Every day I get to see the bright, orange, and yellow fall colors just outside the windows of my classroom. The pic to the left is what I see all day long as I sit in the front of the children and teach them their letters and numbers. I am going to miss this view when the last leaf falls off the big maple shown in the picture. Yet, what can I say? Seasons happen, again and again, just as Genesis says they will until the Lord returns for His children. We can trust His Words and know that no matter what man says about global warming and all, we can rest in the promise that God will keep His world running just as He always has.
With the leaving (no pun intended) of Autumn's glorious art display, I am thrilled to have one plant inside my room that still shows signs of life and greenery. I know I have a pic on my home page of this plant, but I love it so much that I cannot help but show off another picture of it here. It was full of tiny, green, buds, but it was taking its sweet time on blooming with the little orange goldfish, but one morning I walked into the room and there they were. The flowers even have little mouths that look like the "o" fish make as they swim around gazing out of their glass ocean. I guess the temperature is just right in the classroom, as well as the sunlight (seven windows is quite enough, don't you think?) that streams in heating up the room very nicely. By the way, that is little Zach sitting in the corner of the picture. He is one of the four little boys I have in my class, as well as two other girls. I am beginning to really enjoy teaching the children. My six week mark has long come and gone and I am seeing great improvement in the children as they learn to read and write in cursive. I cannot believe how well my own Benjamin is doing! He is starting to read everything, and is even asking questions about long vowel sounds, which we have not begun to learn yet. I have a feeling that by the end of the year he will know how to read everything - and all before he turns six years old! Crazy!!!
I know I should be getting to sleep (seeing how tired I have been all day!) but I wanted to mention how blessed my older boys were to be able to go to a very rare event this past weekend. Their uncle works at Electric Boat in Groton, CT, which is right near the sub station that builds major subs for the U. S. military. A while back he had invited them to come see the newest sub's christening and so they went over on Friday night to spend the night with their aunt, uncle, and cousins. What a unique chance they had to see this event that Saturday morning! Only family members of employees, military persons, and a few others are allowed to go to these christenings, and so we considered it quite an honor for them to be able to attend. The USS North Dakota, which was the name of the sub, was in the harbor in front of them and they watched the entire program, which was almost an hour and a half long. I watched it online later on, but I know that is something they will always remember for the rest of their lives. They even have handkerchiefs with the date and name of the sub on it as a keepsake.
So, in closing, remember that life is full of unexpected surprises, and never forget that God is in control of everything! God bless and good night!