My last update was a little over a year ago. OH WOW, how things have changed. :)
In this year I.....
- Taught K-8 music, drama and PE
- Directed "Willy Wonka Jr." with my 7th and 8th graders
- Started dating Dan Lankford
- Led a camp friends group through Missouri, California, and Oregon
- Visited Florida several times
- Moved back to Florida
- Began teaching K-5th music, beginning and advanced chorus and band for 6th-12th grade
- GOT ENGAGED TO DAN LANKFORD! :)
When I think of my last post around this time and seen how faithful and good God has been in this year, I am humbled, amazed, excited, and anticipating what this next year will bring! I could never have imagined what God had in store for me or how He would change my life this year. Thank the Lord for teaching me patience and His timing. Thank you for those of you who have kept me in your prayers as I've struggled through changes and learning how to be what God wants me to be. I have so far to go, and I am thrilled to grow more in Him every day. Happy New Year!
As I sat around the dinner table on Saturday night, looking at my ENTIRE family sitting there together, I had a swell of joy in my heart. Family is the second most important thing in my life. The first, of course, is God. I wish I could express in words how much that dinner meant to me. I don't know if we will all ever be together in the same room again. Hearing my grandma tell stories of her childhood, seeing my uncle look proudly at his son who lives so far away, hearing the giggle of my 1 year old niece, hearing all 3 of my sisters sing together again.... it was pure happiness and for just a moment, I felt like I got a taste of heaven.
I am looking forward to this next year to see what it brings. I am learning (slowly) that my plans are not God's plans, and He has surprises and opportunities in store for me that I cannot even dream about. I hope and pray that you all have a safe, happy holiday season! See you next year!
There's been a song going through my head with Thanksgiving right around the corner. It's called "Grateful". I wanted to share the lyrics with you!
"I've got a roof over my head
I've got a warm place to sleep
Some nights I lie awake counting gifts
Instead of counting sheep
I've got a heart that can hold love
I've got a mind that can think
There may be times when I lose the light
And let my spirits sink
But I can't stay depressed
When I remember how I'm blessed
Truly grateful I am
And duly grateful
In a city of strangers
I've got a family of friends
No matter what rocks and brambles fill the way
I know that they will stay until the end
I feel a hand holding my hand
It's not a hand you can see
But on the road to the promised land
This hand will shepherd me
Through delight and despair
Holding tight and always there
It's not that I don't want a lot
Or hope for more, or dream of more
But giving thanks for what I've got
Makes me so much happier than keeping score
In a world that can bring pain
I will still take each chance
For I believe that whatever the terrain
Our feet can learn to dance
Whatever stone life may sling
We can moan or we can sing
Truly grateful I am
And duly grateful!"
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
We just had an EXCELLENT gospel meeting with Tim Norman last week. One of the lessons that made the biggest impressions on me was one entitled, "The most important thing is to keep the most important thing the most important thing." (Yes, I did type that right.) :) It was all about priorities. Something that I've been working on a lot lately. Basically, the main thing has to be God. How much time do we spend studying, praying, and trying to please Him; compared to the amount of time that we spend socializing, wasting our time on leisure activities, and trying to please others?
My internet was down for about 3 days, and I noticed that I suddenly had more time to read my Bible, pray, and help others. A shocking revelation, I'm sure, but it made a huge impression on me paired with the lesson from Mr. Norman. Therefore, I have decided to time myself on the internet every day. I'm going to see if 30 minutes a day allows me to get the necessary things done, catch up with a few friends, and ultimately spend my time more wisely.
Let's all keep God the "Main Thing"! :)
I love fall. I think I post this phrase every year, the moment that I need to wear a sweater in the mornings and I smell the brisk air in the evening. :)
School is going pretty well so far. I enjoy being a returning teacher, knowing a few things about how the year will go. I am still teaching PE, music and drama for kindergarten through 8th grade. So far I've had 2 kids kick me, 1 kid choking himself during class, 3 kids who have thrown temper tantrums, and about 280 other students who make it all worthwhile.
My dad is in Thailand right now teaching business principles according to the Bible to businessmen over there, and my mom is in Florida visiting my little sisters. It's been quite an experience learning how to take care of a house and my grandmother by myself. I have been living with my parents since I moved back to Colorado, and I've forgotten a little bit how to keep house, cook meals and work full time, all at once. The house is much quieter since Kerri left and I miss her terribly.
Today is one of my first Saturdays off, so I'm going to finish all of the house cleaning and school preparation for the week before I have my fun, relaxing time.