I was fortunate enough to spend this past weekend at home in Alabama with family and friends celebrating my 20 year High School reunion (Go Yellow Jackets Class of ‘96!). I didn’t really have any reservations, hesitations, or anticipation about the weekend, but it was even better than I could have imagined! Social media took some of the pressure off. Between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and SnapChat there were not too many people that I didn’t already have some idea of where they live, what they do, how many kids they have, etc. That allowed us to spend less time chit chatting and more time reminiscing and actually catching up. I spent a lot of the evening telling people about my job. “I am the Youth and Children’s Director at my church.” “It’s so much fun!” “I get to travel a lot!” “I get to play a lot!” “Watching kids and youth grow in their faith is awesome!” I repeated many of these phrases over and over throughout the night. When I look at it written out it looks like a typical response for someone trying to convince people of how wonderful their life is. I’m not. I’m not putting up a front. I’m not putting on a show. I am incredibly lucky blessed to do what I do. Working with kids and watching them grow into youth with strong convictions, big ideas, and challenging questions is just the beginning. I also get to watch youth grow into young adults that spread their wings and find their own way, knowing that they are rooted in a strong enough faith that they will be ok. It’s awesome! No, it’s more than awesome, it’s amazing!

I give you all of that information to say…Thank you. Thank you first to my parents, my childhood and high school friends, and my youth leaders, mission leaders, and pastors growing up. Preschool, elementary, and high school years are such a formative time and I can’t believe looking back at how incredibly blessed I was to be surrounded by people that nurtured me and helped me find my way. And most importantly thank you to the congregation of Westminster for allowing me to use my talents and gifts in a way that is pleasing to God.