Well, I have been here three weeks but it seems like I have always been here. I absolutely love it. There is so much I want to share and since I have been so busy I will try to catchup a little. My first week was settling in and learning to go to the grocery store, buy water, and get money. The next week I worked so hard to get the library ready for the students. Everything gets piled in one room in the summer so the classrooms can be used as dorms for mission groups. We had to unpack everything, clean, move furniture and generally sort things. I worked like a horse! But it was already to go for the first day of school.
I had not planned to teach the first week because Aby was going to teach K-3 and Lynne had 4th, 5th and 6th grades. I was going to assist them and just get things started. Then the second week I was going to start teaching Social Studies, Art, and Science. At 9:00 pm on the Sunday night before the first day, I found out Aby was not going to be able to make it. She had been put on bed rest over the weekend for her pregnancy . I would be the K-3 teacher for the first week!
What a week it was; IT WAS HARD! I have one kindergartener, one first grader, two second graders and one third grader. Two students, a kindergartener and a third grader, will start September 25th. I am teaching Language, Phonics, Handwriting, Bible, Spelling, Reading, and Math to all of them in the same class at the same time. I managed to throw in an art lesson also. Who would have thought at age 66 I would become an elementary teacher overnight!
September 15-16 are one of the most important holidays in Mexico – Mexican Independence from Spain. To prepare the kids in addition to the above lessons we learned the Mexican pledge and the Mexican National Anthem. On Friday we gathered outside and showed off our skills. These kids are so much fun. I am having a ball! (I do have to say, Mitchell, if you are reading this, you are my favorite great-nephew and my best buddy and nothing will change that.)
I hope it won’t take me two weeks to make my next post, but teaching is hard and I came to give my best to these missionary kids. We will be learning 2 Peter 1:3 this coming week – “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”
It has been a fun trip. I traveled the first day on August 21st, the day of the eclipse, and will never get on the road again during such an event. The usual 8 hour trip took 13+ hours. It was exhausting!
Next I stopped short of Houston on day two. They already had signs out saying “to be prepared for the ‘tropical storm’ in the Gulf.” I did see my only rain this day. To my surprise I had wonderful steamed crabs at a little family restaurant that was packed and definitely had a cajun vibe.
My final day of driving in the States took me to Laredo. It was great to know I had made it and would be crossing the border the next day. Dustin and Juan arrived midmorning to help me negotiate the visa and permit for my truck. It’s a good thing because, yes David, they did make me unpack the truck. But, Dustin has an engineering mind and they were able to put everything back. As you can see from the photos, crossing the checkpoint is easy, finding the immigration building is not. The photos are just a few of the little streets we went down and backed tracked on to finish the crossing process.
I added one photo where you can barely see the river between our countries because the patrol boats really make an impression, they are so loud and so fast. It all is a little intimidating because it is so hectic at the “border town.”
So after four days of driving in a little truck crammed to the gills I made it to Back2Back!
So happy to be here! In three days I have set up my apartment, been to the grocery store twice, attended a staff meeting, gone to church, and had dinner with two families. The good news is this year is going to be amazing and the best news is I have been in constant touch with my family, who I love with all my heart.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…” Phil 4:13
I am beginning to wonder if I am going to make it. So much is happening! I just spent thirty minutes writing a post about the things that have happened over the past two days that have made me so stressful. Well, between my writing and posting I lost it all in the preview. That is what these two days have been like but I guess that’s not what is important.
Good things do happen! I got a wonderful video greeting from a child I sponsor in Mexico and my heart just filled with the thoughts of seeing him soon. I also picked up my truck with my “new to me” camper shell made possible by my terrific nephew, Zane.
With God’s and my family’s help I will make it. On to day four and counting.