Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday's Words for the Week

First let me thank all my sweet friends who emailed me their 2012 Focus Words. Here are some of them:
Jill's word is Serenity. She wants to find more peace in her day.
Cathy's word is Fearless. She wants to let go of fear and trust.
Jay's words are Eyes Wide Open. She wants to be more aware of all the good in her life and give thanks.
Angie's words are Be Still and Know.
Taylor's word is Patience.

Such good words! They are inspirational!
Nothing moves me emotionally or spiritually more than music. I can relate to the words on this button. In fact, there are many times that music IS playing in the background of my mind! Tell me I'm not the only one!

So my words were inspired by a song. I was driving in the car when I first heard the song, Stones Under Rushing Water, on the radio. Good thing I was alone because tears came streaming down my face on hearing it. I was honestly surprised at how it touched me and at my own response.

Where did the years go? How can it be that I've been teaching for over 20 years? How is it that my son is almost 16? What I wouldn't give to go back and live some of those years again! I want to start living at a slower pace with more appreciation for the small moments that I many times take for granted. So my 2012 words are going to be: Live in the Moment.

Do you have any suggestions/help for me with my goal? I love reading motivational or inspirational book. Do you know of any on the topic? I'm touched by the positive responses you all have given about Sunday's Words For the Week. I LOVE to hear your thoughts! Email or comment below if you would like to share your word with us!


  1. Love this post!!! Soooo inspiring and such a great reminder!!! I tend to get caught up in the crazy busy world and forget to live a moment at a time:/ Thanks for the reminder:))

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. I love your blog and I believe, or at least hope that I have shared with you how much I specifically LOVE and look forward to your Sunday's Words for the Week! They help me make sure that I employ the right perspective for the new week. I wish you all the best as you work towards remembering to "live in the moment" this year. :) Nicole

  3. Hi Doris! I have learned so much from you too! :) In response to your question about where I do my guided reading, it is done at the table with the green tablecloth. In fact, aside from one year spent in Title I, I have never had a kidney shaped table in my room. I have always had to use a long rectangular table. I will say that my old table seemed to get less congested at my old school, even though it was the same size, but that was because I had a lot of space, and it was kind of on its own island. This year, my table is tucked in between bookshelves closer to a wall, so it tends to feel a little smaller. I can fit 6-7 kids there with me though, if I need to. I try to keep my groups smaller than that whenever I can though. Hope that helps!

  4. Hi Tara and Nicole,
    It was so awesome to hear from you two! I'm glad you get something from the Word of the Week. A teacher friend and I had been sending them back and forth on Sunday nights for almost two years. We are both procrastinators and that's about when we would be ready to face planning for the week ahead. We got into the practice of "planning our attitudes" along with our lessons. It worked for us and we are so glad to share the thoughts with anyone who wants them!

  5. My word for the year is BREATHE. Sometimes I get so caught up with the hectic ramblings that I forget that breathing is the key to living. Whether I am relaxing or exercising, breathing makes everything easier. Thanks for reminding us to take time to feel.