Saturday, May 2, 2009

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Well my dear friends...I think my blog is about to enter into hibernation. I've enjoyed blogging very much and have had a really great response from you all, more than I expected! Thank you for all those who have read and encouraged me through this blog!

I am so happy to let you know that I have two jobs at this time! As of last Monday I will be spending nights and weekends at a local calling center for upscale clothing. As of Friday I began a job with community services, working in schools with special needs children. I am going to be tired, but I am so thankful to have this work!! Although little extras, like keeping a blog, will have to go...

Also, I have moved from my original spot here in Lynchburg. I was so sad to leave Debbie (I miss you!!!) but it's for a good reason and is the right time. I am staying with another family (thank you Robert, Lisa, Issac, and Ben!!) here in Lynchburg for a few weeks. It's a perfect location, near my evening work making for a quick trip home when my night shift ends!

A few more weeks will see me moved again. I have an offer from a wonderful couple out in Bedford who I am excited to spend time with. My school assignment is about an hour away from their home though so it will be a challenging time this summer, to say the least! But I am young (right?) and have lots of energy to meet my goals.

Of course, Kazakhstan is still on the radar...I'm just waiting. All things have their time and place and now is the time for me to work work work!! And I seek to do so with joy and thankfulness and as much engery as I have!

If you'd like to know when I start blogging again, just subscribe to my blog (in the right hand column) and a notification will be sent to you! Blessings on each of you! Love, Ember

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Frolicking....there's simply no other word

Well, after 10 inches of snow came by...I couldn't help but want to play! Sadly, I had no playmates around and had to come up with some imaginary ones. MiniMe and KJ-Gee were fun for dress-up but poor competition for a snowball fight! And of course I had to make a snow angel!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Please put me in the slow lane!!!

As I drove home from North Carolina, in swooped a snow storm...a very BIG, wet, and cold snow storm! It was a bit tragic considering the long morning walks I had been enjoying and the sweet daffodils that had begun peeking out at me from their yellow caps everywhere I went!

The heavy snow and winds meant a 2 and 1/2 hour drive took me almost 4 hours. I spent most of it creeping down the highway at 40 miles per hour, the end of a looooonnnggg line of cars. The couple of times I was arrogant (and impatient) enough to try and pass with speed, the slipping on the roads had me back behind them all, a bit humbler and down to 30 miles per hour!!

I counted no less than 11 accidents on the way to Lynchburg, so I'm thankful to be tucked nice and warm back at home!! Slow lane please!

Monday, March 2, 2009

We're really grownups now!

I spent this past weekend in Chapel Hill, North Carolina visiting my friend Jamie and her husband Charles. We talked for probably 95% of all our waking time, catching up having not seen each other for a year. The last time I saw her was when she got into the car to drive off on her honeymoon, just one day before I left for Kazakhstan. Now there are happy new developments in her family and as we discussed such big life issues as raising children, life insurance, and the increased cost in living...oy vey we felt like such GROWNUPS!!! ...Well, almost!

Thanks for your wonderful hospitality Jamie & Charles!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Where's the mammoth???

Hunting. I feel as if I've returned to the basic stage of striking rocks, beating myself and grunting, all while wearing spotted, matted, ragged furs. Your typical cave woman! All because... I'm job hunting.

Yes, along with so many others, I'm trying to find a job. I've got so many applications out and seem to find that the positions are filled literally moments before my resume gets in. I was hoping to be working by the first of March, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen at this point.

So what do I do? I try to be thankful for the down time I have, and put it to good use in reflection and relationship building. I keep my chin up and keep filling out the applications. And I trust. I trust that even if the worst comes and my savings are all gone, that I am not alone and the world will not end!

So although I'm a bit "hunt weary" today, this is a chin up email! The hunt is on!!! I'll keep you posted on the prey....

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Of Seagulls, fish, and photography

Thanks to a good friend, I was able to have a couple of days in Virginia beach. Thanks to God they were warm and sunny days where I could walk on the beach. It was a lot of fun to relax, greet the sunrise, visit with friends, wander around the quaint shops. However, to be honest, Kazakhstan is never far from my mind. Some days it's so easy to TRUST and know that there is a bigger plan being worked out...and others days it's just difficult to still be in a place "in-between." But all said and done the beach was nice no matter what the state of my mind!! So my friend, thanks for letting me come along for the ride!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Fellow Kazakaphiles and Kazakh visitor...kind of

Sara Coggins, the Interlink Kids Connection Manager, is in the US right now. She came through Lynchburg and we got to meet up a few times. The last time I saw her was when I dropped her off in Richmond, VA with some Kazakh loving friends of mine (note the car)! Thank you Pam and Gilpin for a really encouraging time with great food and a nice, long walk, despite the chilly weather. I really enjoyed my visit with you and hope I get to see you again soon!!