Wednesday, February 15, 2017

multicultural reads

A friend just asked for a list of multicultural reads for 6th graders, and since reading multicultural books is so important I thought I would share it here.

Multicultural Reads for 6th Graders:

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963, Christopher Paul Curtis
Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan
Brown Girl Dreaming, J. Woodson (LOVED this book)
One Crazy Summer, Williams-Garcia
Inside Out and Back Again, Lai
The Cay, T. Taylor
Ties That Bind, Ties That Break, Lensey Namioka
Witch of Blackbird Pond, Speare
Chains (Book #1, The Seeds of America Trilogy), Anderson
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Birchbark House, Erdich
Starry River of the Sky, Lin
Threads, Polonsky
Dancing, Alma Flor Ada
Tiger Boy, Perkins
Ninth Ward, Rhodes
Star in the Forest (story about illegal immigrants--timely), Resau
Boys Without Names, Sheth
How I Became a Ghost, Tingle

Thursday, January 12, 2017

So much yes

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
-Thomas Merton

Monday, December 26, 2016

It really happened...

So we got engaged on Christmas Eve.
During a walk in our favorite park, ChicagoBoy took me to a beautiful overlook and proposed. And of course, I said, "yes." 
And now I am in that golden glow of just not believing I really get to spend the rest of my life with this man. This wonderful, wonderful man. I am stunned. And overwhelmed. And so so happy.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

so MUCH is happening


SO. MUCH. IS. HAPPENING! But I am staying eerily calm...ok, I freaked out a little back in November, but have been Zen-ing my way to peace the last couple weeks. So, ChicagoBoy and I have been talking marriage for a while now, and...
  • My ring is being designed as we speak!
  • We've picked a date! LESS THAN 11 months away!
  • We've booked my church and talked to my (now retired) Priest, who's agreed to marry us!
  • We paid the deposit on the restaurant where we're having the Reception
  • And we think we've figured out how to have a chill Rehearsal Dinner
  • I've been going to interviews around ChicagoLand and HAVE A 2nd INTERVIEW this WEEK! I am so hopeful!
Life is so exciting right now. And a little scary as I creep closer into this limbo zone of not quite knowing.

Ok, guys, you got all the dirt before anyone else did, so keep it on the D.L. Ok?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Our first 5K

We did it! ChicagoBoy and I did our first 5K together this weekend with his sister. Neither of us are runners--ChicagoBoy is an open water swimmer and way more athletic than I am--so our goal was just to finish in under our time goals. My goal was 55 minutes. I finished in 54.50!! And ChicagoBoy's goal was 30 minutes. He finished in 27something. WE. DID. IT. 
These are the outfits I cooked up for our Turkey Trot (pun intended). Turkey feet and turkey faces, and turkey feathers too. ChicagoBoy was such a good sport for wearing these. I love this guy. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Let's not pretend we're celebrating some wonderful shared meal between new-found friends. Let's just focus on the fact that we have a holiday rooted in us feeling grateful--and overeating--and just be thankful for everyone and everything that has made this year better. And don't mention the election, please God, just don't.

This year I'm thankful for my youngest nephew Alex talking in sentences; that I've been an aunt for 12 years! I'm thankful for this beautiful, long fall, and for the cold late November nights too. I'm thankful for my family and my friends, especially L, who died and came back to us this spring. I am thankful for ChicagoBoy, who makes me feel so loved and made my Grinch heart grow 3 times this year. I'm thankful for each breath and every step, for the sunrises and sunsets. Thankful for a job I love. I am so blessed.

I hope you all count many blessings this day too. Happiest of happy Thanksgivings.