"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!" - Buddy the Elf

It's been quite some time since I wrote my last blog, and to say I've been busy is the biggest understatement I could speak of!

Since my last post, I've finished coaching volleyball, gotten more involved at church, and have given many homework assignments as well as many tests and quizzes - all which need to be graded, and, just, UFFDAH!

Another event that I have been sharing with my family, is grieving the passing of my grandpa, Marvin.

November 14th, 2014, my dad called me at school and delivered the news, and suddenly, I felt as though my life would never be the same again... and I don't believe it will... but probably not in the way you're thinking... you'll have to keep reading!

My grandpa was a fun-loving man. He enjoyed telling jokes, stories about his time in the Navy, and loved to be with people and see them smile.

A special fact about my grandpa, is that his birthday is the day after mine. When I was born, my mom and dad called to deliver the news to their parents that I had arrived! My grandpa said "oh, couldn't you have just held her in, ONE more DAY?" You can about imagine my mom's response!!!

I am very glad my grandpa and I didn't share a birthday... and not for selfish reasons. Having separate birthdays meant one more phone call, one more card, and one more memory, every year, between the two of us... one more act of love to cherish the rest of my life.

Heading into the Christmas season this year, I wasn't sure if I would feel very "cheery" or "jolly". It doesn't make any sense when grief weighs heavy.

However... have you ever just sat in a decorated house on the couch and listened to Christmas music? Or, lead children in song as they sing in the church Christmas program and tell the story of Jesus' birth? Have you ever sat in your merrily decorated classroom and just enjoyed the sight of Christmas?

Christmas Spirit... it runs Santa's sleigh... it's what makes Reindeer fly... it led the Shepherds and Wisemen to the stable to witness the birth of Christ... but it can also change a heart.

Epiphany's are what drive my life-lessons... it usually takes me a while to understand why things are happening in life, and then when I finally do, it hits me upside the head like a good Gibb's slap!!!

I was sitting in my grief, letting it run my life.

The day of my grandpa's funeral was one of the most beautiful days of my life. We celebrated in love, laughter, and tears. We shared stories, cried, and mourned.

What happened after? Miss Sanders found her Christmas Spirit.

I began taking a look at what I needed to do for others... whether that was something as simple as being more intentional with my students, or something as difficult as giving my time and money for the greater good.

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singling loud for all to hear!"

I began spreading Christmas Cheer... by singing loud for all to hear? Kinda!

As Buddy the Elf would say, anyone can sing! I don't mean the typical vocal singing, although that's an option! I mean this...

What are you doing to spread Christmas cheer? Are you singing loud enough for all to hear?

Is what you are doing for some, spreading to others? Could your acts of kindness or generosity fly Santa's Sleigh?

Truth is... if you believe they could fly Santa's Sleigh... they will change your heart. And you will begin to see a change within. You will live with intention.

I have always loved my job, but I have began to teach with intention... every act that I do, every word I say, every assignment I assign or test I give... they are for the success of my students.

In my relationships with others, my actions and words... are they loving as Christ loved?

So, in the Spirit of Christmas... and all through the year... ask yourself:

"Would this fly Santa's Sleigh?"

"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!" - Buddy the Elf

It's been quite some time since I wrote my last blog, and to say I've been busy is the biggest understatement I could speak of!

Since my last post, I've finished coaching volleyball, gotten more involved at church, and have given many homework assignments as well as many tests and quizzes - all which need to be graded, and, just, UFFDAH!

Another event that I have been sharing with my family, is grieving the passing of my grandpa, Marvin.

November 14th, 2014, my dad called me at school and delivered the news, and suddenly, I felt as though my life would never be the same again... and I don't believe it will... but probably not in the way you're thinking... you'll have to keep reading!

My grandpa was a fun-loving man. He enjoyed telling jokes, stories about his time in the Navy, and loved to be with people and see them smile.

A special fact about my grandpa, is that his birthday is the day after mine. When I was born, my mom and dad called to deliver the news to their parents that I had arrived! My grandpa said "oh, couldn't you have just held her in, ONE more DAY?" You can about imagine my mom's response!!!

I am very glad my grandpa and I didn't share a birthday... and not for selfish reasons. Having separate birthdays meant one more phone call, one more card, and one more memory, every year, between the two of us... one more act of love to cherish the rest of my life.

Heading into the Christmas season this year, I wasn't sure if I would feel very "cheery" or "jolly". It doesn't make any sense when grief weighs heavy.

However... have you ever just sat in a decorated house on the couch and listened to Christmas music? Or, lead children in song as they sing in the church Christmas program and tell the story of Jesus' birth? Have you ever sat in your merrily decorated classroom and just enjoyed the sight of Christmas?

Christmas Spirit... it runs Santa's sleigh... it's what makes Reindeer fly... it led the Shepherds and Wisemen to the stable to witness the birth of Christ... but it can also change a heart.

Epiphany's are what drive my life-lessons... it usually takes me a while to understand why things are happening in life, and then when I finally do, it hits me upside the head like a good Gibb's slap!!!

I was sitting in my grief, letting it run my life.

The day of my grandpa's funeral was one of the most beautiful days of my life. We celebrated in love, laughter, and tears. We shared stories, cried, and mourned.

What happened after? Miss Sanders found her Christmas Spirit.

I began taking a look at what I needed to do for others... whether that was something as simple as being more intentional with my students, or something as difficult as giving my time and money for the greater good.

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singling loud for all to hear!"

I began spreading Christmas Cheer... by singing loud for all to hear? Kinda!

As Buddy the Elf would say, anyone can sing! I don't mean the typical vocal singing, although that's an option! I mean this...

What are you doing to spread Christmas cheer? Are you singing loud enough for all to hear?

Is what you are doing for some, spreading to others? Could your acts of kindness or generosity fly Santa's Sleigh?

Truth is... if you believe they could fly Santa's Sleigh... they will change your heart. And you will begin to see a change within. You will live with intention.

I have always loved my job, but I have began to teach with intention... every act that I do, every word I say, every assignment I assign or test I give... they are for the success of my students.

In my relationships with others, my actions and words... are they loving as Christ loved?

So, in the Spirit of Christmas... and all through the year... ask yourself:

"Would this fly Santa's Sleigh?"