We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature--trees, flowers, grass--grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...We need silence to be able to touch souls. --Mother Teresa

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Words of Wisdom

I am standing in my classroom surrounded by....well, children who have been cooped up and are just a little crazy. 

I am standing, staring out the window.  I am thinking how amazing it looks outside.  The sky is a gorgeous shade of blue....the sun is boldly out and the light reflecting off of unused play equipment is mesmerizing....the trees are swaying in unison. 

A little boy slides in beside me....cuz this is what little boys who have been cooped up do...they can no longer walk anywhere, they must slide.....

3GB:  Mrs. Hays, it looks real pretty outside.
Me:  Yep.  It does.

Moment of silence....just a moment....cuz little boys who slide everywhere only have a moment of silence.....

3GB:  Just by looking, you would think it was a beautiful day outside.  Instead its a cold and nasty day. 
Me:  Yep. 
3GB:  That's why you don't judge things by how they look on the outside, right, Mrs. Hays?

Wise words.  Just sayin'. 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Truth Is

The truth is....I hate it when middle schoolers play this game on FB, but I am going to play it here.  Just for today.  But tell any of my middle school friends and I will deny it to my death.

The truth is....I hate winter.  Right now there are 69 days until daylight savings time.  Which means we are that much closer to me wearing shoes that do not require socks.  And not feeling like I should go to bed at 5:30. 

The truth is.....I took off my toenail polish under protest on December 3, 2011.  That is when I know it is winter.  When I take it off for the final time of the season.  My toes, well, they just look so naked now.

The truth is....I hate drama.  This girl has got it right.  This post is impressive.  Now if we would take what she says to heart, we would all be in a better place.  We're friends here girls, we need to take care of each other.

The truth is.....I have a very good friend who is hurting.  Again.  There are just some things I don't understand and I suppose I am not meant to understand.  But is sure sucks all the same.

The truth is....I really like to sew.  I am getting better at it and think that I can make it something I do in 2012.

The truth is....I could play word games til I throw up words.  I recently discovered this app called 'Words With Friends' and have limited myself to 4 games at one time.  Any more than that might be overkill, but I must confess that while I am waiting for others to play, I play Bookworm or Woooords.

The truth is....baking cookies is a coping mechanism for me.  And sharing them with others is my way of giving back.

The truth is....writing is something I enjoy and I am planning to do more of it.  If my writing offends you, stop reading.  If my writing helps you, great.

Just sayin'.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

One Day at a Time


Lots of things to look forward to in 2012. 

My 45th birthday.

2 more high school graduates.

30 years out of high school for Coach.

1 college graduation.

Yep.  Suffice it to say that we are in for some change at The Hays Crew.

We have already started down the road of 'this is the last time.....' and already had a bunch of first lasts or last firsts.

And really, I am OK.  Some days I am at the holy smokes where did the time go and some days I am at the holy smokes when will this end, but at the end of the day here is what I know:

Each and every day is a gift.  Each day that I get to see my kids go off into the world and make their way, I am thankful.  Each day that has happy moments followed by sad moments followed by Ahh Haaa moments followed by frustrated moments, is a day that I am thankful.  This is how it is supposed to be.  I don't 'own' these people--they were simply gifted to me on the day they were born.  God has a plan for them.  May they be open to His plans for them and always, always, always....be who they are. 

The readings at Sunday Mass this week were from Numbers.  Words that stuck with me......

"The Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!"  
--Numbers 6;24-26

May the peace of the Lord be with you today and always.  And with me.  I think I'm gonna need it.  

Just sayin'.    

Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel. -Proverbs 11: 17