TGIF! Time for rest and fun

I don’t know about you but I am so thankful that it is Friday!  I am so ready for the weekend and for us to have some time for fun and relaxation.  The last month has been really hard and I have had a hard time focusing on my writing.  That is frustrating.

So much sadness has been going on recently that putting together coherent thoughts has been difficult.  A friend passed away, another one is now in hospice care, a former co-worker’s son was found dead, people are suffering and hurting, and several friends are undergoing chemo treatments now.

That is so very much to deal with and my heart has been heavy.  However, I still try to find the good in life and be positive each day.  That is hard some days, but I continue to pray, and have been touched by all of the prayer support for these people.  So things are starting to get better.  When they are, I hope to have the desire to write again and more frequently.  I do miss it when I don’t.

This photo is one that calms me and helps me to remember fun times with family and friends.  It is lovely and one of my happy places.  So that is why I decided to post it for today’s blog.  Hope you also have a happy place or things that can help you when you are down.

Also, it is heartbreaking to see so much hate in the news and online.  We seem to have real and extreme problems with those we don’t agree with and I just don’t understand that.  What happened to having differences of opinion, compromising, and respecting someone else’s opinion and ideas?

I grew up learning to appreciate another person’s take on life.  It was enriching and not scary to me.  These days, people seem to be scared and filled with hate towards others.  This has to stop.  We have to be a people again who love others and show kindness to our loved ones and those we don’t know.

As a mother of a child with a loving heart, I don’t want him to grow up thinking it’s okay to be mean, hateful, and judgemental of someone who is different than he is.  Instead, I want him to be loving, kind, and willing to listen to differences and respect them.

A few quotes about hope:

  • “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” — Desmond Tutu
  • “My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” — Maya Angelou
  • “Hope is like the sun, which as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” — Samuel Smiles
  • “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” — Michelle Obama
  • “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from today.” — John Wayne
  • “What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.” — Rick Warren

May we always remember to be loving, kind, compassionate, willing to listen to others, and respect those who are different from ourselves.  May we have this weekend to recharge and have some fun.  May we have hope despite all of the pain and suffering.  May we remember that our Lord is there with us through everything.

TGIF and Fun At School

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t know about you but I am so ready for the weekend.  It has been a wild. crazy and busy week and I am ready for some time to rest.

For my blog today, I decided not to do the Photo Challenge or 5 Minute Friday.  Instead, I wanted to write about my week and some of my adventures at Ian’s school.  Just felt like doing that for a change.

This photo is of a tree that we walk by to and from Ian’s school.  It is a great spot for shade and a lovely tree.  The bark is unusual and a rust color and the flowers are white and big.  There are some other trees and plants in the background.

You can also see the sidewalk that we walk on for part of our trip in the mornings and afternoons.  Both of us are looking forward to less humidity after school.  Hopefully that will be soon.

Last night it stormed for a while.  Lots of lightning and very loud thunder.  Thankfully Ian was asleep before it started and slept right through it.  It rained some as well, but was nothing compared to what people are dealing with in Colorado.  I have been stunned to see the images of so much flooding and destruction.  Lord, please watch over the people in Colorado and keep them safe. Amen.

Yesterday morning I met with the board of the PTO and the principal and vice principal to discuss a few projects that we will be doing for the year.  I joined and decided to serve as secretary.  I thought it would be a fun way to learn a lot about Ian’s school and meet some new people in the process.

After that meeting, I helped during reading time in Ian’s classroom.  This was a fun time to get to know his classmates.  Their teacher told them to raise their hand if they have questions.  At first they didn’t but little by little, the kids started asking me for help.

It was fun to see this room full of students who are just learning to read,  They are in various states of knowing their letters and words.  I got to see the excitement in a few of their faces when they were able to complete their task.   This is going to be a regular thing for me to do and I so look forward to getting to know these kids and see more and more progress.

Ian was happy to have me in his room and raised his hand for help too.  He wrote “Right” and “Left” on the correct sides of the white board.  I have to say I was very proud!!  After doing writing, each child got a book to read.  I helped a few of them with the story and what the words were by asking them a variety of questions.  I could almost see their minds at work.  It was great!

Halfway through the hour, the teacher said to me, “You are wonderful.”  I said “thank you.”  That meant a lot to me since this was the first day in this class and with these kids for me!  I suppose that having so many friends and family who are teachers helped me.   Thanks to all of them for teaching me so much.

We then walked down the cafeteria and I had lunch for the second time this week with Ian.  The first was on Monday morning since Ian had asked me to come.  He sat quietly and ate his lunch and we chatted a little bit.  The children have been told to raise their hand when they need help and one of the teacher’s assistants will come and help them.  At one point, the TAs were busy so I was helping.  I then sat back down and the girl next to me said, “You aren’t a teacher.”  I told her, “I know but I wanted to help.”  She seemed to understand.

After lunch I left and said goodbye to Ian and his friends.  He gave me a hug and said, “I love you Mommy.”  Awww.,  That truly made my day.

Before he started school, I was nervous and prepared to miss him like crazy.  But, I see that he is thriving and loving school.  He loves to learn and is so excited in each new thing he figures out and understands.  We have a fabulous journey ahead of us and I am so enjoying each and every minute of it.

Thursday night I told him how proud I am of him.  He listened and stayed on task in the classroom, behaved himself in the walk across the school to the cafeteria, and ate the protein from his lunch.  And at pickup time, he ran to me and give me a big hug.  Isn’t that the best? I know it won’t last but I am savoring each moment.

I wonder how long this love of school and learning will last for Ian?  I hope it’s for all of his years in school.  Lord, may he continue to love learning.  Amen!