Summer’s Over

Wow. It’s been over a month since I’ve even looked at this here corner of the internet! In my defense, I’ve been a bit busy.  To be perfectly honest though, I’ve enjoyed the time away.  Sometimes I find it overwhelming to be so “connected”.  Twitter, facebook, blogs…it can be tiring.  It seems that once people know what you’re doing every hour of the day, they expect to keep on knowing…like forever.  It was wearing me out.  Besides, I started getting really annoyed with the triviality of what I was saying.  Not that I don’t feel every word out of my mouth should hold great weight and meaning (I’m pretty sure there’s a verse that actually says that’s the case…but who really lives like that?!? Only the super-Christians 😉

So, you might be wondering what’s kept me so busy during our time apart.  Mostly school/work.  This summer the girls and myself took a trip east to visit family, and it butted smack up against me having to be back to work readying my classroom.  As in a 15 hour drive on a Tuesday and back to work the next morning. Needless to say that took a me a few days of extra sleep to recover from.  Prepping my classroom for a new school year is always expensive (give me a theme and I run with it- pics to come soon…promise!) and time consuming.  This year is very different from last year in that I’m no longer flying solo.  Last year I was the only grade in the school.  This year not only do we have Kindergarten back in play, but also a second PreK class!   I’ve been investing a lot of time and energy in being with my fellow teachers (who are also good friends) and loving that.

As much as I enjoy and value the internet friends I’ve made over the years, nothing beats real life.  I’ve definitely been focusing on that more, and have seen the payoffs in huge ways!   Our family is getting along better, my stress level has gone way down, and I’m generally a happier person.  All this to say I’m not going to go completely dark and off the grid, but I have learned where to place my priorities.  About a month ago, this sermon got me to thinking about my use of technology also.  We really love our new church family, and are trying to get involved in things there.  The girls have been going to the youth group there, I’m serving in the nursery once a month, and Phil and I are taking a really, really good class on parenting teens.  Our church is also hosting a 5k in the fall, that I’ve decided I want to run in.  As with most things in my life, I’ve not been extremely consistent in my training, but I have surprised myself by my ability to consistenly run 2.7 miles in 30 min.  The other thing I’ve really been focusing on is my identity.  Where I find my value.  What I believe about myself, and correcting my wrong thoughts in those areas.  Deep stuff.

Like I said, things are good.  Life is going swimmingly at the moment.  How are things with you?