Monthly Archives: June 2008

Bittersweet Graduation

The last time I saw my dad was at Fortuna High graduation 2007, (for Hannah’s graduation…which you can read about in previous posts) so it was very surreal to be back this year to see Graduation 08.

That was really the main purpose of my visit back home (CA)…to see my East High students graduate. I was so proud of them. You guys finally made it guys! Good work!

I think being at the graduation was more therapeutic than I had expected. It brought back a lot of good family memories of our graduations and high school experiences together. But it was also a chance for me to see the students I had been working with before I came to CTI. I had some of these kids since they were in 5th GRADE!!!!!!!! So it was good closure for me to see them finish this stage of their life….because I probably will not see them again.

I really have no idea what’s going to happen after I’m done with CTI. I’m trying not to think too much about it because I figure I have plenty of time to decide, and I don’t want to miss out on what’s going on in my life right now by worrying about what might happen later. At the same time though, a year is not THAT long…the time for decision making is going to be here before I know it, and I’d like to be somewhat prepared.

I have some thoughts in my head, but they aren’t complete yet…when they are I’ll be sure to share them 🙂

(This is Jose; he’s a student I had back when he was in 5th grade…I was taller than him back then)

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Posted by on June 22, 2008 in Uncategorized


The Beauty of Biking

I’m actually in California right now….but before I blog about my time here…I’ve been meaning to blog about my bike ride the other day. I have been riding as often as the weather will permit in Willmar, Minnesota. My favorite ride has become riding around past the fairgrounds and across the road to Robin’s Island.

It’s quite a nice trail through most of it…and it’s flat so it’s very conducive to my biking ability at the moment.

The only thing I worry about every time I take this rout is…whether or not I’m going to be attacked by killer Geese. Ok, so maybe they aren’t killer, but they probably peck someone to death. Seriously, I was riding along…minding my own business…and I had to ride right through several families of Canadian Geese and their Gosling. I was thinking, “Oh how cute! I want to stop and take a picture”. But no! I got a few shots but then the geese started hissing at me (They are NOT cute when they are hissing!)I know they were protecting their little gosling…but Oh My Gosh, I was seriously frightened. They were chasing me!

I guess it’s amusing…AFTER the fact!

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Posted by on June 12, 2008 in Uncategorized


This is Springtime!

I debated whether or not to post this blog…because I want people to have the chance to read the previous 2…but I’ve been chastised for not posting frequently enough so I thought I’d better do it!

I always told myself I’d never live in Minnesota…and yet here I am. I guess when the Lord calls you somewhere, you can’t really run away. Well, you could but you’d end up in the belly of a whale, only to be spit up again…and headed to the place you were called to in the first place 🙂
I’ve been here for 6 months now…turns out I really like it. I spent all of Sunday at a lake cabin with the two Full-time teams and the Williams’ family.

Michelle and I rocked the socks off the Kayaks! We’re the bomb…that’s all I have to say!

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Posted by on June 2, 2008 in Uncategorized