My Second Book has been Published!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1790119170

Are you ever afraid, scared or just can’t sleep? Do you wake up from bad dreams and don’t know what to do? In Nightmares in My Eyeballs, Lola Brooks tells us how to overcome being scared or having bad dreams. It just takes a little faith.

After a long awaited time, Nightmares in my Eyeballs has been published. It is available on Amazon.com The eBook is soon to follow.

Please visit the link above to purchase you copy.

Even When………

Even when I can’t see it,

They are learning.

Even when I can’t feel it,

they are learning.

I know I want it now

But someday, somehow…….

Even when I think I’m failing,

They are learning.

 

I wrote this poem after testing all week and all day.  My brain was tired, my body was tired, and when I saw the growth my students had made.  I was scared!  I worked really hard everyday, every week, everyday off, every holiday to improve my teaching and find ways to reach the hardest students.  I know this, too, is YOU!  

Teacher, you are inspiring, lovable, inspirational, incredible, awesome and a hero!  You put yourself on a front line everyday!  You don’t know from day to day what your students are learning no matter how hard you try teaching it.  But there comes a day, you can actually see your hard work pay off.  You can actually see your student’s hard work pay off.  It will happen!  You are more than what parent’s see.  You are more than what society sees.  You are more than what the world sees.  You are wonderfully and beautifully made for this PURPOSE, your PURPOSE……………. To be a TEACHER!

 

I am proud to stand with you!   Congratulations!!!

Kickstarter Campaign 2017

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Join me on my journey of raising awareness of the importance of building confidence in children and the need of backers to republish my children’s books.

 

Believing in a cause is so important!  No matter how small or large the cause is, it’s belief and hope that drives it to its miracle.    Building confidence in children and getting them to who God is, is my cause.  Any child is the future, someone who will strive to make the world a better place, someone who will take care of us and provide for us.  Why wouldn’t we want to support them?  

 

Children need to know how important they are.  They are destined for great things!  God created each and everyone of us.  He knew what He wants us to be and to be like.  We are all destined for great things, we are purposed!  When given the chance, the belief, the confidence, the magic, the miracle……happens!

 

Believe in yourself and believe in ME!  Great things happen if you just believe!

 

Jeremiah 29:11-”For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” NIV

Parents Please!

Parents Please take a moment to say,

Thank you to your Teacher today.

They’ve spent all day with your little one,

And need to hear what a great job they’ve done.

 

Remember, please to keep in touch,

We know we’re not asking too much.

We know you want to know how

Your little one is doing right about now.

 

Don’t keep us waiting or we’ll have to conference,

Some things just have to be said.

Whether it’s academic or behavior,

It’s important before the dread-ed…………report card!

 

Don’t hide away, but keep us close,

It’s our job to work together.

To lead your little one toward the future,

In any kind of weather.

 

We love them like our own ,

and treat them like our baby.

But manners are important,

We expect them wholeheartedly.

 

Respect, above all else,

And the way we treat each other.

Is the most important part,

Of this school relationship with one another.

 

Let’s stick together this year and beyond,

Don’t be afraid to speak.

Stand side by side; in unison,

Their next grade is what we seek!

 

Lola Brooks

 

I Don’t Like Love

Love is just too hard.  Loving people who don’t care to love you back no matter what you do.  No matter how you pour into the relationship.  No matter how much you tell them.  No matter how much time you spend making sure they know.  It doesn’t matter.  It’s just too hard that you want to give up.

 

This scenario happened today.  Man, it was a hard day to love.  I tried, I pleaded, I begged and just some folks didn’t want it.  How disappointed I felt!  I tried really hard!  It hurt my heart to know that my love could be thrown away, unwanted!  

 

I believe that we should love everyone.  Treat each other with respect.  Lift each other up with positive words.  Support each other’s dreams.  I have high expectations.  I expect a high quality relationship with people.  They just don’t get it, they just don’t get it!

 

I’m a teacher.  This happened today.  Our attitude and our behavior affect our outcome.  I worry my littles don’t get this.  I worry that they don’t know they have the ability to change where they are now as well as in the future.    There are days I feel like I’m in the middle of a war between home and school.  

 

Tomorrow is a new day!  I will again fight for my students.  Love them with everything within me and move them forward toward a brighter future.  I do it because I know one day they will shine like the brightest stars in the sky and everyone will see their beauty; like I do!

Mission in a Shoe Box

Today I got to serve with Operation Christmas Child in Charlotte, NC in the processing center.  I have always wanted to do this after packing boxes in years past in my classroom and with my grandson.  

 

Working in the processing center is like working in Santa’s workshop.  I was a pre-inspector.  My job was to open the shoeboxes and check for money envelopes and take them out.  I also had to make sure each shoebox had a label with boy/girl and the aged checked.  I went by myself, but worked with a church group and a family.  I was practicing my extrovertedness.  I was brave and proud of myself.

 

The shoeboxes we processed today were going into countries that don’t allow missionaries to come in.  We were given specific instructions on what could and could not go into these boxes.  We could not put any religious, Christmas, Angels or anything with the words:  Jesus or God.  These boxes go through customs who search through them for these items and throw them away.   But the cool thing is that these boxes have been prayed over time and again.  They have been blessed and covered by the blood of Jesus!  God is in those boxes without being seen.  Praise God!

 

Countries where you find NO Churches, now have Churches sprouting up because of shoeboxes getting to children who share with their families the gift of Love!  God enters through the hearts of those who give and pack the shoeboxes.  God enters through those who pray and process the shoeboxes.  God enters the heart of the child who receives the shoeboxes because of the love others show through serving.

 

I saw so much love that went into the boxes today through items we take for granted and think are cheap and useless.  I saw people who serve through giving of their time by volunteering and teaching young people to serve.  I learned how much stuff can go into a shoebox and how important it is to treat other people as the human beings God created them to be.

 

Being a missionary doesn’t mean you have to leave your home or country.  You could pack a shoebox and it will go to a child who has never received a gift before or may not know what love from a stranger is or even who God is.  You can be that One.  The one who serves others through love, the love of Jesus!

 

Join me in packing a shoe box or two or more.  Go to http://www.samaritanspurse.org and find out what to pack, how to pack and where to drop off.  Also, find out if there are any openings to volunteer at the processing center where you live.  You will go and serve, but you will leave blessed and never the same.

What’s your impact?

Today was a great day!  An impact is having a strong effect on someone or something.  I’m a teacher, which, just the thought is an impact in itself.  Take a listen………

 

I teach first grade!  My littles struggle with all of life’s issues, if their parents suffer it, they do too.  During a math lesson, after working out a problem in their math book, I asked for volunteers to come to the board and show their strategies.  Hands went up everywhere in the classroom including one little boy who is very, very shy and soft spoken.  I saw his hand and trying not to attract attention to him, I whispered to my teacher assistant to look.  After the student before him sat down, I told him to go show us his strategy.

 

The class went silent!  He worked his strategy on the board and wrote the correct answer.  We took pictures and a video to send to his parents.  What a proud moment!  

 

When he turned around, the class erupted in celebration.  He went back to his seat with the biggest smile on his face.  It took all I had to hold back tears of joy! While other students presented their strategies, the celebration continued for him.  Students said, “Good job!  I’m proud of you!  You did good!” to him and he just smiled.

 

I knew what “impact” was in that moment and saw first hand what it can accomplish when you take the time to expect great things to happen.  We have very high expectations in our class.  We are 21st century citizens!  We take our studies seriously!   And it shows!   

 

What’s Your Impact?

 

Giving Back

Everyone always tells their kids, “You’re too little!” But I believe you are never too little. You are never too little to dream. You are never too little to feel. You are never too little to help. And you are definitely never too little to give back. I teach my students to do all these things because helping others is our way of making sure someone else dreams too!

I know a young man doing just this all on his own. His name is Sam. Sam founded Wyatt’s Garage. He creates hats that are destressed to give them an antique look. Each of them comes with a collectible, vintage patch.

Wyatt’s Garage: Style + Giving

About:

My name is Sam Wyatt. I am the 12-year-old CEO and founder of Wyatt’s Garage. My company was born out of my love for collectibles and helping people. Every Wyatt’s Garage Hat is one-of-a-kind, and for each hat sold, another will be donated to a pediatric cancer treatment center. (wyattsgarage.com) He also gives tablets and gift cards to the patients to ease their norm. He leads by example. This young man has been giving 100% proceeds to the Hurricane Funds of Texas and Puerto Rico. You can buy a hat or give as little as $5.00 to help support the hurricane victims living there.

When we learn to help others we take the focus off ourselves and put it on someone else. My friend Abigail said, “Choose service over self while waiting for your dreams to be fulfilled.” I believe Sam is doing this while he waits to grow up. I can’t wait to see what his grown-up self has planned for him!

I bought a hat because I wanted to give back. As I wait for my hat to get here, I get so emotional about how someone so small can do something so big! It fills my heart with so much joy to be a part of something so wonderful. Littles are my life! Eight years of teaching has showed me how important it is to give everything to them, to show them the how and why of life and the how and why of love. Sam shows this through his service. Someone has taught him well and I thank you!

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So, I got my hat today! I was so excited!! It was like opening a Christmas gift! I felt like a kid opening the package and I love it! I thought about all the kids who get to open up their hats when people donate or buy a hat. I wonder if they are as excited as I was opening mine. I hope so! It is so worth it. My grandson said, “I don’t like your hat, but it looks good on you!” Then he decided that he wanted one with dinosaurs on it.

What you should know about me is that I’m not a hat person. I don’t wear hats. But I’ve been following Sam for a while and I love how he takes care of others and puts them first. I wanted to be a part of that, plus my grandson decided we should go fishing. So now I have a fishing hat! Thanks, Wyatt’s Garage!

Visit Wyattsgarage.com to donate or buy at hat. Wear one yourself, give one as a gift or donate so that a child may have one, too. Give of yourself, pay it forward, support a cure for cancer; it all matters, every life matters!

Things I Want My First Graders to Know

I love you!

I believe in you!

You are destined for great things!

After the first week of school and bringing homework home every night and thinking of my little students, I wrote this over the weekend. I wanted them to know how important they are. That you’re not too little to dream, to do great things and to be loved just for being themselves!

I posted it in my classroom and then went over it with them, so they could understand what I was trying to tell them. So they would know who they are and that they are important. So that they would know how I felt about them and that I wasn’t afraid to show it. Then, I read, “You Are Wonderfully and Beautifully Made”, my first authored book. The same words written in that book made a connection to the words I wrote on that poster. That book was written in 2014, three years later I’ve written different words with the same meaning to little ones who deserve to know how special they are.

On Sunday in church while I was worshipping my Heavenly Father,   He reminded me that the words I wrote for my students He wrote for me. I love you! I believe in you! You are destined for great things! And most recently, I’m so proud of you! He created me to be the very person you see today. He purposed me to love, teach and treasure little ones who need to know they are not mistakes or unwanted! They are worthy and highly thought of. They are also purposed to do great things that He created them to be. When they hear they this, their eyes get wide and their mouths open. They look at each other and have the biggest smiles on their faces. Then they know that they are wonderfully and beautifully made.

You are too! You were created on purpose, for a purpose. He knew you way before you were conceived! He wanted you, He needed you! He loves you! He believes in you! He destined you for great things! I know some of you don’t believe in God and that’s ok! It is a choice. But fortunately, you were created by the same Heavenly Father as I! And you too, are wonderfully and beautifully made!

1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3   You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?   8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea. 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12   even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day,   for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place,   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:1-18

My Teacher, My Hero

Teachers are people who work really hard at their jobs. They work up to 10 hours a day at school (7-5) and then at home, after taking care of their families. It is my 1st year in 1st grade. It is the 3rd day of school. I worked a week and ½ before school started and including Saturdays to get ready for school. I have worked from 7-4 every day this week to prepare, learn and teach all there is to know about 1st grade. Then made myself leave school to take care of my family and continue to work on school stuff at home until 9-10 every night. I woke up last night at 3:43 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. I was thinking about all the things I needed to that day to teach the schedule, assess, teach routines and behaviors, help them learn their lunch numbers, make anchor charts, rework the schedule, remember how to take attendance, pull up the math on the LED, planning with my grade level, next week’s lesson plan, etc. I prayed to go back to sleep, but I just laid there thinking.

Some people complain about our job as a Teacher. Some people think we are awesome. I think we are Heroes! We would stop the world from spinning to make sure a child is loved, cared for, learning, having fun, making friends, being a friend, being respectful, having a full belly and a hug. We make sure every day your child knows what they have learned and that they are important and have a purpose for being here. We do what we do because we love it. We work hard, because your child is worth it.

Take time and appreciate a Teacher. We all have a teacher that changed our lives, made us better people and made us think a different way. Mine was my 4th grade teacher. She cared for a student who no one cared for. She made sure he was loved and that no one treated him mean. I thank her because that’s how I teach! Thank you, Mrs. Greer!

I will continue to push myself daily, hourly, minute by minute to make sure your child has a great year at school! My school is great! I can’t wait to get there tomorrow to do it all over again!