Take Me Back Tuesday

I am loving 2nd Grade Shenanigans' weekly Take Me Back Linky. As other bloggers have mentioned, it really makes me look back at the past year. This year, I'm definitely giving thanks for all of the new wonderful bloggy friends I've made over the past year. It's been a wonderful year!

I know we've got another holiday coming up in a couple days, but this past week, I've been gearing up for Christmas.  Like most of you, I'll also be spending some time over Thanksgiving prepping & planning for Christmas in my classroom. I'm excited to break these out in a week or so...

 
 I loved reading this post from last year. I remember typing it...my pies HAD just come out of the oven! Which is funny...because as soon as I'm done with this post, I'm heading in the kitchen to get started on the pies for this year! 
Enjoy the holidays!
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Well, my pies are out of the oven, the turkey is prepped and ready to be popped into the oven in the wee hours of the morning, & I am ready for the holidays to begin!! 

Over the past several weeks, I've been thinking of all the many things for which I am thankful...family, friends, health, & the ability to adjust to new situations & challenges are high on my list. I am so thankful for God's grace. My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's this summer, & since then it seems my life has been filled with new adjustments & new responsibilities. Learning my new "normal" & getting the school year off to a running start proved to be a challenge. But, you know what? It really wasn't that bad....things are under control...my family is healthy...my mom is doing pretty well...I love my group of kiddos...they're learning & showing lots of growth...It just hit me tonight as I sit here reflecting that even with the challenges of this year, I am truly blessed.

With that being said, I am looking forward to getting back to blogging! I have really missed it. I feel blessed to be part of the blogging community. I love that there is so much support for one another. I've met some really great friends & I've really missed being here. So glad to be getting back!




Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!