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Man, what a difference a month makes!  Since my last self-portrait, I’ve found a job, Mike has started school, and life has turned in a much more encouraging direction.  I’m so thankful for all the things that have come together for our family in the month of August!

My new position at Good Shepherd is such a Godsend– I’m on a staff that cares for one another, has a deep love for God, and shares great commitment to the church.  I’ll be working part-time mostly from home for the next couple of months, and will transition into full-time work there in November.  This is such a gift, since I can continue to spend more time with the boys and focus on establishing my photography business in a new city.  And yet, in some ways, I can’t wait for November to arrive.

The last three+ months have been the longest I’ve stayed at home.  When I was younger, I really wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom.  It was how I was raised, and I knew I wanted to have kids, so it just made sense.  As rich as this time has been, I realize now more than ever that I deeply enjoy and miss working in an office.  Staying at home requires a degree of self-imposed structure to the day that I really struggle with (when it comes to the kiddos).  Pair that with potty training, nap strikes, and other shenanigans, and I end many days much more exhausted than a 12 hour day at the office!

I knew being a full-time mom was hard.  I just didn’t realize how hard until I was in it.  The grass is always greener, I know, but I hope to strike a balance with work and home that can offer my best to both worlds.  For now, I will frequent the playground and offer all the snuggles I can.

 

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Some of you may remember that my brother does the Super Plunge to benefit Special Olympics each January.  What a lot of people don’t realize is that it requires fundraising for months beforehand!  Mike works so hard to make that happen, and a couple weeks ago, I got to witness a special event to that end.

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Kickin’ it with Cops was a great day where folks from Tamashii Black Belt Academy got together to crank out 1000 kicks to raise money for the plunge.  People were sponsored for the event, and together everyone raised over $5000 to help the cause!  The weather was great, and it was such a fun day to be outside.  The Lee’s Summit Police were there to show their support (several on Mike’s super plunge team are police officers), and the fire station even brought out a truck, too!  People of all ages showed up to be a part of the fun day.

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Tamashii Karate just moved to a new location, and they’re working on a new website to boot!  They’ve got a great thing going on over there, so if you’re in the Kansas City area (Lee’s Summit, really) and looking for some martial arts training, you should check it out.

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You can see more photos from the kick-a-thon here!

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