So. . . here are some highlights:
- The seminary orientation, while long and packed with more information than my poor tiny brain can keep in, is good overall. I have two days down, one to go. Tim joined me as my moral support for the first part of yesterday's orientation, which was nice. By the end of the day, the Geneva ADCP grads of '11 were making a strong showing, however with THREE of us (out of a total of about 8 that graduated in May) starting at PTS this week. We also bumped into a man from my in-laws' church. It was nice to have familiar faces there to sit with while this poor, shy extrovert started to get her bearing. It also helped that Melissa was there (harried as she was, working on her ordination exams-think pastoral bar exam only harder) to provide another face I knew. I was also blown away that my admissions counselor, who I hadn't seen in person since last fall, recognized me in the cafeteria and welcomed me by name. Today, I was comfortable enough in my surroundings to pass on my phone number to THREE NEW FRIENDS: a fellow marathon runner, another mom of three and another woman struggling with people's response to a woman called to church leadership.
- My oldest was stark raving mad with excitement over starting middle school today. There is no way to describe it. You have to experience it for yourself.
- I think that sending my oldest off to middle school was worse than kindergarten. Seriously. Worse. With kindergarten, they're still all cute and they are a little more grown up, but they are still tiny, adorable children. Middle school kids are neither of those things. They are just plain big. Now, the fun part is that she's old enough that it's fun to embarrass her on purpose now. I yelled very, very loudly as she got on the bus. I took a million photos.