Friday, June 27, 2008

it's a dangerous thing, stepping outside your front door

For those who haven't heard through the grapevine or directly from this grape, I am moving back to Portland the beginning of August (that's only 34 days away!).

There are multiple reasons for this move (including, but not limited to):
  • I miss the rain
  • My nephews & niece beckon
  • As do my lovely sisters
  • Did I mention my parents are moving to the Portland area as well?
  • Oh! And I'll be closer to both brothers, too. Though I still probably won't see Danny that often even with the airport right at hand.
  • Powells Books & Buffalo Exchange & waterfront
  • Big bridges
  • Live music
  • The irresistible possibility of directing Narnia for CYT in January
  • Old high school & college chums
  • And I'm going back to school

I found out Wednesday that I am officially accepted to George Fox University's MAT (Masters of Arts in Teaching program). Classes start late August. It's the night program, so I can work full time (classes are only one night a week plus every third or so Saturday). I'll be going for Secondary Education (that means high school & middle school) for Language Arts (that's English) and Drama. It's a 20 month program with student teaching beginning November of 2009. I'll be taking classes at the Portland campus, not Newberg.

I don't have a job yet. Still looking. Not sure where I'll live yet (hopefully I won't have to crash at my sister's for too long). My last day of work at Westside Church is July 31st, which is also when I move out of the Ranch Village house.

There are still many unknowns, but I'm thrilled. It finally feels real now that I've taken a load of stuff to storage in Vancouver and have been accepted to grad school.

So, Bend buddies, if I seem distant or out of it, it's because I am (sorry!). I've got a lot going on in my head and transitioning is always an emotional, whimsical and stressful time for me. Know that I love you all and forgive me in advance for being completely unpredictable in moods. Send me an email or a text and I'd love to hang out before July's out.

And, Portland pals, begin clearing your calendars for being my friend beginning in August.

Further up and further in...


outoftheshadowlands said...

You will be sorely missed. Thankfully, you are an amazing blogger so I can keep up with you via the www. Love you!

Splendidly Imperfect said...

joann, im sad your leaving. you'll be missed!

joshandkarlee said...

I would say I am sad, but I don't live in Bend, and Portland is closer to where I am at! I know that God has incredible things in store for you in P-town!

Cassie said...

did i ever mention i will miss you?

cause... i WILL miss you!