Sunday, February 27, 2005

What a wonderful weekend full of parties, friends, futbol and sleeping. Oh and we had a few adventures as well.
Lizzie and Dina decided that for the futbol game on Saturday that they were going to make shirts so we could support Gabe and Andre. Well they turned out to be so beautiful, Dina you did a great job! When we were at the futbol game one of the guys even commented on how we are the ultimate fan club, ahh yeah!
So when we were taking Lizzie to her surprise party we went into a gated community, we were trying to figure out how to make the gate open. Well the gate on the other side opens a car comes out and Dina tells Andre to go through that gate before it closed. I didn't think he would listen. He goes through and then another car was coming straight at us, he didn't slow down either! My life was flashing before me, I started praying. Well Andre turned right before we could get hit, I've never played chicken before I don't think I ever will. I don't know if the car would have stopped either it was completely insane, especailly because I was in the front seat. Quite scary let me tell you.
Adventure number two: we got to the house Gabe was telling Lizzie that we are going to randomly go and ask a person if we could look inside their house because she isn't from around here or something like that so she could see what they were like. So we knock on the door the lights are off, the boys start pounding on the door and saying the Murillo's are here! Along with Lizzie and Dina! Well a lady comes out in a bath robe, she was like "I'm sorry I was taking a bath can I help you?" " Uh, this isn't the Felix's house is it? Where it the Felix's house?" we asked. I think Andre and I said we were sorry like ten times we were embarassed, well I was anyways. Then we went to the next house and the house was dark too. It ended up being perfect because Lizzie didn't suspect anything. I just felt bad for the neighbor.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Happy Birthday Lizzie! I hope you have a great fabulous day, and that you know you are loved!

My observation was amazing, the kids were so quiet the whole time that I wasn't sure whose class I had. I am just so thankful because I was stressing more about this one for some reason. But my supervisor said that I am gaining more confidenece and that is good. I am very happy about that. The kids kept asking after what grade I got, hee hee.
I got to sub for a second grade class today, it was kind of weird because I was with my first graders and we had that deal with my observation then I leave them. I didn't want to leave them that was the sad part. I am such a baby, I am going to cry so hard when it is time to say goodbye in May.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

I have my second observation tomorrow for student teaching so I would appreciate prayers, pray that the lesson will run smoothly that I will be able to speak clearly, that I won't give in to the naughty ones and let them run all over me. Pray for patience and love for them.
My supervisor came in today in my classroom and scared me, he was standing in the room for awhile, so I thought maybe I had the wrong day for my observation and that it was today instead of tomorrow. He even said didn't you remember? That wasn't nice of him teasing me like that.
I am so tired today, I need to go to bed early. Last night I was in bed before nine, I guess I was tired then too. Well I need to finish some work before people come over.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

My mom and I went to see the movie Hotel Rwanda tonight, oh my. It is a heartbreaker, tear jerker, and if you have a heart for missions it makes you want to go right away.

Ten years ago, as the country of Rwanda descended into madness, one man made a promise to protect the family he loved – and ended up finding the courage to save over 1200 people. "Hotel Rwanda" tells the inspiring story of real-life hero Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a hotel manager in Rwanda who used his courage and cunning to shelter over a thousand refugees from certain death. While the rest of the world closed its eyes, Paul opened his heart and proved that one good man can make a difference.

What hit me the most about this movie was that they were able to help out the kids in the orphanages, the kids were terrified, never should have had to experience such horror. People being killed right in front of their eyes. To see the fear in their eyes was horrible. I came home and cried, I am still crying. I found a scripture though that is a comfort for times like this.

Joel 2:12-14, 12:17-23, 12-26
"Even now, " declares the Lord, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Reutrn to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and aboudning in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave being a blessing- grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast call a sacred assembly. Let them say "spare your people, O Lord. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, "Where is their God?"
Then the Lord will be jealous for his land and take pay on his people. The Lord will reply to them: "I am sending you grain, new wine and oil, enough to satisfy you fully; never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations. I will drive the northern army far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land, with its front columns going into the eastern sea and those in the rear into the western sea. And its stench will go up its smell will rise. Surely he has done great things. Be not afraid, O land; be glad and rejoice. Surely the Lord has done great things. Be not afraid, O wild animals, for the open pastures are becoming green. The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their riches. Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness, He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring as before.
"You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you never again will my people be shamed. Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the Lord your God."

I got the chance today after church to do the Coke Give Away, I really wasn't sure what I was getting into. I got to hold the "free coke" sign, it was so cool because some poeple would ask why we were doing this, it's a simple way to show you that God loves you. Wouldn't it be nice to show everybody a simple way to show God's love? And it isn't that difficult: a simple hello to a co-worker or a smile to someone. Anyways we got rid of our coke pretty quickly and we only had diet left, while we were walking I still had my sign but I had closed it so no one could see, on the back it said free pepsi , there was a lady who stopped (we were doing this by a stop light) and asked if we had anymore! hee hee. They were a couple that were asking us for the coke instead of us going to them. God is cool the way he works. I have to remember to pray for each one that was given a coke today that God will continue to bless them.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Last night at college group we got to meet Ben's youth pastor, it's funny because my friend who went with me to Ireland who is from California knows them too. It's such a small world, but it was great to meet them. They were speaking to us about compassion and that is something in school that I have been trying to work on myself. I think that I judge the kids to quickly at times because they are one of the problem ones I got to be harder on them or they aren't going to do what I say so why bother? That's not the attitude that Christ wants me to have. I have to show compassion, mercy and grace to all equally. So I am going to really pray about that this week at school and make sure that I watch how I treat the little ones.

So last night one of the highlights for me was seeing my friend Thunder, I know that is silly but he is one of my favorite dogs in the world and I missed him. It was good to see him and play for a little bit.

We finally made it to IHOP last night, Britt has been suggesting we go there for the last three times we went out to eat. It was fun but my eyes were getting red and when they do I get real self cautious so I tend to withdrawal. I don't know why that is maybe I just don't feel as confident or worry about people thinking stuff. I really need to die to that because there is so much more to life than worrying about red eyes, right?
Poor Lizzie though Gabe and Nathan were picking on her, Dina and I tried to stick up for her, but they were brutal. I think it is time for us to tag team and pick on them next time. Or instead of picking on them we could totally just give them words of encouragment an affirmations.
It is nice though to slowly come back to life, I feel like I have been out of the loop for awhile being sick and drained from school not doing anything but sleeping. I am very excited how the college group is growing I can't wait to see what God has in store for us!

Thursday, February 17, 2005

The Lion King was AWESOME! The music was great the singing was even better, the colors, costumes, were brilliant! I sat there with my mouth dropped open especailly when Rafiki was singing, she was so amazing her voice was so beautiful. (I think in the movie Rafiki is a guy?) But this lady was singing in some kind of African language, her voice was strong hitting every note so perfect and smoothly. Gabe and I were singing with the actors, but then Gabe was singing Phantom of the Opera as well, I was like hey you are singing the wrong musical! hee hee. We will see that one next because it is coming to Gammage soon. What I thought was cool was that at the end they were raising money to help people with AIDS in South Africa, I was telling my dad I am so going to Africa now. I've always wanted to go but it has been really been on my mind and heart recently. I would like to go in 2006, so that I can be done with student teaching hopefully in my first year of teaching then be able to go serve during the summer, it sounds like a great plan to me!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

We had kind of a crazy day at school today, one of the boys comes up to me after recess with his hand over the side of his head, "Ms. Cela, I hurt myself." So he removes his hand and the side of his face is bleeding, I kind of got freaked out then. But I told the other teacher that I was going to take him to the nurse, he got the blood cleaned up he has a pretty nasty gash so he got to go home. Another one of my kids a girl was putting a bracelet in her mouth and got it stuck underneath her tongue, poor baby was scared and crying so the nurse got another visit from my classroom. Luckily she got the bracelet off and was ok, just crazy times.
Then get this in the afternoon I guess there were some bees hanging around and one of my kids got stung. Well after lunch there was an announcement that we were not allowed to go outside because there were too many bees and the exterminator was coming. I was like oh man! I should be out there trying to get the bees to sting me! It helps arthritis! But we weren't allowed outside, darn! hee hee. I was like why does my kid get stung and not me not fair, :)
I am off to see the Lion King at Gammage Auditorium!! I am so excited! My whole family gets to go so that makes it an added bonus.
I will tell you how it went tomorrow!

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Good news, my observation went well! I wasn't to scared about it though, the thing I was worried about was the kids who misbehave. Well they didn't stop misbehaving while he was there but I handled it ok. I still have a ways to go before I get this teacher thing but I guess it comes with time and practice.
I guess lately my mind has been going crazy meaning that I am constantly thinking, my brain doesn't stop because I am thinking about school, or all the other things that I need to do. That is exhausting, and I think it is making me stressed out. Well yesterday I went to pray with this lady who is 79, she used to pray with my dad when he was younger. Anyways, she had me lie down on a bench and I was just supposed to rest in the spirit for awhile. Well I couldn't stop thinking about things and I was even thinking about how to relax, how silly is that? Finally I just asked God to help take the things off my mind and I let them go to him. It worked I totally felt his presence all over me, I think I was lying down for like 40 minutes, I wasn't asleep I was just resting, it was just what I needed.
I was so proud of my brothers last night because they both played a really good futbol game. I am so glad that I have been able to make most of there games, as we were going home Gabe told me that this is the most games he has seen me at ever, then he said thanks. AWWW! That was cute. I love seeing them play, I love cheering for them when they do well.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Happy Chinese New Year's everyone! One thing I love about school is there is always something to celebrate, today is Chinese New Year's, Monday is Valentine's Day so much fun! We had asked the first graders a couple of weeks ago to bring in "shoe" boxes or small boxes for us to decorate in class for Valentine's. Well one girl brought in a huge tevo (sp?) box, another brought in a plastic square container, I guess when asking for help we got to be precise in telling exactly what the boxes should be. I think teaching is going to be great while I am still single because Valentine's Day won't be such a difficult time because I can have 24 Valentine's instead of just one! That's a great deal!
Please continue to pray for strength, healing, patience, and more love for these kids that I am with everyday. I have discovered that when I go and pray over each desk that the day goes on a lot better, but I don't always remember to do that. I need to constantly keeping these kids in my prayers. I need to be healthy so that I can give them my all, it's hard being sick and trying to do a good job at something.