We closed out 2017 with a milestone “first trip to the ER for stitches” for a torn earlobe. All is well now but it made for an interesting few weeks for an active eight-year-old boy, who was sidelined from PE and recess for the month of December. Our motto quickly became #newyearnewear. He’s back to his regularly scheduled program in January. Tyler attends our local elementary school and adores his two teachers. Math, social studies, and PE are his favorite subjects but he also enjoys theater, dance, and music. Soccer is his main gig but he may try baseball this spring.
The end of the year also brought a milestone for Pete. He preached his very first full-length sermon, thanks to the guidance and encouragement of our pastor. Pete spent several months preparing for the message and it was every bit of funny, endearing, and thought-provoking (very true to Pete). My heart exploded with pride when Josh introduced him and during the half hour or so that followed. You can listen Pete’s message here: http://www.gfefc.org/messages.
In other Peter D news, he moved to another golf course. He’s still working for the same county but is in now in Newark. It’s hard to imagine a golf course in the inner city but it’s beautiful – check out his Instagram feed!
Stretching back into the year, I finished up a year of teaching middle school French. I survived my first SGOs (Student Growth Objectives) and the termination of the program. I accepted a fifth grade position at a small Christian school. I have a lively bunch and love them dearly. A highlight of our year is reading aloud RJ Palacio’s Wonder and going to see the movie together as a class. The challenges of teaching continue to stretch me professionally and help me be a better teacher.
On the writing front, I continue to plug away. I attended a writing conference at my alma mater of Rutgers in October, which opened my eyes to two things: how far I’ve progressed as a writer and how far I have yet to go. This is a good spot to be in! In the meantime, I’m still writing reviews for Scholastic, contributing to the Little Lit Book Series (my favorite!) and helping facilitate a Facebook Page for children’s writers (hosted by author Laura Salas). Lindsey and I hope to make headway on a joint sister writing project this year as well!
Our little family adores our new Civil War era home! We are a hair closer to PA and have enjoyed exploring new towns, hiking trails, and ice cream places + coffee shops along the Delaware River. We give thanks to the Lord for another year with all its up and downs, and seek Him for direction for our family.
Wishing you a bright and happy 2018,
Erika, Pete, and Ty