December 18, 2016
In the fall of 2002 at Joe Muggs Café and Newsstand up at the Summit, I was asked to help solve a math problem from a particular textbook I would later learn was affectionately called "Big Mama." During a summer month of 2005, without the means of a traditional job, my power bill came due. God provides!
To the families and friends of Mountain Brook, Homewood, Hoover, Vestavia Hills, and other surrounding Birmingham communities:
As I announced to some last spring, I would be reducing my private tutoring load with the intention that I would soon be transitioning into new directions of business. A few days ago, I finished helping with the exams of this semester and now feel the time is right to bring this part of my life to a close. As of today, after the better part of 12 years, I will no longer be offering individual or group tutoring for math, physics, or other classroom subjects.
Looking back I am amazed and humbled by how the Lord has blessed. The early years of tutoring involved a lot of travel time in the jeep. A typical tutoring night could begin in Hoover, then take me to Homewood, then to Pelham, then back to Hoover. My tutoring schedule was buffered with half-hours between sessions just for driving. Thankfully, business gradually began to settle in the homes, libraries, and coffee shops of the Mountain Brook and Homewood areas. And most recently, over this past year I have been able to maintain my own tutoring and test prep space here in Office Park. For more than a decade I have tutored around dining room tables, sometimes till late hours, or called baristas by name as we both closed for the night. I have had the honor of working with hundreds of families, some from their oldest to their youngest. I have had the privilege of even helping some from junior high to high school to college and after. Over the years so many of you in return have welcomed me to join you for meals and holidays, performances and sporting events, graduations and weddings.
My plans now are to direct my energy toward the growing business end of my test prep groups as well as to allow myself the time to develop other projects and interests. And most honestly, my central intention is to find my way back to the schedule and social routines that mark a normal life.
Friends, thank you so much for your inclusion and your generosity. I sincerely hope you will enjoy the BlueJeep website. It will be an extension of the many thanks to you and praises to God.
My heart is filled with gratitude.