Thursday, April 26, 2007


It's amazing how quickly God can change one's perspective. I was sure that I was supposed to have that job, but now with 24 hours to think on it, I feel like it's probably for the best. I am dreading the "stress" of a new hunt, but I'm already working on it. The human spirit really is resilient. Thanks for all the encouraging words and e-mails. They really do help. I'm very blesssed to have such good people in my life to support me.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I Didn't Get the Job!

Well, there you have it. I didn't get the job. I got the call about 8:45 last night. He was very complimentary, but the committee decided to go another direction; whatever that means. I must admit I'm struggling with it a little. I thought I was prepared not to get it, but I really thought I might get it, so the disappointment is stinging a little right now. I'm better this morning than I was last night, but still sad. I do know that God has a better place for me, but the thought of starting this process over and going through the nerves all over again is enough to make me gag. I have compared this process to the ups and downs of a roller coaster, well, this particular ride reminds me of the Beast at Kings Island. I feel like I just went down the hill and into the dark tunnel that feels like it's going to chop your head off. I've realized this morning that my head is still attached, but I'm still in the dark. Hopefully it'll be daylight again soon.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Interview Update

Hi Everybody! I just wanted to give a quick update before I head off to bed. The interview went very well. It was a long day waiting for it to arrive, but once I got in there and got started, I felt calm. The Lord was really with me. I feel like I did the best I could and haven't started second guessing any answers, so that's good. I will not hear until the middle or end of next week. So, now we wait. Thank you for all your prayers, and encouraging words! They have helped more than you know.


Sunday, April 15, 2007

New Hair

This post is for my mom mainly. She wanted to see my new hair.
Here you go, Mom.
Hope you like it. :)

Friday, April 13, 2007


Reader Warning Label: If you drive a Honda or any other foreign job, you may want to quit reading. This will be a rant and I will not hold back. I have not used my blog for this purpose in quite some time, but I have huge frustrations right now that need to be vented and this is my medium.

Today on my way home from school, my master cylinder clutch went out. I drove almost 2 miles in 2nd gear and prayed for no cars or cops at all intersections until I reached my garage. Thankfully, the Lord heard my cry and even gave me a clear intersection at 50th st and State Rd. 9. That's a busy intersection and I feared I was going to be stranded there. Now the frustrating thing about this, is that I had that part replaced in Dec. I know the car is old, but it only has 84,000 miles and was supposed to be the car that switched my loyalties forever. Well, let me tell you, it has accomplished quite the opposite! I will NEVER buy another foreign car again. My Dad worked for GM for 30 years and we were faithful and loyal to the company that put bread on our table. I've always boasted to being a GM girl. Now I realize it's not just because they supported our family, it's because they are the best cars!!!! I long for the days of my little chevette or my cavalier. Then there was my Blazer; man I loved that vehicle! But the biggest winners were my 2 Rendezvous!!! I loved that car so much, I got a 2nd one. You know what all these cars have in common??? They never had to be put in the shop. Nope, not once in all my years of driving! I called my Dad to cry a little when I got home and he was reading a magazine that was actually talking about how all the media wants to hype is how much better these foreign cars are than GM and Ford and how they will take over GM's place in the domestic market. Guess what? They aren't even close! Guess what else? Toyota and Honda have more recalls than GM and Ford put together! Why aren't we sharing that news in the media? They also aren't winning the big automobile awards! Guess who is? You guessed it; GM and Ford! I will be stuck with this little gem for a while unfortunately, but I can assure you that when I can get out from under it, I will be returning to my American friend, GM! I can also assure you that I would not have very nice things to say to Mr. Dave Ramsey, who set me on this path. I realize in theory that his plan of never driving new cars and paying cash is a good one, but this experience has soured me a little. Being a single girl, new is where it's at. I don't have time for the stress and headache of how I'm going to get to school on Monday since I don't have a vehicle. Luckily, I share rides with someone so even though it's my month to drive, I'm sure she will bail me out and pick me up on Monday, but what if I didn't carpool? I work 30 min. away! I was so mad I almost kicked the car when I got out of it, but I figured a big dent in the side would not help me when I try to sell it. It's got enough problems and it's appearance is one of it's only attributes!.....Okay, hold the phone...actually the phone is ringing....aauuugghgghghg I have a 2nd interview for the principal's position!!!!!! I'm dying here! I requested prayer for my interview on Thursday... Update....It went very well. There were 30 applicants. They interviewed 15...They are calling back 6 to do a more indepth interview next week. I just got the call that I am one of the 6!!! Oh my Gosh!! I just told my mom on the phone to pray hard that I find a job because that is the only way I can afford to get out of this Honda situation...I was not expecting to find out till Monday or Tuesday so this call was totally unexpected! The next interview will be in a big conference room with the Superintendent, the director of curriculum, the director of special education, several teachers from the building and the secretary! Can you say HOLY COW? Now you must all hit your knees! I would LOVE to get this job. I really thought I didn't have a chance so I was not getting my hopes up. Now they are up! Okay, that totally changes my whole attitude. The LORD does hear our cry and knows exactly what we need. Well, my mind is whirling! I have a lot of preparing to do. I will ask again that everyone keep me in your prayers. My interview is Wed. at 3:30 and will last approximately 2 hours. YIKES! Thanks for listening to my rant and please know that I didn't mean to offend any of you Honda lovers...I must have gotten the only rotten one out there! Love you all!


Monday, April 09, 2007

Easter and other happenings

Well, I have no pictures of Easter to share. I took my camera home and never got it out of my bag. I'm kind of disgusted with myself. But I guess that means that I'll just have to paint the picture with my words. I had a wonderful weekend at home. It had been a long time since I'd been there, so it was nice to just relax. Friday night I went to dinner with mom and dad at my favorite chinese restaurant. That was yummy. Sat. was just a nice day. Andrea and Jon came up around noon and we went to my Grandparents for a visit. Then we went with my dad out to see a home he's building right now. WOW! That's all I can say. This house was amazing. After that, it was back home to just hang out and relax. Later that night, we met Andrea and Jon and Jon's parents for dinner. We sat at Bellacino's for almost 3 hours. Good conversation and lots of laughs. Easter Sunday was of course cold like it was for everyone, but the service was really good. Dayspring presented an Easter drama that was just outstanding. I am always amazed at the quality of their productions. After church we went to Grandma Grate's for dinner. I enjoyed this time so much. Grandma was feeling pretty good and seemed in bright spirits. It's sad in ways because she is not the same, but she still makes you feel like the most special person in the world when you talk to her. I'm not sure she even knew who I was, but she told me she loved me and thanked me for coming. My cousin Jamie plays the guitar so she brought it and basically led worship service. The younger girls were all singing worship choruses in harmony which was so beautiful to listen to. Then my Aunt marla, Aunt Margo and myself joined them. I loved that. I was a little blown away however when I was labeled an "Old-timer" by my cousin Becky. I just felt like this family gathering was extra special. The conversation was good, we laughed A LOT, and singing just topped it off.

Well, it is now back to reality. I would like to ask everyone to pray at 3:30 on Thursday. I have an interview for a principal's position here in my corporation. I am very nervous. It's for a K-2 building which would probably be my dream job. I know that God will lead me where he wants me.


Monday, April 02, 2007

My Spring Break....

Well, this year I didn't get to spend Spring Break on a beach, but I did get to spend the week with my neice and nephews. I brought Zeke home from Michigan with me on Sunday and kept him till Wed. evening. We had such a good time! He was a total doll and gave his aunt Kelley lots of lovin'! He was in good spirits most of the time and just brought me lots of joy. The picture above is the face he made when I told him to say fuzzy pickles! He was hillarious! On Tuesday, we ran out to the farm with Zeke. He had never been there to see the cows. It was freezing cold and rainy so we didn't stay too long, just long enough for me to snap some pictures. Zeke was not afraid of the cows at all. He walked right up to them and let them lick him. Cracked me up! Silly boy!
McDonalds at the park on Monday! It was a beautiful day and Zeke played for 2 hours!
He loved the big slide! Wednesday night I met Jason half way to swap kids. I gave back Zeke (hard to do) and picked up Elijah and Emmy. On Thursday I took the kids to Escapades in Muncie. Imagine a 3 story gigantic playland. We went with the Rowleys, Wuertleys and Dawsons. The kids had a ball playing with the other kids. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera for this outingl.
On friday, we met the Rowleys, Wuertleys, Dawsons, Womacks and Julie Gray at the farm for a mini field trip. Farmer Bob and Sue gave us the grand tour with lots of interesting information.
The kids loved petting the baby calves and the goats. They loved how Sue stuck her finger in the calves mouth to keep it occupied and calm so they could pet it.
Emmy with some big cows behind her! Friday afternoon we went to Kokomo to the dollar theater to see Happy Feet. The kids enjoyed that. When we got home, it was time to pick up sticks. Since I basically live in a forest, the sticks are never ending. Zeke helped Sue and I pick up the front yard. I have cute pics of that, but they're on my computer at home. I'll have to add those later. Friday, Elijah and Emmy got to do the backyard. We made it a game and the one who picked up the most without whining got $5. Of course they worked like troopers! So, they both won! What they don't know if that I found a $10 bill in my yard when we first started. The real motivation was the bon-fire we had at the end. As you can see, Elijah loved that part!
Saturday, I met Holly in Ft. Wayne to give them back. It's always with mixed feelings. I'm usually exhausted and looking forward to some rest, but 5 min. after i leave, I miss them like crazy. It was a full week, but I wouldn't have had it any other way! I love my kids!