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Holiday Wrap-Up

5 Jan

I thought I’d give you an update about my holiday!  I know it’s a little late, but…better late than never?  Right??

Matthew and I flew down to TX the Wednesday before Christmas, and – believe it or not – it was colder in TX than it was in Seattle when we left!  I definitely didn’t anticipate that, which meant I didn’t really pack for that kind of weather…and neither did Matthew.  Fortunately we made it through okay.

We had such a great time down there.  It was a very packed week, but we really enjoyed ourselves.  We made (almost disastrously) and decorated Christmas cookies, ate more food than you can imagine, went to the weirdest Christmas Eve service ever, and so much more.

Christmas day we went down to my Gran & Papa’s house in New Braunfels to spend the holiday with the whole family (minus a few, unfortunately).  Matthew got to meet everybody there, which was fun, and we all enjoyed our annual White Elephant gift exchange.  I personally think I ended up with the best gift out of everyone, especially considering most of the gifts are gag gifts.  I got a whole bunch of red satin ball ornaments that were my great-grandmother’s.  What a precious heirloom!  I can’t wait to hang them on my own tree someday.

Two days after Christmas, Matthew and I spent the day together shopping (thanks to the ‘rent and grand’rents who gave us gift cards) and enjoying ourselves at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco.  And when I say Texas Ranger, I’m not talking about the baseball team, people.  I’m talking about THE Texas Rangers…as in the Chuck Norris kind of Texas Ranger.  My favorite exhibit was the one for Bonnie & Clyde.  As it turns out, one of the people in their gang killed a man in my hometown – CRAZY.  (And, not coincidentally, I watched the 1967 version of “Bonnie and Clyde” a few days ago for further “study” on the duo and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it.)  And while we were shopping, Matthew got himself a pair of legit cowboy boots – one of his goals for the trip.  I can now say I’m dating a cowboy.

The rest of our trip in TX was spent chilling with the family, which was nice after the hectic-ness of Christmas.  (As an aside: I think, as I get older, Christmas seems to rush by so much faster than it did when I was a kid.  It’s a little saddening.)  I so enjoyed seeing my family, extended family included.  Matthew seemed to really enjoy his time, too, which was an added bonus.

We had Christmas with Matthew’s family the day after we got back to WA, which is always fun with all the kiddos.  And for New Year’s Eve we didn’t really do much, but it was fun nonetheless.  We made pigs in a blanket, and Matthew made a delicious roasted chicken with potatoes and carrots as a “last meal,” so to speak, of the year.  He’s a goober (but I love him).

When I think back on 2010 I have a wave of mixed emotions.  This last year was definitely an interesting one.  As a whole, it seems like it was a pretty dark year for me.  I went through unemployment, a huge fight with Matthew, a demotion, and the ending of more than one friendship (for more than one reason).

On the other hand, though, I can’t help but see just how blessed I am – if for nothing else – for how the Lord has turned every one of those bad situations into a good one.  I don’t know that I’ve ever been able to see so many bad circumstances (in my life, at least) come full circle into great circumstances.  I’m just so blessed.  🙂

I guess I’ll wrap it up with some pics from the holidays – click on any of them to make them larger.  Enjoy!

On a Jet Plane

Matthew caught this out of the plane window: the tip of a mountain peeking out through the clouds

The "Welcome Home" sign Kristen made for me & Matthew.

O Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas!

My Dad wearing the hat/beard combo I made him

Lunch with high school friends (Photo taken by Nathan MacDonald)

Matthew being a Cowboy at the museum

Me being a Cowgirl at the museum

The A-M-A-Z-I-N-G picture Matthew snapped at the museum

The New Year's Eve Chicken: "Before"

The New Year's Eve Chicken: "After"

That’s all folks!

One Year = 11 Facts

8 May

It’s been a year.  Yup, a year.  Since what?  Several things.

I graduated from ETBU a year ago on May 2nd.  I can’t believe that a year has already passed by since I finished college.  What a weird feeling.  So much has happened in the last year, and, yet, it feels like I just graduated yesterday.  In the last couple of weeks, it’s been so odd to see my ETBU Facebook friends counting down the last days until their graduation from ETBU.  I remember doing the same thing myself.  That feeling of eliminating one more day and getting that much closer to the end is exhilarating.  I’m so excited for those who graduated from ETBU last weekend, and I pray for this new excursion in their lives.

Another one year anniversary: moving to WA!  That’s right, folks.  I officially moved to WA a year ago today, and I can hardly believe it.  I feel like I’ve made a big achievement: surviving for a year.  Haha.  Looking back, one year of living in the Northwest felt so far away, and now I’m moving on to year number two.  Geez.

So what have I learned in the past year since graduation and living far away from home?  Here are a couple of things:

  1. Life is hard.  Ha.
  2. But the Lord is good and faithful.
  3. Having a loving, supportive church family is an amazing blessing.
  4. The older you get, the more you realize how little you actually know.  Can I get a witness?
  5. Relationships – all of them – are tough…but so worth it.
  6. Having a college degree doesn’t get you direct access to a job – unfortunately.
  7. Finally getting a great job makes the four years of college feel worth it.
  8. Loving people is humbling.
  9. Being loved back is even more humbling.
  10. Seeing your family only twice in one year makes you more homesick than you will ever know.
  11. Throughout everything – good and bad (especially the bad) – God is worthy of my worship and praise.

There are about a million other things I’ve learned (and probably about a million more yet to be learned), but I’m sure you’d prefer to read a blog and not a book.

Special shout out to my mom – I love you so much and appreciate all you’ve done and sacrificed for me (and the other 3 kiddos) throughout the last 23+ years.  I want to be you when I grow up.  Happy Mother’s Day!

My Beautiful Mother & Me

And another special shout out to Jessica Huckaby and her adorable kiddos, Mattie and Calton – “I’ve spanked people just to spank ’em.  You best be afraid.”

And happy mother’s day to all the other fabulous mothers out there!

This is how I roll

23 Apr

I know what you’re thinking, “Kendall!  It’s been forever since you posted a new blog!  I was beginning to wonder if you’re still alive!!!”  Ok.  So maybe you weren’t thinking that exact thing…but something close to it.

I know it’s been forever, and I apologize for that.  My world has been insane over the past 2-3 weeks.  But I can’t complain.  Life is so grand right now.  The Lord has been blessing me in so many ways, and I feel so unworthy.  But that’s what makes his love perfect – he gives it even though we are so undeserving.  🙂

So you wanna know more about my new job?  Ok!  Well, I started 3 weeks ago at the North Mason Teen Center (a branch of the Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound in Belfair, WA), and my official title is the Site Coordinator.  My job is actually a lot of fun.

I get to the teen center around 12 pm every day (which is a-mazing, if you ask me) and do a number of different tasks before the kids get there around 2:30 (every day except for Monday when they get there at 1:05) and before I leave around 6 pm.  I would say my biggest duty is to hang out with the kids and make sure they don’t kill each other – which sometimes also proves to be the most challenging.  Haha.

But I do a lot more behind-the-scenes stuff too.  I organize and plan different programs for the teens.  Some of these programs are just for girls/guys where we talk about different issues.  One of the programs is all about preparing teens for their careers, which includes goal-setting and making “time-lines” for their futures.  We’re also thinking about starting a garden at the teen center with our teens as part of our Healthy Habits program that involves making healthy choices related to physical health.  And we also have leadership clubs – one for middle school and one for high school – as a part of the teen center that allows our teens to learn/use leadership skills.

The whole thing is actually pretty exciting.  Not only do the teens get to chill with their friends after school, but they also get opportunities to excel that they might not get otherwise.  And, although this job isn’t technically “ministry,” what a ministry it is!  I am blessed to have the opportunity to impact the lives of young people every day, and it’s truly exciting.  And to top it all off, I work with some really awesome people.  We are constantly joking around and making our work environment much more fun (at least that’s what I think).

So yeah.  That’s pretty much how I roll these days.  My work with YMI has been limited since I started this new job, but I’m praying the Lord will give me opportunities to be involved as much as I can and to learn how to strike a balance between the two jobs.  Needless to say, there is certainly never a dull moment!

Peace, love, and applesauce!  <<< (don’t ask – I don’t even know)

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P.S.  Here’s some picture love from the Tulip Festival that I mentioned in the last post.  I took these with my Nikon Coolpix camera.  They turned out pretty good, I think.  Click on the thumbnails for a better view.  🙂

Back in the saddle again

7 Oct

I am currently writing this blog from the comfort of my own bed in my own apartment.  That’s right.  I’m back in Washington and residing in my new place.

I drove from Hillsboro, Texas, all the way to Port Orchard, Washington, last week.  It took me four very long days, but I made it.  I barely missed snow in Salt Lake City and had a flat tire once I got here, but at least I arrived.  Along the way I had a chance to visit with my aunt, uncle, and cousin, who was very upset that I didn’t get to stay longer than a day.  But we had a good time, nonetheless.

Now I’m back to the same ol’ routine…sort of.  Work had me busy on Friday and Saturday getting the word out about YMI at Missions Fest Seattle.  Then on Sunday I started the hard task of moving into my apartment.  And now that I’m moved in, I’ll be going back to my normal work schedule…plus an added bonus.

I had an interview on Sunday with Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services, and I am now contracted as a tutor!  I’m really excited about this opportunity.  I tutored throughout college, and now I’ll be able to pick up some extra income by tutoring a couple kids during the week.

My trip to Texas was so good.  I was able to spend some much-needed time with my family (including Tex, my dog), and I also was able to simultaneously promote YMI while seeing college friends.  It was a great trip, but I’m glad to be back in the Northwest.

I hope all of you are enjoying Autumn as much as I am.  See you next week!

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Bouquet-catching, Roof-damaging Fun

23 Sep

Kasie caught the bouquet.  I shoved her out of the way and tried to reach it’s precious petals, but it slipped through my fingers.  I was so close.  Looks like I’ll have to wait until the next wedding to catch one.

That’s right.  This weekend I was at a wedding.  My aunt Tracy finally tied the knot with her long-time boyfriend, Guy.  Yep, his name is Guy, and they’re honeymooning in Mexico right now.  We had such a blast celebrating with them – and dancing our tails off the whole night.  Here are some pics from the wedding (Click here to see the entire album – Click here to see a video of Kenneth playing/singing the song he wrote for Tracy & Guy and performed at their rehearsal dinner).

My dad walked Tracy down the aisle.  She was gorgeous.

My dad walked Tracy down the aisle. She was gorgeous.

The Clary Girls

The Clary Girls

My brother Kenneth and our cousin Owen.  Owen = Ninja.  Kenneth = Superhero.

My brother Kenneth and our cousin Owen. Owen = Ninja. Kenneth = Superhero.

In other news, the weather was crazy Monday night (Click here to see the light show God put on for us).  It was so crazy that it took the roof off of our porch, threw it onto the roof of our house, and then got carried by the wind several yards away from the house into the backyard.  It was intense.

There used to be a tin roof on top of those porch beams.

There used to be a tin roof on top of those porch beams.

Now the tin roof is in the backyard (instead of the front).  The house is in the background.  See how far it flew?!

Now the tin roof is in the backyard (instead of the front). The house is in the background. See how far it flew?!

Fortunately, insurance covers the damage.  So we’re getting a whole new roof for the porch AND the house!  Holler!

My trip to Texas is coming to a quick close – the next time you hear from me I’ll be back in Washington.  I have really enjoyed being here to visit family and friends, but I admit I am ready to get back to my job and friends in Washington.

Still waiting on God’s provision and can’t wait to see how he’s going to make it happen.  See you next week from the great Pacific Northwest!

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My Request of You

9 Sep

I’ve been in Texas for a week now, and it’s just as hot as I expected.  I’m trying hard not to complain about the heat or dwell on it too much, but I must admit: I sure do love Washington weather much more than Texas heat!

So why am I in Texas?  Well, as many of you know, in order to work for YMI I have to raise 100% of my own funds.  This means I am dependent on others to financially partner with my ministry with YMI in order for my work to continue, which is why I am in Texas for the month of September – to launch my fund-raising mission.

It is my belief that, if God desires me to work for YMI (as I believe he does), he will provide the funds for me to stay a part of the YMI team.  My work with YMI will be determined on whether or not I have the funds to continue.

So this is my humble request of you: Please prayerfully consider whether God is calling you to financially partner with me by supporting me with a monthly donation.

If you should feel God calling you to do so, please click here to make an online donation through our secure online giving form.  All donations are tax-deductible.  If you would like to know more information before you make your decision, feel free to read more here (the “Partner” link on my blog) or here (YMI’s Giving Page).  Or you can always feel free to email me at kendall@ymimissions.org.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support.

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership with the gospel from the first day until now.” — Philippians 1:3-5  (ESV)

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The stars at night are big and bright…

27 Aug

This week is my first Training Camp with YMI.  So far, my first impression is that this is going to be pretty fun.  We are training two teams for next summer: one Tier 2 team that’s going to Brazil and one Tier 3 team that’s going somewhere in Europe.  I think one of the coolest things is to see kids who have just returned from a trip with us to South Korea and other various places come back a few weeks later to train for a trip for next year.  I think it goes to show that God is working in hearts of young people!

Next time I update this blog I will be in the great Lone Star State of Texas.  I can’t believe that there’s less than a week before I leave.  I’m getting more and more excited every day.  I can’t wait to see how God provides and blesses my fund-raising efforts.

As the time draws nearer for my trip to Texas, Hannah and I have been trying to furnish our apartment so that we can move in the week after I return to Washington.  We still need a couch and other living room furnishings, and I’m still working on bedroom stuff.  I have a box spring but still need a mattress, bed frame, and bedding for a full-size bed.  So my eyes are open looking out for these things.

One last thing to mention, I got my financial aid award package from Fuller, and it looks like I’m going to be hauling in some hefty loans for a master’s degree.  It’s a little overwhelming, but I came to this realization: God provided enough money for me to make it through my undergrad degree with less than $2,000 in loans – the rest was all scholarships and grants.  I often wondered why he provided so bountifully for me.  I think he was preparing me for the day when I would be working in a ministry where I raise my own funds and have to take out even bigger loans for another degree.  It’s so cool to see part of his perfect plan come together like this, isn’t it?!

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