Saturday, May 29, 2010

30 Before 30 Update

#20- Pay off the Crv...check!
We cut our loan short 3 years and decided just to pay off the CRV. Now we will have no monthly payment while we are in Seminary. Yipee!!!

#25- Go on a vacation with friends...Check!



We were invited to spend my Spring Break with friends in Corolla, NC. We got summer-like weather, so we were able to hang on the beach for hours. It was such a fun time to spend with college friends!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sweet Virginia

The title of this post really says everything.  This became really evident at a house show I attended last night where the artist (Wendell Kimbrough) played a song titled, "Sweet Virginia".  During that song it hit me that I really am about to leave this fine land they call Virginia.

Many of you probably know I would consider my self a southerner, but more importantly at least to me is that I consider my self a Virginian first.  Most of you won't understand the place this state holds in my heart, but it is as much a part of me as I am of it.  You see my father's family has been in VA for as long as we can trace back the family line, my mother's family can trace their line back to the prominent Virginian Zachary Taylor.  Virginia is just in my blood.

With all of that said this sate is the only place I have called home.  It is sad to think I am leaving this the hallowed ground of Washington, Jefferson, Lee, and countless others for a place that calls itself the Show Me State.  Im sure I will cry many times over my last few weeks here, but the tears I shed last night listening to Wendell sing "Sweet Virginia" were my first.

I will miss this state, but more than that I will the community we have here, the family that lives here, and the memories that were made here.  I leave with a song that while not politically correct to many, is currently on my mind.

"Carry Me Back to Old Virginny"

Carry me back to old Virginny.
There's where the cotton and corn and taters grow.
There's where the birds warble sweet in the spring-time.
There's where this old darkey's heart am long'd to go.
There's where I labored so hard for old Massa,
Day after day in the field of yellow corn;
No place on earth do I love more sincerely
Than old Virginny, the state where I was born.
Carry me back to old Virginny.
There's where the cotton and the corn and taters grow;
There's where the birds warble sweet in the spring-time.
There's where this old darkey's heart am long'd to go.
Carry me back to old Virginny,
There let me live till I wither and decay.
Long by the old Dismal Swamp have I wandered,
There's where this old darkey's life will pass away.
Massa and Missis have long since gone before me,
Soon we will meet on that bright and golden shore.
There we'll be happy and free from all sorrow,
There's where we'll meet and we'll never part no more.
Carry me back to old Virginny.
There's where the cotton and the corn and taters grow;
There's where the birds warble sweet in the spring-time.
There's where this old darkey's heart am long'd to go.




With much Love,
Marty

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Congratulations!

My sweet high school friend, Keely, just had a healthy baby girl. She is the first from our close group of HHS friends to have a little one, and she did it in Africa! Way to go Keely. I wish I could be there to see you and sweet Raelyn Grace.




Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week. Each day had a specific theme, and students brought in presents for the teachers according to the theme. On Friday, the theme was "Something for your teacher to enjoy over the summer". Most students gave me beach towels, Tropical smoothie or ice-cream gift cards, nail polish, etc. One present stood out among the rest. Here it is...

A cute pink party tub held two HUGE margarita cups, a lei, flower hair clip, flamingo drink stirrers, umbrella picks, flamingo straws, flamingo napkins, a tiki torch, a beach towel and an ABC gift card (shown below).
This family really knows what kindergarten teachers face daily, and wants us to relax well this summer :) Enjoy your Saturday!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Seminary Updates...

A friend told me we need to start writing down how we have seen the Lord work in our transition to Covenant, to encourage us in times where we struggle to see the Lord moving and working. We have been blessed to have some details smoothed out, in even better ways that we had hoped. Marty was offered an opportunity to be the on-call maintenance man at Seminary. This means he would be on-call every evening until the morning when the maintenance man returns to work. He will be responsible for fixing or stabilizing a problem and contacting a person to fix a problem. This is a great chance for Marty to work while studying from home and will not interfere too much with his schooling. One of the best parts is that it guarantees us an apartment on campus which is really where we wanted to live. Marty's paycheck will just come off of our rent, which is a huge blessing. Our rent will be $700 cheaper than our current rent; this is such a provision when we are cutting down to one salary. Quickly, God has provided a place to live that we can afford and a part-time job that Marty can do while working on school. Pretty sweet, right!
Currently, I am still looking for a teaching position. We have moved all unneeded furniture to Marty's parents house and are starting to pack up some things. Lots to do, yet God has been good and faithful to us already in the details.