Friday, March 28, 2008

Spring Break

One of the "perks" of being a teacher is the holidays. In order to stave off burnout the powers that be make sure to sprinkle our school year with numerous days off...Thank God! I am nearing the end of this year's spring break. I had a nice time relaxing and working around the house. I feel that we accomplished many chores and to-dos that needed doing, yet so much more to be done! I will begin getting all my school "stuff" ready by tomorrow....and then it will be downhill until the end of the year. I teach seniors and as far as they are concerned they are finished with high-school. I have written my lesson plans for the next four weeks in such a way that it will allow me to stay sane and afford them the opportunity to get through the next month without failing. Our school graduates the seniors in May rather than in June.

On a happy note I can report that I am feeling almost all well. I still have some brething issues, but nothing like December and January. This really felt like I was never going to get better. I have a follow up appt. in about 3 weeks and am very hopeful that by then I will be 100% well. And I pray that never again I experience this asthma/bronchitis mess! This leads me to bring up Tricia and Nate again. I've kept up with their blog as I am so inspired by their story. Little do they know how much and how many unlikTely people pray for them. Their blog is Confessions of a CF husband. don''t know how to add a link to the blog, but if you google it you'll find it. Tricia is still waiting for new lungs, and their little baby is slowly but surely growing. What is amazing is the power of God's love in them...their is no despair-or at least none that is long lasting. They always turn to Jesus and put their faith and trust that everything that happens is for the glory of God. I can't tell you how much this helped me whenever I was feeling so down when I was sick. What I did was everytime I got depressed and anxious about not getting better fast enough I thought about Tricia and what she was probably going through...I then offered prayers for her. I hope that in a very small meaningless way I helped. I know praying for her helped me "see" things so much more clearly. Is this "God's plan" mean? Does he work in ways that we don't understand-and will never see for ourselves, yet nonetheless miracles are happening?

I continue to pray for Tricia-I hope she gets her new lungs so that her baby daughter has the joy of growing up with her mom!

Sunday, March 16, 2008


My favorite things to do on Sunday are

Laundry...yes! I love the feel and smell of freshly washed clothes.

T. V. watching...I've become so lazy. HGTV all so...dreaming of how to do those things in my own house.

Plan for the next school week.


Laze about...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hong Kong

Why is it that when we are living an adventure we sometimes don't see it as such? Today I read a blog about a couple that is in Hong Kong getting ready to pick up their daughter in China. As I read their descriptions of what they were doing I was completely moved by the memories of when I was in Hong Kong. I had never wanted to even visit the orient, not ever. In 2005 DH was transferred to Hong Kong due to work reasons. At the time I was so negative about the whole idea of living on the other side of the world! Yet, the more time I spent in Hong Kong, the more I fell in love with the city. I miss the sounds and smells of this cosmopolitan city. It was such an education and opportunity to experience the culture on the level that I was able to. We are back home now and I find myself nostalgic at times for Hong Kong. I am looking forward to visiting again, but realize that "visiting" and "living" are not the same. We have decided to fly to Hong Kong when we go get Ling-Ling. I think we will get there several days earlier so that we may visit old haunts!
I am also making it a point to live everyday as if it were an adventure...I don't want to look back and say "Wow, I wish I had really enjoyed that experience fully when I was living it!"