Lots has happened recently. As you know, I didn't have a job for a while there - 2 months to be more precise. But, praise Jesus, I have found a "temporary" job at a local call center. I say "temporary" in that I'm only going to be working there until I find something else. Right now I'm in training from 5:15 am to 1:15 pm Monday through Friday - talk about being exhausted. But I'm pushing through and actually kind of enjoying it so far. I'm also currently being considered for a position that I'm really, really, REALLY hoping and praying that I get - basically my dream job. I'm kind of in the last rounds of the process and should know more in the next few weeks! As always, when I know, you'll know.
I'm not sure if I mentioned before that I had the privilege of attending youth camp this summer as a chaperone, which was fantastic. Jesus really affirmed my call to ministry during that week. So much so, in fact, that a part of me wonders if one of the reasons I had to leave my old job was just so I could be blessed at youth camp. :) Especially since one of the middle school girls that went with us had some "come to Jesus" stuff going on in her life that week. One night she camp up to me during the altar call with a huge smile on her face and said, "So, I wanna be clean. Like, I don't want to do bad stuff anymore." It was such a sweet moment for me as a leader. I fist bumped her and we prayed together. WELL, tomorrow morning she is going to be baptized, and since our youth pastor is going to be away, she requested that I be there with her as she prepares for all of it! What a blessing!!! I can't wait!
In other news, I attended a Thirty-One party a couple of months ago. This isn't huge news in and of itself, especially since most of my friends down in the South know exactly what I mean when I say Thirty-One. But it's a new thing up here in the NW. Like really new. And at that party, I fell in love. Seriously. I'm pretty sure I almost peed my pants. So I decided that I need to sell the products! You heard me right - I'm now an independent consultant for Thirty-One Gifts! And if you decide you need to buy anything, you can check out my personal shopping website at www.mythirtyone.com/kendallclary/. Here's a picture of me the day I received my kit in the mail - can you tell how excited I was to break into it?!
Port Orchard (where I live) has free concerts on the water front all throughout the summer every year, and Chewie and I went to a couple of them: a bluegrass group and a Sinatra cover night. The bluegrass was fun, but my favorite was the Sinatra covers. The guy sang classic Sinatra songs, as well as some others from Frankie Vallie, Dean Martin, and Ray Charles (among others). It was rather enjoyable. Here's a pic of me and Chewie from the Sinatra night:
But I have to say the best part about the Sinatra night was seeing people there who actually attended Sinatra concerts and heard Dean Martin sing live back in the day. Our favorite of all was this guy - he walked through the crowd dancing and singing to other people. It was precious, especially when his wife joined him for a dance on the lawn.
There isn't a whole lot of other stuff going on right now. I'm just trying to get adjusted to the weird work hours and also trying to manage to get everything else in life done. I'm not really used to working 40 hours a week, and I'm definitely not acclimated yet - but getting there! Hope you are all doing well and beating the summer heat!