Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Finally, an update :)

God is challenging me this month.  I know that whatever happens it will all be for his glory, so I'm actually pretty calm about all the new things that are going on!   So what's new, you may ask?

Bridget is MARRIED! -  My step-sister Bridget has been engaged for 4 years now and she finally married Adam on February 6, 2010....which also happened to be their 10th Anniversary of dating.  I'm so happy for them, Adam has already been a part of the family for a long time but now I can officially call him my brother-in-law :)

California: We were blessed with near perfect weather on our trip to the San Diego area (where we grew up).  We were there from the 3rd to the 10th.   We had a wonderful time visiting with family and friends, eating our favorite foods, and attending Bridget & Adam's Wedding!  The day before we left I started to get super sad about leaving and the next couple days were pretty rough when we got home, but I'm over it now...for the most part.  While it breaks my heart that my friends and family will not be able to see my daughter (and future kids) grow up, all that really matters is that we are where God wants us to be.  Right now, that is in Sioux Falls.  If God wants us in CA we'll end up in CA somehow, if not, that's okay too.

Learning to Forgive: God has shown me in the past several months that I struggle with forgiveness.   Part of being a follower of Christ is to learn to exemplify Christ in all that I do.  Christ forgave and Christ loved.  He did not get angry for unrighteous reasons.  This means that when I am provoked, angered, annoyed, saddened, or persecuted, I must not react unrighteously.  Righteous living requires learning to forgive and show others grace, just as He, in his grace, has forgiven us who believe in Him.  So instead of holding a grudge or letting little things build up, I am choosing to forgive and to love.

Keloland News Interview: Pigs do fly.  Not only did my step-sister get married this month, but I did a TV interview! Say what?!  TV? Interview? Shaina? Ummm yeah.   I'll explain!  You know that site I've been working on the past several weeks? Sioux Falls Frugal Mom?  It just so happens that Keloland News is doing a special segment on Moms who help other Moms save money (or something along those lines, haha).  They came to our house and interviewed me and my wonderful little family.  This interview is set to air on Sunday night at 10pm on KELO-TV - it is part of the  "Eye on Keloland" segment.

Teaching a Digital Photography Class: Never in my life did I ever think I would agree to teach anything if it involved standing up in front of more than one person and talking... yet, I have agreed to teach a one-time digital photography class and I am actually very excited about it! I need to get to work on the plans though.  I think once I have a set plan I'll feel even better about the idea of teaching a class.  It's really the talking that I'm nervous about.  I just need to pray.  God will help :)

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Shaina! What cool opportunities. : )
    It seems like the whole forgiveness thing is something I'm constantly being reminded of as new things come up and need to be dealt with. I am thankful that God loved me so, so much; when I focus on that it makes it easier to let go of the grudges that seemed so precious a few moments ago. It is good to have friends
    (like you!)who are going through the same things and who encourage me in my walk with God.


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