Friday, February 11, 2011

Thank youuu!!!!

2.11: Last week we got some AWESOME student dictionaries in the mail from a friend, Mr. Gabriel. If you are reading this, I can't tell you how grateful we are! The kids were really excited to use them. Today we wrote thank you letters and one of the kids wrote "...I will use the dictionary to write in english. Like the word intoxication. I am using it to write this letter." Oh man! I laughed pretty hard at that line! They are so cute! 

[Here we are with the dictionaries. Not entirely sure why Daniel (in the front) is eating it...]


2.10: My kids completed their first group poster project this week about the regions of Africa. They turned out pretty good I think! 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

::I will not boast::

2.9: Wednesday nights are always Bible Study nights. I have come to really really love these nights with the women in my group. Especially this semester the 8 of us have grown to know, challenge and love each other. Tonight all the girl's Bible studies got together just to have a worship night. I have to say that these nights are by far my favorite thing about living here. Whether its staff worship, or worship at someone's house, or all girl's worship. I don't care. I love it all. And every time I am still amazed at how Great God is. I always get this overwhelming feeling of "wow! I could just do this all night long!" Then I remember...oh wait...I DO get to do this forever. In eternity. In his presence. So tonight we sang a lot of songs, but this one in particular, I really just wanted to impress deep on my heart. It tells the story of what we believe. Why we believe. The last chorus is what really hits home for me. I don't really feel the need to comment on it much more because the words speak for themselves. So take a moment. Read them. Listen to them. Believe them.  

How deep the Father's love for us,

How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocing voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that helf Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I knoww that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Monday, February 7, 2011

superbowl sunday.

2.6: So this Sunday felt very odd not watching the Superbowl. I realize that it's not that I actually care about either of the teams, or even that I will remember this game a week from now, but it just felt like I was doing something wrong not watching it. Who knows why. Perhaps it was my dad always talking about football and getting so excited about it, or my mom getting excited about it because it's the last football game until next season. Either way, we still celebrated in our own way here. I was able to make yummy Superbowl snacks: lemon cupcakes with strawberries on top...which I realize is not actually that Superbowl-ish..really more girly. O well. And my roomie made some homemade mac and cheese. We headed over to a friend's house who had made some good ol' tailgating games. It was a good way to celebrate. And then today (2.7) I got to watch all the commercials, national anthem, and halftime performance on youtube because let's be honest that's really the only reason why I watch the Superbowl. I have to admit that this commercial made me miss Texas [and HEB] the most. A tad cheesy, but I'll take it.  

[This is me winning Mexican horseshoes...or whatever you call it]


2.5: So last semester when I was taking photos for my friends Tim and Whit I found this old window (I posted a pic of it on an earlier post...go take a look). So my and my roommate have been needing to clean it up and chop of the ends. So we finally got around to it this weekend. And let me tell you! It may be my new favorite piece in our house! I mean let's think about it...$0 for the window because I found it in front of some ladies house and she gave it to us. Our friend cut off the ends for us. And the only thing we needed were 2 little screws to screw it on in. I wish that Pottery Barn would let me on their website so I could post one of their pics and don't need to spend $800 on a piece of junk wood. Instead..actually use junk wood! What a novel idea. So as if we were resourceful enough, one of our friends came over and was looking at the pieces we cut off, and being envious over our fabulous window and had the great idea of using one of the pieces as a little shelf! Oh man...I wish you could have seen our excitement. So we painted the bottom a little bit to make it look a little better and voila! 2 for the "price" of one! So take a look....

[my roommate is holding a plant because we plan on putting a plant on that side, but don't actually have one yet. And yes the plant is we haven't exactly perfected our gardening skills yet. Also we plan on putting other things around it, but just don't know what yet, so if you have any creative suggestions, let me know!]

[check out THAT authentic shabbiness]

[here is our cute little shelf! and my roommate went to Thailand this Christmas to visit her family and brought back these mugs from a pottery factory. MAN I'm really coming to love our house!]

So there you are. DIY and cheap decorating at it's finest. 

100th day of school

2.4: Friday was the 100th day of school. I must admit that I hadn't been counting with my students like some teachers do, but let's be honest, I jumped on that opportunity to dress in theme for a day! I did regret my decision a little when I walked into staff devotions that morning and I was the only one decked out, but it made it totally worth it when I saw my kids and they saw me. Many of them just died in laughter, which I didn't mind. Anything to make their year memorable. Perhaps they will remember me as their crazy 3rd grade teacher who dressed like she was 100 years old. All of the teachers were asking me where I got all these old response: unfortunately these are all things I wear. Embarrassing? Naw. My mom did always say that I'm gonna turn old before she does. This is one of these times that she's right. 

[my girls dressed up like little old ladies. it was pretty funny]

[one of the VERY few other teachers that dressed up. middle school math teacher, Robyn, wearing 100 math related materials]

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I Am Confident.

1. 28 and 1.29 and 1.30: Last weekend was a women's retreat here in Jarabacoa. What an amazing weekend it was. I realized on the way there that I have never actually been to a women's retreat, so I started to get a little apprehensive. I mean an entire weekend. With women. I mean don't get me wrong, I love girlfriends, but was this gonna be overboard like what you see in the movies or something. Well, whether I was proved wrong, or I was a part of a cheesy weekend, I still absolutely loved it. The whole weekend was about our Identity in Christ. We all chose different name tags for the weekend. For example, "I am a daughter of God...redeemed...light...forgiven...chosen" etc. etc. The one that I chose was "I am confident." I feel like so many times I worry that I'm not good enough to be here. Or good enough to be teaching at this amazing school. Or good enough to be surrounded by all these incredible people. And yes, it is not me who is "good enough," but I can be confident that Christ has chosen me to do this specific job. Confident that he will use me. Confident in Him. We had so many opportunities to just have some alone time. Quiet time. To really sit and think and pray. It really was much needed. And perfect. I will be looking forward to this weekend again next year. 

[My small group for the weekend. There were some of us from Jarabacoa, some from Santiago, and one from Santo Domingo]

1.31: A little something we call DOL (daily oral language). The students have to correct the sentences. Don't worry I'm not actually that unaware of my grammar. I decided that today called for a special shout out. 

[We are now pen pals with Lauren's 2nd grade class, and I've never seen them more excited. And they were a little confused by the word "unthank." ha]

2.1: Snow day. 

[While you guys are busy wearing 4 jackets and stuck at your house for 3 days, I'm wearing sandals. Ok so I rubbed it in a little, but partly it was out of jealousy I had to post this]

2.3: The pen pals letters arrived! 

[Lauren just had to put how she feels about wearing helmets]

[The kids were literally SO excited. I'm not sure if I quite captured their enthusiasm unfortunately]