Sunday, October 19, 2014

Living and Loving Well...

Hope you have had a great weekend!!! 

My husband and I had the opportunity to attend a marriage conference with Dr Gary Chapman (author of 5 Love Languages) on Saturday. If you have the chance to attend one of his seminars in the future, I would highly recommend it--we learned so much from his teaching! 
The 5 Love Languages of Children
We also made a few book purchases...I am super excited to read 5 Love Languages for Kids, 5 Love Languages for Teens, and Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen Driven World.  Have any of you read any of these books? Would love for you to share any tips or words of wisdom...

Also, if you are interested in viewing this conference via DVD, it is available as both a large group and a small group study.  See below to check out the links...

Ready or not, Monday's coming...let's make the most of it!  Blessings, Shannon :-) 

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins

Monday, October 13, 2014

Back from the Brink...

Well, it happened!  Last week I opened my lap top to find that only my backlight would come on--nothing else.  No windows screen, no start up attempt!  

So I did what we all do when we have a problem...I googled the symptoms!  WRONG DECISION!  I found post after post about the "black screen of death."  Nothing encouraging...only doom and gloom! I must have tried turning my lap top on and off 1,000 times, but nothing worked.  

As you can potentially imagine, I wanted to shed huge crocodile tears over all the work on my lap top...some of it not backed up on a jump drive or an external hard drive...terrible, I know!

So I put the lap top away.  My usual habit is to pull it out after the kids are in bed every night to do some work on curriculum, my teacher stores, blogging, FB.  But not last week!  I did absolutely nothing techy-related.  I read a book, went to 4 football games and the fair with my parents, hosted my sister's family from out of town, unplugged...and prayed.

Sure enough, I got my lap top out of the case this weekend and asked my husband to take a look at it.  What do you know?  It fired right up, and here I sit typing on it.  Guess it was divinely appointed for me to unplug from working overtime and to intentionally plug into my life this week.  

Lessons to me...back up my files and plug into my life more often!!!  Hope you have a great week!  

Also, sales news found below!  Who doesn't love saving???  Enjoy your week!  Shannon :-)

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Fall FREEBIE for You!!!

Happy 1st day of fall!  I was going to wait until the end of the week to add pumpkins to my bulletin board at school, but today I could not resist!  It was overcast and drizzling, and the weather outside seemed just right for decorating the hall with a construction paper pumpkin patch, falling leaves, and fall-themed creative writing!  I even tried to drink a cup of coffee tonight...those of you that know me know that coffee is NOT my fav, but it just seemed like the thing to to with such a chill in the nighttime air!

I also wanted to let you know about a completely FREE resource you can access in my TpT store:
Fun Fall Ideas to Help Your Family "Fall" in Love with Jesus
 These fall ideas are well-loved by my personal children and are a great way to help your own littles "Fall" more in love with Jesus this season!  Hope you enjoy, that you share this devotion resource with a friend, and that your family is blessed through these activities!!!  I would love for you to comment and let me know how you and your little ones enjoy!  I am so thankful for over 2,900 downloads of this resource pack!!!  WOWSERS!

Happy Fall, y'all!!!  Shannon 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Tuesday Tidbit...

Saw this bit of truth in my FB newsfeed today...just wanted to share.  

when going after a God-sized dream, you need a SANCTIFIED STUBBORN STREAK that won’t take no for an answer.

I love words of truth that speak to my soul!  Hope this encourages you today and that your week is off to a great--even if busy--start!  Shannon :-)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September, Saturdays, and the Scientific Method!

Hope you are having a great September Saturday!!! Our 6th grader just got home from his first ever middle school church retreat this afternoon...middle school sniff, sniff...where in the world does time go?  As much as it saddens me to see him grow up, I loved his answer when I asked him how it was.  He said, "The only problem with the retreat was that it was just too short!"  I think this means he is going to LOVE being a part of the middle school youth group!

I also wanted to let you know that I just posted my new Scientific Method unit in both of my teacher stores!  I have been compiling these lessons and activities for years, so I hope they benefit your little learners the way that they have mine!  At an introductory price of just $10, it's a great value for 158 pages of science learning fun!  

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Blessings, Shannon 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Post to Share and Labor Day News!

Hi!  I shared on my FB page today a link about creative ways to ask your children about their school day.  As my children get older, it can sometimes be easy to receive static answers to static questions.  How was your day? Fine.  What did you have for lunch?  Pizza.  Do you have much homework?  Not really.  

This post by Simple Simon and Company is definitely worth the read if you are some new and different ways to get the conversation ball rolling.  Check it out by following this link:  This one might be one of my favorites..."If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed up someone who would you want them to take?" LOL

I also wanted to let you know that in honor of my birthday--which was Friday--and in celebration of our favorite September day off--Labor Day--I will be hosting a weekend SALE in both of my online stores.  Stop by for some end of summer savings! 

So thankful for Monday off and for another year of life and health!!!  39 and feeling fine...reminds me I have a lot to be grateful for!

Enjoy your weekend!  Love and Blessings, Shannon :-)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Busy Life Is Never Boring!

Haven't blogged a bit since August 16th...yep, school must be back in session LOL!  

It is true that we are BUSY in the Bryant house, but it is true that our busy life is never boring!  

The older my children get, the more they are blessed to be involved with.  So off we go to football games and practices, cheerleading clinics, lego meetings, youth group, Awana, lacrosse playoffs, the list goes on and on.  Making happy memories...that's how I like to think of it!

I pinned a quote from Socrates on Pinterest this week, though, that has me doing a bit of reflection...  
I think I know what Socrates meant...see, at one point my life was just as busy as it is now, but it wasn't was frantic and barren!  I was doing too many things, and sadly, none of them very well.  

Last year I read Primal by Mark Batterson. In it, he highlights the Scripture, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength"  Matthew 22:37.  I realized I wasn't loving God with my entire mind because it was literally too cluttered to allow Him in. 

Honestly, there was no secret recipe to getting my life back in order, but I will give you a few steps that I was able to do to declutter and find balance again:
1) Pray! 
(Pray and pray and pray some more!)
2) Purge! 
(The garage, the master bedroom closet, my classroom, my mind...the cobwebs had to be cleared from all of it!  And some areas required more deep cleaning than others!)
3) Make intentional time for quiet! 
(For me, it was taking 15-20 minutes to do a daily quiet time while my daughter played in the bathtub.  Seek out those little moments and take advantage.)
4) Stop resisting change so hard! 
(I had so many things so tightly gripped in my hands that I couldn't take hold of any of the good or even better things God held for me.  Letting go finally cleared my hands and heart to receive new and different!)
5) Be intentional!  
(Seasons of life come and go, but I still have to remind myself of what that frantic time in my life felt like and that I don't want to go back there.  So now I make better choices, and my husband and children and mother and sister LOL all help me to stay accountable.)
6) Lend a hand to others who are stuck in the spin cycle! 
(I discovered that God can use you to bless others when you are less wound up in your own knots!  Reach out!  There is a mom or friend or coworker nearby who could use some encouragement!)

I hope this post is a blessing to someone who is reading...Life is a balancing act, a blessing, a sacred trust...I am still daily learning how to thrive in my life, not just survive it!  Praying that for you as well!!!

Lots of love, Shannon :-)