A dot in life...

Josh and Beth Paulick on January 15, 2019

    Recently I (Beth) was reminded of when in nursing school I was studying with some friends for the “beloved” HESI test.  (A test to help prepare for the NClex, which is a professional licensure test for nursing).  While we were studying and overwhelmed with how much material was covered on it.  One of my friends drew a big circle and said “This is our life.”  She then put a dot in in the circle and said “This is this test,” showing in the grand scheme of life, that test was so small and insignificant.  It was funny how much God knew I needed that reminder even now.  At that time, that test didn’t seem so insignificant since it was supposed to show how ready we were to take the NClex and to show if we could pass.  (And possibly we needed a certain score to graduate, but I’m not sure now if I’m remembering that wrong.).   At this point in life, French doesn’t seem insignificant by any means, but in the grand scheme of life, each test is such a small part of life.  I am reminded of the passage in James that says, “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”- yet, you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that….”  James 4:13-15.  It is so easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out about studying and tests, but we need to remember to trust in God and His will and allow Him to help us through.  We still need to do our part and do our best, but we can trust in Him.  Today, I am thankful for that precious reminder.  
    We both passed our A1 exams!  We have now been back in class about a week.  Josh is in a “normal” paced A2 class and I am in a slower paced A2 class.  Honestly, this is so great for us.  I was excited to pass the exams but very nervous about moving on when my score was so mediocre.  
    After our exams, we were so thankful to have some time off for Christmas and New Years. We spent Christmas Eve with some of the students from the school for a Christmas Eve party.  Christmas was definitely hard being away from family for the first time, but we are thankful for the community here and we were able to go and celebrate Christmas with a family dear to our hearts (and they have kids our kids ages which definitely helps too!). A few days after Christmas we were able to go to Paris to get away and try to use our French.  Although most of the time we tried to speak in French, people responded in English.  I guess we need to work on our pronunciation more haha! 

IMG_4081 Tour Eiffel
IMG_4034 Owen's first Christmas!

    The kids are still adjusting to being back in school. Owen is having a hard time adjusting to the nursery still.  He doesn’t sleep well there, which is hard on the nursery workers with so many other babies and toddlers, and his eating schedule doesn’t always line up with breaks.  Also, as with any daycare, there has been sicknesses going around.  Please pray that he can stay healthy.  Isaiah has been excited most days to go to school and comes home saying he has had fun.  Isaiah’s teacher told us she thinks he’s understanding her (French) commands, so we think that means he’s understanding more than he knows and more than he’ll say.  Eli and Avery were not very excited to go back, but seem like they have enjoyed it. Eli and Avery are starting to pick up French too, but I think its been hard for them.  We had a few new students come to our school during the break, and two of the children are in Eli’s and Avery’s classes.  We have been praying that Eli would have at least one English speaking student in his class, so that definitely was an answer to prayer. It was good to see how Eli was able to help the new boy in his class, it reminded us how far he has come in adjusting from when we arrived just a few months ago.
     Thank you all so much for your prayers.  We have definitely felt them!  We are so very thankful for all the Christmas cards and emails. Here is a picture from out my classroom window. 

IMG_4284 View from classroom

Praises and Prayer Requests
1.). We both passed our first class!
2.). Please pray we can do our best and study well!
3.). Praise that we had a nice vacation with Christmas and New Years!
4.). Please pray that we can all stay healthy (especially Owen!).