Friday, October 11, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Nonee has been in and out of medical centers for the past few months. She spent the entire summer in a variety of hospitals and rehab centers, being put on tons of medication and put through dialysis for blood transfusions. She get better and move to the rehab centers, SO close to getting to go home and then she catch a virus and have to be rushed back to the hospital. This routine happened too many times to count. I went home a few weeks ago because she wasn't doing well, and my family thought that this might be the end. I said my goodbyes and headed back to Lubbock. When I got back she started doing better and went back to the rehab center she had previously been in. However, things quickly took a turn for the worst. Last weekend was Tech's Parents Weekend and my mom decided last minute to come up and brought my brother Nick. Although Papa Flo had a by week for football, he still had to work Saturday (21st) but called later that morning saying that it was pointless and he was mad that he didn't come to Lubbock and so was I. However, God needed him elsewhere. My mom and Nick left Sunday morning and got home that evening when I received a text from my dad saying "PRAY" .. that's all he gave me. Then my mom texted me as I was on my way to ChiO Bible Study telling me that Nonee was being put on hospice and that it wasn't looking good for her. As I was telling the girls about the situations for prayer requests, I broke down crying. It was hitting me that I might be losing this huge light in my life. I got home and my dad called and basically laid everything out on the line for me. He said that this is what Nonee wanted. She didn't want to go back to the hospital and be put on more medication and she was ready to go. He then apologized that he couldn't come to Lubbock and I responded with "It's okay, you were needed at home".. I obviously left that conversation heart broken. It was one of the hardest things I had to hear. My roommates were more than supportive Sunday night, they sat in my room with me in pure silence as I sat there, cried some, and talked some. To be honest, Nonee has been ready "to go" since Pop-Pop passed away in 2000. However, God wasn't done with her down here. Monday was basically just a day of waiting. Nonee was heavily sedated and it was basically just a matter of time. Monday night was YL club for the high school folks, and I decided to put my phone up and not keep it on me like I usually do because I didn't want that phone call to ruin the night with my 9th grade girls. After club though I immediately went and checked my phone. I had a missed call and voicemail from my mom, a text from Anthony asking if I was okay and a text from his best friend Kelsey telling me to keep my head up. I knew. Last Monday, September 23, 2013, my cute, little, Nonee grew her wings and is now flying high in Heaven with Pop-Pop and the Lord. I texted my mom saying I'd call her when I got home and texted my roommates and closest friends. I didn't say anything to the other YL leaders and carried on with YL family time and didn't get home until later that night but was greeted with my roommates and another one of my sorority sisters. I called my mom and she immediately stared talking about booking flights and funeral arrangements. Unfortunatley, my cousin Gil's senior home coming was this weekend.. and so I'd have to wait two weeks before I could get home. So, I'll fly home Thursday afternoon just in time for the 7L vs. THS football game and the funeral will be Friday morning. It's going to be a hard week and weekend but I know that the Lord's strength is much stronger than mine.
45+ years of marriage, 4 kids, 11 grandkids, 2 grandkid in-laws, nearly 14 years of being a widow, 19 year ovarian cancer survivor and nearly 85 years of life lived to the full. I'm going to miss your smile, sass, and love for this family more than anything, but I'm so happy that you finally get to be hand in hand with PopPop again. I miss you already Nonee, "be sweet" and continue to love us well. I'm so proud to be a Flora.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The first All City YL club for the LBK high school folks this past Monday night was a HUGE success. 600+ of our closest friends packed into the Broken Post around 8pm and got rid of every drop of sweat in our bodies. Of course the air conditioning broke the day of club. Of course. So it was EXTRA hot. I mean, surface of the sun hot. But it was awesome. 600+ high school kids got to hear about Jesus.. some maybe for the 1st time, and I got to be apart of it. It was seriously incredible and made all of the leaders so pumped for the rest of this year.
PLUS!!!!! Although not all of them are in the picture, about 10-12 of Britney and I's girls came to club! These are the most precious freshman. We got to be apart of their first club and we can't wait to grow with these girls for the next four years. God is already doing big things and we are already head over heels. You're looking at some of Monterey's very own, volleyball and basketball players and BRAND NEW freshman cheerleaders (seriously tryouts were last week). We are SO proud of our girls already and got to watch them cheer and play (two birds with one stone) yesterday at the volleyball game. Holy Moly I love my "job" .. Young Life continues to be a blessing in my life every single day.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Sunday evening we had our YL leader kick off here in the LBK. We were told to meet at the Broken Post (our YL building) and we would car pool to our destination. We all guessed that we were going to a ropes course, or a team building type of thing, but boy were we mistaken...
That's right. We were taken to a shooting range.
It was incredibly awesome. A breath taking view,
shooting missing clay's, with people that love Jesus, high school kids, and fun. I seriously couldn't ask to be apart of a better group of YoungLife leaders.
|Jamie, Me, Britney, Paige, and Jordan|
Meet my main girls.
Jamie is seriously one of the prettiest girls I've ever met, and also one of the most clueless girls I've ever met. Every joke goes right over her head but she is the sweetest and cutest thing ever.
Britney is on my YL team and my partner (meaning she leads at the same school I do and we're freshman leaders). She handles my sass and sarcasm like a champ. We have about 20 (give or take) 9th grade girls that we're looking to go after and we're really excited about it.
Paige is a hoot. She wants to know everything about everyone in the most genuine way. She loves people and loves hearing other's stories. I love that we can share that.
Jordan is a fellow coaches kid. Her dad is the head coach at Wimberley and that has connected us on a whole other level.
Although we don't all lead at the same school, we are all on His team. We are all going after high school girls that need Jesus. We want to live life with those girls, and watch their stories and God's story collide into something so beautiful. We're excited to be apart of amazing things this year in Lubbock. I can't wait to hear about their experiences with the girls at their school and see what God is doing with and within them this year. He's already working in big ways. Our first club is next Monday night at 7:57 and its All City, meaning all the LBK high schools will be there. It's gonna be big, hot, and glorious. I can't wait to see this place packed with hundreds of high school kids.
|LBK leaders. Guns up. Literally.|
PS: YoungLife College starts TOMORROW. Again, excited to see this packed.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Three days into this semester and I'm already over it. Gee, I'm so positive. HA! Being in Lubbock for two weeks before classes started with all my friends and sisters really did spoil me. Work week and recruitment were pretty successful. I got a lot closer with a good majority of the older girls, and we got 74 new baby hooties. 74. I seriously need flash cards to start remembering names and faces.
Today, I went up to the high school I'm a YoungLife leader at. As a leader we go to sporting events, lunches, and other things just to get to know the kids on their territory. So today three girls on my team and I went to all 3 lunches up at the school to meet girls and just get to know them (name, grade, activities, simple things like that). This is now my second year being out of high school and going to a new school is always intimidating. Especially going in and not knowing a soul. It really is SO different from college. When I go back to my high school, I still know students and teachers and I'm comfortable. High school didn't scare me. I had a
good fantastic group of friends, I wasn't "the most popular girl" (one of my best friends was indeed Homecoming Queen and Miss THS, all hail Allison Gordon) but I was known, had a good reputation, and was involved. I loved high school, believe it or not. Granted, I probably wouldn't go back and relive all four years, but I did enjoy it. However, today, walking into a high school I was unfamiliar with, a school I didn't know a soul at and now being "a weird college student" I was reminded of how terrible high school can be. I really did feel like I was in a movie scene. Mean girls, unmotivated kids, athletes, nerds, punks, etc. I saw it all. I talked to girls that were obviously broken, ready to get out, and ready for the next thing in life. However, those same girls knew exactly what they wanted to do after high school and seemed to have bright futures ahead of them. I talked to girls that were super athletic and seemed super excited about YoungLife and couldn't wait to go. I talked to girls that were right in the middle and just seemed genuine. I talked to girls that were lost. So lost. I got a taste of how high school is without the awesome group of friends I was blessed with. The first thing I did when left the school was 1) Thank GOD that everything went okay and everyone was really sweet and no one was rude to us (I've heard terrible stories). 2) Pray for every girl I had just talked to. 3) Text my high school friends telling them how thankful I was for them, and how fortunate we were to have each other.
We have all gone our separate ways to our college's joined awesome sororities, and have made awesome awesome friends, and still at the end of the day, I know I could text any of them and it wouldn't be weird, awkward, or out of character. It doesn't matter how long we go without talking, I know that they will always be there for me. I was reminded today of how grateful I should be and am for Katy Area YoungLife and YoungLife as a whole. I got an awesome foundation of what friends should look like and they are the reason I have been successful in finding awesome friends in college. I'm thankful for my high school experience, and I hope the girls I chase after enjoy high school as much as I did.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
I cannot believe it is already August. Time seems to just be slipping away from everyone. This month will be very hectic, rewarding, challenging, and filled with God's constant presence. I leave for Lubbock in 9 days to move in to my house, start work week, transition into recruitment, and then school starts. It’s crazy that all of this is already happening! It seems like yesterday I was graduating high school and about to head off to college for the first time, saying goodbye to friends I’ve been going to school with my whole life and goodbye to the only town I’ve ever called home. Over night my life changed and I knew things would never be the same as they were. It's weird that Katy is no longer my reality. I never imagined it would be a "vacation" or my place to "get away." I spent my whole life dying to get out of this small-big town, wishing away precious days at "home" just to go to a place that would become a new reality and a day would come that I needed to "get away" and go "home." I guess what they say is true, this is our temporary home. This is not where we belong and no matter where we go, we're always going to want to get out and move on to the next town and next place, do new things, and meet new people.. just so we can get tired of it. That becomes our routine.
This summer has made me realize how truly blessed I am. I know I say that a lot, but it's true. No matter where I am, I miss the people I'm away from, whether I'm in Katy or in Lubbock. I consider that a huge blessing. How fortunate am I that I'm just as sad to leave one place as I am the other, and just as excited to return? I'm surrounded by the best people no matter where I go. I truly couldn't ask for more.
The perfect quote to sum up my thoughts is:
"If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present... gratefully" -Maya Angelou