Everyday I go around and ask each of my students: "How are you?" The answers can be: Happy, Sad, Angry, Tired, Sick or Excited. I draw faces for each of the responses and we count "how many happy?" "how many sick?" and etc. It's very fun but each of the classes has taken on their own niche. The four year olds have recently all been ANGRY and they are very good at coming up with their reasons "why" such as "Miguel hit me" or "my mom made me cry." The five year olds on the other hand don't seem to be quite creative with explanations and just stare at you when you ask "why?" They like to collaborate as a table and have the same answer and try to win with the most of a certain face. Recently everyone in the five year old class has been HAPPY (even Alex who has been angry for most of the year). How can a teacher complain when her students are HAPPY??
Now they all are excited to have the chance to ask me: "how are you, Miss Carrie?"
My answer today friends is: I'm Happy!!
I'm happy because I have a weekend without plans. I'm happy because I have time to rest and relax and enjoy time alone!!! I'm excited because the government is having a census tomorrow and we all have to stay in our houses and not go out. Yay!!!! Last night I had such a fun time working on my school stuff, making an elaborate sandwich with chicken and guacamole and watching "Sense and Sensibility." AHHHHHHHHHHHHH....... BIG SIGH....
Sometimes you don't realize that you are emotionally stressed or drained until you stop for a moment. This morning I realized that I have been stressed by some hard things recently and that I REALLY needed to stop and have some time to myself. I think that's why God gives us a Sabbath rest...it's a time to stop and reflect and find new strength in the Lord. Thank you Lord for weekend REST!!!
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11: 28-30