Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
On Sunday nights after church Tiffany, Cole, and I head to Starbucks in Green Hills for a little Scrabble action. The three of us will be constant, but our fourth player will be whoever grabs that night.
Tonight was the first Scrabble Sunday. Our fourth player/team (Casey and Taylor) slaughtered us. While I expected to be beat, I thought it would be Cole, master of points. I am honestly not a very good player. However, it is the perfect opportunity to do something I enjoy, drink something great and spend time with two of the people I admire most. Yea for Scrabble Sundays!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I have also loved becoming a listener. Last night I visited with Erelene. She has been to all 50 states which was a big accomplishment from coming from a diary farming family in Milton, Tennessee. She was also a teacher and once ran away to New York. A couple of days ago I met Mr. Issac. He was a prankster back in the day. (I think he still might be!) Anyways, he ran around BGA screaming the war was over with some friends. Not only did BGA cancel school, but the city of Franklin organized a little parade. He got into some trouble for that one.
I have enjoyed my time with the older generation. Hope they have enjoyed it too!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
While it is incredibly tempting to blog about how much I hate this transition stage, tonight I am going to just say...
I am thankful I get to be a part of my friends' and family's future events. In a couple of weeks, Ashley and Tyler will marry. In September, Emily and Sean will have Jakson. This past weekend I went to Arkansas with Lauren, Susan and Nelda to find Lauren's wedding dress. It was a quick girls getaway. It is so nice to be able to share in everyone's happiness.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Sunday and Monday, I was so jet- lagged I did not do anything but sleep and become addicted to Jon and Kate Plus 8.
Tuesday, I went with Dad on a road trip to Bristol, VA. It was nice to catch up. I got to see my aunt and grandmother too.
Wednesday, caught up with some of my good friends. I got to have lunch with grandparents and family.
Thursday, I enrolled at Lipscomb for grad classes, looked at cars, typed resume, got a job and practically moved in overnight with my friends Janet and Tiffany.
Today I start work.
Busy week... Things are going well. I do have my moments where everything seems so overwhelming I cannot help but cry. I miss China. I miss the Yichang 5. I miss a lot. A lot though to look forward to here too.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Become a good teacher
Sustaining the lives of pets:
Walking to class in the rain on slippery marble
Keep a tree alive
Becoming a better person.... (getting there!)
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I did pretty well considering how emotional I am until it was time to say goodbye to these boys. My Monday night boys. My first class in China. We used to cry together because we missed home (the first couple of weeks in China) and last night we cried because we will miss each other.
This seriously has been the best two years of my life. My uber amounts of tears just show how much I love this place and these people. It was a good season.
Big mistake. Big.
Remember in first grade when somebody would cut their own bangs obscenely short? I look like a first grader went to town on my bangs.
This has got to be Murphy's law or something... When you have not seen people in a year or more and something happens to make you look ridiculous. So thankful I have a month until Ashley's wedding.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Never again do I plan on being the last to leave.
Today we dropped Katie and Kim off at the airport. I had thought a lot about saying goodbye to my Chinese friends, but I did not really think about how hard it would be to say goodbye to my American friends. I guess I just naturally assumed we would see each other soon because we are from the same country. However, after a busy summer Katie and Kim will be moving to Yunnan province here in China. I am not sure when our paths will cross again, but I am true grateful for these past two years with them. They have made me a better person. Truly. Everybody needs a Katydid and a Gaudy Gaugler in their lives!
Miss you girls already. So proud of your decision. A new season of blessings. Love you.