Sunday, January 16, 2011

Judging by the number of people who have looked at our blog recently, I'd say it's about time for another update!

Quite honestly, there aren't many new things going on around here. At home, you have your own daily schedule that probably consists of work/school/friends/family, etc. It's the same for us here - we may be in Thailand, but our schedule probably looks similar to many of yours! School/work on Monday-Friday, catch up on Saturday, rest on Sunday - right? :)

These days most of the "news" is what we are looking forward to. This coming Friday is "games day" for the upper grades (7-12) - it's basically like field day, only it's all day! The 12th grade is currently in charge of planning it, and from what I hear, it's going to be intense: basketball, soccer, jungle ball, ultimate frisbee, and several others, I'm sure. They've split everyone up into teams, and I think the younger grades will compete only against each other...I hope so, at least. I would hate to see some of those little 7th graders getting run over by the 11th and 12th graders!

At the end of February, the high school will be going on a second overnight camp trip. We get to take a couple of days off from school and everything! Originally, those days were designated as a "Senior trip" - but the seniors decided that rather than take a trip just with their class, they'd rather plan something for the whole high school. Haha. It's so fun to see how, even though the classes are SO DIFFERENT, they all get along and would prefer to hang out all together. The 12th grade is planning this trip as well, and since Esther, one of the administrators, will be gone for the next month, she asked if I would be willing to step in as the "mentor" to the 12th grade and help them with the planning. Oh joy. I'm making them do all the work, naturally, but I did ask a couple of the leaders of the class to meet with me once a week to update me on what's happening and so I can ask questions and make sure they're figuring out all the necessary details.

In the meantime, things continue onward as usual. Classes are going well. Michael continues to come up with as many creative activities as he can for his history classes (currently he's working on something having to do with skits about Greek mythology). I've been working on writing out specific unit plans (something I neglected to do at the beginning of the year, as I was flying by the seat of my pants most of the time!) so hopefully next year my lesson planning will be much easier than it was this year. By the way, yes, we are planning on coming back for a second year. We have not signed contracts yet (only intent forms), but both Michael and I feel assured that a second year at GES is exactly what God has planned for us.

As Sunday turns into Monday, and Monday to Tuesday, etc. I hope that you find new joy in each day. God's mercies are new every morning, and his grace is more than enough to get us through each day!

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