Saturday, August 23, 2008
How ya been?
School is now in full swing, and I am beginning to feel like my head is above water now (well, at least my eyebrows, maybe even my nose). Although things still aren't quite as organized as I'd like, my students and I are all settled in and are rolling along. I even have plans done for the entire week already! Whoa, Nelly!
So I thought I'd stop by and leave a few updates and thoughts on the ole' blog.
First, fall baseball practice has begun, with Eric still coaching the team, and the youngest member of our household is quite thrilled. The baseball obsession is alive and well and growing everyday. Eric is enjoying it a little too much, I think. His new favorite thing to do (especially when there are other men around who will be impressed) is to name major league baseball players and have Perry tell him what team they play for. Perry is quite good at it, and it's a little scary. Do you think it's possible that he will fill up all of his brain capacity with baseball facts and have no room for little things like reading and math? Boy, I hope not! And football season is starting... Oh, brother.
As for me, I am really loving the new job. I can look out my window and watch Perry playing on the playground, and I can get hugs in the middle of the day. Love that! I also adore my students. Having the same 15 kids all day everyday, I feel like I have a much better handle on their needs than any other students I've ever taught. Spending so much time together, and the fact that we can talk freely about spiritual things and pray together, is allowing us to really build a bond, and I love them already!
Another thing I love about my school -- chapel. Maybe one day I'll get through a chapel without getting teary. Watching the kids praise God with so much freedom and enthusiasm is just about the coolest thing I've ever seen! It is not some dry, ritualistic chapel service. We sing and dance and then hear some great teaching (with audience participation, too!). I really get a lot out of it myself, and it is incredibly exciting that these kids have the opportunity to hear this teaching and learn the joy of praise at such a young age. I just feel humbled to be a part of it, and most of all so very thankful that my kid is there!
Here's one awesome lesson from chapel that is a profound thought for all of us to live by. The kids learned this last year, and they still love to say it loud and proud! Imagine hearing 145 children yelling this --
"God is HUGE, and I mean HUGE
I am small and I mean small,
but HE chose ME!"
How cool is that?
Monday, August 11, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I just had to share it with you.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
This year was extra-special, though. In addition to the regular crowd, Eric's aunt and uncle and their kids and grandkids joined us! There were 11 adults and 7 kids. What fun!
It was a lot of people, but we stayed in this house.
Sometimes we even found ourselves wondering where everyone was. Space was not a problem!
Of course, having so many kids around to play with was super-special for our little guy. Eric's cousin, Cindy, has twin boys Perry's age. They haven't seen each other in over 2 years, but they were fast friends. We're already planning a visit to NY to see them.
We were missing our niece Hannah, the oldest of the "little cousins" (grandkid generation). She was in Illinois playing softball. We also missed Cindy's husband, Joe. They own a business, and we know how tough it is to get away from that!
Of course, I took a million pictures, so there will be a slide show for your enjoyment.
Just to let you know who everyone is, here's a group shot.
Back row -- Cousin Cindy, me, Eric, Uncle Rocky, Cousin Rachel, Aunt Lynne, Sister Sarah, her husband Claude, Mom Barbara, Dad Don
Front Row -- Cindy's Zachary, Perry, Sarah's Cameron, Cindy's Nathan, Cindy's Isabella, Evie's Tierney, Sarah and Claude's Tori (standing), Cousin Evie
The "big cousins" -- Cindy, Eric, Sarah, Rachel, Evie.
The "little cousins" -- Tori, Tierney, Isabella, Zachary, Nathan, Perry, Cameron
Everyone kept commenting all week about how great it was to be together. I completely agree!
Great company plus sand, sun, swimming, boogie boarding, wave-jumping, go-carts, mini-golf, walks on the beach, ice cream, s'mores, and so much more!
It was a fabulous way to bid farewell to summer.