Goodbye, Old Dreams

God has had me on quite a journey over the last few years and I want to start by saying that I am so, so thankful for each and every person who has come alongside me in any way.  While this decision may come as a shock, I want you to know that this decision…

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

2018 has been a crazy year. A lot has not gone as I expected, which has both been challenging and incredibly exciting! 2018 recap: January: I began substitute teaching, which has allowed me to gain valuable teaching and leadership experience that I will use at The Pines February: I took an amazing trip with my…

Bittersweet

The best way to describe this week is bittersweet.  There have been fantastic things happening related to The Pines.  The director of The Pines is in the States on furlough.  I was able to kind of last minute pull together a trip out to Denver to visit her.  Despite not seeing her for almost two…

Preparing for a New Home

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post; I’ve been writing monthly updates that I email out (which you can join by using the form on my homepage).  I’ve been busy lately, mostly with things that should benefit my time at The Pines.  I was able to take three different classes: a finance…

Support Catalog

The holidays are such a special time, and especially this time of year, people are looking for ways to give and share the holiday spirit.  I put together a gift catalog of specific items that you can sponsor the cost of, both through a single gift or a monthly gift.  Take a look at the…

Why YOUR Gift Makes a Difference

  Over the last week, on my Facebook page, I’ve been doing a post series laying out why your gift matters.  When I hear of someone going on a missions trip, I know all sorts of ways that my gift can help them.  I was talking with my friend one day and she pointed out…

Enjoy the View

One year ago today I was giving hugs for one last time as the kids loaded onto the bus and I prepared to head back to the States.  In some ways, it seems like it’s flown by, but in other ways, it seems like it’s been forever.  My heart still aches thinking of how much…

Baby Steps

It has been quite the journey to get to this point, but I’m finally getting into fundraising!  There have been so many delays with various boards and approval processes, and it has been rather discouraging, but God has a way of timing things to remind me that He is in control. I believe it was…

A Year Already?

A year ago, I was already settling back in at The Pines.  I had greeted everyone, settled back into my room, and savored being in the place I love so much.  It’s hard knowing that I won’t be at The Pines at all this year, but I know that it is for the best in…

West of Chicago

Having traveled to the other side of the world, you may assume that I travel all over the place, but domestically, I haven’t seen much.  In truth, I’ve never been west of Chicago (Naperville technically, but still).  This next week, though, that will change!  I am so excited to have trip booked to Denver.  I…