An Email

Big Sister did not like college, we asked her to give it one more semester – one more chance.  As to not bore you with all the details, she did not return.  But she was not without a plan. 

Just before her senior year of high school we found out about a mission program called PhotogenX, offered through YWAM.  With her love, passion and skill in photography we thought this could be a wonderful fit for Big Sister.  She was very interested, but wanted to give college a try and the ol’ college try she did… and you know the rest of the story.

Bags backed, a week of tearful good-byes, she took off for 6 months.  We will not see her until she returns in September. 

It was an emotional day as we left her at the airport yesterday.

This morning I received the following email and picture from her as she reports on her first day, it made this momma’s heart so happy.

I’m rooming with 5 other girls, two from PhotogenX Erika Spitler and Megan Rich. Erika is makes me think SO MUCH of Hannah Litke- I knew I was going to love her! The other 3 girls are doing DTS performing arts,  Our room has 4 bunks, 5 dressers, a closet, sink, mini fridge, microwave, toilet and shower.

Our leaders, Laura, Zach, Jonathan, Christine and Sharee are WONDERFUL! I love them all.

Once we got to campus we took our things to our room and then got dinner. The whole cafeteria is outside! …did I mention it was raining? haha. After dinner we went to get registered, easy as cake! During registration Laura (a leader) took Campbell and I aside and informed us that she had chosen us to be her hospitality team. Which basically means that we will be making goody bags, planning gatherings, making leis, running errands and doing anything necessary to make the guest, who come in to speak, feel comfortable as possible. So from 3 to 5 everyday Campbell and I will be doing these things as our job. After Laura walked away from telling us she’d chosen us Zach (her husband) and Jonathan made sure to let us know what a big deal that was. SO EXCITING.

I’m so very exhausted!! I will talk to you tomorrow. I love you 🙂 Tell the kids and dad I love them too. Kiss on Caroline and Ryder for me!

P.s. Make that 6 roommates..a girl that is exactly like Melissa Blackwell just walked in.

Secret Agent Man and I could not be more proud of Big Sister.  Jesus has gifted her with a skill and passion in photography and she is taking the first steps to make His name known to all the Nations.

7 Responses to “An Email”

  1. 1 Dina April 8, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Exciting times! She will be in my prayers.
    Love you, Dina

  2. 2 Kelly April 8, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Love this! So good to hear!

  3. 3 sheena April 8, 2011 at 10:29 am

    God has a plan for us all.So glad grace has this opportunity.

  4. 4 Lauren Sklar April 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

    So glad others are already seeing how special she is!! Can’t wait to hear more!

  5. 5 Debbie April 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Such an amazing opportunity for a pretty dang amazing girl. So proud of Grace. She’ll have a blast and will never forget this experience. Sending lots of love and hugs your way, Michelle. 🙂

  6. 6 Grace April 8, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    🙂 i love you momma!

  7. 7 Haley April 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Love you too momma! Soo proud of you grace, and soo glad you are enjoying it!!!

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