The other night while my mother sat at the dinner table, she asked my sister and brother-in-law if someone would be coming to take her home. Her dementia had been increasing during the last week and my sister tried to tell her that she would be staying there for the night (she has lived with them for the last 3 1/2 years.) It turned out that this time she was right. The Lord came in the early hours of yesterday and personally ushered her home.
(Welcome home, Mom-I love you)
I hadn't realized how similar my post was to my sister's. For a more complete story click here.
It was a cold day...but not as cold as it has been. It has come to my attention that I have not been living a very balanced life and I'm going to try to better. I've been on break this week, but went into into school Friday to do a little work. I was a bit stressed out. I was greeted by C, an older black man who is a custodian at my school. I have also discovered that he is a Christian. He immediately could tell that I was a bit stressed. He told me to trust The Lord...that The Lord has everything in his control and that The Lord has a plan. He told me that he would pray for me. He also mentioned getting exercise and eating right. Ummmm. How did he know?
I felt such a release of tension. C is right. I need to trust The Lord. I have been giving the enemy a foothold. Today, my devotional was perfect....naturally it was on the same theme that The Lord has been whispering to me for months. If you ever read Jesus Calling then you know that it talked about the pitfall of self pity. It is a pit that is deep and once you are in there, it is hard to get out of it. It is best to stay away from its edges, which crumble easily. If you get too near the edge, down you go. The enemy knows that this time of year is especially hard for me and he loves reminding me of sad things that have happened in the past and about people that I have loved and lost. I get too close to the edge and WHOOOSH! Down I go. I need to hold onto The Lord and the lifeline that He is. I need to hold onto His truth.
With that in mind, I went for a wonderful walk from my house to Canandaigua Lake. (Only about 2 miles) I walked all along the edge of it in Kershaw Park and then on the pier. This year the lake froze end to end. It only does that about once every 7 years or so. I missed my opportunity to actually walk out onto it earlier this week when it was still about -4. It is probably still pretty solid in the center...but was thawing on the edges. I wasn't about to test it. It was good for me to get out in the sunshine. Jesus, sunshine, exercise and watching that I don't eat the wrong things....those are good things.
I finally am posting. I am enjoying my job as a librarian at an elementary school. All week the kids have been perusing Caldecott contenders. Each student got a chance to vote for what they thought would be a winner. After voting, students got a chance to "read to self" which is what the students in these pictures are doing.
Which one will win? No one knows for sure, but favorites at our school included Mr Wuffles, written and illustrated by David Wiesner, and The Matchbox Diary written by Paul Fleischman and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline.
On Monday, the winners of this award and others will be announced by the American Library Association.
It has been very busy in the library trying to get settled. I have made great strides in turning it into a workable space. I have also made progress on getting the library cards ready. Thankfully I had a little help yesterday with that.
I have begun processing the new books...have a long way to go, but luckily it is not a priority.
My real break though in getting prepared for this school year came in the form of an email from the lead librarian at another elementary school in the district. It included her cell phone number and the encouragement to call her with any questions I had. That was an absolute godsend to me! She came over to the school and spent about 4 hours with me helping to get me started.
My entire life has changed in less than one week. On Friday (8/16), sometime while I was hiking in the wilderness in the Adirondack Mts (see above photo taken from Bald Mountain near Old Forge, NY), I received a phone call from a school district looking for a last minute LT sub who would be willing to work until about February. I was out of range of course and hadn't even brought my cell phone with me, but I got the message on my home phone at about 11:00 pm.
To make a long story short, I got the job. In less than a week, I have gotten a job as a LT substitute school librarian. I'm excited, but also nervous. It is a k-5 school in the very district that I grew up in.
I finally got a chance to get in to the school yesterday. I was surprised, but not shocked to see that the library was a bit "turned upside down." Apparently, the staff needed another space for someone to use so they opted to eliminate the library office. So they emptied the office, putting it's contents onto carts and such and crowded it all around the circulation desk. Eeeeek! My first task is to make the library a usable space. Luckily my principal was wonderful enough to help me figure out what to do with some of the things. It has a long way to go though. I do hope that at least one of my library aides can help me with organizing in a cute and attractive yet functional way. I feel a bit overwhelmed by it, especially when I have other matters to attend to!
Task 1: Make library space usable. (This might be ongoing for a bit)
Task 2: Make sure that the library cards are all ready for the kids. I am thankful that a woman named Sally from Monroe BOCES will be coming on Tuesday morning to help me with Follet Destiny. While I have used it before and have figured out many things on my own, I feel like the task of getting ready with efficiency calls for a little more instruction.
Task 3: Plan lessons for 1st week. Includes deciding on class routines, etc.
Task 4: Compose introduction letter to the teachers.
Task 5: Start processing the new box of books that was shipped to the school over the summer and catalog and process the dedicated books.
That is what I need to work on. I am truly thankful that I have some library help. Apparently I have two part time library aides (One comes in the morning, the other in the afternoon).
Also, ironically, the LT sub that I am replacing was offered a full time position in Greece. I believe that it is very likely that she is going to be working in the same library I just finished working at. Assuming this is true, I hope that she is able to work well with Mrs. R. She will need a firm hand with her.
I also have figured out that the last LT sub was absolutely fantastic. This means that I have some pretty big shoes to fill. I am a little nervous about that. Please keep me in your prayers, that I will learn a tremendous amount of stuff so I can be fabulous too!
The summer is nearing the end. This weekend, we take Allen to college...but first we pick him up from the summer camp job he has been working at in the Adirondack Mountains. Audra is up there too for the week as a camper at the same camp. On Sunday we take him to Roberts Wesleyan. in just under two weeks, my youngest daughter has orientation for her first year at the high school.
I have had 6 interviews this summer and so far have not gotten a job. This is not what I planned for when I went back to get my master's degree. I'm just not sure what to do next. In the past 2 1/2 years, I have had 18 interviews. One of those 18 interviews ended up with me getting a long term sub job. (I had another long term sub job that I got without even having an interview.) This was the year that I felt like there might really be some hope getting a job as a school librarian. What do I do next? This all hurts too much.
I am a mom and a wife. I have 3 really cool kids and a great husband. I just completed a Master's Degree in Library Science...and now looking for a job! A lot of plates spinning here. But more importantly, I am a child of God. I desire to grow in Christ every day.