Saturday, March 22, 2008

Happy Easter and Great News!!!!

To start off, we want to share some great news....John verbally accepted a position at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania-we are still waiting for the written contract. He will be an Assistant Professor and will teach physical geography, meteorology, and climate classes. He is excited to say the least. Broderick's first thought was that two of his favorite book characters live in PA (Jack and Annie from Magic Tree House books) and Camden was concerned about whether or not mommy and Adalynn would be coming with us. Adalynn could care less, but we are looking into our options as far as staying with her "team" here or finding a new one closer to Kutztown. John was offered two different positions (both at schools in PA) but this one seemed to fit him-and us- a lot better. Classes start late August, so we plan on moving sometime over the summer. We hope to visit the area sometime over the summer to find somewhere to live and look at schools. I am trying to figure out how my teaching license will transfer and beginning to look for openings at schools there (which are few to none). I have joked with John, that maybe I will go back to school for the next 5-10 years !!??!! :) I am very proud of what he has accomplished. Getting a PH.D. is hard work and having a wife and three kids while doing it makes it twice as hard. I don't think I would be able to do it, so the school comment for me is a joke.

If you are wondering where Kutztown is, it is in eastern Pennsylvania, 45 minutes north of Philadelphia. New York City and Washington D.C. are just a few hours away. It is in "Amish Country" and we are already looking forward to finding some farmer's markets and visiting places like Hershey's Park, Gettysburg, and of course D.C. and N.Y.C. The only sad thing about it is that we are no closer to 'home', than GA is to 'home'. Now we just have a new place for families to visit with new sights to see.

The weather here has been gorgeous for this Easter weekend (though John did mention that it was supposed to snow in PA). We enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt after Broderick's Saturday morning soccer practice. Broderick, Camden, and Adalynn were all in different age groups and this year the organizers decided that all groups would go at once (in previous years they started each group separately at different times). This made things crazy as we decided who was going to get the camera and we couldn't let Adalynn sit down and get eggs at all. Her Easter Hunt picture is from the hunt we had at church last Sunday night...greener grass and a little cooler weather. I will take lots of pictures tomorrow of the beautiful babies in their Easter outfits and hopefully we will get a family picture too.

Speaking of last Sunday night and more great news...Broderick, Camden, Adalynn and I all went to the Living Lord's Supper at church (where daddy played an apostle). Several members of the church acted out the Last Supper with music and commentary from the pastor. Well, Broderick has started asking questions. We have spoken with the youth pastor and he is going to come over sometime in the next few weeks to chat with Broderick and see where he is in his understanding of everything. This is so exciting to see things beginning to click as he starts to understand all that Jesus did for us. This being said, we wish each and every one of you a Blessed Easter Day!! Christ has risen!!!!!!


  1. Hello John and Family. I teach at KU in the Design Dept. My wife and I live on Main St. If you do come up home hunting, you are welcome to spend a few days at our place. We have some guest space and can convert the living room into a family crash pad. July is a good time as we have a Kutztown Fair. My wife Patt is active in Kutztown Rotary and they have a cleft project where they raise money for operations for kid overseas. Welcome to Kutztown. Email me if you have any questions:
    All best wishes, Kevin McCloskey

  2. Wow! Congratulations John and family!! How exciting!

    LOL at Brodericks first thought about Jack and Annie living in PA. Isn't it wonderful how kids' minds think?!?!

    I'm sure since the Lord is directing you there, He'll also provide good doctors for Adalynn. :)