Thursday, November 17, 2011

Where am I now

I am a school teacher.

I am a 5th grade school teacher of 22 children.

I am a 5th grade school teacher of 22 children who need to be acknowledged.

I am a 5th grade school teacher of 22 children who need to be acknowledged each day and given a smile.

I am a 5th grade school teacher who wears down by 3:30pm because of 22 children, full of energy and questions, who need to be acknowledged each day (whether I feel like it or not) and given a smile that is genuine.

You see where this is going. I am a working adult who for some reason has a hard even saying  the right answer to the question,"Do you work?"  "Why yes, I am a teacher." Stumble. Stumble.

Maybe it's because I have been one for so long now. Only difference is the schedule is strictly held, I have tests to administer regularly, I can't just sit on the carpet all day to read something exciting, I get paid now, and oh yeah, I have to get up at 5:30am and actually look decent. Well, 5 out of 6 isn't so bad?

Processing. First year out of the home, I'm not teaching my own child what I'd like her to get, I am investing greatly in 22 children I just met, and somehow trying to juggle the rest of life.

Hmmm... where will this new journey take me at 44 years of age? Only time will tell.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

One Meal. One Day

WOW! Boo had an opportunity with Compassion to do this video over the summer as well as take pictures for a HUGE board to encourage sponsorship of children through Compassion. It's so cool to see your children participate in a ministry that changes the child at a time.

One Meal. One Day. November 9, 2011

You go Girl!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Trinidad.... The City that Sleeps

Sleepy little Trinidad.
We ventured over for a night to make our morning drive home a bit easier. Found a cute BnB, made our reservations, and had a plan. Little did we know Trinidad closes up quite early or better yet, never even opens on Sundays.  We drove around looking for a place to grab some lunch that had a TV with the Broncos game playing. Two choices in town... a bar and a pizza joint. Luckily the pizza joint had a TV and they were Broncos fans and the food was wonderful! A meal and the game. I won't mention how badly our team played.

 We wandered over to the Tarabino BnB  to get settled in. We were the only guest in the whole house.  We finished the game, played some cribbage, still not so hungry for dinner, so we went for a stroll in the neighborhood. The views from atop the hill were lovely. This little town has brick streets in most parts. A bit of character, I'd say.

So it was a good thing our hostess of the mostess offered us oatmeal cookies. Turns out, that was our dinner. We weren't hungry until about 8 o'clock that night and wouldn't you know it, the town was done for the day. I guess we could have wandered over to Mickie D's for dinner, but NOT. So a night in was on order. A big ol' house with just us two.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Stairway to Heaven

 The Loretta Chapel is an old church full of mystery. It isn't the church exactly that is the mystery but the staircase inside. T and I visited this church on our getaway to Santa Fe over the weekend. After much anticipation, I couldn't wait to see this staircase to heaven... that is after we paid our three dollar admission.

As the story goes, this church was in need of a staircase to the 2nd story balcony but there wasn't anyone capable to build such a thing; the church was all women. The balcony is very tall and the church quite narrow. One day, a kind man came with a few hand tools and offered to build them a staircase. He worked for months on this one piece of wood. When it was finished (without the railing in the original form) he left, not accepting payment and never to return. The story goes that it was an angel sent by God, just for this church. The wood is not from this part of  the country and the design is so intricate as well as once piece of wood, the mystery still stands. It was a sight to behold. Quite beautiful. Who really knows the story behind the Loretta Chapel, but a miracle? Oh yes, God still does wonders for His people today.