. . . with an update that I'm still here!
Lots of life happening, so here's a few good things:
Kearsten is wrapping up her student teaching in FL. She just got a call on Friday from the district she did her first 6 weeks of student teaching in offering her a teaching position for next school year! She is over the moon excited, & so are we! Another very cool thing: During this past 6 weeks in FL, Kiki was having a pretty sad time of it. Her host family was very nice, but she was the only person there & pretty far away from everybody & everything. It was beginning to wear on her, so I made a phone call...
to a friend I've never even met in person, but right here through my blog!! Is it not so very cool that God can use technology to make a friendship like that? I feel so blessed that I felt like I could call Rebecca on the spot to see if Kearsten could drop by for a visit & some family time, which without hesitation, she said to send her over. Get this: By the end of the day, they had Kearsten moving in with them to finish out the last couple weeks of her student teaching! I wish I had adequate words for how wonderful it is to know that someone was willing to step in physically where I couldn't. You can see a few pics of Kearsten with this sweet family on Rebecca's blog.
Ok, back to the updates. In Ohio, teaching jobs are few & far between, but Kaelee has already had a couple of promising interviews. I am excited to see which door opens for her. She also looked into relocating to SC, but she has been the head cheer coach at our high school for the past 3 years, so she would like to see her first group of freshmen through their senior year. She has been enjoying her position at nearby school doing reading/writing intervention.
I've got quite a few pictures of recent happenings, & the good news is that none of them contain snow! Yes, it seems springtime is finally moving into Ohio.
Not sure what was happening here...pajamas, carton of ice cream, & a spoon. Oh, Daddy.
We've also had a lot of basketball going on. Kade plays on a spring team that participates in tournaments each weekend. Did I share who his coach is?? His SISTER!!! Kam has a heart for coaching, so she had been in contact with the organizer of this competitive league thinking she would coach a girls' team. Just so happens they needed a coach for the 7th grade boys' team. We talked to Kade to see how he felt about that, & he was fine. So Kam took the challenge. I have been very proud & impressed at her ability to coach these boys. These tournaments have some pretty stiff competition & we are low on subs, but we hold our own. The boys respond to her, & when they've found themselves in really tight games, Kam has coached them through it. Joe & I have just been shaking our heads, & so have a lot of the coaches from other teams. ;) Kam has earned a lot of respect, & Kade is having a great experience.
Fun times. This weekend their basketball tournament is in the same city that I am running my first half marathon (yes, that's this weekend, & yes, I have some serious butterflies about it). I am so thankful at how the schedule is working out to do the half & then go enjoy some basketball in the afternoon.
Finally, today is a special day...3 years ago today, Kam & I were in Ethiopia meeting K'Tyo for the very first time. I can't even believe it!!!