Saturday, March 30, 2013

Life Lately

I spend 95% of my time either doing elementary school things or grad school things... I try to squeeze a little bit of a social life in there sometimes.
Zac Brown Band
Sweet birthday present from one of my YL girls who is going to LSU in the fall.
Hate thinking about it because I am going to miss her so so much.
My desk is always a huge cluttered mess of papers, etc.
So flowers are always a nice touch! :)
One of the many reasons I hate dog-sitting.
Gotta make use of him somehow...
He is wearing "the grading glove." What a goofball.
Camo on camo on camo. Everyday. Even the girls.
Jamie's 23rd

Tennessee weather is crazy... and Chelc is clumsy
Mom's birthday, but she refused to be in a picture. Of course.

Still have a beautiful drive to work!
When Butch said "Start your engines" at Bristol
Action Research...
(even though there is only one picture of this,
 it is actually where I spend most of my time)
Almost done!
Fancy dinner
We visited Christine for SBXIII
loves of my life

Christine's studio
Couldn't afford the Biltmore... so took a picture with a picture
My boyfriend is cooler than I am...
and he went to
the Grand Canyon,
Death Valley,
for spring break
and somehow managed to be on Conan O'Brien!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

[a post I started one day and finished much later...]

As I sit here and wait for my mentor teacher to get back to the school to pick up her kids (she had a meeting outside of the school), they are all playing on some website... communicating with each other somehow. They are all animals, telling each other to meet at so-and-so's den... I don't have a good segue, but... I can't even believe that I am 23 years old. When did this happen? Where did the time go? Where did this year go? I am about to graduate from grad school... with my master's. It all just seems so grown up. And it is kind of scary. When did I stop playing Jump Start 4th Grade and start applying for jobs? In the midst of job applications, I fear the unknown. I worry that I'm not making the right decisions. I know without a shadow of a doubt that God has called me to be a teacher, but where? What if I say yes to the wrong school? Or my even bigger fear... What if I am supposed to teach abroad this coming year? I know that I am being called back to Africa, but I don't know when I am supposed to go.

With the fear, doubts, and unknown comes great joy as God reminds me that I cannot mess up His plan. He reminds me that I have been confused before, but He has always made it clear in His time. I am thankful for a God that is full of forgiveness, grace, and second chances. I am thankful for a God who walks in front of me and beside me and in me all at the same time. I am thankful for a God that I cannot even begin to understand, and I cannot wait to see what all He has in store for me!