Hooray for weddings!

Trip Start Jun 16, 2005
Trip End Aug 2006

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Hello, all!
I traveled home to Dearborn to attend my good friends' wedding today; Randy (Gordon) and Melissa got married in Dearborn in a lovely wedding and we've had a fun day. I got to read the gospel, and I was so glad to be a part of it! I've known Melissa for almost 20 years and Randy for almost 10, so I couldn't not be there. (For all of you who are wondering, I played an extra few gigs in Houston before I left so that I could pay for this extra plane ticket. It's not coming out of the program budget! =)

Well, it was a rough couple of days before I left. As you all know, we had a fun little fire on our hands, and as you all don't know, I found out Monday night and Tuesday about a little thieving ring that has been operating within my program. The kids mostly steal during Sunday School when the teachers leave a locked cabinet open (they have been stealing donated crayons and pencils in order to sell them, and they tell the potential buyers that "the gringa just has so much stuff she's giving it away!"). They've also been stealing donated stuffed animals and baby clothes and passing them through the window on the way to the bathroom.

I also ended up having about $40 stolen from my wallet (not my passport -- whew!) because I forgot to lock my apartment and the kids beat me upstairs when I unlocked the church after doing my laundry. So, that's another lesson learned. I know who the culprit is, but naturally he isn't talking.

So, I was generally feeling pretty betrayed, as I suppose I should, but I've decided that the kids should probably write and read an apology to the church on Sunday before they can return to the program; after all, it is the church community they've injured. Their parents, for the most part, aren't going to do anything, so I figure this is the only way to ensure a sincere apology and have a public commitment that they won't do it again. I've also had a suggestion that the offenders should make some sort of restitution -- the stuff is gone, but perhaps they should clean or something (though knowing how well little boys clean, maybe this isn't the best option!). It's the idea that if a child hits another child, he should be the one to get the ice.

So, I've had some time to be mad and come down from that, which is probably good. I have to keep remembering that there is so much that is positive going on in the program -- Victor can now do a puzzle that sorts shapes, colors and sizes all by himself, and Ruth can do it with minimal help. Daniela is learning to write her name (I've started to give her pages with princesses on them). The boys LOVE Marble Works and are learning alot about momentum and arcs with that, and a lot of kids are just cranking out the math worksheets (granted, I'm bribing them) -- but their math is also getting better. And, the kids absolutely love doing watercolor paints, and I'm coming back with painting shirts, so that means Tempera...

I haven't started teaching music yet, but I will once some windows are cut. I am not going to risk injury by rhythm stick because of the heat!

And, I found a couple of plays in Spanish, so we'll be doing those. (Anyone know where I can get some kids' plays in Spanish??)

Well, that's all for now. I will be posting some pics from the wedding soon...

Congrats, Melissa and Randy (ahem Gordon)!

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