Today is the 9th anniversary of my best friends here at the school. John and Leah. Love them. GOD only knows what I will do, who I will be without them here in Paraguay. But, for the short moment I have them here in Paraguay I gotta keep positive and celebrate the blessings they have been to me.
I don’t know if you have been following my blog but 80% of my activities are with them! They have taught me so much more than any book or google search can teach me down here in Paraguay. All of my real life Paraguayan experiences I got to share with this amazing family. I want to gift them this verse copied below.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
The school year has been dancing through the months! Where does the time go? This week I have to turn in all grades so that the principle can determine who will be able to go home for winter vacation!
As for our class garden, Drum ROLL, fjfjdsajfsdjfldkjfslajfsajkfldj
We have finally finished our not so straight-edged bamboo fence! I could not be more proud of my students! It was hard work, and we finished! We have 37 garden beds planted and have officially documented and harvested in our class vegetable weight contest: 29 kilograms of fresh veggies! The weight increases every day! I truly believe that the students are gaining more interest of planting a garden for their families during the winter vacation and maybe in the far future!
Like Mr. Rogers said when I was a bowl hair cut kid, ” Did you grow anything in the garden of your mind?”
I find myself asking that question a lot to my self lately!
So, I have been trying to experiment with new organic pesticides, homemade soap recipes! (Be on the look out for my goat’s milk soap and lemon grass soap recipes) they are currently under experimentation and perfection processes =) travel to cool parts of the city, continue with my ECOLADRILLO project (Trash stuffed into water bottles= bricks to construct 2 benches on campus), and I have even been teaching two MALE students how to knit believe it or not!
And in the mean time there is never a dull moment here at school,
You know you are a teacher at a boarding school when:
(Hold up let me set the scene for you): I am teaching about UREA (of all things) to my freshmen kids and THEN It starts pouring buckets. BEAUTIFUL. Then, half the class non verbally excuses themselves SPRINTING- SHOVING frantically trying to retrieve their particles of clothing off the line near their dormitories. The children return and we proceed back to our topic on urea like nothing happened. I could not have gotten upset because I know exactly what it feels like to hand wash all my clothes and get all of that work literally washed out by the rain and have to start over again at zero.
Well, everything is going wonderfully down here in sweet Paraguay and I hope the same for you and your family as well!