Five years ago, I realized that October 1st was my very favorite day. Never before had I contemplated which of the 365 rotations of the earth made me happier than the rest. But five years ago, as I sat outside our local coffee joint with some dear friends, the breeze of that year's inaugural day of the tenth month felt different. It felt perfect. (Now, October 1st is a very special day in my extended family. It is my darling niece's birthday and her parent's anniversary!) The perfection of October 1st lies its embodiment of the season of fall. Today is perfection. Fall is here.
With the start of fall, I am going to start this puppy back up again. The end of summer has been quite the transition for us. Both Byron and I have started new jobs, and those adjustments have taken up much of our time. But finally, as that soft seasonal breeze begins to blow, I am having the chance to slow down and catch you all up on our lives a bit.
Byron left his position at Baylor to pursue an alternative teaching program at a local college; he soon landed his internship (which functions as a regular teaching position) and is now an upper elementary math and science teacher. This has by far been our biggest and most exciting transition in recent months. Google 'first year teaching' and you will soon see that is is not a smooth or easy transition, but it is almost instantly rewarding (at least some of the time). Each day, Byron comes home with a mix of silly and stressful stories. He is extremely happy to be doing what he is doing; and I am extremely happy to see him loving what he does!
I ended my second service term with Community HealthCorps and after a few weeks of funemployment was hired on with Baylor's Spiritual Formation department to serve as a program assistant/graphic designer/social media strategist. This is a department that I was very familiar with as a student and it is fun to move into this position and get to create the promotional materials to attract students to get involved. I am loving the chance to expand my artistic and creative skills at a real job! On my freelancing calligraphy front, I am pleased to be growing, and I look forward to the holiday season!
The turtles have moved on in life. They are now Byron's class pet and have learned to follow fingers and chomp at them.
The puppies are adorable, as usual. We are (always) thinking about expanding our animal family with a cat. But...worry not (parents!) I am highly discouraging Byron from this idea, as he suffers from 'cattergies' and would not be fun to be around for 3-6 months.
On another note, our favorite shows are back this week, I am making some killer dinners, we are drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes a LOT, and I am so excited fall is here!!!
It's good to be back, readers.
XOXO, m & b