Sunday, May 29, 2011

Spring is here to stay...we hope

Weather is warmer, sun is out, snow has seem to go away for a long, long if we could get a week without rain we'd be doing good.  Well with the warmer weather comes as much outdoor fun as possible.  Here's a sneak peak of a weekend at the Switzers!

we blew bubbles

checked out the trees

He's such a ham, i love it!

he puts a smile on my face no matter what!

Here's to a happy, safe and fun in the sun filled summer!

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Day to Play

Last Saturday we went with my parents to the museum of play.  They've always wanted to go and so we made a day trip out of it.  Here's a few highlights from the day!

In a Blink of an Eye

My little man is growing up so fast, today he is offically 22 months old!! 


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Our Journey to Walk On

Quite a lot has been going on in the Switzer household over the past few months or so that now we are finally able to go public with.  We'd love to have the prayers and thoughts of all our family and friends as we go on from here because this is only the beginning of our new stage in life and we are so excited to see where and how God will take us.  Let's start out with this...   (you will have to copy/paste because it won't link for some reason)

Before it began God began a work in my own heart, to see my calling to ministry and the dream to work with children revealing Jesus in such a real way to them.  Before Northgate launched their walk on campaign I was doing a lot of searching and after lots of prayer, reflection and guidance I started prayerfully applying to different children ministry director positions in various Churches around the state.  I took a few interviews over the phone, but nothing ever felt just right.  As things began to come to a standstill I really just became at peace of where I was and waiting on God's timing.  No sooner did I start doing that, did Walk On start at Northgate.  When I say it took all I had inside me to stay in my seat and not get up and jump for joy that first weekend of our new series, I'm not joking.  There, that very day I felt God's perfect plan unfold in my heart and soon after, right in front of my eyes. 

After a few meetings with pastors and different  members at Northgate I, soaked in prayer and meditation, have accepted the director of children's ministry position at the south campus for NGFMC.  It is what God has been preparing my heart for over the past few months, and over the past few years.  God has been slowly preparing my heart and my passion for children ministry and as I've grown over the past few years I am so excited to take all I have been doing and do His work to help further His kingdom.  On the new campus I will be overseeing children's programing for birth-preschool age children. what?? what will my life look like in a few months?

I will be stepping down from my job at Pearce 4 Kids, June 24th will be my last day there.  It will be such a bittersweet day, I have enjoyed my time there and will be sad to leave such an awesome place to work, but in order to focus more on my duties at NG south I see it to be the best arrangement for me and my family.  I will become a stay at home mom with Aiden and work for NG.  This will give me some flexablity to be with my son more and also work from home most of the time.  I'm so excited to be spending more time with my son and look forward to that new adventure in our lives as we make this change. 

This is very new to all of us, and we are learning as we grow and develop what God has planned for our lives as well as the life of Northgate. I ask first for everyone to please pray.  Pray for Northgate as we are transitioning to one of the biggest changes in the history of our church.  Pray for our staff as we cont. to develop our core team, pray for our pastor John that the Lord will guide him and direct him in the way of this new church plant.  Lastly I ask you to pray for my family as this is going to be such a huge change for us all.  Thank you all for your love, prayers and support so far, we look forward to see God at work in our lives and the life of the church in our future.

I promise as our journey continues to keep you updated!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

In honor of the person I get to call Mom

Mother's day is a day to honor, celebrate and remember all that our mom's have done for us.  This year's mother's day actually started for me on Friday where I hosted a mother's tea with all my kids from my classroom and it was such an awesome time to spend celebrating the lives of all the mothers and grandmothers of these little lives i care for each day. 

Today the sun was shining and there was a warm breeze and I was so honored to be able to spend time with my mom today celebrating all she has done for me in my life.  I know as i get older so does she, and its not the front most thought in my mind, but after hearing the message today in church I do cherish every moment i get with my mom, because one day she won't be here on earth anymore and I want to know I took advantage of every opportunity i could to be with, love and honor my mom. 

Thanks Mom for being the best mother God choose for me to have!

She always had a hand in my life

Loved her family with such pride

Stood by my side no matter what

Experienced the joy of becoming a grandma

watching my son grow up

And becoming my best friend!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

This is what i live for!

This week has been such a God's plan, find the calling inside your heart type of week and even with all the emotions of everything this is what i live for...

Wednesday I came into work to my assistant, Jess in my classroom having lots to ketch me up on in the hour that I missed.  Within all the daily reminders and updates she told me this story that will forever stay in my heart and has truly changed my life and how I view my calling.  I did a post awhile back about Easter and how I truly felt called to talk about the true message of Easter this year in my classroom and to stay away from the secular crafts and activities about the holiday.  If you missed it go take a look Easter Reflection. I never knew how pivotal that choice would be, especially in the life of one of the families in my classroom. 

Last week that family had come in talking about their child asking for a bible and how they went out to get him one.  This family is fairly new to the daycare so we really haven't known much about their faith or church background.  That story  lead Jess to go tell Lydia, one of our directors, about how the daycare really was being a ministry to some families and told her about the child asking for a bible.  Lydia started asking who it was and come to find out a few days before this child's mom had emailed the pastor of the church asking about the church and how to get more information.  She talked about how as a child she went to church but since then has kind of wandered away.  The week of Easter her child came home each day telling her the progression of the Easter story that we had talked about during that day.  The mom's heart really started to stir and she began wanting to re-find her own faith again.  Seeing how excited her own child was learning about God and the Easter story lead her to email the pastor. 

It was probably one of the most humbling, God honoring, thankful fulled moments I've had as a teacher.  Thank you God for putting in on my heart to teach the way i did that week, thank you for the open ears of a child and the words he spoke to his mother heart, and the church family there to support such a pivotal moment in a families life. 

This is only the beginning, I know God has such great plans for my life as well as the lives of children.  I've had a passion for children since i can remember and helping them learn that God created them, God loves them and wants to be in their life's is my mission in life.  This is only the beginning to seeing such awesome things take place that I'll have the privilege to witness.  God create more opportunities for me to be a witness and have many more moments like this, because this is what i live for!