Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Year of Grace

While in Green Bay, Wisconsin...

I had the kindest and most welcoming host family!

I got to see my good friend Austin after he graduated from Boot Camp and is now an official Marine! I'm so proud of him and his hard work to serve our country! 

I officially have signed my contract to travel for another year in Life Action Ministries!

And I had two of my best friends for roommates!

Wisconsin has been quite an interesting state to add to the list of places I've been. 
Everywhere from cheese, to the Green Bay Packers, life's been just a touch different here "Ya know"

Speaking of different... Today the team and I will be leaving Green Bay and headed to Webster, Wisconsin for our very last summit of the year. However, for me I will be leaving a few days early to head out to Atlanta. FCC Christian Cheerleading Camps will be starting very soon and I am needed in Atlanta for the beginning of it. I'll be making a very quick stop in Phoenix to switch out my suitcases and pack for the summer. 

When I was in Iowa last month my uncle asked me when was the last time I had been home for a long period of time (6-8 weeks). The answer would be May of 2012. Two years, and I'm heading in for a third. Please keep me in your prayers as I have become nervous about being away for so very long. 

Sure, you get tired, but you can sleep on the way from place to place. Yeah, you're laundry needs to get done but God always provides a place for me to do it.  Of course, I just want to sit down for a little while and not have to think or do anything... But that's why God's given me grace. 

God's shown me that going into my third year of FCC and Life Action will consist of a year of grace. Grace for me, and grace for me to give to others. 

(Our last team picture altogether for the travel year)

Please keep me in your prayers, and thank you so much for having been such a big part of my travel year by following my blog! I will do my best to update during the summer but more than likely it will not be as frequent seeing how my schedule is fairly unpredictable. 

As always if you would like to send support you can go to click on, "Ways To Give" "Support a Team Member" and click on my name.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Where & What's Next?

I hope you all had a great Easter! We had a blast in Happy Heart City and many many new kids that Sunday morning (Around 50 altogether)

Last month we were in Bartlett, Tennessee, where I sat through all of our services. One of the things I won’t forget was God brought me to the realization that I will always have pride in my life. In Life Action we define pride as: doing what I want to do, when I want to do it, putting myself above God or others.
As soon as I feel humbled, I’m so proud of how humble I am. There are just so many little parts of my life that I can’t fully be humbled. At least, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that.
Have you?

Right now I’m in Newton, Iowa. I was actually born in Des Moines, which is about 45 minutes from Newton. I’ve been able to have a few visits with my Aunt and Uncle. Last time I saw them I was on my way to Life Action Camp for the first time, two years ago. Being able to see family members of mine refreshed my soul and I’m still so utterly happy I was able to see them!

My Aunt and one of my cousins! 

(This is a picture of my mom's graduating class. My cousins family still attends the same school and I was able to look in the gymnasium and hallways one last time before the school shuts down at the end of this school year. Many memories for my family at Grandview Park Baptist School.) 

Tomorrow we’ll be driving to Green Bay, Wisconsin for an 8-day summit. Then one more 8-day summit in Wisconsin and the travel year is over! I can’t believe two years is almost over for me.

The team took a trip to Pella, Iowa yesterday. It's known as, "A Touch of Holland"

Some other exciting news to tell you is that my boss, from my summer cheer job called me and has asked me to be on his leadership team! This is an amazing and rare opportunity that I feel so blessed to be a part of. I greatly look forward to this summer and all that is in store.
Please keep me in your prayers!

If you would like to donate to help me in preparation for another travel year you can go here and click on my name. Head quarters has informed us there is a possibility of going on a missions trip out of the country during our next travel year and is telling us to set aside an extra $1,000 for this trip.
Any donation is so, so greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much for all your prayers and kind thoughts! I look forward to being back in Phoenix soon.