by Sheri L. VanDuyn
There are times in your life when you feel you are just blessed. I experienced this at the beginning of the New Year 2008. My venture starts almost a year prior when setting up my teaching schedule for the 2007-2008 school year. My high school was changing the daily course schedule from 2 semesters to 3 or Trimesters. Students formerly took 7 classes would now take only 5 which would be a longer block of time. I loved this structure for my Art program since so much of my class period is spent setting up and cleaning up. With 5 classes in 3 semesters, students would now take 15 classes instead of 7 classes in 2 semesters or 14 classes. (Plus, give students who are so involved in everything the chance to concentrate only on 5 classes instead of 7.) Students would now get 1 more elective. I have always said, If there was another hour in the day; more students would take Art! Well, I must be careful what I wish for as my Art classes were packed-I even had to go out and buy more basic supplies!
this whole schedule change was evolving, I joked with my principal that I could teach fall
and spring (2 sections = 1 year of art) and have the Winter term off. My Principal just
laughed. About 2 weeks later, he came back to me and said, If you want to set your
schedule up like that, it will work. So I might be blonde, but I can do the
math-teach everyday for a shorter day or teach a longer day and have the 2nd
one off--meaning Dec., Jan., and Feb. off. It took me about 2 seconds to say, Set it
My Fall was
extremely blessed with large classes; I was sharing my passion of Art with more students.
Longer class periods still seemed to fly by and before I knew it exams came to wrap up the
first session in the first week of December. There was much to do to close up my room,
turn in grades, but I was ready to enjoy the Holidays and be free for 3 months!
Ralph said, Once the Holidays are done, lets head to
afternoon we packed up again and headed even further South past Ft. Lauderdale, got on the
Turnpike again to spend a few days with friends in their condo in the Keys. What a time we
had-Key Lime pie, Ralph fishing with the guys on the ocean, me shopping with the girls,
hanging out at the pool and teaching the 2 girls (age 5 and 8) to weave a small basket!
(They loved them so much, they even slept with them!) We dined on the fresh catch of the
day. We welcomed New Years Eve by watching fireworks at midnight from the top floor
of their condo in both directions! What fun!
better was spending New Years Day on their boat and heading 1 mile out to an ocean
reef called Hens and Chickens. (The boat is tied to a buoy, so the coral is
not crushed below!) All 7 of us snorkeled for over an hour. The ocean was so warm and flat
that kayaks were out here. We spotted colorful fish, coral and even stingrays lying on the
bottom. Next we dined at a fabulous spot on the ocean; then cruised south seeing
Flaglers railroad which linked the Keys before a hurricane came and wiped out
sections. This was the most beautiful day with a special family as we were able to enjoy
their young children! The sky was the bluest blue and the water was even a more
spectacular aquamarine blue; this is one that I photographed several ways, but the real
impression is locked in my mind!
the next day exploring
time came to an end and I had several days on my own to weave, scrap and shop! His Psalms 37:7
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
In the next Issue, I will share one of my life lessons from this blessed vacation.
(616) 846-7926 * firstname.lastname@example.org