May 18

Traditions….

Our school has a tradition that is pretty special.  The graduates get dressed in their caps and gowns and go to the elementary school and walk through the halls. All the kids come out of their classes and line the halls to see the “big” kids go by. It starts out slowly and ends up with the kids moving through the halls pretty quickly.  The younger kids clap and clap and are really excited to see the “big” kids.

Someone usually take a video and posts it on Facebook and then you hear about the event all over town.  This year was no exception.  People were talking about it at great length.

The idea is to encourage the younger students to look forward to graduation and to begin to want to graduate from high school.  I think it is a great idea and I hope it really works.  In years gone by we had quite a few students who didn’t graduate and then we had none and then almost none and now there seem to be more than in recent years.  Granted some of these students came to our school as Juniors and some as Seniors so I can understand that they were behind on credits and would need to really work hard to graduate on time.  But the fact that some kids are able to do it means it is definitely possible.  I just wish more kids had the incentive to graduate.  It can make such a difference in their lives.  Of course there is always the GED test, but it seems like such a shame when the student is a Senior and misses the mark by so little.

Maybe we need to think of other ways to encourage them to reach that goal.  I will need to think about this.

Father, help me and all of us at school to encourage kids to reach for that goal of high school graduation.  With your help, we can make a difference.  Amen.

Proverbs 1:7; 9:9

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May 17

School play….

Tonight was the school play.  It was based on Robert Fulgram’s book, “Everything I ever wanted to know I learned in Kindergarten.” The kids did a good job and some of the sketches evoked some very intense emotions.

It was interesting to see some of the students who are normally pretty quiet really come out of their shells and project their voices to the audience.  They did well.

The theme made me think about many of the things I have learned in life.  Certainly I did not learn them all in Kindergarten.  In fact I think the main lesson I learned in Kindergarten was about not hiding things from my mother.  I kept surprising her by getting up and getting dressed all by myself and being ready for school early.  One day after I had been  doing this for about a week, the teacher discovered my body was covered in red spots.  Yes, I had the measles and yes, she called my mother and sent me home with her and I had to stay at home for what seemed like forever, but was only two weeks.  I learned not to hide stuff from my mother again.

I think if we are honest with ourselves, we all learn lessons all the time.  I hear kids saying they didn’t learn anything, but I expect that is not quite true and that they did in fact learn many things, even if one of them was to just do their work on time.

I am thankful Jesus helps me learn things daily.  Sometimes they are pretty obvious and other times I have to look for them, but not a day goes by that I don’t learn something new and it is always to my benefit to do so.

Father, you are the best.  I am so thankful for the lessons you give me to learn and for how they help me in life.  Please help me be an example that will encourage others.  Amen.

Proverbs 1:5; 18:15

May 16

This is the big day….

The folks from the UAA School of Nursing are coming to visit our campus and hopefully put into motion the plans for the RN program to be delivered here.  I am very hopeful that the visit will go well and that we can make progress on moving forward. Of course you  never know what to truly expect.  I am hopeful for the best.

I am picking up the guests at the airport and bringing them to the high school.  Tomorrow they will meet at the hospital and talk about the program with the Chief Nursing Officer.

We will be joined by the director of the college from Valdez and I think this will be a good meeting.  I have come close this making this a reality in the past and I hope to make better progress this time around.  It is a big dream of mine to make the RN program a reality in Cordova.

At this point, I have to trust in the Lord and be content to wait and see how things unfold.

Father, thank you for the opportunities to see dreams come true.  Help me to be patient. Amen.

Romans 8:25

 

 

May 15

Election Day…

Today is election day in Cordova.  We are voting on recent tax increases for all residents according to ordinances set up by the City Council.  We are also voting on whether or not Cordova should have a legal marijuana store for sales. It seems like the taxes will be voted down and the store will be voted in, but we will see.

I heard near the end of the day that this is one of the most popular elections in terms of turnout that Cordova has seen in years.  I am not surprised.  Money is usually a big topic so it is no wonder the voter turnout would be high. The marijuana store is probably just as big a topic as taxes.  I am guessing it will pass.

When I went to vote I was the only one at the polls, but they had only been open about 45 minutes so it was not too surprising.

We could have talked about these subjects in Sociology, but we are focusing on war and terrorism this week and truly, I will admit I forgot about it.

In spite of all the problems we have uncovered in our studies this semester, one thing remains very obvious and that is our freedom.  We are so blessed in the United States and I only hope that the students realize what that means for them.  I often think they fail to realize how wonderful they have it here in the US. I think of this every time we have an election as well as other times too.  I pass by several flagpoles on my way to school every morning and I see our US and Alaska flags proudly flying in the wind.  I am struck again and again with the wonderful knowledge of how much God has blessed us in our country.

Father, you know the plans you have for us and I am thankful that they are yours.  I am blessed beyond measure.  Amen.

Jeremiah 29:11

 

 

May 14

Snow tires…

I have a friend who wants to remove my studded (snow) tires.  Tomorrow is the deadline so I will probably agree to get it done today.  I have been putting it off primarily because we keep having snow in the forecast and it has definitely snowed in May in previous years.  In fact it snowed this year May 5.  This is as late as I remember it snowing in the past, but you never know so I keep hesitating.  I will have to let him do it today for sure.

The weather app on my phone tends to show one forecast and then it changes throughout the day so changes in the weather are no surprise.  I especially like it when the rain changes to sun in the afternoon.  Since we do not have windows in our office, it is always a nice surprise to leave school and see the sun.  What a blessing!

There is no doubt that surprises can be of the negative variety, but I have discovered that usually surprises are good and to be treasured.  I am thankful for that and hope others discover that this is true as well.  It is so easy to concentrate on the negative and miss the great benefits and positive attributes.  Sometimes we have to look for them, but usually  they are there if we really search.

Father, thank you for great surprises and for the treasure they can be.  Help me to be observant and discover all the surprises you have in store for me. Amen.

I Samuel 3:11

May 13

Mother’s Day…

I came home from my trip to Virginia to find a huge bouquet of flowers on my dining room table.  The card told me it was from my son and his family.  It was a sweet surprise.  I received texts and calls from my daughter and some of my grandkids.  I also talked with my sister in law. I received flowers at church and ate a delicious meal cooked by the men.  The best part was I did not have to help with cleanup.  We also celebrated the 60th anniversary of a couple in the church at the same time.

It was a great day.  I read and rested and got caught up on my laundry from the trip.  I had time to think and pray and to just not have something I really had to do which was very nice.  I don’t tend to put time to just be on my schedule so when it happens I am very aware of it and also very thankful.

God’s ways and plans are so good and I know I need to pay more attention to them.  They are designed to help me and I need to add that to my plans.  I am pretty good at not letting worry take over my life and keeping the fruits of the spirit at the forefront of my thoughts along with other Bible commands, but I confess to not being very good at taking time out to just be.  This needs to be a goal of mine in the coming days.

Father, thank you for reminding me of what is important.  Help me to forget the urgent and focus on the important.  Amen.

Matthew 11:28-30

May 8-12

Trip to Virginia (West Virginia)….

It took two days to get there, the graduation activities lasted for two days and it took two days to get home.  It was a whirlwind trip for certain.

I noticed several things.

  • Most of the planes were completely full until the very last one.
  • Graduate degree ceremonies have changed a lot since I received a MA degree.
  • Poster presentations were a big part of my granddaughter’s degree requirements.  (I don’t remember anyone doing one years ago.)
  • The man reading the many, many  hundreds of names of the graduates was very thorough and seemed to get them pronounced very well.
  • West Virginia is as green and beautiful as I remember it from long ago.

I was definitely glad that I made the trip.  It was very interesting and thought provoking and in spite of the fact that I did not get my new camera before I left (it still is not here), I was able to use the camera in my phone to get some pretty good pictures.

  • Yes, I am still a big digital immigrant and need to learn more from the digital natives around me.  My granddaughter (sister to the graduate) helped me on several occasions thanks to her knowledge and willingness to help me.

It was a great trip and a great experience.  I am glad I went.

Father, thank you for wonderful opportunities and wonderful experiences.  I am so blessed.  Amen.

Isaiah 40:31