Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven

Time to get back into this blogging groove.  This week has been filled with papers due which means instead of writing about blessings, I’ve been writing about literature reviews, activity therapy, and step-families.  One of these 30 days, I’ll recount my school blessings.

Back to the days of gratitude.

Eight – Christmas is coming!  This means a few things.  Advent is right around the corner. My Christmas tree is up.  I dismantled a grapevine wreath and wrapped it around my tree.

I love the texture it adds!  The one downside is the mess it makes during the transformation from wreath to tree garland.


And one of my favorites, I’m teaching Eli (the boy I babysit) Christmas carols.  The mom put a snow globe in the living room which plays Santa’s Claus is coming to Town.  Eli know exactly how to wind it up and let it play.  He was fascinated that I new the words to the tune coming from the snow globe.  After I told him where I learned them, I asked if he wanted to learn them too.  He was all over that.  I would sing one line and he would repeat after.  I can’t tell you how many times I sang

“You better not pout,

you better not cry,

you better not shout,

I’m telling you why.

Santa Claus is coming to town.”

He kept asking me if I wanted to sing it again.  Before I could answer he would wind it up. I’m pretty positive he knows the words now!

Nine – Mail.  I love sending and receiving mail.  Today, after about 3 weeks of it being on my to do list, I wrote letters to some friends.  I hope they receive some joy when they open up their mailbox!

Ten – Homemade Christmas Ornaments.  Do you know what you get when you put a jingle bell with twine?  A Christmas ornament of course.  I found these giant rusty jingle bells at Hobby Lobby and knew they would look great in my tree.  While looking at the ribbon, it dawned on me that I should use twine to hang them.

Voila – the jingle bells turned into a Christmas ornaments.

Eleven – Wonders and Worries – the home of my practicum in the spring.  Their mission is to help children cope when a parent faces serious or life-threatening illness.  They are completely professionally staffed by Certified Child Life Specialists, some of whom are Play Therapists or Counselors as well, and one Licensed Professional Counselor.  I’ll spend about 15-20 hours a week at Wonders and Worries for 10 weeks during the spring semester.  My supervisor will be a Child Life Specialist.  While there I may shadow an individual session in the playroom, lead a support group meeting, help the development office, or work on another project.  This organization is the best opportunity for an experience outside of a hospital because it is staffed by Child Life Specialists.  These hours are invaluable to my future internship and career experiences.  I am SUPER excited to get started in the spring. I’ve always been more of an experiential learner than traditional learner.  This will be a wonderful addition to my journey.

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would have not a single bit of talent left and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”

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