It is much to my chagrin that negative feedback often counts for a lot more than the positive to me, and far too frequently, I feel rather apologetic when approaching someone about [SiteHoundSniffs]—as if I am doing something wrong.
Adding all the more to my shame is listening a little too intently to the whispers in my ear about it being quite obvious that our Heavenly Father is not supporting me in my endeavors concerning developing the new site directory. “After all, would not the site have gone viral by now if He was?”
Yeah, I know where those whispers are coming from, but it still hits home a little too hard for my comfort. Long after I have borne too much in my own very personal opinion, our Heavenly Father eases my burden in a myriad of ways, and this time was extraordinarily special to me. For He arranged for the following email to be sent way.
My name is Jessica Lowe, I am a middle school science teacher in Colorado. My class is working on a project I have assigned that aims to get them outdoors and identifying wildlife and learning about what’s in our backyards and surrounding areas! We really enjoyed the birding and other wildlife resources and information on
your page https://sitehoundsniffs.com/birdingwildlife-additional-text-links/. Several of my students are choosing to create a plan to identify and observe birds for their project. I thought this would be an excellent idea to encourage hands on learning and exploring the nature and science that is all around us!
One of my students who is working on bird identification, Nicole, found this article
http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/birdwatching-guide/ about bird watching. It gives a lot of great advice for beginners and I wanted to share it with you so you could add it to your resources for others, especially those who are interested in getting into birding as a hobby or kids who are doing similar projects.
Thanks again for the great information and help with my students project! Please let me know if you decide to add the article Nicole found to your resources, I would be very excited to show her and the class that we were able to contribute. Have a great day!
I am not ashamed to disclose that I choked-up with emotion while I was reading that email to Arlynda. For it completely blew out of the water all of those negative comments and emails sent my way during days past. Furthermore, it adds another layer of armor around my heart for when I run across another [proper English lady] and much, much worse.
No, I am not able to add Nicole’s bird-watching link to SiteHoundSniffs, but that does not take anything away from what a helpful article it is, nor how astute Nicole is. Hey, she reminds me of what a wonderful kid I used to be!
Oh how I wish there were many, many more teachers like Ms. Lowe. At least we can be confident of the children she teaches having a distinct advantage over others. For practical application of what is in school textbooks is truly invaluable. Hey, it was not until after I had been on the job at a machine shop for several weeks manually laying out the drilling pattern for [combine] wheel-flanges that it came to me that I was actually using trigonometry, which I had taken a class in during high school a few years before. Ms. Lowe’s students are learning such lessons before having to fight for survival in the real world (naturally-speaking, of course).
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