Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday Notes

Sunday School started. Last Sunday we had 55 students enrolled. With the last minute enrollments this week, we now have 67 students, ranging from preschool - grade 6. It's a lot of students. I taught the grade 2/3 class; it was fun. I'm looking forward to sitting in the adult class next week, though; I've been teaching for 8 years and have been really looking forward to this break. There will be weeks when I'll be observing the other classes, but for now I'm going to let them get settled and enjoy the adult class.

By the end of Sunday School time, I was exhausted. The service was good, but in all honesty, I didn't focus all that well. I was developing a headache, I still had a dozen things running through my head about Sunday School, and I was tired. I'm hoping that next week I will be more relaxed and able to be part of the worship.

Bible Study starts tonight. Women's study starts on Wednesday. Then everything will be started and routine can start and life will be busy but organized. Right?

I'm so tired right now. Here's a song for you. I didn't check to see if I'd posted it recently. It's a good song anyway.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Bits of Stuff

Sunday School starts tomorrow. I think I'm ready. I'm not even teaching this year (except tomorrow, to cover for the teachers who are still on vacation) and I still feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I needed to do to get ready. It's probably best that I'm taking the year off of teaching! I'm actually using the year to train teachers, and to get more structure in the program. The best news is that we have substitute teachers now, so I won't even have to fill in that often.

The other day I was had a small student reading a sentence. It started "The rules..." which he read "The reptiles..."! I stopped him and had him actually look at the word, so he stared at it, and then tried decoding, and came up with "letters". How? How do you get from reptiles to letters anyway? He said that he forgot about the first r in the word.

I am loving the cooler weather. The temperature drops nicely at night, and hovers in the mid-teens during the day. Fall makes me happy.

Today I made soup and a rice-and-sausage casserole. I also made grape juice because the grapes weren't good for eating (they were sweet, but the peel was not nice, and I was not going to peel all my grapes). I need to let it sit over night and then strain it again, so I'm not sure how it turned out.

It is 25 days until vacation. I plan to stay home and relax and maybe get stuff done.

Life is nice right now.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Sunday Notes

Life was supposed to settle down now that school is back in session. I hope that happens soon! This past week was pretty crazy, just getting schedules and stuff set up at work, and dealing with piles of paperwork. Next week I'm able to shift back to my regular schedule, so that should help.

I almost have things ready for Sunday School. Registration is done (and I think everyone is registered, although there will probably be a few more when we start next week). Each class has 10 or 11 students, except for the grade 5 and 6 class; they have 14 students. We have 55 students registered (preschool-grade 6), plus whatever we have in the junior high class. This year, the high school kids are joining the adult class, which I think will work best for everyone. There is a huge gap between grade 7 and grade 12, and the class was getting really big. Most people seem pretty happy with the change.

Wednesday morning women's study starts soon as well. Next Saturday is the potluck kick-off, and then the following week is the class itself. For the most part, I'll be taking care of the home school room, where I'm completely happy. Once a month, I'll also teach a counseling class. I did it last year, and it went well, so I'm looking forward to continuing it this year. I have a great group of ladies, and I like that we're training women to counsel women in the church.

That's about it for now. I am planning to blog more, but I'm waiting for the fall church stuff to get organized and going, and then I can relax a bit more.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Summer's Over

Yes, yes....we have a few weeks before summer officially ends, but whatever. The kids go back to school tomorrow, so summer is over. It's been a really long summer, and I just barely made it to the end this time. Now my days will be free to catch up on paperwork, and I can work set hours. It's cooling off so mornings and evenings will be nice when I'm going to/from work, and without the extra time at work to cope with summer, I'll have time to get other work done at home.

My plan for fall is to up my bogging to twice a week, but no promises there! We'll see how things go.

This weekend has been nice. I had coffee with a new-ish friend on Saturday. We laugh at the same things, so we're on our way to being good friends. Yesterday was church, and Pastor James preached a very encouraging sermon on Psalm 119:41-48 (you can here it here).Today I spend the afternoon with a good group of friends and their children, and that was all sorts of fun.

That's about it for now.

Monday, 28 August 2017

The Last Week of Summer

Of course I know that summer doesn't really end until near the end of September, but I still run on a teacher schedule, so summer ends on the Labour Day weekend. Then the kids go back to school and I get my days back, which means finally catching up on paperwork and such. It also means working more regular hours (not "normal" hours from, say, an office worker's perspective, but I can settle back into routine).

I have been sleeping better the past few nights, including a full 8 hours Saturday night (and it's been a really, really long time since that happened). It's always easier to deal with life when I'm at least a bit rested.

Yesterday was Sunday School registration. From the best I can figure, 2 families were there and didn't register, 1 family was away, and there are a few others who came sometimes near the end of last year that I'm not sure about (the didn't register, but they may not be planning to attend). I think my numbers are fairly accurate, so I can start organizing classes and materials.

As I left church yesterday, I noticed one of the little guys (he's around 3) wandering outside. He was just at the edge of the parking lot, and had obviously escaped whoever was supposed to be watching him. I suggested that he should go inside, and he just looked at me, so I asked one of the older boys to bring the little guy in and hand him over to his mom. The older boy was willing, but the little guy still wouldn't go until the older guy said, "Let's race to see who can get inside first!" It worked (of course). When I told the big guy's mom, she was pleased that he had that figured out, but then realized why that trick no longer works on him.

That's about it for now. Life at work is about to settle down; life outside work is about to get busy (Bible study, women's Wednesday morning group, Sunday School, and counselling class are all ready to begin next month).

Sunday, 20 August 2017

First Lines

I'm tired. The summer schedule at work is always brutal, in part because the days are long, and in part because there are always people around. I also didn't sleep well last night, so I'm counting down the hours until I can try sleeping again (there's no point in going to bed too early as that always makes for a broken night's sleep).

So...this is the best I can do for you right now.

"The roar of thunder was deafening."

"'Well, if there be any truth in the old adage, young Herman Brudenell will have a prosperous life; for really this is a lovely day for the middle of April -- the sky is just as sunny and the air as warm as if it were June,' said Hannah Worth, looking out from the door of her hut upon a scene as beautiful as ever shone beneath the splendid radiance of an early spring morning."

"Any Christian who is feeling down or discouraged about anything should study Paul's great letter to the Philippians."

"Wendy and I stepped out of a creaky, multicolored boat onto the dust-packed bank of the Tungabhadra River."

Monday, 14 August 2017

At the Start of Another Week

There are 3 weeks before school goes back in my area. Some of the outlying school districts start back the week before, but my kids go back the day after Labour Day. I know most people don't count down to the end of summer, but I'm ready for a break. During the summer, we have students in the centre all day (10-2, 4-8, and sometimes 2:30-4:00 as well). I like the kids and I love teaching, but there is paperwork that never seems to get done, and having people around all the time is really, really tiring. So I'm looking forward to having quiet days again.

Also, summer means longer days at work most of the week, so I'm looking forward to more regular work hours. I don't get as much done in the summer because I'm at work a lot; also, the heat drains me. From most to least, I like spring, fall, winter, and summer. I'm not a fan of extreme cold or hot, but I function better with cold. It's possible to bundle up enough to avoid the cold. Last night had some fabulous thunderstorms. This morning is nice and cool, and it's not supposed to get very hot today, so I'm happy.

This week will be crazy-busy. There's a lot going on at work and away from work. We need to plan Sunday School for the fall, and I'm babysitting on my day off. And I know that 2 things don't seem like a lot, but the Sunday School stuff will take a lot of time. It always does at this stage of preparation.

And that's my life right now.