It's over! The last bell has rung for the year. The classroom has been packed up and gradually moved into my one bedroom apartment ( YIKES). As I handed out the report cards, I asked the kids to tell me their favorite memory from first grade...some of them were quite random. Here's two that made the list....remember the day I had the kids pop a hundred balloons and freaked out cause it sounded like gunfire...well, I guess it was worth it because popping 100 balloons made the list. My child who has kept me entertained all year with funny comments and banana peels brought to school remembered a day that I made a garbage bag talk to one of the kids...it's the little things that they remember. As for me, I will remember this class as a big present from God filled with laughter, growth, incredible opportunities to talk about God and a bunch of children who were just a pure pleasure to teach!
It's hard to believe that this next year will be my first year without teaching in nine years. Instead, I'll be the student - studying French. I took a preliminary placement exam and scored a 72.5% which will either place me in the intermediate class or the advanced class depending on the results of an oral exam that I will take when I get there. An apartment opened up for me on campus which was a big answer to prayer because it will be furnished and it will also be on campus so that when it snows like crazy I'll not have to do too much driving in it! Just thinking about some of the pictures of snow there that I have seen makes me nervous. One things for sure, I'll be learning more than French! :)