God’s Love

What other love can compare? “God loves us; not because we are lovable but because He is love, not because he needs to receive but because He delights to give.” -C.S. Lewis

Akumal, Xcacel, and Cenotes

On Saturday, 5 of my classmates and I went on an excursion through our school. First stop: Cenote #1. A cenote is like a natural spring and there are lots of them in this part of Mexico. The water was so clear and felt so good! Here I am with 3 of my classmates, Laura,…

Playa del Carmen, week 3

This week, I feel like I caught a vision for the type of English teacher I would like to be. Even in the midst of having to re-submit assignments, plan new lessons, observe classes, and tons of other things,  I am thankful I was able to see the bigger picture. I also took a trip…

Psalm 23

Beautiful. “He restores my soul” is my favorite part. The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of…

My weekend in Playa

My weekend has been wonderfully relaxing. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much free time I’ve had. Granted, I am still REALLY busy during the week and had to do an assignment today, but the workload is manageable. Here are some pics from the weekend: After class on Friday, I found a post office to…

Happy Birthday, Twins

Happy Birthday to my favorite sisters in the world (and in my opinion, the best), Hannah and Laura! I think that if we weren’t related, I would still want to be best friends with both of you! I have never been anything but proud to be your sister. You two both love Jesus, are beautiful,…

Playa del Carmen, days 9-11

-I’m more than halfway with teaching! 5 lessons down, 4 to go. -I’m still feeling a bit weird, but am really thankful I’ve gotten good rest every night I’ve been here. I think that’s helped me from feeling worse! -I’m still taking daily walks on the beach. They are good for the soul! -I passed…

Playa del Carmen, days 7 & 8

After a relaxing Sunday, it was back to class today. This week is apparently the most intense, and I am struggling to keep everything organized in my head! Physically I am also starting to feel beat down. I was walking around most of the day today feeling like I got hit by a truck, but…

End of week 1 in Playa

My first week of class flew by! I’ve taught 3 times now, and as a whole, I’m doing fine. Yesterday when I taught, my peers said I looked relaxed. Emily, relaxed while she’s public speaking? That has got to be a first! When I got back to my room last night about 6, I was absolutely…

My week in Saltillo

I’m taking a break from talking about Playa del Carmen today to talk about my most favorite place in Mexico-Saltillo. I just couldn’t have a layover in Monterrey on my way to Playa without stopping to stay with Carlos and his family for a few days. And because of how the flights worked out, I…

Playa del Carmen, day 3

Today was really good. I survived my first 40 minute lesson and though I have lots of things to improve on, I’m also doing a lot of things well. I knew that the hardest part for me would be just getting in front of a class and being confident, and thankfully that part has come…

Playa del Carmen, day 2

The internet is being extremely temperamental right now, so I can’t show pictures. Here are some highlights of my day: -I taught my first lesson! Our class had 8 students today, and they were great sports about learning auxiliary verbs from me! My teacher and peers gave me lots of positive feedback, and I know…