Saturday, January 26, 2008

starting today....

The last few weeks I have explored the world of blogging. To be honest, I have been quite content with the "no strings attached" philosophy of facebook. You can get on, check if you have anything in the inbox, look at others new updates, and then hop off. Recently, Katie (Hagen) Hinson joined the facebook club and I was thrilled to read about her life and "catch up". Ridley Barron, my old youth minister, also joined facebook and from there I read his blog. It was then I got addicted. I LOVED really reading and catching up more than the superficial quotes and tacky pictures (sorry- have people forgotten that a picture is worth 1000 words? it amazes me what people chose to post). I have always loved to journal (any ideas on what to do with the THOUSANDS I have filled in a rubbermaid tub in the garage?? - not exactly a garage sell item :) ) and fiqured I would begin to blog when Michael and I had our first kid and I would be at home more. I guess starting today I am getting a head start....

I am teaching kindergarten and loving it. I always knew that I was called to teach but after Michael and I got married and moved to Louisville I was ready to mark teaching off my list. If you ever have seen Dangerous Minds, Coach Carter, GridIron Gangs - those were my students. When we moved back to Tennessee, teaching was far from an option for a job. I became the student ministry assistant at our church for our 4 youth pastors and loved the high intensity, ministry saturated job it was. As time passed, I sensed the Lord was wanting me back in the classroom. The more I prayed, the more clear it became. I had more time to spend with the youth at church, I could better fulfill the role of being a youth minister's wife, and I would simply be in the community with lost children and families. I was ready to go back if that meant the same senerio as Louisville again. No where close to Louisville........I teach under an incredibly Godly principal, the other kindergarten teachers are also my age, and the school is a low-income school with appreciative, lost kids. I LOVE IT. God is so good to allow me to minister there.

As I said earlier, Michael is a youth pastor so our time is filled with teenagers or five year olds. Our weeks are full as well as our weekends. It is easy for us to run on the strands of our own energy. We joke and say that when we do have kids our lives will actually slow down because we will have to be home. I know.....many of you are laughing but if you know us personally, you are saying.....that is TRUE! We are so thankful to be married. Even tonight at Cracker Barrell, I was cackling laughing at something we were talking about....isn't marriage the neatest gift and creation from God? We have nothing to complain about. Our lives are so full. I hope you are able to jump on our blog and be refreshed and laugh out loud. We are looking forward to all God has in store for us in 2008!

6 comments:

Heinzfeet said...

Yippee! You did it! :)

Carrigan Family said...

Hello sweet Traci - I was just thinking of you tonight!! I am excited to see this new blog (I found it on Ashlee's site). Love you!
Mary Lee

Susan said...

Hey Traci! I found your blog from Ashley's. This is Susan- I live across the street from Ashley. I loved reading your post and catching up on you!! So glad that teaching is going well-- I bet you are a great kindergarten teacher!!

Maggie Stamper said...

Yeah you crossed over!!! Glad to see that you are a fellow blogger.
Take care,
maggie

Audrey said...

I stumbled upon your blog from Ashley's. Hooray! :) You'll have to check ours out, too. Click on the link to us from Ashley's blog then just create & username/password and let me know and i'll add that. (all this only if you're interested..no big deal :-)
Either way I'll enjoy reading about you guys!
Love- Audrey

Heinzfeet said...

OK, Come on Traci...we're ready for a new post! :)