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Friday, June 14, 2013

Too many things to give it a fair title, but please come read this!

And. . . . I'm back! Whew! That was way too long to be gone, but I truly needed to step away from my blog and focus on my mom, my family, my report cards and finishing the year strong. So let me give you a snippit of a replay.
  • Mom has been given  orders from the doctor to go home and enjoy your family. There is nothing more medically they can do for her. She is on oxygen, (which she thinks looks stupid! but certainly has made her quality of life better!) She's to be off her feet more, so between me and my 3 sisters we get up there as often as we can (remember she lives 2 hours away). Hospice has been coming in once a week. . . and when things change they will be in more. I am ok with all of this. She is a trooper and we all have been blessed with her presence for 90 years so I can't complain. I only ask that she is comfortable and as pain free as possible.
  • My daughter is here from Houston. What a glorious feeling to have her back around us. She'll be here for about 2 weeks, then we will go back with them for a week down there.
  • I can honestly say that I have finished one of the more stressful years of teaching. The caliber of about 4 students was rough on me. I will not say anything more than that. I don't agree with teachers who say they hate their students but I do agree that some get more on your nerves than others. Nuff said!
  • Report cards done and I feel good that I was able to honestly phrase exactly the words that will tell the parents and future teachers how well that child performs. I usually send a positive letter home to all parents thanking them for a great year, yada yada yada. But I just couldn't this year. However there were at least 10 students who I could focus on and they would keep me balanced and calm. So for those students I wrote a heartfelt letter to let their parents know that they are doing the right thing as parents by raising respectful promising students.

Now on to some fun stuff! While I was in my cocoon, several friends had blogversaries and I was able to help them out I received a lot more followers on my blog and my TPT store. Yea! 
If you haven't entered these contests you still have some time. Go to

Then hitch it on over to Christina's Blog.

Both have great prizes that you can win!

Now there is one more thing I 
have to share with you. 

Christina is hosting a Fabulous Feedback Linky Party. She hosted this a while back and it was so successful that she decided to do it again. 

Here's how it works: Read these comments below and check out the name. Maybe it's a feedback that you left on one of my items you bought from me. If it is YOU, then send me an email at pjrbar@charter. net.  And I will send you a little prize for leaving me such good constructive feedback. And if it isn't you listed below. . . it might be next time if you be sure to leave good constructive comments the next time you buy something from me or any other TPT stores.

Best Practices For Teachers and Laura Martin both bought my Spring Pronouns and left me such nice feedback. I truly felt that they appreciated my time to make them cute as well as effective in the classroom. So if you know these two please send them back over here to get a hold of me at I will give them a freebie just for being so nice!

If you're still reading this, you just might want to go back to Christina's blog and look at all the other people who are giving away gifts for great feedback.  I know I'm on my way over there in just a few minutes! This is so fun and now that school is out I have much more time to stay up late and catch up with all of my friends!  Chao!



  1. Thanks for linking up, Patty! I'm keeping your family in my thoughts... 90 years is pretty awesome!


  2. I had a really rough student a year ago. And that was my first year in a classroom (my other experience was in a sped resource room). This year has seemed like a breeze! Here's to a restful summer and a great next year!

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

  3. We are sorry to hear about your mom. Glad your daughter is there for you.
    Can you email us? We have a prize for you for being our 200th follower!
    Tamra and Sarah


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