Well, folks, it’s been a really long time since I’ve written. For that, I apologize, but hey – we’ve been a little busy…what do you want from me?? There’s been lots going on and despite my absence from this page, a lot to write about. I figured the best way to cover everything is to give a summary of everything now and expand on each story in the coming days.
First, we’ve been trying to take full advantage of a month that was not quite as busy as the norm. That changes today (more on that in a minute), but from the end of May until now, we’ve been trying to relax when we can and spend more time together as a family. The two biggest highlights have been visiting family that we don’t get to see as often as we’d like. At the beginning of June we got to spend a week with my family near Clemson, SC where they live. Because pictures are worth 1,000 words, I’ll spare you the words:
About three weeks ago, my sister and her husband welcomed twins to their family in South FLA via adoption! We were extremely sad to lose Sawyer after 3 days on earth with us, but are also jealous of the company he’s now keeping. We’re also overjoyed that Henry has been doing very well and is home now. We took Noah with us on the 15+
hr drive to Jupiter to say goodbye to Sawyer and get to meet Henry for the first time. It was a roller coaster of emotions but a sweet time with my family.
This summer, for the first time in history, the Memphis Teacher Residency will be putting on an academic enrichment summer camp at Cornerstone Prep (the school I work with)! There are a lot of different parts I’m playing at the camp each day, but creating the camp’s character curriculum and thinking for spiritual development of the summer camp staff are the main ones. It’s going to be incredibly fun for the kids (and us) and I can’t wait to get started with it! Learn more about it at memphistr.org/mtrcamp
The house is nearing completion! Doors are hung, cabinets are in place, sinks, tubs, etc are being installed as you read this. We’re looking at the end of July/early August as a projected move-in, so keep your dollies and work gloves on standby for the big move!
The Carpenter St Art Garden Movement
I use the word movement almost sarcastically, but for those of you keeping up at home, our good friend Erin Harris has been using her skills and passion to teach art to kids and creating two incredible spaces for kids to have artistic and creative freedom as well as a safe place to hang out on our street. It started with the Art Garden and has now spread down the street a few houses to a neighborhood-run Fruit/Vegetable garden. More on this soon as well, it’s becoming one of our favorite things.
Mr. Bowen the Book Man
One of the great injustices found in urban poverty is the lack of high quality education. This is obviously a touchy issue because generally you have very well-intentioned people working in broken systems. So what do we do when we find ourselves in communities where children are interested in reading but don’t have easy access to books? Our kids have no idea because we have Mr. Bowen. Mr. Bowen’s passion is getting kids books, and I’ll tell the story this week of how he’s making it happen in the Hamp with “bookhouses” all over the neighborhood.
It’s great to be back in the saddle of writing again and I’m really looking forward to sharing some of these incredible stories!
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