April 3, 2013

What's Next?

I've hit a point in the year when I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Next week is our state testing week, followed by Career Week (lesson plans are already done), and then...

and then...

S.P.R.I.N.G. B.R.E.A.K.

When we get back, we have only three weeks left in the school year (crazy, right?) before graduation and summer vacation! Yippeeee! We can finally go home and catch up with family and friends whom we haven't seen since Christmas!

I am super excited to meet these beautiful angels, born the day before my birthday to My Sister From Another Mister! Aren't they just precious? I love them sooooooo much and can't wait to hold them and tell them so!

Meet Elodie Elizabeth and Amelia Genevive. LOVE!
So, here's the part of my post where I confess that I'm actually kinda anxious about the end of the year. Because summer means Hurry-Up-And-Secure-A-Job-In-Illinois-So-You-Can-Move-Home!

Both Joel and I have been applying to whatever we can find, which hasn't been much. Of course, I've been diligent about searching for teaching jobs, but I've even branched out in my search. I really want to work with kids, so I started brainstorming other possible avenues: The Boys & Girls Club, YMCA... anyone have any other ideas???

I've even started looking at getting back into marketing (yes, I hated it... does that show you my desperation?) because the job market is just that poor. 

It's not even that I hate Louisiana or my job here so much as I miss my family and friends. I've missed out on so much - too much. I don't know if I have it in me, emotionally, to do it again. Baton Rouge just doesn't feel like home; we don't belong... as in, we don't have people we belong to. 

Please cross your fingers, send good vibes, say prayers if that's your thing. We need to find stable employment in Illinois by the time our lease is up at the end of June. Eeek!


  1. What a stressful time of the year this is. Contracts are ending, people are wondering if there'll be a position for them next year... I remember when it was me and it was NO FUN! I'm super lucky. I got into my school before some pretty serious rule changes to the hiring process, and last year was my first year teaching as a tenured teacher. It's really a different life when you don't have that job stress and uncertainty.

    You can hear it in your voice - you need to be closer to your family. I'm sending you LOTS of good vibes and I hope that you are happy next school year, wherever you are.


    1. Thanks, Krystal! I appreciate that more than you know!