Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
On another note, we moved today. Currently we have two apartments - until Monday. The new one has no internet or cable until Tuesday. Our old one has internet and cable until Monday. So while our couch, chairs, food, and mostly all our stuff are in the new apartment, we and our tv are in the old apartment on the floor. Haha...that's silly you may say, just sit and read a book or play a game. Well, it seems you just don't understand. The US Open is on this weekend! Tiger has returned! This is no ordinary tournament and not a tournament to be missed. So you sit on your couch, you rest in your chairs. I will be on the floor this weekend, enjoying an exciting round of golf.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Another interesting part about today was that I got to walk in the shoes of my kids (school kids that is). It was really really interesting to be in their place - being a student in my 2nd language. Nelly and I did a lot of just talking back and forth. While yes I understood about 95% of what was said, I missed things at times. Sometimes I would ask her to explain but sometimes I really thought I could figure it out. Wanting to save face and hope to regain understanding as she keeps explaining I politely respond with a nod or an "ok". As do my kids - and I totally buy it! They're smart. Most of the time, I'm able to come around and understand what was going on but sometimes not and a smile and nod is just the least embarassing thing to do.
Then, we did a worksheet together. It was about idioms and phrases. There were a couple that I really didn't know and felt pretty lost on. I sat there and quickly tried to figure it out, feeling a little silly that I was not understanding. I mean I'm a teacher! I should get them all right! Then, without really reading all of it, I just guessed...wrongly. Guessed again...wrong. Even a 3rd time I guess wrongly. That's totally what my kids do - and sometimes they get lucky - and I buy it! They just start pulling things out of their hat to get it over with and hope for the best. I enjoyed being a student today. Such valuable insights gained today in Spanish lessons with Nelly. Maybe sometime I'll post in Spanish...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Day 3 of VBS. I love VBS. I love little kids and I love 3rd graders. They are so tender and sensitive. I have loved getting to teach about Jesus and to get to talk to these kids about what is most important to me and what gives me hope and joy. I love getting to sing these little kids songs that have such deep and significant truth in them. I sang and learned about Jesus all week. It's been very encouraging and a wonderful reminder of how amazing my Jesus is.
Today was decision day. The Bible lesson was on Jesus's life, death on the cross, and His resurrection 3 days later. I taught the lesson today. After I presented the gospel, they wrote on a paper canoe (the theme is Outrigger Island) in Hawaiian Pau (means finished) for if they were a Christian, Ae (Yes) for they want to ask Jesus to be their Savior, or A'ole (No) if they are not ready today. This is all in the lesson plan booklet - I didn't just make it up. We had 3 write Ae's on their canoes. They went up during the decision service and prayed to receive Christ today along with a few others. It's amazing. They are just little kids but God has called them to Himself. Today was a very significant day in their life. Its very special and its a privilege to get to be a part of it. There were so many children that became believers today in all the grades. It was touching to see. When I see them, its a lot more clear what it means to have the faith of a child.
Monday, June 9, 2008
June 9, 2008
Oh I love family. One of my favorite things is to be with a whole bunch of family - all different ages and stages of life. Being in Houston, I definitely don't get my fill of family, but this weekend was a wonderful dose of family. Ben's parents came down to visit. They just stepped for a weekend into "our world". We were proud to show it to them. Friday we went to Beck's prime for a good ole' Houston burger. Saturday the guys played golf and Pat and I drank coffee, set her up a blog, went shopping at Ross Dress for Less and Old Navy (with much success), a delightful lunch at La Madeline and a whole lot of good conversation inbetween...what a treat!
Saturday night,we took them down to Kemah boardwalk. They were amazed that you could see the ocean so close to Houston. We ate, walked around, and just enjoyed the area. Let us out of Jail! (do we look like we're in jail? I was trying to look distressed)
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Summer time. Oh glorious summer time. Wow, give me 2 interrupted, free days with no one but me and myself and I can accomplish more (of non school related stuff) than I accomplished since January. Here are some things I have gotten to in the last 2 days...
Working out (twice!)
Cleaning out the abyss of random stuff that our bedroom corner had become - I even found a bag of trash that had been sitting there since like February! Storing trash! Ugh!
Treating my car to an oil change
Found the Library and checked out books!
Made friends with two neighborhood stray cats who a neighbor was feeding under the stairs- very hard to part with
Finished Harry Potter 5
Went to the cleaners
Made dinner (twice!)
Painted my boring colorless toenails
Read some more of Leviticus
Wow! What a chill 2 days its been. It's a different summer I will admit. I've never had summer in Houston before. I'm far away from my normal summer buddies, but I've got my sweet Ben and my Houston buddies and my new cat friends (ha, they might not be too safe though). Oh glorious summer.
Monday, June 2, 2008
1. The sound of my last name at least 1000 times a day
2. Constantly trying to make people walk in lines
3. The never-ending search for the blessed dry erase marker
4. TAKS practice, even the word TAKS
5. Scarfing down my lunch
Now the top 5 things that I will miss in the next 2 1/2 months...
1. Love notes every day from my sweet girls
2. Discussions about the most random topics possible
3. Junie B Jones
4. Teacher friends
5. The constant supply of funny stories
Enjoy the summer everyone!