Hope your Christmas was beautiful. I am still lingering in ours and soaking up this family of mine. Hopefully I can get the pics downloaded today but until then, let's talk for a sec. about some end-of-December things.
Our church congregation has grown so much that it's become kinda like sardines trying to pass each other in the halls. This is a great thing, so many people to love and learn from, but the wards (congregations) in our immediate area have been overflowing to the point that the local leaders deemed it time to change things up a little bit.
So, a couple weeks ago we were all called together for a special meeting and boundaries were re-aligned to make a new ward.
Our house is included in the "new ward."
Changing of wards is sad because when boundaries change you don't see many people you love on a regular basis any more, but so many more are added to get to know and fall in love with. I already adore so many new faces we get to meet with each week. Change is hard but also so good and growing in so many ways.
With all the changes going on, the leadership was switched up in all kinds of ways. Almost everyone got new "callings" (responsibilities to help make the ward run smoothly). I have been working in Primary (the children's organization) for a few years now as the singing leader. I have talked before about how I practically fell off my chair when they called me to do that little task because, well, quite simply I'm not much of a singer, and certainly not a song-and-dance kind of girl, which it pretty much what you do to keep those kids entertained each week.
But boy oh boy I fell in love with those kids and loved the learning that comes from being pushed out of your comfort zone.
With the changing of so many things, however, I was released from that and asked to work with the 14-15 year-old girls in the Young Women program.
Which includes my own darling one:
Although I will miss those sweet Primary kids I am pretty excited about hanging more with that girl of mine.
She is over the moon as well. At least I'm pretty sure that's what she meant when she found out and told me not to embarrass her :)
Claire is pretty excited because she turns twelve in January and will be joining the ranks of the Young Women as well. Elle is in the oldest group so although I'll mostly work with Grace, I get to interact with all of them and how fun will that be to have all three of my big girls in there? Pretty fun I tell you!
We got right down to business with all the responsibilities involved (we have a pretty awesome YW president...I'm already learning so much from she and the other leaders). One of the first things on the agenda was to help the girls get to know each other better. Christmas is a perfect time to do that so we held a Christmas dinner and White Elephant gift exchange.
Our kitchen went from this:
Here are the leaders I get to work with so far:
Love them already too. A couple more got called right before Christmas who I'm excited to get to know.
Looking forward to the new adventures that lie ahead.