This week was a week of starting new things.
I started my new job with Agape Child and Family Services on Monday. I feel so lucky to be able to transition from one amazing organization (Memphis Teacher Residency) to another. I spent the week getting to know Agape and all the wonderful things they get to be a part of in the city. Their services include working with foster care and adoptive families, Memphis’ homeless population, helping women and children of domestic abuse and so much more. I feel so honored to be a part of the work they are doing in this city. I am also really looking forward to learning to navigate my new role there and build relationships with my co-workers. It has certainly been a week of adjustment for me but I have great hope in my new role.
Secondly, Joshua and I started our journey in becoming foster parents. We are going through the Parents As Tender Healers Program (PATH) through Harmony Family Center. We had the privilege of being foster parents when we lived in Montgomery and we couldn’t wait to get certified in the state of Tennessee once we moved here. We are both really looking forward to this new journey and excited to be going through the process again. The classes will last a short 7 weeks and are once a week from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. When we have offered our home in the past to be a place of encouragement for children, the reality is that they’ve impacted our home even more.
Even though my week was full of new, I was excited to find a spot here in Memphis that brought back many great memories. At my new job with Agape, I got to participate in helping with Agape’s annual golf tournament that took me to a different part of town that I don’t visit much because it is about 25 minutes from Midtown (where I live). As I drove to the tournament, I saw Marble Slab Creamery. Though it may be a typical dessert spot for most, it hold a special place in my heart.
Marble Slab is where Joshua took me on our first date (I didn’t know it was a “date”… that is another story for another time). We frequented Marble Slab once we started dating and even into our marriage since it was such a special place to us. A couple years ago, they tore the Creamery down and we were so bummed. We haven’t seen or been to a Marble Slab ever since.
When I drove by the shop on Poplar I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to surprise Joshua with an impromptu date there this weekend. He was pumped when we arrive and we loved reminiscing on the memories we had at Marble Slab and all that we have been through in the last few years. It was a great ending to a week full of new transitions. It’s one of the things I love most about Memphis. There is so much to do and so many new things to experience, but at just the right moment, Memphis offers a reminder of all the sweet memories of life.