Monday, February 23, 2009


The past few days have finally been productive. Today alone I have already figured out some stuff for some scholarship applications, read 2 articles and worked on some stats homework. AND I've only been awake for about 1.5 hours. Go me. I'm not close to being done. I have to learn to be okay with not being finished with everything since I'm working on my honors thesis and there is always more to do. I got an email last night about registering for Fall 09 classes--begins next Monday! How weird that it will be my last fall semester at ASU. I think I get too sentimental about crap like that, but maybe it is a good thing that I'm reflecting on it all while it's happening. I feel like that is part of living my life to the fullest.

This past week I got to start actually working with SEEK AZ. I was in the classroom 2 different days and got to interview with a family who I'm going to start working in-home with soon! As frustrated/disheartened/tired I was after working, I absolutely loved being with the children again. Children with special needs are usually even more unpredictable than typical children, so it's extra tiring but equally fun/challenging. You have to laugh at the fact that one kid discovered the girl scout cookie room and continually escapes into there despite all the reprimands. Children with special needs are just particularly clever because they have to figure things out in a way that suits them personally--it's fascinating to say the least.

I feel like I've finally settled into being home. Between talking to people, reflecting on myself, and forcing myself to do school...things have fallen into place. I think God is teaching me to find joy in everyday life again since I'd gotten so used to finding enjoyment in the daily adventures of Australia. It's been a battle because I've definitely wanted everything my way since I've been home, but He's put me in a place where that's just not an option. It's nice to be reminded that He has a plan that stretches way beyond my meager "5-year plan."

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