Saturday, August 27, 2016
Hello everyone! Just wanted to give an update on the first few days of school. I really enjoy coaching elementary PE, even though we have a lot of kids in a small area. I find that if I have a plan of what to do, it's a lot easier to keep them focused. So basically I teach PE from 9 until 1 along with another staff member, Coach Tyler. He was here last year so it's nice to have him to help. One of the hardest parts is learning the names of the students. The other hard part is being out in the sun and heat for 4 hours. It is definitely draining! After elementary PE, I then go to the new campus and teach junior high and high school girls PE on my own. This is fun as well, the students are very motivated and work hard at whatever I want them to do. Several of the girls are also on the cross country team. I like this because I have more opportunities to get to know them.
Speaking about cross country, the first practice was Monday. I was a bit overwhelmed Monday because 30 students showed up. This is a lot for just one coach so I'm very thankful that Tyler is helping me. Running in the heat is hard so we decided to do two morning practices and one in the afternoon. This works out well except for our time is limited in the mornings. I love coaching XC more than I ever thought I would. My knowledge from the past five years makes it easier for me to come up with workouts and also inform the students about running gear, like shoes. It amazes me how God truly prepared me for this position throughout the years, like working at a running shoes store for 8 months. I know exactly what to tell people when they ask about what kind of shoes they need.
We just got back from another retreat, but this one is with the junior high and high school students. It was a good time. We played games and swam and listened to Chago preach the Word. The best part was hearing the hearts of the students on the last night. God did some amazing works in those students' lives these past few days! I'm really looking forward to getting to know the MCA students better- they are such a great group of students.
During the retreat, Chago spoke on the crucifixion and it just reminded me how much Christ went through to save us. It is overwhelming and should overwhelm us every day. Unfortunately, I take it for granted way to often. One thing Chago said was that the more we understand what Christ has done for us, the more joyful we will be. Christ sacrificed everything for us, therefore, we should be joyful and thankful, in the good times and bad.
Thanks for reading!