Amy Scott's Thoughts

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Annual Conference 2014 May 1, 2014

Filed under: Parenthood,Travels,Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 10:21 pm
Breaking the hotel room in!

Breaking the hotel room in!

Every year our network of Assemblies of God ministers meets to encourage each other and take care of some business. The location moves around each year which keeps things interesting. This year it was in our neck of the woods in Vancouver, WA. The hour drive was a nice change after the six hour drive from last year when it was in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Of course, Owen made the trek to Annual Conference with us. I’m fairly positive he will not be attending with us next year. I have lived and I learned. For starters, Owen isn’t too keen on the nursery. He lasted an hour the first day, forty-five minutes the second day and twenty minutes the third day. The nice thing was Jeremy is the one that got paged when Owen melted down. Often I’m on my own with Owen in church settings so it was a change to share the weight. A nice change. Jeremy took Owen so I could enjoy a few of the sessions. Another highlight for me was hanging out with our staff. I’m often in the office at random hours so I don’t see everyone together anymore. It was good to reconnect with the team vibe and mentality for a while.

Sleeping through the first session

Sleeping through the first session

This was our second overnight trip with Owen. He did so good in Canada that I had high hopes for this trip as well. The first night went well, but the second night didn’t… I felt horrible because our hotel was book full of people attending the same conference as us. I’m sure they heard Owen’s distress quite well through the thin walls. I felt terrible that our family might be keeping others up into the night. Wednesday morning, Owen had gotten up multiple times and he wouldn’t go back down in the Pack’N’Play so I laid him down on our bed. We’re not a co-sleeping family, but Owen proceeded to fall into a hard deep sleep in our bed. At this point both Jeremy and I were very awake and Owen was a bed hog so Jeremy got up and got breakfast and I moved to the second queen bed in our room. Owen is well acquainted with Murphy and his law because Owen then slept super long and hard at a point when Jeremy and I couldn’t sleep. Ideally a happy family all sleeps at the same time…

Looking cute

Looking cute

Overall, the conference had many highlights and good moments. It also had it’s rough moments because a baby doesn’t really follow a conference schedule all that well. Naps and feedings were hard to fit into the schedule and Owen was not interested in the nursery. It was interesting to see the difference in perspective between Jeremy and I. Despite the challenges with Owen, Jeremy was all jazzed to spend time with Owen and I away from the office. I, on the other hand, kept thinking about how much easier things would have been if we had just stayed home. It’s a hard tension. Yes, I love spending time with my husband and I would have missed him if he had gone to the conference without me. But… like I said, Owen and the conference schedule didn’t jive too well. Some things are worth trying just so you can say you tried and gave it our all. This was one of those experiences. Not all the moments were bad. The nursery staff were tickled to see Owen’s reaction to being picked up. Owen could be screaming his head off with them but he would instantly quiet and snuggle with Jeremy and smile. He can be quite the charmer when he wants to be. Owen also got lots of snuggles in with staff members and other pastor friends. I think they really appreciated us bringing him. They smiled and laughed at all his baby noises even when they interrupted the services. Owen did bring one souvenir home from Annual Conference – a head cold. Yep. Our poor baby has a stuffy nose that is keeping him from eating, breathing, and sleeping. I will admit that this feels like the icing on the cake of a tiring week. Oh well. Here are some cute pictures from Annual Conference to end on a happier note.

Bed hog - fast asleep while Mom & Dad get ready for the day

Bed hog – fast asleep while Mom & Dad get ready for the day

They said label everything you bring into the nursery!

They said label everything you bring into the nursery!

Playing on the floor during the annual business meeting

Playing on the floor during the annual business meeting

 

Thoughts on Family, Charter Members and Staying in One Place a Really Long Time April 26, 2014

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood,Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 12:05 pm
Enjoying dinner out on a Friday night!

Enjoying dinner out on a Friday night!

This Thursday, I had the honor and privilege to attend a memorial service for one of the charter members of Bethel Church. There are very few of these charter members left. It’s hard to imagine what it must have been like to start Bethel Church in 1940. Back then it was a church plant from Centralia to Chehalis. Eventually the congregation out grew their downtown Chehalis location so the church moved down the freeway to a large piece of property that would accommodate expansion and a growing church. Our church has a great history. As hard as it is to say good-bye to one of our founding members, I am so grateful for the legacy that he has left in Lewis County. I am friends with his daughters and many of his grandchildren.  Shorty Ames was a man of few words, but my life has been touched by his faithfulness to love his family well.

Memorial services always get me thinking. They are a time to examine my own life. I am so inspired by the stories I heard on Thursday and the love that was shared. I was once again reminded at how important these days are. One after another. We never know how many we have. Shorty had almost 95 years of them. I was thinking about not only the changes he saw in our church family, but in Lewis County as a whole. I wonder if he ever drove through downtown Chehalis and had flashbacks to 1940. I’ve been a Lewis County resident since 1998. I will have lived here 16 years come August. Of course, I never know how long I will be here, but what if I’m here another 50 years? What if… I’m sure the landscape will change drastically and I’ll have flashbacks to 1998. Remember when there was no Starbucks? No Dutch Brothers? Remember when the Walmart wasn’t a Supercenter or remember when Walmart was the ONLY place to shop and you always ran into 4o people you knew while there? Good times.

Yesterday was my favorite day of the week – FRIDAY! It’s the one day that Jeremy isn’t down at the church. One family day to just be us and do what we want. Fridays are the best. I love spending time with my husband and son and little dog. There was a mixture of productivity and resting. Jeremy and I each got stuff on our to-do list done, but we also spent time together. It’s days like yesterday that remind me that family is the best thing I can invest myself in. There are lots of worthwhile causes to give myself to, but I think family is the best. Time with my family is unparalleled. There is no match. Jeremy decided that we should go out to dinner rather spur of the moment and then this decision led to a mini-adventure! We had a good time and just enjoyed the time together. It was one of those days where I would just like to slow time and stay in those moments a little while longer.

My time is precious and how I invest it is important. Shorty’s memorial service was just another reminder of how family is worth the time and investment. I admire the longevity he had to one location and to one church. It seems like people are all over the place these days. They move here and there and everywhere. If they don’t like a church then they go find a new one. Church hopping happens often. Bethel Church was the church we settled on when we moved here in 1998 and it’s the church I still serve at today. I hope that I can have the same longevity Shorty shared. I want to stay through it all. Through the ups and downs. I want to be faithful (a word that was used multiple times to describe Shorty’s life). I want my family to know that they are loved in word and action. I want to be a wife and a mother that is engaged and present. I want to make a difference and leave this world a better place. I know people seem saint like after they die… It’s the nice part of memorial services. I know that my chances of being saint like are slim. I am human after all. But I want to try. I want to give myself away every day. I want to leave that kind of legacy.

 

What a Week February 14, 2014

Filed under: Parenthood,Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 6:49 pm

I wrote a whole, long blog this morning detailing day by day the week that I have had. It’s seriously been a week. I might be losing my grip on reality. But, I decided to delete that entry and just start over. You don’t need to know all that happened. Just know it was zany and crazy. I’ve officially come to the conclusion that my life would be easier if I just stayed home in my pajamas with Owen all the time. Owen has decided to stop taking bottles and it’s making my life complicated. On Monday at Owen’s 4th month well check appointment, we brought up the anti-bottle situation and our doctor recommended that we start solid foods. This will give my mom (and any other caregivers) an option for feeding Owen while I’m at away that doesn’t involve a bottle. I will admit that this decision to move to solid foods came sooner than I had expected, but… something has got to change or I will never be able to stay a full morning in the office.

At Monday’s appointment, we found out that Owen is weighing in at 15lbs. 2 oz. This was about a pound and a half lighter than I thought he was going to be. Owen is in the 62% for weight, 70% for length and 90% for head. I knew he had a big head, but it’s been officially confirmed. This might explain why tummy time doesn’t go over so well. I think his giant head pins him to the ground. It’s hard to lift that noggin!

Owen got his next round vaccines on Monday as well. Shots don’t go over well with Owen. A few hours after the shots, Owen was screaming bloody murder. This made leaving the house that night for a network coffee date with other pastors a bit tricky. He ended up sleeping part of the night, but when he woke up he wanted to fuss again. So I left early… That seems to my MO these days. Attempt a commitment with Owen in tow and leave early with a fussy baby. Good times.

Tuesday, Owen had a fever all day thanks to the vaccines. I had to cancel my mentoring plans because Owen was just out of it. I tried giving him baby Tylenol multiple times to keep his fever in check and of course, he acted like the Tylenol was poison. It was joyous. Trying to not get the bright pink Tylenol all over while Owen tried to force it out his mouth was quite the task. Tuesday evening, we attempted our first run with solid foods. We made some very thin rice cereal. Owen didn’t even get a few bites in. He just freaked out and my hopes of an alternate food source went down the drain (literally). I’m guessing his fever played into his mood and that is why things didn’t go over so well. We’ll try rice cereal again later.

By Thursday, Owen was feeling more like himself so we went up to Seattle to visit a student in the hospital. She was very excited to see Owen. His smiles brightened her day and it made me glad that our little guy could come along for the ride with us.Oh, the life of a ministry family. He was good medicine. Thursday afternoon, my family watched Owen so I could get a little work and mentoring in. We met up with them for dinner and Owen got his first taste of squash. The experience went over well. I wouldn’t say he loves squash, but he it didn’t upset him, so I’ll take that as a good sign.

We tried more squash tonight and again it was a positive experience. My hopes of working without Owen always present are starting to come back. Hurray!!! We’re learning that Owen likes to be held while being fed verses sitting in the high chair. Whatever works. Now our family is celebrating Valentine’s Day by watching Tangled and eating frozen pizza. Oh yes, we’re classy here in Casa de Scott.

Like I said, it’s been a week. Full of hard moments and new experiences. I’m doing my best. I guess that’s all I can do. Now I’m going to stop blogging and watch a silly Disney movie. Here are a few highlights from the week:

Not liking the rice cereal

Not liking the rice cereal

Spreading some cheer in the hospital

Spreading some cheer in the hospital

Trying squash!

Trying squash!

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Mother’s Room Remake February 7, 2014

Filed under: Children's Ministry,Parenthood,Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 11:03 am

Our church has been doing some construction and expanding our cafe area. This expansion took over the space where our mother’s room once was. As a result the mother’s room has bounced around the church. The first location was too far away from the sanctuary. I had a conversation with some concerned moms. They thought that if someone had a screaming baby coming out of service the walk would be too long. Another mom mentioned the walk might be too far for mom’s recovering from a c-section. I voiced these concerns to Jeremy, who in turn shared them with our staff. And that is how the mother’s room landed on my plate. I’m a mom now and had a mom perspective, so why not redo the room myself? In the past, our mother’s room has been an assortment of mismatched furniture pieces and art work that never really hung up on the walls and “girly” accessories that really had no place in a mother’s room and only made it feel cluttered. Tealight candle holders are nice, but no one is lighting a candle in there for ambiance while they nurse. Plus there was no candle in the holder and nothing to light a candle with even if there was one. Classy, I know. Somehow placing a lighter in the mother’s room doesn’t seem smart. Anyway, after the mother’s room relocated again it became apparent the room needed attention. Whoever set it up originally placed the couch right in front of the door so when you opened the door you would get a full view of whoever is nursing. Not a great set-up if someone who wasn’t a mom happened to walk by the hallway at the same time the door was opening. My biggest vision for the room was clear out the mismatched picture frames, clutter and couches then configure the room into a better flow. Jeremy helped me since most of this project involved moving furniture and hanging things on the wall. I couldn’t do it alone. I’m grateful he shared his valuable time at work to help me out. We moved the wall mounted television to the opposite side of the room. We added a Bible verse vinyl decal above the changing table. A little inspiration for our moms. For the changing table, we bought new storage bins that now house diapers sizes 1-4 and changing table liners so they can use a clean surface every time they change their baby’s diaper. Wipes are also included. The table is now stocked with everything a mom will need. We also added a diaper genie to the room to contain those stinky diapers. Up until now, diapers have just been thrown a way in an open trash can. I figured the room would be a nicer environment if it didn’t smell like a poopy diaper. We bought two matching couches and configured the couches along with the rockers so they could see the TV, but be out of sight when the door is opened. The one thing we kept from the wall art before was a giant mirror. I figured moms might want to do a quick check in the mirror before leaving the room. I know I usually do. There was an old jumper in the room that looked well worn from use (aka gross), so we replaced it with a new jumper and added a bouncer as well. The jumper is good if you want to put your older baby down for a minute and the bouncer will be good for younger babies. The only items that really don’t match now in the room are the rocking chairs, but this remodel was on a budget, so the rocking chairs will be just fine. Plus, my preference would be to use the couches anyway.  Below are a few pictures of the final product! I’m so glad to have this room completed and I’m so thankful for all the help Jeremy gave me!

The television will allow moms to watch the service while they take care of their little ones.

The view to the right of the door

View of the whole room

The well stocked changing table

 

New Perspective January 26, 2014

Filed under: Children's Ministry,Parenthood,Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 11:19 am
My little nut

My little nut

A few years ago I read a book called You Lost Me and it was all about why 18-30 years aren’t in church. I could understand and relate to the reasons listed, but now I have a new perspective. Maybe 18-30 year olds aren’t coming to church because these are they years that they have infants in their life. As a new mom, I have had my eyes opened to just how tricky it can be to get your family to church. My situation is different than the average attending family, but if they go through even a little bit of what I go through then I get it.

Let’s dissect my morning. On Sundays I am up at 6:00am so I can get showered and ready before Owen wakes up and while Jeremy is still home. Service starts at 9:00am, so that is a good three hours before I have to be anywhere. Jeremy, who is a pastor, has to be to church by 7:30am, so I have his help until 7:15am.  Some mornings Owen is up at 6:45am and others he sleeps until I have to wake him up. This morning was one where I had to wake up him up at 8:15am in order to get him fed and dressed and out the door by 8:45am. I usually get to church right on time and have just a minute or two to say hellos before the service starts. If Owen stays asleep, I can make it through service. This isn’t usually the case. Today Owen was awake during service and wanted to shriek during worship. This wasn’t an unhappy noise, but it was noisy. I took him out into the foyer until he started to get fussy there. Then it was back to Jeremy’s office for a diaper change. That didn’t help his mood. So I fed him. That didn’t help his mood either. I knew he was probably tired and fighting sleep. After a couple of attempts to try to get him to sleep, I left (with him screaming by the way, apparently he didn’t want to be strapped down in his car seat). Of course, he was sleep in just a matter of minutes once the car was on. I got home and I am proud to say that I was able to transfer him from the car seat to his bed. Now he is settled in for the nap he wouldn’t take at church.

A lot of my time is spent at church. I grew up regularly attending church as a kid. In high school, I got involved in serving and I’ve been active ever since. However, Owen has certainly thrown a loop into this. I no longer feel dependable because I never know what mood my kid will be in. Some days are good. Some days we just head home. I have a hard time leaving because I am used to serving alongside my husband and I’m committed to the kids that I serve. I guess the average family has both mom and dad working together to make a Sunday morning happen. At church I am a single mom. This isn’t a poor reflection on my husband at all. I take care of Owen so he can do his job. I understand that Jeremy can’t drop everything for a poopy diaper. While breastfeeding has it’s advantages, the one disadvantage is it makes me the sole provider of Owen’s meals. When he is hungry, I have to stop and feed him. There is no passing him off. Owen does get a pumped bottle daily, but yet again, Jeremy can’t drop his job to feed the baby. It’s on me. I think that is what is so tiring. It’s all on me. The weight of it all. If Owen is a nut it is up to me to fix the problem. If the problem can’t be fixed then it’s me who has to leave with the crazy baby.

I just dedicated my son last week in front of our church congregation and this week like many other weeks, I wonder if church is worth the hassle. Why get up at 6:00am on Sunday when I might only make it an hour at church before needing to head home. Not every week is this way, but the effort is enough to make me wonder if it’s worth it. If I’m doubting my church attendance and I’m a pastor’s wife, I wonder what the average family with young children thinks. It’s not about how wonderful the people are or the classes that are offered. It’s not about great the mother’s room is. It’s about the effort. Are you even getting anything out of the experience? I haven’t been able to sit through service in a couple of weeks. I talk with a few people in the hallways as I’m rushing my unhappy baby to a quiet place for diaper changes and feedings. I am dedicated to raising Owen to know the Lord and I do believe in the local church. My attendance just might be spotty for a few years and I’m a paid staff member. Insert guilt here. But… There is not much I can do about this fact. Now that I’m a parent, church is a totally different.

 

Staying Home September 26, 2013

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood,Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 9:49 am

This last week all the staff of Bethel Church took off for our annual staff retreat. This is a trip that I have attended every year with the team, but this year Jeremy and I decided that it would be best if I stayed home. With our little guy being full term, it didn’t seem like a great idea for me to drive 4 hours over the mountains away from my doctor. It was hard to send Jeremy away because there was a lot of “what if” wonderings. I dreaded the thought of having to call him and say “Come home quick!” Lucky, for me, nothing too eventual happened while he was away. Also, my mom came out to spend the night with me just in case something did happen. I’m blessed to have a family that takes good care of me.

It was strange to have the whole team off doing something that I am normally a part of. It’s odd to not be included after being in the loop for so long. Even though it was a different experience for me, I actually really loved staying home. The older I get it seems I become more of a homebody. I love being home. On Sunday after Jeremy hit the road, I gave my house a good cleaning and a fresh start for the week.  My mom came over every night around 7:00pm and we would talk for a few hours and on Tuesday night we watched a movie together.

Sister day! Note the new scarf!

Sister day! Note the new scarf!

Now I didn’t just “stay” home all day, everyday. On Monday, I met up with my sister mid-morning for Starbucks and what I thought would be a trip over to Walmart once we were finished.  That morning as I was getting ready, the weather was so fall like – gray and chilled. I decided to wear my new boots and as I looked at the outfit I decided I needed some scarves. All I have is wintery scarves, nothing light. I told April about my need for scarves and she explained where she usually gets hers. I tucked this knowledge away for “another day”. Our conversation was all over, about anything and everything. Then we started to talk about Chipotle and how we both haven’t been there in forever and how it sounded good! Well, it was only 11:00am and we both had no plans for the rest of the day, so we took off to Olympia to treat ourselves to a yummy Mexican lunch! It was amazing! The only downside was the fire alarm briefly went off while we were eating. No one evacuated the building so we assumed that it was a fluke thing. For a few minutes we ate with the deafening alarm. It eventually did turn off and I do believe no hearing damage was permanent. Since we were now in the “big city”, I decided to go scarf shopping! Nothing overboard, I just got two new scarves and it helped to fulfill my need to go fall clothes shopping. We hit Walmart on the way back home, so all items on the to-do list were taken care of.

On Tuesday, my mom offered to take to me to breakfast a local favorite. Again, I had no pressing plans for the day, so it was nice to get out for a short while. Any day that starts with a plate of pancakes is a good day! When I wasn’t out and about hanging with my family, I was home doing things that I love. I tidied the house, read books, wrote in my journal, made no bake cookies for my Wednesday night class, took naps! There was a never a shortage of things to do around the house.

I think the best part of this pre-baby maternity leave is I have plenty of time to go out with those I love, but I also have plenty of time to be quiet around the house. I love staying home, being in my comfy clothes and just working on my to-do list at my own pace. While I know being home with a baby will be different than this current season, I think I could really be one of those stay at home moms in the future. I am so content when I am home. I’m not missing the hustle and bustle of busy days. This has been the perfect way to enjoy the gray days of my favorite season.  I really do love staying home.

 

Joining MOPS, Fall Baking & Maternity Leave September 17, 2013

Fall Baking

Fall Baking

I’m a big fan of pre-baby maternity leave! Originally, my logic was that I wanted to tie up all my loose ends at work. I didn’t want to be in the office one day and out the next having a baby. I knew I would be less stressed if I took care off the details in advance. It certainly made for a busy summer at work because I took care of the fall season at the same time. I feel good about how I left things in the office.  The plan seemed to work. However, I started to think about how I would fill my time once I was maternity leave. If you’ve been following my blog for any length time, you know that I don’t sit around watching TV and eating bonbons.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m using this free time to connect with a lot of people before the baby comes. I’m having my “Social September” and I’m enjoying time with loved ones.

It’s only been two days of “leave” and I’ve managed to do a lot around the house. I have done three major baking projects. The first was a favorite for Jeremy called Hello Dollies. He loves these and I always make them in the fall – usually around the holidays. I wasn’t sure what my holiday season would look like with a new little one, so I made these goodies in advance. He is enjoying some now, but we froze most of them so he can pull them out at will over the next few months. The second project was out of this month’s Food Network Magazine. I had the ingredients for Butterscotch Pecan Blondies and I needed to bring a snack for MOPS this morning. It seemed like a good opportunity to try a new recipe. They were a hit! I think they are slightly addicting so I’m glad I could share them with the MOPS moms and our staff at work. The final project was for my Wednesday night class tomorrow night.  I have fall cookie cutters that I try to use once a season and this was the time. I spent my afternoon making cookies, frosting them and covering them with autumn colored sugar crystals.

Snuggling with the puppy and a good book!

Snuggling with the puppy and a good book!

Other highlights apart from baking, I’ve had plenty of time to clean and tidy my house. My regular cleaning day for the longest time was Wednesday, but the last few weeks it’s been Mondays. I’ve also had time to read and relax with my puppy. I think that Toby is enjoying my new schedule since he gets to be out of the crate more. Yesterday I took an afternoon nap! I try to get those in as often as I can since sleeping at night has become harder.

Today was my first MOPS meeting. I’ve never been involved with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) because I’ve never been one. I still don’t really feel like I’m a part of the club. Maybe because my baby has yet to be born so the motherhood phase really hasn’t started. MOPS has always been a bit scary for me in the past. Moms intimated me. I’ve been told “Oh, just you wait…” so many times that I feel like they don’t validate my experience working with children. Anyway, this is a new opportunity for me and one that I’m hoping to grow from. Today was a good start, but I’m still unsure how the year will look. I felt like a kid on the first day of school. I really hope the other kids like me… We even had to take pictures for the directory so it felt a lot like back to school. I’m praying this new season of life will open up ministry doors that have been previously closed to me. By actually being a mom in the near future, I pray that I’ll be able connect and relate to this group of women in a new way.

In a lot of ways this season is about slowing down and just enjoying each day as it comes. I know that things will be different once the baby arrives, but for right now I’m just making the most of this pre-baby time. Doing things like baking and having quiet moments around the house really fill me up and give me what I need. In turn, I’m able to be social and add commitments to my calendar that I wouldn’t normally.  Even though I’m “out of the office”, I’m still serving at Bethel and it feels good to keep investing in relationships as we begin a new school year. Things are good. I’m enjoying this time.

 

Social September September 12, 2013

Filed under: Children's Ministry,Family Time,Parenthood,Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 3:36 pm

I’m on a mission this month! The goal is to hang out with as many people as I possibly can. I’m calling it “Social September”. It’s hunting season right now so my hubby is often at work or out in the woods. This leaves me plenty of time to visit and catch up with others without ignoring him. Plus, this is the last month where I can make plans and only think of my family of two… Soon I will be thinking of my family of three. I know that life won’t stop once I have a baby. I know that lunch, coffee and dinner dates will still happen. But I figured it might not hurt to be good and social before the next season of my life begins.

I’m so blessed by the relationships that color my life. I have a great family on both my side and Jeremy’s side. I have wonderful friends and mentors who I can share my joys and struggles with. I also have a great group of young ladies that I’ve had the pleasure of investing in for the last few years. All these relationships have brought such depth to my life and I truly grateful for each on them.

I am just 30 days away from my due date. I have no clue, obviously, when our little one will come, but I’m taking each day one at a time and making the most of it. I am officially on maternity leave as of today, so my calendar has lightened a bit. This allows me to have the energy to be super social as well as it gives me extra time at home to prepare for baby, to read, to bake, to take a nap, etc. I’m doing things that I love with my time and it feels good.

I’m very excited for this next season of life and I am quite ready to meet our little man. I know that this new season will be special in it’s own way and I look forward to all the new discoveries life will bring. Until this new season officially starts, I’m doing my best to keep doing the things I love with the people I love. Social September is a lot of fun!

 

Office Good-Byes June 11, 2013

Filed under: Recollections,Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 7:50 pm
The Bethel Team saying good-bye to Christa

The Bethel Team saying good-bye to Christa

I am blessed to work in an environment where my co-workers are my friends. Especially over the years of ministry together we have built deep relationships and become very close. This is the situation with my dear friend, Christa, who is now leaving our team to move back to her home base in California. When she first was hired at Bethel Church back in 2006, I had been filling in for a month as the receptionist. Once Christa was hired, we shared the role and I was able to go to part-time. This met my needs well because I was a college student finishing my degree as well as actively involved in ministry. This gave me enough hours to contribute to our monthly budget but still have time for school and ministry. It was pretty obvious who was better at the job – it wasn’t me by the way. Christa became the rock star receptionist and really blew me out of the water. Eventually the opportunity came for me to move away from the front desk and start working with Children’s Ministries. This was perfect because CM was my heart’s passion and Christa would have full reign of the front desk – where she continued to thrive and add to the value of the position (because she’s amazing and so much cooler than me).

Because we had always shared the job, we never saw each other. We were just like ships passing. Once I was in a different role, I was actually in the office at the same time as her. This deepened our friendship and relationship to point where we’re at today. Christa has become a forever friend. She is someone that I plan on being close with 30 years from now and beyond. I’ve told her she can’t shake me and so far she doesn’t seem too freaked out by that! Little doesn’t she know what she’s gotten herself into. As I was giving her a good-bye hug today, I reminded her that we now have a lifelong commitment of friendship! It’s a forever thing! I have a close circle of forever friends that no matter where on the planet they land, I will keep in contact with them. Christa is in that circle.

Forever Friends!

Forever Friends!

Christa has kept me sane while I’ve worked at Bethel. Let’s be honest, church ministry can get hairy sometimes and she has been a friend that I trust. She has let me vent and rant at her. She has listened to my logic and told me I’m not crazy even when I’ve felt like I’m losing my mind. As I described her today at her going away party, she has been my padded room. She has been a safe place and a safe person to be real with. I will deeply miss that connection. Not only has she listened to me and loved me, she has made me laugh and provided many a brain breaks for me on busy days. It’s nice to have a buddy down the hall to chat with for a few minutes. Her family was a part of our life group a few years ago and I will greatly miss them as well. I was telling her that when I see her boys next I’m sure there going to be tall and all grown up. It will be hard to not be around for those years to watch them grow and here the funny stories. I’m sure I’ll still hear a funny story from time to time though because remember, she can’t shake me! I’ll need updates!

So this blog is an ode to friendship and to Christa. She has been a life saver for me on more than one occasion. Our similarities have made us close. We really do understand where the other is coming from because we  think the same way. It can eery at times how in sync we are. We share a love of organization and office supplies – two major bonding topics in my book. Overall, we’ve just lived life together for many years. It won’t be the same without her presence daily in my life. I’ve been honest with those around me and said that today is a dramatic day for me. All the emotions of having her leave are on the surface and I’m not even trying to filter them. Thus, I’ve been a bit of a downer as I’ve acted like it is the end of world. While the world will still keep turning, I do wish it would turn with Christa down the hall and not in California.

Christa, thank you for your friendship! Thank for you listening! Thank for you laughing! Thank you for loving! You are a treasure! California is blessed to be getting you back and Washington is mourning. Life won’t be the same. You have been a joy to work with and I am glad that you are more than a co-worker! I’m praying God’s blessing on your family as you move home and start a new season.  Good things are in store for you! You are amazing and replaceable!

I love you!

 

Sleepover and Graduation June 2, 2013

Filed under: Children's Ministry,Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 9:48 am
Game Time

Game Time

This weekend was a BIG weekend for me! Lots of activity! My class sleepover was Friday night through Saturday morning. It went well! I was amazed at how competitive this group is. Every game we played with very intense and loud as a result! The girls had a good time and the whole event went well. I’m always so blessed by the opportunity to invite my class over to my house. I want them to know that I’m not just their teacher on Wednesday night, but that I’m a friend and someone that cares about them all the time. I want them to know that they have access to my life beyond our classroom time. At this point in the year, I’m super attached to my student and as the end of school approaches, it means that many will be moving up and out of my classroom soon. I’m making the most of the moments I have with these girls, because as I’m watching the 1st class I taught graduation from high school, I am all too aware that my time with them is brief. Soon they’ll be middle schoolers then high schoolers and then adults off at college or chasing whatever dream God lays on their heart. It goes faster than I thought!

Celebrating Jessica's Graduation!

Celebrating Jessica’s Graduation!

Speaking of growing up fast, yesterday afternoon was my first graduation of the season. Jessica has been a mentor girl of mine for years. I met Jessica on Easter weekend when she was in 4th grade. It’s hard to believe that she now a graduated senior and so tall! A lot of my students will out grow me in height but I think Jessica is the winner so far! She’s a beautiful dancer with a heart for the Lord. It’s been a privilege to walk beside her through life’s ups and downs these last few years. At her graduation they asked that we hold all applause until the end of reading the names. It was so hard for me not break out in a loud cheer as she walked across that stage and received her diploma. I’m so proud of her!

The one downside of the weekend was the fact that I got about 4 hours of sleep during the sleepover – or lack of sleepover! When I got home from dropping the students off, I started to clean my house which is a must after having my house taken over by pre-teens. The cleaning took a little longer than I hoped and I didn’t have enough time to take a nap before having to get ready for Jessica’s graduation. So up SeaTac I went on 4 hours of sleep. I hurt I was so tired! Sadly, I had planned to go to dinner with Jessica’s family and group of friends, but I had to cancel on those plans. Instead, I was in bed before 8:00pm last night! I don’t think I’ve gone to sleep that early in a long time! I can tell I needed it! I’m grateful for a quiet morning now. My family wasn’t going to be at church today so I’m skipping the 1st service I usually attend. I’ll come in for Children’s Church at the 2nd service hour. A quiet house and relaxed start to the morning is helping me feel like I’m recovering ground after this crazy weekend. However, I wouldn’t change a thing! I love these girls and I’m am so glad my weekend got to be spent with so many lovely ladies!