Those of you who follow me on social media have seen some of the photos recently talking about my wife finishing up her Master’s degree. She’s been working for the past 17 months on her Master’s in Educational Leadership. Some of the rolls she could take with this would be as principal, director of Special Education, or as professor at a university as a teaching professor. These are all options, but as Ashley said near the end of her classes, “I don’t want to do anything just yet.” Ashley loves working with children and seeing the direct impact she has with kids.

The whole degree came about when I encouraged her to do it because she could make a broader impact for children because of how well she does her job. So much so that she is leading a seminar at a conference this week in Columbus, teaching on co-facilitating in a classroom where she as the intervention specialist works in the classrooms with her children who are on an IEP while the teacher is continuing to teach.

I honestly could not be more proud of her.

In celebration of her finishing up and me turning 35 (which my parents came up the day after my birthday to celebrate over dinner with hibachi), we decided to take a trip to Hocking Hills. Even with the green grass, leaves on the trees, or snow all around, it was beautiful. So we definitely want to try to go back when nature is really showing off. Plus we got some great food with Chicago-style deep dish pizza, asian fusion, and Mongolian BBQ to boot. Here are a few photos of our trip.

Posted by Jeremy Smith

Jeremy is owner of ChurchAndMentalHealth.com and the Co-Occurring Program Coordinator and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at a community mental health center. Jeremy has a history of working as a ministry director for Youth for Christ for 8 years and then working as a mental health and substance use adult counselor in Colorado and Ohio, specifically running an Opioid Residential Treatment Center.

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