Sunday, February 15, 2009

I'm having a pity party. You're invited.




I received my "nightmare" (I've honestly been saying this for years) calling today: Early Morning Seminary Teacher.

My duties includes finding the students, activating them, motivating them to go, getting their Home Teachers to give them rides and helping them catch up for the past year.


My mom's 1st reaction: "Move"

Her 2nd reaction: "Okay, don't move. But you are totally allowed to hate your life."

Then came her advice: "Get pregnant."



I have spent most of the day in tears.

31 comments:

Alex and Katie said...

I LOVE pity parties. So glad you invited me.

You'll be a great seminary teacher. Think of how much you'll learn- and you can totally show off in Sunday School like the majority of seminary teachers do. You'll be the hit of the party.

No seriously, congratulations, you'll do great.

Claudia said...

I wish I were there to be your student! You are amazing at everything, this will certainly be counted as yet another glowing achievement!

This should make you feel better: in our ward, the seminary teacher calling is for 3 years. See, it can always be worse.

Lisa said...

oh my gosh SERIOUSLY?!?!?! haha, i'm sorry that is super early and super time consuming and super stressful but honestly you will be an incredible seminary teacher. think about what power you have in changing these people's lives. honestly. and i know that you will, you have a unique sensitivity to youth, you will have countless personal stories to share and your sweet testimony will influence those kids.

Tami H. said...

Your mom is great! That is truly a test of faith.

Brooke said...

Oh, Wendy! I feel for you! On the one hand, I know you'll be an awesome teacher and the kids will learn so much from you. On the other hand, "I'd rather shoot myself in...!"

Do you have a team teacher? My dad and Dave's mom are both seminary teachers right now and they only teach every other week. If they have any good ideas I will email them to you. You will be a fabulous teacher - those kids are lucky to have you!

Dolphinsbarn said...

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Logical Libby said...

Your Mom and my Mom should hang out and give each other advice. Then maybe they'll leave us alone.

anna banana said...

Oh I gotta say that sucks, not that I don't agree that you would be great, obviously you will be fab, but yeah I say have a good cry and seriously consider your mothers advice :) love ya, wish I was there to help you out!

Amanda said...

Ok, that is seriously a nightmare calling! Are there no students that already come on their own??? But honestly, they have the right gal for the job - if anyone can make this seminary class great, it's you. =)

Codi said...

It is the Early Morning part that makes me think I am thankful to be in nursery.

Harley King said...

Rough calling, but on the bright side I hear the pay is totally amazing.

Ben said...

I kept looking for your mention of the silver lining: no more excuses not to study the scriptures for at least an hour every day.

Kelly D. said...

Oh, dear! That IS a nightmare. You couldn't play the nursing mother card? (This can be more useful than the pregnant card when used correctly, believe me, and it causes fewer stretch marks and babies.)

BUT, I can't think of anyone I'd rather have as a seminary teacher (triple "E," baby!). And you are good at handling odd hours . . .

Anyway, I'm up for a big ol' pity party ANY TIME. If it were me, I would require MULTIPLE parties :)

Ming said...

Oh man this just sucks. That really would be my nightmare calling. Every morning when the alarm goes off for Jeff to get ready for seminary I just feel so bad for him. What will you do with Anders? Doesn't Harley leave for school at like 5am? I guess he'll go in later now. Oh oh oh oh wendaline. Ugh. I feel SO bad for you! Can't a girl who worked over night for the past million years then had a baby who just BARELY learned how to sleep through the night FINALLY just catch a break and get to sleep in?!!!

The Manns said...

I used to think Gospel Doctrine teacher would be the worst calling in the world. I just got enlightened. Thank you.

The Petrini Post said...

Just remember, with extra trials, come extra blessings. Your mansion in Heaven just got bigger!

Miss you guys!

Lauren said...

WOW! That is about the worst news you can get when talking to the bishop. I feel so bad for you but know that you will do great! Derrald would defiantly move if we got that news.

Claire said...

That's rough. Thanks for inviting me to the pity party.

janaemadsen said...

My mom was my seminary teacher. She always had food. They might not release you if you are pregnant. What a terrifying calling.

Lauren F. said...

Maybe now is a good time to think about going back to work. . . :) That is one of those callings that I would seriously consider saying no to. I've actually turned down a calling when I asked if they were really inspired to call me to it. When the answer was basically no, I didn't feel to bad turning it down. You'll be awesome though.

becky said...

PARTY TIME!

Sorry girl! :( Too bad you're completely awesome and will be the most amazing seminary teacher.

I will shed a few extra tears on your behalf, though. :) Hang in there!

Kelsey said...

You don't know me...I'm Becky's friend and she sent me your blog link. I've been the seminary teacher in my ward for the past two years (the whole getting pregnant trick still hasn't worked). Everything about the calling is so great!! (except for the lack of sleep). You'll love it!

Ryan and Cheryl Harris said...

I was there for the pity party the day she found out, and let me tell you it wasn't not a lot of party and a whole lot of pity.

Joe said...

I kind of don't want to say anything, for fear of cursing myself.

Emily said...

Ditto Joe. Yikes.

Suzette Selden said...

I am feeling for you. My husband Jon has been seminary teach for two years now w/no end in sight (the previous teacher taught for 7 yrs). We are moving this year just to get out of the calling. I am sorry. But you will do great.

Nicole said...

I think you will be perfect. Full faith in you sister. I'm actually kind of jealous.

Amber Snow said...

I cannot believe this. You have some serious blessings in store for you with the sacrifice you'll be making every day! You'll do great. You really need to talk to Sarah - she did it for a year or so but that was pre-baby!

jeanette said...

I am observing a moment of silence for you! Okay, more than a moment. This deserves about a WEEK of silence! I mean, I know you will be fabulous and blessed and all of that, but I can feel your mortal pain. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, the natural man, all of that. It is not the Old Testament this year is it?

Brittany said...

You will be an awesome seminary teacher! Your students will LOVE you! :)

Rachel said...

Let's be honest: I love you. So glad we're blog (and facebook, and real) friends!