Pepper Left for Her First Mission Trip

At the beginning of the year our church announced the mission trip schedule for the summer and I was all ready to jump on board. But, when JJ got sick I decided that I could not possibly leave her and was unsure of how she would be come summer. Nonetheless, the mission trip I wanted to go on to Guatemala with my dad and Pepper would have to wait. But, I remembered that Tony Stark {Pepper’s boyfriend} goes on a domestic mission trip with his church each year and perhaps she could get a taste of mission work that way. So, she signed up and began fundraising. She then got a job just before the summer began and saved all she brought in and was able to fund most of her trip all by herself! I can not tell you how proud that made us! We were prepared to help her as needed but she did it all by herself! The {Interim} Youth Pastor even sent me an email telling me how proud he was of her. I could not help but agree! 🙂

This may be off topic or just me going off on a tangent, but she has been working for the past 2 years {she will be 16 in September and has worked days at 3 different churches since she is homeschooled} to fund her own activities and buy her own things. Since she was able to get her mission trip completely paid within the first month or so of working long, hard hours at our local Minor League Baseball stadium, she is now saving to buy herself a car. It prides me to know that we are teaching our children the importance of saving and budgeting. She is growing to be meticulous with her money and does not frivolously spend. Of course, as a teenager, she will go out to eat with friends, go see a movie, or even buy her own food for the house when she wants something we do not have in the pantry. She even splurges on her brother every once in a while. But, all-in-all, she is pretty good with managing her finances. I believe children learn what they live in some form or fashion, and in her case she knows the value of a dollar. She has watched SuperDad and I budget and stretch every dollar so that we can properly provide for them. She already has a tentative plan for college in place and we are not really giving them the option of not going. I always enjoy watching her mature {since she is our oldest and the “guinea pig” of sorts} and knowing SuperDad and I had a hand in her development. Somewhere along the way we have taught her stewardship, life skills, and educational values. This is a proud parenting moment!

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Ok, back to Pepper! I am sad that BloggyCon is the same week as Pepper’s mission trip, but, at the same time, am hoping that keeps us all too busy to worry about missing each other. She was already crying as she gave Jake a big hug last night. {And he did everything he could to keep from crying with her}. I was holding back tears as I sat and watched a movie with her before sending her off to bed. And then again as I dropped her off at the church at 5am. But, she keeps assuring us that she is going to be doing the Lord’s work and all will be fine. I know, but that does not make my missing her any better. It will be weird being on a “family vacation” without her there. It’s ok… there will be others. I will be at the conference in Ohio and she will be working her booty off on the Navajo Indian reservation in Utah. I will blog more about both in the weeks ahead. We got this!

Finally, please pray for travel mercies for all of us. I am also praying she fairs better on this trip then she did at youth camp the first week of summer. She called me crying three times that week. Plus, on that trip she not only had Jake there, but all of her friends from our home church. I know that she will have Tony Stark, his friends {that she knows and talks to}, as well Tony’s mom on the trip, but nothing is the same as the mother-daughter bond.

I lift up my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip-he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you-the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm-he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. ~Psalm 121

Missing my “Pepper” already.

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