I just got notice that my department head is leaving at the university I plan to teach at this fall.  I taught last fall but didn’t this spring, so I was out of the loop of whatever went on to lead to his departure.  It seems to be a sudden thing–they don’t have a replacement lined up, and he doesn’t have another job lined up, according to him.  So I am really curious but can’t find anyone that may could give me the  lowdown.  Maybe one of my adjunct friends from last year can tell me when we go back.

We’re packing more today—-trying to get everything in one place and see how much it actually is and whether it will fit into her car.   So we are seeing about that.  It really getting real and will soon be a reality.

I had hoped to get the house cleaned up some more before we left, but I dont’ think it’s going to happen.  I don’t have the energy ro desire to do it.  Maybe once we get back and I can do a room at a time with the youngest one’s help. Or maybe when the middle one gets here she can help.

So we are busy but not too busy just yet.  Tomorrow will be the fun day of packing the oldest one’s car full.  We will have to see how it goes.  Pray for us as wel make this trip and this transition.



Counting Down

We’re getting into the homestretch of packing and the details are legion.  But we’ll get through it.  I have all my luggage packed except for my daily stuff.  Bob will likely pack tonight, and we are going today to buy more athletic shorts for my youngest to pack.  The oldest of course is more complicated.

Talked with Tillie and that went well.  I already have an appointment when we get back to process the oldest leaving us so that is good.  We talked a lot about how I was currently feeling about her leaving and I am so far pretty upbeat about it.  I know she’s going to a premium job and will enjoy herself.   Everything else about it is up to her–she is grown and has to manage it herself.

The past few days have really left me feeling good.  I don’t feel as down or as hopeless as I was feeling and am looking forward to the trip.  Things are just kind of popping along.  I wish I could get motivated to clean up more around the house before we leave but I don’t think that’s going to happen with everything we still have left to arrange.

Hope everyone has a good rest of the week.


We went to see the new Avengers movie Monday–it was just as good and wicked as my oldest said it was.  Of course I closed my eyes during the mass battle scenes, but I caught  all the nuances and innuendos and etcetera to know what was going on.  A lot of characters died, but no one is ever really dead in the Marvel Universe.  So that was really not as upsetting as it could have been.  The end of credits scene was interesting with a reappearance of Nick Fury calling in another superhero, whom Bob immediately recognized.  So hope is still out there for the franchise(s).

I feel like I did really well today.  I went to the movie and didn’t get bored with it (although I did not sit through a TV show the others watched afterwards), I’ve started packing for Disney and am doing what I need to do to get ready.  My oldest got an orientation packet today with her living assignment and a code designation for her work assignment, which she thinks she has cracked so she thinks she knows where she is working.  I can’t tell it, but it is a really cool place if she is right.  today.

Can’t think of much else to say today.  Hope everyone has a good start to their week and pray that the move to Orlando can go off without a hitch.


Good Weekend

I have had a good weekend–my youngest is back home from my parents’ house and from what we’ve been emailed, the middle one is having a good time in Oxford, England.  The oldest is still packing to get ready to leave for Disney World and we are helping as we can.

It was five years ago right in the latter part of this month that I finally made Jesus lord of my life, and I got a timely reminder to remember that time in this Sunday’s sermon, about remembering times of God’s grace and deliverance.  I remember that I gave Bob a engraved Swiss watch for our twentieth anniversary and told him I had meant for it be a reminder of  our time together, but that now it would be a marker of how long we had to now spend eternity together in heaven.  SO I have been celebrating that milestone e in a quiet way all day long and am so very grateful that I did not run out of time before I made this change.

I’ve tried so hard to stay awake today and have largely succeeded. I had a hard time getting up but we got to church on time and had a good presentation by a missionary to Mexico in our Sunday School class.  SO that was good as well.

I Have had a good mood today—I feel a lot better than I have in a while.  I am going to pack this week and get my stuff ready to go to Disney early so I can help my oldest later in the week. We have Bob home tomorrow for the holiday and plan to go to see the latest Avengers movie.  SO I am looking forward to that.

Be sure to pop over to YouTube to see my vlog for this week, and stay tuned for more of those as the weeks progress.  Someone suggested I spend the summer picking up a new skill, so I am experimenting with the video app on my computer to do these.  I’m not going for any production awards, but I will be winging it mostly, just like I do these blogg posts.  Thanks for reading and now viewing!



Vlog Entry

Check out for your weekend viewing pleasure my new You Tube channel, “Julie Whitehead’s Day by Day”. An introductory video is up–I’m just learning how all this cool stuff works on my computer so be patient as I figure it all out!  Thanks for reading and now viewing available once a week.


Slow Day

My children are all going to be gone today so I have the day to myself.  Not sure what I’m going to do with it.  I got all the laundry done and actually put up so that is improvement.  I kind of want to meet someone for lunch but don’t know who I could get on short notice like this.  I need to go get some meds refilled and will do that and pick up groceries this morning so I do have things to do.

WE’re trying to see Infinity War finally and are running smack into screenings for Solo: A Star Wars Movie.  So that has been interesting trying to schedule a time.  Too many blockbusters at one time.

I wonder what it is that is keeping me from feeling better than I am.  I don’t think I’m sliding back down into depression, but I just don’t feel right.  Almost makes me wish for just a little hypomania.  But I know where that cycle leads so I don’t really want that.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

Can’t Give Up

My pastor preached a sermon tonight on Kingdom ministry and what it looks like, and he said something I don’t want to forget–that whether we’re speaking to five or to five thousand that we make the name of Jesus known and that we continue to be faithful in ministry no matter what.   HIs words encouraged me tonight and I hope they can encourage you all as well.  I dont’ know what has made the past couple of days difficult except to say that I felt like nothing I would say could make a difference in anyone’s life.  I know now that that’s not true–every word I write is read by someone who needs to hear it.  As long as I encourage someone every day to keep fighting their own demons as I fight mine in the power of Jesus, I am making a difference.  Thank you Brother David  for your encouraging words.


Old Habits Die Hard

I went back to sleep this morning.  I need desperately to figure something else out to do during that early morning time so I am not tempted to sleep.  I guess I could start walking again; I need to train to be ready to walk at Disney. But I have such a hard time with that or anything else.

We go today to pick up my oldest one’s graduation present. I guess we’ll give it and her other presents tonight.  I’m looking forward to that.

So much for my novella keeping me busy–I’ve already finished the revisions they asked me to make and don’t see any other changes to make.  I just don’t know  what to write on next.

So I soon need to run.  Hope everyone has a good start to the week.