Dear Teacher

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Dear Teacher, When we walked into your classroom nine months ago, the kids were younger. I was younger.  We were younger. That first day, they brought more than crayons, and markers, and index cards, and wide-ruled paper. They brought dreams and hopes and future goals, neatly packaged into a 12" x 12" crate lined up against a wall. Every morning since that first morning, I passed my human batons to you in the marathon of youth, and each afternoon, you'd pass them back. Smarter. Wiser. Taller. Full of stories of what they'd learned, how you'd stretched them, protected them, and pushed them...
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How To Shine

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Hey ladies - Karen (ShineBlog Editor) here. So listen. I’m taking over the blog post to give you a sneak peek in the life of Hilary over the past year. Shhh, don’t tell her.  You see, this mama - our FAVORITE mama (MamaShine) IS SHINELife. The orders you send her - she pours her heart into them. The comments you add about WHY you need that handwriting piece, or how joyful you are over the footprint piece from your Rainbow Baby - she reads them all. The requests you send her for custom pieces to help your heart heal -...
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No Pressure, No Diamonds

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I’ll admit, when Hilary showed me this diamond piece, it wasn't my favorite. (Shhh, don't tell her.) "Where is the sparkle?" I asked. "Where is the bling?" (I'm a sucker for bling.) Let me just tell you upfront, I am not cool. Not gansta. I am yoga pants and flip flops, y'all. There, I said it. Moving along... So I see this piece, and I’m thinking what.in.the.world. Why would you have a symbol of a sparkly diamond when you could just wear something sparkly? “Oh no,” she says. “No pressure? No diamonds.” Let’s talk science for a minute. You know...
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Understanding Easter

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Eight thumbs up from my kiddos on this cool lesson. { PS: I am NOT a "crafty mom" (too messy and too many "my turn!!!" tantrums), so know that, if I survived this craft without a panic attack, you can too. }  Ready? Here's to understanding Easter in a fun, two-minute experiment! Tell the shorties that you are going to explain what happened at the cross, with just a few household items: a small plate, a coin, a candle, matches or a lighter, water, food coloring, and a clear cup.    Place the penny on the plate toward the side, and...
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Rain

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In the south, we don't really have four traditional seasons - you know, spring, summer, fall, winter. Instead, we have almost summer, summer, still summer, and rain.  When it comes, it always seems like the most inopportune time. Just after you’ve washed the car. Or just after the kids made some amazing chalk art on the front walk. On your wedding day, or the morning of your child’s outdoor birthday extravaganza. Or when you discover your umbrella is loaned out to your daughter, and you’re wearing flip flops. In February. (Don’t judge, it can happen.) But rain doesn’t ask our...
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