Can you tell it is December? I feel like every night has been booked since Thanksgiving and we are just coming up for air. Does anyone else feel that way?
Well, Marty finished his last exam yesterday...yipee! He has been working day and night for the past two weeks on final preparation, papers and group projects. He feels confident that although the tests were hard, he passed them all. We will see when grades are posted.
Last night we finished our Christmas shopping, wrapped everything and enjoyed some time reconnecting at Bread Co. (Panera here in STL) thanks to teacher gift cards. We have a wedding tonight to celebrate the marriage of a seminary friend, and then we are on the road bright and early heading for PA.
I had the sweetest moment with a child yesterday that I want to share with you, even though it is mostly so I remember. One of the students I work with everyday on reading is named David. He provides me with daily laughter because of his cute comments and sweet spirit. He came to find me yesterday as I was doing carpool at the end of the day. He gave me this big bag of baked goods, and I proceeded to tell him thank you and to have a Merry Christmas. Then he looked at me with his first grade voice and big brown eyes and said, " Mrs. Cates, I have really enjoyed reading with you this year. Thank you so much for teaching me how to read. I can't wait to come back to school and read with you more." I teared up like a big baby and so did all the teachers around me :). God is so good to give us these brief moments and glimpses of affirmation, to know that He has planned this job for me, when I didn't want to move out the STL, to help David and kids like him. He knew I would love this job and see other options for me to still teach, yet not be overwhelmed by an entire classroom of students. God is good, all the time!
We got married on May 19, 2007 in Blacksburg, VA and have been loving every minute of it. We lived in Norfolk for 3 years after getting married while Marty worked in sales and Meredith was a kindergarten teacher. We now live in St. Louis, where Marty is pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Covenant Seminary and Meredith is a kindergarten assistant / reading intervention teacher. We hope through this blog we can share just a little bit of our life at Seminary in Missouri and our journey as not so new newlyweds with you.