Facing Our Disappointments

Life is hard.

Disappointments occur.

We have ups. We have downs.

How do you deal with all of this?

I have been out of town the last 2 weekends and hadn't made it to church. However, today, I finally made it back, and wow was I reminded of why I love going. My faith is a huge part of my life, and I needed today's message more than I knew.

The last 6 months have really tested me greatly. I have dealt with heartache, confusion, and disappointment. I have been on a roller coaster of emotions. Its. Been. Hard.

Over the last few weeks, my church has been talking about the story of Moses. Well, today, it was how that story ends. His story also ends with heartache, disappointment. Just like Moses, we all face this, but how do we handle it? You picture your Promiseland, and then you get let down. Do you hold it in? Do you let it out? Many times we hold it all in, and that's when the struggle begins.

I have done a little of both. I express how I feel, but I also hold it in. I feel like people don't want to hear about my pain, so I often sugar coat it. Ever do this? However, today in church, I realized that my disappointments are rooted deep within my soul and can become destructive if I don't face them. I have to pull those disappointments out and face them. I have finally realized, through many tears, it is time to pull them out, front and center. It is OKAY. All will be fine. I am allowed to be disappointed, but I must give it to God. He may be silent right now, and I may not understand, but He is working.

Trust, my friends, Trust.


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The winners are...

First of all, I can't thank everyone enough for entering the giveaways, following myself and those who donated, and simply supporting my reveal this past week! With that being said, here are the winners:

(expect an email by Wednesday!)


The Grand Prize

It's GRAND prize time!

I wouldn't be able to bring this grand prize to you without these people...

Due to their generous donations, I am able to give one lucky winner the following things:

$100 Target Gift Card
$100 to my store
A Creative Paper Box by Krista Wallden
An adorable clipart set from Art Integration Station

Thank you to everyone who made this week, so much fun! I can't wait to get to know everyone more and continue this journey.

All winners will be announced on Monday!

Thanks again and good luck everyone!

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Education Giveaway

Hey, everyone! Can't believe we are on day 4 of the giveaway. You won't want to miss this one! There are two giveaways today, so make sure you scroll all the way down to enter both.

I have been teaching for 10 years, and since entering this amazing blogging community, I feel like a stronger, more passionate teacher everyday. I am thrilled to have partnered up with so many incredible teachers. Not to mention, Vegas is going to be a blast, too! I'm even heading to Michigan this week to meet some teachers. I love collaborating!

Without further ado, here are the next two giveaways!

PS ... you don't want to miss tomorrow, it's HUGE!

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Faith Giveaway

Without my faith, I wouldn't be Crystal. Along with many other things, it is my strength, my backbone.

I'm currently reading, The Fringe Hours. I'm excited to share it with you as we blog together! It's all about making time for yourself, something we all need to do. One lucky winner will receive a copy!

Along with this book, the winner will receive the products below:

Creation Interactive Notebook by Mrs. 3rd Grade
Comprehension books by Ashley of Teach Create Motivate
Springy Pronouns by Patty Rutenbar

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Food Giveaway

Who doesn't love food?!

This is definitely an area that I'm still working on because listen...

I. Love. Snacks.

It is a big weakness of mine, and I'm trying to eat better. I'm going to need your help! This blog is going to help me try new recipes and post them here. Please feel free to share yours, too!

Again, I have teamed up with some awesome people to provide one lucky winner with a $20 gift card to Whole Foods and some great products by the teachers below:

Word Work for Any Spelling List from Peppy Zesty Teacherisa
Year long, Roll, Say, Keep Growing Bundle by Kristi Dunckelman
Friendship Salad by Kinder Kapers

Enter to win below and be sure you come back to see tomorrow's giveaway!


Fitness Giveaway

Ready for the first giveaway? 

Fitness is a big part of my life. I played golf all throughout high school, soccer, golf, and now I have enjoyed the gym and running. I find that fitness helps me balance my life and is a great stress release. (more about that to come in the future)

To kick off the giveaway, I have teamed up with some awesome people to provide one lucky winner with a $20 gift card to Lululemon and $10 store credits to the stores listed below. Enter to win below and be sure you come back to see tomorrow's giveaway!

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"You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it." -Charles Bixton

I'm so excited to finally reveal this blog! It is something that I have been thinking about for quite some time, and I'm overjoyed to start this journey with you. It started when people would ask me, "how do you balance everything?" I honestly didn't know what they meant, and began thinking about it. I was creating on TPT, teaching, training for a marathon, trying new recipes, and working on building relationships with people around me. There was/is a lot on my plate! This is by no means something that I am an "expert" at, but I do look forward to all of us working together to find balance in our lives. 

I was blown away when I asked people to help me promote this blog. This teacher blogging community is unlike anything I have ever been a part of. So, with that being said, we have 5 days of awesome giveaways for you to participate in. Each day will have a theme, and a grand prize at the end! (stay tuned)