Mother’s Day Hike

I am a hiker. My husband is a biker (and I’m talking more of a motorcycle biker…). So we don’t jive the greatest when it comes to taking nature walks. But this year, my Mother’s Day gift was for one free hike!

So! I cashed in my coupon on the most perfect evening when the wind was barely breezing, the sun was fully shining, the air was just above jacket worthy, and the kids were looking for an adventure.

We went out to the Marty Bender Nature Area, and I’ll tell ya what! We were so impressed! It was a lovely 2.8 mile trail leading me through places I would not have pictured in Kansas. We both were reminded of our various places we’ve been: Konza, our St. Louis hike (minus the complaining children!) and even the Texas wilderness. The trail takes you through prairie land, as well as through wooded areas nestled along the Smoky Hill River. We climbed some hills. We looked over cliffs. We ate our picnic dinner on the highest point overlooking several shining ponds and farmland. It was a perfect night.

One of my favorite Mother’s Day gifts yet!


Our Baldwin family celebrated Mothereasterona on Sunday! FYI: Mothereasterona = Mother’s Day + Easter + Corona “Ending” (at least to the extent of being able to see grandmas and grandpas and cousins). Here are our Mothereasterona photos!

Good News

Well, I have something exciting to share with the world. For two years I have been working on my Master’s degree in Education and Library Media, and I am finally at the point where my educational journey has come to a fork in the road. I will finish my last library class in July and it’s now official:

I have been hired as the new K-12 librarian (library media specialist) at Southeast of Saline!

This decision to move into a new position has been terrifying and exciting and if I’m honest, really difficult. This has probably been the most challenging year of my life. So much blood, sweat, and tears has gone into the process of educating myself while juggling my job as a 6th grade teacher and a functioning member of my family, along with every other hat I wear. I know I have been less than impressive in all these roles this year. The Lord has shown me my limitations and where he picks up when I just cannot. Thank you for those who have had grace on me and prayed for me during this season. I am stronger on the other side of this journey, but I am ready to move forward (and be done paying tuition!)!

I am most looking forward to knowing and reaching so many more students, teaching kids what there is to love about reading, and to find truth in this crazy world. Thanking God for this opportunity to invoke change and to be changed!

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