Great Expectations

Me with several new ICS teachers at Koh Samed!
SO, having an un-working camera means stealing photos from other people. (This is when we say thank goodness for Facebook, right?) Anyway, last weekend several of us took a delightful trip to the beach since we had four days off! And even getting stung by a stinkin’ jellyfish-type animal thing my first ten minutes in the water couldn’t stop me from enjoying myself!

We just finished our first full week of school. My voice is gone (what else is new?), but other than that I think we made it through unscathed! ๐Ÿ™‚ Already we’ve had some student ministry events too, which I must say, are maybe the most worthwhile things I’m a part of here. It’s hard stepping into a world of opportunities overseas and knowing where you’re meant to serve. I juggled a bazillion things last year and tried out every possible way I could be useful. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I just need to bloom where I’m planted. Being a part of ICS and their ministry to students and families here, building relationships with the kids I teach and showing them Jesus — I think that’s enough for me. Maybe not as exciting as other things I could be doing in Bangkok, Thailand…but I really believe it’s what God has for me in this season — and what I have most enjoyed!

Me, Kristi, and Kristi at ICS’ Back to School Bash
(square-dancing w/middle schoolers in Thailand = too much fun!!)

And, hey, did I mention the best part about my new place? It comes with a roommate!! It’s quite the perk — especially for an extrovert like me! ๐Ÿ˜€ Tawnya and I both taught 6th grade last year, and now she’s teaching 4th grade at ICS. (Sorry she’s not pictured below, hehe. But, this is our apartment. We just bought the furniture from a teacher we work with.)

Last of all, I just want to reiterate that our God is amazing. I’ll save the details for another day, but He has brought me so much healing, and so much hope, and so much growth in the past year. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt more at peace or more secure. I look forward to what He has in store every day, with great expectations.

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