Monday, September 05, 2011

This Fall Brings Many Transitions for Our Family

Fall is absolutely my favorite season of the year.  Some of things I enjoy during fall are the trees changing color, NFL and NCAA football beginning, lawn mowing coming to a halt, and perfect temperatures for being outside at orchards, bonfires, and playgrounds.

This fall is a unique one for our family.  This fall is marked by major transitions.  First, after two months of training I begin my new role as Operations Assistant Manager with Walmart.  I have enjoyed being in multiple stores and meeting lots of great people, but I am ready to take on the challenge of being in position and being a leader in my own store.

Second, Stephanie begins her new position as a 6th grade teacher at St. Dominic's School in Northfield.  Stephanie was a long term substitute at St. Dominic's last year and was offered a full-time position this year.  She has spent a ton of time preparing her classroom and lesson plans for tomorrow when the students come back to school.

Speaking of students returning to school, the third major transition for our family is that starting tomorrow all three of our children will be in school full-time.  Jacob is starting second grade, Isabelle first, and Andrew will be in all-day pre-K.  I can not believe I have three kids in school.  The phrase "time flies" is in a sense unknowable until you actually experience.  To be 31 and at this phase of life is mind-boggling.

A fourth major transition this fall is the transfer of Jacob from the public elementary school to St. Dominic's.  Stephanie and I prayed and sought a lot of counsel on this decision, and in the end it made more sense to have Jacob with his siblings and mother at the same school.  The cost of private school was a prohibiting factor, but it was overcome with the benefits of religious instruction, time with family and mother, not having to balance competing school schedules, quality of educational environment, and the anecdotes offered by other people.  Jacob will miss many friends from his old school but he is excited about the many new friends he will make.  Jacob is gifted by the Lord at reaching out and meeting new friends and I am confident he will do well.

It seems life is always on the move for this Balvin tribe.  I appreciate your prayers as we make this transitions.  Please pray for confidence and courage for the kids, wisdom and patience for the parents, and togetherness and love for the whole family.
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