Monday, July 26, 2010
321... Life Update!
I graduated from home school, high school in 2008. I took the summer off from schoolwork before beginning home school, college in the fall. In other words, I enrolled in CollegePlus! As a youngster, I never imagined that I would be a college student. I knew it would be way too expensive, and it was not my plan to move away from home until I married. With CollegePlus! I have been able to spend less money and time on my education while living at home and being involved in my family and church. The program takes normal, hardworking students and helps them finish four years of school in two -- and no, you don't need to be a genius! I know I'm not! I am now in Phase 3 (enroll in a distance learning college and graduate) of the CollegePlus! program. I am enrolled in two online classes from Thomas Edison State College: Literary Roots of Western Culture and African Encounters. When they are done I will only have two more courses before graduation. The end of 2010 will see the end of my college work! It hasn't been easy, but it has certainly been doable.
I am still working at my local public library. I marked my two year anniversary there last month. The library has been a blessing to me in so many ways. My current work project involves digitizing some of our vertical file collection of historic photographs and newspaper clippings. It is a mammoth task, but I have to remember that each item scanned is one item that was not scanned before. I know that is an obvious statement, but it helps when the drawers of files seem too deep. In addition to scanning the files, I also continue my normal duties of answering the phone, replying to genealogy research requests, shelving books, and helping patrons begin their genealogy.
My parents' 25th anniversary quilt was completed before their 27th anniversary! It was actually finished just in time to be gifted to them for their 50th birthdays (my mom and dad were born only weeks apart from each other). It was my third quilt. Since then, I have completed a much smaller fourth quilt, but I can't show you that one yet since it is a gift for someone. Check back later for pictures! The "Mystery Quilt" was completed shortly after my engagement to Zachary, so my current project is a Wedding Quilt! It is blue and white and made in the railroad design. As of this posting, the piecing is half done. My goal is to have it completed before the wedding. Yes, I said "before the wedding"... not by my 2nd anniversary!
Healthy is the new norm. We have always made good food and nutrition a priority, but ice cream, cookies, chips, soda, and other sugary sweets had moved in gradually over the years. They thought they were our dear friends, but they had to move out this year to make room for Herbalife shakes (think dessert for breakfast... except good for you), fruits, vitamins, carrot juice, salads, and fish. The change is tastier and fresher, and we are all reaping the rewards. Several of my family members have even turned Herbalife into a home business, and God is rewarding their efforts.
It is an amazing thing to love someone so much I can't imagine loving him any more... until I see him again and I find I love him even more than I did before. It is this way with my relationship with Zachary. His sense of humor, smile, sparkling blue eyes, quick wit, and kind nature are just the beginning. He amazes me constantly with his spontaneity, deliberateness, and adventure seeking fun. He helps me relax and have fun during these hectic school days. We enjoy simple pleasures together: country drives, dragonflies, lakes, streams, birds, shade, flowers, swinging in the gazebo, watching cars drive by, etc. Zachary is a gift sent from God, and I pray every day that I may bless him as much as he has blessed me. It is only 321 days until the wedding!
There is a lot I could put in miscellaneous: family trips, genealogy, other crafts, favorite tea... but I think this post covers the main topics. Have a great day, everyone!