A week ago, I started back to school after a much needed six month break. This was the first break I have had that's lasted more than 2 weeks since Jeff and I got married over 2 and half years ago! Although, I don't know if I can consider having a baby much of a break! Last Monday was very bittersweet. I was excited to go back to school so I can finish up my degree and to get back into a routine, but it was so hard leaving my sweet baby boy! And to make it even worse, we are both still sick! :( Being back at school wasn't as weird as I thought it would be. I was afraid I would feel so old considering that I'm now technically a super senior and I have a baby, but I haven't felt too awkward.
Monday was also another important day. Six years ago on Monday, I was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I cannot believe it has been that long! And yet I feel like it has been so much longer. I still laugh when people say how new I still am! Deciding to get baptized is truly the best decision I could have made in life because it has helped me to be happier than ever. Had I not gotten baptized, I probably would not be married to the best man in the world and the absolute love of my life. And had I not married the man of my dreams, I would not have my little Bubba J. I would also not be attending BYU where I have made some of y closest friends. Finding God, has made me such a happier person and has helped me understand my purpose in life: to be a wife and mother. He has helped me through so many trials and has helped me understand the divine gift that women can partake of: motherhood. Knowing that my greatest callings in life will be being a wife and mother has helped me make a HUGE decision this week.
Ever since I was little, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. When I first got to college I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. After quite a few semesters of school I discovered that I didn't want to teach elementary school; my heart was in secondary! I changed majors and decided to become a Family and Consumer Science teacher for middle school and high school. A lot of people don't know what FACS is. It includes, cooking, sewing, child development, family finance, family relationships, teen living, interior design, and fashion strategies. I absolutely love learning all these things and have seen how beneficial they are to have in school. Students love these subjects! I am a firm believer in continuing to have these vocational type of classes in public schools, but I could write an entire post on that alone. Now, my huge decision this week... I have decided not to continue down this path of getting my teaching credentials.
As I met with my academic counselor to sign off my student teaching application, I was telling her my concerns about being in school all of this next year and then student teaching with a baby and with a husband who already has a stressful job. She gave me the option of graduating in June with my Bachelor's in Home and Family Living. So that is what I decided will be best for my family. I am sad that I will not be getting my teaching credentials right now, but am so happier knowing that I will be able to focus more of my time and energy into being the wife and mother that my family needs me to be.
I am grateful for the power of prayer and for a supportive husband. Jeff has been nothing but supportive of me since we have been married and continues to support me in this decision.
On another note, Jackson started eating solids this week! We started him on rice cereal which he loves! And because of this he has been sleeping like a champ! I am so proud of my little guy. Hopefully he feels better soon! We also got a new range! I was so excited because for the last five months we haven't had a working oven and only a partially working stove! I am so excited to be able to cook anything I want again. :) We made yummy sweet potato rolls and pizza to break in the oven. We also tried a new recipe making pesto alfredo sauce using avocados. It was delicious. If anyone wants recipes let me know!