First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO STEPHIE! I hope you are having the greatest day ever, my most amazing friend!
Second of all, HELLO NEW FRIENDS! I saw the number of comments on the last post and thought a bunch of solicitors must have stopped by (actually, one of them might have been.....). I'm so glad I brought my camera to lunch so Linda and I could prove that we did indeed have a date. So sad that I don't have that opportunity with so many of you long-distancers - what a party that would be!
Alright, to follow up from Monday night, boy was I one tired puppy Tuesday. I didn't leave the Trinity house until around 11pm, and by the time my mind turned off, it was past 1am. I'm not a young pup anymore! But, it was so worth it. I had a blast, and based on how well all the girls paid attention, at least it didn't appear they were bored. While my romance history wouldn't sell any books, it can be a little entertaining with its ups and downs, especially as I can laugh about all of it knowing in hindsight all of the tears, heartache and feelings of rejection were worth it in the long run. My hope was that the girls could each relate to some element of it all, and even if they couldn't, that my ability to laugh at myself would make me approachable to them. And, you know what, the fact that they all loved my cookies made it even better!
So, the rest of this week has been interesting. I've been checking the sub website at least 20 times a day to see if anything is available - and NADA. But, in the Inbox of our Facebook page, there are requests from some of these Trinity girls to "possibly get together" and it just has me wondering if that might not be where God is directing me to spend my time. The "let's control things in life" part of me wants to run to the rescue of our budget. To help offset the "leaner paychecks" that stem from sales in a weaker economy. But, it doesn't appear, at this rate, that I'm going to be able to make much of a dent in the income. It won't stop me from trying, but recognizing God seems to be opening other doors makes me that much more aware of in control of everything He is - including our economic livelihood.
Last night, as I was lying in bed, happy about a Facebook conversation I'd just had with a gal that reminds me so much of myself 12 or so years ago.... that song from the Disney movie, "Hercules" came to mind. The lyrics to "Go the Distance" aren't completely applicable (but I love that song...) but within them are: "And a voice keeps saying this is where I'm meant to be" and then later "To find where I belong". And, really that's how I feel about our family's complete involvement within this college ministry. Within this week, both Mikayala and Brayden have each individually (on their own initiative) written letters to members of the college group (granted, Brayden had to pick someone in class to practice letter writing skills - but over family and long-time friends, he chose one of the guys from CCF). John has met with two different guys this week, I've met with two different gals - and next week we get to go bowling with one of our favorite couples of the group. Of course, there will be some struggles, as there are within every ministry, but as for our family, we've found where we belong......