I’m in love. Really, I am. And I’m not ashamed to admit it. With the beginning of the school year has come a flood of affection for my students, the odd and extraordinary creatures who populate my life. After an evening of hosting ten of them in my home, I can only pass on to you some photos of the past week that might come close to showing you why they have carved out such a large nook in my heart. They live there, loudly filling the space with their contradictions and predictability, their smiles and hugs and frowns and giggles, challenging me to become a better person as I watch them maturing into women and men of God. They’re fascinating and fantastic and “fallenging” and (have I mentioned this?) I love them. Here are a few of them…
It’s water in those glasses, but the occasion warranted clinking them anyway!
Squirt wrapped up in the “husband kit.”
Chris, aka. Taylor, aka. gorgeous.
Erin. I’m going to write a book about her. Better yet, SHE’s going to write a book about her. She’s brilliant, you know. All we need to do now is convince HER of that fact!
They came. They saw. They destroyed my couch. All donations gratefully accepted.
Ten students in a small living room is a tight fit, but it’s well worth the scrunching.
Uhm….it wasn’t until after the fact that I discovered this picture on my camera.
Lesson learned: never allow a bunch of…hmm…creative guys to wander off unsupervised! Ah, but the leverage I now have at my disposal…! A note for the suspicious: Their shirts are the only item of clothing missing in this picture.
Beautiful. I love, love, love them…. And I’m HOPING they’ll continue to invite themselves over–and frequently!–during the rest of the year.
NOTABLE QUOTES from the evening:
Bethany: “Does anyone want to be our evil monkey?”
Merritt: “My favorite fruit is…(not apples, not pears)…Elton John.”
Someone, to one of the guys: “Put him down and get in the car!”