Friday, June 8, 2012

Catching Up

Ok, so it's been a REALLY long time since I have posted.  I have written several posts, but I guess I just hit save draft instead of post.  So here's a little bit of what's been going on since Easter...
We took the Middle Schoolers to Chattanooga for their Choir Missions Trip.  I was so excited for this trip since Chattanooga is one of my favorite places.  We stayed at the Chattanooga Choo Choo and the kids even performed a concert there.

I have to say, every year, I am more and more impressed with our students.  They have such servant hearts and really shines through on tour.  This year, the kids got to assist with tornado clean up in Harrison, TN.  We drove up towards the tornado damage and it happened to be very close to Camp Joy.  The college I went to, Tennessee Temple University, worked closely with this camp.  We had many retreats there.  I couldn't believe how close the tornado had come to hitting it.  I wasn't able to walk around the camp, but if they had any damage, it wasn't obvious.  God really protected the camp.  Not too far away was where we worked and the damage was pretty extensive.  Not quite as bad as what we experienced here, but it was still pretty bad.  Anyway, we picked up sticks, logs and trees.  I learned to never underestimate a petite 6th grade girl.  Our girls can do it all!
On this trip, I also got to see one of my good friends from college.  I loved that it was like we saw each other once a week.  I was blessed with good friends throughout school.  As we talked, I was continually amazed at how God had changed both of our lives since we were in school together.  God is so good!
Our SWAT year ended with a party.  The students all prayed with the seniors.  It blesses my heart to see them pray together.  I'm going to miss those seniors!

We had a visit from Matt's brother & his wife in May.  It was a short visit, but we had a great time.  We went back to Cathedral Caverns to tour the cave.  I have a pretty deep fear of caves.  I hadn't been in a cave from the time I was 9 until a couple of years ago, due to an unfortunate incident with a pretty nasty fall.  I still don't really like them, but my last couple of times going in have been disaster free so maybe I am conquering that fear.   :)
Memorial Day weekend, we took a trip down to Gulf Shores.  Matt and I hand't been there since before we were even officially dating, so we were pretty excited to go down there again.  Of course, we made a stop at Lambert's so Matt could get his rolls and apple butter.  Lambert's has some GREAT food.  I even got to do some shopping.  I love the outlets down there.  The next morning, we headed to the beach.  I had so missed the smell of the ocean.  We spent the day laying on the beach, swimming in the ocean, building sand castles, and just relaxing.  It was SOOO nice.  However, Matt ended up VERY burnt.  By the time we headed to dinner, he had the flu like symptoms that come with major sunburn.  I didn't think he would make it through dinner.  Sunday, he was so burnt he could barely get out of bed.  Needless to say, we only made it to the beach one day on our weekend trip.  I enjoyed some time by the pool at the hotel instead.  :)  I have to say though, we ate some really good food on this trip.  If any of you ever get a chance to visit Fairhope, AL, DO IT! What a wonderful quaint little town.  We spent quite a bit of time walking around their downtown area.  It was so beautiful.
Now we are in to June.  I'm hopeful to be able to work on a few more craft projects.  I also plan on blogging more.  Our computer is back up and running again and I am re-adjusting to using a Mac.  I'm still new to the whole Apple computer world.  It's just so different from a PC.  I'm determined to get it down though.

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