On August 24th, my Masters classes resume once again.  To be honest, I am a tad bit nervous about this challenge that lies ahead.  This semester will involve beginning my research as the capstone to my Master’s degree.  Sometimes I wonder if I am crazy.  Classes begin on the 24th, we move back to Bermuda on the 25th and we have to get settled, get scooters and get organized and then, Lord willing, I’ll have to attend teacher training on September 1st … 

This is going to be a challenging few months, however, in May 2010 this journey towards my Masters should be complete.  9 Months.  The countdown is ON.


Enjoying Ohio

I can hardly believe how quickly this time has come .. and is going!  We have truly enjoyed a week and a half with Nic’s family here in Ohio.  We have eaten, shopped, played, relaxed and enjoyed our vacation! 

We packed and shipped 8 boxes which should arrive in Bermuda two weeks from tomorrow.  That was a challenge – to be honest, I’d be happy to never have to pack another box again.  It was stressful and overwhelming to pack up our lives, however, it is done, and for that we are so thankful! 

We are enjoying our last few days with family and friends here in the US before heading on to Bermuda.  I can’t wait to organize our apartment and am excited to get settled into our routines there. 

It’s an exciting journey!

Moving day

Well, Nic is on his way with our dear friend, Rob, and most of our suitcases, to leave them at Rob’s place.  Everything is packed up.  It’s strange, to sit here on our couch and know that this is our last day in our first place.  We’ll miss this little studio.  It was small, but God used it to do some big things in our lives.  Living in a studio isn’t that bad, and as newlyweds it was great for us.  I think we’ll miss each other when we’re in different rooms in a bigger place!  

Our time in Taiwan is quickly coming to an end.  It’s been about a year since we left Bermuda and the US and ventured to this foreign country as newlyweds, but it has been an eye-opening, exciting and adventure filled year.  We are thankful that God brought us on this journey. 

We have a few errands to run today, then we’ll teach our final classes, and then, catch a night bus to the city where we will catch our little plane to Green Island.  The fact that we’re going on vacation is surreal.  We’ve been so busy:  finishing up classes, packing and organizing things.  A vacation will be such a nice treat.  We’ll come back to Taichung on Friday, and then, after a farewell dinner with friends, we’ll fly on on Sunday morning to begin the trek back to the U.S.  I’m excited for the adventure ahead, but a sad that this chapter is coming to a close.  It truly has been a beautiful chapter.

Root Canal

I’m getting a root canal today!  As if our last few days in Taiwan weren’t busy enough, I’m getting major dental work done – replacing a false tooth!  Turns out it’s much MUCH cheaper here, due to the subsidized government health care.  My root canal today is costing $1.51  – no joke.  

I’ve never been so excited to go to the dentist!

Although I know exactly how many days we have left in Taiwan – it hardly seems real.  I can’t believe that this one year adventure is quickly coming to an end.  That’s most likely due to the fact that my head is wrapped up in newspaper layouts, the physical and social development of children and cognitive versus behaviorist theories on motivation.  My summer semester will finish 2 weeks from tomorrow, and there is a lot to be done in those two weeks.  I try not to think about it.  I told Nic the other day that I think I have been doing this countdown in my head to help me realize that we really are packing up and moving in three weeks.  It doesn’t seem real!

 People have asked if we have started packing yet, and honestly, we haven’t!  We have sent one box of clothes to the US – but other than that, we haven’t packed up.  I keep thinking we don’t have that much to pack.  Since we live in a one bedroom studio our life has been pretty simple and we haven’t accumulated too much “stuff.”  Part of that has been due to the effort of paying off my Master’s Degree – which is nearly complete!!  What a blessing to it off as we go.  We have had to be really disciplined about this but it has been worth it!  We have payed over $9,200 and only have a tiny bit left to go!  We have proven to ourselves that with hard work and discipline it’s possible to stay out of debt and still enjoy life – and this was done with us both working part time! We have learned the value of a good budget.  So yeah – we don’t have that much stuff.  Which will be nice in our effort to pack up our lives, once again, into four suitcases!  

God has used this year in Taiwan in important ways in our lives.  We have made great friends and have enjoyed learning about this little island in the Pacific.  We will miss it.  I can’t believe this chapter is slowly coming to a close.  

I do, however, look forward to eating a lot of cereal and a few chocolate milkshakes once we return.  🙂

1 Year…

On July 5 we celebrated our first year of marriage!  We drove two hours on our scooter to Sun-Moon Lake.  On the way back, we stopped to take pictures at a rice-patty.  Here the photos.  We are down to only 4 weeks left in Taiwan.  So hard to believe.  We want to really enjoy these last four weeks and soak it all in.  It has been a great year.  

Enjoy the photos 🙂

Here’s an update on my Master’s degree. I am currently in week 4 of 8 for the summer semester. This means that this week has involved mid-terms and case studies that are taking up a lot of my time.

I am tired. I want to take a break. I want to sleep in and have the ability to take a nap on a Saturday afternoon if I want to. Nic is currently napping. I envy him. I should be working on my case study for my Human Learning class, but all I want to do is sleep. I have to keep reminding myself, I am almost half way through this semester, and about 3/4 of the way through the Master’s program. It’s so hard when you feel overwhelmed by the work… I know it will all get done, I know it will. I just wish I were finished so I could take a nap right now!