End of this COVID School Year

It’s a wrap. This morning is the final class for the school year for my morning class. This crazy COVID year is coming to an end. This morning we will have a celebration with all of the students being in the classroom and there is so much to celebrate.

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I am so proud of the moms in my class. They began the year feeling uncertain about many things but they stayed with it. They learned a lot of new tech programs such as using Zoom, Google Quizzes etc. There English levels improved noticeably. They helped each other and the sense of community actually got stronger among them.

My assistant was awesome. We had an adventure together and she handled all of the unexpected things well and even tolerated me. 🙂

This school year has been unlike anything I have experienced in my over 20 years of teaching. I am so proud of my students and my assistant for not only making the best of a difficult situation, but for excelling during it too.

I am so thankful for Jesus helping me through this year, for my morning times with him, for how he helped me through his people, and for everything.

It’s a wrap. Looking forward to a better 2021/2022 school year.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

A Surprise During A Baby Shower

In my morning Family Literacy class, when one of the moms is expecting a baby, we have a baby shower for her. We have been doing so every year. This year one of the moms will have a baby in July and since tomorrow is the last day for our class, we had a baby shower for her yesterday.

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The other moms brought gifts and one of the moms took them to the expectant mom. She opened the gifts while we watched via Zoom. She was about half way through the gifts when those of us in the classroom had a surprise. It was fire drill time. The fire alarms went off and we had to leave the room for about ten minutes.

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I laughed inwardly thinking it was a fitting end to a crazy year. Having class during this past year of COVID has meant having many moments of needing to be flexible. No harm done. We came back after the fire drill and finished the baby shower.

Tomorrow we will have an ice cream celebration in class. All of the students will be in class. Hopefully no fire drill tomorrow. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Happy Mothers Day in USA

I would like to wish a Happy Mothers Day to all of the moms in the USA who read my blog. May your day be blessed and filled with love.

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God knows you and loves you deeply. God sees you never taking his eye off of you. He knows your heart.

I would like to share this song with all of the moms on your day.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- You Are Loved by Ellie Holcomb

But you are loved oh
Not because of what you’ve done no
Even when your heart has run the other way
Nothing’s gonna change His love
And you are wanted
Not because you are perfect
I know that you don’t think your worth that kind of grace
Look into His face you’ll know that you are loved oh

Ellie Holcomb is an artist whose music I have come to appreciate recently.. I love her upbeat music and her videos. I love how in her videos one can tell she is a mom. In this video we see many children playing with their moms. Moms with their children conveys LOVE.

We are loved by Jesus. His love for us does not depend on what we do or who we are. He loves us because he love us. We cannot earn his love or do anything to make him love us more.

Whatever we are going through, we can know one thing that will never change. Jesus loves us.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Women’s History Month Part 2

March is Women’s History Month. The Christian Faith has been blessed by countless numbers of women who have made positive contributions to the faith. A Hall of Fame could include women like Corrie Ten Boom, Mother Teresa, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus.

As a blogger there are so many women who have blessed me through their blogs. This month I will share the blogs of women I follow who I did not share last month.

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Euyadeen of quietmomentswithgod.wordpress.com. She is a mom, wife, a chaplain, and blogger. She shares her faith and shares posts by other bloggers.

fochwoman.com shares her faith in her blog. I enjoy her posts.

Sally of newfoundlandhousewifestheology.com. She shares her faith and about life in Newfoundland Canada.

Jenny of ofprogressandpurpose.com. She shares her faith and about her life as a busy mom and wife.

Please check out their blogs if you have not already. You will be blessed.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

A Bright Spot of Joy for My Class This Week

My first Family Literacy class began in November 2009. It has been my privilege to teach moms from diverse cultures over the past eleven years. Each year at least one of the moms in my class either has a baby or becomes pregnant and has the baby during summer break.

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During this COVID year it seemed like even a new baby coming into the world would not happen. It is a joy the moms share in. They get excited for the mom who is expecting. We have baby showers for the expectant mom. But this year it seemed the streak of eleven years of at least one mom in my class having a baby was in jeopardy.

Two of the moms who join remotely are from Burma. Thursday morning one of them let us know the other is going to have a baby. She is due in July. The announcement was such a bright spot of joy in a difficult year.

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The mood in the class, both in person and in Zoom, suddenly brightened as we clapped over the news. That along with the news that my city moved down to yellow on the COVID risk dial seemed to lift everyone up.

It would be wonderful to have the dial go down to green by May so we can have an in person baby shower. If not, we will do another one in Zoom. We did that last summer with the moms bringing a gift to me at the school. Then I delivered them to the expecting mom. The same day we had a Zoom meeting to watch her open her gifts.

So my streak of eleven years of at least one student having a baby in intact. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Her Reward in Class Is What???

Yesterday we finally had class after three snow days due to the third largest snow in my city’s history. My friends Chuck and Betsy in Upstate New York will think it is not that much, but 16 inches, 40cm, is a huge snow where I live.

Monday was the day it snowed, so no school. Tuesday everything was a snow packed mess, so no school. Wednesday the residential streets were still bad, so no school. Yesterday we finally had school.

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I normally have 7 or 8 students in the classroom and 6 or 7 in Zoom. Yesterday I only had one brave soul in the classroom. What makes this interesting is that she is from Sudan. Yes, Sudan as in a country in Africa that never has cold weather.

We often have people donate things for the moms in my class. Someone had donated a small purse. My colleague who coordinates the program for the school keeps everything in her closet. She told me about the bag and suggested we draw a name of those in attendance to reward someone. I mean just because some designer guy named Vuitton doesn’t make sense to me it is worth that much. lol

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My student from Sudan was the only there, so we decided to give the small purse to her. After class, my colleague let me know she had looked up the value of the small designer purse. It is worth about $1,000.00. I could not believe it. How can a small purse be worth that much.

I am glad my student from Sudan received it. I will tell her next week how much it is worth in case she wants to sell it.