New Things

There are so many new things in my life right now.  Hopefully, in this post, I can update you on the big things in my life right now.

GRADUATION: Corey and I have graduated college!  Both with our B.A.’s in Christian Counseling from the Baptist College of Florida.  An amazing program at an amazing school.  It’s so weird not being a student (even though it is still summer, it feels different.  Maybe because I’m working full-time).  It’s freeing but also kind of straining.  Like, what am I supposed to do with my life now?  Am I on the right track?  With school, your life track is almost mindless.  Until you finish the courses your degree requires, you know where you’re going to be.  No big decisions.  Not huge ones anyway.  Once school is over, it’s like you can go anywhere, do anything.  It really makes you question if what you’re doing is truly in God’s will for your life.  This is made easier by the following new things:

NEW JOB!: After my beloved graduation, I became the “Administrative Assistant to the Chair of the Music and Worship Division” at the Baptist College of Florida.  How bout that?  My title beats yours.  With a stick.  No, but really… my job is amazing!  The position was proposed by the former occupant of it the day before graduation.  Now, if you know me, you know that I am a super planner.  Because of this, I had been looking at different jobs for a good while before graduation.  I had pretty much settled on finding a teaching position (for the vacation mostly!) or being a personal assistant (to satisfy the nerdy side of me).  This position is the best of both!  Add in a little counseling and you know pretty much what I do!  There are 6 professors and about 70 students in the division, and I’m in charge of keeping tabs on all of them.  Another super cool thing… I have an assistant!  She’s awesome and I get to give her the work I don’t have time for/want to delegate!  This job is definitely all from God and none from myself, which really helps satisfy my desire to know that I am in His will.

NEW APARTMENT: Corey and I moved into our new apartment at the end of April.  We are now in Dothan (finally!) and love it.  We have plenty of room in our new place which is great because we love clean, open spaces.  We even have our mountain fix from the treeline view off our balcony.  It’s been really great to live in Dothan – my girls are able to come over every once in a while, we don’t have to wake up so early to get to places, and it’s SO convenient.  We absolutely love it.  What is funny, though, is that we moved away from Graceville thinking we would not need to be close and I ended up with a drive to Graceville five days a week!  Thankfully, it’s only twenty minutes and I get to listen to NPR!  Oh, how I love NPR.  All of you who are not addicts are missing out.

Above is a combo picture of our first dog, Molly, and our new apartment (or at least the view from it!)

NEW DOG: Now, this is a fun story.  Corey has wanted a big dog for a while and, one day, decided to get one.  It was a crazy adjustment, but we went ahead and got “big dog” supplies and loved on that puppy.  Only, that puppy was huge and tore up our house.  We could have dealt, but we felt so bad for keeping that big dog in our apartment that we gave him to a man looking for a lab who had a BIG YARD!  Yay for that dog!  He was sweet, but I was glad when that week was over.  Not too long after that… I was walking our dog (our little two-year-old chihuahua, Molly) and saw a boy from our complex sitting on the tennis court with his toddler little brother and puppy running around.  I am always worried about a child’s well-being and immediately thought “where is your mother?”  So, in I go to the tennis court to have my dog meet his puppy and make sure he’s okay.  Everything is fine, so after talking for a bit (and telling him that if his puppy ever wants to play with my dog, to come knock on our door.  Mostly I did this for if he needs somewhere to go using the excuse of a puppy-play date.  Nice huh?), I go back inside.  The next day, I hear a knock on the door and here is this boy and his puppy saying he has to get rid of our dog and do we want him.  If it wasn’t such a God thing, I would have said no quickly because of our previous experience.  But, that previous experience had prepared us (getting out the big crate, buying lots of food, a big leash, and big toys…) and we decided to keep him.  We’ve had our sweet puppy, Buddy, for about a month-and-a-half and we couldn’t be happier.  He is a ball of energy, but Molly loves him.  He even knows how to sit and shake.  And he definitely knows no.  We’ve been over that one a lot!

Even the things are not new feel new because they’re in a new context.

SMALL GROUP GIRLS: My small group girls (9th grade now!) are awesome.  I love each and every one of them so much!  We’ve had a wonderful time getting to know each other this past year.  It’s quite an amazing thing… but they keep bringing their friends!  And their friends keep coming and bring their friends!  Needless to say, our 12 member group has grown to over 36!  We’re expanding like crazy and it’s wonderful.  All because people need God and people need love and our church is doing a good job at connecting those missing dots.

On a side note… my small group girls really are my heart.  You can’t comprehend what I mean unless you are a small group leader, but they really are.  When they hurt, I hurt.  When they’re joyful, I’m joyful.  When they make bad decisions, I feel God’s heart break (mine breaks too).  On that side note (how many side notes can I have?), the other 9th grade small group leaders and I are going to start a book with the girls come Fall to *hopefully* help them change their perspectives from worldly (which always ends up hurting) to godly (of which, there is no better).

MARRIAGE: No lie, big life changes are a stressor on marriage.  Routines that kept things stable are suddenly thrown out the window and relationships get wobbly.  Marriage after all the new things above is almost like a brand new thing.  Thankfully, Corey and I both love each other enough to realize our own faults and encourage (while working hard to not condemn) each other.  He is such a light in my life.  I’m so thankful for his spiritual headship of our family.  I really think I would be a horrible person without God’s love and grace and guidance through Corey.  Babe, I’m so thankful to you for always sticking with me, and I’m excited to experience all the new new things with you.

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