I created this blog a few weeks after my first child, whose name the blog bears, was born, yet at that point I didn't have a clear focus for writing and, as a college English instructor, knew I couldn't produce quality blogs without a purpose. Now, two years later, I've found a purpose and the time in which to write.
In March, I resigned my position as first-grade teacher at Meadow Oaks Academy, Mesquite, TX, due to an unethical situation I could not participate in. Two days after Nathan and I decided I should resign, we found out we are expecting our second child. Though I tried fervently to find a Christian school position for the 2010-11 school year, the Lord hasn't opened any doors. In fact, it seems that He's firmly shut the door for now. For a variety of reasons--pregnancy nausea lingering into the second trimester, Ashley's being on the cusp of complete potty training, and the horror of putting a six-week old into daycare--we've decided I'll stay home until the 2011-12 school year. So here I am, plenty of time on my hands to read, study, and write about things that matter to me.
The four years I spent teaching writing at Pensacola Christian College gave me confidence that, whatever I have to say, I can say it effectively. I used to fear writing, but now I believe it's exactly what I need. I've got so many ideas in my head these days that I can't settle down to nap, even when the pregnancy is wearing me out. It's the right time to get those ideas out of my head and onto "paper." So, whether anyone reads my blog or not, I've given expression to my thoughts and used those writing principles I've tried to instill in hundreds of students.