"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony," Mahatma Gandhi. Harmony is absolutely in sync throughout my entire self from this past week at Open Arms. Although it has been hectic and the craziness of this wild family continues to flourish, I find myself always with a smile on my face. Much of that from this week is due to my lovely travelling partner and dear friend Rita Montgomery arriving onThursday! It has been a delight to spend time with her and to have her around not only for me, but also for the children as they truly adore her. I know we will accomplish great things while she is here. The night Rita arrived, we went to the primary school's Valentine's disco that was such a treat to catch up with her while watching all of the children dance the night away. Each of the children was so excited to dress up and spend time with their school friends and their excitement glowed through their bright smiles. On the actual Valentine's Day, the children had special activities going on at school and I myself made little Valentine's cards and had special Valentine's Day activities with my two boys I teach. The picture I have attached is a picture of me and one of my students with our lovely Valentine's hearts. Later, we had our own version of a Valentine's disco at the home that was accompanied with lots of cake, chocolate, and endless sugar...yum! I loved going up to all of the little kids asking them who their Valentine was and them replying, "You!" It was truly a heartwarming Valentine's Day to remember. In other news, my week as a teacher went quite smoothly. I am still teaching my two first grade boys and it has been great to see the connection between us grow even in this short amount of time. I read a couple of the books the staff psychologist recommended to me and I now have more ideas of ways to approach the teaching style with them and also continue to figure out ways to adapt to their slow development needs. I am currently focusing on learning techniquesthat are more hands on and allow the boys to interact with numbers, letters, and phonics in a more visual, kinetic manner that enriches the fine and gross motor skills. From the behavioral perspective, the boys are slowly improving and settling in with me as their new teacher. Only once this week was there a major breakdown, but after taking a break to calm down we were able to get back to work in the afternoon which was progress from the previous week. I anticipate these breakdowns to eventually dwindle away as their manners and class etiquette are equally important to their traditional learning experience. This next week, we are moving into the new education building where we will finally have an actual classroom setting. Hopefully this will help with their focus and attention span so I am very anxious for this! Although there is a lot going on right now and I am continuing to pick up several more duties, Gandhi's quote rings true to my experience in these past two and a half weeks. Harmony of happiness is abundant within me and I only anticipate becoming more and more in rhythm.