Do people still use this???

23:53 Friday 25 Aug 2017 at 23:53 Friday 25 Aug 2017 (Uncategorized)

Wow! I totally forgot about WordPress! Do people still actually use this??? Does this even work still??? Lol…Hmmmmm

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Life now…

20:48 Thursday 8 Sep 2011 at 20:48 Thursday 8 Sep 2011 (Uncategorized)

It’s been a long time since I’ve been on this thing! So much has happened since then. My son is turning 2 on Oct. 1. He his a joyful handful! This is my 3rd year teaching students with emotional disturbances. It’s difficult, but a joy to have such an important impact on so many teenagers lives. I’m teaching 12th grade, which I think suits me best. I thank God for using my life experiences to prepare me for this job. And, it feels me with joy and appreciation to hear my principle and assistant principle refer to me as a phenominal teacher. I have learned a lot in my time at Rancho Academy, and I’ve grown in so many relational ways because of it.

Curtis finally finished law school! It’s so good having him around more often. He just started studying for the bar; please pray that he passes…God willing.

I no longer play for Pipeline. But I know that the new format they have will soar, as long as God blesses it. Most of the kids seem to like singing to the cd’s. I recently led worship for the B4A leaders circle. I was so happy that they responded to God in worship. Who knows…maybe I’ll go back to playing for them and/or another ministry at church. I enjoy serving my fellow christian family through worship. Last Spring, I co-led a group for B4A and it was awesome! I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and did something new. However, I did miss playing keys terribly.

All in all, I’m a lot stronger than I use to be. And, I’m not just talking about my muscles. 🙂

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Life as it is…

22:54 Tuesday 25 Jan 2011 at 22:54 Tuesday 25 Jan 2011 (1)

Life just seems harder than usual at times. But time stops for no one. My job is difficult, stressful and tiring. But I do enjoy the impact I get to make on troubled teens lives. Is it worth it? Of course! God loves them too!

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Good News!

14:10 Saturday 6 Nov 2010 at 14:10 Saturday 6 Nov 2010 (Uncategorized)

Wow…time sure goes by! Well, Curtis Jr. is now 13 months old…yeah! This is my second year teacher special education at a non-public school. Last year I taught emotionally disturbed junior high students. This year I am teacher seniors with the same disability. I just got teacher of the month for all my hard work and dedication to the students. It feels good to be recognized. I am trying to get over a cold so that I can play and sing for the Pipeline kids this Sunday at our new church building. It feels so good, after 13 years, to finally be settled in to our own location. If you can, you should visit Sandal’s Church at 150 Palmyrita Ave in Riverside, CA. Anyway, we’re taking C.J. to the park today with his new tricycle his great uncle gave him for his first birthday party. It should be fun.

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A day of hope!

20:45 Sunday 15 Mar 2009 at 20:45 Sunday 15 Mar 2009 (1)

I’ve had a rough 2 1/2 months…to say the least. I was hospitalized for 8 days and begged the doctor to let me go home and deal with my sickness and misery. I felt alone, hopeless, miserable and like the light in me was dying. I’ve been nausious and vomiting 2-4 times a day for the last couple of months–at home hooked up to an IV and getting shots in the buttocks every 4 hrs. And you may ask why…but that’s a whole another story.
I haven’t been at chuch for about a month now, and I feel so far away from what feels like home. I decided to listen to sermons that I missed over the past several Sundays. After listening to the “The Visitation: Received” on-line at Sandalschurch.com and watching people walk up and some literally throwing the “crap” in their lives in the trash can, and hearing the band play and sing familiar songs–I broke down and cried. Why? I desperatly miss my church family. I miss playing my keyboard and leading others in worship. I miss being in the presence of others who I share the most important thing with–that is–“Jesus Christ”. I realize that I can still be around lots of people and still feel alone, if we don’t share that special connection between us–that is–Jesus the Savior and King”. I listened to songs of worship after listening to the sermon and began to feel so hopeful and eager to be go see my church family again–and I didn’t let how I was feeling ruin this moment of hope and joyfulness. I felt alive again…I felt loved my Jesus. Listening to songs like, “Majesty”, “From the Inside Out”, “Deeper”, “To Know Your Name”, “Marvelous Light”, Hosanna”, “All For Love”, “Cover Me”, “Father Can You Hear Me”, and even Moi’s, “Superman” inspired me to want to lift both hands as I lay on the couch (where I’ve been for the past month), and reach for the Holy Spirit to fill me with hope and joy.

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How Teaching Full-time is going…

20:58 Thursday 22 Jan 2009 at 20:58 Thursday 22 Jan 2009 (1)

Wow, it’s hard to believe that I’m finishing my 3rd weeking of teaching. It has been a rollercoaster ride, but fun as well. I have to say that I have not had a boring day yet, and I don’t believe I ever will on this job. It feels awesome to have a full-time job. There’s no time for me to fall asleep in this environment. I have to remain on my toes at all times…but I’m lovin’ it…it’s great!

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A Sad Time for the Lamberths and Us

18:24 Sunday 11 Jan 2009 at 18:24 Sunday 11 Jan 2009 (1)

A friend (Mark Lamberth) I went to school with past away this past Thursday, January 8, 2008. Please pray for his wife (Angie Lamberth) and son (Nolan) through this difficult time in their lives. I thought this verse may encourgage others who made need to hear it as well. Remember, those in Christ will never really die…Amen!

Dear Nolan, I went to California Baptist University with your dad. And, my husband got to know him through Sandal’s Church. We always enjoyed being around your dad. He was soft-spoken, had a gentle smile and a warm heart. He was a very genuine person who loved you and your mom deeply. We are sad to see him go, but know that he is in heaven with the Lord now; a place we will be someday too! Although you will not see him for a little while, his spirit lives on and you will see him again someday. We continue to pray for you and your mom.

For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Hebrews 9:24-28

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Happy New Years to You!

12:07 Thursday 1 Jan 2009 at 12:07 Thursday 1 Jan 2009 (1)

Happy New Year Everyone! Curtis and I spent New Years Eve at Tom and Brandy Mays house with others. We ate some good food, played Wii and board games, and popped these little firecrackers.

I never really had a New Years resolution…never really interested me. I guess I just have an on-going resolution to grow and be like Christ in character–no matter what time of the year it is.

I can’t believe on Monday I will get to report to my new full-time teaching job! I’m still so excited–very nervous too! I just want to do a great job. I want to love my students as Christ has loved me through my difficult times as a child. I know from experience it’s what they want most.

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I Finally Got A Job!

19:10 Wednesday 24 Dec 2008 at 19:10 Wednesday 24 Dec 2008 (1)

I can’t believe it! I finally have a full-time teaching position! This will be the first full-time job I have ever had…and I’m so happy! On December 18 (exactly one month after my birthday) I got a phone call saying I was selected for the teaching position at UHS Keystone Schools in Rancho Cucamonga. UHS stands for Universal Health Services–the schools in the communities they serve are a part of a larger behavioral health organization. Because I officially have my special education credential now and a Master of Science degree, they bumped me to $45,000 per year. I’m so happy–Curtis is so happy too! If we can barely live off of $25,000 with the struggles went are going through–I know we will be just fine adding my pay to out total yearly. I’m so relieved; a burden has been lifted off my shoulders. Yesterday was my first official day of work. I went in to Human Resources at the Grand Terrace location to sign a lot of paperwork and will get paid for my time their for those couple of hours. They gave me 5 burgundy UHS polo shirts and a picture id badge to wear at all times at work.

UHS Keystone Schools-Rancho Cucamonga is a non-public, non-sectarian private school. They receive students with emotional disabilities from surrounding districts. I look forward to making a difference in their lives. I never would have thought that the bad things that happened to me growing up could help get me a job. It will not be easy teaching these kids, but I’m up for the challenge. I believe I’m working with a classroom of 6-8 elementary boys grades 3 to 6. Again, I’m so excited…I’m going to get health benefits! Tracy, I’m finally a grown up.

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Bomb Diggidy!!!

22:20 Friday 12 Dec 2008 at 22:20 Friday 12 Dec 2008 (1)

I am happy to announce that today was my last day of student-teaching at Moreno Valley High School. The teacher let me go early since it was a “free” day for the kids. I actually hugged several students and adults goodbye. I will take the CSET Multiple Subject Exam January 10, 2009. I’ve already applied to several districts earlier this week. All that hard work is finally done–and yet there is still more to do…I gotta get a job!

Curtis and I had fun seeing old friends at the Family Ministries Christmas Party Extravaganza. There was Mexican food, cookies, lemonade, and Wii for the kids!

I have this stupid pimple on my lip that I’ve been messing with; and now it looks worse…if only I would stop eating stuff and drinking stuff with citric acid that breaks me out. Or perhaps, if I would just stop messing with pimples to prevent them from getting worse. It’s just that, it’s so tempting to squeeze when it’s right there staring me in the face!

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