Gathering Graces 10/11/2017

*I was with seniors in their Government classes today.  They completed a Gear Up survey, the last one I am ever going to have to give them!  Then they all (at least all of them who remembered to have their social security number with them), completed the Gear Up scholarship application.  Some also began working on their FAFSA. 
*As Homecoming Week continues, today was Baby or Boomer day.  All day long, I worked with students who were using walkers or canes, had adult diapers on, and many had big curlers in their hair.  The juniors and seniors dressed like boomers.  The freshmen and sophomores dressed like babies.  It was very cute. Paul dressed up like a little old man, and kind of reminded me of his Great Uncle Arvad.
*We had everyone at rehearsal tonight, and it was fun going through the songs with all the instruments, and working on harmonies and sound.  What a wonderful cast of people to work with on this show. 
*After rehearsal we came home and relaxed a bit before heading to bed.  The weather report says we have a winter weather advisory throughout the night and into the morning.  I wonderful if it will be snowy tomorrow?
*Today was World Mental Health Day.  We are a family who had struggles with depression, but have also taken the time to learn how to deal with depression. It has not been an easy road to travel, but we have learned a lot over the years.   Molly wrote a beautiful post on her Facebook page about the struggles she has had, and many people commented on her post, and she has a nice way of writing about her struggles, and relating to others.  Depression is a part of so many people’s lives, and I pray that our family can somehow help others who struggle in similar ways.  Molly shared the following quote at the end of her post:
"When you come out of the grips of a depression there is an incredible relief, but not one you feel allowed to celebrate. Instead, the feeling of victory is replaced with anxiety that it will happen again, and with shame and vulnerability when you see how your illness affected your family, your work, everything left untouched while you struggled to survive. We come back to life thinner, paler, weaker … but as survivors."
Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

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