Thursday, March 17, 2016

All Good Things!


Today was the LAST day for the knee scooter!  I was so excited!  I started the day at the elementary visiting our 3rd grade classes with advocates from the Family Crisis Center.  They spoke about teasing and bullying and did a great job connecting with the kiddos.  I actually had to "scoot" out a few minutes early to get to my 7-week appointment for my foot.  I have been sporting around on this knee scooter for 3 weeks which has gotten me where I am going much quicker than crutches.  The kids have loved it!  I have had many offers to take it for a ride.  We thought about turning it into a fundraiser for $1 a ride but opted out...always liability!
I loved one little gal from pre-school who seemed very intrigued with my scooter.  She would smile and just about drool looking at it.  She would tell me every day (and I mean that!) how much she wanted a scooter like mine.  My sister is actually her teacher and I suggested we let her go for a ride.  I was told NO, but being the mischievous person I am at times, I decided I couldn't stand it any longer.  I offered her the opportunity to ride it today.  WOW!  You should have seen those eyes light  up! When I told her she could take it for a ride.  It was PRICELESS!!!  The associates from her room were in on it with me and got her started.  I hope you enjoy the video that I had to share: video

I really think if I hadn't rented it, I would have given it to her!  I'm going to miss her telling me, "I think tomorrow I will get one!"

I must be easily entertained or excited.  I have to admit I have experienced more feelings than are talked about it the recent movie "Inside Out" through this whole 'foot ordeal'.  I really had to practice what I preach!  Growth Mindset was not always easy.  I have felt:
 pain--literally, but it wasn't horrible!
boredom--sitting around in a recliner with your foot up isn't all it is cracked up to be 
frustration--losing some independence
 hope--when I could see improvement 
gratitude--for all the people who prayed for me and took care of me
anxiety--about stepping on my foot after 3 months of not being able to
excitement---TOTALLY felt this today!
I don't think the woman in the waiting room at the doctor had a hard time telling I was excited today when I WALKED OUT of the exam room WITHOUT CRUTCHES OR A SCOOTER!
WOOT! WOOT!
As I sit here now I also think about things I was able to accomplish that I had on my "to do" list --- things I could do from a sitting position.  Like reading books, staying on top of my Bible study, sending cards or notes to people, Pinterest, and getting my TpT store open.
So, it wasn't so bad after all.  I still need to wear the fashionable boot on my foot but I get to wean myself off of that also.
Life is good---don't ever doubt it.
My mindset has improved, no longer fixed!
I guess the saying is really true,
ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END!
And guess what?  I can actually see the light at the end of this tunnel.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Kind Encouragement: Priceless!

Today ended my first week back at school as my foot recovery continues.  I did half days and reconnected with my elementary kiddos!  It was so good to see every single one of them during the week as I visited each classroom for a counseling lesson.  I also had some referrals and started 3 small groups and signed up 3 kids for individual counseling.  It is great to be needed!  AND the kids have been so concerned about how I am doing:  "How is your foot Mrs. K?", "Do you need help Mrs. K?" and on  and on.  One of my 3rd grade girls has been filling my water bottle each morning.....she reports to me like it is her job!  How kind is that!?  

And MANY cards from the kids.  What a thoughtful gesture on their part....taking the time to create a card to give me.  
Today one second grade girl brought in the card she was working on Wednesday when I went to her classroom.  She told me she wasn't finished yet when I wrapped up the lesson and was ready to leave and I told her she could just bring it down when she was finished.  So, today, she came in and dropped it off as I was visiting with someone in my office, placed it on my table quietly without interrupting and then turned around and walked out.  When I finished my conversation, I started putting away the items on my table that I had used with a small group.  I noticed the card with the colorful carefully designed front.  I picked it up quickly to read it.  Wow!  My heart was touched!  I just have to share this "keeper" as I call them...the ones that will forever be in my "stash" of cards, notes and other encouragements I have received.




This is why I do what I do....it's all about the kids!  Love them to pieces!