So here I am, joining the blogging world. I have always been a little bit intimidated by the idea of launching my thoughts and ideas out into cyberspace for the world to see. However, I know now that I need a better way to stay in touch with my friends and family who are located all over the country. So here it goes, my first attempt.
As most of you know, I am now living in
In the afternoons I work in the church daycare. For the summer I hang out with the first and second graders which means I play games and break up fights over legos. Hopefully during the school year I will start running the daycare’s after-school program. I am really passionate about the program and I hope to establish a focus and purpose for what the kids are doing. The church daycare is a HUGE outreach opportunity. Right now they have over 100 kids. 100 kids right there, in my own office, for me to reach out to and love! I’m so excited about getting to know my daycare kids as well as my church kids.
Sunday mornings are my most exciting time of the week because that’s when I get to teach! Right now we are doing a curriculum series from Group publishing. We are doing focused one month segments about different issues the kids face today. Right now we are in the middle of Music Camp, which is the segment focused on worship. My kids range in age from 4 years old all the way through 7th grade and each one of them has a personality! We have discussion time every week and I am always amazed by the answers that the 4 year olds come up with. They are so sweet and eager to learn, constantly asking questions and listening intently. God has been so faithful to me by providing me with this job. I was called to full-time ministry when I was 15 years old and now I get to live out my passion every day! There have already been some serious challenges and I am learning how to “refill” myself every week so that I don’t get burnt out. Ministry is demanding and it takes a lot of time and emotional energy. However, I know that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
A picture of me and two of my girls from church, Lauren and Lexi. We got tattoos at the church's family fun night and they kept me entertained the entire time. We laughed a lot and made plans to get ice cream and buy a goldfish.
There is a lot to learn when moving to a
The other exciting part about my life right now is that I am living within 30 minutes of two of my best friends in the entire world! My college roommate, Debra and one of my friends from college, Jess. They understand me and know me better than most people I've known my whole life. I am so incredibly blessed to be able to have them so close! We get together once a week to talk and laugh and sometimes cry together. They have helped me through some difficult times in the last couple of weeks and I love being able to share life with them. They both have a lot of wisdom and insight to share with me and they always give good advice! And believe me, I have needed it lately! I praise God for them everyday!
My beautiful friends and I out celebrating Debra's 22nd birthday.
Overall, my life is pretty “normal” right now and I love it! I haven’t been able to say that for a long time. I think I had forgotten what normal feels like. However, God is constantly taking care of me and continues to heal my brokenness everyday. I am so excited to see what He has in store for this next phase of my life and I am also excited to keep you informed! Thank you for your love and your prayers!