September 8, 2011

A New Life

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Time certainly flies at the beginning of the school year! I’m 4-5 weeks into teaching History, Social Studies and Economics at my new school in North Carolina, and I’m having SUCH a great time. True, I’m commuting at least 2 hours a day and working my butt off, but my students and colleagues are worth all the extra hours I put in. I feel valued and appreciated in a way that I haven’t felt in a job before, and I also feel committed to the job in a way I haven’t before. I think I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be– the hours I spend preparing for school are research hours that I might do for fun on a Friday night, being the nerd that I am, because I’m that interested in and passionate about the subjects. I only hope the kids are learning from me a fraction of what I’m learning myself.

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I could do without the stress of leading Yearbook, but maybe I just haven’t hit my stride there yet. I often regret that my lack of athletic background prevents me from coaching, because that seems to be the natural extracurricular partner for teaching. However, Yearbook with its photos and written articles certainly jive with my photography and English background, so I guess I shouldn’t complain that much 🙂

Our little NC town has lived up to its teeny status of having almost nothing in town and being pretty far away from everywhere. There are a couple of friend buffet restaurants, a Food Lion, and a handful of churches, but that’s about it. I don’t spend much of my time there, but I will say our church could not possibly be more warm and welcoming. We actually got an old-fashioned “pounding” at my first Wednesday Night Supper! The church members each brought us a pound of sugar, a pound of flour, a pound of cornmeal, etc.– as well as more paper goods than we could even count. I think it’s safe to safe we won’t run out of paper towels or toilet paper for the rest of the year.

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From my quiet town to wherever you are… good night!

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July 30, 2011

Here’s to you, New York

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Well hey there– it’s been awhile! Things have been crazy in this time of transition, and I’ve put the blog on hold for a bit until my life settles into a routine in a couple weeks. I’m in the midst of packing and finishing my Masters, and also trying to prepare for my new teaching job! I’m at a great school that I’m really excited about, and I’m teaching a little outside of my comfort zone, but it should be a great challenge.

A couple weeks ago I got to visit my family in Atlanta, meet my new nephew, and visit my husband in our new town. I got to see the parsonage and the church and hear him preach his first sermon. The congregation is small but SO friendly, and I think we’ll do well there. We celebrated our first anniversary that weekend as well, by unpacking our books! Well, at least half our books 🙂 We ate the top tier of our wedding cake (which was actually delicious!) and drank champagne and had an awesome, newlyweds-in-a-new-house-and-a-new-town time.

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It’s a beautiful day in New York City and I’m just trying to cram in as much city life as I can before I leave. It will be hard to go from a population of 8 million to one of 5,000, but it will certainly be an adventure and a totally new experience. So here’s to you, New York– the home of my first year of marriage, the place where I earned the degree that put me on the road to a career I’m passionate about, the lifelong friends that made my husband and I feel welcome from day one, and all the incredible memories and experiences of living in the Big Apple. I will truly miss you.

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July 2, 2011

Parsonage Photos

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After the somber tone of my last few posts, I decided we needed to lighten the mood a bit 🙂 My husband moved into our parsonage a few days ago, and though I haven’t seen it yet, he’s been sending me pictures! I think the best part is the fact that there’s a dishwasher.

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Oh, and the wallpaper.

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Which makes me of Portlandia– “Put a bird on it!” But seriously, here are the real photos:

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And finally, the church!

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I guess this is starting to be real… I get to go see everything next weekend, when I fly down south for his first sermon and to meet my new nephew!

 

May 10, 2011

A little bit about me…

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I thought I’d say a little bit about myself and why I decided to start this blog. I’m currently finishing up my Master’s in Teaching English in NYC and searching for teaching jobs in North Carolina. I’m excited to be going back there because it feels a little like home. My husband and I both went to college in NC and his family is there, so it will be good to be on familiar stomping grounds. So we’ll be going from this:

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To this:

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Talk about culture shock! My grad school friends are mostly looking for teaching jobs in the city, so they can’t imagine what my life will be like. Many of them suggested I start a blog to record this adventure, so I hope to be using this space to share teaching stories and resources, my photography, and life as a small town preacher’s wife. I hope y’all will feel free to make this a dialogue rather than a monologue!

May 9, 2011

“If I have a care in the world, I have a gift to bring”

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Well, this is officially my entrance into the blogging world… let’s see how it goes! Right now I’m choosing not to post my real name here, so I’ll just explain my username. This comes from one of my favorite Indigo Girls’ songs, the lyrics of which go like this: “My life is part of a global life. I find myself becoming more immobile when I think a little girl in the world can do anything. My destination- my community, street person- my responsibility… If I have a care in the world, I have a gift to bring”
-Indigo Girls

I’m here to chronicle my new life as a teacher, photographer, and preacher’s wife. This summer I’ll be moving from New York City to a small town in North Carolina, and I hope this blog will help me process the journey and enjoy the ride. For now, I’ll leave you with one more quote from another favorite artist: “And I don’t know how it gets better than this, you take my hand and drag me head first, fearless. And I don’t know why but with you I’d dance in a storm in my best dress, fearless.”
-Taylor Swift