After a brief hiatus this June, I’m back and ready to write! Like any creative, there are times where my inspiration is lacking and I need to refresh and relax before jumping back into what I love to do. With that being said, I was writing most of June, just not for myself. My degree in technical and professional writing has sat untouched for the better part of the last year as I studied at Park University, taking classes in education, preparing for a career that I am confident is going to be fulfilling and wonderful but more about that later!
In the spring, an old friend reached and wanted to know if I was interested in writing copy for her photography website. Although I hadn’t used those skills professionally for several years, I was excited to stretch my muscles and do something different for a bit. For those wondering, copy is the written content of a website. I’ve also begun helping with her social media, including her Facebook and Instagram. If you’re in need of a wedding or engagement photographer (or just enjoy bright, joyful photography in your feed), go follow her @caitlinshepardphotodesign and be on the lookout for her stunning images! Caitlin took pictures of Josh and I years ago for my Pitt State graduation and her talent has only exploded from there. I highly recommend her, not only for her talents as a photographer but also for being a truly wonderful human being who makes any project you do with her a true success.
In other news, my son turned one at the beginning of the month. We celebrated with cake, ice cream, and his personal favorite, black beans with both sides of our families at different times. Josh and I were even able to slip away for a day and a half, dropping down to Eureka Springs, AR, for our first night away together since becoming parents. I’d love to tell you that it was a perfect little getaway, and although it was nearly perfect, I definitely miscalculated the number of bottles I would need for pumping and spent the better half of the wee hours of the morning debating one when I should pump, because once I did, I would be out of bottles. But beyond that, we had a wonderful time. The highlight of our trip was (as always with us) the food. We ventured to a new restaurant called the Grotto for drinks and an appetizer, only to find ourselves wishing we had chosen them for dinner. Of course, Local Flavor has never let us down and we were so glad we returned for the third time. Local Flavor will always hold a special place in our hearts, from engagement to honeymoon (as well as our stomachs, it is seriously so good!)
Our vacation was a blast, followed by Royals games, visits from friends and family, and now suddenly, it’s almost the end of June and I haven’t touched my blog! Yet here I am, feeling refreshed and ready to start sharing with everyone again, with one last announcement to share with you all…
As a teacher!!
At a Catholic school!!
Friends, you were with me a year and a half ago when I announced I was no longer attending law school and I was so touched by the utter downpour of love and support. I left law school with a plan in my heart, but a deeper understanding of faith and not imposing my will on God’s, which is why I avoided followup posts declaring myself an educator. Park University, in Parkville, MO, was a true blessing, working with my schedule and providing me with classes I didn’t even know I was going to need. I mean really, the History of Rhetoric, when am I going to use that?
Turns out, in August. I will be working in a school that uses a classical model, choosing primary texts over textbooks, teaching cursive, logic, and reasoning, and even rhetoric! As much as I complained about the classes when I was told I needed to take Shakespeare, I’ll be teaching Romeo and Juliet in less than a year. Don’t doubt that God puts you exactly where you need to be; God truly is good all the time. The past two years have been such a season of change and growth and I have no doubt that the next year is also going to be filled with exciting developments.
Thank you for reading and encouraging me through my many years of writing and I’m looking forward to where God leads me and my family next.