Second term has swung into action in high gear, and seems weird to think the second week of term has already come and gone. I’m sitting here in my apartment on an unseasonably rainy Sunday afternoon, listening to girls squeal as they splash through puddles and contemplating building a fire. My living room is currently in a state of minor disarray—one of my new responsibilities this term is teaching a Jr. High Sunday School class, and there are empty chai mugs and markers and bits of paper strewn about. They’re sweet kids, but not particularly neat. Fortunately, I know most of them, thanks to last term’s computer class and the new batch of kids in this term’s class. The boys always get here first because they live just across the garden and down the stairs from me, and they always stand around a little awkwardly until the girls get here from way up the hill. (I think they’re nervous about being in a girls’ dorm.)
The dorm itself has changed a little from last term—we’ve gone down in numbers to just 13. Krista and her family left for the States for furlough, and she won’t be back until next year, and Ruth and her family over break made the decision for her to stay at home. We miss them both, but are learning to adjust as life goes on. We still have our station kids, so in some ways it’s like we still have 15. 🙂
Academically, the term hit the ground running—since everyone’s in the same classes as last time, the teachers picked up right where they left off, much to my girls’ annoyance. We’ve picked up in activities too—my sophomores are preparing cookies and roses and singing groups to be bought during Valentine’s week. The freshmen, meanwhile, have taken over the sophomore’s old job of making and selling snacks at movie nights. Movie night was last night, and, in a fit of irritation with the boys, the freshmen decided to decline any offers of dates and go with each other. The sophomores, on the other hand, were excited for the chance to actually go with a boy instead of working the concession stand.
The first weekend of term was dorm night, and the girls wanted to do something active. Since the weather was nice, I put together a photo scavenger hunt for them. They divided into teams and had to use their phones to take pictures of various things or activities around campus. The winning team managed to complete the entire list, which included things like a snowman, a dragon, and posing like ninjas, although some of the ninja poses left a bit to be desired. 🙂 They won Cokes for the whole team, and there was much rejoicing. We also had a Caring Community the next night, and the seventh graders got very competitive over a game of Fruit Ninja.
For now, that’s the news. Please pray for me and the girls as we’re adjusting to new numbers and missing people, for the girls as they dive headfirst back into academics and sports, and for me as I adjust to a new group in class who has a completely different style than the class last term.