This is my first blog post EVER and am so excited to share my heart with my readers. SO. Here is a little about me!
My name is Janelle. I come from a very active family of seven people. Two brothers, two sisters. Parents who have been literally my biggest fans. Growing up, it was extremely busy around the clock and there was never a quiet and dull moment. However, now that we are all grown, I have learned to appreciate the hearts of each individual in my family instead of expecting change or a difference in personality with how they act or react to various situations. I grew up in the state of Wisconsin acknowledging the fact that if I wanted to survive, I would need to wear a snowsuit ten out of the twelve months of the year. You think I am joking? We also ate a lot of cheese growing up and even wore it on our heads when we went to Lambeau Field to support the Packers. Discount double check.
I grew up in Wisconsin and school brought me down to the sunny state of South Carolina. Total culture shock. I went from people being rude, entitled and blunt from the north to the south who basically “blessed my heart” all the time…I use to think it was endearing… For those of you who don’t know, it is actually a phrase of pity on the person. I grew up with the opportunity of being blessed by an aunt whose name was Lori with a severe intellectual disability who was blind and had cerebral palsy which confined her to a wheelchair in her mid-twenties. This didn’t however stop her personality and heart from shining through her situation. She was the light of the party. Her presence brought so much joy and laughter. I remember specifically one time we had the relatives over for a nice holiday dinner. The table was set. The food was placed on the table. The family encircled the table, and we all grabbed hands as my dad blessed the meal. My dad tends to be long-winded when it comes to his prayers; however, we dare not express that the food is cold about ten minutes in. Well, this particular time didn’t stop Aunt Lori. After about three minutes into this prayer of what seemed to be very beautiful and meaningful, Lori began shouting out, “AMEN! AMEN, RICKY! AMEN!” She took it upon herself to speak on behalf of all the hungry stomachs in that room that day.
I bring her up specifically because God used her so much in my life to draw me into pursuing a career of teaching special needs. This is actually my fifth year teaching kindergarten through second grade. Although it has been completely taxing, draining and most days I can barely keep my head above water, I do not have a doubt in my mind that this is my mission field and where God has called me to invest my life.
A little more about me.
I love Jesus and love how He has chosen me. He knows me and chooses to love me anyway.
I love running and lifting weights.
I love coaching and mentoring.
I love relationships and deep conversations.
I love projects. The ones that people do not normally like to do such as pulling weeds and painting. It is very therapeutic.
I love coffee.
I love peanut butter.
I love and swear by coconut oil.
Why am I blogging?
My intention in writing this blog is to encourage and inform specifically in the areas of the Word of God and how He reveals Himself to us and how we practically live that out in our lives.
How can you be involved?
I would absolutely love for you all to leave comments and strongly encourage for us to collectively share thoughts, agreement or disagreement. We learn together and would love to hear all opinions and voices. I also would love for you to get in contact with me if there are any questions or follow up conversations that need to take place. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Below are some pictures of myself and my family. Enjoy!