Linda, Rainee, Chloe, Alec and Brody went to Claremore on Sat for the Gatesway Balloon Festival. Though, initially we were disappointed to find out that the balloons had left to points South for balloon races and would not return until the evening, the kids still had a great time with face painting (or arm painting for Rainee’s TARDIS), bouncing on the inflatables, snow cones, etc. We saw horse races and enjoyed the last day of summer.
It has been a long time since I was in Pennsylvania and now I am back with a vengeance! Beginning with Harrisburg, I will travel from Erie to Pittsburg (where I got terribly lost many years ago!) and back to Philadelphia. I am taking pictures as I go and hope to return to actually share these sites with Linda. Until then, these pictures will have to do.
I was able to go to an amazing Cathedral today, St. Patrick’s in Harrisburg.
Something that I have been hoping to do for the past 15 years has finally been done, I took as many of the kids and grandkids that I could get ahold of and we went to Woodward Park in Tulsa. I was able to have Landon and Kayla, Emersyn and Kadence Morris, and the Million kids as well as Linda and I to take some fantastic pictures at Woodward! I have not had the opportunity to take pictures there since high school!
As the rains were beginning to come down, I was interviewing in the Williams Tower in downtown Tulsa. I believe the interview went well. I am praying for a positive outcome and a job offer sometime this week.
Well, the ending of 2011 did not come the way we had anticipated, I am no longer teaching and tomorrow is not as secure as I had hoped. I know that the future is in God’s hands. We had a wonderful Christmas, however, and that is what is important today. Michael surprised me by being able to come down from Houston, that was a glorious gift. He is safe and secure and things are looking up for him.
We celebrated Christmas on Christmas Day, I went to Mass and came back to a house full of Landon’s brood, Michael and Andrew. Emersyn calls Andrew the “other uncle Michael”. That was cute! Michael returned on Monday for a belated celebration with Frances and her four kids. Rainee, Michael and I were able to see the Doctor Who Christmas Special together. A new Christmas Tradition!
Well, we have definitely come upon a crossroads. Yesterday was an eventful day at Career Point College. I was let go. I have the satisfaction that I did exactly what I was supposed to do. I followed procedures as I was directed by my supervisor. We have a policy, clearly posted on my classroom door and provided to each student that they must have an 80% or better attendance or they cannot be allowed to take the final test. I had two students that could not test due to attendance. Two additional were not allowed to test due to lack of identification or attendance. I was let go because no students tested. The owner did not like that and my supervisor did not volunteer that I was following his directions.
The bigger picture is that the high school equivalency program is in jeopardy. There are those that do not believe that the people I served are worth the effort and expense. I am hoping that there is a way that these individuals, which are so important and in need of a hand up, will receive the support they need to succeed. They need to succeed for themselves, their children, their families.