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*Mom, Dad, and Jeffrey’s trip to the Pacific Northwest.

It’s taken me a few weeks to get these pictures up here, but here they are, finally! Click on the images to view a larger version.

As you can tell from these pictures, we had a great time! Whiles Jeffrey was here we spent a few days in Anacortes, WA. We went whale watching there and took a day trip up to Vancouver, BC. After Jeffrey went back to Atlanta (he had to take care of his new business, Jeffrey Baker Home Design, Interiors, & Antiques), Mom, Dad, and I drove south to Oregon. We drove through the Columbia River Valley and spent a day at Seaside, a small beach town on the Oregon coast. We came back to Seattle in time for my Hooding & Graduation ceremonies. We stayed busy in Seattle as well: we went to the top of the Space Needle, watched the guys in the orange overalls throw fish at Pike Place Market, rode the Monorail, walked along the waterfront, and rode the Ducks, among other things.

It was really fun to have my parents and brother in town and to show them around Seattle!

Mom and Dad left after graduation and the next day I started school again. (I had five weeks of summer classes left before I would be officially done). Now I’m down to just two more weeks! It’s hard to believe I’ve been in Seattle for almost two years, and that I am only two weeks away from finishing my MA TESOL degree! I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do next (stay where I am for the time being), but I’m sure another adventure is in store!

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*Welcome to 2009.

Well, I had hoped to write a 2009 blog post before now, but, you could say, the year didn’t start out exactly how I had planned (or would have hoped for). I got back to Seattle from a nice trip home on Friday afternoon around lunchtime. My original plan for the last weekend before school and work started back was to finish organizing and decorating my new studio apartment and getting work things organized so I wouldn’t have to deal with it once I was busy with school again. However, the day before I came back to the Emerald City, my landlord called to let me know that the pipe that had cracked in my apartment the day after I left had been repaired, but the repairs had created a big mess that now needed to be repaired! For this reason, I would not be able to live in my apartment again until everything had been fixed!

Since then, I have been busy finding a new place to stay for the next 4+ weeks, as well as repacking everything I had just finished unpacking, or hiding things to keep them away from the mess that will be created as the repairmen fix the ceiling that has been torn apart, repair the large holes in the wall, and re-carpet the entire studio.

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That being said, my friends have been really great and, after receiving numerous offers of couches to crash on, I’m currently living on an air mattress in my friend Erika’s apartment. My boss was also very understanding and gave me the day off today to finish getting my apartment in order and to prepare for the new year/new quarter. My first class at SPU is tonight and I’ll go back to work tomorrow.

My trip to the East Coast was great. I visited college friends in Columbia, went to Myrtle Beach for my cousin Sarah’s wedding, and then spent a week at home in North Carolina visiting family and a handful of high school friends during Christmas.

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After Christmas I flew up to New York City to celebrate New Year’s with Meagan and Chris, friends from South Carolina. Instead of going to Times Square (I heard that the temperature that night was 1°F), Meagan and I went to a NY party at a bar in Union Square with her friends from Columbia University.

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New York was fun, but it’s nice to be back in Seattle, even if I can’t live in the apartment I was so excited to get. Although the next six months or so are going to be pretty hectic, I’m looking forward to them. Next week I begin the first phase of my teaching practicum, so I’ll be a student, a teacher, and a student teacher! I also have to decide on a thesis topic soon, so I can get started on that.

I think what I’m most excited to see about 2009 is where I am at the end of the year. I’m hoping to leave the country sometime after finishing grad school, but as of now I’m not sure exactly where I’m going to go. Hopefully by the end of the year, even if I’m not there yet, I’ll know where I’m going and when I’ll get there! So, even in the midst of cracked pipes, torn-apart ceilings, walls with holes, and cut-up carpet, I’m beginning the year with an optimistic outlook.

Happy New Year to all of you, I hope you’re able to begin the year with a feeling of excitement for the future as well!

*International Students, 2008.

Well, as of today I am officially through teaching until 2009.  The other day I started thinking about how many students I had had from so many different countries, and I ended up making a list of them all.  It turns out that, when you count students at school and private Microsoft students,  I’ve taught students from 22 different countries!  This map shows where they’re from; the countries are listed below:

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-Argentina (1)
-France (1)
-Hong Kong (1)
-India (1)
-Kazakhstan (1)
-Kuwait (1)
-Poland (1)
-Saudi Arabia (1)
-Slovakia (1)
-Spain (1)
-Czech (2)
-Germany (2)
-Brazil (2 or 3)
-Colombia (2 or 3)
-Russia (3)
-Turkey (3)
-Italy (4)
-Thailand (4)
-Japan (++)
-Libya (++)
-South Korea (++)
-Taiwan (++)

*The symbol ++ means, ‘too many to count!’

*Josiah Venture 2X3 Campaign

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JV is planning a cross-country US tour to provide information about the ministry as well as to find new supporters, etc. I have no idea what JV’s connection to Washington is, but the first tour stop is here in Bellevue (Seattle area)!

I’m really looking forward to the event, and, I’m really curious to see which country has missionaries from Bellevue. My curiosity is piqued, but I guess I’ll have to wait a few more weeks to find out what it’s all about!

For more info about the tour (and to see if it’s coming to a city near you), click here.

“For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?”
-Romans 10:13-15a

*One Year in Seattle.

Seattle at night from a bridge over I-5.

Seattle at night from a bridge over I-5.

It’s hard to believe I’ve lived in Seattle for a year now… and what a year it’s been! Last year at this time I had lived here for only a few days, I was working as a live-in nanny, I had no friends, and I was getting lost on a regular basis (i.e., almost every time I got in the car). Now I have some really wonderful friends, I know my way all over the city, and I’m working at an English school, teaching students from all over the world. (I’ve had students from four different continents so far: Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America).

I finished my first year of grad school about a month ago; it’s nice to have a break right now! I’ve learned a lot from my program, but maybe even more from actually teaching. As they say, ‘experience is the best teacher.’ It is fun though to talk about an activity at school and then try it with my students to see how it really works.

I have another month before school starts. It’s really nice to just be a teacher for a little while instead of teaching and studying! Next weekend I’m going to Vancouver, BC to help a friend move up there. Then, I’m flying south to spend a few days in SC visiting family & friends. (And hopefully going to the SC-UGA game)! Then it’s back to school for a while. I have a year and a half left before I graduate and move on to the next adventure!

*Pictures from Slovakia.

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My English group at camp.


Vera, Zuzana, & Iveta.


During one meal we had to eat with our wrists tied to the people next to us!


Maja and Anka are both members of the youth group in Prešov.


Prešov from above.


While we were looking at the city from the tower, we saw two girls from camp relaxing on a roof!


The amazing Jaja and Zuzka! We stayed with Zuzka and her family before and after camp.


The church in the center of Prešov.


Visiting friends in Bratislava.


A favorite site in Bratislava.


Claire, Bethany, and me with Nathallie and Jane in Bratislava.


Rathaus, in Vienna.


A church in Vienna.

*Slovakia 2008.

I just got back late Saturday night from my most recent trip to Slovakia. This year I was there for two weeks, helping out at the Prešov KECY. Prešov is a beautiful town in eastern Slovakia:

I was actually a little nervous about this camp because this was the first time I’ve ever been with Prešov before. Three of the last four years I’ve been at the Bratislava KECY; the other year I was with a small town called Lučenec, but I was in Lučenec for a month before the camp began. I felt like I was going to Slovakia for the first time all over again, since I knew so few of the Slovaks (and Americans) that would be at the camp.

In reality, however, this was one of the best KECYs I’ve been at yet. The Slovak team from the church we worked with was amazing, and the American team was great too. It was a unique camp because instead of a group of Americans coming over together from one American church, we had five small groups of Americans (two teams of interns in SK, another intern team from CZ, a couple from Tennessee, and then Bethany, Claire, and me) join together at camp.

The atmosphere was relaxed and the students were a lot of fun. I think everyone had a good experience, and there was a great turnout at the first post-KECY meeting. It was cool to be a small part of what God is doing in Slovakia. After camp and a couple of days in Prešov, Bethany, Claire, and I traveled to Žilina and Bratislava to visit friends in those cities. We also spent an evening in Vienna before our flight left the next morning.

All in all, this was a really nice trip- it was good to have a short break from work. I’ll post pictures soon.