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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"How are you doing? HOW are you really doing?"

This is my view as I wait for the bus today after school with a pounding headache. Just as my view, my life experiences at the moment have has its ups, and downs, developing moment, beauteous moments, an lots of room for improvement. 

My lessons today went great, the kids really listened attentively, followed directions, and worked so well with their problem solving teams to fix up our mock neglected community.  They got to decided on what buildings in their community to fix or tear down and decided on group jobs that would be best for  each person.  They had great collective ideas and it showed through in their performance assessment.  

One of my lessons yesterday did not go as smooth as I was hoping and the kids did not have much to say at the end of a long day when my discussion based lesson began, looking at how communities change over time.  I needed to modify my lesson on the fly which I know happens a lot but now I am getting first hand experience: mid activity when 3 kids are on task asking task related questions, 2 ELL students don't even understand, you, 2 kids refuse to start because they said they have never had a friend move in, move away, or had any type of change in their lives, and the rest are going along with the activity half heatedly.  I learned to modify and modify quickly. With a think-pair-share the students could explain examples of how a community would change based on certain needs of the citizens so at the end of the day the lesson satisfied the standards but it was painful getting there.  

As I reflected on such an array of lessons and teaching methods I got asked "How are you doing?" And I paused before I answered. And thought to myself, do you really want to know how I am doing? I am planning multiple subjects a night, working on my assignments for student teaching, documenting everything I do while I'm here, constantly trying to figure what I am doing next in my day, thinking about how I am getting home (since I still can't figure out how to get home on my own yet), planning my visa run to Japan on a limited budget trying to book a (word on the street) "sold out" train to Busan, and then the ferry to Japan so we aren't illegally in South Korea, as well as dealing with the day to day language barriers outside the school.  

So how am I doing? "Wellll "I'm doing weeelllll, I have a lot to be thankful for:)"
"How are you doing?"

I choose to praise God in the storm.  Even when things get tricky and I have to start applying for teaching positions within the month and the reality of life comes creeping my way, I refuse to get stressed out, taking it one day at a time is a constant area of improvement and extreme importance for me.

 As an extremely important guy in my life emailed me today:  

"Some of your most creative times will happen when you are alone with God.
Psalm 40:1-3
   I waited patiently for the Lord, and he inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of pits, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth--praise to our God."

And as my best friend blogged about recently:  

 "Yes, God wants you to live a full and abundant life, but that requires growing pains. It's not always rainbows and butterflies, people, I assure you that. So trust that His plans are so immensely good and perfect. And if you love God with all your heart, mind, and strength, and commune with Him every single day, then He will do awesome things with your life."
God has done, is doing, and will do great things in my and your life if you open that door to him. So how am I doing? God has that under control. :) Really. 
(The apartment complex I live it^) 

I am blessed to be here, have support, and this God given opportunity. 



  1. You are awesome E! If anyone can handle all of that while staying calm and collected, its you! I'm so proud of you, and all the things you have been doing there. Keep up the hard work, let God handle the rest and just enjoy the rest of your time there. As my good friend John Lennon used to say "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans" :)

    1. Thanks so much Shelby! It means more than you know, especially coming from you!
      haha exactly! Can't wait to see you again sometime! Let go and Let GOD:)

  2. Word to yo motha on this blog guurrrl. "How are you doing?" is such a jam-packed question... dangerous really. Proud of you for CHOOSING to let go and let God. 1 Peter 5:8- Cast your cares like a fishnet on the Lord- your Father- because He sincerely cares about your mental and physical well being! Love you!

    For ya'll wanting a blog reference mentioned:

    1. He sure does sincerely cares about me:) and you:) and everyone in this world how awesome is that, he always there for us. He's better than one friend you could ever want.