Monday, March 26, 2012

Return of the Ducklings

This is always one of my favorite days of the quarter. Everyone is coming back from their spring breaks and I get to hear all the stories! I love seeing my  resident's happy shining faces because (most of them) are excited to be back. They tell me all about their adventures but it ends with "but I've missed you so much!" And I love hearing noise all around me again. People are talking everywhere! And I missed the "Anna I have a question for you" moments. Or the "Anna I need you to____." And I've missed the happy smiling faces that pass my door all the time. So yeah, I'm glad they're back.

The big green chair has already gotten two uses for the quarter. Best RA investment EVER. If you haven't met my chair, it is the perfect combo of fuzzy and soft and you sink into it just perfectly and it's big enough that you can fit 2 people, or curl up in it, or whatever your little heart desires.

But anyway, today has been great. Evidences of God's Grace:

  • pudding cup
  • cheap paper for grad announcements
  • laughing with residents
  • having good conversations
  • Kelsie

Saturday, March 24, 2012

It's a New Day

I'm baaaaaack!! And full of all kinds of plans and exciting thoughts for what I can write on here, etc. Actually achieving those things will be the challenge, but nothing is gained from sitting around and thinking about it.

So since I last posted a bit has changed:
  • I'm a senior in college
  • I'm a Resident Assistant in the first-year residence halls
  • I'm 21
  • I've found a neat college church
  • I've begun the police officer testing process twice
  • I've had some major disappointments and some huge successes
  • I've made some incredible friendships and grown apart from some people that I truly miss
Yesterday I found out some very disappointing news. I applied for a Police Reserve job with a department that I was extremely excited about. It would have been pretty much perfect. The testing process was an emotional roller coaster, but I had hope. Yesterday I received the news that I will not be getting the position. I spent a long time, pretty much the whole afternoon, struggling with WHY. Jesus sent me this verse:

"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act." Psalm 37:5 

That was my encouragement to keep going. And goodness it's tough. Because now I'll be stressing out all over again until I find another job that I'm excited for. But that's ok. 

On the bright side, my residents have started coming back from break!!! I love them so much. They have no idea. I've always liked being needed, and this year my ressies have been phenomenal. Yes, I occasionally have to be the "you're breaking policy" RA, but most of the time I have a blast just hanging out with them and getting to know them. They call me Mama Duck because I explained to them at the very beginning of the year that they're like my little ducklings since they follow me around everywhere and ask me for help for everything. Some of them have flown the coop already, but I've held on to most of them and we get along just fine. :)

I've been listening to Mars Hill's Real Marriage series. I know, I know, I'm not married. I don't even have a boyfriend. I'm not even CLOSE to having a boyfriend. But the message I just finished was on how to be a respectful wife and I learned so much. I was so blown away that I'm going to listen to it again to take notes. Basically, this is something that all women who desire to love Jesus and show it in their lives and marriages (present or future) should listen to. 

So that's the most recent news.  I'm excited to start this again, to be able to put my thoughts down in writing. It won't always be profound. In fact, most of the time it'll probably be the day-to-day mundane things that I love so much about life. But 5 years from now, I'll be able to remember what life was like. So 'till next time.