Wednesday, May 5, 2010

When Summer Comes Around...

This post is going to be a little bit different than normal. I only have 6 days left of my sophomore year of college, crazy I know. I have actually done quite a bit of baking/cooking the past week or so but of course as I mentioned my camera battery is dead...we will work on that when I get home. I have to have my camera for California :) I still can't believe I am actually going to CA for 8 weeks! Everything is really winding down and I am definitely having mixed emotions. I am extremely excited to be done with classes but a couple of things that must end for the year are what really make me sad...
Today was my last day with the 3rd grade class I have been interning with this semester. They had a party for me celebrating my being there not my leaving! (The teacher had to clarify because the students didn't understand why they would celebrate me leaving them) Working with them was honestly one of the best experiences I have ever had. They each wrote me a letter and drew a picture that the teacher put into a notebook for me! As soon as I got there this morning they all starting giving me hugs and saying that they didn't want me to leave. I almost cried as soon as I walked in when one little boy who I have been working with a lot this semester ran up to me with a simple drawing and said this is you Miss. Mandy and this is me! We were standing next to a tree with a blue sky, one cloud, and a beautiful sun! I remember constantly when I visited my Aunt's class last year and the notes her students wrote me when I left. I cannot wait until I am a real teacher. It is stuff like this that continually reminds me that I am in the right field. I absolutely love being in the classroom and working with the students. I taught my first lesson on Monday on Christopher Columbus and almost all of them wrote in their letters how much they liked it when I taught and loved the craft I did with them! It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to work with these students, they bring me so much joy and laughter! I know it will not always be easy but it is a journey that I am willing to take and I cannot wait.  I am now one step closer to being a teacher and I cannot wait until it is my turn to be in charge!
Last week was our final bible study of the year and it was such an enjoyable time. We went to a couple of the girls house and had a party making our own pizza and just hanging out for a couple of hours. It was so wonderful just being able to fellowship with those awesome girls that I have gotten to know so much better this year. I am so excited for next year and the potential for us all to become even closer. It is crazy how the Lord puts certain people in our lives for a reason and at the perfect time. I am so thankful for these girls and cannot wait until next fall! I found out that I will be a bible study leader next year and with one of those amazing girls from my study! The Lord has really blessed me and I have seen so much growth in my life over the past year! 

Here are some pictures from our fabulous pizza/end of the year party!

Recipe for homemade dough:
1 package active dry yeast (2 teaspoons)
1 cup warm water 
3 cups all-purpose or bread flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus a little for coating
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt.Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the olive oil and yeast mixture into it. Stir until it begins to form a ball, then turn it out onto a clean, floured surface and knead for 4-5 min.


    P.S. It is one of my best friend's birthday's today. Happy Birthday Logan! You are wonderful :)

    "Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near." 
    Philippians 4:5

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