better than people give them credit for--
i can talk to them like young adults and they inspire me daily; they give me hope in the next generation's ability to emphasize.
no day is the same and each afternoon, i leave feeling so grateful for my interactions with them.
a few weeks ago i decided to incorporate my gratitude project into my classroom
{i encourage you all to join me on the 29th of every month}
i wrote, "i am grateful for…" on the board and told them to come up and write whatever they are grateful for- simple or deep- on the board throughout the block.
i was blown away.
they even created a hashtag for insta- #monacosgratitudeproject ;) 
the first boy came up and wrote, 'for being able to wake up each morning.'

some of the other students wrote:
so grateful to be me 
grateful for my friend- my soul sister
love and respect for myself
my dad surviving cancer
food
volunteer workers
wifi
my cat 
my mom
my brother surviving his anxiety 
having a roof over my head
for wonderful teachers {awe}
peace
compassion
my health
*and so many more meaningful responses*
i told you they are awesome.
Grateful Heart Linkup w/ Ember Grey
what are you most grateful for today?

10 comments:

  1. It sounds like you have a wonderful group of students! That age group can be a lot of fun, I had a mix of both the hard and the fun, I enjoy working with that age group when I get a chance. The DIY project you did looks cute! :)

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    1. I really do- so blessed for them! thank you so much for your sweet comment. they are the best. xo

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  2. HAPPY CLOSING DAY!!! So excited for you two! I'm glad the packing is going well and I hope the move is equally smooth and memorable.

    And at least it's not a legit gray hair. That would be MUCH worse. :o) Apparently I have some grays but they're on the back of my head so since I can't see them, they don't exist! ;o)

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    1. awe- thank you. now that we have the most special pillow to remember the day- it's even better!!

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  3. ha! Our post intros are very similar! I worried people would be sick of me talking about our move too but it's like- IT'S THE ONLY THING HAPPENING RIGHT NOW! ;) I'm very ready for other things to take the lead, as I'm sure you are too. It's very exciting though! When is your official move date again?!

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    1. haha- it really was the only thing that was happening. we closed on monday december 15- what a month it has been! can't wait to see your updates soon… xo

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  4. It takes a special person to teach, good for you!! They obviously love you!!

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    1. awe- thank you. i love them as well!! thank you for stopping in… have a great weekend!

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  5. It is so fulfilling to teach students that you know are truly learning and also to make a difference in each of their lives for the better. Wishing you all the best as you settle into your new home as well.

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    1. i couldn't agree more. thank you so much- it's going so well and feels great to be settled in. have a wonderful weekend thank you again! xo

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