Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Professional Penny Picker-Upper

June 17th I started a new job.

I am now a family case manager for the residents of one of the SOME (So Others Might Eat) homes.

I get to spend time with them monthly and help them get on their feet and back to living independently and successfully.

The other part of my job is running the youth programming.

I have always said that I want a job that makes a difference in the world.

I believe with this job, and with this organization, I will do just that.

When talking to a friend about my new job she reminded me about a sermon we heard at camp one summer.

The pastor talked about how people walk past pennies laying on the ground all the time, because they don’t see their worth and aren’t worth the time to bend down and pick them up. The people we spent the week ministering to were the pennies of the world. Poor and down on their luck, often times skipped over by others because they didn’t see their worth. But as Christians, we should see everyone as worth our time and effort to bend down and pick them up.

She was struck by this sermon and came home and has been a penny picker upper ever sense. I remembered the sermon when she started reminding me of it, but she said, your job is to pick up the pennies and help shine them up.

Perfectly put. A lot of these people have gone through hard times, they are down on their luck. They have been tossed aside. I get to go in daily and pick them up.

I will be fulfilling my personal life mission to make a difference in the world, every single day.

So exciting.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The end of an Era

May 31, 2013 was a tough day for me.

Rewind September 8, 2009, I started working as a nanny for two adorable 4 month old twins.

May 31st I ended that Journey.

3.5 years of teaching, playing, loving and watching those little babies grow up to be little ladies.

I got a job at a nonprofit in DC and it was time to pass the baton to someone else. They have an Au Pair from Sweden now.

My last day I took them to the park, and we fed the ducks and took a lot of pictures, and then met their parents for lunch and then ice cream, before a tearful, goodbye (even though it is really just see you later)

It was weird to not wake up Monday am, and go to their house. I still talk to them, and have some dates on the calendar to babysit. Today actually we facetimed and they ran around showing me things and telling me about camp and swimming.

I miss them so, but I am excited for the next chapter in my life.


Some pictures from the last day.