February I received a very special birthday gift, our mini Australian Shepherd. The day before we knew we were getting her I was going over the many names I thought sounded right for a new pooch. The first name and the name I always came back to was Jersey, then Jerzy. Over the months I new of some pets that were called Jersey, so I started to think twice about the name. The more I said Jerzy the "Z" kept ringing in my ear. Come morning I definitely decided on Zee Zee.
|Zee Zee at 6 months old|
A real sweetie
March was still cold and not so windy, which is typical, but rainy and snow at times. Mid March the day care returned to their school building, yeah! My Parish, St. Catherine's of Middletown, housed a group of Menenites, who helped Sandy victims rebuild their homes at no charge. The homeowners needed to supply the building materials and the Christian group did the rest. We only heard good things about the workers and how blessed the victims felt knowing they could depend on these hardworking people. Every Tuesday evening from 3:45-5:15pm I taught 1st grade Catechism in our church build of 8 classrooms, a gym and Religious Education office. Our classroom faced the huge yard that separated us from the Church itself. It was used as a parking lot for the vans and trailers of the Menenite workers.
The women would greet them in their long skirts and bonnets and the families would walk over to our Parish Hall, where the women would set up and cook their dinners. My students were very curious about the goings on and who these people were. Some of our children knew, because these wonderful families were helping our parish families and their neighbors. What a wonderful example and sight for our children to see. These workers were also Christians and the children saw Christians helping Christians and non-Christians with the same loving hearts and abilities they would use to help their own people. A few of my students said they would like to help out the menenites, if they needed help, when they grew up or get bigger. Great lessons for us adults as well.