Semester Wrap-Up

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas has been a busy time of the year for me.  From traveling to celebrate the holidays multiple times with the families, to editing and finalizing final exams; Christmas has snuck up on me.  Again.

My semester is quickly coming to an end which means I’ve been spending some quality time in my classroom getting things ready for the end of the semester.

Quality time in one’s classroom should be banned for the month of December.  Seriously.

BUT, hopefully next week at this time I’ll be joining the students running down the halls yelling, “I’m Free!!! I’m Free!!!”

Ok, maybe a few hours after the students leave and all grades are posted I can run through the halls yelling.

Ok, maybe I shouldn’t run through the halls… or yell.

But I’ll still do it because it’ll be Christmas Break!

Yes Virginia, teachers count down the days until Christmas Break, too. 

While I’ve been busy wrapping-up this semester,  I’ve left my Nikon at home and have caught myself taking quick pictures on my cell phone a lot lately while running here and there attempting to accomplish as much as possible. 

Recently, after a long day at school– I looked outside the kitchen window and thought I was hallucinating. 

After all, it had been one of THOSE days.

What the…

And what to my wondering eyes should appear?
My crazy (er, fearless) husband climbing the tower in the yard.
One can only hope our nephews don't get any ideas. Ever.

To answer many of the same questions I had running through my mind at the time…

1.  A light bulb needed replaced.

2.  It’s at least 20 feet above the ground.

3.  No, there are no cushions on the cold, hard ground to ease the fall of a plummeting person.

4.  What’s the number to 911.  Oh yes, 9-1-1.

Yes, the light was green when it first lit up.

Now it’s normal.

Don’t ask me.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our church.

We stuck around after Sunday School recently and helped decorate the church.

I think this is my favorite detail out of all the Christmas decorations this year…

Away in a manger…

Shortly after this picture was taken the little lamb decided it would be a lot more fun to be on the roof of this scene.

I’m not saying who did or did not support the lamb’s move. 

Regardless, I fell in love with the intricate details of these carvings when I first saw them a few years ago when Adam and I were dating.

I’ve always been drawn to these pieces and love looking at them up close.

My mother-in-law told me they were carved out of olive wood and are from the Holy Land.

I think they’re pretty awesome.

Speaking of awesome…

It’s also beginning to sound a lot like Christmas at church.

We’ve been singing Christmas songs found in the hymnals these past few Sunday mornings.

I love singing Christmas songs.

We’ve also been holding Wednesday night practices for our upcoming Christmas program, too.

Jesus firmly stands behind our Christmas tree and our choir 🙂

I love Christmas.

I love that I have these reminders to look at while I run around like a madwoman trying to get so much accomplished as the semester wraps-up.

It helps me try to keep everything in perspective during this time of the year.  It helps me to breathe.

After all, we are preparing to celebrate a very important birthday.

And in this crazy-busy world–with semester finals, and grading, and traveling, and shopping, and baking, and a plethora of other things, we could all use little reminders like these to keep it all in perspective.

4 Thoughts

  1. Great blog post! I love the photos especially the Nativity scene – it’s beautiful! Christmas is so commercialized and we need to constantly remind ourselves of the real reason for the season. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. I, too, am a nervous Nellie when the hubby starts climbing things like windmills. (But you have to admit, it did make some pretty photos!) I enjoyed seeing the photos from your church, too. I love the lights and the music of Christmas. Good luck with the wrap-up of your semester and with all your holiday preparations. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    1. Kim, the light that afternoon made for some really cool pictures. Usually I’ll run out to our “backyard” (the field behind our barn) and shoot some pictures of the sun setting when there’s that kind of light. I decided it would be smarter to “spot” my husband while he climbed around that day. Thanks for the well-wishes as well. One final exam has been proofed and is ready to administer…only two more exams to finalize now! …and then to grade. Merry Christmas!

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