P90X Kempo... A handful of the girls have been working out to P90X. I bet we could jab, cross, hook, upper cut anybody! In fact, this morning a bunch of students came to work out with the faithful. We filled up the gym with our space and with our sweat - got a bit stuffy, to say the least. But we enjoyed being together!
Tuesday night devotional foot washing service... At our first Tuesday night girls' devo last week, Mrs. Janis led our thoughts about being servants to the people in our everyday world. We had a bonding experience, and we are thankful for her leadership. We actually watched each other's feet, and then it turned into a pampering party! We enjoyed helping each other feel loved! We'll miss Mrs. Janis so much when she heads back to Searcy on Sunday!
National Archeological Museum... James led us through the Athens museum on Wednesday. He gives us he highlights and makes us want to learn more. The morning there was informative. James has a way of telling stories that make history play out in my imagination and make it come to life.
Mount Lycabettus... After the museum, we climbed to the highest point in Athens and took in the view. The climb had many stairs, and I was panting almost from the get-go! I definitely wasn't in workout clothes, but I'm so glad that I made the climb. The view was beautiful and rewarding - mountains in the background, the sea with ships coming in, white buildings nestled in the cramped city, the Parthenon on the distant hilltop... A few of us strolled and shopped in the Plaka afterwards before heading back to campus.
Pancake breakfast... Miranda enjoys the kitchen and made pancakes for us for the second time this morning. She's sweet to serve her fellow HUGgers in such a yummy way! My daughter enjoyed the chocolate ones the most!
Greek Food Festival... Tonight we all went to the Greek food festival in Athens. It was actually in the old airport. We roamed around taste-testing many Greek foods – pasta, breads, jams, nuts, dips and spreads, sweets (chocolate dipped candied oranges were my favorite!), and someone even tasted a flower (didn't like it). There were soaps for sale, olive oil for sale, cookware for sale, everything food related... It was an interesting outing. I am glad we got to experience the event. Afterwards, we came back to our new home town and ate gyros together.
Whew! What a week. It's been full and very fun. Parents, your students have consistently stated how fortunate they feel to be able to be the recipients of your sacrifice for them to be able to have this experience this semester. You are blessed to have such sweet children – who aren't really "children" anymore! They are growing up right before my eyes and are learning and developing their hearts – especially this semester. I am blessed to witness and to be a part of their time together.