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Saying Goodbye

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Today, we said "goodbye for a while" to our friend, Thomas, who was visiting us from England. I feel he brought the cold weather from the UK with him, but I marveled the entire time he was with us at how things weren't cold to him, but to us, we were "freezing."

I hope he had a good time. He had two weeks to visit us--one while we were in vacation mode, and one while we were back to school.

We would have never met him had it not been for Kelsey's Gap Year, and knowing him and other Christians from "foreign lands" reminds me that God is NOT an American and that He has a global mission for all. Christ loves EVERYONE even people with whom we disagree politically, socially, and morally.

Words that Americans use that are NOT okay (for various reasons) for the Brits to use:
spunky, pants, fanny pack, and the American name, "Randy." Today, while Claire was playing basketball, I said, "That girl is spunky," and Thomas laughed. He also told

There were some common UK words that aren't okay in the USA, but Kelsey had done a good job of forewarning him, so Thomas didn't say them at all. lol. Thomas then told us that Allison, earlier in the week, said she was going to "Roll her pants up," and that made him laugh.

Speaking of lexicon, I should have made a list while was here as I'll never remember it all, but Thomas uses words that Americans know in different ways. I guess words that we commonly use he uses, but then extra words we might say occasionally are common for him. We were watching a Chelsea Football match the other night and one of the FC announcers said, "The team is really sparkling," which stuck with me. Things like that--but from Thomas.

We had New Year's Eve at our house and Brittany and Taylor, Kelsey's life-long friends, came over and spent the night and Allison and Anthony visited for the evening. After an intense game of Cranium and Outburst, we realized it was after midnight and said, "Happy New Year!"

I must say that in passing when Peyton's Scoutmaster would remind us that it is colder in the country than the city when preparing for campouts, I didn't really pay attention, but this week, I definitely did--temps. in the teens aren't normal for this time of year, but one perk to "country livin' " is that on Thursday and Friday we didn't start school until 10:00 a.m.

This was a blessing as Thursday night we were licking our wounds from Texas's National Championship loss, and were up late that night.

One hick-up with country life or the extreme cold is that we had a power flicker during the game, but thankfully it only happened once.

Stay tuned--a teacher told me this week that she and her husband, when driving through our neighborhood, saw a wild hog on our property. This week Kent was watching a four-part video series made by some good ol' boy with a thick accent about how to "gut a hog." That should be an interesting quest.

Thankful for the little things...

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I should be going to bed, but I felt the Spirit move to list a few things I'm thankful for...
--I'm thankful for my wonderful, transformed, husband. He is AMAZING even when he is in a bad mood. I love him more each day...not cliche.
--I'm thankful for my daughter, son, and daughter. Each were created individually and uniquely and each have God specific talents that I love seeing them develop and discover.
--I'm thankful for good friends--new and old, especially the ones at the top of the Bluff.
--I'm thankful for my teacher friends--many who are my mentors through their classroom management or crazy cool teaching ideas. I love that they are willing to share their ideas and not hide them in file drawers.
--I'm thankful for the Godly friends my children have and the positive role models in their lives. Thank you for those who pour positivity into them.
--I'm thankful for small things like perfecting a Cafe Mocha from scratch and for someone in Blue Ridge who told me what it would take to survive as the new girl in town. :)
--I'm thankful for wonderful parents and a mom who will drop most anything and come when I need her AND do the laundry even when I don't ask.
--I'm thankful that after an exhausting search, we've found a church where we feel God has called us and we can dig roots.
--I'm thankful for my husband and his ability to provide for his family.
--I'm thankful for God's perfect timing--He's showing this to us greatly in 2009.

Mid-Year Update

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I have THOUGHT about updating this blog about every week, but man, I'm too busy to be a dedicated blogger, but I want one of my New Year's changes (it takes twenty-one days to create a new habit according to Stephen Covey) to be updating my blog weekly.

Tomorrow I begin a new semester at school, and while I am ready to get back to work and see my co-workers and students, the weather outside has me in a bleh mood. I feel stuck in a Bronte sisters' novel, but I must proceed. I'm in the thick of basketball season: both with the cheerleaders and Claire playing recreational-league.

Right now my life is about making it to big milestones, which isn't the way to live. Before the semester break, I kept thinking, "If I can just make it to Christmas," and today I'm thinking, "If I can just make it to March and Spring Break."

My life has changed a lot, but I think God is using all of these changes to mold me into something better.

So much to tell... stay posted!