Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Road Warriors

Only a week after getting settled in our new city, Brandon, Rev, and I loaded up the Explorer again to head back down 65-South. We were excited to see our friends and family again and marry off some of our best friends Chad and Allison, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that I was kinda bummed to head back to Baton Rouge already and go through the goodbyes all over again. Don't get me wrong, we will always cherish the time with our amazing friends and family, and summer is great time to take advantage of just packing up and going. But Nashville is our home now, and the more time we spend here, the more it will feel like home. It's where we're supposed to be. The Schoonmaker wedding was absolutely beautiful. As they desired, it glorified the Lord rather than them, and that's so rare in weddings today. They definitely understand the "bigger picture." At the reception, we danced like we were back in high school, and Brandon was definitely the hottest, best best man. For some reason, I went to the wedding without my camera, but here are a couple of Allison's beautiful bridals. (Photos by Amber Burger.)

In job news, I still got nothin. I had an interview last week for a middle school math position in Metro Nashville. I was excited just to hear something back, but as I researched the school, I started realizing it would be a whoooole lot different from what I was used to at Oak Grove (read: low income, urban, struggling students, and as one of the administrators described it: "emotionally unsafe"...). The interview went great, and the door was still open for me to decide, but God was clearly telling me no. As desperate as I am for a job, I didn't want to just take the first option and be miserable next year. I needed discernment, and the Lord (our Jehovah-Jireh) gave it to me. I trust Him to continue to provide. I'm exploring other options too. As much as I love teaching and devoted 5 years of my life to train to be a teacher, teaching may not be what the Lord has for me in this season. I'm exploring other options like administrative assistant, etc. This might sound like I'm giving up, but I'm not. I hear that it still is early for hiring teachers, but I'm also just starting to think about Plan B.

I love the visual image that David creates in Psalm 16:8. "I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken."

[Completely unrelated and probably pointless since all 5 of you that read this already voted, but...] Laura Reaux, a Lafayette photographer is giving away a creative photo shoot, and Natalie and Valerie are in the top 5, and I would love to see how their shoot comes out. I'm not sure if you can vote more than once, but check out and vote now!

Brandon, Rev, and I are getting back on the road tomorrow, but this time heading southeast to Columbia, SC! I'm sooooo excited to catch up with my sister and brother-in-law and spend our afternoons swimming with my niece and nephews until our fingers turn pruny :) I love watching Brandon play with the kids too. He's gonna be such a great dad one day. I know I won't forget my camera this time, so I'll update soon with highlights of our visit!

Until next time...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Welcome Home!

greetings from Music City!! we left bright and early Monday morning and arrived 567 miles later in about 10 hours (keep in mind, we had to drive slower and stop more with Rev... don't let the # of hours stop you from coming to visit! :) ) with the help of Brandon's wonderful parents, we managed to unpack more than half the moving truck on Monday and finished up on Tuesday. i can't express how thankful i am for their help and support. our move was completely flawless...praise God!! the only small scare was when the Explorer's "check engine" light came on, but it eventually turned off. anyway, the four of us worked hard on Tuesday and Wednesday to get things in order and make our apartment look like home. we weren't sure if we'd have room for everything, but we're managing to make do. just don't mind the fact that our master bathroom closet contains not only extra bar soap and deodorant, but also a George Foreman grill, blankets, and some board games...just to name a few.

it's been fun to drive around our area to check out all the restaurants, malls, grocery stores, and local shops. i can't tell you how excited i was to find a super walmart less than a mile away! i'm sure we'll be exploring for a while...we just want to get our bearings down so that our tours are at least a little exciting when all of you come to visit :)

brandon started back at work today as a "remote technical support representative" for PreSonus (translation: answering emails in his underwear :) ). we're so thankful that he was able to keep his job for the summer and work part-time when school starts back up in the fall. speaking of work, i'm still jobless. i haven't had many leads at all, which is frustrating, but i'm trying to stay positive and not get overwhelmed. i know our God is a faithful provider, and i know we're in His hands. it's just a matter of choosing to believe and holding onto that truth that makes it tough. so please continue to pray for peace and guidance regarding jobs and also making friends, finding a church, and all the other things associated with adjusting to a new city.

allright, enough of my blabbering. here are some pics of our apt as of tonight...still a work in progress of course! love and miss you all!

he's our real-life welcome mat :)

i told you girls i'd find the perfect place for it :)

when you walk in, you have your laundry room on the right...

and the guest bathroom on the left.

then there's the guest room/studio straight through the bathroom. this is definitely a work in progress!

view of the living room from the guest room. still trying to figure out what to put on that big wall... the TV is on the wall facing the couch & chaise.

lovely, "quaint" kitchen...we had to get creative with the storage!

kitchen & dining room/my summer classroom, view from the front entrance

wonderful indoor storage!

now let's head back to the master bedroom/bath...

our master bathroom may be my favorite place in the's HUGE!

here's the random crap-collecting closet that i mentioned :)

our balcony view is beautiful...quite different from the flat Louisiana landscape!

until next time...