Good morning friends of the blog and objective lurkers. And also in some ways, for the next four months anyways, goodbye.
After a steady stream of delectable material (haha) coming from this blog the past summer my online productivity has now come to a screeching halt. I’ve recently entered my busiest portion of the year. Though I will try to remain as prolific as possible with my posts, my blog activity will likely remain sparse in the coming months. I’m not gloating, and I know many maintain much busier schedules than I do, but here are the main reasons for a brief blog vacation:
High School Algebra Class
This past Monday was the first official day with students. There are a host of new standards, EOCs, lesson plans and CAG-friendly guidelines coming down the pike that I’ll have to get more familiar with and learn how to implement in my Algebra 1 classes. The paperwork can get overwhelming with every new documentation, and that is not including the hundreds of tests, quizzes, and projects that will need grading in just the next month.
I love pouring in to young people a thirst for education, but as is the case with any thing worth doing, it will be time-consuming.
High School Football Season
The regular season has started last week and will run through the second week of November. If (or when) we make the playoffs you could add another few weeks to the schedule.
Right after school I change clothes and make a beeline for the practice field. Practice starts at 2:50 on the dot and lasts at least until 5:30. Typically, coaches will meet afterwards which equates to me getting home on Mon-Thurs around 6:30. Just enough time to wash up, eat dinner with the family, and put the boys to sleep. I may have an hour with my wife to just talk, chill, and be married. Game days (Fri) I’m getting home at 11 for home games and 1 AM for away games. In between grading class papers and grading game film on Saturdays I hope to catch a few Nole football games on the tube. On Sunday mornings it’s off to church with the family and then a coaching staff meeting from 1 PM -until (?) to get prepared for next week’s opponent.
Football is all-consuming even at the high school level and I know for a fact our staff hours are more friendly than many other HS staff’s.
We’ve already had one situational game/scrimmage against Walton County last Friday. If we were keeping score Mosley would have won 48-20. One Walton county D-1 DT prospect wreaked havoc on our smallish OL for the first couple series before disappearing afterwards. I wonder what this 6-5 275 lb specimen thought when he heard a 5’11″ 185lb Mosley offensive guard say, in drawn-out Southport vernacular: “If you’re D-1 then I’m going to Alabama!”
New College Ministry
The pastor at SUMC has graciously asked if I would be willing to upstart a college/career ministry at our church. He is not asking for many hours and the position guarantees as much flexibility as needed. Preparing a couple of trips and activities shouldn’t take much time, but preparing for a fruitful bible study will necessarily take some prayer and discipline. At SUMC, there seems to be a palatable hunger in this age group for the things of God. It will be a small, but passionate and diverse group of people.
I am looking forward to this opportunity to minister to this age group. When God seems to shut one door the reality is that He is just directing us to the door that He has had opened all along. We just have yet to see it at times.
New Teacher Stuff
I am in the third year of my “New Teacher Induction Program” and I still have a couple of certification tests ($200.00 a piece!) and online courses to take until I am considered a teacher “in field.” Somehow I’ll have to find the time this fall to finish up the program, otherwise I’ll be ineligible for a more permanent teacher contract.
Of course I will continue to strive to make my relationship with God, my wife, and my sons the priority over these four items. Please be in prayer for my family, we have a huge decision to make in the next two weeks that could alter our lives in a mighty way. More details may be forthcoming on that.
A big thank you to my faithful readership. God bless you and keep you.