This must be His plan

As much as I hate the thought of leaving Ohio, my family, friends, our church, our home, I can’t help but to see God’s hand in this new adventure in our lives. Although I am nervous, sad and anxious about the move, I have peace knowing that this is what is supposed to happen in this season of my and Joe’s life. This excites me for the future and what it holds.

Let me list some of the things that have happened to direct us to Chicago… This is where I have seen God’s hand.

-I applied to graduate school to pursue my masters in speech pathology and was not accepted. This allowed us to further pursue graduate school for Joe. Although I was disappointed, I appreciate and have a clear understanding as to why this turned out the way it did.

-After visiting Trinity twice, we were convinced that this would be the best school for Joe to get the kind of education he wanted. After applying he was accepted and offered 2 scholarships.

-The two scholarships turned into one larger scholarship to our surprise!

-The apartment search was difficult and we stopped and started over many times not finding anything that met our needs- pet friendly, affordable, in a safe city and neighborhood. I called an apartment listed on an apartment search website and it was the number for a different complex that was closer to Trinity than I was expecting (7 miles). They met all of our needs and did circus tricks to make this our home. We haven’t seen our apartment, but the lady who has helped us has assured us it will be perfect!

-I recently was offered a job working as a preschool teacher after not looking as long as I expected to. This job offers benefits, pays well, and is in a field I love and feel quite comfortable.

These are only some examples that show why Joe and I feel this is where we are supposed to go. I’ll be honest, I was very unsure this was the direction we should go and I was very untrusting of Joe and of God. I was wrong to have those feelings and I am thankful we are trusting and taking these scary, but exciting steps in our life.

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taking a giant leap

hello friends.

I have been working very hard the past couple weeks to gather and complete graduate school applications for speech pathology. The deadline I have made for myself is Thursday evening (the applications are due while we are on vacation). This is a giant leap of faith for me. I am hoping and praying that I get accepted to one of these schools so I can move forward in my speech path career and help support my family. If you are the praying kind, would you please include me and my husband in your prayers? We would appreciate it!

 

Trip to Chitown

Our trip to Chicago this weekend was informative, relaxing and enjoyable. Joe and I made the 7 hour drive Saturday morning with the agenda to eat Chicago style pizza, load up on Garrett Popcorn, and visit the campus of Trinity Divinity School. The pizza was large, the popcorn was addicting, and the campus visit was packed with helpful information. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip! We even befriended a couple looking to go to the seminary as well. That was exciting!

We left Chicago excited and ready to start figuring out how and when we will be able to relocate so Joe can start his program there. We are prayerfully trying to figure that out now. Prayers that the Lord would lead us on how to afford seminary and when to go would be much appreciated.

Reflecting…

I have had this post saved in my “Drafts” folder since I graduated in May. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to post it… maybe with the emotions graduation brought I wasn’t ready to say “Goodbye” to college and “Hello” to the real world. Well, I have faced reality and have decided to write a little reflecting on my four years at Bowling Green State University.

My time at BG began the summer before when I met my random roommate who happened to live 20 minutes away from me. Kristin “Pumpkin” Norris. I couldn’t have asked for a better roommate! We got along perfectly and are still very close friends to this day. (We are both currently dating brothers! So fun!)

Freshman year was an exciting time for me. I was living “on my own” and was an “independent” college student! Silly me. This was a time when I started exploring Jesus and His meaning in my life. After recently accepting Jesus in my life at Young Life camp the previous summer, I was looking for a community to get involved in where I could meet others like me and learn more about my Creator. I explored Young Life, H2O, and Cru. I felt most at home with Cru. I quickly got involved in Bible study, the weekly meeting, and joined the leadership team.  God was intervening in my life and showing Himself to me. I however, was busy exploring my “independence” and “freedom.” The Lord patiently waited for me to surrender.

After two years of sort of following Jesus, a broken relationship, and many other experience, I decided to make Jesus Lord of my life and completely surrender to Him! I became a resident advisor in one of the dorms and decided that I wanted to do it all for Him. This brings me to where I am currently… Doing my best to follow the Lord where He leads me. He has led me through the doors He has opened and steered me away from doors He has shut. I am so thankful for those four years at Bowling Green. They completely changed my life and started shaping me from the little girl I was into the woman I am becoming.

I give all the glory to Jesus, but He placed people in my life to help me along the way showing me more of Himself.  I couldn’t be more thankful for them! There is a lot of details left out in this reflection… but trust me when I say I experienced, learned, grew, and had so much fun these past four years!

I love where I am in life right now. Lots of love, adventure, and excitement! I am excited to follow the Lord and see where He leads me!

I am a college graduate!

Friends, I am a college graduate! Saturday, May 8, 2010 was a great day! I can now put “B.S.” behind my name! My wonderful family and Joe were there to celebrate with me and watch me walk across the stage and shake about 4 hands while I positioned my head just right so that my hat didn’t fall off. But nonetheless, no more classes. No more papers. No more RA job. No more COLLEGE!!! *Sigh* Here are some pictures from the weekend!

Bikes 4 Tykes

Last weekend, I embarked on a 170 mile bike ride adventure from Cincinnati to Bowling Green along with 120 other students from BGSU. We were all biking as a part of a philanthropy BGSU puts on each year. Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropy in the entire state of Ohio. DM is a 32 hour event where dancers are on their feet for the entire 32 hours, and bikers are riding bicycles from Cincinnati to Bowling Green over a three-day period!!! The money raised it to help support St. Vincent Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. All of the money raised by BGSU’s Dance Marathon goes directly to the hospital and helps aid them in sending children to therapy camps, purchasing general medical supplies and equipment, hospital, and purchasing toys for the toy room, among many other wonderful things. This is was the 15th year BGSU has been raising money and putting on the Dance Marathon event. This year we raised over $152,000!

The bike ride was truly and incredible adventure, challenge, and accomplishment. The first day, we were challenged by the hills of southern Ohio and the brutal head winds for miles and miles. The first day we put 65 miles under our helmet (hahaha). This was a three-day journey, so we slept on High School gym floors (not the most comfortable sleeping arrangement) and showered in locker rooms. Although sleeping on the hard wood floors wasn’t very comfortable, I am pretty sure that everyone slept like babies. The trip was divided into 10-18 mile “legs” so we were able to rest about every hour and a half to two hours. We woke up at 5:30am and hit the pavement by 6:30 or 7:00 and would ride until about 5:00pm. The second day was beautiful! We all felt like we could have biked all day. We biked another 60 miles that day. The third and final day everyone was ready to get back to BG and celebrate what we had accomplished with our families, friends, and the miracle children we were doing this for. We knew we were close when we saw the BG wind turbines in the distance. We arrived in Portage, 3 miles outside BG, to meet our families and friends for lunch who were there to cheer us on. After lunch we hopped back on our bikes and biked the last 3 miles together to rec center where the Dance Marathon event was taking place. We got up to the entrance of the rec and you could hear hundreds of people cheering! It was so exciting! We all ran in and there were people there to give us high-fives and “good games” all cheering and screaming! All of us bikers went up on the stage and it started to get really emotional for all of us. We had just biked 170 miles in less than 3 days all so that the children at St. V’s could have the things they need to get healthy so that they can have a chance to play and be kids. After the emotions ran their course, we lightened the mood by performing a 3 minute line dance we made up the night before. So fun!

This is an experience that I will not forget. I met a lot of people along the way and we encouraged each other and kept in the front of our minds why we were riding. One of my best BG memories, by far. FOR THE KIDS!

Graduate School Applications Complete!

I am breathing a little easier this week. I finally finished and submitted all of my graduate school applications!! That is cause for celebration, let me tell you. The application process has taken an emotional, physical, and spiritual toll on me over the past three months. It is shocking how exhausting and overwhelming this process is. All I have to say is I am happy this is a one-time thing!

Although I am finished applying, the most difficult part is waiting. Waiting for the letters of acceptance or the dreaded letters of rejection. All of the sweat and tears I put into my applications may result in a letter saying, “We regret to inform you that we are unable to consider you further for graduate school.” I have to trust God in this! I have to know and believe that if I do not get into grad school it is not because I failed, but that God has a different idea. He has a plan for me and a different way He wants me to serve Him.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

This verse always reminds me that I am to trust God. I have to remember that it is all in His hands. I have no control over anything- nor do I want to. It is way too big for me to handle. Since I realize that grad school may or may not be what God has for me, I am prayerfully considering other options. I do not know what all of those are yet but one of them is interning with Campus Crusade for Christ. I would hangout with college students all day, everyday sharing life with them and sharing with them the love of our Lord. Pretty much the best job ever. But there is a lot to think about and pray about. Right now, I am not clinging on to anything more than the other but handing it all over to God. He will open doors where He wants me and begin to close doors where He does not. It is scary, but knowing that God is good and in control is comforting to me.

So, more updates on my life concerning where I will be in the next 6 months. Exciting!!

A Sweet Start to the Semester

Part of my job as a RA is to put on programs for my residents to give them things to do and get out of their rooms as well as meet other girls on the floor. Last night I had a cookie decorating program!  I made the cookies over break that I cut out into different shapes. I had different color icing and sprinkles that the girls could all use. They loved it! My girls had fun making the cookie men that I cut out into themselves and other residents. So fun! The BG News (our campus newspaper) came and took pictures and today there is a whole page spread of me and my girls from the program last night! I was so excited! …YAY!