Pumpkin Bread Day

It is fall and one of my favorite things about fall is pumpkins. Each year I have a tradition of spending a day making pumpkin bread. I love pumpkin bread for breakfast or dessert, but the recipe I have makes a HUGE batch. So I share with my teammates at work and fellow third grade teachers. After the first year of doing this I was told that I must continue. It’s a good thing I like pumpkin bread so much! I made two batches this year (6 medium loaves) and plan to take 4 loaves to work tomorrow.

To try this great Pumpkin Bread follow the recipe below:

Pumpkin Bread

Makes 3 medium loaves

In a large bowl combine:

  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs

Using a sifter add:

  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp clove
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix everything well. Pour into a greased medium loaf pan. Bake at 350 ˚ F for 1 hour. Allow to cool for ten minutes. Then carefully remove from pan and cool for an additional 10-20 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

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Finding New Authors

A few years ago I found the author Rachel Hauck. I love the way she writes and the stories she tells. I have read almost everything that she has written (money becomes an issue when you can read a full book of hers in one day). When I was approaching the end of my reading list of books by her I knew it was time to broaden my horizons. But before that I found one more book by Ms.Hauck, A March Bride. I purchased the book that night on my kindle and realized that it was a part of a series. The entire series however was not by Rachel Hauck. The series is called A Year of Wedding Novellas and includes 12 books by 12 different authors. All of these authors have a similar writing style to Rachel’s and the same ideals (good, clean, Christian inspired romance). So from this series I have discovered 11 new authors that I like to read. I am not hooked to any of them the way I am Rachel (it’s a money thing, I assure you), BUT I am pleased to have new authors and books that I am reading. Check out these authors if you have liked Rachel Hauck or any other good, clean Christian inspired romance novels.

Denise Hunter

Deborah Raney

Betsy St. Amant

Lenora Worth

Meg Moseley

Marybeth Whalen

Beth Wiseman

Debra Clopton

Kathryn Springer

Katie Ganshert

Beth Vogt

Happy Reading!

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Outdoor Pumpkin

I was scrolling through my Jane app a few weeks ago (If you don’t have the Jane app and you love a good deal you NEED to check it out) and I saw several people selling decals for pumpkins. They were so cute! I thought about buying one, but then I realized the design that I liked the most I could make myself on my cricut…SO I ran to Hobby Lobby and bought a fake outdoor pumpkin. I already had the outdoor vinyl (amazon is always the best place to buy vinyl). I used the high gloss black vinyl for the big “R”. It is a 5 inch School House font. Then I used the mate black vinyl for “the” and “uff”. I cut these out on 3 inch Jasmine font. I then used painters tape to carefully transfer them to the pumpkin and set the pumpkin outside.

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At the end of the season I can store this beautiful pumpkin in the attic with all of my fall decorations. No need to buy someone else’s vinyl decal. No need to put it on a pumpkin that you will throw away at the end of the season. Spend a little bit more money and have a pumpkin that will last for years and years to come!

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I’ve Been Gone

This school year has completely overwhelmed me. We have nine new teachers in the building. Four new teachers in my grade level. We no longer have an academic coach and our AP is new. All of this has added up to more teacher responsibilities. I agreed at the end of the last year to be the lead teacher for PBIS (our school-wide behavior management). I was volunteered to work on third grade common assessments and data collection at the start of this year. The list could go on and on. 

Two weeks ago I had reached my breaking point. I finally had to give something up and it was not easy to sit down and tell our grade level chair that I am not perfect and I cannot do it all. There are fourteen teachers in third grade and I should not be asked to do two time intensive jobs for the grade level. I gave up the common assessment task and have been a little less stressed. 

I didn’t realize how much I missed my blogging community until I scrolled through my Word Press app for the first time in 41 days last night. As I was reading the changes and challenges in each of your lives I was reminded that I am not alone. THAT IS HUGE FOR ME LATELY. I was encouraged by your godly words, scripture references, and love. I NEED THAT! So here I am. Back in the blogging saddle. I am planning on using part of my Fall Break to blog, craft, and read. 

I have missed you. I am looking forward to being back. Let’s Shine the Light in Third Grade!

St. Vincent Series: Leaving Kyle There

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This was my first foreign mission trip. I’m slightly ashamed to say that since we had a 15 year old on the team with us. But this was the first time that I truly felt like I was supposed to serve abroad. I was so excited to be going with Kyle to the island that he had fallen in love with. I was excited to be able to serve with him in children’s ministry. Don’t get me wrong. We serve together all of the time, but in youth ministry. I love the youth. I think they are great. But there is nothing that brings more joy to my life than children. I love little kids and this was going to be a great week of children’s ministry after a long summer of youth ministry.

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My 8 days in St. Vincent were up. I was going home. But Kyle? He was staying there for another 10 days. The day before I left I was very emotional. I didn’t want to leave him there. It is different sending him away to a foreign country and leaving him in a foreign country. I didn’t like it. He comforted me and reminded me that he was going to be doing what he loved for the next ten days, youth ministry. The morning I left, we were up at 5:00 and leaving at 5:30. I said my goodbyes and climbed on the bus. Everyone was great and tried to keep my mind off of the fact that I was leaving him, alone… His team wouldn’t be there until dinner time. I was leaving him alone in a foreign country. It was hard.

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The worst part? Well, that was getting his messages in the St. Vincent airport that said he was crying and upset and sad that I was leaving. My heart was breaking and I had to go home. I had to be back at work that week and knew that it was time to leave. I prayed for God to comfort Kyle and myself. To strengthen us to do the work ahead of us. To focus our eyes on Him during this emotional moment.

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That first flight off the island is a short one, thirty minutes. About midflight I had a sense of comfort and a whisper said I have him in the palm of my hand. No one can snatch him away from me. I know you love him. I love him more. I love Kyle, but God loves him more. There is nothing I could have done or can do that will keep Kyle safe. But God? God can do anything and everything to protect him. No person, No object, No demon, No nothing can take Kyle away from God.

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So yes, it was terribly hard to leave Kyle alone in a foreign country, but God loves him more than either of us can comprehend and He will protect him.

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“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:28-29

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