With a heavy heart it looks as though I will be taking a new teaching job near my parents. With my wife's Dad in rough shape and the kids young enough to not have a huge impact, we're relocating to the home area. I still have to sign the papers but it looks pretty much like a done deal.
I'll still be teaching my favorites, small engines, welding, and electricity but will have a limited role in the local FFA program. I'm saddened about that but honestly I could use a little break from the demands of a FFA advisor. I'll be happy to help out their advisor when needed. I'll be somewhat replacing my retiring ag. teacher who I have to thank for both opening my eyes to this opportunity and for supporting me ever since I was a freshman in his classroom.
Fate might have played a role here. When touring the school's small engine shop there was a '64 JD 110 just sitting in the middle of the shop floor. Either this is meant to be or someone caught wind of my GT addiction and planted it there like a worm on a hook.
I'll be able to relocate my tractors and general mechanical "stuff" to my parents' farm which should open up some opportunities to get a few more things done. Hopefully my folks will realize that they should not be moving out of assisted living and will decide that it's ok for me to raise our kids on the home farm. That's a fight that's yet to come.