Confession 34: Catch Up

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I’ve posted!! Where has the time gone? I feel like so much has changed since I’ve last written. And, the fact that I haven’t posted in so long effectively means that the only one reading this will be me.

Well, our second son was born in June, five days before his big brother’s second birthday. It was beautiful. Stephenson Murod came out at just over six pounds. His name comes from my maiden name and the name of my husband’s best friend who died of cancer several years ago. We took Stephen home the day after he was born and he promptly slept for the first two weeks of his life. Everything with Stephen is easier than with his brother. He loves to eat (at 8 1/2 mos. he’s already pushing twenty pounds!) sleep, and is generally very happy. He loves to move and is already crawling and pulling up to standing on furniture. He delights in his big brother, who is just thrilled to be Stephen’s center of attention. Everything Garrett does is simply hilarious to Stephen.

Garrett continues to become a “little man”. He talks, constantly, and we now have what I would call complete conversations. He’s become obsessed with the movie Cars. We watch at least part of it on a daily basis and he quotes it to us throughout the day. He’s finally eating table foods and is filling out a bit, although his ribs are still visible through both his chest and back. But his face is filling out, so I’m not too concerned. He’s become a big fan of cookies, especially his Grandpa Stu’s cookies, so that’s become our tool for getting him to finish a meal.

I still love teaching high school. It’s so great to work for supportive administrators in a district that strives to be progressive. My students are at this moment attempting to stay awake while they finish reading Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. We only have a classroom set, so all of our reading has had to be done in class. I thought my student’s would really like the book, but they find it pretty dull. I think it’s because it’s non-fiction and they just don’t get a lot of that.

It’s funny to me that I was ready to give up teaching six years ago because I’ve found that I really love it. Although, I was on the blog page for Susan Pfeffer, a young-adult author who’s written/writing a series of books I love, and I couldn’t help but feel that familiar twinge of longing to do that for a living. But, I’d miss the kids, which is why I teach. And, I love exploring literature with them.

Things at the church are o.k. We went through a really rough spell, but things are turning in the right direction. I no longer want to leave as soon as possible, so that’s good. It helps that we’ve made some friends, other young couples who are transplants to our small community and have struggled as we have. I know Chris is doing good work. Plus, he will be ordained this summer! Ten years of hard work is finally coming to fruition. I’m so excited for him!!

Well, that’s about it. It’s hard to sum up a year in a nutshell. It’s definitely been a year of growth, both literally and figuratively! Until next time…

Blessings and Peace,

P.S. I was totally consumed by the Presidential Election and thrilled with the results. 1600 bn. dollars worth of debt however, not so much!