Hope on the Horizon

Finally.   Officially, I am an adjunct instructor for the college facility on the local navy base!  I’ll be teaching Introduction to Geography and World Geography.  As crazy as some may think it is, I will also be substitute teaching in the local public schools.  

Honestly, we’ll see how it all works out.  I’m just happy to have something in the realm of work.  The college environment will be totally different than the other…  

Here’s to a new adventure!  

Oh, I probably haven’t mentioned thewedding planning. Yes, that is also happening.  I’m so excited to start my life with my best friend!  🙂  He’s amazing, listens to my ramblings, and makes me feel…wonderful.



Searching…for my New Life

The holidays have come and gone.  I’ve enjoyed some time with my family and my sweetheart.

It’s time to move forward.  My current adventure is quite daunting.  I’m unemployed and looking for work.  I have faith that everything will work out for the best.  He has stripped from me what I thought was amazing about last year…and replaced it with those things that are more important – family and a true love.  I’m grateful.  Granted, the amount of loss I have experienced over the last several months has been incredible.  However, I’m still standing…somehow, with the support of those who truly love me.

Maybe I’ll achieve the dreams I’ve truly wanted to pursue over the last 5 years?  Until those come to fruition, I definitely need an income.  *sigh*

Pride from Heaven

Dear Grandad & Grandma,

I know you can see what I’m up to; I know you’re proud and smiling down from Heaven.  Just wanted to let you know that I am extremely honored to be able to call myself your granddaughter.  I hope you beam when I succeed and I hope you laugh at me when I make my mistakes.  Grandad, I know you were rolling with laughter when I changed the oil in my mustang this weekend…I made glorious mess along with STILL not getting the right-tighty, lefty-loosy concept down into practice.  Imagining you doing so made my humor exactly what it needed to be to still enjoy the experience despite the mess.

In my limited experience as an adult, I’m realizing how incredibly precious you guys were.  Your love and devotion [to each other, to your family, friends and even strangers] was extraordinary.  I know it wasn’t a fairy tale and that there were rough times.  Given that fact, you two were definitely a great example for life in general.

My life has taken a lot of twists and turns over the last ten years.  I have not taken a step where I haven’t thought of you and thought of how much joy you provided.  I hold and cherish those memories each day.

🙂  I’m starting to see each of you in myself and some of the things I do.  Grandad, your influence and character example is helping me achieve my professional dreams.  Me Ma, your gentle disposition and caring spirit carries over into how I love my friends and family.

The list of things below guarantee to bring a smile to my face along with tears in my eyes.  Even with that, the thoughts and memories recall the joys of those days.  Precious they are.  Precious you are.  Always and Forever.

Memories and a Smile

– Thunderstorms & Lightning

– Cloud formations

– Fireworks on the Isle of Palms

– Pancake Breakfasts

– Early Sunrise Mornings

– Spaghetti Dinners [Dinners in general, Outback Steakhouse traditions]

– Gerber Daisies, Red Roses

– the Beach, the ocean, Sea Shells

– Sand Castles and Body Boarding, Swimming

– Rainy Days

– Bear [Big] Hugs

– your Smiles, your Stories

I Miss You.  I carry you with me EVERYWHERE I go.  I Love You.