|Our entire school! Mercy Ships Academy 2015-2016|
|The Lovely & Courageous Caroline, age 9, grade 4 (purposefully first since the middle one hardly ever gets to be first)|
|How we all actually feel about picture day.|
|The Kind & Thoughtful Eli, age 10, Grade 5 (well done, Justine, in getting him to smile)|
|The ever adorable & giggly Emma, age 5, Kindergarten|
|Miss Remy with Grades 4 and 5; |
6 students + 1 teacher from 5 different countries
|Miss Remy has mad jumping skillz...just one of her many, many talents. Another talent? Keeping her area neat and tidy. She's one special lady.|
|Miss Katie & her 2 girls; an All-American class; |
3 of the sweetest individuals on the entire ship.
|The few, the proud: MSA Teachers. So much excellence, experience, awesomeness and love on display in this picture.|
On the morning of Picture Day I happened to see the kids and teachers walking along the dock to the back of the ship where the pictures would be taken. As I watched from our cabin window, the elementary classes each came out - lined up nice and neat, walking calmly with books under their arms (our teachers think of everything - even something for them to do while they wait for their turn in front of the camera!). And then the Junior High and High School students came out...not quite so neat and orderly - but neat and orderly enough. Some were carrying and/or riding the vehicles that can be seen in the pictures. AND THEN I saw something I hope I never ever forget (I am so so sad that I didn't get a video...or even a picture). I saw our science teacher, Mr. MacGregor (who happened to be wearing his lab coat as he so often does)(he wears it well!) riding along on one of the tricycles. But the even better part? Ms. Robinson - our most tenured teacher - was running behind him, pushing him. The lab coat was flapping in the wind and both had looks of utter JOY on their faces. What delight!! What a beautiful reminder to enjoy life, to make the most of every opportunity, to be silly sometimes, to laugh...
We are so very blessed - so very blessed - day after day by the Academy here on the Africa Mercy.
Surely there will be more to come.