Easter 2020

Hello readers! It’s been… almost three years since I’ve made a blog post, but my dad encouraged me to dust off the cobwebs being that quarantine has left me with more time on my hands. Yes, quarantine. *sigh* Maybe I will write a post with more specifics about how I’m processing everything going on with the corona virus, but for this post, I’d rather focus on some good news: Easter! Yes, Easter looked different this year. I didn’t attend church in a physical building, and I didn’t physically see my family, but I would like to focus on what I was able to do: celebrate the day with the love of my life, safely at home.

We made Easter baskets for each other but ended up opening them two days early because we were too excited! J got me a Nintendo-themed chess set and lots of yummy chocolates, and I got him two Mandalorian/Baby Yoda shirts, peeps, and x-box controller thumb grips (he’s been gaming quite a bit in quarantine, lol).

The night before Easter, I started some preparations for our big Easter lunch! I readied the bread dough, made hard boiled eggs, and baked the pie (more details on the pie to come in a later post).

My dogs got baths so that they were all cleaned up for the big day. They weren’t too keen on Easter photos, but we tried our best, and they were awful precious in their Spring shirts.

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Easter morning (more like afternoon, we’ve been sleeping in a lot!) I listened to Crossroad’s service while getting ready and then got to work on our Easter meal: deviled eggs, green bean casserole, mac and cheese (the real star of the show), fresh baked bread, and strawberry glacé pie. It. was. so. good. and we have so many leftovers, yay!

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After lunch we watched Black Panther (we’ve been watching all of the Marvel movies in order!) and then went on a nice walk before the rain moved in.

Albeit being very upset that we missed a “normal” Easter with family, I’m thankful we were still able to celebrate and have a special day just the two of us. I’m just really thankful today. Thankful for a safe, beautiful apartment to stay in, thankful for all of the food, thankful for FaceTime so that I could still “see” my family on Easter, thankful to have a partner in life who made the day special, but most of all thankful that Jesus came to save us. One thing is for certain, it’s been hard to cope with all of the devastation happening in the world, but remember this: Jesus has overcome the world.

I hope you all were able to celebrate Easter today while in quarantine, whatever that looked like for you.

I’m excited to be writing again, and I will be sharing some book recommendations and recipes in some upcoming posts! If you would like to be notified when I post, go to my home page, scroll to the bottom and enter your email!

-Megan LouAnn

My First Weeks Teaching

Hola readers, and welcome back to my blog! As promised, I bring you a post all about my first few weeks teaching. As some of you know, I accepted my first ‘big girl’ teaching job over the summer, and I now teach kindergarten through 8th grade students at a small, Catholic school. I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to word all of the emotions that I have felt the past few weeks, but alas I will just start writing, as that’s what I do with 99% of these posts!!

Where to begin?? I suppose the first day. I was SO, so, soooo nervous for my first day all leading up to the morning of. I got all my nerves out the night before by over-preparing for the morning. I had EvErYtHiNg laid out for the morning, a note to self not to forget my lunch, the whole nine yards. So when I woke up on Thursday, August 17th, I felt excited and prepared.

Now, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect on my first day, but I was sort of expecting some mass amount of chaos for whatever reason. I arrived to school SUPER early to lay out name cards, prayer sheets, etc. on each desk before I did my morning door duty, greeting each student as they entered the school building. I was feeling very ready to go. UNTIL…

I walked back to my classroom, and the 6th graders were waiting outside my door, not the 8th graders I was expecting and had prepared for. It turned out there was a last minute schedule change that hadn’t yet been communicated to the specials teachers. So after a quick little panic, I reset the name-tags and then invited the 6th grade into my classroom. Honestly, not a huge deal, but just a true testament to something I heard over and over again as advice for new teachers: expect the unexpected and be flexible! 

Honestly after that moment, my first day went so, so much better than I ever could have imagined. I left school that day totally flippin’ exhausted, but totally exhilarated, and I had an inner peace that could only come from knowing, truly knowing, that I am exactly where I am meant to be.

Although I could sit here and detail each moment because I have cherished all of them, the really good and the really tough, I’ll end this post with a bulleted list of things I’ve learned through just my first few weeks in my own classroom. I know I have a longggg way to go, but I’m ready and eager to learn so that I can be the impactful teacher that I’ve always wanted to be. Without further ado:

  • Comfy shoes are sooooo important
  • There are really good classes and really tough classes, but each has their own redeeming qualities
  • Being flexible and creative is essential
  • Planning periods can be your best friend if you use them properly!
  • I hear my own voice as a former student in a lot of the voices of my current students, and it’s the weirdest, coolest thing
  • Having great coworkers is a wonderful thing (I’m very blessed in this department)
  • You are gonnnna fail (I have, but I learned!)
  • Kindergarteners are so much smarter than you think, and they have no filter – it’s amazing
  • Any teeny tiny compliment towards my teaching is appreciated 1289483x more than any student, parent, coworker will ever understand — when you are a brand new teacher, it’s hard to know if you’re doing a good job or not
  • Teaching IS tough, but 150% worth it

Now, I feared writing this post for criticism it might receive. I don’t really know what kind of criticism, but I’m still just so uncertain if I’m doing a good job – I want to do an amazing job. I know that all takes time. Maybe some long-time teachers are reading this thinking “Ohhh just you wait. You don’t know what’s coming”. And you’re right, I don’t always know what’s coming, but after having a moment today where I literally got *teary-eyed* just observing one of my middle school classes actually engaging in the activity I had planned, learning the material, and having fun doing so, I believe whatever is coming my way in the next weeks, months, years that I will be teaching, is something that I look forward to whether it be a moment of triumph or utter failure. (I am so sorry that sentence is so long, but I don’t know how to break it up so just roll with it okay thanks).

Thank you so much for taking the time to read what I had to say. I know a lot of my friends and family have been asking how the new job has been, and it’s just hard to say alllll of this in a text message. Obviously, lol. So consider this as my gigantic text message letting you know that I feel blessed to be where I am, and I’m excited for the future whatever that may bring. Love y’all. Feel free to leave a comment below!

Besos,

Megan LouAnn

Books I’ve Read This Summer: 2017

Hello readers, and welcome back to meganlouann! I last left you with a heartfelt retelling of a huge 180 in my life in my most recent post You Were Made to Be Courageous. Since writing that post back in May, several new happenings have come up including landing a new job as a Spanish teacher and making the decision to post-pone graduate school a semester. More on that in a future post. You may have noticed I did a little revamping on the site. My old tagline “a college student trying to find her place in this world” didn’t feel 100% appropriate any longer, and I want to switch the focus of my blog a bit away from college, to doing ‘life’ in my twenties. I am so happy to still have loyal readers like yourself who want to hear about my life and where I’m headed. I truly intend to upscale my content both in quantity and quality. I hope you all will join me in that journey — your support has always meant the world to me. Now, without further ado, here is my second installment of “Books I’ve Read This Summer”. For the first installment, click here.


This summer was a pretty successful summer as far as reading books go. Now that I’m not in school, I hope to continue my success with reading for “fun” well into the end of this year. I plan to have a post sometime in December to update you on which books I’ve read since now.

The Decent Proposal – Kemper Donovandecentproposal

I read this book in roughly three days. It is the perfect mix of romance, mystery, and light-heartedness. It was unexpected, and the ending left me pondering the entire book for days.

The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

hatinggameThis book was impossible to put down. It was an easy read, but the tension between the two main characters was the perfect blend of a love/hate relationship. I will put out there that this book is definitely for a ‘mature’ reader if you’re picking up what I’m putting down.

Teaching Spanish: The Essential Handbook – Rachel W. Kirk

So I didn’t spend the whole summer only reading for fun, although I did breeze through this book devouring everything it had to say. I wanted to be as prepared as possible for my first few weeks teaching, and I definitely think this book gave me some essential tools to start with for topics such as classroom management, lesson planning, etc.

Everything, Everything – Nicola Yooneverythingeverything.jpg

I have to say, out of all the books I read this summer, this one was probably my least favorite. However the mere fact that I read it all the way through says something, as I’m one to pick up a book and stop reading it half-way through if it’s not doing it for me. This book was very easy to read and fast paced, but definitely a little predictable. I think it’s geared for a younger audience, so that may be part of the reason I didn’t love it.

The Shack – William P. Young

shackI can’t really even put into words what this book means to me. It is a book unlike any other that I’ve read. When I first purchased it, I sat in Starbucks for three hours because I literally couldn’t put it down. The first half of the book is tragic and gut-wrenching, but it is so worth it for the ending. If you are a Christian or even someone who has a lot of questions about God, you need to go read this book. It gave me a whole new perspective on God and how He loves us. Trust me on this one, you will remember this book for the rest of your life. I haven’t watched the movie yet because I’ve heard controversial things on it, and I don’t want to ruin what the book did for me. It is incredible, and hands down my favorite book that I read this summer.

Currents: Currently I am bouncing back and forth between two books. The first is called Alex, Approximately, and I’m not too far into it so I will have to include my thoughts in another post. The second is called The Shack Revisited, and it is a deeper look into the theology behind the book. I’m telling y’all The Shack is insane, and I needed more.

That’s all I have for now. Thank you so much for reading, and if you have any really good book suggestions please comment them down below! Like I said, I have a lot more time to read during this fall and winter season than I normally would, so I’m always looking for another great book.

Stay tuned for posts in the near (I really promise!!) future on my first few weeks teaching in a traditional classroom and some thoughts on random stuff I’m currently enjoying.

Besos (kisses),

Megan LouAnn