There are days I really wish I had finished college.
I went two solid years, loved it, but then realized that I could not graduate without taking classes I really didn’t like such as math, chemistry, etc. When I married Rob, I jumped full time into ministry with him from day one. I loved it. There wasn’t really time for more school.
The first five years of our marriage were filled with student ministry, camps, mission trips, and late nights. Those were truly full years. Years of rich life, seeing life change in the students we worked with, as well as our own.
Maddie came along, and my focus shifted drastically. I took her along with me to youth group, camp, trips, wherever we went, she went. Then came Whitney. Two babies in diapers. This made it a bit harder to just take them along wherever. I stayed home more with them and cheered Rob on from afar.
My life was full then. Full of feedings and changings and laughter and first steps and first words and first kisses, all the things that make Mommy’s proud, the things that fuel our fire, keep our energy burning for just one more day.
I was able to sneak away with Rob to India twice during that window of time when the girls were small. It was amazing. God blessed me in so many ways.
Isabelle Joy was born when Maddie and Whitney were 5 and 3. My days and nights became one and I was really sick for almost a year. When things started to even out again, our lives gaining some type of normalcy, my eyes opened wide to this thing called motherhood. I stood even farther back from the day to day ministry I used to call my life, and that was hard.
But now, the girls are older, and yet again, we can take them with us. Our ministry is their ministry. Not by force, but it has become their own passion.
My career which I assumed would include finishing college has not, but has included 10 countries, 3 babies, this blog, some other writing I’m doing on the side here and there, and even here, as well as leading an amazing group of women Further up and Further in to what Jesus has for them.
Most of all, it has all included time spent with the most amazing friend and partner God could ever give me.
I’m pretty pleased with my career.
And I didn’t even have to take chemistry or Algebra!
Photo by Mark Beeson