Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Yesterday I packed up the contents of my desk into two cardboard boxes. Despite teaching eight consecutive semesters at the university, there isn't much job security with a part-time temporary position. I could be called back; it's happened before. But, as of now, I have no guarantee of a pay check next month.
My security comes from more than a pay check, or a teaching contract. My security comes in my Heavenly Father who has given many promises, which I keep repeating to myself. The part of me that isn't scared is looking forward to watching how He will provide for me in the coming weeks.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
|My mom's table set for Passover|
One of the homemaking lessons that my mom passed on to me (as was passed on to her by her mother) is that holidays, birthdays, and Sunday dinner are made even more special by special dishes. But, she also modeled that the people who gathered around the table are more important than the china that adorns the table.
I can't count how many glass goblets shattered during Sunday dinner as we were growing up. But, that didn't stop my mom from showing us that we were special by allowing all of us to use her special dishes, though for awhile she bought replacement goblets from the dollar store.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Actually, I got in on the decorating fun too, when I arrived at my parents' house on Saturday afternoon to find Naomi toiling over three heart-shaped cakes and uncooperative frosting. So, I suggested piping a basket-weave pattern on the sides of the cakes and covering the top with bright blue flowers.
The result was a lot more color than I prefer, but Betsy loved it, and Naomi and I had a great, sugary time together.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
I was very proud of my students. They created the language table for Passport to the World. One group of students created a multi-media presentation of sound clips of basic phrases in different languages. Another group designed a poster that answered the questions
- How many languages are there in the world?
- How many people in the world speak English?
- What languages are easiest for native English speakers to learn?
- What languages are hardest for native English speakers to learn?
The last group of students put together a handout to convince American students to learn another language. Here are their reasons
- Learn another language for more knowledge.
- Learn another language to make international students happy.
- Learn another language because not everyone speaks English.
- Learn another language to help you to get a good job.
I just love the second reason.
Friday, April 11, 2014
The fashion show was one of the highlights of this year's Passport to the World hosted by the English Language Program at SVSU. Traditional clothing from many countries was represented, including clothing from Albania, Austria, Bahrain, Brazil, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, India, Kurdistan (Iraq), Korea, Philippines Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Uganda, Venezuela, Vietnam, and the United States.
|My cousin and three of her daughters representing the Amish of the USA|
|Saudi Arabia; Hassan (middle) and Amal (right) are two of my students.|
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
A week break between master's courses allowed me time to bake. The result was blueberry scones with lemon glaze (Here's the basic recipe). Some of the scones appeared for Sunday morning breakfast, while the rest received rave reviews when I took them to work Monday morning.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Usually I am the one teaching the students new words, but sometimes they introduce me to new English words. Such is the case with collywobbles, which has made an appearance in several emails about why students missed class. My expanded vocabulary came in handy last week in an email to my boss about why I wouldn't be work that day.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
This special girl celebrated her birthday on Sunday with two parents, two siblings, four grandparents, six aunts, four uncles and one uncle-to-be. Along with the people who love her best, the day was made special by a menu worthy of a four-year-old-- hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, and chips, followed by a butterfly cake and five kinds of ice cream.