16 Months Later....

I am in awe of God tonight. I went to evening service tonight since I'm driving shuttles for morning services tomorrow, and LOVED IT. I will admit, that for the last several months I have attended Sunday Night Services, and that was while I was driving shuttles. So, what that means is that right after the sermon, I left to go drive shuttles. Which was good, and God graced me for that season. Tonight I started a new season in services, and LOVED IT.

After Lou preached, I stayed for the Concert of Worship held in the same auditorium. Matt Gilman came out to lead worship, and I was SO excited. I haven't been in one of Matt's sets in a LONG time. It was SO MUCH FUN!!!

It felt great to just soak in His presence. I felt at home in a way I haven't felt in a while at a service. As I sat there tonight, it hit me that I have lived here sixteen months, and I am still in awe of God and the fact I live here. As I've shared before, it took seven years of prayer to get here, and it is still AMAZING to me to be here!!! I told God tonight that I didn't want to take any of this for granted.

I realize IHOP-KC isn't perfect, but I tell ya, it's home. God's in the middle of it though, and I'm right where I'm supposed to be.

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

AGAIN!!!

This morning I was sitting in my classroom doing paperwork. It was quiet and I was getting a lot of stuff done as my students were with their regular classes for most of today. A teacher came in and asked if I would help with the Kindergartener again. She told me what he had done, but I honestly can't remember what she said. All I knew was that the goal was to get him out of the classroom again. As I walked, I silently prayed. *grin*

I walked into the classroom, and my principal was in there with him. When I walked up, she left. I immediately started voicing and signing again. Initially, it didn't work. He was working very hard at ignoring me. He picked up a folder, and started to color on it. I calmly put it back in his desk, without saying a word. Then he started coloring HIS DESK. I calmly took the crayons away. I didn't say a word during this time. (This is something that often works out at camp.) After taking the crayons away, I signed for him to "stand". Then, I voiced and told him it was time to get up and walk. Then he mumbled something. I asked him to repeat it, and he said he didn't want to leave his classroom. I explained that we had to leave the room for a little while and then he could go back. At that point, he stood up, and we WALKED out of the classroom!

We entered the hall, and I had no idea where the teacher was that requested I get him out of class. So, we started walking. As we almost turned the corner to her classroom, she saw us! In the end, I got to spend 15 minutes with him while he worked on his books. He's a neat kid!

Two days in a row God used me with that kid! I love it!

I think it's cool when God orchestrates things in such a way that you get to know someone that you wouldn't have gotten to know otherwise. Those 15 minutes were precious to me today.

*grin*

Life.
Is.
GREAT.

Application of Knowledge *grin*

Today I was walking by a Kindergarten Room that has a couple tough students in it. They are not labeled Special Education Students, but they are on behavior plans. I walked by yesterday and got to help, and today I was invited to help again. Yesterday I helped with a little girl, and today I helped a little boy. And honestly, I felt like I was back at camp both times.

Yesterday as I turned the corner, the girl was rolling around on the floor, refusing to get up. I signed to the teacher at the time and asked if she wanted help. She nodded "Yes." I knelt down, and started signing and voicing what I was signing at the same time. The kid just looked at me for a moment. I used some sort of verbage (can't really remember what I said in words) and she got up and walked. I signed to her the whole time we walked. *grin* It was so cool!

Today I turned the same corner and the teacher invited me to help. She said the boy (Whom I had a never met before, even though I had heard stories.) refused to get out of his seat and go with her. She followed with saying he is a biter, kicker, etc. I looked at her and said, "I'll do it."

As I approached the kid, I prayed in my head, and honestly felt like I was at camp. Out at camp we have to get kids to move from one place to another, especially when they don't want to do so, all the time. And, out at camp, we don't carry them out. They walk.

I approached the kid and the Lord gave me peace, and I honestly forgot he was a biter, kicker, etc. I did the same thing I did yesterday. I signed and voiced what I was saying at the same time. The kid had been crying, and looked tired. At first he didn't get up. I wasn't going to give up though, and at that moment I felt like I do out at camp. Sometimes you have to change the logic around so it's the kid's idea. I honestly don't remember what I said and voiced, but the cool part is that he stood up and walked out of the room with me! That's right, he wasn't carried, he WALKED! And just like out at camp when we finally get a kid from a cabin to the dining hall, I felt like God had used me in a HIUGE way!!! I wanted to do a happy dance. I didn't, but boy did I want to!!!

All night I have pondered the whole thing. It's God. It's all God, using me to reach His kids, which is what I pray every morning as I get ready for school. I also think that the signing is less intrusive. It's like it gives the kid a way out, without feeling like he's lost the battle. I'm not sure, either way I pray it continues.

Who knew that my camp knowledge would help me at school? Usually it's the other way around!

God is so cool like that! He can use anyone at any time.

I'm just glad He chose me.

*grin*

Life.
Is.
GREAT.

The Beginning

I assist one of my students in a Regular Education Classroom each morning, and yesterday the students were given an assignment. It was an assignment that I chose to do since I couldn't assist my student on the assignment because it required him to write on his own. T.J. was actually excited that I was doing it since I'm an adult. He gave me paper and loaned me a pen.

The class was told to free write for five minutes. That was something I haven't done in a long time. I blog often, but I think about what I'm writing, who will read it, edit it, etc. For those five minutes, I wrote a fictional story with some factual details from my life. What I found was that it was REALLY fun. In fact, it was one of the highlights of my day yesterday.

Today I went in and we were allowed to write for five more minutes. I LOVED it. After writing for five minutes, we got in small groups and did two stars and a wish. That means that everyone in the group read their stories and they were told two good things about the story, and one thing that the readers wish the author had in the story. It was GREAT. It is something I have never actually experienced, and I thought it was GREAT. I plan on using it in my own writing classroom as well!!!

I decided that once I get the story back from the teacher, I will write more. I think there's something inside me that's worth writing.

*grin*

Love. It.

Life.
Is.
Good.

Courtney

This past weekend we had a camper named Courtney who made me grin a lot! Courtney is a sweet gal who shows love very well. Courtney has Autism, but that isn't what I think of when I think about her. When I think about Courtney now, I think about what God showed me through Courtney. Courtney has an AMAZING laugh. She also has a loud voice, that could often be heard throughout camp from time-to-time. It wasn't so much that she was being bad, it was just that Courtney struggles to use her words to vocalize what she is thinking and feeling. She would stem through yelling to communicate. At one point, I turned to Courtney and said, "Use your words" and that stopped the yelling and she used her voice correctly. At another time, she was getting worked up during teeth brushing time, and I said, "Courtney, settle down." I wasn't mad, I was just matter-of-fact about it, and it worked.

Courtney didn't just yell, but she also laughed a lot. She's a very happy young gal. And God showed me that the annoying yell wasn't what I'm to remember about her. I am to remember her laugh, smile, and hugs.

As I was thinking about it this afternoon, I realized that I'm not much different than Courtney. Sometimes I yell and carry on with God, and sometimes he has to tell me to "settle down."

And, amazingly, it works.

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

From Start To Finish....

...this weekend was FANTASTIC! I have contemplated doing this post in several small ones, but I honestly have decided to do it all in one so I can go to bed early tonight and get to work early in the morning. I don't really want to be back in the real world, but hey, here I am. *grin*

I headed out Friday Morning for camp after dropping Jay at the KU/MU family's house. They have a dog, so I pretty much dropped him off, said "have fun" and left. *grin* Jay doesn't like to be around other dogs, so I figured they could get the dogs acclimated on their own.

I made it down to camp, and was excited when I arrived. I was expecting it to be a low-key kind of weekend, as most Barn-A-Breaks seem to be pretty laid-back. We always have fewer campers during Barn-A-Breaks, and it's typically more intimate and less busy.

Imagine my surprise when I got there and found out I was with my cabin staff from this Summer! We made such a GREAT team this Summer that I was REALLY excited when I found out I was going to serve with them again!!! All they told me at that point was that we had 4 campers this weekend in our cabin. That made me happy. I didn't think much about it when they said that because we always have fewer campers than we do in the Summer at Barn-A-Breaks.

Things shifted for me when Cyndi Teas got up to speak during Orientation. She gave an AWESOME analogy about the campers that were coming this weekend. She said that most of the kids coming had Autism and Down's and that these children were crafted by God with a special, unique recipe made just for them. They each have gifts and talents mixed in with the challenges they face each day. It's like God used a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and made the amazing little people that we had this weekend. I have to say that her analogy fit PERFECTLY with our campers in our cabin.

As Cyndi continued, she called out B-6 (My cabin for the weekend, on Barn-A-Breaks we use the boys side of camp for everyone since it's less walking and fewer people. Don't worry though, girls in girls cabins, boys in boys cabins. *grin*) and one of the guys by me said "Martha Grace". I paused. Then it hit me, we had four campers because we had the TOUGHEST cabin this weekend. I paused and prayed because I wasn't really prayed up for a tough weekend. I had expected it to be like the other Barn-A-Breaks I had attended that were easy. Then the Lord spoke to me and told me that this was actually what I had always wanted.

I had always wanted to be in Martha Grace's world for a little while Everyone out at camp knows Martha Grace. Pictures and stories do not even begin to describe how AMAZING Martha Grace is, and what a precious daughter that God created when He made her. God taught me SO MUCH this weekend through this young lady who spoke very few words, but could show love in amazing ways. All in all, the weekend was a lot of fun. It was a lot of work, but I will say I loved EVERY moment of it.

I learned a lot this weekend about what I take for granted. The girls in my cabin this weekend cannot do daily living skills like most of us. I mean, we typically get up, get ready for work and/or school, and go. For the girls this weekend, getting ready for bed or waking up and preparing for the day, or taking a shower, or using the facilities, takes effort. And while I don't consider these young ladies as "less" than me (They're NOT!), it did make me realize how much I take for granted. I walked away this weekend realizing that God made us all exactly how He wanted us to be. And for the four AMAZING campers we had this weekend, life is just different for them. EVERY single time Martha Grace took my hand to walk, even if it was for just 15 seconds, I grinned ear-to-ear. Yesterday I drove away from camp thanking God for letting me in her world (as well as the others) for this weekend. I am different because of them. I will write about the other girls this week, as they all touched my heart in their own unique way.

After leaving camp, I met the Kellogg's in Joplin for lunch. I LOVE every moment with that family. We laughed and talked, and I got to hold Christian, the youngest. I LOVED it!

After that I went and saw Karen at work and then shopped for some new shoes and tops. (Found some good stuff on sale!) After shopping, I read a book while I waited for Ronni's Mom to call. Honestly, I was so excited about seeing Ronni that I could barely sit still. She called and then I headed out for the next part of my adventure. *grin*

When I arrived, Ronni came out in her pretty dress to greet me. I could hardly believe that standing in front of me was my FAVORITE camper of all-time. We went inside and watched some disney you-tube videos in a foreign language. Ronni really knows how to use a computer! After a little while, I took out my camera, and we had a GREAT time taking pictures of us. I showed Ronni the video feature on my camera and she proceeded to sing and dance as I recorded it. It was SO MUCH FUN! I think we did that for about an hour, but to be honest we were having so much fun that I lost track of time. *grin*

Eventually we went upstairs to eat dinner. I had a WONDERFUL time getting to know the rest of her family as we ate. They are a WONDERFUL family that blessed me immensely throughout the evening. Ronni's Mom made FANTASTIC homemade pizza, and after a while Ronni brought me a vanilla ice cream cone as well. It was fun. In the end, the family invited me back anytime, and said I was part of the family. *grin* I can't wait until the next Barn-A-Break so I can stop by and see her again!

After seeing Ron-Braun, I headed back to Joplin to see Karen. If you've been a reader of the blog for any amount of time, you know that Karen is tied with Laura at the top of my favorite people list!!! WHENEVER I spend time with Karen, I walk away closer to God than I was when I arrived. That was definitely true this trip as well. We had a lot of good conversation that encouraged me AND challenged me in my walk with the Lord. I LOVE THAT!!! God has really blessed me with my friendship with Karen. She is one AMAZING gal.

This morning I went and spoke to the students at MSSU. I spoke to a class of future teachers, and really enjoyed it. I feel blessed that they invited me back to speak, even though I now live in the KC area. It just seemed really special today, in a way that can't really be articulated in words. *grin*

All in all, this weekend was AMAZING. From start to finish it has been great.

I went to pick up Jay at the KU/MU house, and he went NUTS. I was just as excited to see him, as he was to see me!

It is great to be home, with the furry kid beside me, asleep.

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

I Can't Wait!

One of my favorite things about parent-teacher conferences is the fact I get to hear stories about my students. Some are heart-wrenching stories, and others are inspiring. I experienced both during this conference season. It was a good week. A VERY good week! And now I have a four-day weekend! Yea!

I wanted to share a story tonight that I made me grin.

One of my former students was standing outside in the hallway while his parents were inside having their conference. I told him that I am headed to Camp this weekend, to which he replied, "The camp where you're not allowed to have Pepsi?" *grin* I thought that was GREAT!

So, I leave about noon to serve at Barn-A-Break, and to spend some time with my favorite camper EVER! After that I get to spend some time with a GREAT friend and will speak at the college on Monday.

THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE AWESOME WEEKEND!

*grin*
Life.
Is.
Good.

Pondering........

Yesterday and today I have been pondering something. I have blogged about it before, several times, but once again I was challenged this past weekend with something.

This past weekend was a conference weekend at IHOP-KC. Typically I attend several services during a conference weekend, but that wasn't the case this past weekend. I am preparing for parent/teacher conferences, and did a lot of work this weekend.

I will admit, I did go into the Conference Center at one point to use the Restroom. Other than that, I stayed in the shuttle and had a GREAT time. After driving shuttles for about seven hours, I parked my shuttle and got ready to leave. I put the clipboard, keys, and radio in the office and checked my backpack to make sure I had my cell phone. I didn't see it, so I went back out to the shuttle to make sure I hadn't left it there. I saw some people crossing the parking lot and headed toward the Conference Center. I knew before they even got to me that they were going to ask to pray for me. People who come to the conferences ALWAYS want to pray for me because of the limp. Over the years I've had MANY people stop me and want to pray for me.

As it turned out, I was right. Two ladies walked up to me as I was about to go back into the shuttle office to put keys up and check my backpack again. I was kind, let them talk, and sure enough, they asked if they could pray for me. Now, I believe that their hearts were somewhat in the right spot. So, I let them pray. I always get caught in that "I don't want to hurt their feelings" spot, and let people pray even when I'm not up for it.

They began praying, and a prophetic word came forth that was really cool. I was grinning ear-to-ear. Then, it happened. The phrase that I HATE when people pray over the CP. "Heal her body so she can be whole." I always stop when people say that. (If you're a regular reader of the blog, you can stop reading here, you know what's coming!)

I wanted to tell her I'm already WHOLE. I live on my own, pay my own bills, teach little people, and am enjoying my life! Ugh. I wanted to tell her that I was chosen to walk out life this side of Heaven with CP, and IT'S NOT SLOWING ME DOWN!!! God uses it DAILY with my students. DAILY!!! God chose me because He knew I could do it!!! (Ask Ms. H. She has plenty to say on the subject! *grin*)

Of course, my typical response was to just let her finish. Then I prayed over them and they left.

There are days I want to yell at people to look past the limp, because there is a WHOLE LOT more to me than the way I walk!

Anyway, that's what I was pondering today. *grin*

By the way, the cell phone was in the bag, it just wasn't in the pocket I had checked. Hum...

Life.
Is.
GOOD WITH THE LIMP!!! *grin*

Sunday Night Crew!!!

While I have a lot rolling around in my head tonight, I have decided to give a SHOUT OUT to the Sunday Night Shuttle Crew! In my 14 months of driving shuttles, I have gone through several teams on Sunday Nights. The Lord brings people to drive along side us for a little while, and then moves them on to other things in their lives. Which is cool.

The current Sunday Night Team has been the most FUN team I have been a part of! Cherokee, Slim, Papa Bear, and/or Kentucky are such a fun crew to drive with on shuttles! I laugh more with those guys than I ever have on any other team. It's been a true gift from God.

Tonight was our last night to drive as our official Sunday Night Team because we are ending Sunday Night Services, and moving them to Saturdays. All night we were joking about the end of Sunday Services, and how we were losing our team. It made me grin A LOT.

The cool thing is that I won't stop driving with those guys. I mean, all of us are regular IHOP shuttle drivers, so it's not like we'll never see each other again. That is the only thing that really kept me from being sad tonight. It's not the end, it's just a shift in teams. I like that!

So, Slim, Cherokee, Kentucky, and Papa Bear, you guys are GREAT bunch to drive with! I can't wait to drive again with you guys again! You're my FAVORITE people on the Base!

Sidenote: Rich, your name was brought up tonight. We miss you! *grin* Blessings!

Ah, now I can't wait to see what God has in store for us next!

As for me, I am going to keep driving on Sunday Mornings or Saturday nights. I like that! On Sunday Nights, I will be joining a homegroup, so I can meet more people!

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

Back in the Shuttle!!!

Today I spent the day driving shuttles. From 12:15 until about 7:15, I drove shuttles and LOVED it! This is a conference weekend and we were BUSY! It was so much fun! I met so many amazing people!!! It was really cool.

It won't surprise you to find out that my favorite rider was a boy named Benjamin. Benjamin is ten and I predict he is Autistic. It was SO MUCH fun talking to him. He lives in North Dakota, and he's a kid I won't forget. He has a smile that shines. When I asked him what grade he was in he said that, "I'm smarter than the education system thinks, but I am in a 4th grade." I just grinned. He sat right behind me and we talked the whole way to the Prayer Room from FCF. I was hoping to see him again, but I didn't. I'll be praying for him, and I'm sure he'll come back someday. As he was about to step off my shuttle, I said, "The Lord has something great for you here," and he replied with, "Thanks, I need that kind of encouragement," and just walked away. *grin* LOVE. IT.

My second favorite rider tonight was a gal from St. Louis. She is a pediatrician, and after I shared that I am a Special Educator, she shared that she has a daughter with Down's Syndrome. Next thing I said was that I volunteer out at Camp Barnabas during the Summer and go during the Down's/Autism/Developmentally Delayed Week. She shared that her daughter went to Barnabas this past Summer during July. I just looked at her. Through a series of questions, we figured out that she was in MY CABIN this past Summer! How cool is that? She also shared that she had prayed that she could meet someone from that Cabin to see what she was like at Camp. How cool is THAT? I just grinned and silently told God, "Thanks" as she got out of the shuttle.

Ah, I love this place!!!

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

NICE! *grin*

Have you ever had a day when so much happened that you wonder if you can remember it all? That was my day today! It was a REALLY cool day, and one I don't want to forget.

First, it began with our staff meeting. Our students had the day off while we had Professional Development. And honestly, the Professional Development in my building is ALWAYS good. I ALWAYS walk away with someone new to use in my classroom, which is amazing! It was fun.

At the tail-end of our morning meeting, we had a team builder. Normally, when a person uses the word "Team Builder" to educators, they groan. I will openly admit that I am a geek and love team builders!!! In our instructions, we were told to predict what music the people at our table listen to regularly. The two songs that were given to describe me/that I listen to were "Don't Worry Be Happy" and "I Can Only Imagine." It made me grin ear-to-ear! How cool is that?

Tonight we had our school carnival. I'll be honest, I don't recall school carnivals when I was growing up, but what we had tonight was AMAZING. Our PTA is an AMAZING group of people who work hard to bless the students at our school. We had games, inflatables, horse rides, ticket redemption, food, and a Silent Auction. It was so much fun to see the parents and kids at the carnival, having a fun time.

Many of our staff had donated things to the Silent Auction. Most teachers donated seeing the new Harry Potter and getting the book. I debated and decided that it would be fun to do something interactive with a student, so I donated a round of Mini-Golf with me at Paradise Park! While I wasn't a high bidding item, a family paid $15 for their child to play mini-golf with me! That made me grin ear-to-ear.

I attempted to buy a pizza pass for a free pizza each month for a year from Waldo Pizza, but one of our fifth grade teachers out-bid me. It really was a competition between us for a while, but I lost! I tell ya, that would have been PERFECT for me. *grin*

At about 6:30, I went to the Redemption Center to work my shift. The kids brought in these little red tokens and could exchange them for prizes. I wound up putting on a goofy hat and playing a silent toy guitar. I tell ya, I got some weird looks, but even more smiles. It was FUN.

After my shift, I went to the cafeteria to hang out with our P.E. teacher, and a guy tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around, and a man began signing to me! It was SO COOL! After he signed the basics, he started talking to me, and we both used our hands a lot to sign as we talked verbally to each other. (It's a habit I'm into now that I'm in Signing Class!) As it turns out, he is a parent of one of our 5th grade students, and he and his wife are interpreters! It was SO MUCH FUN! He taught me some new signs and really encouraged me to learn more. It was definitely one of the highlights of my day!

The highest moment though came tonight when I got home and there was a message from Ronni's Mom saying I can see her next weekend after the Barn-A-Break! (Ronni isn't attending, as they already have a family outing for the weekend!) I get to see my favorite camper next weekend! Woop!

What an amazing day!!!

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

An Unexpected Bite

Last night, I took Jay on our usual walk. We take the same route everyday because I like knowing where the neighborhood dogs live, and avoid them when I can. Last night we were walking, and a gal came out with her two dogs. I have seen them before, but have just walked on with Jay, ignoring the dogs. Last night, the owner called us over, and said they were friendly dogs. Now, this has happened MANY times on our walks with other dogs, and I typically let Jay walk on (I have an expandable leash.), pet the dogs, and it has always worked fine. Last night that wasn't the case.

I did the typical "put your hand out to let them sniff it" trick with one of the dogs, and it bit me! It took my hand, and it was caught in it's mouth for a brief second. I immediately pulled my hand away, with a small tear in the skin from where the dog's teeth had been. The owner apologized profusely, saying the dog has had it's shots. I told her it was fine, and walked away fast. I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes.

I made it around the corner before the tears fell. My hand did hurt, and a finger was swelling, but I was mainly teary-eyed because I was unexpectedly bitten. I am typically so good with dogs, that I didn't have any fear. I was caught off-guard.

The amazing thing was, it felt good to let the tears fall.

I didn't sob. I didn't wail. I just let tears fall and walked. By the time I reached the top of the hill, the tears had stopped. I felt better.

Okay, well, I came home and put ice on my finger so it wouldn't swell.

But, I felt better. Better than I've felt in a while.

It was good.

Sometimes the unexpected bites bring good results, especially when we don't even see it coming.

*grin*
Life.
Is.
Good.

Jay's Perfect Love

I am writing my post tonight with Jay sprawled across my lap. He waited and waited for me to get done with schoolwork for me to cuddle, and well, it's been a busy night of work! So, as I reached for the computer, he slowly approached my lap. At first I said, "No, Jay, let me finish EVERYTHING." He just looked at me with those dog eyes and tail wagging and I caved.

And, I was reminded that while Jay can't verbally say "I love you", he shows it everyday!

I am loved very well my him.

How cool is that?

Ah! Love it!

*grin*
Life.
Is.
Good.

Big Mike!!!

Tonight my parents and I went and watched Big Mike play college football. That's right, the kid who once had to have a special table raised because he was too big for the regular tables in first grade is now playing college football! I am SO SO SO SO proud of Mike!

In the beginning of the game, I texted Lisa (Mike's Mom) and asked her what number he was, and we continued to text throughout the game. It was really cool to relay her the tidbits from the game since she couldn't be there tonight. I could tell it meant something to her that we were there to cheer him on, since it was the first Varsity game that Mike has played in this season.

After the game, we waited for the team to come back over to their side of the field so I could say "Hi". When the team didn't come back over to our side of the field, I climbed under the fence (Leave the short jokes alone!) and went across the field to catch Mike. After following him to where the bus picked the team up, I hollered at him to let him know I was there, and he was excited to see me. Not too long after that, my parents joined us and they were able to say "Hi" as well. It was cool.

We're BIG Big Mike fans!

I plan on cheering him on and being there as long as I'm invited!

*grin*
Life.
Is.
Good.

Anything But Typical

Have you ever read a book that you wanted EVERYONE to read? Tonight I have a book title for readers of all ages! It's titled Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin.

In this story, twelve-year-old Jason is living a life with Autism. Written from Jason's point-of-view, it gives insight to what the world of Autism is really like. This heart-warming tale is one that will enlarge your heart, and make you understand some of the things that people with Autism do to cope with their disability.

In all my years of teaching, this is the best book I've read on Autism. While it is a fictional book, it has some true situations that I have seen occur in the educational setting with students with Autism.

It is a short book, but one that will touch your heart for the rest of your life.

So, run to your nearest library and check it out!

There will be more reviews to come in the future, so check back for more reviews!

Time for Me

This year at work, I am trying to work under one basic rule: I am third. I am to serve Jesus first, people second, and me third. If you've known me for any length of time, you know that this is a carry-over from what I have learned out at Camp Barnabas. Out at camp, they use the "JOY" principle that is basically the same idea. Jesus, Others, Yourself.

I have decided that this weekend is MINE. While that will really mean just sitting on the couch, cuddling with Jay, paying bills, and finishing student documentation, it will be a relaxing weekend nonetheless. I will also drive shuttles (We're down to three weeks of Awakening Services) which is FUN for me, as well as spend some time in Awakening Service tomorrow night. *grin*

This week I also got hooked on the show "Parenthood" and I now have disc one of the first season to watch.

*grin*

Sometimes, it's okay just to take time for ourselves. After all, I need to rest up so I can be "Third" again next week!

Life.
Is.
Great!