Monday, November 15, 2010

Hello everyone!
 I had a rough time this week, remembering that my value comes from God and focusing on that instead of the acceptance of others.  But as the week went on I was very encouraged as to how much God loves me just as I am, and I was able to relax some. 
So this weekend I have been reminded of how lucky I am to be in Mexico experiencing life here.  I'm glad to be able to get to know the lifestyle here and form relationships with people here.   I went to bible study The Gathering (or La Reunion) and got to hang out, learn and pray with my some great Mexican friends.  I had a lot of fun teaching English to some crazy hoodlum kids on Friday and then came home to play wall ball with four little boys who live behind us on the railroad tracks, funny story to come later :).  And I was greatly encouraged by Roy the head of Hands and Feet Ministries praying for me and encouraging me, as well as the advice of Tex, Roy, Marissa, and John and Josh (some guys who came down to help us for a few days) to keep plugging away in school and doing my best.
Some dental technicians came to the school to show the kids how to brush their teeth.

 Overall I'm grateful that I
can just be in God's love and trust Him to work in me to make a difference in Mexico and to become who He wants me to be.  I'm especially glad that as I'm just being in God's love I get to be in Mexico.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A little update from my weekly report for Hands and Feet... Enjoy!

Teaching the Alphabet

This week was a short week at the school and a good time for me to catch up on school work.  We had Monday and Tuesday off because of Day of the Dead.  I spent most of the day, on Monday and Tuesday working on school work and getting caught up.  I’m glad to be caught up, and now I have a bit of a break from school because I am on time with all of my assignments and have time to rest a little bit more.  I already really feel like I need a break, not so much from teaching as from my own school work.  I feel like I’m always working.
            The week was also a little bit different because the time changed in Nava to an hour earlier, but not in Piedras.  This meant that the teachers left Piedras an hour later than usual, and left to return an hour earlier.  This made for a shorter day and some needed rest.  Other than that the week was pretty normal.  I got to carve pumpkins on Monday with Ramiro, Tex, and Marissa and we started new material for the next two months at school.  I’m still very challenged to help the kids learn the best with all of the work that I am responsible for, but I think we are making a difference just being there and I want to keep doing my best.  The biggest challenge is English, how do I teach the students so that they learn the concepts completely, but don’t get bored?  This is rough!  Last week and the week before I wrote a song to Chris Brown’s “Forever” so that the older kids can learn how to ask someone “how are you?”  they really enjoy this, especially when I’m dancing in front of the classJ.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Prayer and Praise

-Please pray for continued rest both spiritually and physically.
-Please pray that we know how to best help the children learn and grow and that we can do our best doing so.
Summer sky in Mexico (from July)
-Communication: That we could all communicate our needs well to one another as we work together at the school.
 -That I can focus on why I am here and being in the moment.

- Fall festival (Fogata):  This was one of those moments when I was reminded that I am supposed to be here and that we are making a difference.
-We are learning a ton (Bere and I) about how to best teach the students and run class, things are running smoother and smoother.  I can see that the students are learning daily.

It finally feels like fall in Mexico

Hi again,
 I hope you have all had a good week.  I hear some areas of Colorado received snow this week, congrats :).  We started at about 90 degrees this week, but now it feels like fall.  So for the last few days I have made myself a cup of tea and sat in a very sunny living room to work on my homework.  It is the little things in life right?
Tomorrow is day of the dead, so we don't have school today (Monday) and Tuesday so I've been catching up on school work.  That is a good thing, because I have been behind for weeks now.  I'm caught up and have more time to get ahead now.
My pumpkin is the chili on the right, Tex's is the cross and Ramiro's is the Mac Apple.
This weekend has been awesome on Saturday night we had what they call a fogata, or a bonfire.  We went to the school to set up at noon and at six the kids arrived.  They bobbed for apples, tossed bean bags, shot basketballs.  Then we had races: potato sack races, and balloon pop races ( they ran to a chair and popped the balloon by sitting on it and ran back).  After that we ate hot dogs (salchichas) chips and cupcakes.  Ok, ok, the best part was the hay ride, we drove around the whole town, looking at stars, and singing the whole way, and when we got back Chris and one of the men that helps at the school jumped out and sprayed us with silly string.  It was a ton of fun.
Finally we roasted marshmallows (bombones) over the fire, sat, laughed an threw light up sticks into the sky (y'know those sticks that shine colors when you break the capsule inside).  It looked like it was raining colors, very beautiful.  One of the women that works at the school told me that this festival was the best thing that had ever happened for the school.  I laughed a lot with the other teachers as well, it was awesome!  I'm so glad that I get to be apart of what is happening at the school.

Yesterday, we went to the orphanage, House of Peace, and had carne asada (barbecue mexican style).  I got to play soccer, got my hair braided, laughed a ton and ate amazing food!  It was a blessing.
Tonight, Monday night, Tex, Ramiro and I carved each a pumpkin. It was a great time to just hang out and be with friends.  I'm grateful for the break.