I have thought about this post over and over, but to be completely honest with you, I have not had time to type it. Since I have been back in America it has been a crazy whirlwind adventure. Running around like a chicken with my head cut off would be an understatement. Mom and I landed in Little Rock from our Thailand trip around 8:00 pm and Josh and I left on this Florida adventure around 10:00 pm that same night. Yes, you read that correctly. We had about a two hour turn around. Josh was loaded and ready to go!
I should have taken Josh being so ready to go and eager as a sign of what was to come. Once we arrived in Florida, I have jumped through all the hoops to get certified to teach here. Florida is really expensive to get certified, but for the most part took all of my Arkansas certifications. I ONLY had to pay around $1,000 and take two tests. Everything came down to the line, literally. I took one test, and started work the next day.
I started school with one job (literacy coach), and a different job opened (Middle School Reading) so, I moved to that. It has been a crazy adventure for sure. Sixteen weeks ago, when Josh left Australia, he planned on buying a Fedex route, and I planned on getting a job teaching elementary school. Yeah, again God had different plans. Josh will open Glass Doctor of Brevard County this week and I am and teaching middle school.
Do you ever feel like there is a soundtrack for your life? No? Am I the only one? I absolutely love musicals. I catch myself so often having a song play in my head that fits with the situation. Can you imagine my life being a musical? What if Music just started playing out of the heavens and people start dancing around like Spring Sing? My soundtrack for this season in my life would be filled with a lot of dramatic build up, and loud bangs. In my car, that is a different story, it would be Hillsong music blaring as loud as when we met in The Met nightclub. At the moment I am waking up around 4:30, having quiet time, getting ready and leaving for school no later than 6:00. I live around 30 minutes from the school, but it is also on a busy highway that has frequent wrecks that shut it down for hours. So I have to try and get ahead of the traffic. At school I am averaging walking four miles in the room about each day, (I love that feature on Apple Watch). I’m required to be at school from 7:20 am - 3:20 pm, but I seldom leave before 5:30. Teaching 6. 7, & 8 reading is a whole new world from elementary school. After work I usually head to the office to help Josh with whatever he needs to help the business get going, since employees do not officially start until September 10. We both usually roll in around 8:00, eat something I put in the crock pot fourteen hours earlier, watch Heartland and crash.
I think Josh and I have broken every, "When we move back to America we won't...." rule we made in the short time we have been back. I should have never tried the new extra toasty Cheez-it if I didn't want to get addicted to orange cheese again. Josh and I said we would not fall into the work and no fun cycle again, and be more like Aussies and work to live. But setting up a new business, starting a new job, and moving into a different job do embrace “work to live” at the moment. I remember the days in Australia where we had free time, or a weekend to go explore. We will have that one day, but for now, we are breaking the rules, hunkering down, and taking care of business.
So at this point in our life, we are just praying that we are still making the decisions that God has set out for us. The other day during my quiet time I was reading Ecclesiastes, I loved how it is a whole book about how “stuff” doesn’t really matter. The whole book is about that, you should go back and read it. God wraps our package during the whole book, telling us what matters, and then ties a pretty bow on the package with the last verses, to put life in perspective. You really should go read it. We know this fast time in our life is only temporary. I will get the hang of teaching Jr. High, Josh will have employees, the business will open, and we will have time to explore. The beach is only 15 minutes from the house so we have a quiet and peaceful spot ready for us when things do slow down. For now we are hanging on and trying to enjoy the ride.
So the blog is going to take a little break (it already has been, just making it official) till we have time to actually explore the area. As we explore or have visitors, I will share the adventures. We have explored when Mom can and when Dad came for a bit with two visits to NASA, airboat riding, and a little beach time. I mean, this week has been so much better, come on, I actually had time to type this. So who knows, we might be exploring sooner than later :)
I know a lot of people have been wondering what our next plan is so.......
When Josh and I were talking about moving back to the States, we both knew I didn't want to leave my students in the middle of a term. I didn't want them to have me as a teacher on Friday, and then a new teacher on Monday. We wanted to transition to be as seamless as possible for the kids. So for that reason I stayed in Australia for six weeks longer.
My first day out of Australia I flew into Thailand really early in the morning. To help me stay awake, I had a tour booked through Viator. Josh and I had already been to Bangkok, so me and the tour guide didn't see the normal high points. Our first place he told me I had to ring the bell, to let Buddha know I was there.
Wow, I am mixed with so many emotions, missing Josh, happy to be getting to see my Mom in Thailand (in a couple of hours), sad because I will no longer "live" in Australia. the happiness and gratefulness of meeting such amazing people while here, and the sadness they will no longer be my local group. Being an expat you really learn to lean on your friends like they are family. I will for sure miss my Aussie Family. If your looking for a sappy post about my experiences here, I just don't have it in me. This is all I got through the tears of joy, laughter, happiness, sadness, and every other emotion I am feeling at the moment.