To begin, you should know that we love married life way more than we ever thought we would, and we are trying hard not to be too giddy or cheesy about it. But seriously, we are IN LOVE. One of … Continue reading
If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know that the kids I’ve been mentoring from the Burton neighborhood in Grand Rapids have been a huge part of my life, and now our lives. The kids have gotten … Continue reading
In May, with a fantastic ring on my finger and a wedding date just over three months away, I quickly launched into wedding planning. While my kids camps and grown-up parties have always been well attended, I quickly realized that … Continue reading
I can’t think of a better way to spend 12 summers of my life. Trust me, you will never have a better job than getting to share the love of Jesus with kids. Yesterday, some of the kids I’ve been … Continue reading
This week is my last one on staff at SpringHill. My team is running a fully-scholarshiped week in urban Grand Rapids. It’s amazing. And can I just tell you how good our God is to me? Our Burton kids (from … Continue reading
One of my colleagues, Jay Taylor and I started a twitter hash tag called #campdirectorlife. So far we’re the only ones trending. Hmmm. Someone told me last week that you had to be a little bit crazy to be a … Continue reading
I have a few more weeks of work with SpringHill Camps, and I’m soaking it all in. You need to check out what Mark Beeson, founding pastor of Granger Community Church, posted on his blog. He’s been a great encourager to … Continue reading
On Friday, 5.4.12, Josh planned a surprise adventure for me. He asked me to marry him in the Conservatory on Detroit’s Belle Isle. I said YES! We can’t wait to tell you the story in person. It’s perfect. Until then, join … Continue reading
Dear Photostream: thanks for keeping a great record of my life even when I’m too busy to write in my journal app, can’t think of how to say the important stuff on my blog, and fail at writing daily emails to my best friends.
As I begin to transition out of Grand Rapids, I’ve been spending some awesome time in Detroit. I can’t wait to move to the city and be a part of Mack Ave Community Church in July. Looking for housing has been challenging, as you can imagine. You can pray for my next place. As well as the rebuilding of Detroit. br />
Easter is one of my favorites.
I loved that this Easter in Chicago included Josh this year.
And making Easter eggs with kids I adore.
My aunt and uncle even threw a big Easter brunch buffet for my extended family to celebrate us!
To balance the buffet, Josh, my mom and I hit the trail for an awesome bike ride. It was a great weekend with friends and family.
There are a few other important April holidays. These include the births of my brothers (I got to spend Jonathan’s birthday at SpringHill with him).
And of course, Opening Day. Though I didn’t make it to the first game, we did spend a frigid evening at Comerica. I promise I didn’t cheer for the Tigers, though. I refuse to lose my roots just because I’m getting further from Chicago
April is the month that we’re all gearing up for summer camp. I’ve spent most Sundays at different churches, talking to families and kids about camp. Truth be told, while I’m excited to end this season and have my Sundays back, I think I’ll always miss my time on stages teaching kids camp songs. In fact, I’ve decided I’m better with a crowd of 300 kids than 30. It’s like I was made for crowds of kids.
I’ve brought the little girl I mentor to the churches, too. I wish you all could see her in action. She’s incredible on stage and a natural promoter. She drew me this card one Sunday, the week after I told the kids about my move to Detroit. We’ve talked a lot about how I will be her mentor forever. Her capacity for love is amazing.
It was an incredible month of celebrating many things and people. I’m so thankful for God’s grace poured out and the way He’s answering the prayers of His children in ways better than we imagine.
There have been many catalysts for my move to Detroit. One of the biggest came in the form of pancakes for dinner. (Check out how the tradition started here). For the last 3.5 years, I’ve been blessed to invest in … Continue reading