7.30.2010

Fan Friday























KELSEY De LANNOY: AKA K-TRAAAAIIIIN!

It's been a while since my last "Fan Friday" my apologies for depriving you all this time. Today's "Fan Friday" pick is none other than Kelsey De Lannoy. Kelsey is an incredibly gifted graphic design artist that works for South Hills Church. She is constantly blowing people away with how talented she is.

On top of the fact that she is beautiful, she has one of the most sincere hearts I've ever seen. Regardless of how long you've known her she will be there for you no questions asked. She's also fearless, don't let this girl catch you on the soccer field, she'll school you!

Thanks to Kelsey my blog has a beautiful new look, should you have graphic designing needs, hit her up! And you can also follow her on twitter: @kelsadilla.

7.27.2010

Parent Night














Last night was our first ever Remnant J. High Parent Night.We invited the parents of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. The goal of the evening was to invite parents into the world of what it's like to be a teenager in 2010. The night was nothing short of a success. We had close to 30 parents attend in support of their student. It was incredibly encouraging to see that so many parents took time to see what their student experiences each week.

At the end of the night we asked parents to stay back and do a few Q. & A's. My eyes welled up listening to parents say that our ministry has been a blessing to their entire family.Parents sharing that their child is making sure that praying as a family occurs everyday. Students who are realizing who they are in Christ and what His plan is for them. It's confirmation that we're doing what He has asked us to do.

We wanted parents to know that we understand that this is a partnership between parent, student, and ministry. We assured them that we understand the importance in making the transition from elementary to J. High the smoothest one possible. We know that it can be an intimidating thing taking that next step into spiritual maturity. Our vision is to be there every step of the way until it's time to cross the next bridge.

Thank you to every parent that came out in support of your student and the ministry. This is just the beginning of what God wants to do through Remnant J. High ministry. I truly believe God is going to bless us with more than we even dreamed of. Partnering together with parents is the first step at assuring our students will become the most spiritual, emotional, and physically healthy they can be.

7.26.2010

Weekend Update

This weekend has been one of my favorites by far! I got to hang with my beautiful nephew and mother (see prior post for pics). Then Saturday I got to witness two of my friends get married! Congratulations to Dan and April, she's my sister from another mother, and father for that matter. Fun times with some of my amazing friends, food, laughs, dancing, cake, and of course the bouquet toss. For the first time ever I caught the bouquet at a wedding, and you know what they say about catching the bouquet... I'll keep you posted if I get engaged anytime soon.

And Sunday the Remnant family took a trip to Huntington beach for a little soccer, empire, volleyball, bon fire, smores, and great company. I love these people like my own family. Loved being able to spend the day with them making memories. Summer is by far my favorite season, not in temperature, but all I can think of is beach, bon fires, bbq's, pool parties, and midnight premiers. Turning out to be a Summer for the books!







7.23.2010

Take 4!

Spent my Friday night hanging out with this handsome guy, and my mom. Wouldn't have it any other way.



7.22.2010

It Doesn't Matter If You're Black Or White

Apparently, it does. Not physically speaking, but emotionally and spiritually. I've come to the realization that I am ridiculously black and white. I'm an all or nothing type of girl. I am realizing that I live in world full of shades of gray and vibrant colors. This morning I had a conversation with Gretchen about how I am so quick to say "Nope, I'm done" she was quick to point out my straight line, my black and white perception if you will. I don't know where this idea came from that I have to have all or nothing, that if I feel I've been wronged or letdown that I won't give second or third chances. Where does Jesus fit into any of that? He doesn't.

If my goal is to be Christ-like then I need to embrace that life isn't going to fit into my cookie cutter image. That at some point there will be coloring outside the lines and I can't control that. Control, there's a word that I can't get away from. I live in this bubble that I try to control on a daily basis, when in reality I have control of about 2% of my life. I'm learning to embrace the shades of gray and the possible colors seeping through my black and white dotted line. Embracing the swirls I suppose. And embracing the fact that I can't give up on something or someone just because it isn't going the way I planned it to be. So if you get anything out of this, embrace the swirls of life. They really can be quite beautiful.

7.17.2010

31 Days And Counting...















Recently a lot of my friends have been on this "cleanse" kick. I refused to jump on the bandwagon, that is until a friend of mine that works at Nutrishop suggested I take the DETOX-LGC. I am supposed to take it for 31 days. So in an effort to make myself more healthy, I decided to give it a try.

Here goes nothing...

7.14.2010

"Real Women Have Curves"

Hilarious that the term "Real Women Have Curves" even exists. I would say that I am a real woman, but I am not blessed in the department of having the Coke bottle figure. I suppose I can blame my fathers genes for not getting that Jennifer Lopez booty that I've always dreamed of. About 6 weeks ago I signed up for "Curves" ladies gym. It's probably hard to picture a gym being a "God thing" but, I think it is. The owner of the gym is a Christian and so are the women that work there. They are open about it and always offer up incredible support and guidance. The added bonus is that my amazingly beautiful friend and woman I look up to, Gretchen Baxter, joined the gym with me. Waking up at 615 to go workout five times a week isn't exactly easy, but having morning talks with Gretchen while doing so is an added bonus.

Since starting the gym about 6 weeks ago and starting to change my eating habits. Eating three meals a day and three snacks, I have lost a total of 11 lbs. It's definitely an accomplishment for me. I know what when I put my mind to something I can do anything. My original thought behind getting by butt in gear was that I wanted to be more physically fit for Summer Camp. I knew I would need all the added energy I could get. And being up there I could really feel that I didn't get as tired as I normally do. And was able to keep up just fine. My goal and motivation at this point is my 26th birthday in September! I will officially be in my "late" twenties. Whatever that means. The overall goal will always remain that I want to be healthy. I'm not looking to rid myself of my favorite foods or starving myself, everything in moderation. I'm not looking to be this size 6 girl, because that will never be me. I'm not built that way. Being healthy I can handle.

DISCLAIMER: Now that you know this information it doesn't give you the authority to say "should you be eating that?". Just an FYI :)

7.12.2010

Blast From The Past

This morning I ran into an old high school teacher, these moments can either be awkward or enjoyable. Thankfully, it was brief but enjoyable. I always get the question "so what's new?" Well, considering I haven't seen you since 2002 I would say a lot is new. Where do I start? This time I started with where I am and worked my way backwards to how I got there.

Back in the day when I was asked "so what have you been doing since high school?" I was never proud of what my answer was going to be. Today, things are different. I was proud to tell my old theater teacher that God completely turned my life around. That I decided to spend my life searching after Gods heart and mentoring students in the process.

The look on his face was pretty priceless, it was that look of a proud teacher. A teacher who had told me my senior year of High School that I wouldn't be passing his Theater class because I ditched too many times. Pretty amazing the way times have changed.

Moments like those always cause me to reflect on the years that have passed. Where I was, where I am, and where I am hopefully going. I found myself hoping that we wouldn't get to the "how are your parents doing?" Question. That's the one that depending on the day you catch me on, will or will not have an effect on me. Today though, he didn't ask, but it still caused me to think a lot about it.

I miss my dad. Today was the first day in a while that I teared up about him. I think today I missed him more because the look on my teachers face is the look I would love to see from my dad. I know if he was still around he would say he was proud of me. I know that should be enough, but sometimes its not. And I'm ok with that. I have to be ok with that. I'm thankful I still have a mother who reminds me that I'm doing a good job with my life.

7.09.2010

Kids Summer Camp 2010

This morning I woke up from day 5 of Kids Summer Camp wondering why my cheek hurt. Then I remembered that one of the 8 year old girls that was following me around all week decided it would be funny to slap me in the face. Ah yes, just a glimpse into the week I've had. I went up to that mountain with the intent to build stronger relationships with the 5th graders going into 6th and the 6th going into 7th. What I got, was far more than I had bargained for.

I ended up playing mother hen with her 5 chicks surrounding me 24/7. I am not a mother, nor do I pretend to know how hard it is. But after this week I truly feel like I got a glimpse into what my future with children will be like. Everything from opening cartons of milk, to tying shoes, to reminding the girls to shower and brush their teeth, to handling a meltdown because a baby frog was killed. God's sense of humor will always amaze me. I learned that I have a lot more patience than I thought. It was different for me, but a good different. They kept me on my toes, and I love them for that.

I was fortunate enough to be able to teach a class all week on "Serving Your Guts Out!" I told the story of Jesus washing his disciples feet and how we need to be the servants that God has called us to be. I spoke about having a servants heart and how we can apply that to our everyday lives. After telling them the story, I literally washed their feet. I did it to show symbolism, and to convey that Jesus never asked us to do anything that He himself has not already done. After washing their feet, I was asked if they could wash mine. That was a "proud mama" moment for me. Beyond thrilled that they understood the message of Jesus.

It was a beautiful site to see so many kids accepting Christ and being filled with the Holy Spirit. Being able to pray with girls to receive that power from God was a huge blessing. Something that I will never forget, and those girls will never forget. I pray that their lives continue to grow with God and that they keep Him at the center. It's easy to be on fire for God when you are surrounded by believers on a mountain for five days. The real test comes when you're back at school, work, sports etc. The "real world" if you will.

I absolutely LOVE children, I do. But after this week I truly know that my heart lies with the youth. I know that my time up there wasn't for nothing, I know that God doesn't do anything for nothing. I know that I may not see right now what I got to do with those girls, but someday, they will be sitting in J. High talking to me about "that time" at Summer Camp when they were just rugrats.

I am beyond blessed that God continues to work on me day in and day out. This past month and a half has been the most stretching and rewarding time for me. I know that through the difficult situations I am faced with, that God is going to give me strength and wisdom.