Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
|Gineli and Sulmi sign, "What's this? What's inside?"|
Monday, December 12, 2011
Today we prayed for Hipolito and said goodbye to him. He got a Visa stamp in his passport and will be going to the US to live with his father and older Deaf brother who are already there. We prayed that he will continue to seek God. I also pray that he will be able to attend the Texas School for the Deaf in San Antonio.
We will miss him terribly!
Just a side note, we can't figure out what the light is that is shining on him. It's in all of the pictures we took while he was sitting in the chair. We were under an overhang and the sun was directly overhead. Hmmm.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
The Angels on TV do miraculous things and try to set people on the right path. They look like people until they speak God's words. At that point they glow. Then they walk off into the distance and disappear.
The angels in the Christmas story are a little different. Angel Gabriel is a messenger from God. He comes. He glows (with the glory of God, we imagine). And he tells a message from God. Then he leaves. A whole slew of angels appear to the shepherds. Only one tells a message from God while the others sing praises to God. In our imaginations and paintings...they also seem to glow. The thing that is different is these Christmas angels always look like angels...not like people who transform into angels at some opportune moment. For Girl's Night we talked about angels, our perceptions and the angels we encounter in the Christmas story. The we made these cute (simple) angels from coffee filters. *(see note)
Hmmm Angels... I think they come to share a message from God...something important...to grab our attention. Their purpose seems to be to make us know definitively something God wants us to know in a way that is much louder than the still, small voice in our heads.
Thank you Father for being a God who wants so much to communicate with us, to guide us, and redeem us that you send angel messengers and even your "son", your incarnate self.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
On Monday night Gineli, Sulmi and I had fun decorating our Christmas tree. My old tree had been in my classroom for 6 years so it was showing a bit of wear and was kind of small. Impulsively we decided to use the money that my sister sent me to buy a new one on the way home from school.
|Sorry this is fuzzy...but it captures exactly what the girls think of our old Christmas tree.|
|...and what they think of the new one they just decorated :-)|
I had a similar experience at the spelling bee. As we were all waiting for the bus to come and take us home, I sat on the bleachers. I was holding Sulmi's trophy and other stuff so she could talk "hands free" to the other students. A young boy entered the gym with his class to prepare for a holiday program practice. He came over to me and said, "Was there some kind of competition here?"
I said, "Yes, a Spelling Bee for the Deaf."
He thought a moment and looked at me with the trophy and said, "So did you win?"
I pointed to Sulmi and said, "That girl with the white shirt, signing with her friends, won."
He nodded a few times,but didn't dismiss the conversation. I could see another question was brewing and thought he was going to ask about deafness, but instead he said, "So, are you her grandmother?"
Ha! GRANDMOTHER, wow! I was not ready for that one :-) Do I look like a grandmother? My perception is that I am still more like a mother. Hmmmm. Maybe not.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
|Sulmi is fourth form the left. There were about 300 people in the audience.|
I am so proud of her. We practiced a set of over 300 words for two months and she knew them all by the day of the event. Many of the deaf adults from our church came to cheer her on. At first she was nervous to see Mario, Edgar, Manuel, Angelica, Elton and Kelsey in the bleachers...but by the third word she was confident and on a roll.
|Sulmi with her medal and trophy.|
|Manuel, Ry, Edgar, Alejandro, Mario, Sair, Sherwin|
Samnang wanted to have a birthday party to celebrate turning 21. She doesn't have any family (sorry I can't explain the background here), so she asked me to help her throw the party. She came early and helped cook all of the food and even bought some of it. It was fun to plan and anticipate the BIG day with her. She started out saying, "A small party...not many people." The next day she would come to my house or we would meet for our weekly "tea and chat" and she would give me a new list of who she wanted to invite. The list grew, but I didn't care. It was a great day for her.
|Sam and Neldo|
|Angelica and Juan|
|Yaniry. It was great to see Yaniry come. She doesn't hang around the "church crowd" but came for the party. After the party she came to church the following two Sundays.|
|Alva and me.|
|The whole gang (except the photographer)...everyone a little tired... at the end of the party.|