Dia De Los Muertos

Good morning! 

Today is Halloween. It’s also the beginning of Dia De Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.  a holiday observed from October 31st through November 2nd.

The school where I work is primarily Hispanic. Many from their culture celebrate Dia De Los Muertos.

So guess what we are doing this week? Celebrating it in our classroom! Yesterday we ended the day with coloring sugar skulls. Each student picked their favorite skull, and yes, Mrs. Carnes was right there in the middle of them!  I love to color!  This was mine.

We’ll be displaying them outside our room in honor of the holiday.

As I’ve studied about this holiday, the students have taught me a thing or two.  I love hearing them talk about what their particular family traditions are. The foods they eat. I love the idea that it is not a time to be sad or scared of death, but rather to celebrate life. Families build altars of photographs and food and drink and candles and marigolds. They sing and dance and tell stories in honor of their loved ones that are no longer living.

Do you have loved ones who no longer walk amongst us on this Earth that you pay tribute to in some way?  

This is your time to honor them! Those of you that join me in Christian beliefs have hope that one day we will be united with those loved ones.  

Let the party begin! I’m sure it will last much longer than the three days of Dia de los Muertos! 

Here’s to all my Hispanic friends. May you feel the presence of your deceased loved ones at this holiday time. 

I know I long for the day myself when I can see my mother and grandparents again.  I say hasta la vista not adios to my loved ones. Until we meet again.

Happy Halloween! And happy Dia De Los Muertos my friends!

For we believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.                                            1Thessalonians 4:14

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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Lavender Cake

Good morning!

Thursday after school one of my colleagues from Kendall-Whittier voluntarily gave up her precious time to share some of her teaching strategies and curriculum with myself and another fellow teacher. This is her last year of teaching. She will be retiring. She is passing on her legacy. Her wisdom. Her experience. Her secrets. Her successes. With me. And I’m honored. 

As we parted that day, our conversation soon drifted to dinner, then chicken, then Bread and Butter Kitchen and Bakery, then lavender cake. She shared with us that she loves their lavender cake.

So I went and got some. They had two pieces left. One for her and one for me. Mine to share with my husband. After all, it did come highly recommended by her. I had to try it. 

Who said God doesn’t give us the desires of our heart? She and I both got ours. It was a win-win kind of day! 

If you read my blog this summer, you might remember I had lavender lemonade at a wedding. That I fell in love with at first sip. I couldn’t wait to try lavender cake!  lt looked and smelled divine!

And it tasted divine as well! There’s no words to describe it! You just have to try it! It’s like a field of tiny purple flowers exploding in your mouth ever so subtly. It may just be my new favorite!

No wonder I love lavender so! Even God loves it! It just may be on the banquet tables in heaven! It made it into the bible!

Mint and lavender and all are herbs aromatic.    The Message                          Song of Solomon 4:14

Thank you Mrs. Price! For sharing your knowledge and your love for lavender cake! 

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Incognito

Good morning! 

Yesterday was visual overload for me.  I saw more people in costume in one day than I’ve probably seen in my entire lifetime!  

I participated in Trunk or Treat at the elementary school where I work from 3-5. It’s the largest elementary school in Tulsa Public Schools with an enrollment close to a thousand. Add siblings to our students coming out for free candy and hotdogs,  and you see plethora of costumes! 

Then I attended a Halloween soiree last evening at The Brady. Fill that theatre with adults in costume, and you see everything imaginable. And some you’d rather not imagine! 

The invitation stated black tie or costume required. 

Seeing that my husband is the James Bond kind of guy that he is, we opted for the black tie ensemble. He had a tux, and I easily mustered up a little black dress.

Incognito.

That’s how most chose to come.

I love people watching! There were costumes galore. The couple that accompanied us went as Freud and a Freudian Slip. 

As I sit here and write this, my mind spins with the sights I saw. Such creativity! Pinterest at its finest! Lots of money went into lots of costumes last night.

Incognito.

It works fine for a Halloween party. But how about you? Are you going through life incognito? Hiding the real you behind a mask or makeup? Ashamed of revealing the true you for others to see?

My advice to you is to be real. Genuine. Transparent.  Have no secrets. It’s liberating! It’s how God wants us to be! Take off your mask! Leave it at the Brady! 

Put on the real you that God created you to be! Be proud of who you are. Ask forgiveness for anything that you’re not and start over. Today.   

God sees all and knows all. Mask or no mask.  

Let’s all enjoy the festivities of a day or two of being incognito, but let’s wear the true identity that God created for each of us when the costumes come off at three strikes past the bewitching hour.   

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.                Hebrews 4:1 

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Soup

Good morning! 

We all have our go to foods. Our favorites.  Mine has always been soup and salad. I’m not much of a meat and potatoes kind of girl. It’s salad in the summer, and soup in the winter for me. 

It’s fall. There’s nothing I enjoy better than a big, steaming bowl of soup to warm my spirits. Especially with fall flavors. Butternut squash at Stonehorse.  Caramelized carrot and ginger topped with coconut gelato at Bin 35 Bistro. Autumn squash at Panera. And I’m always game for a hot bowl of chili! Yum!

Do you know what else makes you feel all warm inside?

Our Heavenly Father. His son, Jesus Christ. And the Holy Spirit that dwells inside us. We can carry around that warm feeling with us every day, not just at meal time, if we just believe. 

It’s fall. It’s beginning to get chilly out. Why not stay warm on the inside as well as the outside? Enjoy pouring up a temporary hot bowl of chili to warm your physical being, AND a permanent relationship with The Trinity to keep warm your spiritual being! 

I remember the Lipton instant soup commercials as a child and their slogan, is it soup yet? 

We don’t have to wait for it to be soup to warm our souls. Why not join me in warming yours? Let the Holy Spirit pour God’s love into your heart today!

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.    Romans 5:5

Love and laughter,

Sandy

I Scream! You Scream! We All Scream For Ice Cream!

Good morning!

We won! 

Room 309 won an ice cream sandwich party for their anti-bullying poster. Woo hoo! That was something to scream and shout about! My students made it by themselves. And they themselves reaped the benefits. At 1p.m. yesterday there were ice cream sandwiches for all the winners! What is it about ice cream that we all want to scream about? That we love? The coolness? The creaminess? The sweetness? The variety of flavors? 

For me it’s all of thst. It’s pure comfort food. My all-time favorite is Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato. But I’ll venture out and enjoy many other flavors. What’s your favorite?  What do you want to scream and shout about?

Let’s all enjoy our sweet, cool treats for sure, but let’s also scream and shout about things that truly matter. Like our Lord. He’s worthy of our screams and shouts. For joy. Let’s be glad in Him. Not just our frozen treats. 

What has He recently done to make you scream and shout for joy? My list is endless! Let’s all give thanks to him for our blessings from above.

Yesterday in room 309 it was ice cream. šŸ˜ŠšŸ¦ I can’t wait to see what today brings. How about you?

Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause: and let them say continually, the Lord be magnified, who delights in the peace of his servant.                                    Psalm 35:27

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Bacon

Good morning! 

I had a training session Tuesday afternoon and had to stay late at work. As I entered work on Wednesday I was told there were donuts in one of the Assistant Principal’s office waiting as a thank you. 

Have you ever seen such a sight?

At first sight, I thought it was chocolate shavings. But instead it was a bacon maple glazed donut! 

I’m usually not a doughnut fan. They are too sweet. And I rarely eat bacon. But this I couldn’t resist! It was like “fair food”. I just had to try it for the mere reason that I tried such a thing. I put it in the microwave for the proverbial 8 seconds that we all have learned from Krispy Kreme when they first came out. The optimal time to heat a donut. I couldn’t eat cold bacon. It had to be warmed up.  At first bite it tasted like pancakes and bacon in one scrumpdelicious bite! I was hooked! It just might have been the best thing I’d ever tasted!

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming  down from the father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.                                                James 1:1

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Unity Day

Good morning! 

I’m wearing orange. Ask me why.

Today is Unity Day. The day to wear orange. The day to unite together against bullying. 

We have spent this last month observing National Bullying Prevention Month at Kendall-Whittier. We took part in Project Connect. We each wrote a message on our own link of a unity chain hung in our library unifying our stand against bullying and dtugs. Our class made an anti-bullying/NO drugs poster which is hung outside our door. 

Today we wear orange. Orange provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity. One out of ecery five students repits being bullied. It’s important that these students know they are not alone, and they have the right to feel safe.

I’m a Cowboy. An OSU Cowboy. I’ve got plenty of orange. How about you?

If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities, help us promote kindness, inclusion, and acceptance in our schools, communities, and the world! Wear orange today. And each and every day help prevent bullying. 

You shall not take vengeance nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.                  Leviticus 19:18

Love and laughter,

Sandy