It seems like it has been a while since I sat down to post a note on here. Kevin, it is great to think of you as being finished! Congratulations. That must be a great feeling. I look forward to picking up my contraband from you some time. πŸ™‚

Elizabeth went for our Prenatal Pediatrician Overview today. That means she got to see the place and meet some of the people who will be our baby’s team of pediatricians. They said to be careful when you are filling out all the forms that you put down your own name when it says “father” and “mother” and when it asks for a “grandparent” that means your parents. πŸ™‚ Even with the warning, I think I might put down the wrong names in a couple places. It is funny to think that the pediatrician is supposed to be seeing my child instead of me. πŸ™‚

Work continues to go well. I find myself pretty drained at the end of each day. Although I am typically satisfied with the results of each day. I would appreciate prayer from all of you for wisdom in how to start being more open about my faith among my colleagues. In my job application I was very up front and honest about my faith, but as it turns out the administration at Chelsea is much more conservative than the majority of teachers. In the beginning of the year, I was so overwhelmed with just learning to survive and trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing that I shared very little of anything with the other teachers. Now, toward the end of the year, teachers are all feeling more comfortable and working more closely together. I am also getting some encouraging feedback about my teaching, I am beginning to relate more openly with the other teachers. Now I find myself realizing just how shocked many of them will be at my beliefs. So I am looking for opportunities to share what I believe without unnecessarily damaging relationships that I have built. It is also slightly complicated by the fact that I feel differently about my students than my colleagues. In some situations, I don’t feel that it is appropriate for me to share my faith openly with my students. So, anyway, I would appreciate prayer as I think through and seek to act upon these things.

It has been so fun to watch the baby moving around under the skin on Elizabeth’s stomach. I want to set up a video session some time. I think it would be fun to have and Grandma and Grandpa Stocker might particularly enjoy it because they might never get the chance to see it in real time. πŸ™‚

Also, I am slightly over half way through the shorter of Polanyi’s books. I am finding myself enjoying it tremendously. There are many good thoughts and interesting ideas. This is a little quote that is not so much profound or thought provoking as it is motivational or inspirational, but I thought everyone might enjoy it.

Speaking of the mathematician, Poincare, Polanyi writes “He noted that discovery does not usually occur at the culmination of mental effort–the way you reach the peak of a mountain by putting in your last ounce of strength–but more often comes in a flash after a period of rest or distraction. Our labours are spent as it were in an unsuccessful scramble among the rocks and in the gullies on the flanks of the hill and then when we would give up for the moment and settle down to tea we suddenly find ourselves transported to the top. All the efforts of the discoverer are but preparations for the main event of spontaneous mental reorganization uncontrolled by conscious effort.”

Perhaps this is a peculiarly British take on the road to discovery–the “cup of tea theory” we might call it. πŸ™‚ But I found it refreshing. And it reminded me somehow of how Christ’s kingdom is built behind the scenes or among the rocks and gullies and will one day be revealed in a flash of beautiful reorganization and clarity.

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