Our wonderful friends from City on a Hill Church put together a goodbye bbq at a park nearby. It had Boston themed food including Boston Creme cupcakes made by the lovely Mayra. We played kickball, lounged in the sun, ate LOTS of food, played with Riggins and our beloved golden-doodle friend Cooper. We will miss everyone so much. The bbq was the perfect day. It was also the day it started to sink in that we are moving away. I have been so excited about finishing grad school that it hasn’t sunk in how much we will miss Boston and our friends. I better get ready to say goodbye to the Sun too……..
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I am looking into becoming a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist to do Auditory-Verbal Therapy. This would would allow to me to work specifically with children who are deaf and hard of hearing through using the technology (Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants) and focusing on listening so they can have an opportunity to learn spoken language. Auditory-Verbal Therapy also focuses on helping these children through helping and advocating for them to get the same experiences and opportunities that the hearing world has socially, in their education and in their future vocations. I am passionate about helping people with hearing loss and it is why I am in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. I just took my first step today in the process of potentially getting certified- I sent out an email asking for more information on certification :). It was a small step, but it was my first one, none the less. It is a long, extensive process, and honestly the thought of another “process of certification” after grad school seems…well, truly exhausting but I am passionate about it and don’t want to let this opportunity pass up if it seems right for me. There are only 500 therapists in the world specialized in this and there is a demand for it. Please be praying for guidance as to if this is the right path for my career and strength and motivation if it is. Here is a link to a short ASHA blog post about Auditory Verbal Therapy if you are interested in reading a little more about what it is
Our comprehensive exams are over. I was told on day one of grad school that we would have to do an oral comprehensive exam. I basically went into panic from that moment on. I don’t think a day, let alone an hour has gone by that I hadn’t thought about taking this test for the past year and a half. Saying that out-loud/typing it makes me sad that I could let something so trivial suck so much joy out of my life. I tried so many times to tell myself it wasn’t I big deal. I KNEW it wasn’t a big deal… but that didn’t matter, I was terrified and nothing was stopping that. I had such supportive family and friends encouraging me as I talked their ears off with my anxiety. Friday… those 20 minutes I dreaded came to a head and I did it and its over… and I feel like I am on top of the world. God got me through it and that is all there is to it, I wish I could trust Him more rather than turning to anxiety…something I will work on. He has never let me down before and He didn’t this time either. So thankful I can be the carefree version of myself again. Please remind me that I SHOULD NEVER GO TO GRAD SCHOOL AGAIN! just incase I forget
August 20th 2012 we had been married for one year! What a year it was. I learned so much, grew so much, went through more hardships than I could’ve ever thought could happen in one year. But I also had the time of my life with my best friend in a city across the country. He is so adventurous and has encouraged me to explore this city and to be positive through it all. He is the best grad school cheerleader out there.. and we all know I need an army to keep me in grad school. And he is working so hard to support us. I wouldn’t have survived Boston without him. Cheers to year one!
We made it out of the basement! And up to the top floor! And… we love it. It is so bright and sunny in our new place. There are so many windows because we got a corner unit. The kitchen is TINY to say the least. Tucker and I literally can’t be in it at the same time. The bathroom sucks. But it is sunny!!!!!!!! Tucker said I feel like we are on vacation after waking up there the first morning. Let this be my note to myself… always live in a bright, sunny apartment or house. Mornings are the best here, I love to watch the sunrise.