Last Tuesday, I worked a total of 14 hours between Barnes and Noble and working for Tricia, got home at midnight, went to work from 9 am to 5:30 pm the next day, then to Wednesday night stuff at church. That night, I relaxed with a cup of cocoa, a warm blanket, and a John Krasenzki movie.
I went on to work Thursday and Friday, and welcomed houseguests Friday night. They've been here ever since, so I've spent a lot of time getting to enjoy New York, including a broadway show, and a room full of LSU fans watching the amazing Georgia. We also went to the Brooklyn Bus Festival, and free admission to the transit museum (ummm, yes please!). It's been great.
Today was after-school, and of course, it made me smile :) Those kids just warm my heart so much. I wish I could just be with them every day. Tuesday is the only day I dread my Barnes and Noble job, because it means I am missing the after-school program. We talked about making sacrifices and turning away from ourselves today, which was really cool. Chris and I are trying to come up with ideas for our Sunday afternoon outings for the semester, and it is a lot harder than it seems, but I've been praying that we find some fun places to go and things to do where we can really spend time with the youth and pour love into them.
The joy I have from knowing I am following my calling to be here at this phase of my life is overwhelming. I cannot express it in a way anyone can understand. Taylor called me into his office today just to talk, and we talked about what it's been like and the emotions I've dealt with and just how hard it really is to step out on faith, but the rewards are so great and I am so thankful. I really have the best and most supportive church family a girl could ask for. I love them so much.