We have opened a new chapter of life, so I thought it was a great time to revamp this blog. January 1 Robert became pastor of Point Pleasant Baptist Church. From the moment he said, “Kathy, I feel God leading me to pastor a church again”, I knew everything changed.
When we put our house on the market in December, it sold in 24 hours. Wow! I was totally blind sided by that. I had a great job at a wonderful middle school, and suddenly, I had to say goodbye. Goodbye to middle schoolers is tough. They become a piece of your heart. I still think of them and miss them. I wonder about all their life details, and how those things are going. I pray that God is taking care of them. I miss teacher friends. I miss living near the great city of Louisville where bourbon and horses are king. I really miss Heine Brothers coffee, the Caramel Vanilla Iceberg and Cafe LuLu’s Shrimp and Grits.
I now find myself without a job. An unemployed teacher-what do I do? The first week I had to fight off the feeling that I had forgotten something or that I should be doing something. Still on Sundays I get a little anxious. Where did the Sunday blues go? Believe me, I don’t miss them. My new Henry County teachers, I pray for you as I drive by your schools. I know what you are going through. Thank you.
The second week I began to try to get life organized. I tried to meet people and just relax. I love our new hometown and our church, especially our church. I love being back in the South. Ain’t no place like home.
We loved our former church family, especially my “Solo Sistas”, but God has brought us to a good place. *Solo Sistas, here’s the link to cabins that are up the road from us-road trip? https://tnstateparks.com/parks/cabins/paris-landing/
The third week we had to put our dog of 17 years to sleep. It was one of the hardest things I have had to do, and I still miss my buddy. Dogs are one of God’s best blessings.
So, as I do life in Paris, I will now write always about God’s goodness, but about our this new season. Eventually I will get a job. Work is good. It is easy to lose sight of your purpose without a job. I am trusting that God will show me what that will look like.
So far I have discovered Java Joe’s Coffee (fabulous), Sweet Jordan’s (also fabulous food and ice cream), and my favorite flower shop Jack Jones Flowers and Gifts. I might even be lucky enough to work for the flower shop some. You should go by Sweet Jordan’s and read their businesses’ story. I love it!
So, if you are a Paris or Henry County person, and you happen to read this, tell me what else I need to try. We have left the 4 lane interstate life and gone to the land of rivers and lakes. Also, as we were walking tonight, I heard a mourning dove, which in my mind is a staple of the South.
PS: We live right behind Hank Williams, Jr. Really wanted to go by his house on Super Bowl Sunday and hold up a sign that said, “Are you ready for some football?” He probably gets tired of that:)