Tuesday, August 07, 2007

All the Right Moves...

August 7, 2007

Hi Family and Friends!

Well, we’re off to Morocco this week for a beach holiday, but wanted to fill you in on what’s been going on with us before we left. So…basically we are still doing great! Baby Suel is doing well, not making me sick anymore, which is such a blessing! 8 weeks of vomiting was enough for me!! Had an appointment with the midwife just today and the baby’s heartbeat was nice and loud, she pronounced baby healthy thus far. I am starting to show, and outgrowing my jeans. Loving it!

Jason has quit his job at the Courtyard theatre! I’ll let him tell you about it:

Well, while I loved working with the young people at the Courtyard…let’s just say that the work environment left much to be desired. In England, they get 5 weeks of summer break…the last week of July and all of August. I thought that would an optimal time to hand in my notice. It give the Courtyard time to sort something out before the school year starts again as well as time for me to sort something out. However, God had it all sorted before I even knew.

Within a week of quitting my job I was put in contact with a woman who runs a Christian organization that goes into schools and presents them with a variety of programs based around children’s self esteem. So, the organization “2XL” wanted to hire me to head up my own project (which I have called “Illuminate”) to go into schools and help vulnerable young people work through specialized issues (like inclusion, self esteem, alcohol abuse, peer pressure, bullying, etc). So, I am in the process of gearing up for the school year and applying for funding for my project. My job with 2XL officially starts at the beginning of September.

I will be doing 30 hours for 2XL and the rest of the time I will be a freelance drama practitioner…that’s a fancy way to say that schools can hire me to come in a do a day of drama with their classes. And, because of all the contacts I made with schools during my time at the Courtyard, it shouldn’t be hard to find work…in fact, check out http://jasonsuel.com! I haven’t got much there yet, but I will be publicizing myself to schools on that site!

So that’s about it as far as my job goes…all is well (although it was a little scary for a while). Back to Sarah:

My job is still going well, and I’m sticking with it. No news there really!

However, we have decided to move into a new house! We can actually see it from our bedroom window now. It’s a 2 bedroom place, and those of you who have visited us thus far in England in our TINY flat know it’s needed for a baby on the way. We can’t wait. Should be moving in in about a month or so, hopefully before the new school year starts in early September. We didn’t want to move out of the neighborhood, that was our one piece of criteria, really. And we didn’t want to work very hard at this…we don’t have time to look for a house and search around, etc. And God blessed us with the house now, as the whole process was so easy for us!

That’s about it as far as news is concerned. I’ll let Jason tell you a little bit about what we have been up to since we sent out the last email. Here’s Jason:

Yo, yo, yo!

I’ll break it down for you. We have done some camping. First, we went on the church camping trip. Lots of fun! Then, I, as one of my last official acts of duty at the Courtyard, went camping with some young people. We went to the “Big Youth Theatre Festival” just north of London at a place called Epping Forest. It was a long weekend of shows, workshops, and late nights…but totally worth it. Check the pics.

Also, we celebrated our 5-year anniversary and Sarah’s birthday. For our 5-year anniversary we were supposed to stay in a B & B about 30 minutes away. But, because of all the rain and flooding, (which you may or may not have heard about) we were stuck in our flat. But, I did have a logo designed for our anniversary. We are quite happy about it! A “Suelfam” logo! How cool?

For Sarah’s birthday we had a Murder Mystery Party where we dressed up as characters from the 60’s. It was a lot of fun! Then, Sarah and I went to London for the night and we saw “The Lion King.” Great fun!

As Sarah said earlier, we are off to Morocco later this week and then later in August, we will travel to Berlin, Germany. We hope to send you exciting emails with the details of those trips in the near future.

Until next time,

Jason and Sarah

Pics: Us at the Church Camping Trip. Jason at the BYTF. Jason and Sarah dressed up for Sarah's Murder Mystery Party. Sarah at 3 months pregnant!

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