Since this is my first post, I guess it will be our introductory post. Actually I will write our introductory post in two parts. Here is Part I:
Philip and I met on February 27, 1999. A friend set us up on a blind date. Even though we were only teenagers, we were perfect for each other right from the start. I remember riding home in Philip's white Honda civic that night, staring out the sun roof thinking that everything just felt so right with him. To this day, our love still feels so right.
Philip and I both went to Valdosta State University for our undergraduate degrees. Philip graduated with his undergraduate degree in Middle Grades Education in May of 2003 and moved to teach at Camden County Middle School. That year apart was completely depressing. We saw each other almost every weekend and would drive half way in the middle of the week to meet for dinner. We were so happy that Philip moved back to Valdosta to teach and be the boy's head basketball coach at Echols County Schools. Philip proposed to me that summer by the tree that we had carved our initials in when we were first dating. He carved "Will you marry me" into the same tree. Such a sweet romantic!
Philip and I were married June 18, 2005 in a beautiful wedding at St. John's Catholic Church surrounded by our family and friends. Our honeymoon to Cape Cod and New York City sparked a fire for traveling that still burns within both of us! Since we have been married, we have traveled to Hawaii twice (Oahu and The Big Island), Rome, driven up the coast of California staying in hotels and camping (San Diego, Los Angeles, Big Sur, Yosemite, and San Francisco), Washington D.C., Las Vegas, and lots of weekend trips to Louisiana, Florida, and South Carolina. We have also both traveled to numerous places around the U.S. for conferences with work. We just love to travel, and hope to visit many more places when we are both finished with school!!
I graduated with my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education in December 2005 and was blessed to get a position in January teaching second grade at Hahira Elementary School. During the years I was finishing up my undergrad, Philip also received a Masters and Specialist Degree. We both were accepted to graduate school at the University of Georgia where I would pursue my Masters Degree in Gifted and Creative Education and Philip would pursue is PhD in Middle Grades Education. We moved to Athens in July of 2006, began graduate school on the UGA campus, and started teaching. I got a job teaching first grade at Bethlehem Elementary School and Philip became a teacher at Malcom Bridge Middle School.
The baby is awake, so that's where I will stop for today. Part II will come soon...