I guess this is Zach's idea of a good workout.
Riley looked like a little beaver retrieving sticks. Every summer she gets more and more brave venturing out in the lake. A few times we had to call her back because she dog paddled out too far!
Back at home watching Mom unpack
This afternoon Zach and I ran into Jamie and her daughter Caitlyn at the grocery store. What a fun surprise! Jamie (who is also one of my neighbors) watched Zach this spring semester while I finished grad school. GOD just placed her in my life right when I needed her. Caitlyn is three and just loves Zach! We have missed them so much.
More peas, please!
This morning Zach went to the church nursery for the first time. I know, I know, it's about time! He did great, or at least that's what the lady said when Jason picked him up after our connection group. I'm so proud!
Last night our connection group from church got together for a cook-out. We had a wonderful time, and it was very refreshing for me to be around these friends! Jason played softball and basketball, and I just talked and laughed and caught up with people. Jason and I didn't leave until around 11:30, which is WAY past my bedtime. So worth it though.
Sarah, Zach, Kendy, me, Abby, & Stacy
The weather was wonderful and warm this weekend, so we took advantage and headed out to the lake! The water was not so warm, so I think I'll wait until June or July to get in it...
Cody (Shannon's hubby) putting on suntan lotion
Is this cute or what!? Jason took Riley to get a bath at a local pet store, and she had these precious little bows in her hair when he picked her up! She is really more of a bandana dog, but these little bows made me laugh!
My cute husband and me
This past weekend I graduated from grad school. I received my Master of Science in Counseling. What a journey it has been!
I never expected studying counseling would be so self-reflective. It surprised me. I went into it thinking I would help the world, but the LORD used my studies to encourage and change me! He usually works this way in my life…whatever works! GOD has used the last few years to smooth off many of my rough edges. He blessed me by bringing into my life people I never would have met both through grad school and working in the public schools.
Along the way, I began to realize that graduate school was not only about equipping me in the counseling profession, it was more about GOD refining my heart so that there would be more of Him and less of me.
Even though my path has not been “traditional” in any way, GOD has guided my every step. He has humbled me.
This is more of a personal victory for me, especially since at this point I’m not heading out into the working world again. I am thrilled to be a stay at home Mom to Zach. Some people may think I’m crazy (and I used to be one of them!), but all that matters to me is that I’m following GOD’s will for my life. My parents have always instilled in me that education is never wasted and will go with me always. I belief this to be true.
I use my degree all the time; I just don’t get paid for it. Ha! It’s more a labor of love.
I’m excited to see what the LORD has planned. I can’t thank Jason, my family, and friends (you know who you are!!) enough for praying for me and encouraging me through this process. I would not have made it without you.
“His grace toward me was not in vain…” 1 Corinthians 15:10