The following is excerpts from my journal from my most recent trip to see the girls of STEPS Home in India.
July 29 –
Church starts at 8:30 and is over a half hour away, so we had to be up early today! Emmanuel Methodist Church had a guest preacher – he was very good and engaging. Normally church lasts two hours, but after the service today, they did a special time of thanking the retiring secretary and welcoming the newest addition to the pastoring staff, which took another hour. But Isaac took us out before it was through, because we had to get back to the house to celebrate Sitara’s 16th birthday!
On our way home, we picked up four of Sitara’s friends. Isaac and Tara had the party catered and, much to (Kansas team’s) Gail’s delight they bought chips! And it was the biggest bag of chips any of us had ever seen!
Yesterday I hit the big 3-1. It wasn’t near as hard as changing decades last year. Since my weekend was busy with ministry stuff (selling tickets, the play performances, etc) and the Super Bowl, it didn’t leave much time for me to celebrate. But I had Saturday night free, so I went out with three of my good friends: Theresa, Wendy, and Shaun.
I decided that the thing I wanted to do most was have Indian food. So I got dressed up in one of my Indian outfits (a chula, to be exact) and we went to Taj. The food was excellent and the darling Indian couple that runs the restaurant were so sweet and excited to learn that I’d been to India.
Tomorrow is my birthday.
Birthdays are a bitter-sweet thing for me. They weren’t always, but they always will be.
A day of celebration was quickly turned to tragedy on my 27th birthday. I got news that my dad had a massive stroke. He was already very unhealthy from Crohn’s disease, and his body could not fight back. Two days later, he went to be with the Lord. And I miss him. (more…)
Exactly two weeks from today, I will be entering another decade of life… the 30s. Honestly, it seems a bit crazy to me – how did I get this old? I certainly don’t feel it. I mean, aren’t I supposed to feel like an adult this point? I don’t feel like an adult most days, and I know I definitely don’t act like an adult! So how did I get this far?
Looking back my life has been quite a journey up to this point. Here are just a few of the milestones:
- Feeling the need to see the world I left small-town life, graduating high school in 1999, and headed of to Chicagoland for college. I spent four amazing years absorbing all I could at Trinity, and made some wonderful friends.
- Spent three fun-filled summers working at Camp Manitoqua.
- With the college choir, I traveled throughout the Midwest, New York, Canada, California, and Arizona.
- Participated in a college interim course where we traveled to Turkey and Greece to see the seven cities from Revelation and the island of Patmos.
- Moved to Sterling, IL to work in youth ministry for just over a year. There, I met my good friend Anne. (more…)