Thursday, May 21, 2009

Summer, Already??

With the return of students from far and wide, the advent of hot weather, finals at school, and the preparation for Camp Straight Street, comes SUMMER!
This summer promises to be a busy one, and it starts next week when we leave for our annual Road Trip!! We do our College Group Road trip either before camp starts or after it ends, so this year we managed to fit it in early. Which is fine by me, as it only gets hotter as the days get longer. We are headed to Washington DC and New York City, leaving Tuesday morning at 3 or 4 AM.

Also on tap for this summer will be the first ever College Group Missions Trip to Montenegro, also my personal first foreign missions trip! If you don't know where Montenegro is, look it up on Google. It's a lovely little Baltic state, but only has 125 believers. That's staggering to me. I can't wait to go! We will be running day camp for local teens and pre-teens, using sports, art and English classes.

I'm not taking a class this summer, mostly because of our missions trip, but also because there was nothing I needed being offered at night or online. Bummer. I hate taking a semester off since I only take one class each semester, but it's nice to have a break too. I really am praying something will work out financially for 2010 so I can take more classes each time!

I have also joined a weight loss challenge that some wedding photographer friends of mine are hosting. The Greshams are wonderful, talented photographers and we worked together last year some. Check out their website for great pics, and the start of our Challenge! It's 20 weeks, so by the end of September, I hope to be 30-40 pounds lighter! Food is a huge obstacle for me-it's the first thing I run to for comfort, or out of boredom, or to celebrate. For heaven's sake, I spent 4 years learning all about food and how to cook it, present it, appreciate it. I think I can still do that, but NOT become slave to it too. It's going to take a heart transformation though, and I realize that now.

This is my official "before" photo taken by Brandon Sunday at the Bham Botanical Gardens!

"Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." Colossians 3:2-3

So, that's a random update on what's happening, here at the beginning of the summer.

Stay tuned for pics and crazy stories from the road trip next week! Follow me on Twitter, as I'll be tweeting from B'ham to NYC and back!


stacey said...

Can't wait to see the pictures from all your trips!

Lindsay said...

Have fun on your trip and good luck with the challenge!

Jaci Spain said...

Wow, ya'll do have a busy summer. Hope you have a great trip! And that is a pretty picture of you. Good luck with the challenge!

christiejones said...

Love that picture-you look beautiful. So excited about your missons trip, sounds awesome. The weight loss challenge sounds very cool too!

Rachel said...

The trips sound awesome!! And that is a great photo!!

Have fun!!