Saturday, October 6, 2012

A wild ride...

I've started this post several times, and just haven't found or made the time to clean it up and and get it ready for posting.  Our lives have gotten a little more interesting since the last time I wrote, so here are some updates (along with the world's most random photos)...

Duncan's new Halloween PJs from his Grammy.

For those of you who may not know, I started my new teaching job on Monday, August 20th. I am officially an EIP/EL Kindergarten teacher in the Rome City school district. I was very fortunate to even get a teaching job at that point as schools had been back in session since the first of August. I took over the position for another teacher who received a coaching position at another school. I believe God had a hand in this as I have found that there are hundreds of teachers out there looking for jobs, and somehow I was able to land this position. I wish I could say, "I'm just that good" or "My resume is really stellar," but the truth is, I've been given a blessing. And yes, for those wondering, I remind myself that I am blessed nearly 12 times a day as I adjust to life in Kindergarten. I am being challenged in new ways, exhausted to greater extents, and have wondered a few times thus far if God has a sense of humor.:)  I'm learning as I go and am thankful to be able to use my talents. I have found that I'm not sure who I am without teaching, so I am grateful to be back on the front lines.

Sweet Granny


With the excitement of starting the new job in August came a bittersweet event for our family. Andy's sweet Granny passed away the weekend before I began work after fighting a long fight. She gave it her best, and as Andy's mom said several times, she never complained. Her passing was peaceful, we are told. We made it just hours before to see her, and we are both so glad we did. She was a kind soul who loved her family, friends, and quilting. She made us a gorgeous quilt for our wedding that is one of my most prized possessions. But above all, Granny loved God and was faithful to Him until death. I say her passing was bittersweet because we hold fast to the belief that Granny no longer hurts. Granny is home in Heaven with Grandpa and her sons, waiting patiently for the rest of us to join her. Although she will be sorely missed, we are ever grateful that she has left for a far better place.


Towards the beginning of September (the exact date escapes me), we received our first offer on our home in Nashville.  It was a decent offer to start, and after several rounds of negotiations, we settled on a price that we are very happy with.  It has been very obvious to us throughout the process of working with our buyers that they love our home.  What a blessing!  We have such mixed feelings about selling our sweet home that we barely got to know, but we are very thankful that another couple found it and loved it enough to give us a good price for it.  We are set to close in a couple of weeks, so we are planning to load the remaining large items onto a POD next weekend to get everything cleaned out.  This week just happens to be my Fall Break, so luckily I am able to go up early and get everything ready for the move.  I just pray I can get everything done with minimal tear shedding.  Selling our home is such a blessing, but it also finalizes the move to Rome in a large way.


So, as you would imagine, our thoughts have now moved on to..."Where do we go from here?"  Andy and I have gone to look at a few homes, both rentals and ones for sale.  All we know at this point is that finding a decent rental in Rome might be like finding Andy wearing orange.  Or finding a future husband in an elementary school work environment.  Or finding the Vols playing a solid second half of football.  Or finding Duncan awake on a Saturday.  You get the point.  It just isn't happening.  So, the plan for now is to ride out our 6 month lease at the apartment while looking at homes now and then.  Definitely wait until all is closed with our home sale in TN, money gets back to our pockets, etc.--and then, maybe then, get more serious about buying.


Another reason we are considering buying down here is because...well...we don't hate it here.  I know, shock of the century, there are good places to live other than in Nashville.  But for us, we just weren't sure we'd ever feel the way about Rome that we do about Nashville.  Do we hate being far from family and friends?  Well, yeah!  But, we are slowly but surely finding friends here too.  We are really liking the church we've been visiting here, which helps too.  Andy and I are both hard at work, which also helps to give you a sense of purpose each day (whether good or bad!).  We've also talked about how we want to do this complete life upheaval justice.  Stay long enough to make it all worth it.  You know?  We want to buy into our situation here in Georgia enough to feel "at home."  Does any of this make sense?  In short, we are settling in enough where we think we want to feel more permanent than we're going to rent for a bit and take the first job that gets us out of here.  Instead, we are going to settle in, enjoy our work, try to continue making new friends, and pray that God leads us in the direction we ought to go.  After all, that's how we got here!

As you can see, we've had a big month or two, and we are not quite sure where things are headed.  But what we do know is that God is good, we have each other, and we are looking forward to what our future may hold.  I'm not sure when I'll post next, but thanks for checking in!

2 comments:

  1. It's good to hear from you! I'm glad everything is going good in Rome!

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  2. Thanks, Lindsay! Hope you are well too!

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