Reading Roundup | August & September 2017

Reading Roundup for August and September 2017 .... book reviews on many Roald Dahl books, as well as an Alexander Hamilton graphic novel and a Neil Gaiman novel.

It’s been a while since I did a Reading Roundup post. There are a lot of books to fill you in on. Most of them are Roald Dahl books from my collector’s box set (and they are all short, sweet, and fun books), but there are a few thick books, too. I did a lot of reading in August, again, because most of the Roald Dahl books took a day or two to read. But, I only finished one book this month. I’m halfway done with another–What About Faith by Robert L. Millet. I’ll probably finish it by the end of the week.

Reading Roundup for August and September 2017 .... book reviews on many Roald Dahl books, as well as an Alexander Hamilton graphic novel and a Neil Gaiman novel.

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100 Days with VIPKid

Teach English to Chinese children online through VIPKids. It's so much fun!

I have just hit a momentous occasion: I have been teaching with VIPKid for 100 days! It really doesn’t seem that long, but I absolutely love my job and feel like I’ve been doing it forever.

One hundred days. Not necessarily a veteran, but definitely “been there, done that.” I mean, I’m even answering newbies’ questions on the Facebook forums!

Never in a million years did I ever think I would teach elementary aged kids, let alone kids who didn’t speak English! But, it feels so natural. And, I find it an odd correlation that around the same time I got this job, I also got a new calling (“volunteer job” assigned to me) at church. I am now Secretary of the Primary organization (18 month – 12 year old children’s ministry). So apparently, I’m meant to be doing this and working with these young kids in this season of my life.

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The Last Time We Rent

Our last rental before we buy a home.

In the five years that Justin and I have been married, we have lived in five places…all rented apartments (with the exception of my parent’s basement). Each move came with a reason, and none too lightly.

Our first apartment was a tiny, tiny married student apartment near BYU. It was perfect for us as college-aged newlyweds. When I got pregnant with Rhys and hired at a charter school 40 minutes away, we knew we had to leave our one-bedroom apartment.

Our second place was a very nice, cozy, large townhome in Sandy. True, it was a bit outside our budget, so when I quit teaching, we struggled to make ends meet on just Justin’s low salary. But, we loved it. And it is still my favorite place we have lived thus far.

Our third place was my parent’s basement. We lived there for 5 minutes, trying to build up our savings. It was comforting to live with my parents and have all the luxuries of a well-established household. Plus, no rent. But then Justin and his entire department was let go. Thus, began our search.

Our fourth place was in Texas. I spent hours on end looking at apartments online, pouring over reviews, and calling for availability. We finally found a place good enough for our needs and moved in within two weeks. It was great for never seeing it before we moved in. It was great quality and definitely one of the best apartments of the complex. It was close to everything, especially Justin’s work. However, it was only about 750 square feet. And, with Evelyn growing and becoming mobile…and the fact that both kids will continue to do so, made us realize we needed a bigger place.

So, here we are. Our fifth place in the five years of our marriage. It is almost as big as the townhome we had in Sandy. It is beautiful. It is at the very top end of our budget, but we have the means to continue to live in it for a long while. And, that is our plan. We plan on living here until we can own a home. Continue Reading

Discover September 2017 Goals

What will you discover this September with your goals? Ministry, organization, and being present.

After unintentionally not blogging for the first half of August, I decided to take a break for the entire month. Yes, I was still present in social media. However, I was intentionally trying to use it to grow myself. It felt nice to take a break. We were moving, I started going off my anti-depressant, and Evie started hardcore teething. So, I enjoyed just being in the present. …and sleeping. A lot of sleeping. Haha.

I’m ready to jump back into blogging. I have a lot of ideas. I mean, a ton of ideas. So many ideas that I now have the entire rest of the year planned out. But, here is a the weird thing. I missed blogging, and I’m glad to get back to it, but I’m not necessarily “excited” about it? I love blogging, but I don’t have such a huge burning passion for it? It’s weird to describe.

But, here we go!

What will you discover this September with your goals? Ministry, organization, and being present.

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