Monday, July 30, 2007

Falcon Pride

Today began a little earlier than most as Jim’s alarm clock went off before 7. It was crazy to have him gone all day, knowing that he was teaching. You can learn more about the Green Hope Falcons at the school's website: http://greenhopees.wcpss.net/

Reality is beginning to set in…(at least for Jim). Thankfully, Sarah is still here and we spent our day shopping. I am so grateful for her companionship.

Jim’s first day of school went really well, and I’m sure he’ll blog more about it later…I just wanted to fill everyone in on the last week. We have been hit with storms sporadically over the last 5 days. We gladly welcome the rain as it is a refreshing break from scorching sun. In between the rain showers we have enjoyed reading in the pool, playing tennis, visiting Duke’s garden and chapel, shopping, watching movies, playing bocce ball, and numerous rounds of Sorry and Phase 10. What a blessing it is to have Sarah here. We have laughed a lot and truly enjoyed each other’s company.

We celebrated Jim's first day of school with a little bubbly..


In the last week we have also turned in our Michigan licenses, successfully passed a written driver’s test, paid our dues, and in return, we received our NC licenses. It was quite the process…and after little frustration (due to paper work issues)...the process is complete. Phew…

I think that sums up our life lately. I am still waiting for my nursing license to be transferred. There are plenty of job opportunities and I pray that God will grant me with direction and discernment as I begin application process.

Here are a few pictures from this past week....
Me & Sar at a shopping center...right after we devoured Ben and Jerry's Ice cream

WOW! Sar and Jim at Duke's Gardens...

Bye for now! Thanks for checking in. With love, Em

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

our first visitor!

It's me, sarah! as jim and emily failed to mention in their previous blogs, i am visiting them for the next two weeks. i am also their first official visitor. emily made a delicious dinner for my arrival tonight: french dips, corn on the cob, and tossed salad. yum.
i am so excited for the next two weeks. we hope to visit the mountains and the ocean while i am here. it should be an adventurous visit!
some good news that i feel honored to report...jim's papers finally went through! he should be starting his job soon, by monday for sure. he is very excited, as is emily....and me too, of course!
well, that is all! hope you are all doing well.

here are a few pics of the evening...
i brought Nanny's candy for emmy....
...and we ate WAY too much!
I'm on top of the world because i'm finally reunited with my best friends!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Raleigh Wide Open

Saturday was the 2nd annual "Raleigh Wide Open Celebration", which is in honor of the renovation of downtown Raleigh, specifically Fayetteville Street. We decided to take this opportunity to check out downtown for the first time, as well as enjoy the festivities of the day.

Here is a picture of Fayetteville Street (the "main" street of downtown), which continues to be under construction.


The city is beautiful. We walked the streets enjoying the free samples as well as some of the local music. We also wandered off the streets and into a "History of Raleigh" museum. It was pretty interesting to read about the beginning of the city and the story of the city flag. Emily was actually somewhat interested too, which is a huge stride due to her dislike for history!

We then decided to walk around the capital building. The building itself was amazing, as well as the grounds, which has numerous statues and memorials. We have included a few of the pictures..


A Church across the street from the Capital.


I'm taking a good look at Worth Bagley, the only naval officer killed in battle during the Spanish American War.


Here is Emily standing in front of the statue of James Polk, Andrew Jackson, and Andrew Johnson. All of these Presidents were born in NC.

If you look closely at the picture you will notice some distinctions about each President:

Andrew Jackson is riding a horse because he is the only President that fought in the American Revolution and the War of 1812 (the horse symbolizing military power).

Andrew Johnson is holding the Constitution because he was the first President to be impeached by the House of Representatives.

And James Polk is holding a map in his lap because under his presidency the territories of the United States expanded to include Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and parts of Wyoming and Colorado.



Well, I think this is enough of a history lesson for this blog entry...more to come at a later date! Take care,
Jim

Friday, July 20, 2007

A "Cold Front" is on the way

Well today has been a pretty quiet day around here.

However, I can quickly update you on some of the things that we've been doing since our last post. I actually found a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee to join on Tuesday night (yes I know, I, too, was amazed at my good fortune). It turns out that Ultimate is huge in the Triangle. They actually have leagues with drafts and tournaments and everything. After playing with this random group of about 25 people for an hour and a half I took off right as a huge storm came through the area. It was a totally different experience playing with this group, because they play strictly by the rules. It is always fun to play, but it is nothing like the games we play back home (but I think I'll continue to play here).

Also, tennis has become almost a nightly ritual for Emily and me. There are 3 parks within 10 minutes that have lighted tennis courts. We usually wait until later in the evening so that the temperature can drop in the high 80's at least. We both are a little rusty... however, Emily's rust is wearing off.... but thats not the case with me.

Another big event of the week was Emily getting a haircut. Now it might seem like a pretty small meaningless event, but think about it... We're out in this new area with about 20 different haircut places (none of which are large chains that span into Michigan), and their prices are through the roof. Emily finally got sick of looking and chose a place that is about 15-20 minutes away... and decided she was no longer able to get those $10 haircuts at the trailer (which we took for granted, but now we really miss). I, too, have gotten my haircut.... but I went to a "great cuts" which was only $8.... and the end result proved it was only an $8 haircut. Oh the things you don't think of when you move to a new area.

And for the title story. A "cold front" is coming through the Raleigh area this weekend!! You may notice that I have been using quotation marks around the phrase cold front.... and here is why. The weather is supposed to dip down to around 86 degrees this weekend (and we couldn't be happier!). I guess the reason they have the right to call it a cold front is because we have been dealing with temps in the mid 90's all week, with yesterday reaching a heat index of 105. Yeah so it has been pretty hot here lately, but we are looking forward to the somewhat cooler weather this weekend.

Alright well that is all for now, I hope you have all had a good week so far.

Jim

PS - I didn't reread this entry before posting it so I apologize for any mistakes!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Lake CrabTree Pics

Here are the pictures from this weekend, sorry for the delay in posting them!

The first couple are of the park we visited...and a little friend we found...


...just another NC night...(captured while we were driving)

May you be blessed today. Love (and miss) you all, Emily

Sunday, July 15, 2007

The search continues...

The last few days have been uneventful, but relaxing. We have continued to explore the area, including the parks, shopping centers AND numerous Targets (Jim swears we have been in every one within a 20 mile radius, I'm determined to prove him wrong!) Saturday we went to Lake Crabtree County Park, which is about 5 miles from here. We walked along the lake and checked out the various activities they offered (canoeing, kayaking, rowboats, beach volleyball, fishing and numerous walking/biking trails. It was a gorgeous morning and the scenery was spectacular.


Last night we went to Hope Community Church, which is the large church we attended last week. Once again we fell in love with the praise and worship and the pastor's preaching. However, the church is HUGE and in many ways we feel as if we fall in between the cracks as visitors there....

This morning we attended a community church 20 minutes from here. Although the congregation was extremely welcoming, we didn't care for the style of music or preaching. So, the search continues for a church we can call our own and pray in due time we will find a perfect fit, until then we'll just keep trekking along...visiting and researching all our options.

Tonight we found a park near by which as new (lighted!) tennis courts, which we took advantage of...and then we found a local ice cream shop... simply heavenly!

Well, here's to another week in NC! It is hard to believe we have been here for 2 weeks and married for a month! Oh, how the good times fly...

Thanks again for checking in on us. With love, Emily

PS. We'll post pictures tomorrow...our internet connection is a little sluggish tonight!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Bodies, Blue Devils, Boy Meets World & Baseball

Yesterday was an eventful day... We decided to spend it in Durham, which is about 20 minutes from our apartment. We went to the BODIES exhibit, which is an exhibit of human cadavers. The cadavers have been preserved and cut in various ways to display our body's muscles, bones, blood vessels and nerves. The exhibit was incredible! Although a bit disturbing, (I left feeling slightly weak in my knees...) But what a testament to how fearfully and wonderfully made we are!

After the exhibit we visited an outdoor shopping center. Our plans were delayed slightly as it finally stormed here... the picture below is of one of the sculptures at the shopping center (which was donated for UNC's Children's Hospital).
After the shopping center we drove to Duke University. We visited the Sarah B. Duke Gardens, which is a huge garden that we spent an hour in and only saw one of the four sections. The weather was hot and muggy and the skies were turning black again so we decided that after an hour we should leave and come back to see the rest of the gardens at another time.

Here are a couple of pictures from the garden.

Emily and I hanging out on a bridge that spanned over a creek running throughout the garden.


Emily was impressed by the size of the leaf!

One of the terraces in the garden.

We then headed over the Duke University Chapel. The road that drives you up to the chapel is an amazing drive in which the chapel is the main focal point. The picture below doesn't really do it justice but at least it gives you an idea.



The chapel was amazing! The inside of the chapel was lit by an array of colors due the stained glass windows that surrounded it. Here is a picture of a window in the front of the chapel.

Here is a picture showing an outside wing of the chapel.
Once we finally got back home we relaxed and watched an episode of Boy Meets World on DVD, because we don't have an antenna for our tv yet. Then, because we don't have an antenna for our tv we went off to a local sports bar to watch the baseball all-star game (so I could watch some of the Tigers play). Yeah, I am as equally impressed as you are that Emily would go to a sports bar with me to watch a baseball game. She received many points for that.

Well I think that is all I have for now, and I hope my first entry did a good job at conveying exactly what we do around here.

Ya'll take care,

Jim

Sunday, July 8, 2007

It feels like home to me....

Here is a glimpse into our world...(or apartment!)

The dining room...We love the clock Gram!
The living room/family room/Jim's study....

Our kitchen...

Our bedroom...

Happy Sunday. We pray today may be a day of relaxation and reflection for you, as it has been for us. It was so refreshing to go to God's house today and worship with His people....how good it feels to be surrounded with believers. Thank you for the phone calls, emails and prayers. We truly are blessed to have the love and support from our family and friends. Love you all,
Jim & Emily

Friday, July 6, 2007

Moved in!

A huge thanks to our family for making the long trek to NC to help us move! We couldn't have done it without you. For those we haven't talked to in awhile...we have safely arrived in North Carolina and are settled into our apartment. The walls are painted and almost everything has found a new home. Life has begun to settle down a bit too.

Jim had two job interviews on Tuesday and was offered teaching positions at both schools. He accepted an elementary school special edu. position at Green Hope Elementary, which is about 7 minutes from our place. We truly are thankful and a bit relieved too! We don't know when Jim will start teaching, since it is a year-round school, but hopefully the details will be sorted out early next week. Until then, we're enjoying our time off from work and getting settled into this new place we call home. It is crazy how quiet life has become (especially after the craziness of the wedding and move!) It feels good to simply be and enjoy time with each other without the stress of the real world.

We miss all of you, but we are eager to see what God has in store for us here in NC. Hopefully this blog site will help us stay in touch. Your prayers are appreciated as we continue to seek God's will for our lives and as I begin the search for a nursing job. Thanks...
With love from down south, Emily