Posted in The Move

The School Year Approaches

Today I’m working on lesson plans. The new school year is about to start and I always try to get ahead while I have a chance. I’ll be teaching the high school Language Arts classes again, which I love to do! I’m so glad I got a chance to teach, even though I didn’t start until my late 40’s. (You’re shocked. I know, you thought I was still in my 30’s.)

Since I’ve been at this for several years now I feel more comfortable in my “teaching” skin. Of course, every class comes with it’s own challenges but that is what makes it exciting. This year is what we call a “writing year” meaning a more intense focus on grammar, vocabulary & communication skills. We’ll still read plenty but everything is looked at through a writing lens.

This will be my last year teaching here so I plan to remind myself to savor every moment. My hope is that when we move to Cali in 2012 that I’ll be able to either get a job tutoring or as a para in a school. However, I know California is much more strict than Missouri is on who can do such things so we’ll see.

I’m also trying to control my obsession with stationary supplies. I purchased a beautiful notebook from Walmart the other day. It’s from their Studio C line. The design is a great combo of retro & modern.

I am fountain pen user so I need to buy some ink today, hooray! About 3 years ago I noticed a lot of pain in the fingers on my right hand. Since I spend a good 8-12 hours a day on a computer I knew this would happen. I read an article about reducing finger pain by using a fountain pen, the theory being you will be less likely to have a death grip on a fountain pen as it takes a light hand to write with one. So I gave it a shot and it actually worked! I have since fallen down the rabbit hole that leads to Fountain Pen Land and I’m never coming back!

Does anyone else out there use a fountain pen? Are any of you as obsessed with stationary supplies as I am? Let me know in the comments.

Posted in The Move

Moving On

Moving: def  Changing or capable of changing position: “Move away from the TV. You’re not made of glass ya know!”

Relating to or involved in a transfer of furnishings from one location to another: “I think we should move the bed into the kitchen.”

Causing or producing motion: “Wow! That guy went flying when the bull hit him!”

Arousing or capable of arousing deep emotion: “Why does Extreme Home Makeover always make me cry?”

All of the above definitions are currently living in my life. If you haven’t heard, Harold, Evan & I are moving to California. If you are a friend of ours & didn’t know this, I’m sorry for not being able to tell you personally. Our exact move date is narrowed down to sometime between summer & fall of 2012. I think summer, Harold thinks fall, and Evan thinks NOW!

We are moving to Fresno (as far as we know) to be a part of Bread of Life Church which is pastored by Gilbert & Ann Delgado (Tom Bedford’s parents). We have spent a lot of time with the Delgado’s who instantly felt like family to us. We’ve also been to Fresno three (I think) times and spent some quality time with the people of that church. We are looking forward to helping them anyway we can.

I’m a California native so it will be great to actually be in the same state as my parents and nearly all of my other relatives. (Ramona, come home!) We will be about 5 hours from my parents, which we are hugely excited about, as are they. Also oour current pastor, Tom Bedford, and his family, will be moving there in the next few months. Tom grew up in Fresno and Andrea in Bakersfield (1 1/2 hrs away) so it’s a homecoming for them as well.

I am starting this new blog at the request of family & friends to document this process of moving away from everything I’ve known for the last 20 years back to a big city. As a family we will be starting over yet again. We’ll have to get a new residence, new jobs, and new services for Evan. (His will be the easiest thing to get, I think.) Last night I was trying to count up all the times Harold & I have uprooted and moved. It’s been 5 times, 4 of those cross-country moves, in 28 years. I’ve never lived anywhere more than 4 years until my current town. 

I hope you stick around to read about my newest adventure and hopefully something I write will be of help to you. If you have any questions about the move just let me know and I will try to answer them. My other blog, The Road Not Chosen, will still stay up although I will no longer post there. Oh yes, I will still write about God, politics and other miscellaneous things from time to time. I just can’t help myself!

Thanks for reading.