We made it to November!
Which means school's almost out, Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is coming, and Christmas is not too far behind.
In light of the season, I'm going to be posting every week about things I'm thankful for. And to make this a little less predictable, I'm going to challenge myself to watch for the little things as well as the blessings in disguise - all of those not-very-convenient-but-helped-me-in-the-long-run things.
So, for this week:
1. Pit-stop. After morning classes, I had to make an extra trip home before work so I could finish painting some games for our church's Fall Festival. It meant extra gas, "wasted" time, and another dreary commute. It looked like an annoyance. However, I was able to stop by my house, make a BLT, and take a nap:) And my morning wasn't as rushed because I didn't need to pack a lunch. (That's two!)
2. One of my classes got cancelled. Nuff said.
3. Wise wisdom. My Old Testament professor (we'll just call him Chuck) starts every class with prayer. That in itself is awesome, but this week he talked a little about something he learned at a conference: grit. That word has helped this week in so many ways, from getting up in the morning dark, to walking into a classroom of second-graders.
4. Confusing light switches. This sounds obscure and probably seems like I'm trying too hard, but really. It's a small thing that made my morning at work a little brighter. I work in my school's library, and I open three mornings each week. Among other things, opening duties include turning all the lights on. Now, this library isn't exactly new, and has had many additions and renovations, leaving its electrical system a bit out of whack. Consequently, the light switches in this building make absolutely no sense, as I found out this morning. Usually, a staff member takes care of the lights, but for some reason the second and third floors were dark this morning, so I set out on a 20-minute adventure of finding all the switches. It was fun and funny, and I was able to laugh at myself and the situation:)
5. Traffic detour. On this particular morning, I was running almost early to work, when just before I got into town two police cars were blockading the highway and we ended up taking at least two miles of detour roads until we finally got back onto the main road. I ended up being almost ten minutes late to work, but those back roads were worth it. They were beautiful. The cold and drizzly weather and falling leaves all made that little country road a little harder to exit.
6. My mom. I had a particularly early morning this week and my mom made me coffee and breakfast to help it go a little smoother, I also had to pack up a bunch of bedding and tents for a college ministry trip this morning, and he helped me do that, too:) And we read some Bible together, all before 7 am. I love my mama.
7. Primary schoolers. I get to work at a local primary school helping a group of second graders with homework and teaching a few little classes to K-2nd graders. On one day, I teach ballet, and a little first grader came back from getting a drink crying because she had closed a door on her foot. Well, kindergartner was following close behind with a wet, wadded up paper towel. She refused to leave her friend's side and played nurse as they sat put the rest of the class. It was somewhat frustrating because I ended up with a group of kiddos (two more went to her aide) not participating in the class, but their cute concern melted my heart on the inside:)