Anthony's mom left yesterday morning which brought on a myriad of emotions. On the one hand we had to say another goodbye and we lost our one last connection to home. On the other hand we were finally on our own at our new place. It was so good to have her here to meet people and to help, but there's something about trying to have a "normal" routine. The first half of the week was so busy with unpacking, trips to Walmart (yes, we have a Walmart here), and dinner/lunch dates that we have cherished yesterday and today's quietness.
Since we've been here, both Anthony and I have felt so much affirmation that this is where we are supposed to be. So many people have told us stories about the journey to this point and so many people are 100% supportive of us. This helps so much when the moments of doubt and fear come. It also helps when I start missing home. This hasn't happened too much yet, mostly due to the fact that I've barely had time to think. But then I find myself wanting to call Brett or Little One to see what's going on tonight. Or I want to call my mom and see if we can come over for dinner. Then it hits me. But for now, I'm focusing on the excitement of a new place and a new adventure.
I've also started thinking a little more about what I want to do while I'm here. The more and more I think about it, the more I like the idea of substitute teaching again. For one, it pays almost double what it did in Indiana. Also, I like the idea of a flexible schedule. I can still get involved as much as I want at the church and work when I can. I can also work around Anthony's schedule. However, I was doing some research online today and ran into a snag. They're a lot more strict with subs here. Since I don't have an education degree, I would have to take a class (maybe more). They have a certain number of hours of classes that I would have to complete in order to be a substitute in Iowa. This is a big pain, not to mention the cost. I've already been subbing for 4 months, what could a class possibly teach me? Anyways, this could be tricky timing wise as well. Chances of me getting into and completing a course before the end of the school year are slim. We'll have to see if it's worth doing in the fall or if I should look for something else.
Well I think that's about all. It will definitely be an adventure when next week comes and Anthony actually starts his job. For now we are basking in our weekend of just the 2 of us with no responsibilities.
Until next time,