Wednesday, May 26, 2010
It's official. I start my Master's program on June 7 -- less than two weeks away! So excited about this opportunity. God willing, by the end of next summer, I'll have a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).
It was kind of surreal finding my way around campus yesterday, at the age of 44, amidst a group of summer school kids, with my baby stroller! Hahahahahaha!
I'm changing the format for my blog just a little. Less words and more pictures.
There are two reasons why I'm making this change.
The first reason is kind of silly. I usually send out a group email and then copy and paste it onto the blog, but for some reason the copy and paste feature has not been working lately. It's very frustrating. So rather than write it all out over again, I'm going to either summarize or write about something completely different or just post a picture related to what I wrote about in the email! How is that for flexibility!
The second reason is Facebook. With Facebook, I've become less faithful to the blog I write daily on Facebook, sometimes two or three times a day. Ad nauseaum! However, the blog still serves a purpose, just as email does. So I'll continue to maintain these for the time being. And since my blog is imported to Facebook, I'm writing and posting pictures with Facebook in mind. Please please join if you haven't already! I'd love to keep track of you this way!
So that's what is going on with me. My next post will begin the change. See if you can see the difference!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
As I write this, Keri Lynn is up in the air on the way to Japan! Woooo-hoo! She's "suffering for Jesus" in business class. Poor thing.
It's a 14 hour flight. When she arrives, she'll be 13 hours ahead of us (EST). So strange to think that she'll be on the other side of the world! Wow! The privilege of traveling!
The kids are finishing up their second to last week of school, then we'll be heading into summer. The days are warm and humid. It definitely feels like summer already. It's hard not to turn the air conditioning up and up and up!
I'm finishing up the paperwork for my school starting in June. A lot of the financial aid that I was counting on isn't coming through, but there is one special grant for graduate students that are committed to teaching in low-income/special needs schools. There are also loan forgiveness programs for teachers, so I'm hoping that it will end up costing fairly little. It's tough getting more education so that one can actually get a job! Ack!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
My oldest baby is preparing for her trip to Japan. She leaves on Thursday and will be gone for nearly 2 1/2 months. We are running around doing last minute things. I have been overwhelmed with the way so many things have fallen into place for her for this amazing trip. Funds are pretty much all in. She even got a dog-sitting and babysitting job this weekend that earned her a little extra spending money. Whew! I can't wait to see how the Lord will work in her this summer. And I can't wait to see Hongodai Church in action! It is a wonderful community of believers -- a great example to us here in the States.
The rest of the kids are finishing up the last two weeks of school. We get out earlier than most because we start at the beginning of August. I like the schedule. The summer is a little shorter, but we also get more time off during the school year. The kids are more than ready to get out of school!
I was recently made aware of a program available at a college south of where we live. It's a Master's Program that starts full time for the summer, continues at night through the school year and then finishes up full time through the next summer. I'm hoping to get into it this summer, starting June 7! God willing, by the end of next summer, I'll have my Master's in Special Education and be employable. Not that there are any job offerings right now. Our county, as are so many counties, is cutting the education budget like crazy. But eventually, they'll need to start hiring again. And I'll be ready!
We've been struggling mightily with me out of work completely all this last year and that pesky mortgage still due every month! But our bank is at last working with us with a loan reconstruction. Please pray with us, that all will work out in a beneficial manner for us and for the mortgage company. We love our house, but we are prepared, if we need to, to downsize. God is so very gracious to us! There has never been a time that our family's needs have not been met!