The past school year definitely ended on a high note. Toward the end of the year the Senior class threw a surprise dinner for us at our house, bringing a host of Dominican dishes to share with us as a way of thanking us for helping them this year. And since Harley was the “Guide Teacher” for 12th grade they also gave him an award at Graduation Night for “not just being our teacher but more so a friend we can trust and someone who is always willing to help us at anytime.” So that was a pretty nice way to wrap up our first year.
One of the nice things about being an educator is that you do get some time off in the summer. We were fortunate to spend almost 6 weeks visiting family and friends in CO and WA this summer, and if we missed you this time hopefully we can catch up with you next summer.
We returned to work August 1st, and it is hard to express how much better we feel this year compared to last year at the same time. We know what to expect, we know how to get by day-to-day here now, and in general we just feel very comfortable being here. Last year it felt like our whole world had turned upside down, so we are grateful for the change. And more so we are grateful for all the wonderful friends we have made down here that we are happy to be seeing again.
This year will certainly bring challenges as well, but we feel confident that with God’s help we can meet them. The boys, on the other hand, are not thinking about challenges at all. They are excited to be coming back to school to see their friends and get to know their new teachers.
Classes start in one week so we’d better get back to work! We’ll keep you posted.
Harley, Abby, Kaden, Tavin and Logan