Teaching to Learn and Learning to Teach

R&R at a B&B

Okay, so I’m not staying at a Bed and Breakfast this week, but I am staying at a friend’s home at Mount Hermon. They are gone, but I am here. The hikes, the sleep, the quiet, the reading, the pinning, the video-watching, the outdoors, the indoors, and opportunities to hear myself think have been lovely. I haven’t slept as well since I don’t know when but definitely not since moving into the dorm. On campus there is continual life and noise. Even with the students gone there are fire alarms, car alarms, tennis players, knocks on the door, grounds crew people outside making noise, a crow flying into my window over and over in the morning to wake me up…  I’m so thankful for the couple who see what God has given them as an opportunity to serve others and minister through hospitality. It makes me dream of someday being able to do the same. A retreat house up here would be nice because it’s only an hour away from the fam and because I am more of a mountain girl than a beach girl, but here they have the best of both worlds since the beach is only 30 minutes away :).

Status Updates from the Midwest

I’ve been absent from the blog, but present in rural America. I spent the last 5 days or so in Iowa for my sweet grandmother’s 90th birthday. I got to see so many family members, all of whom with the exception of my brother and mom I had not seen in four years. I love them all dearly and am so thankful for the laughter and love that is a part of our relationships.

The closest I am going to get to blogging for a while is republishing my status updates from farm country. There are many more things I love about Iowa, but here is what facebook would have to tell you about my trip (with a few added pictures). Reasons I love Iowa:

  1. Stranded at the airport because everything was closed by the time we arrived but the custodian is making sure we are ok and asking if we are thirsty.
  2.  Stayed in a hotel we didn’t plan on and ran into my mom’s cousin at the continental breakfast.
  3. The general manager at the hotel offered to give us a ride to the airport to save us $15 on the shuttle.
  4.  Every rental car comes equipped with an ice scraper.
  5. Culver’s. Need I say more?
  6. Unhurried Conversations
  7.  My amazing, faithful, beautiful 90-year-old grandmother.
  8. Playing the game In A Pickle with cousins.
  9. They say pop not soda.
  10. Cream-filled donuts that you can’t find in Cali.
  11.  Reminders and memories of Grandpa Wilhite everywhere.
  12.  Water Towers in Each Town
  13. Maximum and Minimum Speed Limits on the Highways
  14. Avis Rental Car uses the honor system. What did the odometer read? Did you fill the tank? Yes? Ok.
  15.  The residents seem to be less concerned about the cars they drive and the clothes they wear. Everything is normal, economical, and not flashy.
  16. Coat Racks in Restaurants
  17. Meeting More of the Next Generation
  18. My cousin Brian with all his energy, laughter, rhyming skills and all the joy he brings. (#17 used twice on facebook. Apparently I can’t count, but the automatic numbering on WordPress won’t let me repeat my mistake.)
  19. Ted and Joan Peak who would be on SLS at my grandma’s retirement home if they had such a thing. They are precious servants of the Lord and love the people around them.
  20. My Mom’s Aunts and Uncles

  21. The Wilhite wave goodbye even at 6:30am.

That’s all from facebook. I hope to report to you soon about some of my conversations with people who are older and wiser than me.

Links I Love

April and August are busy seasons around here. There are so many things to do, people to hang with, and conversations to be had, so blogging is not high on the priority list. That being said, I wanted to share some lovely links with you:

Vintage Fabric Garden Markers

A Handbook on Leading Christian Organizations – I think this book would be an interesting read, especially because of who is recommending it.

What is the wasted life? – This is a good reminder.

Bread and Honeyed Brown Butter Spread – Yes, please!

Adorable Items from Anthropologie

Contact Paper Flags and Bunting – Can’t wait for an event to use these at.

April Fools Bumper Sticker for the Manly Man – This made me laugh.

15 New and Forthcoming Books Deserving Your Attention

Photos of Bubbles

Preppy Little Man Baby Shower – So cute!!!!!

Mason Jar Pendant Lights

I’m sure I could post more, but my time is up.

This weekend I am making 500 desserts for a tea party, prepping for a trip to my grandmother’s for her 90th birthday, and dreaming of what to make to eat for bacon fest at our weekly game night. I love that game night has officially become about the food, and the people of course :). I’m pondering pan-de-jamon (Slightly sweet bread with ham, bacon, raisins, and olives wrapped inside. It’s Venezuelan and it is delishhhhhh!), bacon-wrapped dates with an almond inside, bacon-wrapped pineapple, chocolate drizzled bacon, BLT’s, and maple donuts with crumbled bacon on top. Oh the artery-clogging possibilities.

My Weekend

So…. I don’t have too much to share and very few photos from my whirlwind trip up North. We were only in the Bay for about 36 hours, but it was a sweet time.

Speaking of sweet, here is a delicious recipe that I got out of my weekend trip. You are welcome!

Ok. I know I should have taken a picture before it was cut into, but trust me IT IS DELISH!

The purpose: Attend the baby shower of one of my best friends from highschool

The transportation: My brother’s junior high sweetheart. She really is a sweetheart and I was so thankful to reconnect with her. I haven’t seen her for around the last 8 years, 7 of which she has been married to Tyler. I look forward to getting to know her husband better and spending more time with her. Our time in the car was a sweet encouragement to me.

Who I saw: family (of course), childhood friends, highschool friends, camping buddies, former classmates, parents of old friends, former students, wives and babies of former students, and more. There were lots of connections at one little baby shower.

How long I’ve known the mother of baby Gigi: Almost 24 years

How long I’ve known the father of baby Gigi: Almost 20 years

How long they’ve known each other: Almost 14 years (It’s a crazy world!)

Congratulations, Sarah and Rick! I love you and am so excited for you to enter this stage of life.

She'll be here soon!

Matt and Alexis, Congrats to you too! William is a doll. Even though it made me feel old because Matt was my student, it was a joy to hold baby will.

Sleeping William. It seems like just yesterday I was making your daddy read The Hobbit in Jr. High.

Read it!

An amazing story of God’s saving power! The Son of the Religious Leader of Hamas becoming a believer?!!!!? What?!? That should not surprise me. Salvation belongs to the Lord. He graciously saves undeserving people. This story made me reflect on how my salvation was no small work and that it was all of Him. Reflecting on the salvation and transformation of a Hamas Leader’s son or on my own salvation and sanctification should equally lead me to awe, wonder, worship, and thanksgiving.

This book clearly presents the hardships of the Palestinian people while showing how wrong and how lost they are. It is a great reminder that the only hope for the Middle East or for any of us is Jesus Christ. There is no true peace apart from Him. His kingdom is not advanced by armies, wars, politicians or peace summits. His peace advances through the proclamation and acceptance of the gospel by individuals.

Here is a little segment from the introduction to whet your appetite:

“I could have been a hero and made my people proud of me. I knew what kind of hero they were looking for: a fighter who dedicated his life and family to the cause of a nation. Even if I was killed, they would have told my story for generations to come and been proud of me forever, but in reality, I would not have been much of a hero.
Instead, I became a traitor in the eyes of my people. Although I once brought pride to you, I now bring you only shame. Although I was once the royal prince, I am now a stranger in a foreign country fighting against the enemy of loneliness and darkness.
I know you see me as a traitor; please understand it was not you I chose to betray, but your understanding of what it means to be a hero. When Middle Easter nations – Jews and Arabs alike – start to understand some of what I understand, only then will there be peace. And if my Lord was rejected for saving the world from the punishment of hell, I don’t mind being a reject!”

More of Peru

Can more of one city count as “More of Peru”? Many MKs I know would say it doesn’t. We only saw Lima, the capital city of Peru. I hear other parts of the county are BEAUTIFUL and that a person shouldn’t judge the country based on Lima, but I liked this metropolis. Here are a few highlights of our time outside of the Christian school we worked at.

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Teaching Abroad

I’ve recently been reminiscing about my trip to Peru the summer I graduated from college, and I thought I would share a few pics here.