Thursday, October 30, 2008

"How come she isn't pregnant?"

Coversation in my classroom today:

Scene: John came to school because he bought me a hot water dispenser. I introduce him to the kids and give them permission to ask him questions...

Briawna: "Do you have dogs?"
Dakotah: "You got a hair cut, I know it." ( he met John once after school)

There were more but I can't remember due to the next hilarious question:

Dakotah: "So, if you are married to Mrs. Warren why isn't she pregnant?"

Entire class (including John and I): erupting laughter!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Sweet notes and amazing kids

I got a very cute note from a student today that I just had to share! Here is what it says

To: Mrs. Warren

I love you! You are COOL! a nice techer and asome! I know you are trying to be nice but I don't blame you for being a little mean. I don't care you are still fun!


Doesn't this just crack you does me! I have an amazing, sweet class but they like to talk- ALOT! This is why I have to be "mean". Somedays I want to never teach again and then I get notes like this or have a day like today when the kids listen and they really get what you are teaching them!

Yesterday and today I taught them about systems for science, and they were getting it and really using their higher level skills taking the process deeper than I thought they could! YAY!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Procrastination Blog

Well I am basically blogging for two reasons. The first is that I feel like I should because I haven't in a couple months! The second is because I am procrastinating grading papers!
I really want to post some pictures of my classroom as it is mostly put together now! I have been doing all I can to keep my head above water these last 6 or so weeks. I knew that teaching would be busy and that I "wouldn't have a life" as they say but I had no idea what that really meant! I didn't know it would mean working until at least 6pm every night (or later some nights) and 6 hours on Sunday. Thankfully I am beginning to catch up and not feel so stressed but I don't think the hours will lesson any time soon. John and I have been doing a lot of talking about how to make this work for us because as he puts it he "wants his wife back". I don't blame him and do miss being at home more. I don't think it is "right" that this is the way it is but it just is with first year teachers. I am not the only one at the school during these crazy hours! Its all the newbies! I have hope that it will get better and I will get the hang of it though!
I am wrapping up my first six weeks which means lots more work, like averaging grades, sending out report cards and parent/teacher conferences. Amidst the madness and blurr of my day I do love what I am doing. It has felt very natural and I have not one doubt that this is where I should be! There is so much peace in that! I love my students, even the ones that drive me crazy- they all have their own personalities and abilities that just make you love them.
Soon, I will post a couple of letters that I received a couple of weeks ago, during a very bad week. The students were picking up on the fact that their behavior was wearing me out and a couple sensitive kiddos wrote me letters- you will love them!
In the mean time, we have our house completely furnished now, thanks to JOhn's parents who recently moved and had some furniture to get rid of- we benefitted! I'll try and post pics of that also!
BARGAIN of the century: regularly $120 Organic Duvet cover from PotteryBarn ( queen)
on sale for $23!!! It looks great in our spare bedroom! Pics soon!

Until I have some blogging (or procrastinating) to do...

Sunday, August 17, 2008

What is to come

I feel like I am trying to be some sort of a creative writer because I tried to think of a creative title...I know, all you writer are saying "really?" If I wasn't trying to be cooler than I am I would have just titled it "I'm so excited".
Anyhow, I really am just so excited right now.
I start in-service tomorrow. For those of you who don't know what that is ( someone asked me earlier today), it is what teachers had when you had the day know, when you didn't have school but your teachers were still working. We have a week of in-service before our students come next week!
My classroom is basically non existent because up until this weekend I didn't even have all 4 walls, several rooms in the school have been under construction. I heard that I have all 4 as of today ( but no paint yet) so hopefully I will be able to post some pics of my room soon, meaning that I am able to get in there and decorate.
I am ready to get started because I feel like i'v been preparing for this for awhile! I say that I am mentally ready, because honestly I am not pratically ready. Clearly, no room, no lesson plans written, lots of things to create still but hey, I am mentally ready. I am ready to invest in these kids, care about them, get to know their families, love on them, show them joy, and hope. I know that many days will be a disaster and I am ready for that. I'm just ready to mess up and keep going because I know that will happen. Maybe I am so ready because it is so clear to me that this is what the Lord has called me to for now.

Over the last few weeks the Lord has been stirring my heart more and more for children and families. I have always had a heart for them but lately I have been very sensitive to this demographic, a few examples:
(and can I clarify that my heart is for hurting children and families, I don't know why but it just is)

*last week I found out that my brothers daughter ( she doesn't live with him) has had CPS at her house twice recently, what do I do with that? I won't go into the details but it just broke my heart that any child has to feel that hurt and that shame. That she has to feel worthless or maybe that she has to earn love. It makes my heart weighty, that the Lord allows this to happen. It reminds me that our world is broken, that people are selfish and not loving not with pure love anyway. But the truth it does remind me of is that God is faithful, that God is soveriegn, that God is our protector and also that God longs to see His glory. I know in the depths of me that my Great God can use any event or circumstance, any dysfunctional upbringing to bring glory and honor to Himself, which in turn bring me hope and peace.
*We watched the movie "Swing Vote" ( if you haven't seen this you may want to skip this one, I don't really give anything away but...),
and for some reason this was very heavy for me. From the beginning of this movie my heart just broke for this little girl. The whole mother scene was awful for me, I was just bawling. Maybe after hearing about my neice this was touchy for me. The fact for me was that this movie is reality for way to many children and their story doesn't always turn out so picture perfect.
* Driving to school a couple weeks ago I was listening to a Tim Hughes cd when his song "God of Justice" came on and just hit my heart. I don't know what but it was like the only line I heard was"stand beside the broken". I am still trying to figure out what to do with this because I definitely feel it was the Lord speaking to me, which I love that He does! I'll keep yall posted...

So, I hope some of that made sense and wasn't me throwing up in the blog world all of my thoughts for the day. I'm not even going to go back and edit ( which I always do, maybe not for grammar but for sanity).

oh, here are the lyrics to that Tim Hughes song:
God of Justice, Saviour to all
Came to rescue the weak and the poor
Chose to serve and not be served

Jesus, You have called us
Freely we've received
Now freely we will give

We must go live to feed the hungry
Stand beside the broken
We must go
Stepping forward keep us from just singing
Move us into action
We must go

To act justly everyday
Loving mercy in everyway
Walking humbly before You God

You have shown us, what You require
Freely we've received
Now freely we will give

Fill us up and send us out
Fill us up and send us out
Fill us up and send us out Lord

Monday, August 11, 2008


I wish I haven't been so bad about blogging lately. After a more than 2 week vacation to Portland, including a 3 day drive back home, I started teacher training last week! Between the house, teacher training and adjusting back to work schedule I am a bit overwhelmed, to say the least!

So far this has been a very difficult transition for me partially because I tend to like this "just so" and partially because I feel like I've had to say no to a lot of things lately and that I hate!
Amongst all the busyness, I am trying to find the line between not doing things in order to keep my sanity and not doing things because I am selfish. Where is the line!!!???

And to brag on my sweet husband...he has been so patient and such a servant! You see, what happens when I get so overwhelmed is that i basically become paralyzed. I have no idea where to begin. I also don't always respond in the sweetest way, I'm sure none of you can imagine that but well, its true! Today I became paralyzed, there is so much to do around the house ( I still haven't figured out how all our stuff fits/works in this house) and soooo much to do at school that I didn't even know where to begin. All my sweet husband starting doing was working, he just saw things that needed to be done and did them! AMAZING! It kind of helps me get started! Thank you sugar!!!

I'm definitely feeling the Lord stretch me in new ways and I know i need to look for Him through this very stressful time. I feel torn in so many ways and I just pray that the Lord brings clarity to me and who I am supposed to be in HIM!

Sorry about all the rambling, welcome to my world! :)

I will post some pics of my classroom as soon as I can-( my room is currently under construction)

Mrs. Warren

Thursday, July 17, 2008

An Update in Pictures

Birthday Celebrations
Sam and Katie took John and out for diner to celebrate my bday! I love these girls and we have so much fun! I don't think there is ever a time we get together without taking a pic full of laughter!

Cute picture - the one I force him to look "normal" in ;-)

Typical John picture ;-)- check out the look on his face- ha!

The Lookout Point Inn- B&B
Hot Springs, AR

John surprised me with a night here on our way back from Family Camp! It was beautiful and a wonderful night away with John. It was our 4 year anniversary celebration ( a few weeks early).

More Birthday Celebrating...
Emily, Nat and Kimbo took me to breakfast for my birthday and Emily made me this adorable bag! I love it and can't wait to use it!

PINK Flamingoes....
A few weeks ago our house got "flamingoed" that a word?
In case you don't know ( Oregonians) when your yard gets "flamingoed" you have to pay to get them out. It is a very creative fundraiser...

Sorry for the random post and disorganization of the pics. But at least they are up, right?
John and I are headed to Portland next week for 10 days! We can't wait to see our family! I've been missing the nieces and nephews so much lately! So here we come Knakals!!

I hope all of you are enjoying the summer , love from the Warren's!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Our Conquering Lion

The Conquering Lion
Shall break every chain
He will wipe every tear away
He will take all my hurt and pain
Conquering Lion
Shall break every chain
He will wipe every tear away
He will take all my hurt and pain
He will lead me to springs of living water
He will lead me to springs of living water
He will lead me to springs of living water

I wrote about this song in this post a long time ago, the day Olivia died. I have been thinking about her daily lately. I'm not sure why. My heart misses her and I get overwhelmed with thoughts of her and the pain of not having her here to call, spend a weekend with, laugh with, shop with, dream with, pray with and share my heart with. I visited her myspace page tonight searching for anything new I could find, something I didn't know. I want to know something knew about her. Maybe its that I wish she could share new pictures or blogs, if I could find something new, I would still have her here. I don't think any of this makes any logical sense but inside me it does. I want to read something new or see somthing new about her so I can hang on, not loose my thoughts and memories of her! I decided to listen to this song again, Conquering Lion by Grace Faulkner ( itunes it), nervous because I knew it would bring tears. I immediately go back to that late Saturday night in Olivia's room the week before she died. Marisa, Shana, Samantha and i were in her dark room, praying for Liv, begging the Lord for her life on this earth to last longer. This song came on and we just sang it to her. It was such a sweet time and I just want to transport back to that place, sit a little longer, laugh with Liv a little more and enjoy the sweetness of friends holding each other up. I am so thankful for the gift of friendship, what an amazing gift from God! As I listened to this song tonight I was reminded of my own brokeness, I don't have cancer and I am physically healthy, but my heart is sinful, its broken. Jesus has taken that, he has died so that I can live. He has willingly taken on the burden of my sin, my pride, jealousy and bitterness so that I can choose to walk free, no more bondage. I have the choice to walk in the freedom that His brutal death on the cross provides me.
The Lord is teaching me a lot about the condition of my own heart and its tough, I'll be honest, it makes me angry. I have to deal with the reality that I am sinful, its how I was born. There is no room to blame anyone for my feelings, actions, etc; I must take responsibility.
Its this process He is taking me on that will allow me to lay down these dirty, sinful actions and feeling of mine, He's taking me to springs of living water. Its a daily process, not a quick say one prayer event! I mean I know that years ago when I decided to believe in Jesus, I became His, saved but knowing Him, becoming like Him and walking in a way which is glorifying to Him is a process!
I hope you find encouragement in knowing that He is the ultimate Conquering Lion, He will break every chain and wipe all your tears away and take all your hurt and pain! He will be lead us to springs of living water...but it will be a journey! He is so faithful! Thank you Jesus!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Mostly I just felt the need to update goes:
*John has been wearing an arm brace since last week. The Dr. wanted to put him in a full blown cast but John refused...I know, totally not like John- ha! ;-). His thumb has been hurting for several months and he finally went in to get it checked out. Its either tendonitis or the gout...?? He has been very humbled through wearing the brace as it is an extremely minor annoyance. Let me explain: On Sunday we met a girl who was only supposed to live until October and she has probably the most extreme prognosis I have ever heard of. I don't want to give to many details because I do not have her permission to write about it but it definitely put lots of things into perspective in our life that day! It also reminded me of Olivia! This girl is 22, younger than Liv but just as joyful and ready to serve as Olivia and she seemed determined to not let this awful illness get in the way of letting Christ use her. Jesus has obviously worked in her life in transforming ways!
*I am taking care of 4 children this summer, it should be lots of fun and lots of practice ;-)
*We have also invited a girl to live with us for a few months. She is getting married this fall to a guy on staff. She will be moving in at the end of this month and I think it will be a great few months. She can get a peek into marriage life- ha!
*I had an interview with a Denton school yesterday and should know by the end of the week who they picked...Its actually been fairly easy to trust the Lord with this because I know there is nothing I can do!

I think that covers it, no silly dog mishaps to share this time.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Who really runs our house??

So part of me is embarrassed about the photos below....but clearly not enough to keep them to myself. ;-) I came out from getting ready this morning, calling for Lilly because I thought she might need to go outside....I walked into the living room to see this:
Now, as far as I know this has never happened and I totally should have yelled at her and made her get down the minute I saw her but all I could do was slowly walk to the camera and hope she didn't move. Obviously she didn't move, in fact she just stayed there and starred at just cracked me up! I kinda feel like one of those moms who can't help but crack up laughing at something their children say and shouldn't!
And I promise I cleaned my coffee table! :)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Summer fun and summer salad!

Nat Drew, Emily Rozell(and Rev) and I went down to the square tonight for the Twilight Tunes, or something like that...basically Denton has live music on the courthouse lawn every Thursday in may and June! Its quite the event, everyone bring food or grabs pizza and wine from the shops on the square and we just hang out! There is a bounce house for the kids and people dance....we decided that they had to have been drinking! ;-)
Anyhow, we went and found The Chandlers ( Steven and Janet , I mean) and the Burkes...what a great time we had just chatting on the lawn for a couple of hours! I'm a sucker for silly nights like these. I love the Summer and cheap thrills like the Twilight Tunes in Denton!
Plus, I get to make delicious salads like this one: ( my mother in law always gives me the best recipes, this is one of those! Thanks Linda!!!)

Potato, Tomato, Corn and Basil Salad

Prep: 15min
Cook:20 min
Servings: 6-8 (maybe a few more)

1 lb baby red potatoes
4-5 med ears of corn
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes (halved lengthwise)
1 small red onion thinly sliced ( 1/2-3/4 C)
1 large bunch of basil leaves-rinse, dry and tear in 1/2 if you want)
1/4 C olive oil
2 large lemons, juiced
1 t kosher salt
about 15 grinds fresh ground pepper

Place potatoes in a large pot and bring to a boil. Cook until just fork tender ( about 15 min)
Spoon out potatoes and place directly into a bowl of ice cold water to stop them from cooking.
Shuck the corn and break each ear in 1/2. Cook in the same water for 5-7 min. You want them tender but not soft!
Remove the cooled potatoes to a dish cloth to drain/dry
Immerse the corn in the same ice bath until cool.
Cut potatoes into quarters and place in large bowl.
Remove corn from water and let drain.dry.
Cut the kernels from each ear and add to the bowl.
Add tomatoes, onion and basil leaves. Add olive oil and lemon juice, S&P and gently toss! Serve at room temp or cool.


Monday, May 26, 2008

Homemade Bug Repellent

We didn't have any insect repellent so I googled to see if I could just make something at home and here is what I found, plus it smells good! 4 hours out in the humid day and no bug bites!!!

Mix 1 T vanilla extract with 1 C water and spray on.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Here they are...I said I would show pics when I was done so, here you go. This turned out to be quite the prpject because I didn't know that the scalloped paper would be too small to print on but the white ended up looking great as a layer to the whole invite!
I will be making some personalized notecards soon so be on the lookout for those soon!
(I blurred the address and phone number so no creepy un-invited guests show up)

**If you or anyone you know would like invitations or announcements made I would love to work with you to design a product that fits for you and your occasion. I am very reasonable and excited to help!

Friday, May 23, 2008


Humble yourselves, therefore,under the might hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6

A few weeks ago the Lord really humbled me, told me once more that He does love me and He does care for me, I forget that all too often! In fact it is that very truth that brought me to the Lord. I hate that I loose sight of that truth because it is when I don't really believe that that I begin to lean on myself, plan my own life and believe in my own capabilities, I try to live completely on my own abilities. And please don't hear me say that I can't do anything or that I think I am incapable. But the truth is that just like people in my life I will fail myself, we are not a perfect people. I don't know what is best for me and I am so bent to sin that I will mess it up. When I believe that the Lord loves me , cares for me and is my provider- that is when I trust Him and believe in His plan for my life. So a couple weeks ago the Lord graciously provided a very safe place for me to lay my heart at his feet, I let him have it back and He was so faithful. He used several people to remind me of truths in scripture saying that He will protect me, that He cares for me and that He won't give me too much.
Behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. And there I will giver her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope...And in that day, declares the Lord you will call me "My Husband", and no longer will you call me "My Master". Hosea 2: 14-16

He is so good and full of grace that he continues to come after me, to pursue me. Hosea has always kind of been my book of the bible. That is where I came to really know the Lord, his love for me and his desire to see me pure. And its interesting to me that even though I may not be turning to the
same exact things as I did 8 years ago, I still really am. I am still looking to relationships - just different kinds, I am still looking to myself- just in a different way, I am still worrying about tomorrow- just for a different reason...but its all the same. The Lord longs for me to look to Him, to lean on Him and trust Him.

The Lord and I had a little heart to heart yesterday. There has been something that I have been holding on to in my life, something that I really want and I want it now (gosh that sounds awful) but the Lord has given me something else for now and who am I to try and change something I know without a doubt the Lord provided for me? I told Him yesterday that I will wait on His timing and that I will trust him, and not only just wait but be joyful and content with where He has me! It seems so simple, He is the God of the Universe, He knows what tomorrow will bring, He created the sun and stars and ocean, yet I have a hard time trusting Him...Oh Lord help me to trust you and believe you! Increase my love and joy for you, change my heart Lord, work in me!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

My new fav!

So this blog is partly out of obligation..I've been trying to think of something I can blog about and it hit me as I was falling in love with this new company I found yesterday!
It all started because I am creating lingerie shower invitations for one of my bf's...I knew that I wanted to use this paper that I always bought at a store in Portland SOOO...after calling that store, and then the paper company I was told about their parent company- Paper Source....

Paper Source is wonderful! I love it! ( and very reasonably priced!)You can buy online, which I love and Dallas is getting one at the end of the summer! YAY! I will post the invitations that I make once they are done, I still have to order the paper so it may be a week or so...

Go check out all the fun paper and gifts!! Hope you like it as much as me!

P.S. I typically buy the plain card and envelopes under the "envelopes and cards" tab, you can mix and match and layer all styles/sizes of cards..oohh so fun!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Delicious new recipe!

We sat down at the table, prayed and then took the first bite of our chicken kebab, and I literally got excited- I loved it!
Here is the recipe, please try it, its delicious!

Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs

1/2 C low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 C orange juice
2 T rice wine vinegar (I just used rice vinegar)
2 T honey
1 1/2 t minced garlic
1 1/2 t minced ginger ( I forgot fresh ginger so used ginger power, probably not as good but...)
2 t toasted sesame oil
1/4 C chopped scallions
1 1/4 pound boneless chicken cut into cubes
2 large red bell peppers cut into cubes ( i used one orange and 1 red)
*I added fresh pineapple to the kebabs!

In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, orange juice, vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger, oil, sesame seeds, and scallions. Add the chicken and marinade for 20 min.
Prepare grill or broiler to medium-high heat
Remove chicken from marinade.
Pour marinade into a saucepan, bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until sauce thickens -5 min (I did longer)
Thread the chicken and bell peppers (and pineapple) alternately onto the skewers. Place on the grill or broiler pan and cook, turning occasionally, unitl cooked, about 7 minutes.
Brush with sauce throughout and when done cooking.


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Where would you go?

So I wanted to do a survey instead of this post...couldn't figure out how though! go figure! ;-)
John and I are starting to think about our 5 year anniversary, it is August 1,2009- I can't believe it will be 5 years, crazy how time flies!
We were thinking an all- inclusive, adults only, beach ( similar to the typical honeymoon experience) BUT as I was sitting here tonight I remembered New England. I have never been to that area and I REALLY want to visit there! I have never been to the east coast but I just love it, so I think!
So here is the big question... First, would you choose the beach or New England? Second, tell me where, more specifically. We need some ideas! Think romantic, no kids, get it!
I expect some good responses! ;-)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Up until 1:30 last night!

I don't know it was the fact that my body is still on Hawaii time and so it was really only 8:30 when I went to bed or the book that I literally couldn't put down. When I started reading at around 11pm last night I thought for sure it would help me get tired and fall asleep as reading usually does for me. The book had another idea. I started on page 117 and didn't stop until I got to the end, page 23? was a lot of pages, you get the idea.
Those that know me well or have heard me say it, I'm not a reader, so I didn't think. I have decided that I love to read, it is just rare that I find books I like to read! This book was amazing and I think the fact that I stayed awake reading that long, at those hours says so! Same Kind of Different as Me was so moving and even challenging for me spiritually!
The story is basically about a modern day slave from Lousiana, a wealthy art dealer from Texas and how their lives came together!
I would reccomend anyone to go out and buy this book!

P.S. don't look at the website too much (or at all until your finish the book), it will give away the story- I am one of those who doesn't want to know anything about the story though.( in books and movies)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Final post from Hawaii

So, it took some convincing today, but Natalee and I took off to the windward side of the island and rented a sea kayak.  I know what you are thinking...I've done that and it was lame and frustrating, etc., etc.  Well, that's because you didn't know what you were doing, or maybe because you didn't have anywhere to go.  I agree, sea kayaking down the coast doesn't make any sense and probably isn't any fun.  But, Nat and I went out about 2 miles to a bird sanctuary island called the Mokulas.  We walked around, snorkeled (we saw a sea turtle), and ate lunch staring at the beautiful island of Oahu.  Then we headed back in and Natalee almost dumped the boat over trying to jump in.  All in all, we didn't have any mishaps and it was a great day.  Then we came back and played in the pool for a couple hours.  Tomorrow morning we are going to get up early and head to Pear Harbor.  Apparently Natalee's grandpa was in the Air Force and she said she'll feel like a bad American if she doesn't go, so we're going.  Then we will fly out and get back in to DFW at 5am...then we'll try to stay up all day so we can go to sleep at a normal hour.  I'm so, so, so glad I'm taking off Monday as well.  See y'all soon.

Here's the view from our island to Oahu
Me and Natalee on the way back to the leeward side
The view right before we went into the tunnel
she's adorable!!!

Ironically enough, there was lots of birds on the bird sanctuary island...

Friday, April 18, 2008


As you can see, we went to the Dole Pineapple Plantation.  I was feeling kind of sick, mostly just a sore throat, so I was a bit of a "grumpy tuna" but we did have fun.  There was a cool lady there selling local, fresh produce and I threw down half a papaya, it was amazing.
so they have pineapple ice cream...who knew...

here are a couple "nature" shots...from Natalee and I

And now, let the awesome begin....

kids and catamarans

Here is Natalee and I on the Ko Olina Cat a catamaran that we got a free ride on because we sat through the time share presentation.  It was brutal and long, 1 1/2 hours, and I hated to say no but who the heck can afford 40 grand for a week???  But we did get this boat ride and it was fun, someone did throw up though, I'm not telling who...

This is me playing with the nieces and nephews...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Fia Fia

Here are pics from Fia Fia, the Lua we went to...