Sunday, March 14, 2010

and the winner is...

Hola Bloggers! Sorry to be keeping you waiting on the giveaway winner. 

Last week's Party Pom giveaway winner is MS. JENNIFER!! Congrats :) 


Last night, E and I volunteered to work the "Date Bait" at our church. Date Bait is a fundraiser event where parents can drop their children off at church and a group of volunteers babysit. The parents donate what they normally would pay for a babysitter. 

All of the funds last night went towards out Costa Rica mission trip.

I'm not going to lie, dreading doesn't even describe how I felt about going. I have told you about my funk, and the last thing I wanted to do with my Saturday night was volunteer to babysit 50 kids.

But, I sucked it up and did it. 

Surprisingly, it wasn't that bad. 

Kids can be kind of cute.

They can also be really funny.

Last night, one adorable little girl came up to me and said "how much longer is this party going to go on?" I'm glad that she felt like it was a party.

I found out that you can entertain kids forever if you just challenge them to race each other.  I also found out that four year olds are really clumsy and can get hurt when they race each other. 

Kids really like to run. I think I told a group of boys to stop running maybe 20 times. 

Being there last night made me wonder what type of parents E and I will be. Who knows. 

Helping out last night also brought back to the front of my mind, hopes of becoming a foster parent someday. I want to have children of my own, but I also really really want to foster and adopt. 

I feel like this is something that God has placed on my heart, now I just keep asking - when??


After the date bait, E and I rented the film "Precious." 

 It was heavy, but real. When I laid in bed last night, I kept thinking of them women I have met over the years who have also been victims of abuse. 

Thinking about these women, also led to more thinking about fostering children.

Watching this movie, also helped with my funk.

I am so blessed. One thing that I take for granted is a feeling a safety. I feel safe in my home, neighborhood, job, with friends, ect. 

Not everyone feels this way.

As I've mentioned, I have been so discouraged thinking about jobs.

Watching this movie, also made me thankful that I had parents who encouraged education. It made me thankful that I was never told that I wasn't good enough for college.

I am blessed for having the opportunity to attend college and graduate school. I know that I had to work hard, but I was able to attend without many of the obstacles that others are up against.  

Everything is about perspective. 

I pray that these words would guide my perspective ...

Mark 9:35
 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."


kathy said...

Oh Rachel, I'm sorry about your funk and your car accident. I think that funks are big right around this time of year...spring is teasing us but not here yet, no real holidays to look forward to, so you tend to focus on the problem aspects of your life. We've all had those funks where we hate our jobs. The best advice I can give is to wait it out. Something will come along. In the meantime, hopefully sunny days and warm weather is right around the corner. (I'm on the East Coast and I NEED spring/warmth/sunshine!!!)

Hope you're feeling better soon.

Rachel said...

Thanks so much for all of your kind words! I agree ... can't wait for the sunshine :)