I spent five hours in school today. Just organizing this and that, and getting my computer updated. About twenty minutes before I left the principal came into my room. We talked briefly about the upcoming school year, technology, and behavior styles of students. It was just a refreshing small part of my day because it continued to demonstrate to me that I’ve arrived to the education world.

For that, I am grateful.



After a board meeting, some news releases, and a few emails I found a document in school account.

My official contract.
The. Real. Deal.

Even with class preparations going strong it still doesn’t feel real. It’s definitely something that’s hard to convey, but I love this sensation of joy.


XXXI: Achievement Unlocked

In a few days I’ll be embarking on a mission trip to the southern tip of the state of Missouri, referred to frequently as the “bootheel” (and spoken as ‘boothill’). There I’ll be partaking in some activities with the local community, hanging out with kids, a little painting, and all sorts of other random goodies.

I’m rather excited about this trip because it’s my first with the church family that Darco and I spend time with throughout the week. Additionally though, I’m really, really excited because it’s my first mission trip with my wife. Continue reading

Mobile Minutes: Variety

In one hour I can go from creating a lesson plan for Vacation Bible School, to inserting C++ code for a new beer released by a brewery on their website, to diving into a new novel for my social studies class next year, to heading out for training series on the track.

There’s something to be said about joy of variety.


Mobile Minutes: Cruising Along

I made it one day…

After Tuesday had fully passed, a day of doing quite literally nothing, the reality began to set in.

I have to find something to do.

The 'dark one' is ensuring that I get work done.

The ‘dark one’ is ensuring that I get work done.

It turns out that summer vacation is no longer like the summer of my yesteryears. I wake up around 7:00 AM without even trying to force myself awake. I brew coffee, I access my email, and I start my day. I gladly grab books to read, conversations to finish, posts to edit, and by noon I’m thinking about what my salad is going to look like.

Sweet mother, I truly am acting like an adult.

The reality that I’m learning is that while the summer does mean that teachers don’t report to class, they are still hard at work. Whether that’s increasing their education, decreasing their weight (hehe), or even preparing lessons and reading for the next school year, there’s something that is always needing to be done. I’ve just learned that I thought I could manage one week ‘away’ from all of it, but the fun truth is, it’s too enjoyable to step completely away from. So, for today it’s myself, the dark one, a cup of coffee, reading books, and streamline thoughts.

That’s not too bad of a life.


XXXI: Fresh Start 2.0

What if we got our Christmas present early this year? We can grab it on Black Friday probably…

Thankfully, I’m still in awe at how good God is to us, especially considering that none of us deserve any of His grace. It’s been an adventurous, heart warming past couple weeks for Darco and myself. As noted in the earlier post, I was offered a teaching position at the school of my dreams for next year. I gladly accepted. Darco’s review for promotion was yesterday, and again I’m humbled to report that she also was promoted to store manager of her Starbucks location in the city. These are both major changes for both of our careers, each of which we hold delicately and passionately. Continue reading