Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I don't want to go into too much detail on this but.... I got a job interview!!! I really, really want this job, so your prayers would be greatly appreciated! I'm really looking forward to learning God's plan for my life and following His will. I feel like this could be it... it is with a school district that I originally wasn't interested in. I kept starting an email to the principal about this position but then kept deleting it because I wasn't sure if it was the right opportunity for me. Finally I decided to email her, what did I have to lose? I hadn't even applied... she ended up being really nice and asked me to apply for the job.... and the director of HR contacted me and encouraged me to apply. I did and in less than a week they had called me to set up an interview. I'm trying not to get my hopes up.... but I'm not going to lie... I'm pretty excited! I am trying to focus on clearly seeing and following God's will for my life. Pray for clarity!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Congrats to these winners:
Melissa at Sweet Melissa
Chrissy at Living Life As I Imagined It
Heather at My Role in the Game of Life
Jennifer at The LaJeunesse Family
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Well... that and the job search. I feel like I have a possible lead on a position but I don't want to get my hopes up and get too excited too quickly so I'll post more on that when I know more. Just keep praying for me! I've become an obsessive email checker. Ugh.
So this afternoon I was feeling pretty bored and kinda sorry for myself... just being a typical moody woman... hubs went to watch a high school baseball game and then play basketball so I've had a lot of down time this afternoon. I have not really felt in the mood to do anything, although my house desperately needs to be cleaned. Ugh. Who wants to do that? I hate to clean but I hate when things are dirty and messy if that makes sense. Anyway... I took Piper out to go to the bathroom and my parents stopped by unexpectedly. Mom opens the trunk of their SUV and starts hauling out flowers. She bought me a bunch of pansies and an azalea. It really lifted my bad mood. Flowers are so beautiful and they smell so good and she started showing me where in my flower bed they should go and bad mood seemed to melt away. Thanks Mom!
Tomorrow is supposed to be warm and sunny! I plan on planting my new flowers and working in my flower beds! Yay!
PS. It's almost mine and hubs one year wedding anniversary! Yay! April 26th!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Hubs is on his way home now and I can't wait to see him. I know he's only been gone since yesterday morning but I missed my snuggle buddy last night (corny I know). I'm so used to him being here that it felt weird to have a big empty bed last night.
On another note, I am still job hunting for this fall... keep me in your prayers! As May approaches I'm starting to get more and more anxious but many people assure me that they didn't get their positions until July! Wow. I can't imagine having to wait that long but if that's God's will for me then that's fine with me. Until then, I will be teaching 5th grade as a long term sub... beginning sometime this week maybe? The teacher is going on maternity leave and her body is "preparing for labor" so I am just on standby waiting for the call or email.
I should mention that as I was procrastinating on my paper this weekend, I took the time to look at a lot of other blogs and I've really enjoyed reading them. Some funny, some sad, some hopeful, some exciting, some similar to mine, some completely different, all fun to read. I look forward to getting to know my fellow bloggers! It really is a good outlet for your feelings and a great way to keep in touch and meet new people. Blog on! :)
Saturday, April 18, 2009
One week from tomorrow will be our 1 year wedding anniversary. I can't believe how fast this past year has gone by. Everyone says that the first year of marriage is the hardest but honestly, I don't feel that way at all. This past year was amazing. I love being married. It brings about a new level of closeness in our relationship. We've been through a lot this past year. I have been going to grad school full time and (until January) have been working full time. I've had a lot of late nights this past year. I was going to work for eight hours and then going straight to class for 3-6 more hours. While I was doing that Phil started a new job in a new school district and became the boys JV basketball coach at TA. He started having late practices and travelling for games and helping out with the Varsity team and at times it seemed as though we were ships passing in the night. It would have been very easy to neglect our new marriage this past year but we didn't. Sure their were times when we would both get frustrated because we didn't see each other or spend quality time together as much as we would like but we worked through it. He has really supported me as I started a new chapter in my life. He was okay with my late nights because I was accomplishing my career and life goals... to be an elementary school teacher and get my masters degree. I have supported him as well. He loves to coach and he is really, REALLY good at it. I don't just say that because I'm his wife... He started out with a basketball team of 10-13 kids, only 3 of which had ever played basketball before. Their first few games were less than graceful. His players were falling down, making lots of mistakes, and not playing their hardest. Many would have given up, but not my husband. By the end of that season those boys were not just good, they were great. They looked like a completely different team. They were running plays, being aggressive, encouraging one another, being leaders on the court, and playing hard. They wanted to win for themselves, their school, and their coach. He taught them so much and I could really see the improvements in them. Everyone could. So... as I get off of my tangent, I supported him and his late nights just like he supported me.
Busy as we were, this first year of marriage has been eye opening, busy, fun, exciting, and blessed. I couldn't ask for a better husband, though I'm sure I don't tell him that enough. God has really blessed our marriage and for that I am grateful. As we move into year number two, we are both in much better places in our lives and we are very excited to see/experience the things that God has in store for us.
Some of our goals for this next year:
-Buy a house
-Get a job teaching elementary school (me)
-Buy a new car (Phil)
-Take a vacation
-Go to another MLB game
-Pay off some student loans
-Visit friends (Gloucester and Arlington here we come!)
-Go back to Cripple Creek
-To make many more great memories!
Well I think that's all for now... We will be eating year old wedding cake next weekend! Can't wait! I love you babe!
Dancing at the reception
Friday, April 17, 2009
Today turned things around! Phil called the PE supervisor and his principal at Peak View really stood up for him and they decided not to move him! YAY! He was really excited and I think it says a lot about his school system. They really work hard to keep their employees happy! And on top of that good news, my advisor called me and said she thinks she found a possible solution to my class dilemma and I will be able to take both classes and graduate this summer!! YAY! The Painters are very happy today. God has really blessed us. He is always faithful!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Pray for a summer school position and for God to put me where he wants me this fall! I'm looking forward to seeing what His will for this part of my life is! :)
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I really like these lyrics from church on Friday:
The first time You came they crowned You with thorns
As on an old rugged cross You were raised
But the next time You come, it won't be as before
For this time we'll crown You with praise.
This Easter I will be:
Reflecting on what Christ did for me (for everyone)
Renewing my relationship with Him
Refreshing my spirit
Rejoicing in the Resurrection and the coming of our King!
I am proud of this picture, we took it ourselves... at the river beside our hotel <3
We took this one ourselves too! Me and my love! <3
Monday, April 6, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
My last day student teaching: What an amazing experience. The 1st graders that I taught were so sweet. Each student brought in new or gently used books for me to start my own classroom library. Some kids brought in up to 10 books of their own. They made me cards, we had cupcakes and juice boxes (all planned and executed by my cooperating teacher of course). Some of the parents even sent in stuff to get my classroom started like motivational stickers, white out, a whistle, etc. My cooperating teacher got me all kinds of stuff too... books, a cart, supplies, a card, etc. I had a great last day!
After student teaching ended, I assumed that I would have this past week to do a lot of spring cleaning, run errands, etc. Wrong. Monday and Tuesday I had finished running all of my errands but Tuesday night my family informed me that my dad had been having shortness of breath and was going in for a cath on Friday. So needless to say, we were all worried. He had a heart attack 13 years ago so we take his heart health very seriously. I spent the rest of my week worrying, praying, and spending time with him. Thursday I did manage to sub in 5th grade in Rockingham County. Since I will eventually be doing a long term sub their I wanted to start getting to know the kids. I had a pretty good day there overall... anyways...
Friday we all got up before dawn and drove to UVA to take dad in for his cath. While we were waiting for him (a procedure that they said would take only an hour), I went over to my old stomping grounds... McIntire School of Commerce. I saw all of the people I used to work with. It was great seeing them again (it had been 3 months!) and I had a really good time catching up. After that Holly and I walked back to the hospital and there was still no word about dad. Two hours had passed before we heard anything. The nurse informed us that dad was doing fine, but that they had to put 3 stents in.... he had one completely blocked artery and one partially blocked.... ahhhhh stress. We were surprised at the results but happy and relieved he was okay. They needed to keep him overnight so my sisters and I stayed quite awhile and then came home to get some rest. Mom stayed longer, and was going to stay the night but the hospital doesn't allow people to stay in the cardiac unit so she left later last night. I called him twice after we got home just to make sure he was okay... so did my 3 sisters and mom... needless to say he was on the phone until he went to bed last night. He is coming home today and will be off from work for the next 2 weeks. Praise God for being there for dad and us.... He is faithful and will answer prayers!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Chrissy is an amazing person inside and out. She has done so many amazing things in life (just check out her blog here to learn more) and I am thankful to have her in my life! Chrissy will be getting married on October 4th to a guy named Chris Moore, whom she has been dating since college. She is going to be a beautiful bride. I've known Chrissy for about 4 years now and she is the best listener anyone could ask for. We lived together for a year in college and talked a lot then, but we seem to be even closer now. In college we had completely different personalities but for some reason we always had a great connection. Even after college we have kept in touch. She came to mine and Phil's wedding and we will be attending her and Chris' wedding! Her and Chris also have 2 golden retrievers... Bailey and Bella! Bella is my Piper's sister! I can't wait to reunite them!