We had our first married Easter this past Sunday. I am overly sentimental and so I tried to fully embrace every "first married holiday" in our first year of marriage. This was the last "first married holiday" in our first year of marriage but a first of many to come! We had a packed day of family, but we managed to make each other Easter baskets and hide them around the house for each other. He found his quite a bit faster than me! We can't get enough scripture in our house right now, so I got my husband a book with a verse and one of God's promises for each day. We have it out in our kitchen and share one when we make dinner. We've been too stressed for months with uncertainty and things have felt more stressful the past 2-3 weeks. The increase in stress started taking over health, emotions, and both of our personalities in day to day living... Fortunately, taking more time to read scripture has helped gain the strength God has for me and helped me keep my faith stronger than my fears. It's been the most eventful week of the year here, and thanks to His faithfulness I've been able to have peace!
We also wrote notes for various categories inside eggs and hid them around the house for each other (a special memory, something we are looking forward to doing together, something odd but cute each other does often, etc). This might make me sound like the cheesiest person ever, but things like this make us happy. Brian does not admit that he loves these things, but I know deep down he enjoys the festive fun.
I can't get my kids up and moving enough. I know how much the kids need to be up moving, talking, and discovering ideas, but I like to organize the chaos sometimes to help keep them focused. Kagan Structures have been helpful for me to do that. As we are studying place value in math, my students wrote number stories today and did a Quiz-Quiz-Trade with their partners. This is when they pair up, hold up their boards, solve each others' problems, trade boards, and walk to find a new friend. Quiz-Quiz-Trade is really good for when they are learning information and need to see it over and over again, but I think it helps them stay engaged to change the information they are sharing with their partner each time!
I took a whole evening off of school work from 5:00 on and spent the evening helping my mom pick out fabric for new window treatments and enjoying dinner with her. Rarely do I take a whole evening away from school work, but it was so wonderful to catch up with my beautiful mom. I lived at my parent's house last year before we got married and my mom and I loved talking every day and sharing in the details of each others' lives. We don't get to talk nearly as much now so evenings like this are so refreshing!
What did you do this week?