Hello…yes I know it’s been yet again a while between posts. But in my defence, this has definitely been one of the busiest years I have experienced in a long time. Since the last time I posted I have been teaching a new class, helped take on a magical musical project at school, we have traveled to 3 different countries and are learning everyday what it takes to raise a increasing growing and developing young man!
I have a class this year of 21. I started with 19, 15 boys and 4 girls, and thankfully 2 more girls joined throughout the year. Now, young men (as I am learning in all areas of my life) both exude and require a lot of energy so I have definitely been on a learning journey myself in my teaching practise. I have a few students this year that have been testing my patience, endurance and mental resilience but know I will be a better teacher for it. I’ve also learnt more about Bay-Blades, the European Football League, slither.io and Pokemon Cards (3 currently hanging on my wall as ‘gifts) then I’d ever though I would. But as with most classes I teach, I’ve grown to love them! We are current reading Holes as our class book and they are just engrossed! For me, there really is no words to express the joy and almost enchantment I feel when students are captivated in the journey a class book takes them on, and Holes has just been a HIT for my boys. Although they do exhausted me, I will miss them at the end of the academic year.
Speaking of exhaustion, in 2 hours I will be at school (yes on a Sunday) for a rehearsal. We are now under 2 weeks away to opening night! This year, I have been a part of the team organising, running and directing the kids musically for our whole school production of the Wizard of Oz. We have been working on it since September and we now so close to the performance. It is so much fun being involved in theatre again, but it has been a lot more difficult that we expected in the beginning. Nevertheless, the show must go on as they say, and it really is starting to come together. The set is on, the wings have been built, the costumes are coming in and the Lion is scared! I may not know what to do with myself when it’s over, oh yes I do, SLEEP!
Ethan is growing into such a lovely lil boy. Like most toddlers he is testing his boundaries (ALOT), throwing mega tantrums (normally when he doesn’t get his way) and exploring his world. I swear now each day he comes to me saying a new word and most times I have no idea where he learnt it from. He continues to be a very active boy and loves playing in any kind of water or playground. He is also particularly fond of music, whether it is singing, dancing, or playing it. However lets just say the percussion instruments he received for his 2nd birthday yesterday, MAY be just a ‘sometimes toy’. Gosh do I love him though, stubborn and independent like me but thoughtful, gentle and and kind like his father. In my opinion (of course a heavily biased one) the most remarkable lil boy in my world.
The Young Families part of our congregation continues to grow at Appointed Church which has meant a whole lot of renovations has gone on. We now have a fully equipped room for mums and babies and a beautiful, colourful room for our toddlers. We are about to use the space to launch a community playgroup, once a month on a Saturday, as there are ALOT of working mums here in Johor who would love to bring their kids to a playgroup but struggle to find one in the weekends. We have also renovated another floor to create another smaller auditorium and a room for our older kids too.
So as you can see, a very busy 10 months! I hope you are all well and healthy,
Love and Blessings