Cover me and make me something
Change this something normal
Into something beautiful"
It's finally summer in Michigan! The warm weather has arrived and I even got a little sun today! I sat outside of my apartment on my oversized purple blanket with my computer and my books and had a wonderful time! Diana even joined me for a little while after she got back from the store. After that it was off to coffee with Jen, Di, and Sophie at Jackson Coffee Company. It was my first experience. I had a Shamrock White Mocha (blended) and it was awesome. While we were standing in line, there was a sign that read... "Unattended Children will be given a shot of expresso and a puppy." Haha. Just a little amusement for the day...
After I got back from a beautiful day at practice, it was time for what seems to become an annual event... BBQ with Jen and Kev! We had sweet corn, brats, and hamburgs all fresh off the grill. It was delicious. Thank you Kevin for risking your life among the hot coals to grill us up some grub. Well done, champ. And yes, we checked, his eyebrows are in tact and accounted for.
I also got to read about Mike's adventure in Japan today! How exciting! AND I heard from my little brother in Egypt!! Also, very exciting!! YAY! It sounds like they are both having fun so far. I just get so excited for people traveling and experiencing other cultures. That is one of the things about Spring Arbor that I am extremely grateful for. The cross cultural program is such a great opportunity that you can not replace.
Finally, Eric Rudland called me yesterday and I have been struggling with decisions. He needs to know what I am planning on doing for next fall. Although I would really love to coach my girls again.. I just don't know what else I would do here. The AD at Jackson Christian has offered me the coaching job for the JV boys program as well but I just don't know if I can stay in Jackson for another season. It all depends. Right now I am not clear as to what I want or what I am supposed to do. So, I guess my plan of action would be to tell Eric to give the job to someone else and if I end up being around in the fall I can help out here and there. Does this sound plausible? I don't want to accept a job, not knowing what the next few months will bring and then having to back out and leave the girls without a coach. On the other hand, when I come back from India... so far I do not have a job... and I will not have a lot of money to relocate. So, the other option is to take the two coaching jobs, find a place to stay in Jackson for 3 months and then be on my merry way. This way I can earn some money when I come back to the States and look to move on from there... come November. Ahhh.. sometimes life decisions are annoying. I know the Lord will use me wherever I end up but what if I make the wrong decision? What if I am holding back? These "What If" questions are driving me crazy! So feel free to advise me... I would like to hear some opinions by those who know me best. :) As for now, all I know is that I am leaving for India on June 26th and returning in August. No plans after that but I am getting really excited!
The other day I was working with Sam (my manager). We were packing up the back room and finding places in the store for all the hidden little trinkets. Anyway... enter boisterous middle aged woman. I knew she was trouble the moment I heard her start talking, because from that moment on she didn't stop. Talking about her beach house and heading to a wedding.. I didn't get all the details. Sam was the lucky one. So Sam starts helping her while I am stocking one of the shelves a few feet away. I tried to block out her obnoxiousness but I couldn't help but catch little parts of the conversation. Sam later told me the entirety of the encounter. Apparently the woman was a pastor and she was doing a wedding this weekend somewhere. When asked about the sale Sam told her that we were going out of business but Hope was still going to carry on the fresh flower part of the business.... "Well, let me get a business card because people are always asking me where to go for flowers and such for their weddings," was the woman's reply. Little did Sam know what she was getting into. Sam fished out a business card from the back room and the woman was ready with hers when Sam returned. She had not one but a bunch of cards fanned out in her hand like a magician ready to perform a card trick. She says..."Pick one. There's a gift on the other side." Sam was a little apprehensive at this point but did as the lady instructed. She slowly picked a card and turned it over to see what was waiting for her on the other side. Before she had the chance to read it the lady snatched the card out of her hand and her expression turned into that of concern. In a grim voice she revealed the gift.. "You got Owl Medicine. That means deception. Someone is deceiving you. Probably at night. Do you know any night owls?" Sam didn't know what to do. The lady proceeded to recite a poem and told Sam that only Sam knew what it meant, she was just the messenger. The woman finally left and when Sam looked at her card a little closer it said she was a pastor but a medium, fortune teller, etc. Wow. I'll just let you soak that all in. It was definitely a unique experience (and somewhat humorous).