Friday, August 24, 2007

The Beginning of the End . . .


Today marks the first day of classes for Don's last year of seminary!!! We are truly blessed with an easier schedule for both of us. Don has only four classes to complete to be eligible for graduation. He was going to be an over-achiever and squeeze in another hard class this semester because he loves the professor, but he decided against it (to my great delight). Next semester he has one main class that all seniors need to take before the end of their seminary career and we are also planning on going to the Biblical Counseling Training Conference again this year held in Lafayette, IN. Don receives an elective credit for taking this course, and it's great because I get to attend with him and it is a really great learning time for us!

I also have a slower schedule. As many of you know, I am no longer teaching 2nd grade. It is really neat how the Lord continues to prove over and over that we are in the center of His will. I ended on a great note, I had a great class and we had a lot of fun. I am now working from home. I had a friend who got me into what she was doing. I make my own hours and the pay is not bad (especially because I can do it in my PJ's!!). I am trying to still work part time (20 hours). I am also staying busy with the volleyball girls. The volleyball season has just begun this week and this is my last year coaching them. I am already sad, and it is just the first week. I love being with these girls. They are a lot of fun and are so sweet!

Godiva is still up to the same old routine. She begins her day with a stretch outside, going potty, a little breakfast to give her the strength to make it to the office floor, where she then proceeds to lay down and nap. This basic pattern occurs all day. Thankfully she has enough energy to now follow me around as I do the laundry or other various tasks of keeping up the home! I think she is grateful that I am home too, so she is not stuck in her 2'x3'x3' cage for eight to ten hours a day.

Thanks especially to family and friends who have been praying for us as we have gone through this seminary experience. God has been very gracious and He has proven Himself over and over to us. I can't speak for Don, but I know that He would never take back these years he has put into his further education. I am so very proud of my husband as he has followed God's direction and has excelled in what he has put his hand to.

Post Dedicated to: Shannon Conley - who gave me the inspiration and idea for this post! Congrats again on your little "Jason Bourne Conley"!!

14 comments:

Nate, Kris & Adrianna said...

Yeah for Don AND Katrina!!! We're so excited that the end is in sight for you guys. Believe it or not, you'll look back on most of it with fond memories - enjoy theml :-) (not the late nights of studying though). Hey, I think that Nate and I might be going to that seminar in Lafayette in Feb. too!!!!! how cool to see you guys there! And I'm so glad you're able to enjoy working from home, Katrina - you're going to love it. :-)

Amanda Lee said...

I am so happy for you and Don. You will love being done with school (both of you) This year will fly by and you will be done before you know it.

Conleys said...

Congratulations Don for the last day of school and Katrina- for helping him get to this point! Although, Don's one of the most disciplined students I know! You guys can see the light at the end of the tunnel! We are enjoying freedom from school especially now as Stephen hasn't had summer classes or fall now..it's weird. I'm so glad for you Katrina that you get to enjoy being home until you guys move. We are going to miss you guys. Thanks again for the other night. It was great fun. I switched tv channels to 13 now. :) We need to have another camping trip before we move.

We wanted to go to Lafayette conference this year, but I don't think that's going to happen now... :) Maybe next year.

T.J. and Shannon said...

Don, we are so happy for you making it to your final year. But we don't want to think about the year being over and having to say goodbye. Katrina, I'm glad your enjoying working out of your home.

Tim & Kristen said...

How exciting that this is the last year for Don!! I hope you enjoy coaching this year!! (I am sure you are doing a wonderful job!!) Also, I am glad you found a home job. Still looking forward to seeing a picture of the project you are working on!!

Kristin said...

Yeah!! We will be praying for Don as he finishes his last year. Katrina, I'm so glad that you are working from home; if only more wives and mothers would realize the freedom that they could have!!! I love working in my pj's and getting together with friends over coffee, etc as I "Work".

jeileenbaylor said...

We are so excited for you guys! I had a little taste of that last year, but short and sweet, right? hee hee

I hope this year of trasition goes really well for you. I will be thinking of you (mostly when I GET up and GET DRESSED for work :O) - no seriously, I know it will be great for you guys.
Love ya!

juliechall said...

I'm really pumped for you guys - I look forward to that feeling - we have been enjoying our seminary time a lot, but feel so eager for whatever the Lord does next. I am continually learning to seize the opportunities I have today and not always look to the future!

Bonnie Johnson said...

Hey Katrina!
So what is it that you're doing from home? Are you gonna miss teaching? What are your future plans?

Matt just got voted to be the senior pastor in our church out here in Salt Lake City, UT. Pastor Wally Higgins wanted to step down, he has a lot of traveling he needs to do. So he will stay on staff as Pator Emeritus. It's pretty exciting. We just moved into our new church building, and it's awesome to see how God has provided for us and the church. We just got a check from a foundation in the amount of $500,000. We were so excited. There have been trials through the building project, and we're seeing God work everything out.
Bon

Karis said...

Yeah for both of you and yeah for Godiva that she has you home more, Katrina. :-) This year will fly by just as the others are have which so "they" saw means we're all having fun.

Carrie said...

Yes Mike does cook and bake (his favorite cake to make is the 3 layered pampered chef cake. I'm sure you are going to miss teaching but I know you will love to be busy about your home duties. Have a great year!

Beth and Jason said...

Great news Katrina. I know what a relief it is to be at the last year, finally! Congrats to both of you for sticking with it. "No regrets" is a great attitude. Way to go!

Anonymous said...

Cutie pie,
Ok - I am finally trying this. Yes, I a happy for you both and proud of you too.
I hope this works. I'll talk to you soon.
Beautiful

jeileenbaylor said...

Hey I just wanted to thank you for your sweet note that you sent with your flip flop letter.
Unfortunately, the Chicago area has put away the flip flops and have started to put out boots! Unbelievable! So I guess, unless you want my smelly old ones :o) I will have to bow out. Thanks for the invite though!

Love ya!
jules