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What I Learned in November

Today we enter December. Before I get to swept away with all things Christmas, here’s just a peak into the FULL month I’m leaving behind.

  1. Witnessing growth is a teacher’s greatest reward.

There was this boy that came to his audition for the fall play as a freshman last year. He was good. Nervous, inexperienced, but good. He took the stage as our lead this year. He pulled it off better than we could have ever imagined. That is rewarding.

There is this adorable eight year old that came to me with wobbly rhythm six months ago. Two weeks he came to his lesson with precise counting, down to the last eight note on the page.

This is what sustains teachers through all the tedium in between.

2. Minimalism mixed with reality is where I find myself currently – and I’m content to be there.

I wrote a whole blog post about it over here. 

3. Vacationing as independent adults isn’t as easy as going along as a child, but I love the freedom and flexibility that comes with it.

Those rental cars and boarding passes don’t just materialize out of your dad’s back pocket. But there’s a lot of satisfaction that comes with making your own itinerary and going at your own pace. (Mixed of course with the husband’s pace.)

4. The Washington monument was left half-completed for twenty years.

It looked just as funny as you imagined. Go google it.

There you go – my best tidbit gained from touring our nation’s capitol.

5. Grace is a viable measuring tool with which to judge.

More grace, less judging. It’s something I’m constantly needing to be reminded of.

6. I really didn’t miss the turkey on Thanksgiving.

The 7-11 pizza after a whirlwind trip to New York City to watch the Macy’s Day Parade was incredibly satisfying.

7. I am a slow Bible studier. 

Two years in Matthew and I just finished the sermon on the mount. There’s been many breaks as other studies have come and gone, but I keep coming back to Matthew and when I get there I just want to stop there. The Word of God is truly living and active, potent enough to keep me sitting with a few verses for months at a time.

{This post and the habit of marking what we learned each month is inspired – as is much of my life – by Emily Freeman. Join her and many others over on her blog as we all reflect on the month we just passed through.)

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    achildoftherisenking
    December 8, 2015 at 2:26 am

    I totally agree with your teacher comment.

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