Hello all! I have no idea who will read this but I feel as if a life update is in order.
This semester is crazy.
Northwest campus dining got a make over, so now I am working at Starbucks. I absolutely love it. Sure we have a Janessa disaster pretty much every day but it’s fine. We move on. The people I work with are awesome. The people I see every day are awesome. Basically…..it’s just awesome.
Classes. Meh. School. Most of the classes I’m taking this semester are required. I am taking The Family, which is a super interesting class and I really enjoy it. The others not so much. I am in this class called Principles of Counseling….it made me realize I don’t want to be a counselor. Which is good I’m glad I didn’t spend a bunch of money on a grad degree on something I didn’t want to do. Now I’m leaning more toward Social Work.
GAL is great. I really like being on exec. I gave my testimony on Monday and I think it went well? Who knows on those things.
Basically I work 16 hours, taking 15 hours as a student, on exec, still involved in Wesley, and managing a social life (kinda).
Life is busy, but in all the most glorious ways.
Sorry it’s been so long. I have been so exhausted that writing a blurb doesn’t happen.
The end of camp was a tear jerker. One of my kids gave me his necklace he wore every day. Then when we all hugged him goodbye he started to cry. I watched him go from being sent from because of behavioral problems to being the best helper we had. Oh of the other kids who I got really close with wasn’t there the last day.
This kid was a problem child. Only if he wasn’t getting one on one. Which admittedly was difficult because we had so many kids. But he loved to help. I wanted to sweep every day and help with water bottles all the time. One of the last days he was there we sat on this bench during a whole movie talking about things. He was such a sweetheart.
These kids changed me.
Literally two days after I got home we went to Mexico with Edward Jones. There was so many children just running around. Not a big deal. But these kids were like six and had uppity attitudes. So many of the parents were like “Oh they are going to a charter school.” I just thought about the kids I worked with and how they just wanted attention from their parents. I went from one extreme to another. It was a rough transition.
I know that my Oklahoma kids are going to do great things even if they don’t get to go to fancy charter schools. They are all so wonderful and have so much potential.
And I miss them so much.
Our house has been overcome by string. We bought so many things for making bracelet’s with the kids that we had left over. Now our house is the bracelet making factory of Mangum. It’s lovely bonding time with the other girls.
Our first all day field trip was this week. It went so well. I was slightly nervous with how the kids have been acting lately but it went really well. We made the bracelets and played at the park and learned about birds. I sat and made bracelet’s with the kids all morning. It was so great. I watched some of our craziest kids just sit there quietly and make a whole bracelet.
God is doing wonderful things in my life through the kids and my fellow interns. I can’t quite see where he is leading me yet but I know it is going to be some marvelous. The scriptures about caring for the orphan and the widow have been so heavy on my heart being here. One because I am working with children, two because so many of the ladies here are widows. They bring us dinner some nights and we just sit and talk. Caring for the orphan and the widow isn’t hard, it could just being there for company. I truly believe that the church as lost sight of this. We are so focused on getting people into the church we have forgotten the work of the church.
My life is crazy. In all the most glorious ways. But I am sorry for not updating in a while.
I am now the science teacher as well as afternoon activities coordinator. Which is awesome because well it’s science. I get to do fun things with the kids. It’s awesome.
We are going on a field trip this next week. To Quartz Mountain. Which is a nature place. The park naturalist is going to do a program where she has stations set up about different birds. Basically the kids get to pretend they are birds. BIRDS! I am excited about it. Hopefully the kids are too. However, I have realized all the planning things like this take and it’s crazy.
I am home for a few days, which is nice. The 8 hour drive here wasn’t even that bad. We are headed back Sunday for the last three weeks of camp.
We only have 12 days of camp left. That just doesn’t seem possible. Leaving our kids is going to be so hard. Knowing I will probably not see these kids again is hard. I will somehow get over it.
This week was really trying. For a lot of reasons.
Number One. I’m sick. It’s that time of the year when Janessa starts to lose her voice yet again. So in the mornings when I am the most busy I’m just all gross feeling.
Number Two. We have had a Texas Invasion this week. We were basically kicked out of our arts and science room so they could sleep there. Which made the kids go crazy. It also meant that for Afternoon Activities we just had movie week. We watched three movies this week. Three. The kids where outside all morning so I didn’t want them being outside anymore. One of them was because our speaker quit.
Though it was trying I saw God in so many places this week.
On Wednesday our kids were CRAZY. Like bouncing off the walls crazy. Then Thursday they were awesome again. Three of my favorite campers got to help us make popcorn. Two of them are siblings, they have nine siblings. Total there is 11 of them. I found out that the boy sleeps on the couch every night because he mom took his room. Seeing them kind of blossom is so amazing. God is doing so much for our kids it’s great.
Today we went to help the Texans on their job sites. I went with a team to go work on painting a house. Total there were three teams painting. The team I was with was awesome. They had been working on that house the whole week. Before they got there you could barely see the house. Now all the bushes are cut down and the house has a fresh coat of paint. It’s beautiful.
The best part about that was the guy who lived there had this old gross couch. Like the fabric wasn’t on the seats. He told the group he didn’t want to get rid of it. Today a truck came to pick it up so he could get new patio furniture. The team didn’t know he was going to get more. They were so devoted to making sure that couch didn’t leave because the guy said he wanted it.
It’s so easy to get caught up in mission work. Trying to make sure you get things done but not think about the people who you are working for. The group I was serving with had their “client’s” best interest in mind. They weren’t working for themselves, but they were working for their client. While the Texas group made me frustrated this week, today I saw God working so big in their lives.
God is so good.
So basically we are all exhausted. We all take naps every day after camp. It’s fine because of the magical thing called coffee. It’s the only thing that helps get me through my day. But really.
This is really no surprise but I love my kids already. I think I have already mentioned this but I have the youngest kids they are going into first and second grade. They are all so wonderful and awesome. Sure we have some discipline problems but it’s expected. They are kids and they are young.
I do a lot of running around. In the mornings I’m all over the place. First we sing songs which has become my job is to sing songs with them. I read with this one kid every day, who is so adorable. You just can’t say no to him. Then I do errands for everyone else. Like today the arts and crafts teacher needed more duct tape so I ran upstairs to grab that. Then I went to get another intern water. Then I move the kids from reading to arts and crafts. Drop the arts and crafts kids of at science then take the science kids to rec. THEN it starts all over again. I also run around a lot in the afternoon. Just to make sure everything is going smoothly since that is my time to plan things.
We have also gone to three of our campers little league games. I totally forgot how crazy little league gets. I also realized I was the annoying sister who was always screaming. It’s fine. It meant a lot to the kids because they just keep talking about it.
I normally don’t bring my laptop over to the church much. So that’s why I haven’t been posting a lot. That and I’m always so tired.
I think it’s nap time.
I cleaned up entirely to many bodily fluids today.
Today was rough. But I think we will have a great summer. I’m in charge of the really little group and surprise they are crazy. Only not surprise tiny kids are crazy. They had some discipline problems…when I say some that means a lot. But there was some cutie pies that made it all better. Two kids were practically married by the time camp was over, which was adorable.
Though I’m afternoon activities coordinator in the summer, obviously that is only half the day. So basically my job in the morning is running around doing whatever people need me to do. Today I read with some children in the morning. Which was really hard because some children read so good, while others were having a hard time with their alphabet. It really just reminded me why I was here. Sure I’m here to plan fun things for kids to do in the afternoon, but the program is mainly the reading.
Well I’m exhausted after today. It’s been a lonnggggggg day but it was still awesome.
So the past week has really just been one big old craft party. My job was to make the back drop for the stage and I say I did a pretty good job.
Now I’m starting to plan our first week adventures! On Monday we are having a mini olympics. Relays, kickball, thumb wrestling and water polo. It’s going to be great. Why? Because I’m dressing up as the goddess Athena. Yeah. It’s gonna be great. Tuesday we are going on a quest for the Holy grail. I’m dressing up as Lady Gwen. It’s going to be awesome.
I love my team. We work really well together. And another lady from my sorority is coming to us in a week! Our arts and crafts person quit on us but it’s fine because know Marissa gets to come! Downfall: we have two Marrisas. Oh well. Both of them are awesome.
Luckily we have not been affected by the storms. We watched the news coverage for like four hours to make sure our fellow interns were safe.
Camp starts Monday. Super stoked.
Sorry it has been a while. Our Internet went out. And this week has been crazy.
We have decided that our theme is space. Yeah, it’s awesome because our campers are out of this world! That’s not why we chose it but it’s so true. I love my kids even though I haven’t met them. They are wonderful and awesome and I am excited to meet them. And we are expecting like 50 kids! Praise Jesus. It is still hard for me to think of them as campers because of church camp.
For some reason I haven’t been able to sleep in. If you know me that is weird. But it’s fine because me and the team coordinator have been going on morning walks. We take our coffee and walk. We have met some real awesome people. Basically I love Mangum.
Yeah. I am exhausted so yeah! Just a quick update.
Well it’s spotty signal but it’s signal.
The last couple days have been an adventure. We took the tour of the church to see where we would be working all summer. And found out that the church has a twin. Some where in texas there is a church exactly identical to Mangum UMC. Crazy.
The pastor drove us around Mangum after the tour. Fun fact, they mine clay here. And they make bricks. Millions of them. We saw them sitting on the pallets, there were stacks of brick. There is a lot of local places here, as anyone can expect with a small town. The only chain places are Dollar General, Sonic, and Pizza Hut. It’s going to be an interesting summer. On our tour of the mighty town of Mangum, we saw wild cacti! Which is something totally new to me. Yeah, we don’t have cacti in Missouri. Only the ones in pots.
Today, we went to Walmart. A twenty minute drive. We saw some awesome beautiful mountains. It’s definitely beautiful here. I killed a wasp. Now I’m the official bug killer. That’s how my life is going.
Tomorrow, I’m working in the nursery at Mangum FUMC. Thumbs up for being Safe Sanctuary. Yeah. Haven’t even been here a week and I’m doing stuff. I love it.