Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Adventures in Packing...Part 1

Since I'm procrastinating/avoiding other things at the moment, I decided today would be an excellent day to start packing the books in my office. This is actually fairly comical, since for the past 4 years or so, most of my "work" books have been on my office floor or at my house. A few weeks ago, a beautiful new bookshelf was put in my office and I quickly filled it and even brought a few boxes of books from home. Now less than a month later, I'm tearing it all apart again! Because I'll be storing most of my books in my parents' basement, I figured I should catalogue my books as well, for insurance purposes, in case anything happens to them. I've decided on a numbered box system, where I record the Box #, then list the books in the box (title, author, ISBN#). Also, I figured this would be the best way for me to locate a book at a later date, so I can avoid "needle in the haystack" adventures. Today I packed and recorded 88 books and I feel like I have barely made a dent! And guess what? I get to do this all over again with my books at home! Yipee!! I can hardly wait to find out how many books I have...the horror!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Extra! Extra!!

Just heard this afternoon, I have been approved by the Board of Directors!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

On the road again....

Well, for a number of years I have been keeping a blog, and it has been so great to go back over the years and read some of my odd posts...and yes, some are more odd than others! But the time has come to change the blog up a bit and over the next few months I'm going to be changing the look, and probably the title (as I won't be living in Sylvan Lake anymore!). For those of you who haven't heard, I have put in my resignation at the church and will be officially done in June. After that, well, I'm going to go where the wind takes me and begin living a hippie lifestyle. Just kidding...but I would kind of like to live as a hippie...sigh. Anyway, I'll actually be going where God has decided to take me, and that is to Latin America. I have applied with the Christian and Missionary Alliance to be an international worker, and I am hoping this week to get the final "OK" when the board of directors meet in Turkey at General Assembly. Right now, the tentative plan is to head to Costa Rica in August(-ish?) to go to language school and learn Spanish. After that, well...it's still a bit unknown, but I am hoping to go as part of a church planting team, possibly to Venezuela.

I have finally passed the "oh my gosh, what have I done????" phase and I'm now starting to get excited! Mostly I'm excited for the chance to do in ministry what I love most, and that is spending time with people and building relationships. The excitement is bittersweet, as it will be very hard to leave my family, my church family, and my friends and relationships here! Change is never easy and I find myself often on the verge of tears as I savour certain elements of my life here in Canada. But thank goodness for technology and the increasingly "small world" we live in!!

You may be asking, "Kelly, what happens if that door closes, and you end up staying in Canada?" Well, the answer I would give you is quite profound: "I don't know". But I know that God knows, so I will try to be content with that! Perhaps I will try my hand at something new....it's kind of cool to have open possibilities!!!

But basically I just want to do what I feel God is calling me to...maybe you understand that, maybe you don't. It's OK, but I hope that even if you think I'm a crazy maniac, you'll still travel along this journey with me and see where it takes me. I will post again when I find out more in the next week and then the fun really begins!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me anything. Thanks for reading and I will update soon!