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A Big Announcement – Going Back to School

Many of you know this bit of news already, but I wanted to formally announce it all the same.

I am going back to school.

To become a registered dietitian.

#eattherainbow


Even before I graduated the first time around (in 2012 from Manhattan Christian College with a BS in Cross-Cultural Studies) Will started asking me if I would ever want to go back to school.  I always told him I didn’t know, that I hadn’t thought about it.  I didn’t think about it much till this spring.

I don’t know why our culture expects 17 year olds to know what they want to do for the rest of their lives.  Actually at that age I didn’t even know that I had a passion for nutrition.  Looking back I had generally been a pretty healthy eater.  I ate constantly thanks to soccer, but generally I made pretty decent choices.

When I was 19 I found out that I am gluten-intolerant.  It took a long time to get disciplined about avoiding it.  In college it was hard to learn how to fuel up for soccer without glutenous foods.  Now the interesting thing is figuring out other ways that gluten impacts me.  When it comes to your body – nutrition is connected to everything – emotions, mental clarity, hormones, energy, and of course risk factors for cancer, heart-disease, etc.


Out enjoying creation =)

Seeing how ingesting gluten effects various areas of my life, marrying a person who is interested in sustainable agriculture and passionate about gardening, doing ministry with the marginalizedwho have little access to nutritious food, and a general desire to have a healthy body that won’t hold me back from glorifying God in any part of life stirred a passion in me to go back to school for dietetics.

What I want to do is be knowledgeable about and licensed in what I am passionate about and so that God can best use that passion to help others.  I want to help people make healthy choices – to glorify God with their body, soul, and life.

What I don’t want to do is help people achieve a goal weight for the sake of having a more ideal body.  I do not want to become a food nazi.  I do not want to meticulously count calories and grams of this and that.  I do not want to stop eating sugar.  I want to help myself and others find balance in life.  Find discipline and the occasional splurge.  Find colorful vegetables that they like.  Find joy in cooking.  Enjoy eating out without over indulging.  And overall how to have and enjoy a healthy life, a life that is more full of color, flavor, walks in the crisp fall air at sunset, moments of play and laughter with family and friends.  I want people to be able to live lives where their bodies don’t hold them back from enjoying the glory of God and giving Him glory in return.


Now, confession, not only do I not always do the best with my own nutrition, but I  also have been in school for a few months…. Since March.  That’s why my blogging has gotten a bit sparse.  I started with an 8 week, accelerated pace Basic Personal Nutrition class and then over the summer an accelerated pace Biology course.  Now I am about to embark upon a long journey over the next school year.  I will be taking Anatomy & Physiology I and Chemistry I over the next four months, and taking Anatomy & Physiology II and Chemistry II over the spring semester.

books and backpack, ready for the first day and first homework date with Hubster of the semester.

remember the bookshelf I posted about a couple weeks ago?  I had to add a crate to accommodate my growing school library.

Once that is over I will have one more class to finish up my prerequisites.  At that point I will start working through my core degree classes.  That will take me another two years if I continue at this part time/school-on-the-side pace.   This is going to be a journey…

So what I am asking is that you come along with me on this journey, grace, support, learning as I learn, growing as I grow, and marveling at how God made food and our bodies to work together.

My family is super supportive of this venture of mine.

Izzy has an odd way of showing it... I guess she thinks she can teach me more than my text books can.

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Two Years

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Two years.    We use years to describe our past and future, but never the present, and anything that you describe with the unit of years is an accomplishment.  Two years of marriage is an accomplishment.

wedding day

How do you summarize a year?!  Devra and I decided to reminisce today, about the past year of our lives together, and to sum it up… this is what we came up with.  A lot has happened, a lot has stayed the same, and there is still a lot we wish to do.

That was a Rookie Move

Since our one year anniversary there has not been a lot that has changed on the outside of our lives… that is to say that for the most part, not much has changed from the perspective of those outside of thePomeroyLife.  But that’s not to say that much has not changed for Devra and me.  A lot of decisions were made this year, decisions that will likely define the next couple of years of our lives. So here are a few headlines from year two:

1)      Will finished all of his class work for his master’s degree

2)      Will started working at Home Depot

3)      We got plugged into a strong community of friends

4)      We got more involved in ministry… we serve together

5)      Devra started working towards a degree in Dietetics

6)      We decided against buying a home (a couple of times)

7)      Celebrated the life of Will’s Grandpa

8)      Embraced a more thankful lifestyle

9)      Adopted a healthier lifestyle (mostly our diets)

10)   Spent more time investing in our family

Through all of those items (and several others over the last 365 days) we grew.  We always knew that we are opposites, but through all those decisions, accomplishments, and memories we learned exactly how opposite we are.  But hey, opposites attract!  Still, this last year really required Devra and I to communicate, and to grow/challenge each other.  I (Will) am so thankful to have a partner in this life… someone who helps me become the “me I want to be.”   And I (Devra) am beyond grateful for a teammate who has the grace and patience necessary to help polish my rough spots and make my best spots shine.

Wedding Day 2

Our first year of marriage seemed like it was all sunshine and rainbows, but this year didn’t have quite as much of that feel.  We’re not saying that things were rocky; there was just less time to celebrate and slow down.  We did not get to vacation (just the two of us) this past year, something we really want and need to do in year 3.

All things considered… we love each other very much.  Love is still a choice, and we continue to learn how to best show that love to each other.  We’ve made great strides in not going to sleep angry and being kind to one another… just like my grandpa taught us.

Wedding Day 4

Love is a choice, Divorce is not an option, and our love is a reflection of Christ’s love for the church.

We’ll be back tomorrow with a post about how we celebrated our Cotton Anniversary!