Greetings, readers! I know it’s been entirely too long. But the last time I posted we were battling with the feelings of hopelessness because we hadn’t gotten full time teaching positions despite having tried our hardest. Miraculously, Brian received an English teaching position in a small Nebraska town and we packed our things and moved to an even SMALLER town.

With Brian’s paid full time job, I was also offered some great opportunities in Litchfield. I am the new head speech coach (with Brian as my assistant). I’m also helping with the school’s after school program. It doesn’t pay much and is only 10-ish hours a week, but it satisfies my soul!

I also head over to the school every morning with Brian and help him teach speech class — and I help him out by planning most of our activities and lectures.

So no, our dream situation of both finding jobs near Grand Island and getting to stay in our lovely apartment didn’t come true. But what we have is so much better. Brian is a great English teacher and seems to have a great report with the staff and all of his students. If I can’t teach full time, I’m doing exactly what I’d want to be doing. Coaching, subbing for great kids (whom I also have a great report with), and helping with the after school program — which allows me to work one-on-one and in small groups with some awesome elementary kiddos.

Oh, and our house! That’s right, we upgraded from a small (but perfect for us) 2 bedroom apartment to a ridiculously well priced, newly (and by newly, I mean they’re still working on it as we speak!) renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom HOUSE with a deck and gardening space! And our landlady… yeah, she’s probably the nicest lady we’ve ever met. She’s so good to us!

Adjusting to life in a small town has been an adventure. We were used to going to the store almost daily this summer. And eating out — or at Hy-vee — about once a week. Needless to say, we’ve had to change our eating and shopping habits. We plan for at least a weeks worth of meals before making a huge shopping trip to Wal-Mart or HyVee on the weekend.

My parents got us the BEST house warming present ever! A DEEP FREEZE! It’ll be great to start stocking up on meats, veggies, and other frozen goodies. Hopefully that will help us this winter so that we can make it two to four weeks between shopping trips.

I think that pretty much sums up life for the time being. We’re still working on getting into routines and figuring out small town life. But, we’re happy. God’s plan for our life was so much better than our plan was. It was a summer of practicing having faith that things would work out. A summer of learning to be patient and letting things happen. A summer of testing our strength as individuals and as a married couple.

Today, the fall equinox, is the beginning of a new season. A chance to let go of all the bad feelings we had over this summer. And we can do that.

We’re making wheat bread and chili from scratch, lesson planning, and watching movies and football. Life is good. We’re so grateful for where we are right now.