How do I begin to sum up the last few weeks? So much has changed, both good and a little sad. Leaving Conway was bittersweet. Our friends in Conway are moving on with their lives. Homes are being purchased, relationships are being formed, lives are ultimately changing. And we’re not there to witness it or grow with them. While we grow separately, we must remember each other. We will celebrate our successes and mourn our disappointments in the same manner that we always did, together. The friendships I made in Conway are the most valuable to me. They met me and cared for me enough to let me continue to grow into the individual that I am now.

On the good side, Nathan and I are doing the same things in a new place. Starting over is like taking a deep, cleansing breath after being in a room full of smoke. There really is nothing quite like it. New relationships are being formed, not better or worse really, just different. House hunting takes up a great deal of our time as we search for a home that we can fix and make our own.

I now spend two hours in a car a day going to my new job. I’ve decided to use that time for personal enjoyment. Right now, I’m listening to Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. All of those books that I’ve always wanted to read but never had time, or never made time for, have now become priorities. I relish the alone time. I don’t, however, relish the miles I’m putting on my car.

I have accepted a position in the Fort Smith Public School District. I will be working at Darby Junior High teaching 7-9 ELL English and regular English. I’m nervous and excited at the same time. I’ve never worked with English Language Learners before, but I know that God has bigger plans for me than I have for myself. My classroom is big with three windows and several computers. I’m decorating with owls and am having a blast doing it.

In other news, this month was the end of a very important part of my childhood. I laughed, I smiled, I cried. I celebrated and I mourned. The final installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows premiered in theaters. Really, that’s all I can say about this. Words can’t express how much that one series meant to me. J. K. Rowling really changed my life. Without this series, I might never have fought for my right to read, I might never have carried Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to my private, Christian school hidden in the jacket of another book. I don’t hold it against my school, though. Prejudice that is harbored for a long time is harder to change, and if I hadn’t had the need to be secretive, it might not have been so important to me.

I’m sorry it took me so long to post. I’ve been planning that paragraph since July 14th at three in the morning. I still didn’t do it justice.

Keep doing whatever it is that makes you tick, and I’ll post again soon.

-CC

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