The purpose of this blog is to share with you a little of what God is doing in my life! Also, some posts will be filled with words of Encouragement! Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in Review - July

This month was a little slower for me ending the month with a banquet for QUEST - a program for young men ages 14 and older: http://www.alertacademy.com/quest/program/. 71 young men went through the program this summer.
So blessed by Bethany who served at ALERT for a season!

The kitchen girls, Dorcas and Rebecca put on a delicious brunch for all the girls at Forestview!  It was such much fun!

L-R: Lauren Dahl, Zailynne Durant, Kiernan Holton, Rebecca Orr, Dorcas Martin, Evelyn Tuuk, Lydia Vanderford, and Siobhan Dhority

Some of the wonderful servers who helped me at the QUEST banquet!

Meanwhile at home in Calgary, Alberta they experienced a flood.  Not being a province that gets floods this hit us really hard.  My great aunt and uncle were rescued from their home in a Combine.  The Saddle Dome where the infamous Calgary Stampede happens every year was flooded up to row 16 seats!  Here are a few pictures from the flood.

Another huge highlight was the exciting news that my R1 Visa was approved!!!! This was such a blessing to hear after waiting 15 months!!! During the last month I would check my email 2-3 times a day to see if there was any word! :)  With this new visa, I can now stay in the States till May 2016.  While pondering this realization I started to focus on myself wonder if I was truly being a blessing here, and if I was prepared to stay for that long.  That was quickly displaced with shame for even thinking that and instead seeing it as a wonderful opportunity to serve Christ here.  Someone posted this picture from the movie, "Facing the Giants" the next day that really ministered to me!  It's so true!  It's not about me - it's all about Christ!!!! Grateful for this open door!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 in Review - June

June at ALERT is furlough for the guys and also the time when girls come into attend the STEP Program: http://www.alertacademy.com/step/

Corrie Pendergast and I were able to teach a Hospitality Class for STEP Advanced which we thoroughly enjoyed!!!

It was good to have the Stewart Twins here for the month!

Friday is Pink Day for the Office Girls!  I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with these gals!
L-R: Esther Morrison, Brooke Hendrich, me, Kristin Youngblood, Tabitha Paine

Flipping pancakes with Kristin at 5 AM - cooking for Civil Air Patrol (CAP)

Progressive Dinner to say good bye to Esther Morrison!
L-R: Rebecca Orr, me, Kristin Youngblood, Esther Morrison, Lauren Dahl, Siobhan Dhority, Dorcas Martin

2014 in Review - May

A couple times a year we have the opportunity to go rappelling on our 40 foot wall!!  Each time I'm excited on the rock climbing wall to get a little bit higher!  One of these day I'll make it to the top! :)  We are grateful for the officers and their wives who give of their evening to allow us some fun!!!
Does that look intimidating???  Its not! 

Tabitha Paine starting out on the short wall.

So proud of Heather for facing her fear of heights!  She did great!

Yep...we are having fun!!!

The group!!
Back Row L-R: Zailynne Durant, Heather, Lydia Vanderford, me, Megan Skinner, Esther Morrison, Lauren Dahl
Front Row: Alayna Warner, Tabitha Paine, Siobhan Dhority, Katy Warner
Dinner out with Katy at Panera!!!

Another fun event that happened in May was the opportunity to go with the ALERT team to the Nashville Homeschool Conference.  I enjoyed working the week in the big industrial kitchen with the Kelly girls!!
Enjoyed cooking big quantities again - refried beans from a can!

Brystol Reckner cooking all the weiners

Jen, Britta, Greta and Tryg Solberg made hundreds of sack lunches for the ALERT Cadets during the week

What a blessing to talk with Otto Koning - a great man who chooses to be used by God!  He wrote the Pineapple Story

The dish pit crew!

The Kelly girls know how to make delicious desserts!!!  Rebekah, Sarah, Susannah Kelly

And the Kelly boys (with friend Daniel) know how to grill those chickens!

End result of our Ice Cream Social where we served 1100!  Now that's a lot of ice cream! 

I have enjoyed getting to know and spend time with the Duggar Family - Josie, Jana and Jinger Duggar

This made me laugh - the warmers we used during culinary school in Indianpolis.

What fun it is with the Towle sisters!!!

Great kitchen crew to work with!  Well done Chef Rebekah Kelly!

The ALERT team:
Back Row L-R: Britta, Gretta, Jen Solberg, Luke Wills, Nathaniel Johnson, Tryg Solberg
Front Row L-R: me, Esther Morrison, Jonathan Boulden, Brendon Dhority, Elijah Pendergast

2014 in Review - Annual Girl's Olympics

April also was our 2nd annual Staff Girl's Olympics! The girls seemed to enjoy this activity last year so I wanted to ramp it up another level for this year.  And to begin with we decided to do it in a cooler month!  Three teams of 7 girls started practicing for the many challenges of the day.  We had fisbee golf, canoe races, low ropes challenge, running, and a balloon toss!!! It was so much fun and the girls did so well!
Team Gray won Silver - Amanda Dudley, Esther Morrison, Rebecca Orr, Amy Hall, Zailynne Durant, Olivia Horsman and Cristal Hendrich

Purple team won Gold!!!! Bekah Dudley, Brooke and Cherith Hendrich, Katharine Elliott, Amanda Thompson, Ruthie Purdie and Megan Skinner

Blue Team won Bronze - Siobhan Dhority, Greta Solberg, Kristin Youngblood, Shannon Spillman, Tabitha Paine, Sal Hendrich and Amanda Pendergast
The logistics team - Aynsley Weiss, Joy Burch, me and Chelsea Weiss

Frisbee Golf

Hanging out at the Low Ropes Course before they did their challenge.

Canoe Challenge

Water balloon toss
The whole group! Well done ladies!!!

2014 in Review - April

April was a busy month for ALERT with preparing for the annual ATI Homeschool conference!  This year we had about 1900 people!  My highlight was the Ice Cream Social Event!  My goal was to send those 1900 people through our 10 food lines, manned with 4 people each in 30 minutes!!!  It was fast, caotic but we did it!!!  Fun times!!
Front desk Gals - me, Amy Hall, Kristin Youngblood, and Tabitha Paine

So good to see Ruthie Westfall again!!

Lovely brunch at the Horsmans - they are so hospitable!

Even their moose will give you a kiss if you pass close enough! ;)

My new boss this year, Major Doug Horsman, and his lovely wife Susan and daughter Olivia

For Easter it was such a blessing to have Kendalyn, Robert & the girls down!! :)  They love playing with the Pendergast kiddos!

Always good to be with my sister!!

Corrie is our long time friend and adopted sister - we just love her!

Easter Dinner!

This is how we roll...... 

I was so excited to see Mr. Norvell again!  He was the director of the New Zealand Training Center when I was there in 2005

Fun catching up with Devin and Lauren Dahl!