Catch Up—Part 3

And now for Michigan! Winking smile

It was rather rainy the first while and we didn’t do too much.

One afternoon we went with Marcella and Fanny to the greenhouse and got some plants.

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One of my favorite experiences while in Michigan was eating Brook Trout. They fry the fish whole (no guts, tho). Winking smile If they are small you can eat the whole thing, including the head. I didn’t eat the head of mine. Smile The tail is a special delicacy. Very nice and crispy, kind of like a potato chip. What a delicious meal! Thanks, Mike, for inviting us!

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I also got to help Connie do some discing for a farmer by Germfask. I really enjoyed the chance to do that!

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Farming in Michigan is a bit different from Virginia. Notice those white birds behind Con’s tractor? Those are seagulls. A different sight than what I am used to! We were glad for the cabs on our tractors. Winking smile

I had an interesting experience while helping on the farm the second day. As we were discing, my disc started piling on the left front corner. Here I had a bad bearing. So I had to take my disc back to let Edgar fix that. While he was working on that he told me to go with Jennifer to help load a cow and calf.

We headed over to her farm to do that. Before loading the cattle we needed to put them through the shoot and pull some afterbirth out of the mom and give the baby a shot. It ended up being a little more complicated than we thought. Jennifer and I did manage to give the calf its shot, but we couldn’t get out the afterbirth. Edgar came over to help us.

Here the afterbirth was fermenting inside the cow. Yuck! As Edgar started getting it out, it smelled terrible! I didn’t think that much of it at first, but I started to feel a little woozy. So I sat down for awhile. As that wasn’t really helping, I went outside to walk around; but it just wouldn’t go away. My vision was mostly blacked out. I went back in the barn as they were finishing up some stuff. Edgar was trying to talk to me, but I don’t really recall what about as I was not very focused.

Then, although I didn’t want to, I said, “Jennifer, I’m going to faint.” And I sat down by the wall. Jennifer kicked into nurse mode (she is a nurse), asking me if I had breakfast and if I’d had anything to drink that morning. I answered her questions while her dad went and got me water. I never did pass out, although my vision went totally black.

Meanwhile, Con’s disc had a bad bearing and she wondered what was going on. She finally got ahold of Edgar and he told her I was having a “spell.” She was like, “What?!”

After sitting and drinking some water, I began to revive and my vision started coming back. Once I could get up, we got in the truck and headed back to the main farm for lunch. Till lunch was over I had a headache, but felt much better over all. Con said we could go home, but I decided to stick it out and keep discing. I was glad when we headed home mid-afternoon, though. It was the strangest fainting experience I have ever had, it felt like it drained my energy and left me with a terrible headache.

I was rather embarrassed at fainting over such a thing, but Edgar and Jennifer were super nice about it.

That evening  we had planned to go fishing. So once we got home, I washed out the boat while Con went to work at the shop. I also got a nap in and was able to enjoy a nice evening of fishing. Thanks, Lyle, for taking time out of your busy schedule to take us fishing!

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Thank you, Con, for sending me these fishing pictures!

And, thank you, Lyle and Connie, for putting up with me for so long. Winking smile I really enjoyed my time with y’all!

After a week and half in Michigan, I got a ride in to Virginia with Lyle and Connie. We drove to Pennsylvania and were there for a part of a day before heading on down to Virginia.

So, see you in Virginia next time!

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Catch Up—Part 2

So, here we are in Wisconsin. My main purpose in going to Wisconsin was to take pictures at my cousin Kendra’s wedding. I went a few days early so I could spend a little extra time with her and also see where we were going to be taking pictures.

My first day there was spent with Stan and Kendra. I worked on their wedding program awhile in the morning and then we went to run some errands in town.

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Trying out a pose.

 

Time to set up for the reception.

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Aunt Lily and her girls were in charge of table centerpieces. They did a great job!

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Rehearsal

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The Big Day

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The happy couple

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The wedding party

 

At the reception

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The getaway

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So now I need to edit wedding pictures!!

 

After the wedding I went with Lyle and Connie to their place in Michigan for a couple of weeks. I’ll meet you there next time. Smile

Catch Up—Part 1

So, I have been kinda quiet the last month. You may be wondering what I have been doing since school is out. I will attempt to catch you up on my life. Smile Be prepared for it to be a rather long post. Winking smile

Well, first off I had to sort through everything at school and clear all of my stuff out and prepare things for the next teacher.

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This is only one of the piles of trash I threw out. I think it was maybe 3 trash bags in all.

Thankfully, a girl from Georgia took a lot of my decorations so I didn’t have to pitch them.

I also did some projects I hadn’t had time to do during school, like organizing this construction paper.

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L to R: Before. During. After. Smile

I also made a filing system for student records. (Below)

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Besides sorting through my school stuff I also had my stuff at the house to go through.

I took quite a few boxes to yard sale and then what was left I took to Salvation Army.

Here is the car full of stuff for yard sale.

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Once I sorted things at school, thing I had to figure out where to go with those things at the house…

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I packed up three boxes of books and sent them to Virginia. Media mail is wonderful! Winking smile

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I did have some fun times amidst my packing and sorting. Smile

I helped Brenda clean church the one day and then we went shopping.

Another afternoon I went for frozen yogurt and to paint pottery with some of the church ladies to celebrate Ashley’s birthday.

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Something else fun I did was take a mini vacation with Brenda. We went to Ouray and went shopping and hiking. Then we spent the night at Box Canyon Lodge where we enjoyed soaking in the hot springs. Ahh. After a laid back morning the next day we headed to Montrose and had lunch and did some more shopping.

Cascade Falls

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The first picture is water from one of the hot springs coming down over the rocks. The second pictures is the hot tub filled with water from the hot springs.

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And the view from the hill above the lodge.

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I was privileged to be able to attend  my student Micah’s graduation party before I left Colorado.

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The Saturday before I left the men were working calves so we went to watch and enjoy the sunshine.

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So much stuff to try to pack. And so much left behind. But finally I got it all sorted.

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When I got to Grand Junction the lady at the check-in counter was fussy about the weight of my suitcases. No luck with getting a couple extra pounds through this time. Then when I got to security my backpack and carry-on (purple one) were so full they pulled them out and searched them while I sat there quite impatiently but trying to be patient. I got to the gate with only a few minutes to spare, hoping and praying they would not fuss about my stuffed carry-on. The gate attendant looked at me and said in a kinda grouchy tone, “Next time don’t bring that big of a carry-on. We have to follow FDA regulations.” I just said, “Ok” and quickly hurried on through, thanking God that I had been able to get it on the plane!

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Amazingly all my flights went well and I made it pretty much on time to Wisconsin.

I will continue the story in Wisconsin next time.

Poetry

So, I thought in the two weeks that I had between school ending and leaving Colorado I would have time to write a couple blog posts, but so far that has not happened. Sad smile

Today while sorting through things I came across my notebook of poems. I haven’t written in it for years. Hopefully in the future I’ll have time to do some more writing and drawing again. It makes me sad when I realize how busy my life has become and how many things I’ve pushed aside. Any, in looking through my poems I decided I should share some on my blog. I wish I would have dates of when I wrote them, but I didn’t think that far when I was writing them. They are far from perfect, but are written from the heart and may give you a window into my soul; or at least into some of the things that formed me into who I am today, considering they are several years old.

I thought I would start by sharing the most recent one in my notebook. I don’t have a title so I thought maybe y’all would like to give me some ideas. Smile

So often I am afraid

Of what the future holds

I’m not sure who I am,

Or what I want to be.

You may think

I’m confident,

But deep inside

I’m quaking.

Sometimes it seems

No one understands me–

So I keep it,

Bottled up inside.

On reading over it today it brought tears to my eyes. I feel like I have grown since I wrote this poem, but the feelings still aren’t real far away. I have definitely come to know more about who I am and what I want to be. I feel like over the past few months I have come to see myself in a new light. (Hopefully a blog post coming on that later.) And I have been working at not just bottling everything up inside. My blog has been a definite help in this line. Thanks to all of my faithful supporters! Thanks for your prayers and for encouraging me to share in person as well as through my blog.

I thought maybe “Bottled Up” for a title? What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Class Trips and Good Days

This school year I have a star chart.

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Every time my students get a hundred percent or a perfect lesson they get to put a star up. We have been celebrating every 100th star. My original goal for them was 800. They are now almost at 1000!

(We did a chart last year as well but only for Test and Quizzes. We celebrated every 75th Star and had a goal of 300 which we surpassed. Thanks to Wendell Miller for the idea.)

I’m not sure if I remember every thing we did, but I will share some pictures from a few of the bigger things we did as rewards for the star chart this year.

We had a picnic lunch in Ouray and then visited Box Canyon Falls (Box Cañon).

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We went to Junction and had lunch at Chick-fil-A and went skating at Glacier Ice Arena. (Thanks to Haley for taking these while I was busy skating.)

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One afternoon we went into Delta for coffee.

This is the only picture I have from that.

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We had some smaller things just at school like Game Day and a pizza party to celebrate other star goals. I don’t think I have pictures of those.

The most recent excursion was our biggest for the year. It was to celebrate our original goal of reaching 800.

We went took the whole day off school and went to hiking at Colorado National Monument. We ate a picnic lunch there and then went to Bananas Fun Park in Grand Junction and played Laser Tag.

Here are a few pictures from the hike.

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The boys liked hiking right on the edge while the girls were happy to try safe things like going through a tunnel in the rock.

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I had put off this trip for awhile because I was very busy and also because I was waiting for nice weather. Then I suddenly realized I needed to get it done before Micah was done with his work and out of school. I have to admit I lacked faith that it would all work out at the last minute. But God answered my prayers despite my weak faith and everything came together amazingly well! Thanks, Mariann, for being willing to drive us and help chaperone! I really enjoyed the day and I think the students did too.

It was definitely one of my best days in awhile! And another wonderful part of it was not having checking to do that evening! (I did have typing papers that I checked Saturday.) I was able to spend my evening sewing and finish a dress. (Finally a Sunday dress for Spring!)  And that Saturday I was able to take an hour and go four-wheeling with one of my students and enjoy it without feeling the pressure of school work that needed done. That afternoon I went to school and administered Micah’s diploma-qualifying test. It was good to get that out of the way! I can hardly believe I have a student graduating!

The next week was a bit more hectic as we had only 2.5 days of school and then Easter break and I was trying to get ready to leave for Nevada. But we got everything done that needed done. And although my packing was so hasty I forgot a few things, I had a very good vacation in Nevada. It is amazing what a little rest and relaxation can do for a person! Thanks to Kendra and her family for allowing me to come!

This past week at school went pretty well. I was blessed Thursday by having Heidi help me with checking after school! As I had typing to check that evening and packing to do it was a great boost!

Over the weekend we teachers babysat for one of the families in Delta. I wasn’t sure how it would be, but I got my checking done in decent time Friday evening and was able to enjoy the weekend. And with three babysitters we even had some leisure time!

Now just to make it through the last two weeks of school! Thanks to everyone who has been praying for me! I would ask that you continue to pray that I could just remember to focus on one moment at a time and that I would hand all my burdens over to Christ and not try to bear them on my own.

Well, as is usual, this post took longer and turned out differently than I though it would, but it does catch you up on my life a bit and finally I’ve posted some pictures!

Wishing everyone a wonderful week filled with blessings from the Lord!

Honesty, Stress, and Prayer

So, I almost didn’t write this post because I didn’t really want to admit my struggles in such a public way. And then I remembered my last blog post—about honesty. So I decided to be honest.

I am asking for your prayers as I face the next several weeks of school.

My work load at school was finally getting easier and I was excited about finishing out strong. I, being the organized firstborn that I am, had everything coming together very nicely for my class to get done with their work in perfect timing. Then, school ending date got moved up a week, throwing all my nicely laid plans awry. So now we have to do extra lessons and have a very full schedule to get done on time. I know my students can do it. I’m not worried about that. But what makes it hard is that I was finally getting on top of things and now I feel overwhelmed again. On top of teaching lessons and doing checking I have to plan something for ending program.

I had a wonderful Easter vacation, but already this afternoon and this evening I could feel the stress level building up. I try to tell myself to relax and give it over to God and just live one moment at a time rather than letting the stress of 3 weeks come all crashing on me right now; but it sounds much easier than it is.

So I would ask that you would pray for me as I go through each day. That I could just give it all to God and be able to enjoy these last weeks with my students without being taken under by stress. And if anyone is bored, come on to school and I will put you to work! Winking smile

One of these days hopefully I will have time for a more fun, upbeat post with some pictures. Smile

Buenas Noches!

"If We’re Honest"

After my last blog post I wondered if I really should have written it. In my weak humanness I was afraid of what people would think. I mean so many people are going through so much tougher stuff than me. They probably think my problems are quite pale in comparison with theirs. I wanted people to read it and at the same time I didn’t want them to read it. A selfish part of me wanted them to read it and have sympathy for me. Another part of me didn’t want people reading it, because I didn’t want them to treat me differently. And so the argument went back and forth in my head. Another part of me knew that it was something I needed to do so I can move forward with life.

Some of you may wonder how in the world can I “spill my guts” on the internet. Other’s may think I enjoy doing so. For years I have used writing as an emotional outlet. Writing things down and getting my thoughts organized always helps me put my problems into perspective. In the last year I’ve decided to move beyond my journal and share my thoughts on my blog. I’ve been very encouraged by reading others’ blogs and decided that possibly sharing my story could be an encouragement to others. And I have found that it encourages growth in my life.

One of my favorite songs is “If We’re Honest” by Francesca Battistelli. It talks about how we need to admit our brokenness before we can find healing. This is so true! The part about building walls also speaks to me, because I have been there building those walls.  I love the thought of being honest not only with God, but also with each other.

“If We’re Honest”

Truth is harder than a lie
The dark seems safer than the light
And everyone has a heart that loves to hide
I’m a mess and so are you
We’ve built walls nobody can get through
Yeah, it may be hard, but the best thing we could ever do, ever do
Bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine
‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy’s waiting on the other side
If we’re honest
If we’re honest
Don’t pretend to be something that you’re not
Living life afraid of getting caught
There is freedom found when we lay
Our secrets down at the cross, at the cross
So bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine
‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy’s waiting on the other side
If we’re honest
If we’re honest
It would change our lives
It would set us free
It’s what we need to be
So bring your brokenness and I’ll bring mine
‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy’s waiting on the other side
If we’re honest
If we’re honest
If we’re honest

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