Monday, August 23, 2010

First Day of School

Today was my first day of school. My first day as a new teacher. My first day as a special ed teacher.

And my husband was so incredibly, sweet & thoughtful - he sent me flowers for my first day! I was so surprised and it was such a sweet surprise! He knew how nervous I was and he definitely made my day!

God keeps reminding me there is where I need to be and to TRUST him! Gosh, who knew trusting could be so difficult?

I was scared to death about my first day. But my one life skills student showed up and oh my heart melted. I will not meet my other kiddos until next week. Which thankfully because I feel so unprepared at this point. I will be working with my life skills student as well as pulling kids daily for resource. I am still very nervous about this year, mostly because it is uncharted area for me. But I am fully believing God has a MUCH bigger plan for me than what I can see.

So I will continue to seek Him first and now the rest of everything else will fall into place.

After school, I headed out to the fields to see my sweet husband! He needed eye drops & of course I wanted to see him so I could tell him all about my day.

While out there I managed to take a few more pictures...
My first day of school outfit :) yes, I wore 4in heels out into the field & on the tractor!
Gettin' ready to go to the next cotton field
BIG ol' bales of COTTON!!!

Hope all you other teachers had a FABULOUS first day back!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

New Adventures

So tomorrow starts a new adventure. Summer is officially over and all teachers in this area will be reporting back to school.

But since last week was new teacher orientation, I got a started 3 days sooner. Last Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday were filled with information. More information than my little brain could take, actually. But I made it through and tomorrow starts teacher in service.

Woo-hoo...okay I'm only kidding. I am anxious, ready, terrified, and excited all in one. I will be the Life Skills teacher for grades 3-5. More than anything I am nervous about ALL the paperwork! But I am believing and praying God will give me all the tools necessary to do my best.

The funny thing is life skills has always been the job I never wanted to do but for some reason knew that is the job I'd end up getting. It's not because I didn't actually want to do life skills - it is just special ed in general scares me. I have always felt it took an extremely special person to do that kind of job & I guess I just never thought I'd be that person. I guess I just didn't feel I was equipped enough for the job. But God does know best and I am so thankful he has called me to be a life skills teacher. Throughout most of my time in San Antonio, I often would tell God - ok I am ready and where ever you want me to go, I will go! And I believe this is exactly where he wants me but at the same time I am so scared. I believe it is only natural considering this will be a new adventure for me in a new place. So far I could have not laid out better plans for my life regarding the way things have turned out this last month, so I am confident he IS the one who will carry me though this next school year.

As for new adventures...I have been trying to spend as much as my free time with AB. He has been working really long hours and so when I get a free moment I try to swing by "his office" to see him. This week they will start pickin' cotton! Which means 16 hours or so a day in the field...that makes me exhausted just thinking about it. But I already have plans to go out and ride with him and of course take pictures! :)

Here are few photos I've snapped w/ my phone while out in the field with him.

This is what plowing looks like my friends...

Other than that...I have been busy (super busy) with Honey B. Boutique orders, which is a great thing and busy getting prepared for the school year.

I feel so extremely blessed and stand in awe of God's amazing love. Hope you all have a fabulous week!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Small Town USA

One of the best parts about moving for us was being able to be in a small town and community. The kind of place "where everybody knows your name..." and pretty much everywhere you go you see a familiar face.

We both grew up in small towns and greatly enjoyed it. We thought moving back to AB's hometown would be a great place for us and our future kids.

But it is also so nice to not be in the hustle & bustle of life. Seems like everyone lives a much slower pace of life.

And I love it!

I can honestly tell you I do not miss SA one bit. I definitely do not miss the traffic or people. I thought I might miss all the places to eat - because we have very few eating establishments here & on Sunday pretty much your only option is Dairy Queen but I don't. We eat at home much more often these days which I also love.

Right now it is harvest time so AB has been working a lot and it has been HOT! I have also passed more tractors on the roads than cars these days. I am hoping to go out to the fields one day & ride the combine with AB and get some pictures of this year's harvest.

So far small town USA has been wonderful to us! This evening I took some photos for Honey B. and snapped a few for here while standing in the front yard.

Here is our small town USA bliss...

Callie is even enjoying her new home

already plowed grain field

the view out our front door - pretty heavenly!