Monday, June 26, 2006

My place in the Ward

I've been serving in the Primary (children's area) of my ward (parrish) for about a year and a half. Last year I taught the 4-5 year olds and loved it. Since January I have been teaching the 6-7 year olds and it's not nearly as much fun. Plus, I am now teaching Preschool 4 days a week and I'd love some consistent adult interaction on the weekends. Also, my 3 best friends at church have all moved out of the boundaries since I started in Primary and are either living in another state or across town. I feel very isolated at church, having nobody to consistently sit with during the first hour and then being with children for the last two hours. I know church's purpose isn't socializing, but I should get to do some of that too. The women's group does not have regular monthly meetings anymore and two weeks ago the geographical boundaries of the ward were changed, so a lot of the people I knew now attend a different ward.
I only have a year left to live in Oklahoma and I want to enjoy it to the fullest. I going to suggest (not ask) to the bishop that I be released from my calling in the Primary. I have already let the Relief Society (women's organization) President and Primary President know that I'm feeling burnt out and ready for something new.
The good news from church? Brandon's cousin Jamon and his wife Alisha and year old daughter Joselyn have been brought into my ward with the boundary change. Yeah! Now I have family in the ward, people to sit with in Sacrament meeting, and extra incentive for Brandon to go to ward activities. Yippee!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

In Wonderland?

For as long as I can remember there have been two fictional characters that I felt deeply connected to: Alice in Wonderland and Anne Shirley (of Anne of Green Gables, etc.). I'm not entirely sure why. Could it be that I am extremely talkative, curious, opinionated, I like to explore? It could be a lot of things. But, ever since childhood I've felt a kinship to these girls. I still think of myself as a girl, and though I've changed a lot and I am definitely an adult now, some things don't change.