We are getting so excited for this upcoming move to Logan. It has been such an answer to so many prayers. We recognize the Lord's hand in our lives and are so thankful. Mason's teaching job had been what he wanted at the time and throughout his Master's degree, but he knew quickly that teaching middle school was not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life especially since there is a pay freeze in the state and he would have continued to only make a first year teaching income until who knows when - making it impossible to provide for a family with a stay at home mom.
This time last year he had applied to a couple doctorate programs right after he received his Master's. When he didn't get accepted into those programs he asked them how he could make himself more appetizing. They told him that they usually accepted students with more experience into their programs. Dead end. That frustrated him because both he and I wanted to get out of the big city and on to the next phase of our lives. We looked at teaching openings in Utah and around the state and even applied to many thinking that perhaps we should just move to where we want to live and have him start climbing up the district ladder. We looked at Logan Utah and even drove around the cities up there last summer wishing so badly that we could somehow get up there. Funny how things work out. I had honestly written off Utah because their teaching certification process is so crazy and involves so many more tests and things, PLUS there were hardly ANY openings. I thought we'd never go back there. We looked at Colorado, Idaho, and norther Arizona. None of those options worked out and honestly we were both pretty frustrated. Mason didn't want to be at his school any longer and wanted to work with kids who actually cared about their futures. He applied at many different schools around the Phoenix area only to have each one fall through.
About a month before school started last summer one of Mason's teachers on his team asked him to apply for a teaching grant through Apple where every 8th grader would receive an iPad for the year. Mason and his team applied and got the grant. They were one of the first schools to get this grant and Apple worked closely along with them trying out a pilot program that is on the front of education called Flipping the Classroom. Mason led the middle school and learned a ton. This single event is what we feel got him accepted into the doctorate program up at USU - plus Mason discovered a new passion. He applied for the Instructional Technology and Innovations program at USU and got accepted. Had he gotten a job anywhere else this wouldn't have happened. Now he is on the front of changing education and I have never seen him so excited. It feels so good to see him so excited. In all my years of knowing him he hasn't ever been as passionate about a job as he is this program. Exciting things are in store for us. It's amazing how the Lord answers our prayers and doesn't other times. Looking back now I can see how it all worked out, but when I was in the middle of it, it was so hard. It always seems like that. We just need to remember when we are in the middle of the hard parts that things always have a way of working themselves out and once we are through the storm, the clearing always makes sense.
We are going to miss my family in Arizona so badly but Logan feels so right. I'm excited for this next chapter of our lives.