Sunday, September 25, 2011

I'm Baaaaack......

I am so excited to be back in the game!

Wow! It has been over a year since I blogged. At the time I was learning how to balance being a wife and mother, searching for a church home, coaching high school cheerleading, teaching a new grade, and taking graduate classes. At the time life was crazy and I loved it but something had to give and blogging was really the only thing I could give up at that time.

Fast forward a year (plus a lil) and my how things have changed! I am still learning how to balance being a wife, mom, and running a household (I think I will be a life long learning at these things). We have found an amazing church home that I am sure you will here about from time to time on here. It is so nice to feel settled in a church home! I love being challenged each and every Sunday while worshiping God! We are getting ready to start working in our children's and youth ministry which I am SO excited about!

I am no longer coaching cheerleading. I coached for seven years and loved each and every moment and girl that went through my program. However, when I became a mom something changed. I became lax in my focus on coaching and wasn't as driven as I once was. I always said either when a.) cheering becomes all about winning competitions at any cost b.) I couldn't do it the way I did it when I first started or c.) I couldn't devote my time to the girls and the sport the way I once did and/or d.) I truly didn't love it anymore then it would be time for me to step aside. All of those occurred except A, it was never about racking up trophies and accolades. Don't get me wrong, I loved seeing my girls hard work pay off but it was always about getting them ready to for the real world and learning how to be a lady. So I know it was time for me to step aside. At the time it was an easy choice because they would be fine with a new coach but Nolan only has one mommy. Easy Choice. But I miss my girls SO much!

I still teach, however, I am now teaching kindergarten! I am in love with kindergarten. This is my second year and I couldn't be more happy. I feel like I have found my niche. Don't get me wrong this has been a VERY challenging year. I have a young class and out of 23 only 8 went to preschool. I think this is probably my most challenging year to date but I am determined this will be one of the most rewarding. I am sure you will hear stories of my precious children from time to time as well!

I am also still taking graduate classes however this will change December 18th because I will be graduating from WKU...again! I am getting my masters in school counseling and am so exciting about the possibilities this degree affords me. I would love to work with the high school age group. When I went to school my counselor only focused on the honors track students. Well, neither of my parents went to college and I was so lost. My goal is to help each student decide what path is right for them whether it be the armed forces, tech school, community college, a state college, or Harvard. Each of them deserve my time and help.

Enough about me.

My husband is a detective and has a work ethic and drive that I hope our children obtain. His job gets to him from time to time but he is determined to make this world a better place for our kiddos.

Nolan is now 2 years old! It is such a bittersweet time for us. He is just growing, talking, and changing everyday. We are currently making plans to make his nursery into a toddler room. I always thought this would be such a sad thing but at the time it just seems natural. He is still my cuddle bug and my "gentle giant" as I like to call him. He is all boy but the sweetest and most affectionate boy I know. He just turned 2 and is 37 inches long and 33 pounds, the size of an average 3 year old according to his doctor. He is our world and we are so blessed to call him ours.

These days life is still crazy but I am content. I feel that I am better able to balance the things that mean the most to me. Blogging has drifted in and out of my consciousness for the last month but it always seems to end up back on my mind or to-do list. I feel that God is leading me to write this either for others or just for myself down the road. This time I will not put the pressure on myself like I did last time to blog everyday and be a rockstar blogger like some of the bloggers I admire so much, comment back on every comment, or always be grammatically correct (not my strongest area). It is just an outlet for me to look back on one day and smile.

I hope you are ready to join on us on our journey...again :)