Friday, July 24, 2009


is the Final Two Praxis Exams....and I can not bring myself to really study anymore. I am nervous but just as nervous about getting there than I am trying to complete the exam.

I feel horrible and nothing has gotten done today, tomorrow 2 major exams and a few hours at the church to finish the cleaning.

This has been a pretty bad week, ending with a no on a question that should have been a yes and the worst cramps ever!

Tomorrow should go smoothly though, i hope

pray for me if you are the praying kind

Monday, July 20, 2009

manic monday

Today hardly feels worth remembering but instead it is blog worthy because it started out awful and well continued to get worse. Today after paying our phone bill and buying groceries, we are completely broke minus about twenty dollars. With the upcoming raise of minimum wages, we are going to really be facing some hard financial times. Mainly because our wages stay the same and everything else goes up. Sigh, but God provides.
I spent several hours on the phone to determine that
1. Tim should be eligible for Loan Consolidation
2. THe Direct Loan Consolidation department did not sent the correct or any papers to the US Department of Education. I called one verified that they did not have the papers that were sent on the 24th of June, so back to the drawing board. It is another classic example of the fact that the more government involvement the more paper work and the longer it takes to get what sould be a simple process completed. It sucks, at this point, Tim won't be able to start school until January, We had hoped for an August start. This would get him into the mentality of study and work before I began my adventures in student teaching. I am hoping by some miracle that everything can get processed quickly! This opens up more options and a bit more money which we so desparately need.
My back is killing me, I am going to go lay down on our mattress and try and get some pain free relief.
The only highlight of this day was that I did complete two assignments, I can not wait to get this class done, hopefully so I can have a few days not in a classroom or doing classwork. Ugh tonight I am exhausted....thanks to anyone still reading...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I spent the entire day on the phone

But the end result was what I wanted..I passed my first two Praxis exams, so two down and two more on the 25th. I hope that I can manage to pass those as well. I was upset over the confusion because it said I passed according to Tennessee State Standards but not WGU. This was an error because the scores are required for their alternative Utah licensure after Master degree, I missed that score by three points. But nevertheless, I did pass for what I needed by 15 points in fact. I was so excited that at least the first two are a pass.
I did hate that it took me three hours and several calls to get the final answer and that my mentor did not know the right information, which is becoming the norm these days. Oh well another milestone at least half way through

I was also happy to see that my taskstream assignments are now saying 14/24. This means only ten more assignments and if I hurry through them maybe a week or so of being school assignment free before the next semester....It is still really hard because each assignment now means about four parts to each task. I am still nervous about going to talk with the new principal I am in hopes that she will be understanding and let me get five more assignments completed so at least my PCE will get finished. Hopefully that is a win win. I want the opportunity to complete my PCE Assignments and say goodbye or at least say until we meet again based on where I do finally get a job.
We are still on hold for Tim, his loan is still in cert status. so we are still waiting to see that it is okay for him to get to going to school. I am believing that God will remove any complications that stand in the way for him to go to school. This clearance will not only open the school opportunity but we believe the door to really open the door to do God's will. Much prayer for us as we once again wait on the Lord. My hopes is that it comes quickly so there are not issues with financial aid At Liberty. Tim, and I guess I am bias, but being his spouse and living with him day in and out I can honestly say that He tries to serve God and live his life in a way that would be pleasing to God. Thank you God for all the blessings even in this trying time.
Beyond school news, my heart was touched by my Hubby, he put up a link about Married Couples Without Kids, and a list of things people say, mostly in good intentions. He doesnt talk to me about this though a few times he has held me and said "babe, there just isn't anything I can do about it now. But I love you and I do believe somehow we will one day be parents." Bless him for hurting with me and desiring that God will grow his family.
Somedays, my faith waivers, but most days I know that God loves us, even in the bad times, but I need to see these things work out well. Prayer that God will help us reach our goals for a happy future.

Monday, July 13, 2009

School Update!

I had to have an interview with Bobby Cox today, to obtain permission from him to go do my Student Teaching in January, I was disappointed that I won't get to complete that at Morrison but the reality is that West Elementary is a lot closer and hopefully will be another experience to prepare me for a job Teaching in Warren county. He was nice and open minded about my school and made me feel really good about my school being NCATE certified. Woo Hoo good job WGU!
I did make a call today and found out that I will know the scores from my first two praxis exams tomorrow by 5pm Eastern. And even as I blog, I am trying to see what is going on with my Hubby's school so that He can get on working towards his dreams. I have really enjoyed, well mostly enjoyed, spending some time together talking about life goals and the directions we want our lives to take, I feel priviledge to be on the track to being a teacher and happy that there is only three academic classes remaining..and then a cohort seminar, student teaching, and student really it is almost over! This time next year, I will be interviewing again but for a Teacher happy! So excited! So nervous!
I am really hoping that Tim will also get a chance to follow his heart and pursue his dreams...if you are the praying kind...
Please pray for Tim and specifically that his loan will qualify for Loan Consolidation so he can get the funds to complete his master degree. This is a vital part of getting the ball rolling into our future. I am excited that he got into Liberty and happy that once he completes his Master Degree he can obtain another degree to get a better job.
I sure hope that tomorrow finds me excited about passing praxis exams!!!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Back to Reality

After a picture perfect birthday, the next day would be such a let down. I recieved an email stating that my mentor from my school called the School Board and was told that Morrison may not be able to support my student teaching experience at their school. I am hopeful that this will not affect my PCE Assignment completion. Well after determining that a FBI and a TBI background check was enough to go into the classroom, which is ridiculous since I had just finished doing this to get into the school in March. The end result is that I left a message on the person's phone and he was actually kind enough to call me back. I was happy to have the opportunity to have an interview set up for Monday afternoon at 2pm. Hopefully, it goes well and I can student teach, if not in Morrison than somewhere close by! There are several schools near by including West, Bobby Ray, and Hickory Creek. I am a little down having worked so hard establishing professional relationships and have finally learned my way around Morrison Elementary. I am just trusting that God will send me to the right place for my own good! But I really hope that I end up in a classroom environment where the teacher is friendly. I have learned that a teacher that does not want anyone in thier room can make your life difficult.
Oops I almost forgot, Today is Thursday...I am thankful that at least I got an interview...and two assignments turned in tonight!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Best Birthday so far...

Today I turned 31, Tim my DH turned 35.

Today was AWESOME! To begin with we slept to about 9am, and woke up with no official plans. We decided to head towards Murfreesboro, something that I have not really done, it is only about forty-five minutes away but has a lot more to do than McMinnville.

We went through Center Town and Woodbury

I drove there we drove around, got kinda cranky/grumpy so we stopped to have lunch at BK. Double Stackers all around it was great!

Then after driving by the Boys and Girls twice we opted to stop by and buy a Murfreesboro map. We went to the mall that everyone raves about and well we kinda liked Books a Million, but the rest was not our cup of tea. Then we decided to go and find Target, along the way we found Toys R Us, and a Sno cone. And we stopped in at Pier Import one, nothing great there. Oh yeah and we went to Party City, and got some things for the Children Worship Kids....

I was so pleased to not have anxiety while driving in a place I did not know. I have always struggled with driving and nearly passing out when I get into traffic or lost, I believe that this may have made my day. It has been an eternity since I did not feel like I was going to have a panic pleased. I hope this is a new leaf.

We came home for a little bit, had dinner at the Chinese Restaurant, went to Praise Practice, and then ran a few errands...picked up a Madea movie to watch and invited the MIL and SIL to ice cream and cake. We ended up playing Let's Make a Deal and watching a movie until 3am!

We had a great birthday! The weather was nice, the family got along and we even had a small adventure. Maybe this birthday will be the start of a great year!

We went back home then another way through Manchester

Friday, July 3, 2009


That is exactly where I am at in most stages of my life, educationally, financially, emotionally, even in my goal of being a Mommy....Today while I took my lunch break I made a list of everything I am waiting for:
1 day until the fourth of July
3 days until our Birthday ( Tim my DH, ME, and my dad) --I'm not so excited, this just means that not only am I getting older so are my eggs :(
3 weeks until I take the next set of Praxis exams to get a Teacher License in TN
5 weeks ( we hope less) until Tim gets the final answer on his financial aid situation
6 weeks unti School starts back at Morrison ( this is something I am looking forward because I need to finish those five PCE Assignments still)
8 weeks until Tim starts classes at Liberty ( assuming that week five works out...)
11 weeks student loan money--thank goodness for student loan forgiveness, I hate to take a loan but this time I really have to, we are so barely almost making it!
Now that was weird enough to take the time to make a list and check with a cell phone calendar but here is where is got weird
25 weeks until Christmas
26 weeks until 2010
27 weeks until Student Teaching Begins
40 weeks until I complete student teaching
42 weeks until I graduate....
And then hopefully insurance and a RE Appt.
I know silly, but in a really strange way this list makes me feel a little better. Like there is a plan...I am sure this is a sign of my OCD.....but lists are my thing as well as numbers.........
So here is my question, what is on your list? What are you waiting for?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thankful Thursday

So here it is again. Time to take a few minutes and be thankful. I am thankful that the same guy who is doing my PCE Assignments is also handling my student teaching.
I am thankful that Mrs. Tidwell, said last year that she would be willing to let me student teach in her class. I hope to benefit greatly from her twenty years of teaching and am so happy that she is willing to let me learn from her. I have a little concern over having one or two children from church in that classroom but in a small community and working in two churches there may be no way to avoid this issue.
This doesn't sound positive, but I am thankful that we are over half way through with this year. This year has been rough emotionally, physically, and financially. I am eager to complete this year and along with it the remainder of my book work so that I can focus on my student teaching experience. Come on 2010! I am also eager for the decision to be made to determine when Tim gets to start school: August, September, or January!
I am also thankful that my Dad sent me a birthday card, it is nice to be remembered. In this card was twenty five dollars, his grocery list, and a piece of paper that says simply Happy Birthday! I am not sure if the list is what he wants me to buy or if it just another sign of him wanting to get errands run quickly to get on the parkway and drive. My guess, since the weather is good, is parkway driving.
I am thankful even for all of this work, because in the end, I hope it ends with a new career and a chance to pull our family out of poverty! Wish me luck.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wordless Wednesday---Blast from the past!

Here are some pics from mine and Tim's childhood.
I love this picture of him and his sister Betty.
I love how 70's it is and how it looks like Tim is having to explain something to someone.

This picture is of me playing, I am willing to bet that my sister Marsha, put my hair up. I loved these skid proof pj's with feet. Why don't they make those for adults?

This picture is hilarious, I love Tim in a tie and I love the expression. I think he is saying why am I with these people and why must they continue to take pictures?
This was taken in April of 1982. I was four and I am sure this was part of my Easter gifts. It shows that my love of shopping was taught and my Mom encouraged me.