LOTS of thankfulness from this blogger!

When I logged in this morning I saw TWO awesome thankful linky parties!! In the spirit of being thankful, sharing, and loving.. I thought, why not do both?! So first up, Stephanie over at Teaching in Room 6, has this awesome linky party to thank all of our blogger friends out there :)
1.) I am just thankful for the opportunity to participate in this wonderful community of online teachers! I feel seriously fortunate to have found out about blogger, and been able to get a site up and running! I have gotten SO many great ideas from many of your blogs, and feel like I've made so many friends already out there in cyberspace...and it's only just begun! It is a beautiful thing.

2.) The first blog I saw/stalked was Christina over at Second Grade Sugar and Spice. I actually student taught in her building, and I was in awe back then of her wonderful teaching skills! When I taught in her district for a year, I followed her blog religiously... and now, even at a different district, I still get SO many good ideas from her, and love reading about her fun and loving classroom! She truly was my inspiration to get this thing off the ground, and I am so thankful for her :)

3.) So much of my classroom organization has come from Teri over at A Cupcake for the Teacher. She is such a wonderful, organized, and fun-loving teacher! I absolutely LOVE reading her blog and seeing her creative ideas. I am thankful everyday that she pops up in my feed of new postst!

4.) I absolutely love finding other upper elementary teachers on here and I was so excited when I found Tara over at Fourth Grade Frolics. She was also one of my first blog stalks, and I love reading about her blog, linking up with her, and getting all sort sof great ideas!

Now time for the second linky party. I am linking up with Lyndsey over at A Year of Many Firsts for her great Thanksgiving thankful linky! I feel thankful for so many wonderful things this year, so it'll be hard to tell them all.. but here are my most wonderful things:

1.) My AMAZING hubby. Seriously, without him, I wouldn't be the same person I am today. We have been married for almost a year and a half, and going on being together for 8 1/2 years. We were high school honeys, and he truly is my best friend. His love and support through good times and bad never fail. I am SO thankful to be married to such a wonderful man and have him for the rest of my life :)

Us at the Tim Mcgraw/Kenny Chesney concert this summer!

2.) My TWO unbelievable families. Seriously people, I feel like I hit the family jackpot. Not only was I raised by two WONDERFUL parents, with an amazing brother and sister, but I married into an another amazing family. I gained a best friend for a sister, a wonderful brother, and two parents who love me as their own. Add in our extended family, and it surely doesn't get any better!
Here is Joe and I with both of our wonderful and supportive parents on our wedding day! They are both models for us on how love and marriage should be.

3.) My close group of friends. Joe and I have been blessed with some rockin' best friends. What's even better, we share a lot of the same friends! When choosing our wedding party, we were so happy to be surrounded by supportive people! We have friends Thanksgiving, Christmas, and celebrate birthdays together. We have Friday night game nights, and all support each other as coaches, teachers, or whatever job we do.

Here is some of our amazing support group at our wedding! I just love these pictures with our gals and guys :)
4.) Two wonderful jobs. I pinch myself everyday, in disbelief that I ended up in such a wonderful building with teachers who collaborate, help each other, and want each other to succeed. We really are a family here, and I look forward to coming to work EVERYDAY! My teaching partner is AH-mazing... and every teacher and administrator in this building is awesome to work  with! I am SO thankful. Speaking of my school, we were just recognized as a NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL!!! We were one of only 13 schools in the state of Ohio to receive this recognition. WOOHOOO!!! Total bragging rights for a while :)

Here's our principal Steve, and one of our teachers, Tami receiving the award and last nights board meeting.
I am also blessed to have a coaching job where I LOVE my girls and the school I coach for, and have an amazing athletic director supporting me. My travel JO team is equally wonderful and I truly enjoy coaching (even with the long hours!)

Here is my awesome high school team!
As you can see, I have lots to be thankful for and I truly feel blessed. Again, I'm thankful for all of you readers out there! Thanks for following and reading :) Enjoy your Thanksgiving with loved ones; I know I will! :)


  1. Thank you so much for linking up :) You sure do have a lot to be thankful for this year. Congratulations on your wedding..the pictures look beautiful!

    Teaching in Room 6

  2. Thank you so much, Stephanie! I just love your blog :)