Archive | August, 2012

Writer’s block

14 Aug

It’s been a while since my last post.  I’ve been stuck with writer’s block.  And I still am.  The last week has been busy, but yet, I haven’t felt the need to share.  So, here are the highlights from the last week:

  • A very good friend came to see us!  We spent a couple of days in Chicago.  We hit the Art Institute of Chicago, Rebuilding Exchange, and Millenium Park.  We also spent a lot of time playing Settlers of Catan and Seafarers.  Eric and I were excited to have someone else to play with!
  • I helped bake some breads for the Lutherdale Fest which was last Saturday.  Yummy banana and zucchini bread!
  • I also helped fill cream puffs on the day of the Lutherdale Fest.  239 cream puffs to be exact ( I dropped one in the process!).
  • I’ve started taking care of the barnyard as well – about 15 chickens, 3 ducks, 1 turkey, 2 sheep, 4 goats, and a cow.  My first day was a bit rough, but I’m figuring out the best way to get things done and no one has gone without food or water, so that’s a plus!
  • I’m starting a health coaching program through the Mayo Clinic.  Our health insurance has a great program to earn some money toward medical expenses and after taking their survey, I found out I was eligible for this free service.  I have my first appointment today.  All appointments are over the phone and can be done on my schedule.  Stay tuned for updates on what’s happening!

I’m also hoping to get some painting done this week and to build our coffee table.  We finally got some living room furniture, so I think this space will be the first to get done!

Bloom where you are planted!

2 Aug

It seems I have a knack for writing on this blog about the sad, depressing things going on in my life.  I promise there are much more happy things going on!  And a lovely aunt reminded me of this in a comment.

I had never heard the phrase “Bloom where you are planted” until my aunt posted it.  It really made me start thinking about where I am, where I’ve been, and where I’m going (insert vomiting noise here 😉 ).  It made me step outside myself and realize I’m one very lucky girl!

I’ve got a wonderful husband who would do anything for me.  Supportive parents who moved me half way across the country and believed in me enough to leave me there.  Wonderful in-laws who gave Eric and me a place to stay while transitioning from Idaho to Wisconsin.  Friends who are only a phone call away.  And one who even came and worked at camp in Idaho for a summer.  I have homes in Minnesota, Idaho, and Wisconsin.  You all are appreciated and loved more than you could ever know!

I also have this little thing called camp that has been a huge part of my life.  I have been blessed to work with some of the best people in Outdoor Ministry in the country (at least in my humble opinion, they’re some of the best!).  And they helped show me what camp is and how important it is for those who come through the doors.

Good Earth Village was the first place I got to serve.  I spent four summers in that beautiful piece of creation serving kids, families, and my co-workers.  They were some of the best summers!  I learned that ministry can be fun, exhausting, liberating, and emotional.  I also got to spend a retreat season serving the guests who used camp throughout the year.  These groups included quilters, families, kids, recovering alcoholics, volunteers and so many others.  And they all had something in common – they needed a place to get away to, people who didn’t judge them – a safe place to be themselves.  I saw many of those same faces throughout my three years of working as a full time staff member as well.  Good Earth Village is my first camp home.  It’s the place where I learned what it meant to serve God’s people whole-heartedly.

I was also blessed to find a camp home in Idaho at Lutherhaven Ministries.  The moment I stepped foot onto Lutherhaven, I knew it was where I was supposed to be.  I got to be part of a great staff, who all have big hearts and a passion for the ministry.  I again got to serve a variety of groups and people – quilters, IDFY, military youth and families, senior adults, family reunions, and church groups.  I met Eric there and got to serve alongside him as well.  And even though my time in Idaho was shorter than planned, it will always have a place in my heart and be called home.

We’re now onto camp number 3 – Lutherdale Bible Camp.  And even though I’m not working here, it’s a great place to be!  Eric really enjoys being able to use his many gifts as their Operations and Facilities Manager.  I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us here!

And here we are, back to “Bloom where you are planted”.  And I’ve been planted here for a reason.  It’s not quite obvious yet, but I know something is coming.  I applied for a couple jobs I think I’d really enjoy, we’re going to start looking for a church community to be part of, and I’m hoping we can find other things in the community as well.

It’s time to start feeding my heart and soul.  It’s time to set roots once again and find all the blessings in this place.  I know it won’t be easy, sometimes there will be weeds that try to strangle me.  But I’ve thrived in many different places, and this is no different.  Bring on the rain, the storms, the sun!  I’m ready to bloom!

How do you “bloom where you are planted”?

Jenny Noelle

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