A September Debriefing

I would describe the month of September as numb. I've grown numb to stress, anxiety, and most emotions in general. Of course, I don't mean to sound depressing, or sad; this numbness has been developed due to a general need to do what I have to do. I genuinely do not have time to feel during a school day. Each second is fast-paced, I'm constantly on my toes. This leaves little time for self-doubt or anxiety about the decisions I make as a teacher. Thankfully, I have been quite fantastic at leaving work behind me as I drive away each afternoon. There are still evenings when I need to tweak my lessons or work on a PowerPoint; however, I am able to start each day with the mindset of a blank slate. The only downside to this numbness is the dam of emotions I build up. I allow myself an emotional "cry-fest" about once every two weeks...occasionally more often. This has been a season of growth (professionally, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally). I am already thankful to be going through this, but I do find myself longing for the days when I am more confident as an educator. "Someday..." I tell myself.  

On a more personal level, life has been fantastic. We've settled into a rhythm that I really enjoy, and the city of Louisville has been so exciting to be a part of! We have started attending Kenwood Baptist Church on a regular basis where I have attended their women's conference and joined a mentor group Bible study. This has been a real game-changer for our time here. The church of Kenwood has welcomed us with open arms, and the people we've met seem so reminiscent of our church family back home.  We were able to take my mom on Labor Day weekend when she came for her first visit!

She, of course, made us cookies, cookies, and more cookies. Her recipe is the best! 

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The following weekend we attended the Southern Seminary Fall Festival with a couple of friends. It was a great evening: great weather, great people, great food, great atmosphere. It was great. 

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Thankfully, our friends, Christian and Amanda, love hiking and taking our dogs on walks as much as we do. It has been a huge blessing to spend time with them in this way throughout our weeks here. 

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We ended this Saturday with a trip to the arts and craft festivals around town. 

Seneca Park has become my favorite running spot. It is so close to our apartment, and the loop is beautiful. There's also a trail around the golf course that is pretty fun to run. I've been running one lap around the park's loop, then running into the surrounding neighborhoods to make up the rest of the mileage. It's beautiful in this area of Louisville!

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Allie has enjoyed our daily walks and runs the most out of all the Palmers.

This past Saturday we were able to spend time with friends from Murray who came in for the Murray State/University of Louisville football game. We met for lunch Saturday at the North End Cafe, and spent the afternoon at the game. Murray State lost...we were truly shocked by this (sarcasm). However, I had such a great time sitting and watching the game with my brother. I think I finally watched a whole football game without getting bored (probably because my phone had died in the first quarter)!

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September has been busy, exhausting, and difficult, yet lovely, fun, and steady. I finally feel as though I see a light at the end of the tunnel of the first half of this school year, and I am starting to develop a routine for the work week. Thankfully, our weekends have been life-giving, restful, and encouraging. I am excited to see what October brings us! 

An August Debriefing

I cried as my mom closed the sliding, glass door. Large, round, bulbous tears poured onto my cheeks as I said goodbye to my family. Louisville always seemed as if it were a distant dream. We've been praying, and daydreaming, and praying, and pondering our future life in Louisville, Kentucky for almost three years. To finally find ourselves as residents of this beautiful city is a beautiful dream come true. As much as we miss our hometown of Murray, KY, we are thriving here! We love the old, historic neighborhoods; the amazing, beautiful parks; and the fast-paced nature of this place. Moreover, the restaurants in Louisville are too fantastic for their own good. 

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We've settled into a nice routine. I spend my mornings reading The Courier Journal, drinking coffee, eating breakfast, and preparing for each day of teaching, all while sitting in this chair. Mornings are most complimented when sitting in an arm chair. 

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Our first few days were filled with anxiety, as well as excitement. I found myself restless, ready to start working and teaching. However, I look back at those first few days with a smile on my face. Travis and I enjoyed exploring our new home, and we enjoyed being there for one another when moving became overwhelming. Thankfully, Matthew, my brother, came to visit and bring our sweet dog, Allie, the following weekend. Being near a familiar face was just what we needed. Moreover, Allie's presence added much-needed noise and activity to our life. She fell into a routine easily. Her ability to adapt to new situations quickly is one huge benefit to her breed (German Shepherd). 

While Matthew was in town, we had dinner at O'Shea's Pub on Bardstown Rd., we found $10 tickets to the Louisville FC game, we participated in Louisville's first annual Burger Week, and we went to see Dunkirk. I also spent that Saturday morning hitting up Farmers Markets with my friend Lucy, going for a run in Cherokee Park with Allie (yes, I do refer to Allie the dog as if she were human), and visiting our local Kroger for the first time!

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We spent the following week unpacking, decorating (Okay, I did the decorating...Travis hammered nails where requested), exploring, and figuring out the walking routine Allie would benefit from most. I really love how amazing this apartment turned out to be. We are thankful to have found such an affordable, safe, and cozy place to live.

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The guest bedroom is possibly my favorite room in our apartment. I'm really thankful to have a place for our friends and families to stay when they visit!

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A huge part of our routine has been taking Allie on her morning and evening walks. In order for her to be happy inside an apartment, we have to take two pretty long walks or runs in the morning and evenings. This has been more difficult for us as humans than it has been for Allie...however, we do appreciate her keeping us healthy! 

We've spent a lot of time hanging out with our friends, Amanda and Christian, and their dog, Scooter. It is incredibly nice to have such a solid friendship established in a new place!

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I am most pleased with our new favorite evening spot. We started setting up camp at Vint, a coffee shop on Frankfort Ave., on the evenings when we need to get work done, or when there's a book needing to be read. They have a perfect patio space out front. Travis and I are both people whose studying and work thrive with commotion and noise surrounding us. Cars zoom past, motorcycles pound by, and trains boom away, creating a lovely background noise for us. After claiming a table, we normally settle in for a few hours. 

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The first day of school was August 16, 2017. I could write a whole, emotional piece about the thrills and excitement of the day, but for the sake of being concise, I'll save the story for another day. Travis and I celebrated the coming of the first day by having dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory downtown. If you are in Louisville looking for a cheaper dinner location, this place was perfect. We followed dinner up with a walk by the river!

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Travis's family came in for the State Fair this weekend! We had pizza at Impellizzeri's Pizza, walked the walking bride downtown, and then chilled out our apartment Friday night. Saturday, we toured the water tower museum, and had ice cream at Graeter's. It was nice to see them and catch up. 

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Moving to Louisville has been an incredible blessing. This move has been the best thing for us. I'm obsessed with being a teacher. My students are fantastic, and my school is the biggest blessing I could have ever received professionally. The people I work alongside are truly amazing educators, and I'm so thankful I get to start my teaching career in a place like Oldham County. Travis has gotten a job at Home of the Innocence, and he has started his seminary classes. Everything has been great. We really love living here, and there are still moments when I'm in shock we get to live in this amazing place. God is truly good. To see the full circle of this move finally bring us here, it's huge. 

Unforgiving

            

Summer is suffocating.
The trees constrict the winds,
The corn encroaches upon
My space,
My roads,
My sight. 
Humidity muffles my lungs,
Enveloping me in moisture.

I grow weary of Summer. 
Alas, it persists--unforgiving.

Autumn is abounding, full.
The painted trees color the air.
The fields deplete, I can see
For miles,
For ages,
Forever. 
Crisp sky embraces my breath,
Coaxing, enticing, me outdoors. 


I am longing for Autumn,
Alas, it hides--unforgiving.