Wednesday, May 16

Retreat


This week I’m on a retreat with 35 other faculty and staff from Baylor University! After a 5 hour bus ride through Hill country we arrived and had to ride on a flat bed trailer to the lodge!!


This retreat is focused on slowing down and connecting with others. We have morning and evening prayer time and morning and evening speakers who talk about making the classroom a vibrant place for learning and growth in a Christian context.

They just remodeled the retreat center! I shared a room with a faculty member from music who is super kind!


Each afternoon we have 4 hours of free time! I challenged myself to do something everyday outside of my comfort zone! Monday and Tuesday I went on a hike and today I went kayaking!!


The hikes were on rugged terrain!! Totally worth it for the views!


So thankful to make it to the top of the mountain!! 


I was also thankful that we had experienced hikers and a nurse in our group! 


So much beauty!


I got a good workout in!!


Every morning I’ve been gettting up to read and journal. The gift of time is something I am trying to soak up before I get back home to our full life!!


Beautiful views!




The food is amazing!!


This is one of my favorite books! I’m re-reading it this week!


Ready for my boat adventure!! I’ve been staying well hydrated!! It is super hot here in TX this week!

Monday, May 14

Random fun


Ains recently got to climb her first tree!!








She thought this was the best thing!!


School fun! Ainsley’s GT showcase!! They’ve Ben researching the rainforest!




Her first presentation!








Racing Ryan!



Kite festival fun!








Serve Sunday! Last Sunday our church did service projects in the city instead of church! We had 10+ sites to choose from! Our life group chose a local mental health day care! We did outdoor work all morning-mainly gardening and cleaning! It was fun to serve with our family and friends!


Their indoor gym at the day care is an old plant hanger!! We learned that several years ago 4 women that started this place approached the local school district and said what is your greatest needed. They thought it may be tutoring after school but the school district said, mental health services at an early age. They said that kids were arriving for kindergarten having experienced so much trauma that their brains couldn’t learn. They were in constant flight or fight mode. I’m so thankful we have this resource in our community!


We recently had a retreat at work-so thankful for every person here and their heart for our students!


I also recently planned a new student experience faculty training for fall!  Hard to believe we are already gearing up for fall!!


Saturday night we host d a girls night at our house and Ains wanted to do a water balloon toss.


This turned into a great water adventure!! The girls loved it and Ryan got soaked! I stayed dry because I reminded them that Mother’s Day was the next day ;)!


Let the summer fun begin!

Thursday, May 3

Interview


Ainsley had her first tv interview the other day!! It airs tomorrow!


Ains is an ambassador for the local Sertoma Club! They support kids with hearing loss. They have a kite festival fundraiser each May!


The local reporter from KXXV, Monica, met Ainsley at her school and interviewed us.








Ains got her mic on and was ready to go! She was a little nervous, but did great!




Ainsley wanted to pose for a picture!


She was so sweet and made us all feel comfortable.


Next up we were interviewed!




A fun experience!!