Sunday, January 10, 2010

I am blessed!

I really wanted to spend today finishing my Oregon adventure, telling you the remaining stories filled with pee your pants humor, perplexing experiences, sleepless nights, but most off all a boat load of fun. However, I went to small group this evening and the entire story line of this post changed in a split second. My small group, oh how I love thee, the girls are amazing, have I mentioned that before, they are so full of life, laughter, drama, stories..ohhhhh the stories. But what would 8th grade be without stories oozing with drama right. Well for some of us who were not quite so “hip” in 8th grade (me) we may not be able to relate to a 13 year old all the time. I also have to say the stories I hear each week makes me really glad I was a huge dork when I was younger. Who am I kidding I am still a huge dork! Anyway, I don’t know if I could have hacked it in the jungle that is public and private (to a degree) school today.

Amidst all the chaos that these girls face daily at school, it is our job as co-leaders of their small group to help guide them, encourage them, hold them up when they are weak, and pray for them all the time. It is not our job to be their parents they all have an incredible set of those; it is for us to be wonderful mentors. Very rarely do we know when or if we have impacted someone’s life or helped them to reach their full potential. I was very blessed this evening to receive this thank you card from one of the girls in my small group…….

Dear Jennifer,
You have been such a great friend and role model to me, I know I can tell you everything and get great advice. I am so glad that we have really gotten to know each other this year. I hope to be like you when I grow up. Love ya,

I have so many people that have guided me and were great mentors at certain turning points in my life. I just hope that I can truly be that role model and mentor to these girls. I love you Carly, Madeline, Sarah, Maddie, Emily, and Kelly you ladies certainly make my life better by being part of it!!!

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