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Hello again, readers!

It’s so nice to not only be starting a new year, but a whole new selection of classes. Break was most definitely not long enough for a large portion of us I would assume! Even so, it was much needed and well-deserved.

What are your resolutions for 2014? Maybe you only have one? Well, if I could say anything for you to keep in mind, it would be to trust Christ’s plans for you; seriously, let Jesus take the wheel. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing our lives be pieced together day by day with just a little Faith and Thanksgiving for all that you have been given. Even if you seem to always be busy, God is everywhere, ready and willing to converse with you and listen to your concerns.

Let’s be honest – life gets super stressful and it’s as if we can’t do anything about it. Sometimes, we really do have to just accept what’s happening in our lives. Other times, turn to God. Trust Him so that with each day and each moment you put your trust in Him, He will lift more of life’s burdens off of you.

I hope this tidbit of TLC empowers those who are reading! I know it does for me, so remember, God loves you inside and out. He, although maybe unlike others, will always be by your side.

Ta, ta for now!


Tara Jones

Second Semester Frenzy

by Tara Jones on December 12, 2013

in Faith

YAY! I am so proud of all of us for finishing first semester successfully! Soooo, now what? What about second semester?


I really want to try my absolute best this upcoming semester. That seems cliché, but I want to quit with the mind games and be serious about my education. I don’t want to fool myself. I just want to flourish and be a wonderful student, you know?

Not only that, but I want to be a better person in general. Sometimes, I feel as if I fail myself in doing so. I’m not saying I’m a bad person at the moment or anything…All I want is to feel comfortable with where I am in my life. How can I do that? PRAY!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Proverbs 4:13)


I feel so guilty already!

My family doesn’t exactly have set holiday plans for Winter break like everybody else.

Rather, we’re spending time bonding with each other because I feel like that’s something we can certainly improve on! The Christmas season isn’t about gifts and gluttony, food and folly. It’s about love.
Thus, that’s what we will try to grow – our love for each other, for the world, and for God.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Have a very merry & blessed Christmas!



Taking the Leap

by Kimi on October 10, 2013

in Academics,College Life,Faith

I have always wanted to be a teacher! Literally since I was 4 years old my goal has never changed. Now I am 25. I have graduated with my BFA (not in education, due to a scholarship), and since then, I have been working on my MAT. Right after my graduation with my BFA, I found a full-time job (unheard of!) and began working during the day, going to school during the evening. It took longer than I hoped, but finally I am in the last few steps!

As all education majors know, the final step is student teaching. In order to do this, I had to quit my job, lose my benefits, move back in with my parents (after 7 years on my own) and take a leap into the unknown! Sadly, I suffer from having severe doubts in myself. No matter what I do, I doubt my ability; I blame the actress in me (did I mention my BFA was in acting?). Unless I have constant applause after each action, I don’t think I did it right.

What made me finally jump? It took me about 1.5 years to finally do it. I pushed it off and pushed it off. However, I truly feel that God had a different plan for me (whether that involved the procrastinating…well…). They found a tumor 2.5 inches large in my Grandmother’s brain this past Thanksgiving. They removed it a few weeks later. After another few weeks, we get the news that it was cancer and a really wicked kind (only a 4% survival rate and about 6 months of life expectancy post diagnosis). She was my rock, my cheerleader through everything, and now I had 6 months left with her. Again, it had to be God’s plan; the cards fell into place, I was able to take off each day from work after 11 a.m. and spend the day with her while my Grandfather and Aunt were at work. I fed her, clothed her, bathed her, did it all! After all, didn’t she do this for me? It was my turn now to take care of her. We had many an afternoon watching Matlock, Reba, Hot in Cleveland… I would read to her… she would tell me stories from her childhood. The best and hardest moments of my life!

Now comes the leap! Or I guess push… Just a few days before she passed, my Grandmother stopped me mid lunch-making and told me to sit down; she wanted to tell me something. She then began to tell me all these things that she wanted me to know for when I would be a teacher. She told me if I had a bad day remember this; if I had a great day remember this, and so on! Everything she could think of she let it all out. I knew it was time. Time to step up and be a grown-up and finally face my future head on… but also time to lose her.

She passed away in June; I began student teaching in August. My students have helped me through it all! From day one I knew she was there with me, through small things a student might say, or happening upon a story I had written as she was telling it. Even after her death she helps me each day by those pieces of advice she left me with. I will leave you with one: “Remember, above all things, never take a kid’s confidence away. Only build it. You never know if you are the only one that does. You never know what they have or where they go after school. The gravest sin you could ever commit is taking away a child’s confidence. That is the key to being a success!”


Feeling Political

by Sherry November 26, 2012

This year got really nasty with comments and jabs at each side of the Presidential debate and that was just on my Facebook among various friends. This year the politics of politics took its toll on my mind and spirit. I consider myself liberal in my views and found myself being called out on several [...]

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Moving Forward: What Really Matters

by Ebony October 25, 2012

I watched the sun rise this morning (because Lovebug—that’s what I call my baby girl—woke up at THEE crack of dawn). I couldn’t help but appreciate the sound of the birds singing their morning songs as the yellowish-orange glow of the sun filtered through the living room window. Lovebug, content in my arms, was quiet [...]

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Why Am I still HERE??!!

by Ebony October 15, 2012

In a previous post, I briefly wrote about moving forward. Shortly after posting, I realized that I think, talk and write about this subject quite a bit. It must be pretty important to me, huh? Still, I find myself stuck in the same spot in a few areas of my life and I’m asking, “Why [...]

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Pinterest and Prayer

by Sherry October 11, 2012

One of the best parts of being a Fontbonne student for me as a Pathways student is that I get to make my own schedule and study hours because my classes are all online. I know this gives me the ability to work, volunteer, and be a mom to my two kiddos. It also gives [...]

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A Quick Note on Moving Forward

by Ebony September 25, 2012

Each new day is an opportunity to be better than you were the day before. With a sunrise, comes the chance to forgive and release yourself from the past and make a decision to move forward. Too often, we look back and get caught up in the what-ifs. But, if we would just continue to [...]

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Polish Wedding

by Allison September 11, 2012

What do you think about when the wedding subject gets brought up? Well, I think about love, family and faith. Saturday, my cousin Amber got married in Pocahontas, Illinois, at a small country winery. I have only been to a handful of weddings that I remember, and now that I am getting older and to [...]

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