Thursday, September 28, 2006

New Job

Yes, I began the year as a freshman English teacher, but just about two weeks ago, we had a resignation in the department. After much prayer and contemplation, I applied for the position and got it. Now they're looking for a replacement, so if anyone knows a good English teacher, send them my way. Anyway, my new job is as the reading coach for West Jessamine High School. I teach two classes of 10-12 kids each (22 kids altogether), then the rest of the day I help other teachers in all content areas use literacy strategies in their classrooms. I get lots of great training to help make me an expert in the area of literacy, and over 4 years I get to earn a Masters in Literacy from University of Louisville. I'm really enjoying it so far. The 22 kids I have are challenging since they are all at least 2 grade levels below in their reading skills and some much more, but I love working with such a small group of kids. It has been fun getting to brainstorm with the staff about ways to improve literacy as well. They have been really open to new ideas and trying new things in their classrooms.

The boys are doing great. We're finally all well again. We had the stomach flu about a month ago, then we all got these terrible colds after that, so we're just now all starting to sleep through the night again. Isaiah had been waking up irritable, congested, and inconsolable every night for so long that I wondered when we were ever going to get some rest again. Three nights in a row with no interruptions, we're on a role.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Mommy and Isaiah in Canada this summer. We were fortunate enough to stay at a friend's house while they were in Australia, and that was vacation enough in itself. The house is over 100 years old, and it has a beautiful view of our beloved Saint John River. Isaiah and I were enjoying the tree swing together.

Nail Biter...

Some of us eat chips, some read the paper, some watch Sports Center, but what does Micah do at the end of a long tough day... He biteshis toe nails. No saddly enough, this is not a one time occurence. We've happened on this sight more than once, although usually it is when he's riding in the van and has nothing else to do. I'm sure this picture will come back to haunt him someday.

Scooperman Ice Cream

There's just a little bit left in this corner...

Maybe if I use my hands...

OK, I think I'm done.

Ladies Retreat

The Asbury spouses went on a ladies' retreat to Natural Bridge in KY a couple of weekends ago. We had a wonderful time together, and this was the view from the top of the mountain.

First Day of School

Yeah! I can finally put pictures on our blog again. Thanks to my new position at school, I've been given a laptop that lets me share our pictures with everyone. This is Elijah waiting to get on the bus for his very first day of school ever! He is standing in front of our townhouse, one of many on our street as you can see.

Simile Metaphor Collection

Elijah after running: My heart is beating like a coconut rolling down a hill.
Elijah on urination: Pee is like horses galloping out of the gate. Once they get started you just can't stop them.
Elijah: If school were a human I'd give it a wedgie.
Elijah: I am like a hot rod and I just want to be a plain old Ford
Elijah on the fruits of the spirit: I've got them all covered except self-control. Its like a tiny green tomato and the rest are all big ripe ones. Especially love. Its like the biggest tomato we saw in the garden tonight.