I could fill up this whole page  telling you all about the amazing people that surround me and how blessed I have been so far in this crazy ride they call life, but I’ll try to keep it short and sweet:)

I grew up in a small suburb outside Chicago in what some people would call the country. I was the third born in a family of 4 girls.  When I tell most people that they say, “oh your poor father!”, but if they knew how great my mom and sisters are they would think quite differently.  Growing up in a large family was such a blessing.   There was always someone to play with, someone to confide in, and most importantly someone to blame.  Even though we’ve all grown up an moved away from home, we don’t let distance come between us.  We might be thousands of miles apart, but I feel closer than ever to my family.  I feel lucky to not only call my three sisters, but also my parents my best friends.  They may no longer be in the top bunk, but they are just a phone call, text, email, Skype, or plane ride away!

Now to South Korea.  When I tell most people where im headed they look at me like im a crazy person, and well that might be the case, most people are wondering where does one even come up with this idea.  Well for me it started back at my alma mater ISU.  After graduating from Illinois State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education Santa conned me into moving across the country to San Diego.  And by conned I mean I packed my bags willingly and jumped on a plane 12 days after graduating.  After realizing the job market for teachers was just as bad out there, I found myself in the nanny business.  I started with a family not really knowing what to expect, and it ended up being one of the most amazing experiences of my life.   The 2 years I spent as a nanny were wonderful   They truly made me feel like a part of their family, and went above and beyond to help me get on my feet  in San Diego. They will forever be a part of my life no matter where this journey takes me.

While I was working as a nanny  getting into in the classroom was always in the back of my head.  After searching for jobs in both the public and private schools with no luck, I stumbled on a posting that read, Teach English Overseas. I clicked on the link and this is what started it all.  Although at first I was skeptical if being alone in a foreign country for an entire year would be a good idea, once Santa said she was in my hope was restored.  We are excited to start this new chapter in our lives, and although we aren’t  sure exactly what to expect we know that it is an experience that will change our lives forever.  We are ready to take it all in and know that we are very fortunate to be given an opportunity to do so.  I’m sure the time will fly by and we will back in the good old USA before we know it.


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