Sharp Dressed Man

Joe got all dressed up on Thursday for an interview (and looked quite handsome, I must add) and got the job on Friday. We are both over the moon excited about this! Joe’s ultimate dream and goal is to become a professor of Christian History. To get there, there is a long road we must go down in order to achieve that dream. To get the degree he wants he must get a Masters and Doctorate. That’s pretty much every bit of six years of school. So right now we are working to save money for that big dream (and for other dreams as well, of course).

After Joe graduated he got a job working for a moving company. He has done a great job there but the hours are terrible (meaning I never see him) and it is very labor intensive. He has been looking for a new job for quite some time now and thankfully got one just yesterday! The pay is better, but even more importantly, the hours are predictable and consistent. We will be able to see one another more as well as friends and family we don’t get to see very much because of Joe’s crazy previous schedule.

I am so proud of my man. He is working so hard for the future of our family. Giddy to call him my husband. (Sorry, had to gush there!)

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Holiday Hangover

Its about time for an update….

The holidays have left me totally exhausted! However, a lot of it has to do with my real big-girl job (which I have yet to write about) and snot congested, bronchitis hacking, disgusting sickness I have had for MONTHS now. I have been to the doctor three times and on five antibiotics and two packs of Mucinex DM in the past two months. I was just given my fourth and fifth antibiotic Monday. Thankfully, I finally feel like I am getting better.

This transitions nicely into talking a little bit about my new job… Preschool/Kindergarten teacher at a private school/daycare in my home town! It is a lot of fun but challenging, a bit stressful, and I am completely exhausted and ready to go to bed by the end of the day; 5:30. But the kids make it all worth it. There are some crazy ones, rowdy ones, sweet ones, shy ones, affectionate ones, messy ones… but in my month of being there I have come to realize and accept that they are all just kids. Precious children. Children that God created with great creativity and design. This truth makes me look at all of them, even the stubborn ones differently. I am so blessed to have been hired for this job. It is a lot of work, but now have a paycheck and more than $4 in my checking account.

Christmas- Christmas was a great time spent with family. The big gift my brothers and I got was a pool table. I have been beating everyone… I surprised myself! Christmas meant so much more to me this year than any other year. I think that shows the spiritual growth I experienced this year. Recognizing Jesus’ birth as the greatest gift of all. The gift of SALVATION! Praise God!

New Years- Not only was this a celebration of a new year, but it also marked the one year anniversary of mine and Joe’s meeting. We met last year at a conference Crusade puts on, IndyCC. I had to work during the conference this year but i was able to make it for the New Year’s Eve celebration. “Get Your NE-ON” was the theme and it was a blast! The dance party was followed by praying in the New Year and an extended time of worship. (The picture below isn’t the best, but Joe and I are on the right. I found this picture on the IndyCC facebook page!)

2010 was probably the best year for me so far in my short 23 years. I experienced a lot of change; I fell in love, graduated from college, moved back home, was completely broke, got a job, and grew in my faith through many highs and lows. I can only imagine how FANTASTIC 2011 will be! I can’t wait to see what the Lord does this year!

My Summer…

Summer can be a time of fun, sun, work, play, etc. For me, this summer was all about work! This summer I worked as a nanny for four families in my home town. The pay was really good and the kids were great! There are nine of them between the ages of 3 and 10, all with different personalities. Sam is 10, and he will talk your ear off about cartoons. Sydney (Sam’s sister) is 7, and she is a little diva. Amelia is 7, and she love to show off her art work. Grayson (Amelia’s brother) is 5 and is already getting into trouble. Garrett is 9 and will be and Ambercrombie & Fitch model some day. Bryn (Garrett’s sister) is 5 and loves to giggle and do crafts. She calls them projects. Peyton (Garrett and Bryn’s sister) is 3 and she tells me that I am a “grrreat babysitter” all of the time. Sarah is 5 and she has such good manners. And finaly, Megan (Sarah’s sister) is 3 and she doesn’t go anywhere without her babydoll, purse or blanket.

I learned a lot this summer about responsibility and how to relate better with kids. I miss them all and plan to keep in touch with them by writing them letters… it should be fun, for me and for them!