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Officially one month left of school.
Plus a few days…
Until I’m back in Iowa for the summer!
F A M I L Y time,
dandelion ring making Iowa summer…”
Can’t wait for quality time with my parents and siblings… can’t wait for Dax to be back in Iowa… Can’t wait for all the Garrett’s to visit the midwest for the first time… Can’t wait for alittle rest and relaxation with the ones I love…
A friend reminded us last night that a great blessing to teaching is the aspect of scheduled holidays and breaks…(in addition to the joy and challenge of connecting with and helping students learn and grow every day of course). Ironically, I’ve spent every spring break traveling abroad the past 6 years. (Mexico, Guatemala, Guatemala,Pittsburgh, Florida, Seattle) This year… I actually live abroad (and have an income!)… but am staying put for spring break 🙂
Dax and I have been using this much needed pause in classes and school to try to get some planning and logistics figured out for the big day which is now less than 3 months away! We have visited tailors for both Dax and I (I’ve decided to get my dress made here in India-which is exhausting and exciting), hunted for fabric in Crawford market and a half a dozen lace and fabric supply stores, skyped with family and friends abroad, visited with friends in Mumbai, spent time with family, SLEPT, eaten great food and watched a few movies. Still to come: finalizing meetings with both his tailor and mine, finish some paintings for Easter arts service this weekend, l.e.s.s.o.n. p.l.a.n.n.i.n.g., cooking Mexican for the Garretts, more skype dates, and goodness gracious me finally finishing our e-invites and website for the wedding.
Slowly but surely it’s all coming together. I’m really thankful that we’re keeping this as simple and practical as possible… no full on bridezilla moments (yet)… however I do easily get caught up in the stresses of details and reactions from others…. and Dax is such a patient supportive groom-to-be…
Now in the midst of all this planning and preparing, we settle into another day in this holy week where we focus on the gift we recieved on the cross through Jesus… I am already eagerly living in the joy of the fact that on the third day, He rose again…
sports day, after school screenprinting kiddos, stay-home night with the Garretts, Saturday in Lonavala visiting the Sowers of Seeds Life Center, art time with 23 enthusiastic youth, Sunday worship with great music and a message centered on 1 John 4, impromtu afternoon at the Kala Ghoda art festival with Dax and Jeremy, tons of creative people having a good time, beautiful weather… What a wonderful weekend.
Just as this place is starting to feel more and more like home (artwork hung, lamp bases bought, floor cushions covered)… It’s time to start the countdown to my midwest home :). See you in 19 days Iowa!!
One month from today, on December 19, Dax and I will be boarding our flight (s) back to good old Ioway where I will get to see these people, my megan(s), and so many other dear friends and family….. How’s that for a pick me up? 🙂
Yes, I’m still alive… No, I haven’t forgotten I have this blog… Supposedly filling you in and keeping record of my thoughts and adventures here in Mumbai… And while I’d love to catch up right now, personal narrative first trimester grade reports are due this week and mine are merely halfway done. So. in a nutshell, this is what the past 5 weeks have looked like:
-BUSY busy busy art room: grade 5 printmaking, grade 4 recycled sculpture and tape body casts, grade 3 monochromatic mixed media moody masterpieces (say that 10x fast), grade 2 exploring changes in art materials with watercolor materials, after school art activities doing paper cutting crafts. talk about a brief nutshell…
-parent teacher conferences
-planning planning planning projects
-SLEEPING (first year teaching is exhausting. anyone agree? ideally: in bed by 8, sleep til 6 on school nights…ideally.. typically crash earlier on Fridays….constantly planning, scrambling despite best efforts)…
-attending church and bible study when possible…
-working on fitness… weekly pilates class, just hired a personal trainer with Bobbi Jo and Andrea…
-DIWALI holiday! Week break from school to celebrate the festival of lights in India.. I went to Cairo to visit old friends in Maadi and at CAC for the week. Focused on food and friends and had a nice, safe, return visit to Egypt (void of any and all touristy things)
-Spending time with the Garrett family… visiting Sanjay Gandhi National Park for a day, celebrating Dornford’s birthday, sharing meals, hanging out…
-planning planning planning
-finding (and keeping) balance.
-participating in and helping roll out the first Teacher Training Program workshop for local teachers in India at ASB
-being amazed by india. being irritated by india…
-busy busy art classes…
5 weeks til we fly to Iowa… I’m looking forward to this…