January 2012 started…

April 22, 2012

January started with a bang and a birthday in Seoul!

And lots of deathly cold weather that never lets up.  You even will find ice on the floor in a public restroom…when you gotta go, you gotta go..

 

In 2006, I went on my second missions trip to Kiev, Ukraine.  I was partnered up with a young college graduate named Shekinah.  Being from the South, we like to give nicknames for people, or at least I do..keke…….and I called her Shekinah Glory.  I am still praying for her to experience some of His Glory.  Anyways, for some reason, we have kept in touch.  It might be because I felt bad when I lost her walking in the streets of Kiev.  Yes, I lost my partner who I was responsible for and she was freaking out because she was a minority in the streets of Kiev with lots of people looking at her.  In reality, it was probably because they had never seen a little bitty black girl before.  She and I were so new to missions that we did not know the reality of this.  I don’t remember all the details but she was found and just a little upset,he he…Since then, she’s traveled on other mission trips but mostly to Morocco, where her heart will always be connected.

The unexpected happened and Shekinah brought all of herself and all of her glory to Korea to see me and Asia in the coldest month of the year.  We had a great time even though I had the flu and she then caught it from my kids when she came to hang out with us at lunch time.  Good thing it was cold outside and with sickness and the Austrailian tennis opening was happening, she was in heaven and inside while I was at work.  This was also a  transition time in her life as the company she worked for was being sold and she only had a few months for her to decide on what to do next.

God met her here in Korea with dvd bongs, noribongs and gaming bongs.  She never got bored and then He kept on showing her His lovingkindness, which is better than life, when she returned to the States. He lead her to apply for a new job and even to buy herself her very first car.  No more public transit for Shekinah, now, she’s living it up like a big dog:)  And God is still not leaving her alone until He has all of her heart with its good, bad and the ugly and then once He gets it all, He will do a miracle and turn her shame into beauty and her mourning into JOY.  I love getting to be apart of the process to see the new birth and the countenance of her face changed into sweet love.  I truly believe Shekinah is allowing it because of her strong conviction that God has called her to live in a foreign land but also because of the call of Isaiah 61:1-11.  She also heard recently that hurt people hurt other people and that healed people heal other people.  She’s such a blessing to me because God has kept us friends and I get to see the transformation He is doing in her life and her heart. Love you Shekinah!Image

Can you find her in among all the men??  Sadly, this was the only picture we took together.  We did enjoy our time together against the odds of illnesses and cold weather. She even got to enjoy her 1st snow ever.  She’s a Florida girl so it was quite fun.  I’m proud to help prepare her for a life overseas one day maybe!

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Snow in February and it did not get any warmer but lots of love was being discussed in my classroom as it was Friends and Friendship Month.  We had many partner activities where the two JK classes buddied up and began sharing, negotiating and compromising on what projects they wanted to create and who they wanted to give them too during Valentine’s Week, 100th Day of school in the 100th Year of SFS, and JK Pizza DayImage

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Learning about themselves, others and how to cooperate, compromise and treat your friends nicely is a hard thing for four year olds.

For me personally, February meant doing a few fun Korean things such as going to a game board bong or room and experiencing a bakery with a huge birdcage in it…very Fun!

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Of course, this diva had to pose in the birdcage!

 ImageMarch Madness came with fire and robbers in JKW.

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and it ended with many budding community helpers.

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March ended beautifully in Thailand.  My sister, Lisa,and our friend, Debbie came to meet me in Bangkok and we went on to Fantasy Island by da boat da boat.  Some of you who are my age will know what tv show I am referring to.  The island of Koh Yao Noi was very secluded and we were the only Americans at the hotel.  I didn’t mind at all.  It was great for relaxing and we had a wonderful view all day long.Image

My Spring Break trip in Thailand ended in Bangkok.  This is my third time to visit this city and my good friend, Jaimee, from the Harbour Church, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Jaimee is a Children’s Pastor there and little did she or I know when she invited me to come work with her, in July of 2008,by setting up the children’s church and teaching her teachers on creative teaching, she actually would be helping me prepare to live and teach overseas.

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Me and Jaimee riding the water boat taxi.  It was my first time, quite adventurous!

In Bangkok, I was also able to attend the East Asia Regional International Teacher Conference during this trip.  I learned more about how children can learn how to socialize, which that is basically what I teach in the younger years.  Also, I attended a talk on a new pedagogy from Italy in Early Childhood Education that has become a big interest that excites me here lately.  It is called Reggio Emilia and I am hoping to study and research it some how.  Hopefully , it will be in context with a new job opportunity as well as incorporatedit into my doctorate studies.  Only time will tell how it will all work out but I’d love to go study in Italy for a while.

One of my children’s parents invited me to their 30th Anniversary Art Gallery opening and what an experience it was.  There I also had a surprise.  I met an Italian couple who had been working in Seoul and about to return back to their home in…you are not going to believe it….the city of Reggio Emilia.  I couldn’t believe it and I’m still stunned by it.  Along with living there, the lady of the couple owns a bed and breakfast there that has teacher stay there when they come study this type of teaching.  I don’t believe in coincidences but I do believe in God ordained moments and I would like to think this is one of them.  So now is the waiting game for the right door to open and the right time to go. I could get really excited emotionally but I will contain myself and let God make it happen instead of me pushing things together and pressing the time to be my time and not His.  My new Italian friend is the blond in the middle and my co-worker/twin from China is on the left.

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My Early Childhood Team members, Chris and Karolyn, were the ones who told me about Reggio Emilia and peeked my interest.  I don’t have a picture of our awesome team.  Hopefully, I will by the end of the school year.  My team and I presented our newly designed Seoul Foreign School Early Childhood Philosophy and Standards and Benchmarks.  We had a 50 minute slide show presentation of all what is taught and expected for the 3 and 4 year old children that come to our school.  The elementary school parents and administrators were our audience. This work took almost 3 years to accomplish and we are still working on new report cards.  It was a big deal for us and we blew it out the park!!!  Good Job Early Childhood Team!

And now, April is almost over.  My class and I have been exploring Spring in Seoul, going to the Science Museum and we are going to the zoo in May.  Pictures will come sooner than the last time. Sorry about that..

Even though, my time here is getting close to an end, I am in still need of prayer. I tend to easily revert back to my old self, stressing about what I can make happen next in my new chapter of life that is going to soon open up, when all I need to do is commit my plans to the Lord and let Him lead me and open the doors for me that are the right ones for me to walk through.  Also, these are the doors that no man can shut.  How comforting is that promise.

A few things God has shown me is:

Isaiah 42:9- Behold, the former things have come to pass, and the new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them

I hope He is doing a new thing. I believe in the unseen of this because I sent all of my teaching supplies to an orphanage and its school in the Philippines:)  I believe I’m ready for a new thing as well.

Also- Jeremiah 33:3

The Lord appeared to him from far away therefore, I have loved you with an everlasting love and therefore I have continued my Faithfulness to you!

Wow..I’m floored with this and I’m struggling to trust He’s got a plan for me in Mississippi.  I know it will work out so good for me!

Please pray for me to grab a hold of this peace and trust and not let go!  I only have 7 weeks here and I want to live it up!!

Sorry for the long time span and I hope you enjoyed the pictures! xoxoxo