2010 was one crazy year! As a teacher, I usually think of years being school years and sometimes I have to think if something happened last year or last school year. I get confused. Let's see if I can recap.
Matthew proposed on December 20th and the first 6 months of 2010 were all about getting ready for the wedding, marriage, and moving.
School was pretty tough. I mean really tough. Looking back I know that the teaching and the students didn't make it unbearable. It was the lack of professionalism and working with people you couldn't trust with a 10 foot pole (besides a few people). It made me question whether or not I made the right decision in becoming a teacher. I spent the spring really considering grad school in order to get my Masters in Social Work. When I was at Baylor I was able to spend A LOT of time at Mission Waco and serving the poor/homeless and I loved it. I decided that if teaching wasn't my thing then Social Work must be it! I started grad school at UTA in the fall and as soon as I started interviewing places for my internship I realized that Social Work isn't what I am supposed to do. I decided to quit in the middle of the semester. It was a really hard decision to make but I know I made the right choice.
I was super duper sick for the first half of 2010. I came pretty close to needing minor heart surgery but it was scary enough. I'm so thankful that Lord is The Great Physician. Got the heart under control and therefore got the passing out problems under control. I've also been on a miracle drug and haven't had any major allergy, sinus, or asthma problems since the spring! That is one big deal!
Planning the wedding was a lot of fun! There were a few stressful times but it seemed like everything fell into place; like it was meant to be :) Matthew's favorite party of wedding planning was cake testing. His least favorite was licking the envelopes and sticking the stamps on. He was a great sport.
I had my bridal portraits done.
We had engagement photos done.
Had a bachelorette party (photos not appropriate :P )
And we had an incredible wedding!
My lease in my apartment was up in February so I got to live with my partner in crime, Angie, for a few months. We had way too much fun together. We could write a book about our adventures of living together.
In June I quit teaching at the school I had been at for 3 years. It was hard to leave the students and a few friends but I really wasn't sad to leave. Matthew and I moved into our new apartment.
Matthew and I went on the PERFECT honeymoon. We spent 2 nights in San Francisco down at Fisherman's Wharf and then drove to Healdsburg in the Sonoma Wine Country. We spent 4 nights at a cute bed and breakfast. The owner used to be the head chef at Churchill Downs in Kentucky and made the most delicious breakfast. We visited wineries, drank wine all day long, and even went on a hot air balloon ride! I can't wait to go back.
My grandmother sold her house and I was able to spend some time with her helping her move. It was a lot of fun to go through my grandparents things. It made me miss my granddaddy like no other but it was good to talk about it him as much as we did.
This fall I helped teach Sunday School to K-3rd graders. It was a lot of fun and as cute as can be but I don't know what to do with those little people.
I've been fortunate to do some long term substitute jobs this semester. I've already been hired for this school district and both schools that I've taught at want to hire me for next school year.
My dad has been cancer free for all of 2010 :)
The Lord has been so good and faithful. I'm healthy, my family is healthy and I never thought I would be married, especially in my 20's and here I am, married to my best friend and the one and only man for me.
I'm looking for to what the Lord has in store for us in 2011.