I grew up in Indiana. By the time I graduated from my small-town high school, I was ready to take on a new state and moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, for college. I studied to be a teacher, but I always knew I’d live overseas someday. Two weeks after graduating from college with an elementary education degree, I moved to Ukraine to teach missionary kids. I did that for five years, married another American during the last year of that time, and decided to move back to pursue his career as a college professor.
We spent twelve years in Cincinnati. He worked at professoring, and I worked at having and caring for children. Three of them, to be exact. I also did a whole bunch of other part-time jobs like teaching at a homeschool co-op and working at a store in a mall. I liked all of them, but our lives got way too busy during those years. Neither of us was very content; we felt trapped and didn’t see any alternatives.
At one point, the college where he worked experienced some pretty severe financial problems and let a lot of people go. He was one of them. The job loss seemed devastating, but in retrospect, it was the best thing that could have happened to us. We sold our house and moved to Omaha, Nebraska. Now he’s a professor at another college, and I work in the administration. Our lives slowed down considerably after the move, and we actually have time to spend together and with the children now. Just goes to show you that things sometime end up better than you thought they would!
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Laura, I enjoyed reading your post. I’m so happy that two of my favorite people at CCU found a silver lining to the cloud. We miss you both, but I’m happy you are doing well.
Thanks! We are very happy to have landed in a place we love. It’s good!
Laura dear, how lucky was I to receive your writing on the move to Nebraska from your mother!! And low and behold learned they are a continual thing you do, and was lucky enough to have the rest sent to me. Oh Laura, your thoughts are so beautiful, and I have decided that I might so the same. I have so much bottled up in me, and have never written my thoughts down, but am going to try, thanks to you! I hope to be the lucky recipient of your future writings, and to stay in touch! Thank you Laura for sharing with me. Marily
Marilyn, I enjoyed seeing you and David last night. I’ve always felt that Tim had such a nice family, and you proved that again. I’m glad you like my blog and I would love to read the things you write as well! I love writing and have enjoyed doing this blog more than I thought I would. Thanks for reading it!
Thanks Laura for being so complimentary of me instead of calling me a crazy old woman!! We so enjoyed having you all here, your children are beautiful and delightful and so are you and Andrew. Do come back to visit us again anytime!!! Marilyn and Dave
We loved it! Thanks for being such a great hostess. And you’re definitely not a crazy old woman!