Measured In Smiles

Today I'm excited 'cause I've got nothing to do 
and all day to get it done! 

So as I continue down the road to recovery, restoration and rest, 
here are some reflections on my heart and mind.

One of my favorite most-recent things to do is to meet up with other bloggers from around the country, sit for a spell, and connect.
 You know, enjoy a good, old-fashioned coffee chat.
Just talk. 
And talk. 
And talk some more.

I spent an hour yesterday with Patty from 2nd in Line.

Both Midwestern farmer's daughters, we had so much in common.
 So we visited about 
blogging . . . and life, 
children . . . and life, 
teaching . . . and life,
family . . . and life.

We were in Scootersthis adorable little coffee and yogurt shop 
{in Pearland, TX} and the backdrop for our picture 
caught our eye and grabbed our attention.

What if, I wondered, every classroom had this vision:

Devoted To Craft. Rooted In Quality.

We hire nice people.
Our work is fun.

Forget state testing; let's measure our school success ...
in smiles!

Is your school staff smiling?
Are your students smiling?
Are their parents smiling?
Is your administration smiling?
Is your community smiling?

I will tell you that I haven't stopped smiling since I've gotten to
 personally connect with my new blogger friends like
Kim, Lisa, Pam, Laurel and Patty 
this past year, so if collaboration is measured in smiles, 
my riches are off the charts.


  1. And WE are richer by knowing YOU, Barbara-Dear!

    I do love that "rooted in quality" backdrop.
    And I loved, even more, the thought of being lucky ducks.

    Don't be surprised if more of your cyber friends seek out the JOY of meeting you...
    I now know, for a fact, that you are just as wonderful a person in real life as you sound in your blog...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  2. Let's measure our success in smiles. Nice. I like that a lot. We're doing our job right, if our school is full of smiles.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. Whew! I'm home now Barbara! What a delightful week I had in your state. Going to San Antonio and to Schlitterbahn was so fun and so full of culture. (My family decided that others might have labeled us as freaks because we didn't have any tattoos on us!)
    I thoroughly enjoyed our talk and I don't regret it for a minute. . . and oh so glad you weren't "packing" that day! My family was relieved when I walked back into the apartment all in one piece!
    I too think those posters on the wall were pretty interesting and might make good mission statements! Just like the Aggies say, "We don't lie, cheat, or steal, and we won't tolerate anyone who does."
    I think that's a profound statement!
    Ok, on to doing some laundry!
    Take Care!
    Second In Line

  4. You make me smile and think! I so love drinking in your perspective.


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