life beyond the well…

Finally taking a breather…

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I’ve neglected this blog. I can admit that I have. But it’s happened for a good reason- I’ve been busy. To be quite honest, school has been kicking my behind. Big time. I mean, it hasn’t been anything that I couldn’t handle, but it’s been a little more than I would choose to handle all at once. I’ve been bombarded with readings, tests, take home exams, more readings, class projects, more readings…and yes, more readings. But it’s all good. I’m keeping my eyes on that May 12, 2007 prize: GRADUATION! However, I will say this- if my first semester at UGA had been like this semester, I’m almost certain that I would have reconsidered the entire idea of a masters program. Good thing the Lord knew what was up before I did…

I’ve been struggling to make decisions about the future. In one of my posts a few weeks back, I wrote of having lots of options and not being sure what to do about all of the options because they could all lead me to the job that I really want to have. However, in a bold move of certainty (if you could call it that), I’ve decided that I won’t go back to school after I finish this May. At least not immediately. It’s about time that I head out into the real world with my shoulders back and my head up, ready for everything that’s coming my way. But, that means that it’s time to start the job search. I suspect that most of next semester’s surprisingly free schedule will be spent at job fairs all over the state of GA. Something different for me, but something exciting nonetheless.

As I think about my future teaching career, I can’t help but feel apprehensive about entering a school setting now. I want to provide my students with the tools that they need for survival, but I also want to be safe. I want to make a difference. I want to be the change that I wish to see in the world. However, all of these school shootings make me VERY nervous. It adds one more thing to the list of things to be concerned about as a teacher. I honestly never thought about safety, but it’s quickly moving to the top of the list.

Something I saw on the news that made me particularly excited was the dedication of a monument to James Meredith at the University of Mississippi. The student paper at Ole Miss, the Daily Mississippian had a number of really good articles about the dedication of the monument. Here are some of those links:

The DM Editorial

The New South Begins…

Meredith Monument Dedicated…

So there we have it…hope all is well with you and yours. Be encouraged!

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Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

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