Saturday, December 7, 2013
Lord, please help me to manage these students with poise and grace without losing my cool and screaming, Amen! Do you ever pray honestly in everyday words? I DO! The holy strategy I received and wrote on the board is :
When everyone was seated I gave my introduction. I explained that today I am simply Tammy Stafford. Please don't think of me as a substitute teacher. I suggested I was there to help them. We are equals today and on the same level. I don't know anything about this health lesson but I'm here to learn. I proved my commitment by reading the lesson and answering the questions that was their assignment for the day. I also made a deal that if they respected me and I them, we would review all the answers before the class dismissed. They seemed to like this plan.
My first experience as a sub for high school was a great success! Some students told me that was a clever trick to keep everyone quiet. They say a trick. I say the Trinity! I thanked God as I left the school that afternoon. He is so clever!
Do you pray when you sub or teach? Do you have any proven ways to manage a classroom for a sub? Leave me a comment. I'm anxious to get a few new tricks up my sleeve!
Subbing successfully sometimes,
The Happy Handicap
Friday, December 6, 2013
Bah! Humbug! I know I'm totally un-American and such but I wish all those elves on shelves would just fall off! I don't want an elf creeping around my house at night doing things I wouldn't dare let my children get away with, do you? That 3-letter acronym that means almost the same thing as "what the crap?" would be appropriate here but my husband forbids me to use it in my writings. Calm down, you're almost as bad as him! It's just a word. You peeps have made it what it is today...infamous!
Anyway, I've seen so many of those boring elf pictures on facebook I'm sick of them already and it's only December 6th. Now, if you have an elf and L.O.V.E. him/her, please take this post in the vain it is written in which is jokingly or humorously for the more intelligent folks. Yay, I'm in one of my moods today. Beware if you dare to read on.
How do I not love thee little elf, let me tell you the whys:
- I want to slap that smirk right off your face. Who says you can look at anyone with that knowing grin like you're always chanting in your pointed little head "I'm the Elf on a Shelf, I can do anything I want and get away with it sucker!" I hate the elf for the smirk on his face.
- His/Her arms and legs are more toned than mine! I hate the elf because he lays around for 11 months of every year and never gains an ounce.
- I hate the elf because he has no feet. I know I'm the "Happy" Handicap. I admit I have feet problems or a lack thereof. My husband always says I make everything about me but seriously why would you make an elf, give him hands and not make him any feet. I almost feel sorry for him on this one but instead of sympathy, I prefer to just hate the footless little guy.
- I hate the elf because his creator went to my alma mater. If the idea was floating around on campus, why didn't it land in my head? Why didn't I get to become popular and make millions? Why isn't a creepy little elf I created sitting on the Kardashians' mantle? Yep, I hate the elf because I didn't think of him first.
- I hate the elf because short elves got no reason to live. They got little hands, little eyes, they sit around telling great big lies. They got tiny little teeth and a pixie haircut that stinks!
I'm all done now,
The Happy Handicap
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Do you ever have this problem?
You plan to take that certain dish to a get-together
mentally inventory your pantry for the ingredients
ah! yes! they're all there.
Later in the day when you actually begin to prepare the dish...
your pantry isn't as stocked as you imagined.
now you can't make the recipe you wanted
This very incident happened to me last weekend.
so like any good cook.....i improvised!
12 vanilla cupcakes were already baked
they needed some prettiness on top
you really MUST have the prettiest dish at an outing
I had some leftover pink buttercream frosting in the fridge
but it made me feel like Goldilocks
'cause it was too cold to pipe and decorate with
setting it out of the fridge earlier
would have made it JUST RIGHT!
then I saw these
and had an idea...
Super Easy Reese's Frosting Drizzle
6-8 minature Reese's peanut butter cups
1 tbsp. of Crisco
Heat both ingredients in microwave on medium setting
until thin enough to drizzle (about 1-2 minutes)
The drizzle cools and harden beautifully!
Then I cut a miniature Reese's in half
to adorn the top of each cupcake
Be sure to place these before your drizzle
cools to keep them in place
just like glue!
I got my chocolate in my peanut butter
and my peanut butter in my chocolate!
Who remembers that ole commercial?
I also imagine you could do this super fast, super easy
meltdown with several of your favorite candies
Tis the season to meltdown a
York Peppermint Patty
any candy where the filling will melt!
Try it out and leave me a comment with what you imagined.
I know your creations will be
SUPER EASY &
SUPER EASY &
Practicing chocolate wizardry,
The Happy Handicap
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
If you use technology, you've probably experienced auto-correct. Auto-correct is a built-in vocabulary that automatically corrects "supposed" errors. For example, I might be typing the word "of" and auto-correct changes it to "if". Lots of funny jokes results from auto-corrected text messages. Email uses it too. A lot of people hate auto-correct and they turn it off. Rightfully so, auto-correct has a history of ruining people's lives! Auto-correct has been known to turn the word "Disney" into "Divorce". You can see how this could present a problem...We're going to Disney becomes We're going to divorce!
Is auto-correction really that bad? Here's my thought..."If you're God-connected, you're auto-corrected!" The Bible says in Proverbs 3:11-12 "My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: for whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth." God gave us scripture for correction (2 Timothy 3:16). It's upsetting when a text gets corrected incorrectly! We don't need a machine correcting us. But we do need a Holy God to help us correct our incorrect ways. How many times have you turned your auto-correct off? Don't you love (maybe not) when you're thinking about eating a Reese cup and God says "Should you eat that?" and you're like "YAY! I should eat it!" You just turned off auto-correction. Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to get up on Sunday morning? Have you overrode your auto-correct and stayed in bed? I have!
Just say YES to God's auto-correction. He can positiviely help you:
1. Bite your tongue
2. Turn the other cheek
3. Look in the right direction
4. Improve your life
5. Lose weight (lol, just kidding but it could happen)
I couldn't do without my wireless connection to God complete with auto-correct. I don't have to worry about sending or receiving too much data, losing His signal or being charged extra. God's plan is free and doesn't require a new contract every several years! What do you like or not like about God's auto-correct? Share your thoughts with a comment below.
The Happy Handicap
Monday, December 2, 2013
YOU COULD BE A STAR!
Can you imagine following a star to the place where Jesus lay in the manger? Watching in anticipation as the star leads you across a desert terrain to a stable to visit a King!
The Bible tells us in Matthew 2:2 that the wise men saw his star in the east and came to worship him.
Can we shine as bright as the star that first led the wise men to Jesus?
Just a few short chapters over in Matthew 5:16 the Bible instructs us to "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven." I believe that is exactly what the star was doing that night in Bethlehem; shining for men to see his good works and glorifying him. Once we accept Jesus, he begins a good work in us. His Holy Spirit can shine through us so men can see his glory.
Sometimes I think I make a special trip to the hardware store to buy a dimmer switch for my glorious light. Do you ever feel the same? You know we can keep hitting our dimmer switches until you can't see Jesus in us at all. The good news is we have control of how brightly our lights shine for Jesus.
So how can we let our lights shine? Live for him and not ourselves. Do his good work! Share the glorious news of Christ! Wouldn't it be amazing if our lights were so bright people were blinded like Paul? You've always wanted to be a star, haven't you? Now’s your chance! You could be that star this Christmas that leads someone to Jesus!
Share in a comment how you're letting your light shine this Christmas...
The Happy Handicap