Tuesday, July 13, 2010


So while I'm in my last week of institute for Teach For America and while I have so much to tell people about my experience so far, here is an article about TFA in the New York Times if you are interested.

The main differences between the people they talk to in Texas versus here in the Mississippi Delta is that we get paid quite a bit less and we wake up to get on buses a bit earlier. Enjoy.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

We're There!

I finally made it to Mississippi! It was quite the journey getting here and I am very glad it’s over. Just a recap, Brent came to Mississippi a month ago and wasn’t able to come back home to help us pack up and move. So, It became my responsibility to do it all for us. This wasn’t the easiest task because we had decided earlier that we would pull a large trailer we purchased behind the back of our car all the way there instead of getting a Uhaul. This meant we had to figure out how to build walls for the trailer (thankfully Brent was able to do that before he left), somehow fasten a tarp to the top to cover everything up, build a back so nothing would fall out, and then the best part of all trying to get all of our stuff into it. In the end with the help of a lot of family we got everything packed up, and my brother and I headed out on a very very very long nervous trip to Mississippi (35 hours to be exact).

After being away from Brent for so long and having to do so many things I was not accustomed to, I really learned a lot from this whole experience. This was a very trying time for me but I would do it again. I feel like I grew a lot and learned to get over a some of my fears that I otherwise wouldn’t have. Here are just a few of the things that I learned from this experience:

1. I have the best family ever. I literally could not have done it without them. Both sides of my family were a great help. Thanks to my Kyle for helping me to drive across the country (well actually driving the whole way so I didn’t have to pull the trailer at all). Thanks to my Dad for helping me get my car and the trailer ready to go even when he had more to do than he could handle. Thanks to Jen for giving me hope that I really could do it all. And thanks to everyone else who helped in so many ways. I love you all.

2. Kansas is the longest state ever. Wow I almost went crazy. I was very thankful that it was flat so we could drive a little faster though.

3. I am not pulling a trailer across the country again. Ever. Next time, we are getting a Uhaul. It was way more work and scary than it was worth what we saved.

4. It’s okay to ask for help. When you don’t know how or can’t do something yourself it’s okay to get help. I have always liked to be independent and don’t like to have to rely on others. It was a good lesson for me to get over my pride and enlist the help of those around me. Again, thanks everyone.

5. Just do it. Sometime you just have to suck it up and go for it.

It is so good to finally be here with Brent. I missed him so much and have loved exploring around here with him. Mississippi is very different from Utah but so far I really like it. The people are amazing and it is a beautiful part of the country that I will get to experience in a way that I would not have been able to if we didn’t decide to move here. I will post some pictures and give an update about it soon!