Learning to Teach; Trip back to Tulsa; Toys for Tots…Lead to lots of Thinking

Ah, my good intentions to write a couple of times a week seem to have gone by the way-side these last few weeks.  But hey, January 1st 2011 is right around the corner, which means…new years resolutions!  So maybe one of mine will be to make blogging more of a priority.  I honestly don’t know why it is something I want to be more diligent about.  It’s not like I lead a crazy, unusual life…or do a neat craft or teach you about the new dish I just cooked up…all I do is ramble about my questionings and random topics in life.  I don’t even know how many people consistently read my blog…and yet I feel a compelling pull to keep writing one.  I would like to have maybe a “topic of the week” or something that I kind of focus one of my entries on…like a religious issue, or politics, or some interesting event happening in the world…so maybe I will add that element in the new year.  For the end of December though I am content on my usual random-Rachel’s life-ramblings 🙂

On that note, I am in my SECOND full week of working at Leggett and Platt, and I am absolutely loving it.  The people continue to be fantastic and so accepting and encouraging.  I feel so comfortable and able to perform well, because my environment is so positive.  God definitely blessed me by placing me in this job and I am so grateful and excited about this opportunity.  My first big project has been creating an e-learning course focused on Antitrust Laws.  Now, don’t worry…I know some of you are thinking “I didn’t know Rachel knew much about laws,” and I don’t…but I get all my information from topic specialists.  I just package all the information and format neat lessons for the intended audience to watch and engage with.  I am pretty pleased with how things have been going, and while there is still so much to learn about the computer programs and just e-learning in general, I welcome the new knowledge and chances to expand and grow myself with open arms.

After completing my first full week of work, I headed back to Tulsa last Friday to visit the parents, take back a few things I didn’t need at the apartment, pick up a few things I did need, and to volunteer at the Church of Battle Creek’s: Toys for Tot’s Christmas event.  Toy’s for Tots wasn’t until Sunday, so Saturday night Mom, Dad, and myself went to a live nativity at a big church in southern Tulsa.  The program was called BELIEVE and centered more on how it must have felt for Mary and all the trying and difficult things she must have faced, especially during the time in which she thought Joseph might divorce her.  Thank God, literally, that he sent that angel so Joseph knew he could take Mary as his wife with no doubt of unfaithfulness on her part.  The show was well performed, the singing was beautiful, and they even had a live donkey and two camels…which was just fun.  It was good for me I think to see a live nativity, because I don’t think I had seen one in a while and it got me thinking and really reiterated in my heart just how special and miraculous it was to have Jesus Christ come as the Son of God on Earth.

In addition to the joy of the BELIEVE performance, I was treated to a nice dinner afterward with my parents…and then a really special visit from my cousin!!  He was traveling for work, but was able to stop over in Owasso for Saturday night.  And in the morning, all four of us went to Tally’s in Tulsa and enjoyed a perfect Sunday Diner breakfast.  After enjoying way too much giant, gooey, delicious cinnamon roll, I excused myself from breakfast and made the drive over to the Toys for Tots event…where I spent the next six hours or so helping little 5-12 year olds make crafts and play I-spy.  It was truly such a wonderful experience and a blessing for ME.  I hadn’t got to spend time with kids like that since I had worked at Pine Cove, and it was such a blast.  I had so many adorable little children come through, and it just made me smile to see them coloring their stars and baby-Jesus pictures.  It was refreshing…plane and simple.  I think one of my favorite memories from the day was:  One little boy came in and didn’t want to color, or glue, or do anything.  I didn’t want to push him too much to do something if he really was going to hate it, but I felt bad having him just sit over in the corner.  So I suggested we play a game.  At first he didn’t really want to do that either, but I could tell he was listening and kind of looking around as he watched me and a few other kids play I-Spy.  When it was my turn to “Spy” something I picked the red Nike signs on the little boys tennis shoes.  After some time had passed and no one was figuring it out, he started offering suggestions.  A little while later, and with a bit more of a smile on his face and enjoyment in his eyes, he eventually guessed his Nike signs and won that round of the game.  From then on…his spirit seemed lighter, and mine definitely was.  It was such a simple little thing, but so overwhelmingly sweet in my mind.  I was glad God was able to help us find a way to make that little boys experience a little brighter 🙂

Well, drat…I really have more I would like to write.  Like about some of the really neat people I am starting to meet/get-to-know here in Joplin, various excitement about Christmas, and a few other tidbits, but I had probably get to some other things.  Now that I have a real job…I have to plan how I spend my evening time a little better 🙂  I hope everyone reading this has a blessed day tomorrow, and I really appreciate all the people who have been praying for me as I made this transition to a full-time job, new city, new people, etc.  I know I am only doing as well as I am because our Father is with me. xoxo

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