Friday, July 20, 2012

Time is a Speedy Snail

How can it already almost be a month since the last time i updated?!?! Time seems so go so slow some moments, and then before I know it, another month has passed. This is a good thing in some ways, but an awful thing as far as my productivity goes!
Another month past and another wedding that I was able to go to! Well really there were about three last month I wanted to go to, and another three this month, but life is CRAZY!! I got the awesome opportunity to sing in one of my best friends' weddings a couple weeks ago. She and I have been close friends since the 6th grade, and despite distance and busy schedules we still cherish each other!
Kim Neptune, now Kim Helgen was a BEAUTIFUL bride!! Congrats Tyler on getting a good one! ;)
I also got to have some fun with my new camera at the wedding. SO much to learn still on that thing! Right now its more trial and error. This was one of my favorite shots of their first dance.
Prior to the wedding the youth group went to summer camp. We went to Student Life's camp in Orange Beach, AL. Such a great weekend!! Got to see God move in AMAZING ways in the lives of many of our students. I am blessed to have the job I do! Cuz I get to see things like this...
 Those are hands of our students, raised in surrender and praise to God. How awesome is that?!?!?!?! And to come home and hear about the stand these students are taking for their faith is so inspiring. It can be SO hard leaving behind friends and a lifestyle for something that a lot of people view as "crazy religion". Yet our students are doing it! And encouraging their peers to do the same!!! I cannot express how impressed I am with them! Love these kids!
During one of the sessions at camp they talked about the importance of pouring blessing into others. Whether that be at their schools or even in the form of missions. They gave the opportunity for students and leaders to come forward and choose to sponsor a child through Compassion International. (There's the link if you're interested in finding out more info) After a quick confirmation with Devin that we could do it, we decided to take on the commitment of sponsoring a child. Meet Sifatou. She is 4 years old. Her birthday is four days before Eliza's!
She is from Burkina Faso. We will be her sponsor parents till she graduates secondary school, which is pretty much like our high school here. She is supplied with food, education, bible lessons, housing, etc. I can't wait to receive our first letter from this little girl! I wrote her and gave her a picture of Devin, Trigger, and I.
Our other children have been behaving well. Trigger is such an annoying little brother!!! ALWAYS running after the cat. But Magwell will turn it around and chase after Trigger too from time to time. They loving tolerate each other. Here is a short video to prove it.
Silly boys! And one last critter story! :) I went for a run yesterday on a road near our complex and found this little guy!
I saw him fall from the corner of my eye, and thought it was a leaf. But upon further inspection found a injured hummingbird! He was so weak and let me pick him up. It looked like his wing was broken. I put him next to a tree and continued with my run, but afterward turned back around and ran back to get him. I couldn't just let him die!!! I looked up Wildlife Rescues in the area, and found one in Birmingham. Luckily I was already planning on heading out there that day to do some military paperwork, so I brought him along. They said he looked to be a juvenile, and they will keep me posted on his progress. I fed him some sugar water after I found him, and he perked up a lot! So hopefully he'll make a full recovery with their help.
Don't ask me why I find all these animals, I guess I was just raised to have an eye for the details a lot of people miss. Thanks Mom!!! I love that! I've owned my nature nerdiness over the years :)
The end of this month concludes with being able to go see Devin!!! He gets a few days of pass, where I pick him up at 6am and drop him back off at 10pm. Can't wait to see him!!!!

Love you all! Sorry that this was a little bit more of a lengthy update!