transitions, graduations, and change

Volunteering at Laremont School PTO Fundraiser
 
 
Change can be scary.
Messy.

And not conducive to a type A personality like me.

So needless to say, I have been wrestling with my emotions as I transition at work. For the past decade, I have had the honor of walking through countless transitions with students.  And in a few weeks, I am finally “graduating.”  In the midst of my personal transition, I have been thinking about all the lives that have intersected mine.

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Haiti 2014

These are random thoughts I documented in my journal after I returned from Haiti in August.
Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin processing my experience in Haiti.  
The days were long, but the week was quick.  I saw so much.  I met a lot of great people that were quick to befriend me, but many would try to sell me something.  That bothered me. I felt used just because I was “blan”, or white.  But, in the context of Haiti, I get it. We are the ones with the money. They have a need and I can meet that need.  It’s the same with Build with the Boyces. We asked strangers and friends to help us.  And, their need, and my ability to meet it, is far less a sacrifice on my part…yet there needs to be a line drawn somewhere….like when my money ran out.
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why we do youth ministry.

 

Trever Carter is an amazing young man that we have had the honor to get to know quite well over the years as he has been a part of iMPACT, our high school ministry at Immanuel Church.  He is compassionate, funny, and has a servant’s heart.  Jesus looks good shining through him. He is a blessing to iMPACT through the way he serves and loves, and a personal blessing to our family. He is even on time, thoughtful, and responsible…AND 16.
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January: WinterXtreme X2

January always brings about winterXtreme, and now my latest title at Immanuel is Director of Student Community, I officially plan retreats- which also means I attend retreats. So-two weekends in January are spent going to Timber-lee Christian camp. The first trip up is with our Junior High group, the second trip is with our High School Ministry. We had about 65 kids in each group attend and as always, it was a great time. The weekend Junior High went the weather was so warm the lake wasn’t safe to go on! That was a first. It is always so nice to get out and see the kids in a different environment for an extended amount of time. The girl talk with the high schoolers tops the list for me this year! Choo-Choo and rollin’ in chocolate, ladies!!! Another treat was the nature center. Jay Jenison is usually behind the camera….so it was fun being able to catch a few photos of his family, too!



















Mighty indeed!

This week has been a bit of a ride emotionally for me. On Thursday, I celebrated my 29th birthday. Weird. I struggled to be “happy” that it was a day to celebrate me! In the past, I couldn’t think of anything better than a ME day! Now that everything happened…I just couldn’t fully get into celebrating me, and instead wanted to celebrate other people and God…weird, huh?

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