Wow! It has been a long time since Andrew and I have posted a blog. We initially started a blog page because we wanted to keep everyone updated on the “Arkills’ Adventures.” Unfortunately, I believe we have slightly failed at this mission. Today, I was looking at our last blog, and I realized how much our lives have changed since the last time we posted something.
Andrew and I have moved from the Central West End of Saint Louis to within walking distance of Tower Grover Park and the Botanical Gardens. At first, we were a little nervous that we would miss our old neighborhood, but we actually love our new neighborhood so much more. We walk to the park quite often. Andrew has been running and I walk in order to get our exercise! We can even walk to our church on days that it is not too hot. The Botanical Gardens is free on Wednesdays and Saturdays but we have yet to check that out. In addition, they have free Jazz music every Wednesday night. We live on a peaceful one-way street with lots of trees for shade and our apartment has much character.
(Our Living Room and Dining Room)
I finished my first year of Occupational Therapy school and loved every minute of it even though it was very challenging. I completed three Level I Fieldwork experiences: the first one at a skilled nursing home facility, the second one at a rehabilitation unit at a hospital, and the third one at a preschool. I absolutely loved the preschool setting. In fact, I just received my placements for my spring Level II Fieldwork. I will be spending three months at the First Steps Fox School District and three months at a Rehab facility. God has truly been blessing me and stretching me through this program and I am certainly learning a lot.
I have this summer off. I looked for a job through the spring but did not have success because during May and the first part of June I was not available to work. I am enjoying some time off, taking care of the housework and Andrew while he is studying and going to school. I seem to be keeping plenty busy!
Andrew did not find a job this past year, but God was good to us and took care of our needs during this time and for that we are very grateful. Andrew was a huge blessing and support system to me during my very rigorous schedule; taking care of everything that needed to be done around the house, bills, and moving while I was still in school. It may have been a blessing in disguise that he was not working during this past year, because he was needed for plenty of other things.
It is truly amazing how God works in mysterious ways, because during this past year, Andrew decided to go back to school and receive his MBA. He studied and took the GMAT and applied to business schools this past spring. He chose to go to Saint Louis University’s one year MBA program (this is also where I am attending for OT school)! I am so very proud of Andrew and all of his accomplishments thus far; he is such a hard-worker with strong ambition! On June 1st Andrew began the MBA program, in which he will have taken 19 credit hours by the end of this summer. He is doing well, very busy, but managing the load successfully!
After I got done with school at the beginning of May, Andrew’s dad, step-mom, and I surprised Andrew for his birthday and they flew us out to Washington D.C. for a little vacation to see them. We then headed to Indiana and saw his mom, step-dad, brother, and grandparents and then headed to my parents house to help them move. Then, we headed back to Saint Louis so Andrew could begin his rigorous MBA program on June 1st. He will graduate next May. I also went and visited my family again in June because my mom had surgery. I stayed for 10 days to help take care of her and visit. She is doing wonderfully! In addition, Andrew and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary on June 21st:)
(Us in front of the White House)
(Andrew in front of Abe)
(Me chilling on the steps)
In our spare time, Andrew and I like to go to Cardinal’s games, walk around downtown, go to the park, free concerts, the farmer’s market, cook, etc.
(At a Cardinal’s Game)
(Homemade Chicken Marsala)
(Homemade Cheesecake for Andrew’s Birthday)
(Andrew and I)
Hopefully this brings everyone up to speed on Andrew and I’s journey this past year. I will try to keep up with blogging more often. Andrew and I are very grateful for everything that God has done in our lives this past year. We have grown tremendously closer with one another and with God. God’s love is abundant and He is always faithful!