While one side of our house faces a busy street, the other faces a playground. I can see and hear the children from both my bedroom and the dining room table where we eat. In St. Louis we may or may not have been permitted to go out and play in the snow during recess. Here I just sat and watched the children play as I ate lunch. They have some of the cutest hats I have ever seen. One little guy has stegasaurus spikes down the middle of his. The children ride down the snow-covered slides and laugh as their behinds get all wet. One little girl is licking the snow right off of one of the poles--her back is to the teachers. Not a bad backdrop to lunch.
I started ministry at the school next door. I get to work with kindgergarten all the way up. Mostly I am doing some reading extension activities, but I am also helping seventh graders practice their speeches, and spending some one-on-one time with some students who could use a little TLC. Beautiful kiddos. The school is in the midst of Iowa testing this week, so my real schedule will start next week. I've already been to the library and checked out multiple copies of the books I want to use. The Iditarod starts March 1, so I think I am going to use Stone Fox with the third and fourth graders. I think they'll enjoy tracking the race in connection with literature.
Not a whole lot going on today--a bit of cleaning, a lot of prayer. Mostly the day has been quiet, the better in which to listen and to hear. Off to a basketball game this afternoon. I think it is the fourth grade girls tonight. Happy Valentine's Day to all.