I should've posted this one last week as it was closer to the actual anniversary, but I didn't think of it in time. So, I'm sharing it now.
One year ago (on February 28th) my now husband, Chris and I were on vacation when he surprised me by proposing. I will be keeping the details of his proposal to myself as it was a private moment for us and I would like to keep it that way.
The ring, however, is has a story of it's own.
This is my engagement ring.
My husband made it - yes, made it - from the first bass string of my Grandpa’s piano.
My Grandpa passed away almost 2 years ago now. He was a huge influence in my life as a musician. I even lived with him and my grandma my first year and a half of college. Losing him was very hard on me and Chris' decision to make this ring is the most thoughtful thing anyone has ever done for me.
By the way, if you want your own piano string jewelry, you should head on over to his Etsy shop where you can find earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Sorry no rings though, I kinda want this to be a one of a kind. :)
I saw a quote a while back that said, "Make today so awesome, yesterday gets jealous."
It's been a very full year so far and there have been a few times where I could've let life overwhelm or frustrate me, but here's the thing. I have the power to choose how I respond to those things in life.
YOU have the power to choose how You respond to those things in life!
Today, I choose to make my day so awesome that not only does yesterday get jealous, but tomorrow tries to be even better. What are you going to do today?
Yes, it's February and I'm about to discuss Christmas. But this is too good to hold onto until December, so please bear with me.
Every year, like most teachers, I get gifts from students and their families. Teacher decorations, candies, gift cards, etc. One student gave me an awesome pair of piano socks!
This year was no exception. What made it different was a note and gift I received from the grandma of 2 of my students. The youngest handed it to me and said, "This is from Grammy".
My heart melted.
And then melted some more when I read the note.
The note and gift themselves are beautiful and I so appreciate them. But when I saw that the card was signed "Love, Grammy", it just brought me to tears. (The tears are welling up now thinking about it.)
See, I had a Grammy. She was my mom's maternal grandmother, my great-grandmother and I had the honor of knowing her until I was 19. Most people don't get to have their grandparents in their lives that long let alone a great-grandparent. Having the grandma of my students sign her name Grammy and not "M and G's Grandma" or "Mrs. So-in-so" just made so many things feel worth it. (Where are my teachers at? You feel me, right?)
This is what I love about what I do. My students are family. Their families are family and what is more wonderful than that?
It's Wednesday morning and I've just finished my morning routine (more about that to come!). While I was drinking my coffee, I started thinking about all of the things that have happened over the last several weeks.
I started this blog and got my Tpt store up and running.
My students have been sharing so many stories in their lessons.
I'm (finally) able to exercise regularly.
I'm practicing regularly.
So many good, funny, wonderful things are happening and I want to share them with you!
On Wednesdays I will be sharing something wonderful from my life. A story, a photo, a recipe, who knows what the week will bring!
This week is I have a cute little a story from one of my kindergartners:
"Miss Christie, guess what."
"I am so fast! I can run faster than the gingerbread man!"
"Yeah, I can run 100, but he can only run 20, so I'm going to catch him because I'm so fast!"