Remember when going back to school meant a new lunchbox and 3-ring binder? Wow, I wish life were still like that!

It was the first day of school. Part of me was like “McDoogle, don’t worry, you got this. You’ve done this before, it’s just like last semester. No worries.” The other part of me was like, “Advanced Level 1! What are you doing here!? This is going to be way too intense and you are not ready for this! Leave now while you still can!!!”

Needless to say, it was a little intimidating.
But the grace of God was present the entire way! After spending two weeks in my new class (everyone goes up a level after one semester), with new teachers and new teachers, I can truly say that I am having a great time. It was wonderful to see old friends again and to laugh and joke in this language I’m learning. Despite my fears, my classes are not as daunting as I thought they would be, but they certainly are a lot of work. I have even been elected the class leader! An important job (haha) with such responsibilities as erasing the chalkboard and organizing activities for the class to do…you know me, I love being social! It will be a difficult semester, but I know God will show up in awesome ways and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

*Thank you so much for your prayers concerning the recent devastating earthquake in Japan. My city was not affected by the quake at all. Please continue to keep Japan in your prayers. Many students who attend my school are Japanese and it is obviously a very difficult situation for them to not be with their families during this time. Please keep two in your mind in particular: Fuxi and JuJu. Fuxi was in my class last semester and JuJu was someone I met at our Christmas party. Both returned home during the winter holiday and as I really have no way of contacting them, I ask that you would pray for their safety and their salvations.