Sunday, March 18, 2012

It is way past time for a blog update, and I apologize for that.  I have gotten into a better routine this semester so I guess I just need to put regular blogging into that routine. J
My 3rd set of grades were turned in this week, which means that my first year of teaching is ¾ done!  It doesn’t seem real, it is all going so fast.  But I am no longer a “new teacher” at school, which is nice.  Recruiting for music activities this semester was much easier than at the beginning of the year when I had no idea who the kids were and they didn’t know who I was.  J I am still enjoying my students and have been learning so much about teaching, about Cambodia, about people…it’s hard to explain.
We are less than 2 weeks away from the performance of Godspell! Yesterday we had our first rehearsal where things gelled and it was so great!  My cast is wonderful—many of them have never been a part of something like this and it has been beautiful to see them do new things and grow in confidence.  There are still details to take care of and last minute organizing to do as well as some intense rehearsals yet to go, but it will happen and it will be good. J I will post pictures after the performance!
Another exciting thing happening at the same time is that my sister Hannah is coming to visit for 2 weeks!  I am looking forward to spending time with her and to showing her my life here. J And she will be here in time to see Godspell~
Things at school this semester have been a little chaotic and difficult.  There are many changes happening—more than usual at an international school.  The biggest thing right now is that the high school will be moving to a new location in August because we are short on space and the prices were raised on the rent for the buildings we are using now.  The new school will be on the other side of the city and many people will have to adjust, but it is a necessary move.  This will change things for teachers of course—for me mainly that I will no longer be working together with Youjin, and that I will need to take on some other classes in the high school to fill my schedule. 
Along with that, here’s a little advertising...If you are reading this and looking for a place to work next year, Hope School is in need of new teachers as well as office staff—it could be you! J Check out the school website: and let me know if you have any questions!
That is a lot of what is going on right now—lots of things to do, I find myself gliding through days, which isn’t my favorite thing to do, but God is faithful in providing glimpses of His beauty that bring me back to reality and keep me going. J
Please pray for the next 2 weeks of crazy preparation for Godspell and for my cast, that this would be a great experience for them and a powerful experience for the audience. 

Here are some of the things we are getting ready...painting philosopher busts and having a table built for the set. :)