Monday, January 5, 2015

Make a Difference Monday - bless those who bless others

Sunday evening, 11:11 pm...

I knew exactly what I wanted to write about for my Make a Difference Monday.  Or, so I thought!  I sat down to write my post and the words just wouldn't come to me.  I was in a bit of a funk.  Not sad or upset - just in a funk.  For the past 16 days I've had all three kiddos home.  And, to add to that, my hubby has been off from work for the past 11 days!  I've been surrounded by my peeps and that is exactly what I love!  (granted, having them around 24/7 can wear on a person but when it's time to send them back to school you forget all about that!)  As much as I love structure, I love going to bed late, waking up whenever, and doing whatever we want.  

That comes to a screeching halt in just a few hours.  :(

Since I was at a loss for what to write, I did what most people do - scrolled through Instagram!  :)  I was stopped in my tracks and knew EXACTLY what my Make a Difference Monday was going to be all about!

I follow Glennon Melton (user name momastery) on Instagram and she posted the most beautiful prayer!  It was so wonderful that I wanted to share with you and give you a couple of ways that you can love on teachers tomorrow, the next day, Friday or any day!!!

Dear God,
There are these special folks down here called teachers. You might know them as the ones to whom you gave all those extra doses of kindness and goodness and wisdom and selflessness. Sorry to interrupt your Sunday evening - but many are heading back to school tomorrow and we've got a few requests to make on their behalf.
1. Please give the teachers a peaceful night's sleep tonight. Some of them are leaving families they've spent the holidays snuggling. If they're feeling sad about that - please comfort them with reminders that if they have to leave their people tomorrow morning- at least it's for the most important work on Earth.
2. Transition day is hard. Maybe take it easy on them tomorrow? Maybe keep the little Rascally Ones on the straight and narrow at least through Tuesday? What we are trying to say here is: Lord, have mercy.
3. When we all get to heaven, we humbly request that you let the teachers in first. We'll step back and let them all through. When they get inside - sit them down gently on the clouds or wherever you seat people. Give them some tea (or vodka. Maybe give the middle school teachers straight vodka.) Then pat them on the head. Give them an awards ceremony that would put the Oscars to shame. Offer a trophy for every single child they taught to read, sing, dance, add, or believe in herself. We know that'll take forever. That's okay. Take your time with them, we'll wait. They've earned it.

The Grateful Rest of Us

Wow - wasn't that awesome?!  I so wish that my prayers sounded like that!  So, after reading that I knew that I wanted to make a difference for our teachers tomorrow.  It truly is a calling and it takes away a little of the uneasiness when I know our kiddos are in good hands.  So, how am I going to bless them?  With Starbucks, of course!  :)

At the beginning of each school year, I send our teachers an email with a list of favorites for them to fill out.  It's important for me to give gifts that people actually like and it also helps when I want to surprise them with their favorite hot beverage!  :)  In case you are wondering, here is a list of things I ask them (and don't forget to ask when their birthday is!).  I'm a dork and store these lists under each teacher's name in my Contacts on my phone.  That way I always have their list of favorites handy!
So, in the morning before drop off, I'll swing through the Starbucks drive thru and pick up their favorite warm beverage.  I'm hoping this will make their first day back a little better.
And, if you don't read this in time to bring them a hot morning beverage, maybe an afternoon pick-me up will work.  I don't know of any teacher (or person!) that doesn't love a Route 44 Sonic drink!
This first week back tends to drag on so you could always do a little happy on Friday. Maybe a small bottle of hand lotion with a tag that reads "We hope you had a smooth week."
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Is it too early to start a countdown for Spring Break?!  :)  I've seen super cute frames in the dollar section at Michael's that would be perfect for this!
But, you don't have to actually give them anything.  An email letting them know how much you appreciate all they do would bring a smile just as big.

So, all you mamas that are sending your kiddos back to school today - I understand.  That alarm clock will sound WAY to early and bedtimes won't come quick enough.  But, for all those teachers out there - please know how much we love and appreciate all you do!

Gig 'em and God bless!


  1. This is so incredibly sweet! Teachers have such a hard job - I can't even imagine all they go through. I'm sure any of the things you mentioned would seriously make their week! What a great idea :) Stopping by from the link up1 -Jess /

    1. Thanks, Jessica! The Starbucks was much appreciated this morning by all! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. thanks for linking up with tuesday talk! What sweet, intentional gifts for teachers!! Great reminder.

  3. So great- my husband is a teacher and I know the encouraging comments mean so much to him. Love the idea of the favorites- thanks for linking up with us today!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Keri! If you have a chance, let me know some things your husband likes to get as little happy's. The older my kiddos get, the more male teachers they have and I don't know what their thoughts are (actually, I'm pretty sure I know!) about receiving the Pinterest-y type gift ideas. :)

  4. I LOVE your blog name! These are such great ideas too- teachers are seriously the unrecognized heros of society! :)

    1. Thank you! I feel the exact same way! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Those are really cute tags for teacher gifts. Yes, I agree teachers must have an extra does of patience. Especially middle school teachers. HA! I love a good Sonic drink and it makes me so thankful when someone thinks of me and brings me one. How thoughtful of you to remember your kiddos teachers on their first day back!

    So glad you linked up to the SHINE Blog Hop! :)

    1. Thanks! I'm always looking for cute ways to show the middle school teachers some love! Goodness knows, they deserve it!!!

      Thanks for co-hosting! I love the name of the blog hop - just happens to be my word of the year! :)

  6. Thank you for posting to Motivation Monday!


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