Thursday, October 31, 2013
This has been a challenge some days and other days it has been easy. Regardless, this challenge has been worth it. I have learned some things about myself. It has been therapeutic, and relaxing at times. The blogging has brought back some memories and created some new ones. As I sit hear tonight, on the eve of my 40th birthday, I reflect back over the past month and the stories, thoughts, reflections, and other things that I have shared with anyone wanting to spend a few moments reading them. This month, though extremely busy has given me a new look on things. The medium of blogging is really an interesting avenue to speak to others. I really don't have much of an idea of who is reading what I am writing. Some people have encouraged me with their compliments and "likes" and I thank you for those. I have a few people who have even messaged me when it has gotten late and they haven't seen the blog yet. It is kind of a thrill to know that other people are wanting to know what I have to say. I really don't think that I have anything all that important to share, but I am willing to share it. And that is the important thing. Willingness. I want to challenge anyone reading this blog to give blogging a try. Maybe you start by just writing and not publishing it to the web or maybe you just dive in and go for it. Whatever your comfortable with but I want you to try it. Do it once a week or maybe even once a month. I was asked this week whether I was going to continue after tonight's post or if I was going to stop once I met the challenge. I don't know if I will blog every night going forward but I know that I will continue to blog. I don't want to stop. It has become a new outlet for me. I will share a little secret with you. What I publish is not always what I originally write. I find it helps to vent in my writing then delete it and write about something else. It helps me to cool down, so to speak.
So I have completed the challenge successfully, so now I need a new goal. I haven't decided on one as of yet, but I have some ideas in the works. I will just have to think them over a bit before deciding. I have a little trip in the plans this weekend so I will have time to think while driving.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
So the goal is really close, so close I can taste it, wait that is just the donuts and cider all of us 2nd grade peeps at CK are going to be indulging in tomorrow morning. I love my fellow 2nd grade teachers. They have this brilliant tradition, not sure how old it is, to have donuts and cider for our treat on Halloween instead of having a bunch of parents volunteer to bring in a bunch of different things. It makes it really easy and stress free. Parents don't have to scramble to worry about a treat when they are trying to get costumes squared away and making sure lunches are packed, backpacks are set, and all those other things parents with 2nd graders worry about. Plus, I love donuts!! Anyway, today and tomorrow and I will have met my goal. A little preview of tomorrow's blog: it will be a reflection on the month.
Today, I want to send a big shout out to all of the parents of my students who came to parent teacher conferences this week. 17 of the 19 students had a parent or parents attend. I even had a grandma come with a mom. All of my conferences were positive and productive. I am blessed to have some really good parents in my class. Like my previous post about the role of parents talked about, the role they play is so important and I feel really good about what we can accomplish together for their children this year.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Today there was no school for the kids so they stayed at home and gutted the pumpkins they got from Grandpa Joe. They are now all set for carving. Now we just have to try and squeeze that in sometime before Thursday. Might be a late night or two this week. We might have been able to fit it in today except that I had parent-teacher conferences and then had to turn in all the football gear afterwards.
Speaking of parent-teacher conferences my wife went to Aggie's and Logan's and got overall good reports for both. I was glad to hear that. Will find out about Gwen tomorrow or Wednesday. And Nicole hopes to make it to the high school to check on Taylor's grades. I am proud of all my kids and how well they are doing.
My parent-teacher conferences went really well. All those scheduled showed up and the conversations were very positive and productive. It is awesome to see parents take an active interest in the child's education. Which brings me to the subject of tonight's blog, a parent's role in education.
Now I don't profess to be an expert in any way, shape, or form. I am a 2nd year teacher, the son of an educator, and a parent. I don't proclaim to have all the answers and I know that I have a lot to learn about being a great teacher. So what am I saying? I am saying that I care deeply about all of the students in my classroom and because of that I want to talk a bit about the role of the parent in their child's education.
Parents are the key to any successful educational partnership, and that is what it should be, a partnership. A partnership between the teacher, the school, the student, and the parent. All of these players have a role and when one of them isn't fulfilling that role the outcomes won't be as good as they should be. I think parents play the most important role in the partnership though. The parent needs to be encouraging, supportive, firm, stubborn, and loving (among other things) all at the same time. The parent needs to encourage their child to be the best they can be, to try hard, to go to school, to do their work, and so on. The parent needs to support their child whether the grades are good or not so good, in the good times, and the bad, when the child is right and even when the child is wrong. Children need to know that their parents are going to be there for them. Support can be allowing the child to endure the consequences of their actions but being there on the other side. Parents need to be firm and stubborn when the child doesn't want to study or do their homework, or doesn't want to go to school. The parent needs to above all else love their child. Students are going to have times of struggle, times of frustration, that is when they need love the most. When they are hurting they need that hug to let them know it's going to be okay.
I am blessed with some really great parents in my classroom this year. Their desire for what is best for their child rang loud and clear today. I want to thank all of my parents for all that they do for their kids, and especially for allowing me to be a part of their lives and their educational journey. Thank you!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
So then today, to make me feel worse, I discovered that I have ruined a planned surprise party my wife was planning. Evidently she had forgotten that I am headed out of town this coming weekend for a flag football tournament. This has become a yearly trip for me on the first weekend in November but she was thinking that it was the following weekend not this weekend. I feel bad about it, not about the party, because I think I have told her several times in the past I didn't plan to do anything for my 40th, but because I know how she works at planning things and she probably has spent quite a bit of time working on this. So I am sorry sweetheart. Maybe you can save your ideas for when I turn 50.
So there won't be any big doings for my 40th, just a nice breakfast or lunch with the wife and kids before I head out of town and some last minute helping with prepping for Saturdays Turkey Bowl. And that is all fine with me, it is really just another day.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
I want to focus the rest of my blog tonight on some good men in my community. I have had the privilege of learning from some of these guys over the last 3 years and tonight I watched as they led their boys in their final game of their season. Three years ago when I started helping coach Logan's football team I didn't know a whole lot about coaching/teaching football. These guys have started to build a program that encompasses all of the levels of play in the community, from flag on up to varsity. And even though the record was not really a great one, I see a lot of growth and a lot of positive things happening in the St. Louis football program. Aaron, Mike, Phil, Ed, Donnie, and the rest of the coaching staff, thank you for what you have done, are doing, and are going to continue to do for the football program here in St. Louis. Great job this year and I know that we are only going to continue to get better as we move forward.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
One of the things that I look forward to each year (this is actually only the 3rd year) is the first weekend in November. See on that weekend I go to my best friend's house in Pinckney to help her and a group of people put on a charity flag football tournament. It started with me officiating games the first year I helped but then last year I had to change roles due to having had knee surgery last July. Then this year they put me in charge of the football side of things. So tonight I was putting the finishing touches (I think) on the brackets and schedules. It is looking like next Saturday is going to be a good day. We have approximately 25 teams that will be participating in 3 separate divisions (Adult Men, Adult Coed, and High School) throughout the day. The money raised goes to provide Thanksgiving meals to needy families in the Pinckney community. It is a lot of fun and the bonus is I get to hang out with my friend and her family.
Update on the phone situation:
I received the Galaxy S4 that I agreed to today and my wonderful wife took it to MP to get it set up and my contacts and stuff transferred over. I am happy that I now have the phone that I was told I would get originally but I am disappointed in the phone. It is not the G. I am sure I will be fine with it after I use it awhile but I don't like it nearly as well as I did the G when I first got it. I hope that I learn to like it but we will have to wait and see.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
So back to the title of tonight's blog, here is a video of Rich's song "Pictures in the Sky"
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
So the Tigers blow another game and therefore their season. A season full of inconsistencies. Some people will blame the manager, some the star players that didn't perform to their potential or the price of their salary, but you can't put the blame in anyone specific place. It was a lot of things that compounded themselves and everything finally just caught up to them.
It goes back to the last off-season when not enough was done to shore up the back end of the bullpen. Too much hope was put in Rondon being the man, which didn't pan out. There was never a plan B and that was a mistake. That one mistake was the beginning. All season long there were issues with the bullpen. Moving Benoit in to the closer's role did help to calm things but now there was no solid 8th inning guy.
Leyland's managing cost us some games throughout the season. I have always thought that he is a decent manager, I don't really like him, but he is a proven winner. I think though that his weakness is his handling of a pitching staff. He is terrible at it. So he is really dependent on having a good pitching coach and we really don't have a good pitching coach. Which leads me to the hitting coaches. Our hitting has been up and down all year. You expect there to be slumps and hot streaks but I think there was more than the normal this year. The lineup that the Tigers has should be able to withstand those downs but there were too many games where there was simply no offensive production whatsoever.
So what I think needs to happen is to overhaul the coaching staff completely. I would be glad to see a whole new staff by the start of spring training. The next thing that has to be addressed is the bullpen. The closer role has to be decided and then figure out the set up man. After those two positions are set you can fill in the missing pieces with guys that are going to throw strikes. Too many times this year a guy comes in to the game and walks the first batter they faced. A relief pitcher has to throw strikes, plain and simple.
Finally, they need to figure out left field and the lead off spot. Do they go after a left fielder or go with what they have. I think they could stand pat with the position players they have now and save the money to go after the bull pen needs and resigning any position players they need to keep. I am just going to throw out there what I would like to see for next years opening day line-up.
1. Iglesias - SS This kid is going to be special. The only thing he lacks is power and that may come.
2. Hunter - RF The perfect #2 hitter
3. Cabrera - 3B If he gets healthy this off season he is a threat for another MVP season
4. Martinez - DH This guy just hits, he had a slow start after a year off but he showed his true colors in the end
5. Fielder - 1B He has had a rough year on and off the field but he will be back to himself next year
6. Peralta - LF He needs to go play some winter ball and work on his outfield defense but he could be a good serviceable OF and his bat is a proven commodity.
7. Avila or Pena - C I like both of these guys, the key is which one is going to hit, this may be a spot where you play the match ups or it depends on who is pitching.
8. Infante - 2B The DP combo of I & I is going to remind everyone of Trammell and Whitaker
9. Jackson - CF I like having a 2nd leadoff hitter in the 9 hole. He showed this postseason he does better with less pressure, he could become the best #9 hitter in the league.
The next season has really begun already for the Tigers. Dombrowski has his work cut out for him but he has done a good job for the most part in his time in Detroit and I don't expect anything less this year. I just hope he starts with the coaching staff. We will have to wait and see.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Now I joke about the single dad bit, it really isn't that bad. We do things that mom wouldn't let us do and we watch movies that mom doesn't like very well and won't watch with us when she is home, and basically just pretend mom doesn't exist for the weekend. It can be a lot of fun. Of course that means Sunday we have to scramble to get the house back together and picked up a bit before she gets home so we don't get in too much trouble. Might be interesting this weekend though. This is Taylor's first trip for a whole weekend and I typically get a lot of help from her when mom is gone so hopefully we survive. Pray for my kids they might need it.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
"Our children are not ours because they share our genes, or because a piece of paper says they are. They are ours because they are a part of our soul. It was not an accident that they came into our lives. It was God's design that led them home. It was Him who placed them in our soul even before they were born."
I have really been thinking about this a lot lately, with our impending adoption, and my two brother-in-laws and their families impending adoptions. These words describe exactly how I feel about my kids. I don't think of any of my kids any differently based on how they came to be my children. God brought them to me in His way, in His time. I love them all the same, they are my children. My wife and I have been called to be foster parents and we have loved the experience. We have had a lot of ups and downs but the experiences have been very rewarding. We have fostered 14 children since 2007, adopting 2 of those 14 so far, and if all things continue as they should we will be adopting the 2 we have now. This has led to many questions about whether we are done with foster care if the adoption does go through. Though we have never specifically sat down and discussed it to the point of saying yes or no I think in our minds we have. We have said it many times that yes we are done. Our license is good till August of 2014, so we basically have until then to change our mind. I am sure that we will ultimately have that discussion and decide if it is over or not. Personally, because I don't want to speak for Nicole, at this point I am done. We have been blessed with 14 of God's creations spending time in our home, and 4 of those will be with us forever. The other 10 will also be a part of our lives forever. Though we didn't have the best of relationships with some of them we still love them. They all have a special place in our hearts. But I am tired. I am tired of the system and it's hypocrisy. Our system is broke and it needs fixed. This has weighed on my mind for some time now. So I believe that it is time for us to be done with foster care, at least for some time, and just be a family with our 6 beautiful children. I think this will be a welcomed change for all of us.
Speaking of children, my oldest just asked me what I was doing and when I told her she asked why. I told her I am telling my story. I asked her if she had read them. I know she sees them through my Facebook posts. She said no, they are too long. So I told her I was going to have to start writing more about her in my blog posts since she wasn't going to be reading them. So I am going to start by telling all of my readers that she is a pretty good daughter. She does a lot to help out around the house and with the younger kids. I am very proud of the young woman that she is becoming. But, if she is reading this, Taylor, this is a warning, I can and will post things about you if I want. Including, but not limited to moments I am proud of you, mad at you, disappointed in you, happy with you, and especially moments that embarrass you. Love you Munch.
Friday, October 11, 2013
So tonight the kids begged me to have a movie night. Since I really didn't have anywhere I had to be I agreed. We ended up getting Parental Guidance off the On Demand of our cable company. (It was free = Bonus) So while watching it we decided for a little information to have some ice cream. After returning to watching the movie M began to get a bit sleepy so I got him ready for bed and told him to grab his blanket and lay down on the couch with me. Within minutes he was sawing logs and putting my arm to sleep. That is when it happened. It was about the point where you really can't feel your arm because the circulation has been cut off but you still feel it. All of a sudden my arm started to feel wet. Sure enough M was drooling like Pavlov's dog listening to a recording of a bell that is stuck on repeat. Even though it is gross, drool from my little boy is pretty cool. Anyone that has ever heard me tell the stories of how hard it is to get M to go to bed at night will understand this. I love it when he falls asleep in my arms or on my lap. See our case worker has expressed some concern that the kids haven't bonded with us. Nothing could be further from the truth. The bond that M and I have is awesome. I love his hugs and cuddles and tonight watching the movie with him and him falling asleep in my arms was amazing. It reminded me of when Logan was younger and would fall asleep watching ballgames with me. Being a dad is truly one of the greatest things in life!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Our children are not ours because they share our genes, or because a piece of paper says they are. They are ours because they are a part of our soul. It was not an accident that they came into our lives. It was God's design that led them home. It was Him who placed them in our soul even before they were born.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
This trip to the woods is a lot of fun and the kids learn a lot, but one thing that I really like about it, is it reminds me of the nature trails that I used to run around in as a kid back in Vestaburg. As kids a bunch of us used to meet up in the nature trails and do all sorts of stuff. Most of the time it was good, clean innocent fun, but I can think of a few times that our parents wouldn't have approved of some of the things that went on. Don't worry mom and dad it wasn't anything too bad. I won't mention any names, in order to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent. But regardless, it is always nice to recall the great times with great friends.
Well I think I will stop there for tonight. My feet are killing me. Plantar fasciitis and walking around the woods all day are not a good mix. I see another cortisone shot in my very near future.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Tomorrow my class will be headed to our school woods for the day. I am so excited to see how they react to all of the fun activities that we are going to be doing. It is going to be sunny and in the 60s according to Weather Bug so weather should not be a factor.
Random thought - what ever happened to quality television? Don't get me wrong I enjoy several of the shows that are on tv now but why are shows that are rated TV 14 on at 8:30pm? I am not really watching tv tonight but it is on. I primarily watch sports on tv so I don't see a ton of shows but I do have the tv on a lot. I am sitting here tonight working on my blog and in the matter of a few minutes I am appalled at what I am hearing. I remember shows like The Cosby Show and Family Ties. Those shows were funny and family friendly. The other night I turned the channel because what was on was not appropriate for my kids and it was before 9 pm. Why is this? I have a theory.
I believe that our society is headed in a downward spiral to hell. Society is decaying morally. It has become more and more acceptable to use offensive language openly, regardless of those that are in ear shot. I am a firm believer in the freedoms that our forefathers worked hard for but I think we are totally off track from where they intended things to be. The number one problem in this country is that we have lost our focus. Our forefathers had God in the center of what they were trying to accomplish. They wanted religious freedom. They wanted to be able to worship the way they wanted. Now there were some other desires that they had too but the central intent was religious freedom. Everything they did had religious undertones. They understood that this nation would only succeed if they trusted in God. Were they perfect? Absolutely not, none of us are. But I believe that we wouldn't be in the predicament we are in if we had stayed true to the intent of our forefathers. I pray for our country, I pray for our leaders, not as much as I should but I pray. I pray for us to change direction, to refocus on our Creator. "In God We Trust" is the official motto of our country. Reaffirmed by a vote in the House of Representatives 396-9 in 2011 (New York Times, Nov. 1, 2011). So why aren't we living like it?
Sunday, October 6, 2013
I might have something now. I was reading some stuff online today, Facebook posts, a couple of blogs I follow, and some articles on sports, when I realized how much I associate songs with things I read and hear. Case in point today I read a post on Facebook that got me thinking about the song Don't Stop Believin, by Journey. Then I got a message alert that my friend had posted her new blog post for the day. So I opened up the message and read her post. Very powerful post and truly written from her heart. I hope she doesn't mind but here is a link to her blog: http://adoptingnations.blogspot.com/ Check out her blog and the journey her and her husband are on.
Reading her blog immediately reminded me of one of my favorite songs that was written by one of the best song writers ever. Live Right by Rich Mullins. Here are some of the lyrics from the song.
Don't pull away from what's ahead of you and don't you look back Look forward in faith and hope will pull you through To a love that will last
Live like you'll die tomorrow Die knowing you'll live forever, live right Love like you'll leave tomorrow Believing love lasts forever, live right
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Okay, enough about that, on to something that helps keep me feeling young. Coaching football. Today my fifth grade football team traveled east to face one of the Saginaw Township teams. I will admit that my coaching staff and I were a little worried that we may be outmatched going up against a much bigger district than ours. I always believe that anyone can be beat on any given day but I was prepared for the worse today. Well, the kids came to play today. I am so proud of the effort that my kids put forth today. They played what is probably the best game they have played in the three years that I have been coaching them. We controlled the game from beginning to end for the most part. We had one of the best drives I have ever seen in youth football. One of my assistant coaches said afterwards that we probably had the ball for 12 of the 16 minutes in the first half. It was impressive, especially for a bunch of 5th graders. It was a great all around team effort. They made very few mistakes and never compounded any of those mistakes, instead, they got right back at it and took it to the opponent. I wish I could take credit for it but I play only a small part in the success of this team. I have a great group of assistant coaches - Maxwell, Pestrue, Taipalus, Starry, Clark, and Adams. A big thank you to these gentlemen for all they do for our team and me. What is great about working with these guys is that they don't just know and love football but they all are Christians. The relationships that I have developed with these men mean the world to me. Thanks again men!
Friday, October 4, 2013
Tonight was great. We started the night out at the homecoming game. Me in my usual spot in the press box spotting and Logan hanging with his buddies and occasionally stopping by to check in. I love high school football. It was kind of reminiscent of my high school years due to the rain. I don't remember a homecoming back in Vestaburg without rain or snow. Following the game we went to that evil place WalMart (it always costs me more than I intend to spend) to get some snacks for the baseball game. We returned home to settle in and watch some baseball. We got home about the 3rd inning and by the end of the 6th Logan was zonked out on the couch, allowing me to come downstairs and write, while I watch the game. Though he lasted barely 3 innings I wouldn't trade it for anything right now. Playoff baseball and quality time with my son make a great ending to a day.
And if you aren't watching the game, Max is dealing tonight, showing why he is the best pitcher in baseball this season.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Enough of that stuff, now to a little bit of humor for all of you.
If any of you are friends with my wife on Facebook you know that she is concerned that something is going to happen around the house while she is up north at her conference the rest of this week. She said as much earlier today on Facebook. With good reason, during past conferences Aggie has broke her thumb and earlier this summer our dog got hit while she was gone. (The dog survived and is fine.) In my defense, I had no direct connection to either event.
Our foster son M has recently developed this fascination with copying everything he sees and hears. So the other night he got out of bed, without me knowing, and went into the bathroom. I was in the kitchen and thought it was Taylor going into the bathroom to get ready for bed. I went about what I was doing and in a couple of minutes it became apparent that it wasn't Taylor. When I called to the bathroom and asked "Taylor is that you?" I heard little footsteps running and this little boy, face covered in make up, emerged from the bathroom. Evidently he has been watching the older female residents of the house in the morning. It is quite hilarious now, but I did not find it funny at all at that point.
It gets better though....
Nicole left for her conference today and late this afternoon I hear some commotion in the bathroom. I quick do the head count and realize the two little ones are not playing in the living room anymore. Uh oh.....
Sure enough M and E are in the bathroom and M has now decided to teach E about putting make up on. Needless to say he has not really got the whole idea down himself so he probably shouldn't be teaching his little sister. Don't worry sweetheart, if your reading this, there were no injuries and it was minor compared to his first escapade this week, but I am thinking we might have a future clown on our hands.
Well I think this therapy session is over, thanks for reading and hopefully I will return for another session tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I can some up my day in basically one word - communication.
Communication is important, no, it is more than that. It is paramount. Without communication it is difficult to get through the day, isn't it? You would think with all of the advances we have in technology that communication would be easier and wouldn't be lacking in so many cases. I think it still seems to be a problem area for a lot of people. Many times the problems we have are the result of a lack of communication. Lack of communication with our spouses, our children, our coworkers, our bosses etc...
Today was actually more of a positive in terms of communication but it got me thinking that we need to communicate more if we want the things we are involved in to succeed. I need to communicate better with my students if I want them to learn, I need to communicate better with my players so they can be better football players, I need to communicate better in my home, with my wife and kids, so things run smoother. The list can go on and on. Today as I sat with some very dedicated coworkers and some great parents of students at my school I was blessed to see communication lines being opened, wide. The conversation was somewhat inspiring. It really was a great example of how being open and communicating our fears, our desires, our ideas, our beliefs, etc... really allow others to understand us and where we are coming from. Good communication really helps alleviate a lot of the negative things, like animosity and anger. I want to thank those that were there for that meeting today. Today's meeting was a big step forward for our school. Thank you!
As I close tonight I want to challenge you. I want to challenge you to be intentional in your communication. Be proactive not reactive. Don't wait or let it go when you aren't sure of something, ask. Don't just assume, ask for clarification.
One last thing before I go, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Graham and Hendrix families this week as they have had to say good bye to family members. The two situations are very different but the loss is the same, a loved family member is no longer here with them. To these two families I pray God's peace and love will surround you each and every day.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I have a couple of friends that I have recently followed their blogs and I won't mention any names but one was posting something every day for about a week and I was really enjoying reading it and then he stopped for about a week I would say. Then one day towards the end of last week I got an alert that he had posted a new post. In it he talked about his struggle to write everyday. I got that urge to write again.
Then yesterday I was at a professional development day with my colleagues and the speaker challenged us to tell our story, to write, to post a blog, to just get our story out there. It was there again, "write Matthew, write."
Then today, I get an email from a very dear colleague, mentor, and friend with a challenge to write for 31 days straight. Just as you can guess, there it was again. Well I decided after reading her post that I had to do it. Can I write 31 days straight, I have my doubts.
For anyone that knows me, my life is non-stop action. A wife, 6 kids, teaching, coaching, church, my classes, etc... It never seems to end. So this is definitely going to be a struggle but I am going to give it a try. I need to be intentional about this and be determined to do it. So we will see what this little journey brings.
It starts today Oct. 1st and will end on Oct. 31st. It is one month, every single day of the month of October. I can do this and I invite you to come along for the ride. I am not going to promise it will always be enjoyable heck it may be sad, it may infuriate you, but what I hope is that I am able to make you think. I want you to think about things that I wonder about and share your opinions and ideas. I want you to think about your own journey in life, the past, the present, the future. I hope I stir emotions, I hope I help you remember things from the past that you haven't thought about lately. I hope to challenge you at times, encourage you at times, and maybe even have a bit of an impact in your life. I want to open up my journey to you, my readers, and give you a little peak into my life and what I face each day. Maybe just maybe I can have a positive impact on one person's life through this. Who knows, this may just be good therapy for those days that my class pushes me more than usual.
Welcome and I hope you join me on this adventure.