I've been feeling overwhelmed with gratitude this month and not just because Thanksgiving is approaching. There have been so many instances where God has provided sweet moments and so much grace.
We were invited to a birthday zoo trip for a good friend's one year old. I was reminded through that day how important community and support is, especially when you have young kids. The burden is lighter just knowing other people are experiencing similar things as us while we try to figure this parenting thing out.
We also had our annual fall retreat! This is a chance for all the students from Denton to get together, away from some of the stress of school. We played some really fun team-building games (hence the team colors) and spent time worshipping the Lord together.
This was also Owen's first retreat! It was a challenge for me to navigate taking care of him and running my parts of the event and being present with the students. It was a learning curve for sure and Jon being there made a huge difference! The whole time (when I wasn't stressed about our Chick-fil-A catering order) I felt so grateful for this chance to participate in ministry with my son. It was hard and sweet and encouraging. And maybe not as smooth as I wanted it to be but that's good for me too.
The other thing that made me just sit in awe of the Lord started out pretty scary. Some of y'all might have seen the story, but a whole tree from the park our yard backs into fell on our house at about 1am. Jon and I couldn't sleep so we reacted pretty quickly when what sounded like an explosion went off. We quickly figured out a tree was involved but it wasn't currently coming through the ceiling. Owen and I got to the safe side of the house while Jon met the firefighters and took care of the initial problems. This is the picture he sent me.
I know this isn't directly campus ministry related but I wanted to share how God has been teaching me to trust him again and again. He is good and worthy of our trust. By his grace he shows me that.
Owen's first pumpkin patch
I still believe there might come a day where I take pictures of people other than this kid. Maybe next month.
Here's a testimony of one of my corefas from last year - so proud of her!
Love y'all so much!