Where has August Gone?

It’s hard to believe that we’re headed into fall here in the good old US of A.  But it’s true.  The year has quite literally flown by and all I have to say is that so far it’s been pretty awesome.  I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings to my life.  In December of last year I turned 40 and while I was a bit worked up over it (who wouldn’t be?) I have found that not much has changed really.  It’s all good.

I’ve been enjoying the nearness of my nephew and getting to play and visit almost weekly.  He’s a bundle of energy at only a year and a couple months, but so funny and smart.  Seriously the kid is quick to learn!  I can’t wait till he can talk and share all that is going on in his mind.  It’s going to be awesome.

In other news, my husband has graduated with his Master’s Degree and has begun teaching Biology courses at a local college.  I’m proud of him and hope that soon he’ll be rocking a full time job.  He’s part time for now, but I think that will be a good way to ease back into a regular schedule.  In the meantime we are both adjusting to his increased busy-ness and enjoying the prospect of additional income.  Yay!

I have not had much time for genealogy research for myself lately and that makes me sad.  I did unearth a Civil War ancestor which you can read about on my other blog, Jenealogy.  I was pretty excited and hope to request the pension application and other documents in the coming months.  I’m crossing my fingers for a photo or two!

I’ve been particularly busy since taking on my new role as associate editor for the Federation of Genealogical Society’s FORUM magazine. This is my first time working on someone else’s magazine (I pretty much do what I want with The In-Depth Genealogist magazine) and it’s been quite the learning experience!  I’m learning all kinds of new things to supplement my growing knowledge of Indesign as well as information on editing that I had not considered before.  It’s challenging for sure!

This past month I also had to accept that I can’t do everything.  I had over committed on a number of things that happened at the same time… presentations, magazines to be published, family time, and more.  So I chose to attend my youngest sister’s PhD ceremony and had to cancel on two presentations.  I felt awful about it, but was reassured that while I would be missed it was not the end of the world.  Thank goodness for understanding people!  In the meantime, I’m so proud of my little sister and her many accomplishments.  We can now call her Dr. Kait!

Meanwhile in realm of the 9 to 5- I continue to design traffic signals, street lighting, and occasionally get to help with a traffic study.  I’m grateful to work with a great bunch of guys that are dedicated to the job and still manage to have a life.  I keep learning and find each day there is something new to understand.  Keep it coming!

Just a few more months in the year… I wonder what is to come!?

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