Jenn

  • I used to work in a high school, so the kids that were there when I was there are graduating. My current students are 2nd- 8th grade. I teach a 3rd 4th split of ELA and Social Studies.

    At the high school, I had the ISS class. The school I am at now is a small, private Christian school. It is so different. I went from a school with 2000…[Read more]

  • Skip, I love it!!! Never take life too seriously! I am usually more of the goof ball when I get in that kind of mood.

  • 41 years is awesome. My hubs and I will have our 14th anniversary in July. Mine calls me honey—usually when we are out somewhere and he is frustrated with me and doesn’t want others to know it. Lol.

  • Yesterday, we found out that our board decided that there would be no classes at school for the rest of this school year. We all expected it. The governor of Tennessee closed public schools on Wednesday, so it […]

    • It’s amazing how quickly we can be pulled down into a spiraling hole when we think about this Virus. Yes…give time to mourn these very valid things …we have to release our sadness somehow. But like you said…we need to hop out of that hole and get back to what positive we can do during this time.
      I remember almost a month ago I woke up got ready and walked upstairs into the kitchen and looked out my windows. I started to smudge and I just started crying and couldn’t stop for a bit. It was the sadness of the world coupled with a little fear I had inside with a son being in Europe ..so far away from me during this uncertain time. Mind you….my sons are grown men…but still my babies. I was worried about a sister who flew to the Middle East for a contracting job….my parents…it was just everything. That was the only time I let it out…and since have found peace and calm. Sometimes we don’t even know that we are showing stress about this in different ways.

      Anyhow Jen……I was watching news stories of Teachers going to their students houses holding up signs. One teacher sat on the sidewalk and read a story to her young student who sat in their driveway. But it sounds like your students are a bit older. It would be kind of funny if you did that with high school students. Maybe you can create a discussion forum for your students to all participate in with varying topics of the Covid 19 world?

      Hope it all gets easier for you and your students.

      • I used to work in a high school, so the kids that were there when I was there are graduating. My current students are 2nd- 8th grade. I teach a 3rd 4th split of ELA and Social Studies.

        At the high school, I had the ISS class. The school I am at now is a small, private Christian school. It is so different. I went from a school with 2000 kids to a school with 30 pre k- 7th.

        I have a friend who teaches high school and her twins are seniors. She has looked forward to handing them their diplomas for years. She is sad that she may miss that moment with her sons. Just thinking of my situation, coupled with friends who have lost jobs, are sick, etc, just hit me this morning and I had to get it out.

        Today was much better. I just have to write my emotions to get them out. The hubs and I took a little drive and went to a really good mom and pop burger place about an hour from our house. It was a beautiful day.

        I will be praying for you and your family abroad. Mommas always worry about their kids, no matter the age. I do not have kids of my own, but I know my parents still worry about me.

        I am usually pretty upbeat, but just the finality and reality that this year will end like this just stung.

        Thanks for your comment. You are so right about moving on and moving past the sadness and hurt.

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  • Jenn commented on the post, Hello! 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Today’s plans are to do a walk / jog in place workout, grab a few groceries for lunch, then clean myself up and clean house. After that, I am planning to grade papers if my kiddos turn stuff in, practice my guitar, then sew some on a baby quilt I am making for a former student who just had a baby last month. Then sometime before bed, I will p…[Read more]

  • I like the idea. I have a learning curve to learning how to navigate here. I am sure it will become easier the more I am here.

  • Jenn commented on the post, Hello! 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    Wow! That has been a while. I need to pull that camera back out and see about getting some nature shots.

  • Jenn commented on the post, Hello! 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    I am not sure, but I believe our paths crossed on the old thoughts. I was Hope_Springs_Eternal back then.

    I machine quilt. I can’t do anything fancy, just simple easy stuff, but I enjoy it. It is kind of interesting how the things we saw our parents and grandparents doing are now the things we find ourselves doing to occupy time during t…[Read more]

  • Jenn commented on the post, Hello! 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    So far, I know 2 chords and can do 1 riff and starting to learn a second. I am doing this to settle my mind. Just strumming the guitar is relaxing to me, and after panic attacks started a week or so ago, I figured I needed to do something.

    I am glad you brought thoughts back. It was really funny that I found it yesterday after being away so…[Read more]

  • Jenn wrote a new post, Hello! 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    Well, it has been a long time since I have been in thoughts, and tonight just decided to google thoughts blogs to see what came up. To my surprise, I found it had been revived. I am looking forward to writing, […]

    • WELCOME HOME JENN 🙂

      I don’t know if we knew each other back in the day….but I am looking forward to reading your blogs.
      It’s a whole new world and finding new things to occupy our time is so important.

      Last I was at my mothers she was putting together an old fashioned quilting frame. The kind where you sit around it and everyone stitches over the chalk pattern? I use to love doing that when I was younger. Everyone sat around it and talked and laughed.

      • I am not sure, but I believe our paths crossed on the old thoughts. I was Hope_Springs_Eternal back then.

        I machine quilt. I can’t do anything fancy, just simple easy stuff, but I enjoy it. It is kind of interesting how the things we saw our parents and grandparents doing are now the things we find ourselves doing to occupy time during this period of shelter at home.

        I am seeing more people canning, crafting and sewing, doing puzzles, knitting and crocheting, fishing and going for drives in the country. I hope when this is over some of that appreciation for things being a bit slower remains.

        I can’t wait to read your blogs and connect / reconnect. Have a great day. See ya later.

        • YES…I remember your screen name 🙂
          It is actually nice to see people doing those things. Everyone if possible should be starting a garden.
          I took a few art classes recently to refresh my skills 😉 so I am going to pull my paints out and see what I can create. Also…going to dig through my books and start reading a few of the many I have piled around.
          I may borrow one of my sons guitars and start practicing.
          I am also going to practice making bread. THAT is one of my weaknesses. I just can’t handle my dough correctly.
          Thats Monday….now for Tuesday 😀

          • Today’s plans are to do a walk / jog in place workout, grab a few groceries for lunch, then clean myself up and clean house. After that, I am planning to grade papers if my kiddos turn stuff in, practice my guitar, then sew some on a baby quilt I am making for a former student who just had a baby last month. Then sometime before bed, I will post my students assignments online for tomorrow.

            I am terrible at growing things. We would starve if we had to rely on me to grow our food in this house. Lol.

    • hello jenn and welcome back to thoughts! learning the guitar sounds fun. i started learning it when i was around 12 but i broke my arm skateboarding several times and that was the end of the guitar. i’ve been working A LOT with too many projects going. but it was important to me to bring thoughts back. thanks for coming by…

    • So far, I know 2 chords and can do 1 riff and starting to learn a second. I am doing this to settle my mind. Just strumming the guitar is relaxing to me, and after panic attacks started a week or so ago, I figured I needed to do something.

      I am glad you brought thoughts back. It was really funny that I found it yesterday after being away so long. A lot of great people were here and I got lots of great advice from people like Pastor Mike.

      This is a time when a lot of us need a community like the old thoughts was. Thanks again for doing this.

    • Hope Springs Eternal! I know that username. I used to be a member of your photography group back then.

      Hello Jenn

      • Wow! That has been a while. I need to pull that camera back out and see about getting some nature shots.

        • My username back then was JayDee, maybe you remember?

          And if you can’t find that camera and need some guitar tips let me know.

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