Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Good news!!!

On many fronts....

I worked all week last week. The 8th graders were great! They were so much fun...and a little bit annoying. But hey...it comes with the age group right? We did the STAR testing on Tuesday-Thursday and then and Friday morning. It was great because Tue-Thur the kids went home at 12:30 and I did too. With full days pay. Praise God for that! He is good to give me steady work for a whole week. Then today I didn't even get called...but that's ok. :)

On a different note. My neighbor knows someone who is pretty high up in Long Beach Unified. My neighbor gave this lady my packet of my credentials, recommendations, ect... and she liked them. So I have submitted my application for LBUSD. They need teachers for the summer, so I may be able to get a job for that. I'm praying hard. May God give me what I need.

Yesterday we had a great time here at our house. The GAP crew came over and hung out all afternoon and well into the night. Lots of other people get together and get drunk together. We get together and laugh and laugh for hours. It's so much fun! We are convinced that this is a great weigh loss program...loose those calories!! Chris bbqed so well that my dad was bowing to him in reverence later on :) Losts of good food...lots of good laughs...lots of good friendship. My mom was watching us just sit around mingling and talking and wondered if everything was ok. We were just hanging out...didn't we want to do something like a game? But no...that is what GAP does. We talk, we fellowship. That's the way Mike "raised" us. He wanted us to just be part of each others lives--and we are. He would have been so happy to see us yesterday.

Amy is doing well. She is walking very well and is going to try to run today. God bless the woman. She is recovering quickly, all to God's glory.

I read today of a lady in Florida that was killed in a car accident on Friday. She was a Christian. She was a wife. She was the mommy of 3 kids age 14, 7 and 4. Pray for that family. Pray for her friends. They are in incredible pain right now. But God is good no matter what. He is in control.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Missions Trip

I will be going on a missions trip at the end of June......June 24-30. We are going to Mexico to work in 2 orphanages and at a church down there. I will give you more info as I get it. We are having a planning meeting tomorrow, so I'll get more stuff on it then. Here are some pictures from last year. I didn't go, but my friends all did.
Mike and Amy doing stucco work at the church.



Playing with the kids at the orphanage.














Chris and Amy teaching at the VBS type of outreach at the orphanage.










Those are just a few things that we hope to do this year. We will also be giving out food to people in a neighborhood built right next to the city dump in Tijuana. They are extremely poor there both physically and spiritually. We hope to bring hope through food and the gospel. Please begin to pray for us as we prepare to go. I'll keep you posted...

STAR testing...oh boy!

Ok the previous post was just random stuff. Now down to business. I am subbing for an 8th grade social science teacher who will be out all week long. Oh wow!! as Mike would say... It's going to be interesting. I taught all day today. The same stuff 5 times in a row...by the last time I didn't even look at my book anymore :) We did stuff that I absolutely love...Gettysburg and the Reconstruction Era. Love that stuff...so interesting! They wanted to know how I knew so much about the book. One girl asked me if I read the book before I got there so I would know the stuff. No...I just love it all so it was easy for me to teach. Soooo cooooool!!

Tomorrow through Thursday will be a different story. We are going to be doing STAR testing--the state testing that everyone is doing right now. How weird that I'm going to be facilitating them though. The class that I will have all day for the next 3 days is very rambunctious and loud. I had them for 15 minutes at the end of school today and I was about to pull my hair out. They would not shut up. So I am praying and you all can join me in praying that God would allow peace and quiet to reign in my classroom for the next 3 days. I just would really like them to stay very quiet like they are supposed to be during the testing. Lord, please have mercy and pour Your grace out at every minute of tomorrow. He is good and faithful...I have no worries.

Please also continue to join me in praying that the Lord would open up a full-time position for next school year. I have heard some pretty depressing things about the job market in education in the last few days...but God is so much bigger than depressing facts. He can meet my every need. Praise Him...but please continue to pray that God would give me a job.

Now off to bed...it's gonna be along day tomorrow. And Bible study is tomorrow...and I still have to do the last chapter...by tomorrow night. Gotta go get to work!!!

Crazy facts...

This is a random facts survey thing that I found. I thought I'd fill it out and post it for you all. You don't have to read it all if you get bored. But I like reading stuff like this about people...so here goes nothing. :)


1. Who were you with last night?
all my good friends at GAP

2. What woke you up this morning?
my alarm at 5:45

3. Where are you?
family room

4. Is tomorrow going to be a good day?
um...well we are doing state testing in the class I'm subbing in...so it could be good or bad

5. Did you kiss or hug anyone today?
my mom, dad and sisters

6. When was the last time you cried?
about 15 minutes ago

7. Ever thrown up in public?
no

8. Passed out because of alcohol?
no

9. Who's on your mind RIGHT NOW?
Mike, Amy, Judy

10. Would you take a bullet for anyone?
yea

11. Where would you like to live?
in Heather's apartment

13. What do you want to be when you grow up?
a teacher

15. Who is your number one (this is from myspace :P)?
grace

16. Have you kissed your number one?
on the cheek

19. Do you like candy necklaces?
not really...too much sugar

20.When was the last time you ran into something?
I'm always running into things

21. Do you listen to music every day?
absolutely

22. What was the last thing you ate?
a jolly rancher

23. Are you a fast typer?
pretty fast

24. About how many people do you have a crush?
like I would tell anyone

where is # 25?


26. What are you doing this weekend?
Julie's birthday party, church, feed Kerrie's cats, go to my crazy grandma's house, GAP

27. Whats your favorite type of soda?
diet coke

29. Have you ever won an award?
yea

30. What do you want to do right now?
hang out with friends...

31. Are you listening to music right now?
Julie is playing music on the other computer in the other room...so yeah

32. Do you like someone right now?
I like lots of people

34. How long 'til your birthday?
7 months

35. When were you the saddest in your whole life?
April 6, 2007 and the following weeks

36. What time is it?
9:21

37. Do you use eBay to buy or sell?
no

38. What makes you mad?
students that won't be quiet when I'm talking

39. Have you ever had a song written about you?
I don't know

40. What song makes you sad?
Homesick makes me sad in a happy kind of way

41. What song makes you happy?
Smile...and The Happy Song...and well...too many songs to tell you...I could go on and on for hours...talk about getting boring!!

42. What do you like to listen to before you go to bed?
depends...my sisters snoring...people talking

43. Do you have a job?
yes I do

45. If you were a crayon what color would you be?
read

46. What makes you happy?
the thought that Jesus love me

47. Whats the next CD you're gonna get?
I don't know...I'm an itunes girl now

[Height]4' 11.5"
[Hair]brown
[Eye Color] brown
[Wearing right now] dress pants and nice blouse
[What taste is in your mouth?] nothing
[Word to describe 2007?] trying

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Working :-)

This last week I worked two days. On Wednesday, I had a 4th/5th combo class and yesterday I worked in 6th grade at the middle school. Wednesday was great. I had a great time with the 4th and 5th graders in the class. They were a little loud, but a lot of fun. They had a hard time lining up to go anywhere quietly, so when it was time to go to lunch I told them to get in line quickly and without any talking. So they got up and promptly started talking and shouting at each other. So I made them sit back down and we tried it again. We had to do that 3 times before they finally got it. They were great for me in their lines for the rest of the day. :) It was kind of sad, but the sub in the room nextdoor to the class I was in had a horrible class. Halfway through the day, my 5th graders were taking a test and the 4th graders were out at other classes for LA. All of a sudden out of the silence, we could hear the teacher next door totally loose it with her class. She was hollering and yelling at them like nothing else. I started laughing because it sounded so funny, but at the same time I felt so bad for her. All of my class was looking at me with these big eyes, like "Oh my gosh, she's gonna kill them!" Then I was a little worried...if I laughed at her, would God want me to feel her pain too? And give me a class like them. I sure hope not! :P

Yesterday I went back to the evil middle school. That's where the evil 8th graders live. I really don't like them. But is was for 6th grade, so I thought I'd try it out again. If I didn't like them, then forget it...no more of that school for me. But they were actually pretty good. They did their work without too much complaining and were fairly respectful. I had one problem child but I sent him to the office and things got much better. In last period, art, I had this kid get up and go to the sink in the back during class. Then everyone started telling me that he cut his ear. It was great--he had this embarrassed look on his face when I went back to find out what went on. He looks at me and said "I know it's really stupid, but I was playing with the scissors by my ear and then accidentally cut it." There was blood all over the place. He didn't want to go to the nurses office, but I made him cuz I didn't want that blood all over the place. Too funny!

That's been my working situation. Hopefully I'll get more work next week.

In other areas, I'm learning to focus on God and not on people and situations around me. It only causes hurt and more drama when we don't focus on Him. And Amy is doing well. She is planning on going back home to her house on Monday. Pray for her. She is looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time. We are going to go clean it for her today. Our band "Down in Front" (is that not the corniest name ever???) is playing again at Mulligans on the 8th of June. So we are practicing for that. So things are good and really busssssssy!!!

Just remember....keep your eyes on Jesus!!!!! (That was more for me than any of you :P)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Tomorrow...

I get to sub for a 4/5 combo...4th and 5th graders together...how fun!! We'll see what happens. It should be interesting. :) Last week, I subbed for a 5th grade class. I got the call later in the morning and so I didn't get there until school had already started. I got there and the secretary was unlocking the door and letting them all in. They all looked at me...I was the same size as most of the kids in the class...and kept asking if I was the sub. That's not a good start. Then there were no lesson plans for me. So I got to make it up until recess when the secretary called me to tell me she had the plans in the office...GREAT!! They were pretty crazy--so we'll see what happens tomorrow.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Tonight...

I went to my friends birthday party. It was fun to see her and her friends again. We all sat around and talked teacher talk...how fun! Then I went to Action House, the youth group at Mike's church that I work with. Kyle and Grace played fun songs after we were done and I sang with them. I love to sing!!

I didn't get a call to go teach today until about 9:30 and they wanted me there by 10. Ummm...I still hadn't taken a shower (Grace got there before me and she takes a REALLY long time) and then it still would take me at least 40 minutes to get there. Um...can't do that. So that was sad. And then the job I had lined up for Monday got cancelled. Even more sad!! Oh well, God knows.

My neighbor knows someone that has some seniority in Long Beach Unified and she wanted my information. So maybe she will be able to get me into something. The Lord knows...and it's still early to be hearing about any of that. So I wait on Him and trust Him :)

Monday, May 7, 2007

Hahaha...

On Thursday, when I was subbing in first grade, we were writing letters to mothers for mothers day. One little girl brought her paper up and this is what it said:

Dear Mom,
You are nice. I still love you even though you are 41. You are odd. I love you.
Love, -----

Biting back my laughter (I did keep a straight face!!), I asked her if she knew what "odd" meant. You see to her, the number 41 is an odd number, so her mom was odd. When she said no I told her that it meant silly. Her eyes got as big as saucers in her embarrassment. So we changed the sentence to "You make dinner." Too funny!!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

The Solid Rock

I've been reading Elizabeth Prentiss: More Love to Thee by Sharon James over the last few weeks. It has been great because Prentiss dealt with so much pain and sorrow and her trust in God stayed strong. The other day I read an amazing quote that I thought I'd share with you. This is part of a letter Elizabeth wrote to a friend not too long after her 10 year old son almost died of an illness. Elizabeth writes:
I don't see how He (God) can heap such mercies on a poor sinner; but that only shows how little I know of Him. But then, I am learning to know Him, and shall go on doing it forever and ever; and so will you. I am not sure that it is best for us, once safe and secure on the Rock of Ages, to ask ourselves too closely what this and that experience may signify. Is it not better to be thinking of the Rock, not of the feet that stand up on it?


May we be thinking on the Rock today and not what is going on around us! He is worthy of our utmost praise and adoration!



Friday, May 4, 2007

I'll Fly Away

You can see the video clip of me and my sisters singing I'll Fly Away on my church's website. And my brother was taking the offering at the same time, so he is in it too. haha 4 out of 5 Baldwin children in one place...amazing!!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Subbing... :)

Yes, so they finally called me again on Monday. I had a wonderful kindergarten class. Kinder in RBUSD is AM/PM. There is an AM class every day and then a PM class. Each class has their own teacher that share a room and are kind of co-teachers. So I wasn't alone. There was another adult there to help. I had to stay all day though to get the pay. Funny thing...The other teacher was reading them the story "Three Billy Goats Gruff" and asked them what they thought of the mean troll. One little girl raised her hand and said something to the effect that he was really mean and he shouldn't be because he will get bad karma. haha A little one talking about karma...too cute.

Then today I had 1st grade. Wow!!! The sub notes the teacher left started out like this.
Go outside and meet the students on the line. Take a deep breath and hang on. This is a busy class! Take the kids to the small track and have them run 4 laps before going inside to start your day.
And boy was she right!! They were the most loud, talkative, opinionated 7 yr olds I have ever seen. They talked all day long!! I thought I was gonna loose my mind. I lined them up to go to lunch. They were talking very loudly and messing around. I finally got them in line and ready to go just as the other 1st grade class came out in their line. We started walking toward the cafateria. I turned around to make sure everyone was there and when I turned back around, I was shocked to see the WHOLE class running full speed ahead toward the cafateria. I couldn't believe it. As much as I wanted to yell at them with my full fury, I knew they wouldn't pay attention. And all this in front of the other 1st grade teacher. HOW EMBARRASSING!!!! Oh well. I get to see the darling angels again tomorrow. Now I know their number, so I'll be on top of them a little better...hopefully.



Stuff...

Ok, so I never wrote about missing Mike. It's hard, you know? Really hard. I was talking to my sister the other day and we were sharing about how we feel about this whole thing. And the thing that really strikes me the most and really hurts the most is the finality of it all. It is final...no ifs, ands or buts. I was just thinking about some stuff and thinking about how I needed to talk to Mike about it soon. And then it hit hard. He's not on a trip somewhere. I'm not on vacation waiting to go home. Mike is gone from this earth forever. No matter what. No more hugs...no more talks...no more laughs. He is just gone. The tears poured over. The pain grew. What are you gonna do? And I wonder if I'm sinning because I miss him. But it goes back to that quote that I posted earlier. God commands us to cry. He is there. He understands...even when I miss my friend so much.