i just wrote a Self-Reflection for my writing class ::
This semester has been a stretch for me in a lot of ways, from the course load I took, to the content of the courses, to the work load, to the balance I have had to find in being wife and mom and homemaker and employee and student and human being. I can definitely say that I have grown; some of this growth happened this semester, some happened in the years since I was last in college. I have grown in the area of organization. I have grown in my ability to be open to hearing ideas and theories and opinions and facts and to think critically and convey my thoughts with conviction and respect.
This semester, I have learned a lot in all four of my courses. I have had discussions in my human sexuality class about topics that I would have never thought I would have discussed. I have read a variety of books that stretched my thought and imagination about Creation and provoked/inspired me to come to some more concrete personal conclusions. I made it through twenty chapters and twenty labs that took me through the History of the Systems of Earth. I have read a genre – for this class – that I never thought I would read. I have revisited critical academic writing and have found that I do enjoy it, and it is good to be reminded of and to use the MLA guidelines for scholarly writing.
My strengths are definitely my enjoyment of learning and reading and writing. The areas that were more difficult for me were finding the balance and choosing where I would put my time and effort. Directly related to the critical writing, my strengths are in my thought process, my grasp and use of grammar and language, and my ability to comprehend and correlate in such a way that I can relay my thoughts to others. My weakness has been keeping my voice in complete command of my writing. Quotes are wonderful when used correctly, but when I am writing, I do not want to utilize another to author to write my paper. I have the ability to write my own well-thought out, well-written, scholarly paper, and I am glad to have been stretched in this area.
this reflection was bitter-sweet to write! it doesn't seem like long ago that i was in the first week, looking at the 16 weeks of classes stretched out in front of me. after next week (and my final tests done and projects handed in), i will be so glad to have my evenings back with my family, but i have really enjoyed the reading and writing and learning i have been able to do in my classes this semester.
i am really grateful to have been able to do this work this semester. our little family is in a situation where this could work for us, and my husband has been the most wonderful, helpful, accomodating, steady encourager throughout all of this! maddie and isaac have been great, too! they are both very ready for me to have time to read christmas stories and go sledding with them again, though! and i am more than ready for that, too! i am truly so very blessed.
right now, i am ::
drinking coffee like a superhero.
writing 3500 words about Wonder Woman and the treatment of women in comics.
reading and discussing for three other classes, besides the critical writing superhero class.
loving my three peeps snuggled up on the couch.
thinking that "old" (1980's) movies are pretty funny.
listening to the synthesizer music on the movie.
wondering what my kids think of the quote, "hey! it's the 80's!"
realizing that i'm glad i'm almost 35, i like being this age, i like this part of my life.
marking a few important dates on the calendar in the next two weeks.
contemplating the crazy amount of things i have been able to cram into each week this fall.
wearing down. but i can do all of this for two more weeks. just two more weeks.
making treats with lots of cinnamon whenever i have time (apple pie bars and fall cake and ginger cookies).
listening to the washer and dryer in the hall outside our apartment.
knowing i'll be folding laundry yet tonight.
hoping to finish a whole lot of my school-work tonight, too. (so i'm writing a blog post. this is perfectly logical.)
looking forward to december 11. i will be done with all of the school-work!
wanting to go sledding and play board games and read fun books - all with my kiddos.
wishing you all a lovely saturday evening and sunday.
love to you, friends! ~e
all kinds of good veggies - i'm chopping and roasting and freezing - not letting them go to waste
my line of jars to catch the sunlight - and my twinkle lights to plug in on grey days and in the dark of early evening
legos and books to keep us busy as the evenings grow cooler and as dark comes earlier
crafts supplies and cookies and coffee - need i say more?
schoolwork and a gift and a note . . . and more coffee . . .
i do sometimes get off of my chair and out from behind my computer and books.
we have been having some lovely, warm, sunshine-filled days lately. not all of the days, but most of the days. we've been out walking and biking and breathing in the sunlit air.
i've even taken a few pictures. i thought you might like to see what i've been seeing on my jaunts outside. i'm saving the best one for another post. just because.
i hope you all have a marvelous saturday. be wonderful, my friends. love, ~e
1,474 pages + web searches and discussion pages read so far.
6 weeks of 16 down.
6 papers written.
Countless discussion posts written.
4 full-length films watched.
Many (more than 20) clips watched.
1 major exam + 21 quizzes taken.
One large mid-term paper started + one 5-page paper to do tomorrow.
All for four classes.
Which, when finished in mid-December, will allow me to graduate. From college. Finally. With a Bachelor of Science in English and an Education Minor. At which time will commence a happy dance, a finished piece of art, and choosing the perfect USD Coyotes hooded sweatshirt to wear proudly. There may also be a large party. And, you may all be able to hear me sigh with relief and let out a big cheer. Yes, all of you. Even those of you who live on the other side of the world. Until then, I'll keep adding to this list . . .
ben says we live in a rainforest
the last few days have certainly felt that way
everything stays wet
it rains, the dew is heavy, it is humid
the sky was so heavy and grey today
my eyes told me to put on a comfy sweater and sit on the porch drinking coffee
too warm for that
but shorts and a t
too cool for that
the temperature is unsettling
it's not really warm enough to need airconditioning
but when it is off, the house gets so stuffy
when i turn it on, the house quickly cools down to too cold
in spite of the miserable weather
the flowers that maddie and i planted are vibrant
all four of us are home together
ben and i stocked up on groceries
i got to take a nap while the kids played with friends
we made the most tasty chicken fajitas for supper
the kiddos did the dishes and got to have icecream for a treat
i have almost all my school work done for the week (everything is due by sunday night)
ben found a swimming spot that he is taking us to tomorrow (the sun is forecast to shine!)
and some friends gave us vouchers for tickets to a red hawks game!
we'll be enjoying baseball on monday afternoon
i hope that your weekend has some vibrant and tasty and beautiful moments
be wonderful, my friends ~e
in a constant
state of wonder
every single day
where you are
on sunday we had a wonderful place to be
all four of us together
in the sunshine
in the sand
in the water
in the breeze
cottonwood leaves clicking
the splosh of the the waves
and the scent of cool water
air warm on skin
the scree of cicadas
laughter and joy
we headed home satisfied with one more summer day well spent
live in wonder. be wonderful.