Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Cynthia's Top Five

1. 5 Things I Couldn't Live Without for Under $5
-Hand sanitizing wipes
-Bottled Water
-Neutrogena Lip Gloss
-Foundation from Mark.
-Nonfat vanilla latte

2. 5 Favorite Movies
-When Harry Met Sally
-Life is Beautiful
-Beauty and the Beast

3. 5 Baby Names I Love But Won't Use
-Douglasina (That's for you Doug;))

4. 5 Songs I Could Listen To Over and Over Again
-Amazing Grace (My chains are gone) by Chris Tomlin
-Lose My Voice by The Stillpoint Band
-At Last by Etta James
-When You Say Nothing at All by Allison Krauss
-She's Everything by Brad Paisley

5. 5 People Who Have Influenced My Life In A Positive Way
-My Husband
-My Parents
-Paul's Parents

6. 5 Things That Stay In My Purse At All Times
-Seizure Medicine
-Cell phone
-A pen

7. 5 Moments That Have Changed My Life Forever
-Becoming a Christian
-Summer Intern at the HCBC-Northwest
-Summer Intern with Troy S. at HCBC-Southwest
-Meeting Troy and Stevi

8. 5 Obessions I Have Right Now
-Studying for Teacher Certification Exams
-Finding a job (for both of us)
-Figuring out God's will for us and church
-My brand new niece Clara.
-Living by a budget

9. 5 Places I Would Like To Go
-Rainforest Hotel in Brazil
-New York City

10. 5 People I Would Like To See Their Top Five
-Elizabeth Engelhardt
-Sabrina Rauch
-Rebekah Smith
-Beth Crawford
-Kim Nevels

Monday, April 28, 2008


Saturday was my final class day in my quest for teacher certification. I turned in all of my assignments and took my final quiz last night! It is official I have completed my certification program!!!! Thursday and next Monday I am taking my exams. Thursday is Generalist EC-4 exam and next Monday is the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam.

Please pray that I would remember everything I have learned and already know as I usually suffer from severe test anxiety.

Also, Paul has an interview on Tuesday at 8am with a group of team leaders at Freescale. Please pray for him as he prepares, and that God will give us both clarity about where he wants Paul to work.

Please also pray for us as we make some other tough decisions over the next few months. We desire to follow Christ where He is leading, and don't want to make decisions based off of preference, pride, or our own opinions.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Paul turned his resume in to a great friend from church who works at Freescale. This friend passed it out to a lot of people who are hiring and Paul received a phone call last night. He talked to the guy this morning, and he is actually hiring for two different groups. He said that Paul might be receiving a few more phone calls from some other groups who are hiring within the same company. He was going to call HR and figure out how to get Paul in for some interviews with various people.
This afternoon Paul met with my uncle, who is also in the semiconductor industry, and they talked about different options and companies Paul could possibly work for. Paul is going to take the suggestions that his brother and my uncle gave him and update his resume and then start turning it in to some more places. My uncle said that he would be glad to pass it on to the people that he knows at some other companies.
So what we really need is lots of prayer. We want to stay in Austin, but that might not happen. More than anything we desire to follow God where He is taking us. Please pray for wisdom and discernment for us as we seek God's will. Also, pray for a company whose health insurance has all of my doctors on it. If we don't have to move I would really like to stay with my current doctors who know my medical history. Small thing, but we serve a BIG God!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

I've been tagged!

My sister tagged me, and I am going to do this because I have been waiting for someone to tag me!

Six words that sum up my life:







I tag Stevi S., Beth C., Sabrina R., Kim N., and Rebekah S.
The rules are:

1. Write your own six word Memoir.

2. Post it on your blog.

3. Link to the person who tagged you.

4. Tag 5 more blogs with links (leave a comment on their blog with an invitation to play).

Friday, April 18, 2008

Noga, noga, noga nogonnaworkhereanymore

So if you get that quote you must have seen Office Space once or twice at least. You may also be wondering why that is the title of this post. Well, it is because AMD decided they needed to cut costs. They decided the way they needed to cut costs was to cut 10% of the workforce. And you guessed it! Paul is notgonnaworkatAMDanymore. There is no rhyme or reason for who they let go. Apparently it wasn't based off of performance which is kind of stupid, but they did it and now we are trusting God to take us where He wants us to go.

So right now there are a lot of things up in the air. Will we stay or will we go? That is the question. Paul has said that he is not going to limit his job search to Austin so we could be going the world.

The interesting thing is, even though I have been an emotional wreck, during our Quiet Times God has really been preparing both of us for a change. We aren't sure what that looks like, but we are sure it will be exciting. So we are excited and nervous, and in need of lots of prayers. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

What Now?

So yesterday was my final day of Student Teaching!!! I know you are thinking "Why did she finish on a Tuesday...that's odd?" Well, I had a 100 degree fever and had to miss a day, and I had to miss another day because I had a seizure at the gym and had to get in touch with the neurologist to figure out why. So I had two make up days or I would have been finished on Friday, and you would be reading this post a few days sooner.

So one of the boys in my class made me lunch yesterday. He made me chicken salad with a chicken taco. I wish I had taken a picture of it, but alas...I did not have a camera. It was iceberg lettuce with boiled chicken on top, and boiled chicken on tortilla with barbecue sauce. Sounds tasty huh? Fortunately, while his mom was at HEB buying ranch dressing for my chicken salad; she also stopped at McDonald's and bought me a snack wrap and some french fries. I felt so loved by this family. All of my students wanted to buy me a gift, and it meant so much that they desired to do something so nice. This is a Title I school. That basically means that a large percentage of the student population is on free or reduced lunch (which is determined by family income). So they all drew me a picture or wrote me a letter so I can remember them. I have to say this was one of the best experiences I have ever had. My cooperating teacher was amazing and I learned so much from her and each one of my students. I wish I could teach them forever. Unfortunately, one of the little girls was absent yesterday so I didn't get to say good-bye to her. She has a rough family situation and there were many days that I wish I could have just brought her home with me. I just pray for God's protection for these kids because so many have nothing not even a parent that they see...much less two parents.

I have two weeks of class, some tests to take and I will be a certified teacher. Who would have thought that this would actually be happening? I am really excited.