ONE: I'm done with school. woooooppeee! My last final was Tuesday, and that's simply fabulous as far as I'm concerned (though I don't officially graduate till the beginning of June). ooh, graduating. weird.
TWO: Last week was just...the best week. It gave me a totally fresh perspective on life and a renewed joy and hope and man, I don't know about you, but God shows his faithfulness to me soooo much. As in, crazy wowness every single time.
What was last week, you ask? TeenPact. yessir. I wrote about my experience staffing with TeenPact last year, but...gee. I cannot say enough about this ministry. It is so much more than government because it's just centered around God. TeenPact people are the best people. It's amazing that the group of us can be thrown together on Sunday and by the time we part ways on Friday night we're friends and on no other basis but Jesus being the common factor between us all and we're all here ultimately to serve him.
If you follow me on twitter or instagram you probably already saw an obnoxious amount of quotes and pictures, but...here's more. yay. (some blurry because of poor lighting and people taking my camera while on manual haha.) The week was kinda crazy because we were in a different room almost every day, which made for a lot of switching and coordinating and adveeenture. I really love our statehouse. It's so pretty and so fun to explore. Yeeeah buddy.
For graduation of the four-day class students, we get to go in the House chambers, where all our Representatives actually sit, and have mock legislature (among all the other fun graduation stuff, like Matt and Jordan singing "I'm a Little Teapot"). It's pretty cool.
A good number of the students stay at a residential camp for the week, and as exhausting as it is to be "on" 24/7, it's also extremely rewarding and just...God does cool things when a bunch of people come together wanting to follow him. I felt so underqualified leading a group of girls like that, but I was reminded over and over that my Jesus uses broken vessels, and he worked both in and through me the whole time.
The one-day class at the end of the week is full of very energetic younger students, and it was really the craziest day of them all. But whadaya know it actually all went remarkably smoothly, and my little sisters were there being adorable and stuffs.
It was difficult not pinching all their cheeks, ya know. Everything that day was for the last time which of course is always bittersweet. The staff also had fun drumming on the mics. ahem. But ya know. This is it.
After graduation of the four-day class on Thursday, we huddled in an alley with the rain and two dying cameras and got some staff pictures. It was windy and awesome.
Friday night after eveeerrything is done and there's no more responsibilities--that is when, I believe, the kid in all of us come out. There was volleyball and future plans made (to go shopping? Sam?) and Julia and I went a little crazy on the trampoline. I love these people.
We also had a ceremonial signing of Pete the pot, who has been travelling to many TeenPact classes around the country and gathering signatures on the outside and inside jokes on the inside (get it?) along the way.
My conclusion from the week? God is a pretty cool dude. This week happened when I just needed it, and I hardly believe that God's timing is an accident. I'm so grateful, and so looking forward to seeing these people at the alumni event/camp (National Convention here I come!) at the end of the month. Until then, my favorite TeenPact peeps.