Wednesday, December 15, 2010

sooo exam week officially=awesome! I only have exams every day from 8:30-12 and then all afternoon I have to stay at school and work/whatever until 4....but in all this free time I have discovered this new blog:
You should probabily check it out because it is WAY more interesting than mine:)
Anyways....2 days and then I am going to the airport to head back to SNOW!!!!! Gracias a Dios!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

This week Monday was probably one of my most frustrating days here so far. This past week was basically exam review, and we had turned our exams and reviews in to our director Friday to have her check to make sure they were okay, and then we were given them back on Monday to copy for the week. Well, we live in the DR, so of course things don’t often happen as we would like. As we are ALL trying to make copies, we discover this: our copy machine is out of ink, the school is almost out of paper AND the town of Jarabacoa is completely out of paper. WHAT? Then after freaking out about that, we find out that the internet is out, so we can’t even look up things to print off on the other printer to have the kids do until we could get their review sheet. What a Monday morning! I eventually figured out things for my class to do, but it definitely was not ideal! Needless to say, God for sure taught me a lot this week! My week went uphill from there, thankfully! Tuesday we had our last Wyld Life club until after Christmas, and it went really well! Friday we had our Christmas program at school. It was so stressful and crazy, but was very good. My class did a play, I was SO nervous for them, but they did well and everyone loved it!

This week has been awesome--God has been showing me over and over again that He is my refuge, He is my hope, He is my strength, HE is in all, and HE has control of all! I keep finding myself frustrated and questioning God, but I keep getting brought back to this place! He is good! Here are some things that have meant a lot to me this week…

Numbers 35:9-15 “ God spoke to Moses: ‘Speak to the people of Israel. Tell them, when you cross the River Jordan into the country of Canaan, designate your asylum-cities, towns to which a person who accidentally kills someone can flee for asylum. They will be places of refuge from the avenger so that the alleged murderer won’t be killed until he can appear before the community in court. Provide six asylum-cities. Designate three of the towns to the east side of the Jordan, the other three in Canaan proper-asylum cities for the People of Israel, for the foreigner, and for any occasional visitors or guests-six asylum cities to run to for anyone who accidentally kills another.”

Okay, so, when I read this passage on Monday, I was thinking what in the world does this mean, and what is the purpose of me reading this today? The side notes for this verse in my devotional were sweet though! It says “Spend some time thinking about the God who is making Himself known here. What is on your heart today? Bring your thoughts to the God who created asylum-cities. Think about what it means for you to be with the God who is both a God of justice AND a God of refuge.” So amazing. God is a God of justice, but He is also a God of mercy, love, hope, and most of all, refuge!

We JUST got a new director at JCS this week, he will be starting after Christmas (long story, but our director now was just kind of filling in until someone perfect for the job was found) and he spoke for our staff devotions on Friday. He told us his story, which was really cool. He became a Christian while attended a Christian school in Cuba, similar to ours. He went to that school solely for the purpose of the good education (like a lot of our students) but had 2 teachers who really SHOWED him the love of Jesus instead of preaching at him all the time. It was because of those teachers that he saw living the love of Christ that he decided he wanted to be a part of it, and that is what he expects from our staff. His main desire for our school is to show the love of God to our kids, yes education is important, but the most important thing we are ever going to do is show them Jesus. It was so cool to hear him say that, and such an encouragement for how I try to run things in my classroom. That morning I had just read this verse from Deuteronomy 10:11-13 “What does God expect from you? Live in His presence, follow the road He sets out for you, love Him, serve Him, serve God, YOUR God, with everything you have in you, obey the commandments I am giving you today and live a good life”.

Friday in chapel we sang “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”. Tim told us the story behind the song, and it is so cool! The writer of the song had lost his wife a year earlier, so this was his first Christmas without her, so obviously very sad, but as you read/hear the lyrics of the song, you can see where he started out feeling sad and hopeless, but then realizing that “God is not dead, nor does He sleep, the wrong shall fail, the right prevail!”

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Wyld Life Camp!

Hi Friends! This past week at our Wyld Life meeting, we began making plans for Wyld Life camp, which is the first weekend in February! All of the kids, and of course us leaders, are so excited, because it is our first camp since Wyld Life officially started here! Camp is awesome, but the one issue is that it is super expensive, $90 for just the weekend, and a lot of our kids can not afford that. As leaders, we have made a goal to each raise $150 to give about two half scholarships each.

Our plan is to have two "service days" where the kids who need scholarships will spend about 6 hours doing a service project around town. Our two service projects are going to be a car wash, and a day cleaning up trash by the river (you would DIE if you saw how disgusting the riverbanks are here!). The point of having these service days is to
1-have the kids earn their scholarships, so they only get it if they want to go to camp bad enough to work for it, and 2-to be a light to the community, because you rarely see Dominicans doing any type of service project.

Camp is SO IMPORTANT to our ministry because it gives us leaders 48 nonstop hours to spend with kids to really build or start to build relationships with them, and it also gives them a chance to see how excited we are about how awesome God is!

So, if you have any interest in helping me raise $150 to send two kids to camp that otherwise would not be able to go, please let me know, it would be so awesome! I will be home over Christmas, (Dec 18-Jan 7), so you could talk to me when I am home, otherwise you can email me at and ask me any questions you might have! ANY support would be so helpful, because it brings us one step closer to having another kid have a life changing weekend!

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support, I would not be here without it!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

12 days until I will be back in Michigan!! SO excited, but there is so much to do before then! This past week was basically a rush to get everything finished that the kids will be tested on for exams, so it made things pretty crazy! We have exam review this week, and exams the following week.

I started teaching Health class last week, oh my was that interesting! Monday we started out by talking about Self Esteem….good/bad, how to be a friend to yourself, how to like yourself, ect….definitely a tough subject for 6th graders! Some of their comments were hilarious, but some were really sad. I definitely don’t miss those feelings of insecurity, and it is so sad to see them just getting into that! Overall, it went pretty well though! This week we are moving on to drinking/drugs…ahh pray for me!! Haha!

I went to the river with the girls from my campaigners group this weekend, and it was so much fun! We walked down there, and seriously the kids here hardly ever go down to the river, so for some of the girls, it was their first or second time going to the river EVER! They LOVED it! They were all like “wow, look at God’s creation, look at what He has given us, right here!” and that was SO COOL to hear them say that, and to be able to move into conversation from there! It was so cool. When we left, they were all asking when we could come back next!

We talked in my Bible study this past week about how important it is to not live for the end of our time here, which is SO HARD because I feel like I am always thinking about what is next whether it is going home, a break, or even thinking about what I will do when my time here is up! That is one prayer request--to just be here and take full advantage of this opportunity!

Psalm 27:4 “One thing I ask of the Lord, THIS is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and seek Him in His temple!”

"As disciples of Jesus, we should wake up every morning asking ourselves 'How can I get through the next 12 hours in God's power, accomplishing His purposes and only be concerned about pleasing Him?'"

I love this blog post, I think it is so true--the devil so tries anything to steal us away from focusing on God’s plan to being stressed/worried about life, when we really just need to seek God’s plan and find peace!

“Sunday morning I was participating in a worship service. We were singing songs and reading from the text of Scripture as a car alarm just outside the building was blaring. It was incredibly loud. People were getting antsy as they tried to pay attention. Heads turned, looking back to see if anyone was addressing the noise. Others were shifting, some were praying for silence and still others continued to raise their voices in song.
As I tried to sing I couldn’t help but think that I was living in a sacred moment. The morning’s theme was Peace. The first Sunday of Advent. We daily, anxiously, await the peace that is offered in the person of Jesus. And here we were, setting aside an entire morning to the idea of peace, and we were met with nothing but noise, interruption and chaos. Funny.
That sounds about right actually. We long for peace. We pursue it. And in the midst of that pursuit we run into noise, interruption and chaos! Peace isn’t natural. We live in a world that constantly seeks to steal our peace.
The car alarm continued through most of the morning. I don’t know if others thought about the reality the car alarm offered, but that morning the noise of the alarm spoke loudly as it was juxtaposed with the gift of peace we’re offered in Jesus. As the alarm continued to blare, my heart continued to long for my expectant Jesus. My heart longed to connect with the peace He brings, the peace which is his very character and I was drawn to worship in chaos.
As you walk through each day, seek peace and pursue it. Even in the midst of the noise, interruption and chaos. It can be found!”

Monday, November 29, 2010

What a PERFECT weekend at the beach! It was seriously exactly what I needed. Awesome weather, amazing friends, and tons of experiencing God's goodness:)

We left to go to the beach Friday morning, got there about 12, spent the afternoon at the beach and then went out to dinner! We even found these awesome blow up Christmas decorations...hello America!!

Saturday I got up early to go for a run and watch the sunrise (AWESOME reminder of God's amazingness:)) then proceeded to spend the ENTIRE day at the beach until 6:00!! I love Cabarete because it is SO windy which equals huge waves to play in :) so we spent the day body-surfing and playing paddleball. The only break we took was to go eat a Sushi lunch. Who could ever complain about that? Sunday, I got up early again for a run on the beach and then spent another perfect day in the water....seriously it has rained for like 2 weeks straight, and then we had 2 perfectly sunny days on the beach! Definitely a blessing. We didn't leave until 5 on Sunday (the guys had to finish the football game) and got to stop at the grocery store in the city on the way home!

Totally learning that I can only prepare myself so much, if I am not completely focused on God and His plan, I will not find success!
Proverbs 21:30-31 "There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of the battle, but victory rests in the Lord!"
Psalm 25 "Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths! Guide me in your truth and teach me! For you alone are my God and Savior, my HOPE is in you all day long!"

"God's love for us is not trifling or fleeting or simple. It is the greatest strength, the greatest loyalty and it is complex. God's love is the only thing strong enough to put your hope in."

Thursday, November 25, 2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would give anything to be in Illinois right now--but this helps:)
It is definitely hard to look for God's blessings today when I am wishing I was home to celebrate with my fam...but God is awesome and He has a reason for my being here right now!If anything, He is for sure trying to challenge me! I got a "Message Remix: Solo" devotional with mail yesterday, and just found a great passage about thankfulness in it.

Psalm 75:1-4 "We thank you, God, we thank you - your name is our favorite word; your mighty works are all we talk about. You say "I'm calling this meeting to order, I'm ready to set things right. When the earth goes topsy-turvy and nobody knows which end is up, I nail it all down, I put everything in place again. I say to the smart alecks, 'That's enough,' to the bullies, 'Not so fast.'"

SO thankful for the knowledge that God is in complete conrol.

We have a Thanksgiving pot-luck today at achool, so we still get to have a Thanksgiving feast, and I am headed off to the beach for the weekend!! Thanks to God for that:)
Love and miss you all!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Spirit Week/Thanksgiving!

This week we had a super short week (school Monday and Tuesday and a half day Wednesday). It was so fun!
Monday was sports day (dress up as some sort of sports person). In my class we had a rollarskater, a tennis player, basketball, soccer and even a golfer!

Tuesday was dress up pictures from there:)
Tuesday night we had Wyld Life! It went really well! It was an outer space theme.

Wednesday we had a half day! Each grade did presentations, and my class did a skit and sang a song we made up to Philippians 4:6-7. It was so cute! They did such a good job:) It was also country western day! There were crafts, sports competition,and funny games!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

This week absolutely FLEW by! It was fun, but crazy getting everything wrapped up before Thanksgiving break next week! They don’t celebrate it here, but our school has a half day Wednesday, and Thursday and Friday off…AWESOME!

Monday was a sports competition day, so some kids from each grade went, and I was only left with 4 kids in my class ALL day! It was sweet though, obviously I could not teach, so we watched The Grinch and made snowflakes to decorate our classroom! They loved it, and I sure did too! It was a really fun day for me to be able to hang out with a few of my students and just have fun with them! I am starting to think that when I go back to the states, some sort of youth ministry, whether in a church or with YL, is where I want to be!
I have a hard time finding my balance with the kids….I know the way I am teaching works here, but it definitely would not work in the states just because of the lack of teacher-student relationship in the states. For example, here the teachers hang out with students very often, and it is completely encouraged! Today I am going to my triplet’s house (Josue, Melanio and Moises) to hang out and play video games, which would NEVER happen in the states, and the girls in my class come over just to hang and are always asking to hang out! The kids here seriously love to hang out with their teachers! I read this this week and it really spoke where I want my heart to be:
“Love is an urgent matter. Love is a daily, moment by moment matter and it has no regard for position. Treat people how you’d treat them if you knew it was their very last day to be alive. Speak to them the things that matter, things of life and truth, lovely, pure, holy and right. And leave each encounter with another as though it was your last. Work through conflict, forgive, reach out, encourage and receive. Love is always a matter of urgency. Let your mouth speak your last words first! Jesus is good. He desires good for you. He is the way truth and life. As we live, we have a model for how we too can live. Jesus was not idle, he worked diligently, but he knew rest. We can learn form that. Be a person who serves. Serve when it is easy, when it is hard and when it is seemingly impossible! Serve always. Be a person of compassion. Compassion moves one from noticing a need or crisis or hurt to act. Respond to your hearts cries of compassion for others. Be a person of justice. When the created world or any human being is being treated in a way that spits in the face of their value, fight to make it right. People are a reflection of the Creator, every single person is of value and needs to be fought for! The created world is the majestic creation of an Almighty Creator, when it is treated poorly it reflects the way we value the Creator himself. CARE ABOUT THINGS WIH YOUR ACTION!. As Cornell West say, “Justice is what love looks like in public.” Be generous with your life, time, energy, resources and opinions of others! Above all: LOVE. Love with your mind, your heart, your soul, your strength, and your actions. Love well. Love all. Love with vengeance. Love stubbornly! Love fiercely. Love softly. Love completely. Love selflessly! LOVE LOVE LOVE. When you walk this way, you know rest, a kind that comes from one who is gentle and humble in heart. When you walk this way, you walk with Jesus. Oh isn’t He good! Imagine if we all lived in the way he set before us.”

SUCH an awesome challenge!

On a side note, so cute: one of my students, Claudil, told me this week that she has a huge crush on a boy in our class, Melanio!! SO funny. She was all upset because he was being mean to her, and I was like well….usually at this age, boys are mean to the girls they like!! At lunch she snuck a candy bar into his backpack:) precious!

A couple of my students made this picture for me, they said that it describes who I am, they are so sweet!!

Wednesday night, Natalie took Melissa and I for a moto ride to look at Christmas lights....we found one house that went all out with lights and the blow-up decorations, so we had to take some pictures:)

This morning, Julie-Anne and I FINALLY went on an adventure run! With her being in the states, and then both of us being sick, it has been forever! We took a new road by the river and went up in the mountains (some killer hills we definitely had to walk up, and even had a hard time even running back down!!)We saw some really sweet houses, and some complete shacks BUT they still had Christmas lights! The best part: for the first time in a VERY long time, we were in complete silence....without motos, people yelling, or loud music! Such a blessing!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Remember that song "I've got the joy, joy, down in my heart!"? I was thinking today how cool it would be to wake up every morning and honestly live that song out loud....

"Trust God. Plain and simple. Not easy, but basic and uncomplicated." "Learn to live a faith that is so real, you bleed Jesus. Here is how to start: Look for Jesus every day in the eyes of people you meet. Then look for Him in the mirror."

Jeremiah 31 "I have loved you with an everlasting love, I will build you up again, again you will take up your tambourines and go dance with the joyful!"
Deut 30 "Now choose LIFE, the LORD ALONE is your life!!"
Psalm 63 "I have seen you in the sanctuary and behold, your great power and glory! Because your love is better than life, my lips glorify you! I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift my hands!
John 15:11 "I have said these things so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be COMPLETE!"

Acts 18-You don't change the world by a crusade. Paul changed it by living every day in service to God, Living every moment out of LOVE for God!

While reading Donald Miller's blog today, I discovered this new blog by Cari Jenkins, and man does this girl know her stuff!! You should check it out:
I wanted to copy this post she made on her blog about seeing a need and responding to it, good stuff, so read it!! :)
"This past summer I was in a conversation about short term mission experiences with some friends. This group of people all seemed to think it was easier to serve on a short term mission trip than in their daily lives. This led to a conversation about the way of Jesus and how he served while here.

One of things that I noticed as part of His way was that Jesus walked an observant way. There is a story in Luke chapter 7 that I’ve come to love. It is a short story, but it is a perfect example of the observant way.

Jesus had just left one town where he was involved in healing work and serving and was going to another. Traveling with him were his friends and a large crowd. His attention was being asked for from many. As they walked into town there was a funeral procession that passed by Jesus and his crowd of followers. It is at this point of the story that Luke records a very simple act of Jesus, Jesus saw. It’s easy to pass by those words, but they are two key words to knowing how to live in the way of Jesus.

The next phrase gets even better. Luke tells us that When Jesus saw her, his heart went out to her. I love this! Jesus was observant. Although, He didn’t simply see alone. He saw and his heart responded.

But wait! That’s not the end of the story. Sure it is beautiful that Jesus, in the midst of a busy schedule took time to see what went on around him. And it is powerful that not only did Jesus observe, he also had compassion, his heart responded to what he observed. And that led to Jesus interupting his schedule to act.

The story goes on to recall Jesus speaking to the widow, “Don’t Cry.” He said and then he went and touched the coffin and told the young man in side to get up! The young man did just that, he got up out of the coffin and was given back to his grieving mother.

Jesus lived an observant way. He lived with his eyes open to those around him. He observed, he felt and he acted.

One of the realities of a short term mission trip is that we are often given a directive to look for ways to serve. “When you see a need, respond to it.” Our eyes and hearts are told, for these next two weeks look with these eyes and respond to it out of your heart. But somehow, that directive doesn’t carry over into life as usual. We leave our eyes and hearts in whatever place we were in and go back to life as usual.

A directive has been given in the invitation to follow in the way of Jesus. And Jesus my friends, lived an observant way. So today as you go, look for need and respond to it! Pray too that you will be given eyes to see, a heart that will be with others and the bravery to act in response."

God is GOOD, God is faithful, God is awesome:) New goal: wake up each day with complete JOY in knowing this!

Friday, November 12, 2010

What a week! This week was crazy once again, but I have been feeling pretty sick since last week, so I was forced to slow down SOME, which was really good for me and my goal in finding things to rejoice in every day!

This week was pretty crazy in our class because we had to come up with an act for our Thanksgiving program on the 24th. The boys in my class don't want to do ANYTHING, so it was interesting trying to come up with something they wouldn't totally hate, but we managed! We are going to do a play actually about being anxious (they are going to be anxious farmers with nothing to eat for thanksgiving) and then we are going to sing out Philippians 4 song about trusting in God and the boys are going to dress up as corn stalks and grow! It should be pretty funny:)This has been a really fun week with my class, we learned a lot but had a lot of fun doing it!

Monday night we celebrated one of our teacher's birthday (Tim) with a dessert party! Tons of wonderful things, not to mention a fun night with people I don't always get to see!

Tuesday night we had Wyld Life, and a 70s/80s theme! I tye-dyed with some of the girls before, so they were really excited for it!They want to hang out next weekend and do it again, so I think we probabily will! It is fun to have some girls that actually want to hang out :) Natalie and I were in charge of program, and I was pretty nervous about the kids thinking we were funny and liking our "act" but they ended up loving it and have been talking about it at school nonstop since!! Praise God for that!! Club was great as usual, we had a ton of kids, and everything is running smoother every time as we begin to finally get a feel for what the kids like! After club, one of my students Claudil, said that she wants to be a Wyld Life leader when she grows up!! haha so cute:)
Wednesday night I stayed home and went to bed super early which was AWESOME and ended up being a complete blessing to just be able to rest.
Thursday Melissa, Jessica and I caught a ride to Santiago with a group of people from another school! We just went to the mall, which first of all was all decorated for Christmas, and had dinner and saw "Eat, Pray, Love". It was such a great night of having a little "Americanness" and getting out of Jarabacoa!!
Tonight there is a talent show at school....all the kids are participating, so it should be interesting!

Monday, November 8, 2010

SO thankful for Sunday:)
I wrote about that awesome sermon I read, and had the most wonderful day afterwards! As I was finishing my blog, my roommate came to my room and said lunch was ready: homemade cornbread and chili! I was expecting to help her cook, too, but she had it all done!! Such a good surprise! After that we had our weekly Wyld Life meeting which was fun as usual, and then I went to a friend's house to watch football for the night! I am beginning to love watching football here....such a reminder of America! haha, who would've thought! Anyways, 2 of the girls that watched with us are pregnant and brought all kinds of books to read/share with each other while they sort of watched, so the other girls and I spent time reading through the "pregnancy questions answered" book and another called "What they don't tell you...." They were HILARIOUS! Not to mention a little scary:) haha! Such a fun night, definitely the relaxing/comfort night I needed.

Also, I wanted to share this story that one of my students wrote in his writing journal:
"My teacher is nice she laughs a lot she is super nice she lets us play and she is blond she likes fun and she goes to campaigners and wyld life that is super cool isn't it cool. She does laundry when it rains (HA HA because I always complain about my laundry being ruined when we are in class!!) she plays and give soccer classes, she likes talking and she lets us see videos online. She wears beautiful earings and they are picturesque (that was one of our spelling words!! haha) they are the prettiest earings I have ever seen she lives close to school with Miss B and Miss Brewer, they are cool too. Our class is small but colorful and she likes purple and pink she has the best smile I have ever seen she wears khaki pants and a blue JCS polo and she looks good in them except when she has chalk on them. My wonderful teacher's name is Miss. Stanley."
HA HA! What a good way to start my day:)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

I was going to skip my blog this week because I felt like I had nothing to write...but turns out God has been teaching me things this week that I didn't even realize! Honestly, this week went by so fast because I was so busy/stressed/anxious about things that I don't even remember much of what I did. Anyways, this morning I skipped church (because we walk about a half hour to church, and since it has been raining all weekend due to the hurricane, that was not an option!) so I came across this sermon at Mars Hill that looked pretty good. The verses it focused on were Philippians 4:4-7 "Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: REJOICE! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

First of all, these verses just so happened to be my class memory verse of this week. Second, I know I didn't rejoice a whole lot this week. I wrote this quote in my journal on Wednesday: "Sometimes we are afraid to reach out and live the life that we believe we have been called to. But fear is no friend. It may seem to protect, but it slowly suffocates."
The message was all about "Reasons to complain vs. Reasons to rejoice" Find ways to rejoice in everything, because rejoicing cultivates a heart of Hope! A rejoicing spirit says: "God you are good, God you are at work, God you are teaching me things, God you are revealing yourself, God I have REASON FOR JOY! God, I'M GONNA REJOICE!" You have to choose to be anxious in nothing! Phil 4:8 says to MEDITATE on all that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, excellent, praiseworthy and admirable! You've got to stay sharp, clear, focused on Jesus, because when your not, that is when things start to go downhill!
I really liked this quote from the sermon" "If you believe God is good, act like it! If you believe God is sovereign, act like it! If you believe God works for the good of those who love Him, act like it! If you believe there is always something to rejoice in, act like it!!"

I really needed to be reminded that faith means leaning my whole weight on Jesus, knowing that "I can do EVERYTHING through Christ who gives me strength!" God proves His goodness, His power, His strength, even when I think I know it is not there!

The link to the sermon in case you want to check it out:)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

So I went for a run this morning and took my camera--THIS is why I love running in the DR! Crazy crazy story though, when I was running today, this Dominican man on his motorcycle was yelling things at me (not unusual, but I just ignore it) and was turned around WHILE driving his motorcycle, and ran head on into another motorcycle! I totally caused a motorcycle accident! It was so scary--I stood there for a second, but I had to quick turn around and run another way, because if the police came and thought I had anything to do with it, I would be in big trouble and wouldnt really be able to do anything about it because I am American! SO REDICULOUS!!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

"I love love!"

Each week, I jot down little notes throughout the week of things that I want to include in my blog. This week, each one had something to do with some sort of love, and I had written down in my journal on Monday this quote from Francis Chan “I love love”.

Monday: I love thunderstorms. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday we had lots of thunderstorms...and those thunderstorms brought MUCH cooler weather, which was a complete blessing! On Monday night (as I blogged before) I sat in our living room, freezing, while drinking hot chocolate! Who would have guessed that would happen in the DR? I was so tired of being hot ALL THE TIME, that it was honestly one of the most relaxing nights I have had in a while!

Tuesday: I LOVE campaigners. We had our second campaigners group this week, and had a great time! We did nails, made brownies, and just spent time talking! It was a great time of getting to know the girls a little better. Funny story-I overheard one of the girls in my class telling my roommate that she loved me as her teacher because I make her laugh and I hardly ever get mad, but then she added this: "She only got mad at us that one time...but that one time was enough to make me never want her to get mad at us again! It was scary!" I loved that comment...made me a little more confident in my "class discipline" skills:)

Wednesday: I LOVE journal time:) One of the girls in my class wrote a whole 2 page journal entry about how she is in love with this boy in seventh grade. I LOVE kid crushes:) It was so cute, she even wrote his name in code letters in case someone else saw her journal, and noted that she would tell me the real name after school!! She did, and then proceeded to spend a half hour talking to me about him and how she was so nervous to tell her mom about him, but she had do! So cute!
Wednesday was Claudil's mom’s birthday. Claudil made this WONDERFUL "I love you" book during writing time and had me check over it before she took it home to her. It was so cute I teared up reading it:) I LOVE the way little girls love their parents:)
Gill wrote a journal entry about all of the kids in our class. Now you have to understand something about Gill-she is the girl I talked about that came to campaigners, has a tough life, and usually acts like she doesn't care about anyone or anything. In her journal entry, she wrote something nice about EVERYONE in our class--she even said things like "Melanio likes to bother, but I know inside he is good." and "Josue is a friend of everyone, he has a very special heart." I was like oh my goodness, where is this coming from! Then she wrote a really nice one about me too, which made me happy:) So awesome to see kids growing!

Thursday: I LOVE silliness of 6th graders. Christian came to school on Wednesday, and the first thing he says to me is this: "LOOK Miss. Stanley, I have a MAN HAIR!" and you will never guess where this man hair was--a mole on his hand...HILARIOUS! Then, later that day, we were watching a science video and Christian asked to go to the bathroom, and I said in a couple minutes, and then he all of a sudden screams, "No, NOW!!!" and runs out of the classroom. The rest of us were like oh my goodness, what just happened! Then a couple minutes later he runs back in with his tooth in his hand, he had pulled it out during the movie! At the end of the day (Thursday was our last day of school this week, because Friday was a teacher work day) Melanio came up to me and got real close and said "Miss. Stanley, I have something to tell you...." and then proceeds to scream "TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" while jumping up and down with this huge grin on his face.
Also, Thursday was an "I love soccer practice" day:)

Such a funny week, all filled with small hints of love. God knew what I needed this week after my frustrating week last week!

"Nothing in this life will matter unless it is about loving God and loving the people He has made."

"True faith means holding nothing back, it bets everything on the hope of eternity."(Francis Chan)

Psalm 63 1-4 "O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because YOUR LOVE is better than LIFE, my lips glorify you! I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I lift up my hands."

God is SO GOOD. He is the “knower of my needs and the meeter of my needs” :)

LOVE from the DR!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

This picture pretty much sums up the last 2 days....pure thunderstorms! Yesterday I sat in our living room freezing in a sweatshirt, drinking hot chocolate:) It was pretty awesome though!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Saturday, we went to a waterfall (Salto Biaguate) and Jess and I free climbed to the top, and once we got to the top we found climbing rods--which was SO sweet because we realized we were supposed to be climbing with ropes...but we totally did it without! sooo hardcore:) haha!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dia de la Raza

Christian won artist of the week! He was not happy about getting is picture taken:) He is one of my favorite students--he always has a hilarious insight on whatever we are doing. I taught the kids to play hangman while we waited for the program to start! The third graders dressed up as native Tainos.... Melanio practicing the drums... Freshman doing a Dominican dance Second graders 8th grade boys doing a "dance of today" :the jerk!! Hanging out waiting for their turn! Josue, Kaylee, Claudil, and Rosemary