Monday, August 27, 2007

My Classroom

Well, I started working on my classroom today. I went shopping and all that fun stuff too. There is soooo much to get done. As you can see from the picture, I finally got my teachers manuals (the huge stack of books on my desk). Haha It's gonna be so much fun. We are using Saxon math. It's pretty easy stuff. The principal is very willing to help me. Hopefully, he will be happily surprised at how well things work out. I am looking forward to getting started. It's going to be exciting. I got the paper up on the bulletin boards today thanks to my wonderful bestest friend Joni. We had a great time figuring it all out. She was an excellent help to me and I thank her immensely. Now it's off to lesson planning. I was so hot to get started on it all and now that all the stuff is here, I am putting it off. That human nature is amazing! More later......

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

My classroom and Chris

I saw my classroom today. It's pretty big. There is a lot of space. It is looking more like I will be more of a math teacher than a science teacher, which is fine with me. I could totally do the science, but the principal wants to do it. I'll see if and when I can help him, but it looks like he is going to do it. I got to meet some more people at the school today also, so that was nice.

On other topics, please pray for my friend Chris. He is currently in Peru on a missions trip. He will probably be heading down to the Lima area that is pretty devastated from that earthquake last week. This is from an e-mail he sent us:

Tomorrow and Thursday we will be leaving Lima to head south and do some relief work in the damaged areas. The church we are working with has been going there everyday handing out tents, blankets, and clothes, and setting up soup kitchens. Tomorrow we will be going further into the damage zone than they have been before. Today they have been trying to prepare us mentally for what we will see and experience. They say that the streets reek of dead bodies and that the survivors are desperate for help. Please continue to pray for us and for the people we are going to be reaching out to. Depending on how these next two days go, we might return to the relief effort on Monday and Tuesday.
So please pray for him and his ministry down there, as well as for the team he is with.

Monday, August 20, 2007

School

Well, my principal did call me back. Yeah! So I go in to meet him tomorrow. I'm excited. It will be nice to see the school and my classroom. I'm looking forward to it. Please be praying for me as I embark in my new career. Pray for the students I will have. God is good.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

hangin out

I've just been hanging out around home lately. I did get the job but I have not been able to get ahold of the principal. Sooooo it's just kinda the waiting game. I would love to get into my classroom and get things rolling. But I don't even know where my classroom is, so that is kinda not going to happen. How sad! Oh well...I'll let you know what's going on when I find out. :)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Trust

There are times when things happen that just plainly don't make sense. They go against every single thing that you would do, but these things are totally in the Lord's hands. It is what HE wills for your life. I experienced one of those times yesterday. It all comes down to the fact that as the following song says, "You were God before, and You'll never change." In times of questioning we can know that God is on His throne, totally in control. When friends die, when lives change, when we don't get what we want or think we need, He is sovereign. And all we can do is praise Him for being a good and loving God.


Do I Trust You Lord
by Twila Paris

Sometimes my little heart can't understand
What's in Your will, what's in Your plan.
So many times I'm tempted to ask You why,
But I can never forget it for long.
Lord, what You do could not be wrong.
So I believe You, even when I must cry.
Do I trust You, Lord?
Does the river flow?
Do I trust You, Lord?
Does the north wind blow?
You can see my heart,
You can read my mind,
And You got to know
That I would rather die
Than to lose my faith
In the One I love.
Do I trust You, Lord?
Do I trust You?

I know the answers, I've given them all.
But suddenly now, I feel so small.
Shaken down to the cavity in my soul.
I know the doctrine and theology,
But right now they don't mean much to me.
This time there's only one thing I've got to know.

Do I trust You, Lord?
Does the robin sing?
Do I trust You, Lord?
Does it rain in spring?
You can see my heart,
You can read my mind,
And You got to know
That I would rather die
Than to lose my faith
In the One I love.
Do I trust You, Lord?
Do I trust You?

I will trust You, Lord, when I don't know why.
I will trust You, Lord, till the day I die.
I will trust You, Lord, when I'm blind with pain!
You were God before, and You'll never change.
I will trust You.

I will trust You.
I will trust You, Lord.
I will trust You.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

BIG NEWS!!!!!

Drum roll please.............................


I am now a junior high math and science teacher!!!!!

Just thought you all would like to know. God, praise His name, gave me the direction I needed and I was able to make a wise decision. It seems that Long Beach Unified is giving NO ONE a contract at all this year. Soooooo....the logical conclusion was to call Wilmington Christian and humbly accept their offer of a job. Tomorrow I go in to start all of the hiring paperwork. I don't know when I start. I'll find out tomorrow. I'll pretty much find everything out tomorrow hopefully. I'll let you know anything important when I find out. Thanks to everyone for all of your prayers!!!! God is good and faithful!

Mexico Friday

Friday was our fun day. We went south to La Bufadora right outside of Ensenada. We had a great time. We all wore our brown team shirts. It's great to match because everyone around looks at you and says "oh wow...a missions team." It was fun! There were so many fun pictures of this day, so there are a lot in this post. Some are smaller, so if you can't see them well enough, just click on them and they will enlarge. Hope you enjoy them. I did!


The sisters looking cute together.

The sisters looking cute....with Kyle. Actually this was supposed to be an Elisabeth/Kyle pic but Grace stuck her head in too.
Los Four Amigas. The stair steps. There are so many things you could name this picture. Grace is way excited that she is the second to the tallest in this picture. I would be too if I were her. Haha
This documents a momentous moment in my life. I saw the man of my dreams. So I started running after him. Unknown to me (as I was looking back at the camera), he saw me running towards him and decided to play along with me.
So yeah...I got to get my pic taken with him. But then he had to go...so much for our life together. (I must say that I was pretty red by the end of it all) And I must say...for a guy running around in a loin cloth all day, he smelled really good. haha
Here is most of our group. We are missing some of our younger teenage girls. But most of us are here.
We went to dinner at a nice restaurant after we left La Bufadora. It was a great time of fellowship on our last night. As you can see...there was some special bonding going on too...seeing as Wes and Chris are kissing Kyle. And I was right next to it all...how strange.
The scenery was beautiful on the way back up to the church. All coastal and beautiful. Very relaxing and a great reminder of God's greatness in His creation.
I felt so safe and secure with these guys with us all week. Oh wow!!!! (as Mike would say)
This is La Mision, the town that we stayed in. The pink building towards the left of the picture in the back is the church campus. It was a nice community.
I am the traveling guitarist. Haha
We had a bonfire and lit fireworks at the La Mision beach that night. We shared what we learned and what we loved and not so loved about the trip. A fitting way to end the night. And Wes almost blew his head off with the fireworks...well he singed his hair. And we had a marshmellow fight. And Joel, Albert and Chris had this weird wrestling fighting thing that was hilarious to watch. A very fun night!

Mexico Thursday

On Thursday, we drove way out into the desert to another orphanage called Door of Faith. When we got there we made up food bags again to give out in a community not far from there. Then we came back to the church and got ready for their Thursday night service.

This is our assembly line for making the food bags. We made like 50 in about 15 minutes and we didn't even get very much of the beans and rice on the floor this time. Cool beans!!
This is the community we went to. We dubbed it "The Rich Ghost Town" because some of the houses were like mansions (as you can see in this picture) and no one was home at most of the houses we went to. But we did find some people to give food to as you will see.
This was the last house my group stopped at. Unlike many of the other houses, this one was poorly built and had an outhouse next to it. This is the lady that lived there praying with Charissa and Chris.
These two little boys kept following us asking for more food. They were pretty funny. If they and their families were only as hungry for God as they were for a little bag of beans and rice.
We used the Door of Faith orphanage as our base, but the kids were going to the pool that day so we didn't get to really play with them at all. But some did come hang out with us for a little while, while they were waiting for the bus. They were fun!
Yes, I am cooking again. But get this. Someone in our group (a leader) wanted tuna fish one day. So we picked the desert day to make tuna. We forgot to bring a can opener. So we tried to use one from the orphanage kitchen that didn't work. We ended up using their heavy-duty one...and only a few people actually ate the tuna. Most ate peanut butter and jelly. Note to self...no tuna next year!!!
We were matching that day...all on accident. Leilani and I with our Spanish "Serving Jesus" shirts. And Kyle and Vanessa with their red shirts...how cute!!!
This is how we get ready for church.

Joel preached that night and Chris translated for him. He did a great job!
Leilani and I sang with Grace accompanying us on the guitar. We sang a spanish song called something that I can't really spell right now. But it is a really good song and really pretty. Fun times!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Mexico Wednesday

Here finally is Wednesday. We went to an orphanage not too far from the church we were staying at, built a wall in someone's house and put on a carnival in a community a few miles away.
This is actually from Tuesday night. I was practicing making balloon animals and we came out with swords, eye glasses, hand cuffs and hearts. And we dressed Wes up...or maybe he did it to himself.
We went to the Casa de Paz orphanage. There are about 100 kids in this orphanage and they love visitors. Chad held a kid for the first time in his life here. Here is the proof.

YES!!!!!!!!!! I cooked!!!! Leilani, Amy, Little Ashley and I made spaghetti and garlic bread for everyone. You should have seen us try to drain the spaghetti. Pretty funny!! And no... no one died.
We built a room in a family's house for their little girl. Here we are getting ready to put up dry wall. Yes I am using power tools again. And yes, Chris is still taller than me even though I'm standing on a bucket. And yes...I am wearing shoes. Truly amazing!!!

I fried my neck while I was there. This is the aftermath. It hurt soooo bad!!!

At the carnival that night I made balloon animals. This is how my table looked the whole time...mobbed by kids. And this mangy dog came and sat on my shoe for a really long time. I was pretty grossed out by that one. We finally shooed it away...yuck!!!

More balloon animals....and swords....and butterflies... My fingers HURT by the end of that 2 hours!!!!
No I can't dance. And yes that is me trying to dance. Luckily Leilani CAN dance and she was standing next to me so it rubbed off...I'm sure. I hope...ok not really.