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Time flies… February 7, 2008

Filed under: Faith,Family,Life — mandy @ 7:14 am

My my, how the time has flown by since my last post.  I don’t even know where to start to get up-to-date. 
I guess I’ll start with the Christmas holidays.  I got to spend lots of time with my family, which made me very happy.  On Christmas Eve we went to my mom’s parents and sang Christmas carols around their retirement complex.  We didn’t see a whole lot of folks, but those we did see really seemed to enjoy the music.   The rest of the holiday was filled with traveling to Dallas to visit my dad’s folks and the rest of our cousins there.  New Year’s day was spent at my Uncle Marion and Aunt Judy’s house.  It’s a tradition 🙂 
January seemed to go by so fast.  I’m in the thick of preparation for YEC.  I think it’s going to be a great one!  We’re going to be at a new venue, the Special Events Center in Garland.  I’m absolutely loving it here in Leander.  I am subbing in the school district and have enjoyed getting back in the classroom.  I also love, love, my Upward basketball teams.  I coach 2 teams.  k-2nd and 3rd-5th.  They’re so much fun to watch!
Things at the church are going really well.  The Upward basketball program has been very successful for our first year.  We get to see lots of parents and other family members of the players every Thursday and Saturday.  One Saturday there were about 200 fans there!  The  youth group is going well.  We have about 5 that come on a regular basis.  Pray for boldness in our students as they share their faith with their friends at school.  I’ll be starting a girls Bible study next week.  I’m very excited about that! 
After the first of the year, a group of ladies at our church decided it was time to get in shape.  We are using the Weight Watchers model and meet every Sunday to encourage one another.  It’s been really fun so far.  I’m determined and know that the Lord will give us all the strength to stick with it. 
I just got back to Leander after a long weekend in Dallas.  It was my cousin Brock’s 1st birthday party.  He sure is growing so fast!  I got to see friends and family and watch the Giants win the Super Bowl.  Doesn’t get much better than that!
 Alright, now that I’ve rambled on, I’ll wrap it up.  I have a few prayer requests this time.  1. Pray that I’ll be able to find a full time teaching position.  2. Pray for my great Aunt Nan.  She has some health issues and will be going in for surgery soon.  3.  Pray for FBC Leander and the surrounding community.  That we will be a light in the darkness.Thank you for your support and encouragement.  I love hearing from ya’ll.  Let me know how I can be praying for you!


Upward December 14, 2007

Filed under: Faith,Family,Life — mandy @ 5:45 am

This week has been a great one here in Leander. I attended a training session for substitute teaching. I’m really looking forward to getting back in the classroom. On Wednesday night we took the youth on a “Destination Unknown” outing. We took them to the local mall to pick out an angel from the angel tree. They chose a boy and a girl and we spent the next hour picking out gifts for them. It really was a good lesson in helping “the least of these” as Jesus says.

Our church is having an Upward Youth basketball league this winter. It’s the first time they’ve done it. I am coaching 2 teams. My first team, The Bears, are 3rd -5th graders. My second team, The Flyers are K-2nd graders. It’s so much fun. It’s a bit hard to keep their attention though and to explain how to dribble and run at the same time. I love spending time teaching kids though. Watching them figure things out and feel like they’ve done something amazing never gets old.

The church is also having a Christmas musical on Sunday night and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s so nice to be part of something like that again. My sisters will be coming down to sing with me and my parents will be here also. I’m so excited for them to see what’s going on here. God has been so good to me. I’m living with wonderful friends who encourage me and worshipping in a church full of people who love the Lord. I can’t ask for more than that. He has taken care of my every need so far and I have no doubt that He will continue to do so.

My prayer during these days prior to Christmas is that we will all take inventory of God’s faithfulness. Take a look back and see the needs He’s met, the ways He’s made. How amazing is the God of our Salvation! Enjoy the fullness of His love this season!


A little piece of pie… November 30, 2007

Filed under: Faith,Family,Life — mandy @ 10:09 pm

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  I got to spend some time with my parents and my sisters.  We had a great time.  We played some Guitar Hero, which is a blast.  My grandparents think that I’m taking a video guitar course :). Our grandparents had 2 of their friends with them.  Ms. Lou and Ms. Millie.  It’s always nice to share the holidays with new friends.

 Friday we went to Christian Care center in Mesquite.  My great-grandmother was a resident there many years ago and we started a tradition of singing to the residents the day after Thanksgiving.  After the singing we had our annual gift exchange, which got a little feisty with all the stealing and swaping of gifts.  The highlight of the night was the bowling tournament on the wii gaming system.  Congrats to cousin David who was the Champ! As one who didn’t grow up playing video games, I have now become enamored with these new games.  Oh well, I guess there could be worse things.

I officially arrived in Leander  on Saturday.  I have spent the week finding my way around town and having a couple of job interviews.  We had a really good night at church on Wednesday night.  We call our mid week youth gathering The Well. (John 4:13) We had a game night and had 6 students.  It was a great opportunity to get to know the students.  I’m looking forward to more of that!  We’re praying that God will continue to bring students who need to know Him.  Pray for us that we will be able to reach the students of Leander, Cedar Park and the surrounding area.

I’ll close with this statement  I heard at church.  –When we tell our brothers and sisters in Christ that we can’t forgive a wrong they’ve done us, we’re telling them that His sacrifice on the cross wasn’t enough for them. —  That one still has me thinking.