Where I live... now

New pictures...

Living Area looking out front door

Things have been really busy since I moved in at Jane. Today we finished our two-day First Aid training course. I found the course a little painful but managed to solidly pass the test although not doing as well as Christine who got every question correct.

The Office

Post Grad lounge soon to be Coffee Lounge

I’ve been concentrating on getting to know the other staff here at college students will be arriving more over the next week or so. Beginning here for the first time as a Resident Fellow (RF) straight up is an interesting situation.

Traditionally RF’s are viewed with respect and esteem and almost be viewed as “above” or “distant” from the other students. I’m keen to try and break down some of this “distance” while also maintaining a stance where my authority is respected. It’s a really difficult balance to get right and keeps me awake praying and worrying.

Tomorrow Christine and I head off to a training camp with the other members of staff to be indoctrinated with all things Jane. I’m beginning to realize just how much of my time will be taken up in the small community that is Jane. Sometimes it feels almost like becoming a member of new church with customs, history and structure. It's a challenge but I'm up for the challenge.

More Post Grad Lounge

Living area

Our new book shelves

Kitchen looking toward the bathroom.

Looking toward the bedroom



Rachel said... 2/08/2008 6:39 pm  

You make me realise that we should decorate. We just put furniture in a room and start living in it; you have posters up already!

~Rachel of Seumas and Rachel

ckjolly said... 2/08/2008 7:50 pm  

your wife takes nice pictures, Mike.

kath said... 2/08/2008 11:02 pm  

i like those pictures in the last photo. who did them?

ckjolly said... 2/09/2008 9:45 am  

I created all the artwork in our home. The ones in the last photo are acrylic hard-edged paintings. The posters are pictures mounted on canvas with love notes I wrote to Mike written over the top in chalk pen.

Radagast said... 2/09/2008 10:14 am  

The place looks great!

It's certainly much nicer than the environment at Christ College, where I spent so many years.

I hope that being at Jane will be a blessing to you as well as to the students.

I'm not sure the RF's have to be *close* to the students, but they certainly need to be *known* and to be *approachable* when needed.

You could start a programme of inviting students for evening coffee and chat in groups of 4 or so...

Radagast said... 2/09/2008 10:16 am  

..., and yes, your wife takes nice pictures!

The Borg said... 2/09/2008 1:41 pm  

Sweet book shelves!

Sherrin said... 2/09/2008 7:19 pm  

It is great that you guys are being so positive about the challenges you're facing in this move . . . you are an inspiration! Your willingness to sacrifice for the sake of ministering to others is commendable.

Laura said... 2/10/2008 3:25 am  

Miss y'all a bunch. If I moved there next week could you get me a job? ;)

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