Looming Deadlines

I have several very important tests coming up in November…which is just around the corner, my friends.  I cannot believe October is almost over.  The first of these tests is the Praxis Content Knowledge test on November 3.  I will be taking the “Are you smarter than a 5th grader” test that morning and I am in serious crunch time.  One would think the topics would be easy…but some of the content is surprisingly difficult.  I know I can do it…I just need to push onwards to the finish.
Test #2 will be a bit more difficult.  I need to take the MAT (Miller Analogue Test) for grad school this semester in order to do all course work BEFORE student teaching. If I don’t get this done, I’ll have to student teach next fall and THEN finish up my coursework for my grad degree WHILE teaching.  I much rather do all coursework first.

On top of those tests, I have work and my normal school work..say a little prayer, would you? I know this will all work out, I know this is where God wants me to be.  But that doesn’t mean I can slack off..if anything, it means I need to dedicate myself that much more!


Friday Letters

Dear Tennessee, It has been a year since we moved back and you have not disappointed.  I am LOVING your cool September mornings.  The picture above captures your morning beauty wonderfully.  Looking forward to all the beautiful colors this fall.  You’ll be able to find us cruising the Trace.

Dear girlfriends, It was so so SO good to see you all this past weekend and celebrate Jacklyn and Ryan’s marriage together.  Loved that we were all at the same table sharing laughs, smiles, and good conversation (of course).  You all filled my heart with joy.  My cup runeth over!

Dear Language and Literacy Acquisition, I am absolutely LOVING all the new material I am learning.  So long overwhelming feelings – I’ve got this!  I’ve learned so much about writing in 3 short weeks and I’m excited to learn everything else you have in store for me.  Such a good feeling to know I’m headed down the right path!

Dear momma, Thanks for agreeing to run the Franklin Classic 5k with me.  It was quite a humid Labor Day morning and I had a great time running along side you.  Looking forward to a few more this year.  Let’s finish the fall strong.  Goal: 1 race per month. Our pre-race picture is below. Love you!

Happy weekend, everyone!  I have just a few plans this weekend.  They include fingerprinting for school, going to see NPR’s “Says You” with a small group, a birthday party, and if I can convince Joshua – I want to go to the Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church,

What are YOU up to this weekend?


Friday Letters

The beginning of this week was a bit overwhelming.  I’m so thankful it’s Friday and I’ve pulled through all of the new things this week has brought.

Dear Acura RDX, You rock and welcome to the family!  Maybe one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. Looking forward to many years of driving you.  So glad we found you. I promise to figure out a rad name for you.  (Any suggestions out there?)

Dear Joshua, Thank you for being my rock through this week.  You are such a wonderful, loving husband and all your words of encouragement have been such a blessing this week.  I’m looking forward to our adventure this evening and some cuddle time this weekend.

Dear school,  You started out a bit overwhelming, but I think we’re going to get along rather nicely.  I’ve already learned so much and it’s only the first week..and I’ve only had one class!  Looking forward to the rest of this journey and becoming a strong, confident, loving teacher.  My class this quarter is all about teaching children to write and the first thing I’ve learned is that I need to be a confident writer.  I would say this blog has really helped me with that confidence.

Dear BuNasty (aka The Bu), Our journey together has come to a close.  You’ve been replaced by the beauty above, but I have some fond memories traveling to states far and wide.  You took me from Freshman year of college all the way through 4 years of marriage….it’s been a real ride but you just weren’t cutting it anymore. Thanks for keeping me safe.  Your last picture is below (later that day..you bit the dust).

Dear readers, I hope each of you has had a wonderful week.  Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful weekend!


Back to School: Bag Edition

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m headed back to school next week.  A new school year always makes me nostalgic for the days of shopping for new school clothes, a new backpack, and all of those school supplies teachers required you had.  While I’m sure I will be doing a little bit of buying for school supplies (I’ve already bought 3 books for my first class), I won’t be making any big purchases.  No new school wardrobe or backpack.  I’ll be sticking to the basics and a budget.

BUT, if I could get a new school bag here are a few I would LOVE.

1) Everlane’s Classic Tote

This bag is only $30, which is part of the reason I love it so much. It’s practical, has a great leather strap..and is only THIRTY DOLLARS. If you haven’t checked them out yet, head over to Everlane for a few other staple pieces at a low price.

2) L.L. Bean’s Custom Boat and Tote Bag

The greatest thing about this bag is the customizable aspect.  You can pick the size, the length of the straps, and the color of the bag and straps.  You can add a zip top to keep everything inside, a little pocket on the front, and if your heart desires, you can even get it monogrammed.

I like the traditional canvas color with a bright green strap.

3) Wanting something a little more high end?

I love the new Legacy Collection from Coach.  You can get the Candace Carryall is pretty much any color, but I just love something about the traditional tan.

Back To School

Yes, you read correctly!  I am going back to school NEXT WEEK!  It’s been a long road of decision making, BUT I’ve actually made decisions about my future and I am so excited about this next HUGE adventure.

So, I’m sure you’re thinking..Milli, what are you going back to school for?  Well here you go:

After leaving Dallas almost a year ago, I knew I really wanted to start figuring out my next steps towards figuring out a career.  Here’s what I knew about myself: I love helping people, I love children, and I desire to make a difference in the lives of others.  Well, all of those things can manifest in tons careers but there were 2 fields that really grabbed my attention: nursing and teaching.  I started volunteering with this great organization, Harvest Hands.  They exist to serve the South Nashville community and I specifically got involved to work with the elementary after school program.  For the past year I have spent one afternoon a week with about 10 children, getting to know them, playing with them, and helping them with their homework.  I LOVEbeing with these children and it kind of dawned on me that I desired to serve in a larger capacity.  I don’t want to just spend one afternoon a week with them, I want to spend all day with them.

So, nursing was out the door and I applied to Lipscomb’s Graduate Education program.  Classes start next week and I couldn’t be more excited.  I can’t wait to soak up everything I can and become the best educator I can.  I’m starting with just the teaching licensure program and will add the graduate courses once I take the GRE.




Looking forward to sharing this new adventure as it unfolds!