Sunday, September 28, 2008


I'm FINALLY posting some pictures! Soccer has been happening since the first week of school. I think their first game was the second week of school. The academy has joined some sort of league this year and they are doing fairly well in it. I finally got to take some pictures of one of the games last week or the week before so here are a few.

This is Robyn. She's the daughter of the
guy's dean. I think she's 4.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Getting better

It's been a while since I posted and quite a few things have happened. First of all, the power cord to my laptop died over a week ago (part of the reason I haven't posted). I was using it the last time I was at the farm for the weekend and all of a sudden it beeped that the battery was low and it shut off... and I couldn't get the cord to work again.

We had a homeleave that started last Wednesday and went to Sunday. What a blessing! The last time I was home was in June for about 2 1/2 days so it was good to get back there. I didn't get to see many people but it was nice to see my puppy and parents. I was only home Wednesday night until Friday morning. Then my parents and I headed to a balloon festival in Glens Falls, NY. The weather was perfect (other then being a bit chillier then I would've liked) and we got 5 flights in while I was there. I flew Saturday evening and got to pilot (I'm working on getting my lisence to fly) on Sunday morning.

I met the bus and came back here Sunday evening feeling much better then I had in weeks. I made it through Monday in the cafe with practically no issues with the kids. Yesterday I was on supervision with Adam again and there was another soccer game. Things went pretty well over all with supervision duties and our team won the game :) Today was the first day I've had all my kids in the cafe in at least a week I think. I had to get after a couple of the boys but didn't have major issues. I'm not sure if its because they are really starting to settle in and do what they are supposed to and respecting me or if its just because I'm feeling like I'm in a better mood. Whatever it is I praise God things are getting easier!

The friends I'm making here are wonderful! I got to spend some time off campus this morning with Nina, the assistant girls dean. We did a little shopping for ourselves and picked up some stuff for the girls dean before heading to a little cafe for some refreshment :) It was fun to be able to hang out with another girl around my age.

Before break, Adam told me that his friend got married a little over a year ago and him and his wife moved to Korea to teach English. Not long ago she started hurting all over and the doctors weren't sure what it was so they came back to the states to try and figure it out. It turns out she has a very advanced stage of skin cancer and they only give her about 6-7 months to live. I mention this because I think its cool how people that don't even know this couple are so willing to lift them in prayer. My mom forwarded me an email yesterday telling their story and asking for prayer. I replied to her and said that this was the same couple Adam is friends with. Mom told me later last night that they have also been added to the prayer chain at my church. I'd also like to ask you to remember them in your prayers.

Anyways, now that I have a camera I will try my best to get some more pictures from around here to post. Thank you for your prayers and support :)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A few sights around campus

Just thought I'd share a few pictures that I took today of the campus before the batteries completely died.

Center of campus facing the church and the lake (the Ad Building would be behind us)

The school bell at the center of campus

Capman Hall (boys dorm)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Soccer Games & Proposals

I had my first supervision duties with Adam (math & science teacher) yesterday evening. It also happened to be the first soccer game(s) of the year. The soccer games threw the days schedule way off. Classes were adjusted so everyone was out by about 3:30 in time for the games. The girls played first and lost 2-0 and they guys won 3-1. They all had fun and there were no injuries :) After shewing everyone back to the dorms after the games, I also headed to the girls dorm. I hung out in my sister's room until it was time for me to do worship. Worship ended around 7:50 and shortly after I headed back to my house.

I said that I'd explain a bit more about the proposal the SA officers came up with so here you are: They proposed to the faculty to have two of the SA officers have SA as their job (all the students work part of the day here). The proposal started with only one officer but they later decided to ask for two possitions. The president, Caleb, and the secretary/treasurer, Adam, are the two that are working for SA. As faculty, we had a few conserns about this. When SA has a big event, like Y-Owasco, Fall Festival, or a banquet, there is plenty for the boys to do to get ready and we would probably be able to keep them pretty busy for work. But when there's not much going on we were worried about them wandering the halls, hanging out with people that shouldn't be there, or being a distraction to others. This was solved by requiring them to produce a slideshow or a bulletin board with pictures on it bi-weekly, the week they don't do the slideshow/bulletin board they are to put out a short newspaper, and third, SA has to organize and lead out in at least one activity a month. So, I'll probably be helping them get things organized a bit starting out and then as they get a handle on things I should be able just to look over and approve/disapprove things.

Today I'll be back in the cafeteria from after lunch until after supper. Days like today make for some LONG days... but that's what I'm here for... partly. In coming here, I wanted to be able to make connections with the kids and be a friend to them. The past few days I've felt like the only kids I've been in contact with are the kids that I supervise in the cafe and those that are in SA. I still don't know all of their names and I feel as though all I do to some of the kids in the cafe is yell at them because they aren't doing what they are supposed to do. I pray that this weekend I'll be able to get aquainted with the other students a bit better and start to build relationships with them. I think getting out there and socializing with them is something I'm going to have to work on and do all year. I want to be able to reach the kids and help them grasp a better understanding of who God is.