What up, ladies and gentledudes. The time has come for Story of the Week!! But first, I present to you:
Crazy Realization of My Life
As most of you know, I’m a teacher. And that involves going to school (unless you’re homeschooled…which I wasn’t). And I just had a realization. This is quite possibly… nay!… this IS the first August EVER in the history of my life (well, since I was four) that I have not been in school. DUH WAAAA?!?!?!?! Let’s share a moment of reflection together.
Ever since that first day of Pre-school, I, Leah Rigsby, have been in a school building as a student or teacher for my whole life:
Age 4 – Age 18 Metropolitan Christian School, Dallas, TX
Age 18 – Age 22 Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX
Age 22 – 25 Hastings Ninth Grade Center, Houston, TX
Age 25 – 27 Ukarumpa International School, Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea
And now, alas, for these next five months, I will not be in the environment I have come to know and love. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the break, it’s just…WEIRD. Instead of waking up every week day, going to school, and getting my math on, I get to take part in a myriad of activities for my self-betterment:
– reading books on how to teach good (it’s a joke…chill out grammar po-po) to keep up with my teaching certification
– make videos and PPT presentations about my time in PNG
– give presentations about my time in PNG
– see friends and family I haven’t seen for two years
– look at my old lesson plans on my computer and figure out how to make them more interesting… WITH OUT having the text book to reference… cause it’s in PNG… with all my teaching folders…
– clean out closets at my grandmother’s and parent’s houses and decide what is necessary to keep, bring to PNG, or toss
– travel to far away places like North Carolina and Florida to see friends
– peruse the Internet and watch all the Netflix to my hearts desire BECAUSE I CAN. And it won’t cost $200. (Not an exaggeration. I went a little crazy one school break in PNG and my internet useage was not frugal)
What this realization has just made me realize:
As I am sitting here typing all this up on my mom’s computer while my parents are in the other room watching a weird movie about Tom Hiddleston as a vampire (I lasted about 10 minutes into it), I had a realization about my realization. Realization-ception, if you will. Here it is:
I have a bunch of stuff to do. A bunch of important stuff. Minus the Netflix. And even though it’s not structured like teaching, it still serves a purpose.
It’s weird having a six month gap to prepare for class, but hey, that gives me space to think and plan rather than going day to day while school is in session.
It’s super flipping awesome that I get to tell people about PNG, show pictures, and videos about how God moves there and my part He has me playing.
Seeing friends and family is usually something we take for granted or think of as a “break,” but those relationships are important and I have to do as much as I can in these five months, because I won’t be able to for the next three years. Yeah, all of this is weird and more disjointed than a “regular job,” but they all need to get done. Woah. I AM being productive!
Guys, I think my story before the story of the week just became the actual story of the week. So in case you just scroll down for Story of the Week, lemme help you:
Story of the Week
See above section titled “Crazy Realization of my Life”
Onward we move to the:
Ladies and gentledudes, we’re at 38%!!! This means that people have partnered with my ministry and 38% of my monthly budget needed to return to PNG in January is covered! WOOOO!! This is great news because when I returned to the U.S. I was rocking a meager 19%. We’ve officially doubled!!! YAY MATH!!!!
If you’d like to become a monthly partner with my ministry you can click here: www.wycliffe.org/partner/leah-rigsby
This Blog Title…
Now, many of you have probably been distracted by my blog title. “When will it be referenced?” “What does it mean?” “Is she being irreverent?”
Remember when I mentioned that one of my activities was cleaning out closets? Guys, you’re gonna love this. I found an old elementary school journal, a “thankful book,” and an old worksheet from church. Let’s start there.
This golden gem is from 1991. I was four-and-a-half years old. It was mother’s day, and the church made a hand out for the moms from the kids. The prompt was “Pleasant Grove kids love their moms because…” My response:
“Because she lives with me.” I have no words. I was four. That drawing I did was very creepy, too. There are many things that could have happened here. The best I can come up with is that I heard “Why do you live (with) your mommy?” Instead of “love.” And me, being my sassy self, responded, because she lives with me. Duh. Next question.
Golden gem #2 comes from my elementary school journal. I’m guessing I was 6 or 7 years old. There were many, many entries to choose from, but this one takes the cake:
“What would Jesus do? Jesus is picking up trash at school.” Cause when you’re six, the most servant-hearted thing you can do is pick up trash. That star wars looking thing in the background is actually the playground.
Ok guys, are you ready for the final picture of amazingness? Let me set the scene. This comes from a little construction paper book titled “My Thankful Book.” Inside all of the pages are drawings of things I am thankful for. Some examples – my cousins, mom, dad, a ruler, the Bible, a TV (both on the same page), etc… And on the very last page, I am thankful for:
Super Mario Jesus.
Let’s do a little analysis, shall we? A dive into little Leah’s psyche if you will.
He is clearly wearing a robe. We all know robes to be Jesus’ clothing of choice, especially in Sunday school. However, in a clear shout out to Mario’s influential style, the robe is red. There are, however, no overalls. I was like, seven. I definitely knew how do draw pants as evidenced in other pictures in the “Thankful Book.” I clearly knew what I was doing and made strategic choices in my depiction of Jesus’ attire.
Now the hair. I don’t know if you can see it, but I gave Super Mario Jesus some long hair, but then erased it. I was obviously conflicted between church pictures of Jesus and my desire for him to look like an Italian plumber. Clearly we see what thinking prevailed. I can also see that I definitely gave him a side part on the right there. Ah, my youthful attention to detail.
And lastly, mustache. Because my Jesus keeps it classy.
Guys, I cannot tell you how hard I laughed at all of these things from my youth. They are AMAZING! The one thing I love, though, is my childlike view of Jesus, that He would pick up trash… cause He would!!
Have a great weekend y’all!