Monday, August 20, 2007

I'm Home!


I have arrived at home sweet home!

I got in late Saturday night, I just barely made the flight. There were 2 seats available and 4 families of 3 ahead of me, which all had to decline. It was a very bitter-sweet moment. 2 of the families were ones that I hooked up with and we were taking care of each other. So, it was hard to say goodbye after bonding in the airport terminal for a week. One of the families had small kids who just wanted to go home and see daddy, and the other family had been waiting a week longer than I had. So, it didn't seem fair, but I was so blessed by them all and am so glad to have made new friends for here on Guam!

So I have been nonstop since I have been home. Sunday was full of unpacking, doing laundry, cleaning out the fridge, grocery shopping and having family dinner with our Chamorro family.

And today I had my first day teaching and loved it! It is kind of a blur, but it was so great to see my students shining faces! They were so cute and from what I gathered they liked me and many thought I was funny... that is always a bonus! The staff was kind, helpful and welcoming. Many of them complemented me on the video and my packet of work I created for the first week of school (which I missed because of my travel delays) One of the science teachers said he was intimidated at my professionalism and another wanted a copy of my packet, the counselor who subbed for my class kept telling me all day she was so glad I was here! So, my hard work paid off. (Thanks Russ for helping me put together the video for my class and making me look way professional... the students loved it and came up to me all excited all day and introduced themselves.... it was cute)

So, now I am just soooo exhausted.


Anonymous said...

I am so glad you are home safe and sound -
Carol jo

Heidi (Capri) Lechuga said...

Hi, I would like to wish your family a great big "glad you are home" I have to say that I knew Heath WAY BACK on the USS Saipan. He is a great leader,teacher,and set of ears. Many people look up to him. Its pretty cool to hear how well he is doing and that he found such a wonderful person to be with. I can tell you are both truly happy. Heath is such a good role model. I would like to thank HM2 for being there for who he is to all he has contact with. congrats to the both of you :0)

Matt, Jen, and Addison said...

Glad you made it home safe and sound! It was so great to see you and catch up a bit. Thanks for planning the picnic!

Dan, Tracy & Gracie said...

Hooray! Home safe and sound in the arms of the man you love. So glad the trip was safe and that you met some lovely people along the way, God blesses in the most important ways through these interactions with new people. I can't wait to see pics and hear all about the time you were home, and the trip back. What a blessing as well to finally be SOOOO appreciated for your commitment and talent in your profession. It was a long time coming, don't take it in stride either. Feel how much you are wanted and needed there are on Guam. Loves and know you will be greatly missed by us. Email a pic of you and Gracie if you get a chance. Loves and smooches

Kris & Leanne said...

Hey Rhianon!
It was great to see you when you were in MI!
And SO glad to hear your first day in the classroom went the way it did! will be a really good year.
- Lea

Russ and Amy said...

We are so happy that you finally made it "home"! I can't wait to hear more stories about your teaching experience in Guam Public. Good job with preparing so well- it's awesome that the staff and students recognized what a great teacher you are- even without you being there!

Love you!
Amy and Russ

Melanie said...

Praise God your back with hubbie!!!
Blessings on the start of your teaching year! Isabel starts preschool in 2 weeks and I'm freaked out! :)

Anonymous said...

awww,thanks mrs.wilhoit!i love you!.your such a cool teacher!

nathan concepcion