Monday, December 24, 2012

Where has time gone...

I know..I'm sorry.  It has been an awfully long time since I last blogged.  So much has happened in the past few months.
First of all, my older sister, Nicole, married the man of her dreams!  November 2, 2012 was the most beautiful day ever.  Everything was absolutely beautiful.  I felt so honored to be able to stand up with my sister as her maid of honor.  
As I stood there, a flood of memories came rushing over me.  Memories of my big sister describing to me exactly what we desired in a man.  As I watched Jack intently  I realized that he was all Nicole ever wanted and so much more. They truly are made for each other.

I love my big sister so much, and seeing her get married caused so many different emotions come over me. I was so very thrilled yet also sad to know that life was changing,  We were all grown up now and all going our different ways.  However, I know distance will never change the relationship between sisters..we share a kind of bond that will never be broken. 

Just a couple weeks later I was once again able to travel home for Thanksgiving.  Although my stay was short I thoroughly enjoyed every moment with my family.
At this season I couldn't help but become quite overwhelmed with how blessed I truly am.  God has been so good to my family and I this year.  
  My dear friend, Kemisha, was able to share the holiday with us this year.  I always enjoy having her around.  I am so very thankful for our friendship!

 As a family tradition we always set up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.
 After setting up the tree, we headed downtown for the beautiful Christmas parade. 

 Saturday afternoon I made my trip back to Ohio, but this time Kemisha was able to come back to Ohio with me.  She was only able to stay a couple days before she had to return for college.  However, we had so much fun simply catching up.  I loved showing her around my new place.  She was able to come to school with me.  My students found it to be quite the treat to finally meet their teacher's best friend from Grenada!  For the next several days they were intently studying the world map to find exactly where she was from. 

School is going really well.  I absolutely love being a teacher.  Here are a few shots of our day to day activities:

 Friday we had a Christmas party with the kids.  After our gift exchange. We went to a nursing home in town and put on a little Christmas program for the residents and passed out some crafts that we all worked very hard on
 After the nursing home we came back to school where we enjoyed fun, games, and food.

 As I look back over my first semester as a teacher, it has been quite an adventure.  It had its ups and downs and of course a few times when I thought to myself.."what in the world am I suppose to be doing?"  But now that I have successfully completed my first semester as a teacher I can say it truly has proved to be the most rewarding job ever.  I absolutely love my school, my church, and everything about my new hometown.  I thank God every day for my new friends as well. Especially my coworker: Shauna.  She has become a very close friend, one that I know will last a lifetime.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Family Visit

This past weekend my entire family was able to come over and visit me.  I had such an enjoyable time simply being with the entire family again.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with my mom.  She is doing very well.  Monday she starts radiation please continue to keep her in your prayers.

This was the first time Lauren had come to Ohio.  I enjoyed showing off my classroom,church and new home.

Saturday afternoon we spent several hours at the Apple Festival. It was so much fun to be with my sisters again...

After spending the afternoon at the Festival we went back to my little house and I made my family dinner.  I really have enjoyed being able to be in the kitchen more.  I have gotten the opportunity to try out so many new recipes. 

My move to Ohio helped me to realize what means most to me in life..and these dear people mean more to me than I could possibly describe.

I love you all dearly and I miss you so much.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Home Sweet Home

I know it has been quite a while since I last wrote.  So much seems to have happened since my last post.  I am now three weeks into the school year and I am thoroughly enjoying teaching.  On top of teaching, two weeks ago I moved into my own little place.  I absolutely love my little "home sweet home."  I have had so much fun decorating it and making it my own.
God surely has been so good. 
 Every time I walk into my home I can't help by smile as I look around throughout my home. My beautiful dining table and chairs was given to me by my mom who  was able to get it for absolutely no charge! My living room is filled with a couch and chair and side table, which was given to me by a member of my new church. A bed, dresser, lamps, toaster, pots and pans, microwave, plates and simply EVERYTHING in my home was given to me by my new church family.  God truly is taking care of me better than I could have ever imagined.  
Here are a few pictures that my sister was able to capture when she and my parents came up for a visit shortly after my move:

I am so blessed!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

All that I need

I have now made it through a week in Ohio.  At times, I feel so alone and simply long to talk face to face with someone from Indiana.  It is the little things I miss most. 
 I miss my dad making coffee every morning.  I miss our family devotions together.  I miss my mom coming and sitting on my little chair in my room and simply chatting with me as I got ready for work. I miss her coming up the stairs saying, "It smells like fire...Brooke, your burning your hair!!!"   I miss simply sitting on the couch with Nicole and catching up after a long day of work. I miss beading with her.  I miss  watching her take pictures of anything and everything we did and then quickly sharing it with the world on Instagram. I miss the smart little comments Lauren use to say to me.  She could always make me smile and laugh. I miss my cat..and I miss the pounce I would get on my bed in the middle of the night.  I miss his morning cries insisting that I feed him right NOW!  I miss my dear friend Kemisha. I simply miss spending time with her.  I miss "working out" (I don't know if you would really call it a work out..our brisk walks were more like a stroll) I miss laughing together and sharing so much with one another. I miss my church terribly.  My church really is more like a family to me.  There are so many people that I miss seeing on a regular basis.

One night was especially difficult for me.  I remember feeling so absolutely alone.  I knew no one in Ohio and I longed to simply be with the people I knew and loved.  I felt like I could not make it all alone.  However, the following morning God truly revealed Himself to me.  Through His Holy Word, the Lord reminded me time and time again that He was with me.  I am not alone.  I spent a long while with God that morning and I truly felt His presence with me telling me He would not send me somewhere without His presence.
It seemed like as soon as I told God your right..."You are all I need." God put me to the test.  

Monday, I got the call saying, "Brooke, mom has cancer.."
The first thing that came to my mind was why?  
Why now? 
Why her? 
I was sitting in my classroom lesson planning..I immediately gathered my stuff and left.  I had absolutely no one to talk to.  If I had gotten the news in Indiana I know I would have immediately ran  to someone for comfort.  But here in Ohio..I had no one to run one that is but God.  I gathered my Bible and my journal drove to the lake and sat there for three hours...
After those hours alone..I can honestly say I truly learned God is all I need.
I don't know why God chose my mom
I don't know why God chose now...I hadn't even been Ohio a whole week when I got the news.  My older sister's wedding is rapidly approaching...why now?
I don't know.. I simply don't know the answer to all the questions that are flooding my mind.  But I do know God has a reason for allowing things to happen. I may not understand his wisdom but I must trust His will..He knows what is best.

"When my heart is overwhelmed lead to the rock that is higher than I."

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Settling in Middle of Nowhere,Ohio

Early Tuesday morning after a large and amazing breakfast my parents and I began our journey to Ohio.  This trip truly made me realize how blessed I am to have the most amazing parents in my life. My mom and dad were both a huge help in setting up my bedroom and especially my classroom.  I often am a tad too much of a perfectionist and a bit too meticulous.  By myself a bulletin board takes me hours.  However, with the help of my mom we were able to complete the bulletin board in 15 minutes.

If I say so turned out pretty cute!

After the bulletin board was finished. We continued to add more decorations to brighten the classroom.

I absolutely love the huge world map my mom and sister got for definitely will come in handy when teaching 6th grade Geography.

Sadly, after getting my classroom somewhat organized and grocery shopping I had to say good bye to my parents.  Although I am very good at hiding my emotions in public..that was very hard.  It has only been 24 hours since I have seen them. However, I miss them terribly!

Early this morning I headed over to the school and attempted to finish my is the almost finished product

After finishing my classroom I decided to be adventurous.  For the very first time...I shut off my GPS and went for a drive without the aid of a little woman continually saying "when possible make a U-turn...recalculating.."

In my little Middle of Nowhere town..I came across a quaint little library.  I decided to go in a check it out..and as soon as I can prove I am now an Ohio resident I am getting myself a library card.

 I then drove along looking for something in particular.  You see, back home, I had this park,bench bench and fountain that I called my own.  It was my own special little place where I'd often go to read, pray, and simply think and meditate.  I wanted a special place of retreat for myself in Ohio as well...and then I found own little park!  I am sure it will become special to me....

My secluded little place

Please continue to pray for me.  My desire is that I will be a blessing and make an impact on these country people in Middle of Nowhere, Ohio.