Sunday, September 17, 2017

1st Month in Rochester

A lot has happened!

Home: We live in student housing and there is a lovely cense of community here! There are so many kids. Our children play every day for a few hours. I have been able to connect with many beautiful Muslin ladies that live here from Saudi, Gaza, Greece, Afghanistan etc.. There are a few families from South America and North America. I am happy that I live in a very simple Town House that I have furnished for about $260 dollars. We came with a TV and stand and now have a couch, chair, dinning table, desk, piano, chest of drawers, window unit AC, side table etc.. The location is very nice because commute to work/Eastman is just 15 mins. I have regained control of my home and feel like a home maker. I am excited!

Work: I have an amazing job! I am working at a Center for Community Health where there is surveillance for many different infections. I am in a very neat work environment. People are very nice and the atmosphere is comfortable. There are snacks, Yoga on Wednesdays at the Art Gallery next door and walks to the market. I am impress with the quality of data analysis and look forward to learning more and more and going to school next year. I have an office cubicle and can do most of my work from there, but I have to go out and visit nursing homes to do a prevalence survey for the CDC about once a week or so.

School: Justin's school is going well. He is playing better and is practicing a few hours daily preparing for a Bottessini competition to play as a soloist with a symphony in Kodak Hall. This has given him a desire to start with the right level of intensity and dedication. Justin looks alive again. He has something to works towards. His classes are very interesting! He is taking intermediate conducting, a business course and theory. His Bass Teacher is very encouraging, so this makes it worthwhile.

Kids are going to a fine school district and get picked up at home and dropped off. Sam rides with many kids (about 10) and Anastasia with a few. Kids are going to different schools, which is a different experience for both, and us as parents.

Hobbies: Flamenco is going to flourish at the next level. I am taking lessons at the Hochstain school of dance and music and have a professional Bailaora teaching me back to the very basics. My theory is that if I have a correct firm foundation, I will be able to improve and she can advance me when I am ready. I already performed at the community room for my girlfriends, and may consider performing with Justin for hispanic month as a better way to enter the market with his professional background. Kids are starting piano lessons, and Anastasia is interested in orchestra. Also, I know Sam needs to return to Capoeira, but have not been able to find the time.

Outings: Waterfalls, peach/ blueberry picking, petting farm, baseball game, eating out at a Burger Bar, birthday party at neighbors, girls night out in community room.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

In our Land of Promise

Why is Rochester our land of promise? Because the Lord guided us by His hand here. I recall getting ready for an interview with Stake Presidency for Justin to get a new calling for Church. There was a lot of prayer and pondering as this service opportunity was likely to be a big responsibility. We said "Thy will said "Thy will be done" meaning we were willing to stay in Sarasota for a while to serve the Lord if that is what was required of us. We then learned the Lord's will and were asked to continue to serve in the same capacity as first counselor of a new Bishop. That evening we were told give a bigger fast offering and you will be blessed. That night at home we were wondering what path to take. It seemed like everything was the same, but Justin comented on a Facebook post facisiously regarding his friend covering for his Bass Teacher at Eastman "Maybe I will apply and get in for my Doctorate". His Bass Teacher commented "For the record, we would love to have you".. I recall having an interview for a work from home job the next morning. I was preparing to stay home to be a greater support for Justin, but after this simple message, I acted on a leap of FAITH, something not seen that is true, and days later after this interview, I withdrew my application because my husband decided to apply for grad school out of state. I felt this was our golden ticket and from day 1 I acted on faith that it would happen. I recall flying to Rochester for Justin to audition on my birthday.. To be continued..

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Samuel Willis McCulloch was born 6/03/2010

Nuestro querido Samuel nacio el 3 de Junio un dia antes del cumpleanos de su Papa a las 0344 am. Samuel es super tranquilo y le gusta dormir, mami le encanta vestirlo como su muneco y esta disfrutando muchoooo ser Mama, su hermana mayor esta ayudando a cambiarle panales y a cuidarlo hasta ahora el proceso de adaptacion de Anastasia ha sido todo un exito... Solo en esperas de mudarnos este fin de semana a nuestra nueva casa..

Our dear Samuel was born on June 3rd a day before Daddy's B-day at 0344 am.. He is sweet and mellow.. He loves to sleep. I love to get him dress with cute stuff.. I love being a mom, and Anastasia has adapted very well to be a big sister. She is helping to change the diapers and this morning she put lotion too.. We are waiting to move to our new house this weekend..

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Celebrating Our 3rd Anniversary (May 19th 2010)

Justin and I are excited about how much we have acomplished in 3 years together.. WE have a beautiful child and one to be born this month, our new home next week, a new business that we have been growing for the past year, and so much growth.... I can't even tell you... We are a happy family...