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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A fresh start

Yesterday I spent all of the school day setting up my new classroom! That's right, a brand new classroom!! My school turned a storage closet into the art room for me, and now it's like starting all over again. I have to go over rules, where everything belongs, give out jobs, and actually get used to it myself! This is my first time having a real room all to myself so there is a lot of adjusting on my part. And it's difficult sometimes transitioning when there is a class in the gym and my kids have to walk in/out after they've already started....but I'm sure those kinks will iron out.

I plan on going in extra early tomorrow to set up and get ready to meet my old college advisor and my theatre professor. The two of them are coming tomorrow (the college has a community service day) to do some painting for me in my room! :) Off to bed I go! I'll try to post pics later.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Time to move on....

Today was a strange day, to say the least.

After a great service last night for our pastor, and even a great morning service at which my husband-to-be gave the message, today was a day of true tests.

I awoke this morning in a very drowzy state and as I stumble fuzzily around my room, my mother poked her head in my room and said "Emily* died."
Emily* was my half sister. She was about 5 years older than I and about 3 years older than my brother. And I had no realtionship with her other than we shared the same father. I had seen her before and had once answered a phone call she made to threaten my mom, but I didn't have a bond with her. And that bothered me.

Now that she is tragically gone at such a young age, I am mad at myself. I wanted to get to know her, even though there were rocky roads between our two families. I wanted her to know that my father is a good man, a great man. That if her mother had done differently, she could have been welcome in our family. I wanted to just have one conversation if that was all I could get. But that opportunity is gone and the door to those things has been closed. My deepest regret is not seizing the moment. So as I title this post "Time to move on...", I'm proclaiming that there will be no more waiting and wondering if the time is right. Too many times I wanted to reach out to her and too many times I backed down. I've learned through many lessons that we have to use the time we have while we still have it. The time has begun for me to make some moves, even if they are scary, difficult, or uncomfortable.

Carpe Diem

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

Today's another big day! We have a service in the morning (which the men are in charge of, so we women can sit back and enjoy!) and our Pastor Appreciation service tonight! We've been working so had on this event and I'm really ready to see it come to fruition.

At the end of the day, I'll be back on my laptop looking for wedding things. I have yet to find:
-Invites (We're going to do it easy style on this)
-Aisle decor

And I have to decide on a favor and a few other touches. Now that we are at the end of September, I am looking forward to meeting my photographer, Gwendolyn Tundermann, in Nov! Her blog is

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, September 26, 2009


The test is done, the car wash is over, and my at home spa treatments are about to commence. And to think that just a few hours ago I was completely overwhelmed?!

The service for our pastor tomorrow is going to be great. We have to meet in a little while tonight, but then all of our weeks of hard work will be put to rest. Thank the Lord.

Off I go to do my own mani/pedi/facial- all while saving $100s!

What a weekend.

All of the following is stocked up in one weekend:
-I am taking an MTEL exam today to add another certification to my resume
-My church is having a car wash and a fish/chicken fry that I unfortunately can't help with
-We are doing those things to raise funds for our pastoral appreciation service tomorrow and I have two projects to work on for that
-My dad's birthday is also tomorrow

To be honest, in the midst of all this, I really have the need to bead. Jewelry that is. In addition to these things, I have the wedding ever present on my mind, the house we are getting prepared to buy, and my classroom at school, which is just now ready for me to move into on Monday. That's right, I won't be teaching, I'll be moving ALL day! Because Open House is Tuesday and at this moment, my classroom furniture and supplies are in a heap in the stage! But that's another blog....

So can you see why I want to bead? I need something to put my mind at ease, I need to zone out for a few. And I doubt that I'm the only one.

Oh yeah , and one more thing, my bedroom is a a reflection of the mess my mind is in. But off I go to take care of that problem. ;-)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New to blogging...

And liking it! This is my first official real-life, 100% unfooled around with blog. I've been a fan of board messages and such, but now I have my own little space to rest my thoughts! How fun!

I guess I should first warn that for the next 8 months, much of my writing will be on wedding issues. I am a May 2010 bride in the making, and after almost 3 years of engagement, my mind is overflowing with thoughts of our magical day. So bear with me, if you dare. :)

That's all I have for now, off to figure out what else my new blog-page can do. Maybe I can teach it how to fetch...