I have officially been in the 205 for 2 weeks! It’s official…I even changed my phone number to a 205 number (If you need me by the way and don’t have my new number email or facebook me)!
I am all settled in my new apartment, which I loooooove! I had a crew of high schoolers, staff members, and parents ready to welcome me and help me move into it!
Also, my new office is almost completely set up! I have a few more boxes of books to put away. The students had decorated my office by putting pictures up of themselves with captions of their names up so I could start remembering names and faces! They also made me a cross and pictures, and on my desk was a fully loaded up basket of Element Student Ministry t-shirts, bags, pens, car decals, ornaments, and just about anything else with our logo that we have!
I have had friends from Huntsville come visit twice now, and my mom came down for a weekend to help me get settled! Needless to say, I did some major damage at The Summit shopping! :p
I have only gotten lost hard core 1 time…so that is pretty good for me. I vowed after that experience to use TomTom, my GPS. Since then I have been just fine.
This week, I had one of the 11th grade girls FUSION groups (small group) over to my apartment for group time, and I cooked dinner for them! I decided that to help myself get to know the students and force myself to become domesticated I should have each girls group over, and I would cook for them! So far it’s working! I mean, hey, I have a brand spankin new oven so I might as well use it, right? When the group came over there was lots of laughter, fun, and deep conversation about where they are in their relationship with God. I absolutely love nights like that. I can’t help but think, “I can’t believe I am paid to do this!”
I’ve gone to Homewood Middle and High School for lunch, and I went to some basketball games and saw the cheerleaders, players, and spangles (spelling??). I am really trying to nail down names of students and get to know them…so naturally being around them helps that!
This week I will be going on a retreat with my 2 main co-workers, David and Robert, to do planning for the future! I am looking forward to how God is going to work through this team! They have been great. Also, our full staff retreat is this week, so hopefully it will be a good opportunity for me to continue to get to know everyone on staff and peoples roles as well as where we are headed as a church! Also, Sunday night we have our 6th grade lock-in where our high schoolers will be leading, so this will be another great opportunity for me to get to know more students and build relationships!
I say all that to say,…I am slowly but surely getting settled in and adjusting…and I am loving every minute of it! I can’t wait to see how God is about to work through this next season in my life and ministry at Trinity!