Happy Mothers Day

It is my privilege to teach a group of moms English in the mornings and another group in the afternoons. The moms come to class to learn English and so much more. They come to make a difference in the lives of their children by learning English and also gain an understanding of the education of their children.

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We have fun in class. They like to joke with me about going shopping. I talk about eating cheeseburgers and fries, so I can get that look from them. When I offer to cook for them, they smile and say no thank you.

Teaching these moms from different cultures/languages has shown me how motherhood and all that goes with it is a cultural universal. When I ask who is worried about their children, they all raise their hand. When I ask who wants their children to have en education, they all raise their hand. They all worry when their children are sick. They all try to make sure their children are eating healthy.

Their dedication is inspiring. Think about it. They all come from warmer climates and yet they are willing to brave the winter time to come to school.

My post today is one I have written, so I can share it on my Facebook for them to read.

Happy Mothers Day to my students and to all moms.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

By Faith- Hall of Fame Moms

Hebrews chapter 11 is often referred to as the Faith Hall of Fame because it lists people from the Old Testament who by faith in God saw amazing things happen. Apart from how God chose to work through them, one thing that escapes our attention is that they were ordinary people, ordinary people God did amazing things through. The focus of the people mentioned is either on those in the genealogical line of Jesus or who are significant in the history of Israel. If we read their stories in the Old Testament, we will see their failures and flaws, but God does not focus on those in Hebrews 11.

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God continues to do amazing things through ordinary every day kind of people. For those who respond in faith to Jesus, wonderful things can happen. Instantaneous miracles tend to grab our attention, but what about responding in faith daily while serving Jesus?

Moms come to mind when I think about people who respond in faith day in and day out as they nurture the young souls entrusted to them. Moms who carry their babies inside them dealing with all the discomfort. Moms who unable to conceive adopt children and love them. Moms who understand that reading those silly stories with little ones lead to the development that later results in college degrees. Moms who love their children with Downs Syndrome, Autism or other developmental disabilities. Moms who care their for their sick children some battling serious illness.

So please allow me to make a Hebrews 11 type of list for some moms whose blogs I follow. There are so many to choose from, so if I mention you, please tag other moms that come to your mind. If I listed all of the moms whose blogs I follow who follow Jesus, this post would be a book, so in the interest of brevity here is an abbreviated Moms Hall of Fame ala Hebrews 11 style.

Temi of christianmommas.com. By faith Temi came to the USA from Nigeria, served in the U.S. Army, got married, got her degrees, and is raising her two little boys along with her husband.

Dawn of drawingclosertochrist.com. By faith as a single mom, Dawn raised an amazing daughter who is bilingual speaking English and Spanish. By faith she has risen in life to not only be working but also working on her Masters Degree.

Patty of hesaidwhatks.blog. By faith Patty loves and cares for her son who has Autism and Epilepsy. Patty loves her son Aaron and cares for him.

Euyadeen of quietmomentswithgodblog.wordpress.com. By faith Euyadeen cares for her children including one who lives with serious chronic illnesses. By faith Euyadeen serves God as a chaplain.

Viv of godswhispersoftruth.wordpress.com. By faith she is parenting her children while they all grieve the loss of Viv”s husband, her children’s father. By faith she lives for Jesus while living with MS.

Hannah of choosinghope.live. By faith Hannah loves her children and spends time with them while dealing with a terminal illness hoping for life with her children to continue.

Ruth of plantedbylivingwater.wordpress.com. By faith Ruth cares for her family, homeschools her children all while living with chronic illness.

As I mentioned earlier, this list could go on. There are so many moms whose blog I follow and am blessed by. To all of you moms. I wish you a Happy and Blessed Mothers Day.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- Zumba or Zoom?

During conversation practice in my afternoon class yesterday, I shared that I teach a Zoom class on Wednesday evenings. One of the moms looked at me and smiled. She asked me if I said Zumba class. I let her know that I said Zoom but perhaps I went with it a little saying I could teach a Zumba class.

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I found a Zumba video on Youtube and played it then acted out Zumba. The moms laughed which perhaps motivated me to go with it a little more.

This may come as a surprise to you but I have never been considered agile nor graceful. When I played American football, I played positions like fullback and linebacker. I preferred to run straight ahead to run into people. That is perhaps hard to believe since you might have an image of me being graceful like a dancer, but let me assure you that is not the case with me.

God has gifted each us differently to serve each other. I love how Ephesians 2:10 puts it:

 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God gave me the ability to teach and write, But contrary to what you might think, he did not give me the ability to dance. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- Coloring Easter Eggs

Last Thursday the moms in my class enjoyed an activity with the children in the ELL Level 1 class. First they had a scavenger hunt they did together. Then it was time to color some Easter Eggs.

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I joined them for the coloring Easter Eggs part. First to take pictures and then I sat down with them and colored an Easter Egg. The children were very creative in how they colored their eggs as were the moms in my class. Stickers were added, various colors were on each egg, and the paper they worked on somehow was clean except a few spots of color here and there.

As for me, we let’s just say my egg was perhaps the least creative. I used wax to make a smile face which didn’t look so great. It may surprise you to know that the paper under the spot where I was working somehow ended up being the messiest. There were big splotches or coloring all over.

It might just so happen that when I lowered the egg with the little wire thing, my egg rolled off and plopped into the water. In my defense, I think such wire contraptions are designed for little fingers to use not for the fingers of a guy who played American football in his youth and often taped fingers together to take care of injured fingers.

The children did not notice my little work area being the messiest. The moms might have commented on it. But fun was had by all.

Children are precious to Jesus. They bring joy and laughter into life. But they are also vulnerable and need to be protected. They also need a blessing in the morning. It is my privilege to speak with them as they go to their classroom and wish them a good day in school.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- Toy Cars in Class

Yesterday in my afternoon class, we had a woman come to talk with the moms about free driving lessons. She brought some toy cars with her for the moms during her presentation. We had translators for the Hispanic moms and Karen People moms, but the translator for the Afghan moms could not be there, so I sat with them.

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My colleague also sat with them. We wanted to make sure the Afghan moms felt included. So what does and experienced teacher do in such a moment?

I started playing with the toy cars, Matchbox, with the two moms rolling them back and forth with them. The moms smiled as we played. They are new arrival refugees having come here in the past two months with no English, so I decided they needed a little fun. It was not about me having fun. 🙂

My colleague, however, did not see the wisdom of my playing with cars with the moms. She took the cars and put them in the box. Talk about a buzz kill. lol

This afternoon is English class time for them, so I get to decide what we will do. I think we will have a few moments of fun. We have round tables in the classroom, so we will walk around them pretending they are roundabouts for a few minutes. I might even make car sounds. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless,

It Was A Comfort Food Kind of Evening

The students in my morning class and I joke about what I eat. Yesterday I told them I did not know what I would eat for lunch and then one of them said, “cheeseburger.” I thanked her while the others groaned and said, “no, teacher you need salad.”

So who am I to disobey my students. Yesterday evening before I taught my evening class, I had a salad. I present you my salad.

You may be wondering why the potatoes are there. Well first off they came with the salad. I might also add that they were cooked on a grill not fried. I tell my students that potatoes are in the produce aisle with vegetables, so potatoes are vegetables therefore French fries are healthy for me. 🙂

Don’t pay attention to the gyro meat under that salad. I really don’t know how that ended up there but since it was there, I ate it. Oh, and it was soooo good.

As for my salad, you can clearly see the tomato slices, lettuce, and maybe you can see the onion slices, so obviously it is a salad not a gyro plate. Just the kind of comfort food, I mean salad, a tired teacher needed. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

My Surprise Lunch

I intentionally did not bring my lunch today because I planned on my comfort food lunch of a delivery cheeseburger and fries. My thought is I deserve it after doctor day

But something even better happened. One of the childcare paras for my program surprised me with falafel. I love ❤️ falafel. What a blessing.

Just another example of the little blessings of teaching Family Literacy.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.