On Saturdays I post about a couple of things that have made me smile over the last week.
1) I found a great place for beaders on Facebook!
Creative Bead Chat is a group for beaders to share what they have made, to ask for help, and to find community. I'm so lucky that I have my sister making jewelry with me and that we can share our work & difficulties and inspire each other. However a lot of other beaders don't have that kind of immediate response from someone, and the CBC group is a place to get responses and community. A place to have people flip over the amazing piece you just finished, or offer advice about how to get the perfect patina on a cuff bracelet...
1) I started back at work.
I like my job. I'm a 1st-3rd grade "Early Reading Intervention Specialist". It's not perfect (I have to be outside with the kids for one half hour recess every day, and that part can be very stressful), and I wish it were full time (if I were more than 15 hours they have to pay me benefits, so it's cheaper to have 3 of us at 14 hours a week).
But I like working with kids and helping them learn to read. I enjoy watching them grow and get better, understand more and learn to enjoy reading. I enjoy figuring out with them what their individual reading quirks are and how to fix them. I like feeling that I am actually making a difference for these kids- that because I am helping them now, maybe they will be able to finish high school and go on to a good paying job.
Although I'm not working with students til next week, I'm back at the school and prepping for my new students. I am getting to know the kids through the recess time and introducing myself to them. I really enjoy working with kids. I admit I prefer kids to most adults. They are more honest & more fun, as a general rule.
I remember what it felt like to be a kid- how big everything was, and how overwhelming social conflicts were. I think a lot of adults forget what it's like to be a kid- how out of control everything feels. I WANT to remember and not forget.
2) I started a Beth Moore Bible study at church.
I'm so excited! I haven't been in a good Bible study in probably 2 years, and I really miss the in-depth work and reading my Bible for change and growth. Listening to God's voice and laying my heart out... Hope I can buckle down and do the reading and study necessary.