With all the swirling life has been doing of late, I really didn’t know if I’d be on my way anywhere today, but now I’m sitting in North Carolina in the living room of my friends Derek and Katie, with whom I’ll head out to Charlotte tomorrow. We’ll be on our way to Youth Specialties’ National Youth Workers Convention for several days worth of training, networking, and lots of fun being equipped and refreshed in this crazy life loving teenagers in Jesus’ name.
Yes, you’re right, I’m currently on a leave of absence to care for my son. This trip was planned and largely paid for before Tim’s illness escalated, and my wise counsellors said not only should I not waste those resources, but a break will be good for my sanity and spiritual health right now. It feels odd to even be out of my house, much less to have boarded planes. The kids are safe in daddy’s hands for certain.
In the meantime, life at CYM goes on! With plans underway for the Cathedral Lock-In being handled by Tracy, Megan and Michelle, there will be an amazing time for all who attend.
Have I mentioned I’m in North Carolina? I’ve been looking through the Charlotte schedule, I have the new youth ministers in our Diocese (welcome Jess and Timothy!), and all the hardworking staff and volunteers on my heart. I’ll be attending a few workshops with them in mind, and a few to get new ideas and sharpen skills of my own. I’ll also be meeting up with more friends from YMX and doing some networking (and maybe a little podcast interviewing), and seeking God in worship and prayer and fellowship.
Now that I’m on my way, I’m looking forward to the experience, but the mommy in me hasn’t completely come to grips yet. I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts and observations as we go along. If you’re in Charlotte for the NYWC, watch the bulletin board for announcements or check the NYWC forums at ymexchange.com for details of gatherings. It’d be great for you to join us!