March 1, 2014

Slice of Life | Day 1

I had no intention of  participating in the March Slice of Life challenge, but here I am after reading many wonderful slices by others. They've inspired me.

After reading Teachers for Teachers, I started to think about their questions: What words would you put above the door handle of your school, classroom or home? What words do you want your children to celebrate?

The words on our walls at school...

In my classroom, we have many words posted on our walls such as...

We will work hard, but we will have fun. Remember to encourage each other.

Each morning, my students say it together and then the leader says, "And remember to..." while we join in on "encourage each other". Throughout our day we reflect on these words...

How can you encourage him?

What you did was so encouraging!

You worked hard on __________!

At the end of the day, we "rap it" as a class...We're h-a-p-p-y! We're h-a-p-p-y! We worked hard and had fun! We're h-a-p-p-y!

The words on our walls at home...

If there were words on our walls at home, they would say, "May you be strong and courageous. Never terrified or discouraged for God is with you wherever you go."

I have prayed Joshua 1:9 with my children since they started school.

I remember a day when Annie and Eliza were walking down the driveway to catch the morning bus and Ethan, who wasn't in school yet, was standing at the screen door. He called out to them, "Be strong and courageous!"

We are still calling that out to them!

Words matter.


  1. Be strong and courageous...those are wonderful words with which to start the day. Welcome to our month of slicing, Loralee!

    1. Thank you, Tara. So true! Wonderful words to start the day!

  2. Words do matter! They can be used in so many ways. I look forward to reading more of the words you write!

  3. I am so glad there are so many of us first-time slicers. I love your home words! They must matter in hair home because your one certainly knew to say them. Good luck with the challenge. I look forward to reading YOUR words that matter!

    1. Thank you so much, Leigh Anne!

      Yikes! I'm wondering if I was crazy! Ha-ha!

  4. Oh, I love it! I got a little chill when I imagined your little one yelling that out to his big sisters. That is a wonderful set of words to live by.

    1. Thank you, Betsy! It was a precious moment.

      So true for all of us!

  5. I love how words on your wall are reflected upon and children's actions are acknowledged and ………. encouraged! :-)

    1. Thank you, Vanessa! :0)

      Encourage is one of my favorite words!

  6. I am so happy you are writing and sharing the words that matter to you. Joshua 1:9 is one that I need to learn and share with my daughters. Just awesome! Looking forward to reading more this month!


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