-- In His Strength: November 2005 www.superfluousbanter.org

In His Strength

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength --- Philippians 4:13

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Ponderables II

I started thinking about these a while ago. Just didnt have time to post them until now.

If God made all nine planets, why did he only inhabit one? What purpose or function do the others serve?

Did Jesus ever have to use the bathroom?
(God only knows where THAT one came from. I must have been tired or something)



Every so often something I am doing at the moment causes me to ask a question . Like the other day I was putting a yummy piece of Milton's (my fave) whole wheat bread into the toaster.

What's with this idea of toast. Why dry it out in a toaster and then slather it with butter or other such spreadables to make it moist again? Who came up with such an idea?

(Things that make you go hmmm.)


Thursday, November 17, 2005

Oh Deer! What Hungry Critters

Someday I will get better about posting pictures, I didnt think of it in time for this post. Lately, the pumpkins that wer in our yard have been slowly disappearing...chunk by chunk. Something has been coming into our yeard at night and making a tasty treat of our carved (and uncarved) gigantic gourds.

The past few days I have gone to class I have noticed our pumpkins strewn about the front lawn. out of curiosity, I scanned the www for clues as to if it was harmful for deer, and came across this hillariously funny article and photo. There were othes like it, with the same story.

This afternoon, J9 told me of when she came home last night and saw deer in our yard. One was happily (I'm sure) munching on a pumpkin while another was on two legs reaching for the berries on our tree in the front yard.

The little buggers.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Getting Older

So it was a bit depressing yesterday to say the least. My last day of being thirty. Today, I am the big three-one. When I was younger, I wished I were older, couldn't wait. Now that I am older... I just dunno.

At 23 and still today, I find myself saying "I'm still wondering what happened to eighteen!"
At twenty-six - I remeber waking up on my birthday and the first thought to pop into my head was"Dear God four more years and I'm thirty!"
At twenty-seven - I woke up singing the Toys R Us theme song, "I don't wanna grow up..."

Today however, was a fantastic day. I went to bed last night thanking God for the past year, all he has taught me, and the experiences He has allowed me to have, the people I have met and become friends with, those whom I got to know more. I awoke this morning thanking God for yet another year of His blessings. Wondering what sorts of things will happen this year. what lessons will God teach me, who will I meet, what surprises does He have in store.

I had my internship today, working (okay, so it's more like playing) with preschoolers. Three of them came and gave me a hug today. What a better way to spend your birthday than surrounded by one of your deepest passions, children.

I have lived in Montana eleven years and I think this is the first time it snowed on my birthday. YIPEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So all of us from the XA girls house (Courtney, Rachael, Lindsey, Janine, Megan S, and Megan Y) along with Jill, Krysty and Jess went to the Golden Corral buffet to celebrate. They have these dinner rolls that are AMAZING. The steak I had was to die for. Birthday girl got to eat for free.

I got some gret gifts too. A candle, a monogram "T" (what was funny was that Rael, who also had a birthday got actual tea) cute socks that my feet can't wait to get warm in, two DVD's and more stuff is coming later, I've been told.

The perfect endign to a perfect day, my most amazing brother had sent me a gift. He called me earlier in the day to sing me Happy Birthday and to ask if I had recieved anything from him. I hadn't. But when I returned home from a glorious (and rather hysterical, we were asked to quiet down by the waitress as she had a few complaints from other paitrons) evening with friends, I had waiting for me EIGHTEEN long stem red roses. I LOVE YOU BRO!!!!!!!!!!

God is so good

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I
would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me."

-Erma Bombeck

Monday, November 07, 2005

Five Years and Counting

It was five years ago this week that Alehe and I became a team.
I Love You Alehe


Tweena, I Wuv You

Out of the mouths of babes I tell ya. The title of this entry is what a preschool boy had said to me whilst we were playing together in dramatic play, our "house". I try not to have favorites in the classroom, trying to give equal attention to all the children, but sometimes it is hard. Especailly with J. He latched on to me from day one. From there, it has become an amazing experience working with this particular child. I thought I would be learning from the preschool class as a whole, but this one child has managed to teach me so much. He probably doesn't even know it!
As I said before, he latched onto me from the very beginning. I showed up at Learning and Belonging preschool the second week of classes at the U. One of those days I was there, he bawled when it came time for his mother to leave. She stayed and played with him for fifteen, twenty minutes at one of the centers. When it came time for her to leave, she said goodbye and he clung to her and cried. I jumped in and tried to defuse the situation by inviting him to come play with me at one of the centers. "Just think of all the great things you will do that you can tell your mom about when she comes to pick you up"(Meanwhile, he's still wailing). His mother still standing by. I stayed near him the rest of the day. My supervisor even made sure she placed his set near where I would be sitting at our circle time. From that day on, I have been his favorite...and he mine. One day, my supervisor happened to mention a great comment this preschoolers mom made about the way I work with her son :)
Unfortunately, I am only in the preschool two days a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. This young boy happens to come Monday thru Thursday (no school on Friday's). Every day when he is on his way to preschool, he asks his mom if it is a "Tryna Day", in other words, will I be there.
After out circle time we go to centers. Each center is a different activity that stresses the different developmental domains; cognitive, social/emotional,language, fine/gross motor, adaptive. He will often ask me to go with him to different centers. Even when it is time to go out for recess, he asks "Tweena, would you play with me?" (though most of his words start with the 'd' sound, typical for preschoolers)
He is slowly but surely relying less and less on my beign everywhere he is. I am starting to se him wander off and play with other children when we are playing together, occasionally he will ask me later to come play with him.

I have often told people that these internships are nothing but a tease. Only being in the preschool classroom for as short of a time as I am is starting to drive me crazy. I find myself longing to be in there full-time. Trouble is, wouldI be able to physically handle being around preschoolers thst much? Lord willing, I sure hope so.

I would rather be doing something I love and get paid very little for it than to be doing something that doesn't mean much but getting paid exhorbidant amounts of money for. I am doing what I love, and that is what matters most. I find myself thanking God often for this experience.