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Monday, April 30, 2007

How bout them Mavericks....Warriors?

Is anyone as bummed as me? Game 3 I couldn't even watch and then game 4 they just blow in the 4th quarter? AND WHAT IS UP WITH DIRK??? I can't believe that he is pulling the same crap as last year! Where is our team!?!?!?

Monday, April 23, 2007

So much to tell, so little time...

I'll try to make this short and sweet, but I have so much to share!!!
1. Joe and I found this amazing trail to go biking in! I went 3 days in a row last week! It's this really long ride through wooded areas, back behind amazing homes and you pop out clear on the other side of Arlington at another park! I cannot even express in words the joy I have found in bike riding. What a great way to exercise, be in nature and have some quiet to pray! We are going with our friends tonight again!
2. On our first bike excursion, one of Joe's pedals fell off! He had to wait at a gas station while I rode back, loaded my bike up, and drove to come get him. Poor guy!
3. I have decided NOT to apply for Children's Minister. There are too many things that are wonderful about my current job and too many questionable issues with ministry at my church. Besides money, there's benefits, retirement, my father-in-law/elder, decline in membership in the past 12 months, etc. It's just too risky and I don't feel I'm being led there right now. So no sad faces...more art to come!
4. And on that note...Here is the real fun from life this past week: THE MAIN STREET FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL! The city of FW paid for students in FWISD to have their own booths to sell art this year : a first in the history of the festival. My kids had 2 booths from 3-6 on Saturday and we had so much fun! I found a printer in our neighborhood who donated $1000 worth of goods and services for this! HOORAY! He made us greeting cards and posters and the results were AMAZING. Here are a couple of my favorite pieces.
We sold the cards 5 to a set with each card being different. Everything was $10, and , here's the great part, the kids get ALL THE MONEY! I had 2 who made over $100 each! It was really funny to watch them evolve into salesmen. They would go up to people and say, "I painted this! Do you like it? You want to buy it?" Those little doe eyes and people forked out the cash. It was great fun! I can't wait for next year!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

what do you think?

I have been given an opportunity for a major change in my life. A major career change....possibly.

My church here in Arlington is looking, for the first time ever, for a children's minister. I dismissed this as no chance for me, as it will never pay as much as my teacher salary. (How sad is that?) So on Sunday at the LTC celebration dinner at church, a couple I highly respect asked me why I hadn't applied yet. I told them money. They told me they are quite sure it will be worthwhile in the paycheck area. So I contacted one of the elders and now I am being asked to submit a resume.

Now this is major jump for me. I fully expect it to go nowhere, but what if it went SOMEWHERE? Would this be wise move? Could I get the salary I would require to maintain our standard of living? Do I really want to walk away from my teaching career when I have finally found an art position? It's all up in the air, just beginning to push the wheel into turning.

What do you think? Wise? Stupid? Pros? Cons? I need to really have a lot of input an think it through from all angles. It's a big change. And I need to decide if I'm open to it.