Thursday, November 25, 2010

Oh yes, the blog... a Thanksgiving Post

Sheesh. This season of my life seems to be filled to overflowing with blessings, adventures, opportunities, and lessons. Though it's been full, I have actually been keeping a much less frantic pace... the upside being that I am feeling much more relaxed these days, the downside meaning that any time that I have 'extra' is spent either hanging with my family or sleeping. My blog, my little connection with the online world, has fallen prey to my 'only the essentials' vow.

My family blessed me with the day off for Thanksgiving (I've caught a nasty bug and have been sick for an entire week AGAIN)- my husband and kids went to his parents' house for dinner and I stayed in bed all day long. I feel remarkably better... rested and content and am thinking, what better way to celebrate this great day than to pound out a quick little post of thanksgiving and catch ya'll up in the process...

  • I am thankful for my family...
    •  My husband has been such a trooper these last few days- cooking great meals and holding the fort down as I collapsed in a heap at the end of every workday.
    • Since I last blogged, my son turned 15 1/2... his appointment to take the test for his driver's permit is in just a couple of weeks... eeek!
    • My girls have been my little assistants as I've been working on my latest little moneymaking endeavor... custom Christmas ornaments I'm selling to locals to earn our Christmas spending budget. I've loved working as a team with them!
  • I am thankful for the God who hears my prayers...
    • Though I don't talk about my job very often on here (it's a policy thing), I don't want to leave out the miracle that God performed last week. Very long story short, we had hit a major slump in volunteers for our children's ministry, and it was starting to bring me down. After an intense night of prayer and tears, God answered the prayer in abundance-the very next day.  My entire church pulled together and the new volunteers are now pouring in like the fish in the nets when Jesus told the disciples to cast on the other side of the boat... it's a much bigger story than I can tell, but it bears mentioning, I think, as a reminder to myself and to anyone else who is stuck in a rough spot that hopelessness is not a reality for those of us who know Jesus Christ. Truth is, the Lifter of our heads is in control and He hears our prayers.
  • I am thankful for my new adventure
    • Right before the whole 'God answered my prayers in a HUGE way the very next day' incident above, I started feeling a tugging at my heart.  For the first time in a long time, it started to bother me that I had some unfinished business from my past.   I really felt like God was telling me it was time to do something BIG... *deep breath* it was time to go back to school...
You see, back in the 'olden days' I had begun a course of study in Child Development.  I finished the original certificate program and began teaching... for a long time I taught school, waited tables, and went to school. After a while, I dropped the waitress gig, and then eventually began just taking classes that would help me do my job as a teacher.  Shortly after I earned my admin creds I dropped out of the program altogether.
      • ...Fast forward through the births of 3 children to a change in careers to two weeks ago when I realized that I couldn't ask people to take a step in faith and serve in church if I wasn't willing to take a step of faith of my own. I know God has a plan for this degree and heaven forbid I ever say I can't do something He needed me to do because I didn't take action when I was told to. It was crystal clear that I needed to just suck it up and take the classes that I had put off so long ago... so I went down that very day, registered as a Spring Student, made an appointment with a counselor and picked up my new student ID.  Ta- Dah!

     

    There are a majillion other things I want to share with you, especially the PURE COMEDY routines that have come out of being an older returning student... but for now, I think it's good to end this post, tell you how beyond blessed I am to have such amazing family and friends, and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving...


    Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 
    Philippians 1:3

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    9 comments:

    Becky said...

    Amen, sistah!

    God is doing a good thing with this whole school thing...I can tell. I think it's good for mature believers to be mixed in amongst the easily persuaded youth in our colleges, too. Salt & Light, sistah! =)

    care-in said...

    How exciting!

    Andrea Frazer - Pass the Zoloft said...

    This is great!

    MyShilohRanch said...

    Right on, Miss Becky!

    So much better to do it now, Daughtie, than when you have grandkids! I still can hear S saying, "I didn't know grandmas could go to school!!!" hahaha

    Also, the older you get, the harder you have to study ... to remember! HA!

    I am SO proud of you, Daughtie <3

    Jenster said...

    Fess up! You went back to school for more blog fodder. Right?? :)

    Proud of you and I LOVE to hear about all your blessings! YOU ROCK!

    DidiLyn said...

    Sorry about the bug. Bummer to have during a holiday.
    I really can't wait to hear about your school adventures. That should be some great stuff. Ha!

    Carpool Queen said...

    Yay for catching up with you! I can't wait to hear your school stories. I loved school so much and I'd love to go back and study who knows what. I know I'd be a much better student today than twenty years ago.

    CableMonkey said...

    I can picture you now as part of the study group on Community.

    http://www.nbc.com/community/

    lisasmith said...

    You are beyond amazing. That's it. I can't wait to hear what God does!! Love you and beyond thankful for you!!