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Um, I might have cried

5 Jun

Bawled, actually. In the middle of my living room. By myself.

So today Pastor Matt talked about love giving generously. I caught the last part of the sermon on livestream (often when I lead worship in the evening, I try to catch part of the semon in the am to see which direction the speaker may be going so I can plan accordingly).

Here’s when I cried: when Matt talked about the church staff struggling because we are simply under staffed and under budget for the size of our church.  I didn’t think I would cry, but I did because I see it and to hear Matt actually say it made it real. I see the stress on my husband. I see him come home with knots in his stomach because he has just worked a 10 hour day and still has so much to do and doesn’t know how he can get it all done. 

I have a lot to do at work too, but this is different.  Ministry stress is just different.

This post is personal. This is coming from the wife of a pastor. This is coming from one who volunteers much of my own time to the church. This is coming from one who sees the inside workings of church.

Its hard. Its worth it, but its hard sometimes.

My prayer today is that our church sees a need and fills it. My prayer is that 4,000 people who attend Sandals would love Christ’s bride by giving generously; not because a pastor asked them to, not because I write about my thoughts and put it on the internet, but because the Christ asked for it.

Home from Houston

30 May

We made it! We got 21 students to Texas and brought 21 back. That in and of itself means the trip was a success. =)

Most of the pics I took are of my students that I won’t post on my blog but here are a few that I can….

this is one of NASA’s rocket scientists (yes, I said rocket scientist) that taught us about rocketry and showed the students how to make their own rockets. Then we went outside and had a little rocket launching contest.

The other teachers getting in on the rocket making activity.

Along with someone from the robotics department, we also had a few peeps come teach us about how the spacesuits work. This is a real working spacesuit desgined for an astronaut’s EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) also known as a “space walk.”

One of the most asked questions about astronauts is about how they go to the bathroom.  Here is is…

This toilet costs $100,000. The white bars on the sides come up and sit on top of one’s legs to keep them down on the toilet. The toilet uses suction to pull “stuff” in. Then, eventually, the “stuff” gets released into space.

So the next time you feel a random drop of rain….. =)

Then we visited NBL, the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, where astronauts train under water on a a mockup model of the International Space Station to learn what it is like in a micro gravity environment.

This is the world’s largest swimming pool  200 x 60 feet and 40 feet deep. There is so much water pressure that NASA is afraid of ever draining the pool because it is very possible that the walls might collapse.

I loved it but was exhausted when we got home. I slept for 10 hours and didn’t leave my house the day after.

Almost there

12 May

So taking my students to Houston in 2 weeks!!

I got the plane tickets in the mail the other day which was really exciting because it made it very real.

Been working really hard to get things together like care packages for the students, print up directions so we know where we are going once we get to Houston (driving rental vans), making packing list for the kids………..

Busy but so excited!

Cashing In

11 May

Over my spring break I cashed in on one of Andrew’s birthday presents to me… a spa day with massage at a winery in Temecula.

We got massages and then had a cabana by the pool reserved just for us.

Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries….

lunch on the balcany…

It was an amazing day.

Good job, Andrew.

First Meeting

10 May

I can’t remember what the last ‘prego-journey’ update was so I will just quickly say that Andrew and I have definately decided to move forward with pursuing the adoption process.

We are starting paperwork through a private Christian organization called Bethany and plan to adopt domestically. At this point we are requesting a baby that is a year or younger.

We have our first orientation meeting with the Bethany peeps this week where our first large payment will be due in order to start our secondary application.

We are moving forward, trusting God will provide the funds. He always does.

That was wierd…

9 May

Sorry. I posted that last one in a hurry and never went back to my site. I don’t know what happened. 

Lets try that again.

Our newest obsession is….

Fresh squeezed OJ.

We only have a manual juicer but it makes great juice.

Um.  We will never go back to buying OJ in a carton

Our Newest Obsession

3 May

I swear, I’m not one of those

7 Apr

But today I was… a starbucks addict.

Except not really, I just looked like it.  I went to 2 different Starbucks today trying to get some donations for our raffle for the Houston trip.  I got coffee at the 1st Starbucks I went to, then went to another Starbucks.

So yes.  I walked into a Starbucks with a cup of Starbucks coffee already in my hand.

And yes.  There were some stares and I know some guys at a table were talking about me.

But probably just because I am so cute =)     (sarcastic tone implied by smiley face following sentence).

Houston, Baby!

27 Mar

God provides.  Absolutely.  Friday I found out that the “maybe” trip I have been planning to take 22 of my students to the Johnson Space Center in Houston has become a “definately.”

In 2 and a half months, God provided over $20,000 to make the trip possible.  I AM SO EXCITED. 

Now that fundraising is just about wrapped up, its time for the details.  T-shirts, lanyards with name tags, thank you cards for our donors, getting CPR and epi pen certified, parent permission slips, organizing itineraries….. 

I guess I will sleep in June… but this is worth it.

Kids in the System

22 Mar

As Andrew and I have started (and I seriously mean, just started) this journey of adoption, we are learning more and more about how the system works and the need of kids to be adopted.

Did you know….

Only 50% of kids who are in the foster system graduate from High School

75% of emancipated foster kids (those who have aged out of the system – turned 18) end up either homeless, on drugs, incarcerated, or dead within 2 years.

2% of foster kids go to college – 1% graduate.

The statistics are overwhelming, I know.  Nonetheless, as Christians, we are not just called, we are commanded to take care of these orphans.

How are we doing as a church at this?