There is a year behind, and a year before. Having not entirely released 2016, I think I’ll start there.
Behind me lies the end of my FIRST year teaching, which I can confirm I survived! Then there is the start of my second year teaching, which was much smoother, although not without its anxiety producing moments. Included in that is an administration change at my school, and many *new and exciting* changes, some of which I am still adapting to.
My first and only nephew was born, and he is the absolute best! I can’t even describe how precious and wonderful he is. He is growing so quickly, and sometimes my heart aches when I think how much he grows between our sporadic visits.
My brother met a beautiful woman, fell in love, got engaged & married in quick succession, and they announced their impending due date for my first and only niece (in May!) over the holiday season.
My parents have grown and stretched to encompass their 3 new children-in-law, as well as their first grandchild, and of course all the other changes life brings.
Joe is still taking classes to complete his degree, and has even begun applying for Senior Pastor positions! We eagerly wait together to see what is in store for our future. We had some super fun opportunities to try some new things together – glass blowing, Top Flite golf, a David Yarrow exhibition – as well as many of our old standbys – TV show marathons, sushi date nights, bonfires – and I can’t wait to continue into our 4th year of marriage together!
2016 may have been rough on a national and international scale, but personally I don’t believe I can truly complain about much.
When I think about the future…
I’ll be completing my 2nd year as a teacher! There are so many wonderful aspects of teaching, and I am so genuinely grateful that I live in a state that encourages educated individuals to transition into the field. Sometimes I feel a certain fear that I will burn out – the hours are long, the students can be challenging, the politics of it all are exhausting – and its hard for me to know I seriously I should take that. I look forward to seeing how I grow as a teacher during the Spring semester though! I can already see so many positive changes in myself, my classroom management, and my content knowledge skills!
Writing is important to me, and I want to do it more. I’ve committed to writing for goread.com (currently readerslegacy.com) to generate extra income and get into the groove of regularly writing. I’m looking into some writing conferences, and registered for a possible webinar or two to get my creative juices flowing. My personality is so suited to writing, and I truly do enjoy it. I hope to push myself to pursue it more deeply! I also have a novel brewing in my mind…but we shall see!
My PCOS is something I am taking a more active role in combatting – we’ve started an eating plan designed to diminish symptoms, and even visited a fertility specialist who started me on Metformin. Mixed feelings about the meds, but I feel good knowing we are taking steps to address the hormonal issues.
Of course I pray we will be blessed with our own sweet baby one day, but I have a sense of God’s timing in it all, and I am the first to acknowledge that perhaps the last two years would not have been the easiest of times to experience a pregnancy and new born in. As long I have a sense of peace and God’s control, I can relax and let go of the insistent need to see something happen in *my time*.
Joe continues to work through school (maybe a 2018 graduation date?), as well as take on a great deal of extra responsibility at church due to the Sr. Pastor’s resignation. Hoping to see him enter into a new job that more fully encompasses his talents and abilities as well.
My word for the year is PURPOSEFUL.
I desire my eating and health habits to be filled with purpose.
I commit to taking my writing desires and interests and pursuing them purposefully.
I want to see my marriage benefit from purposeful interaction and communication.
I hope my future goals will be impacted by purposeful living today.
My word for the year is PURPOSEFUL.