Welcome To My World

You may have noticed that I am an infrequent blogger. I have a lot I would like to say, but most of my thoughts remain hidden from cyberspace. I have always believed that if I am going to do something, I want to do a good job of it. Whatever I put my heart to, I am in it 100%. Blogging takes a backseat because of the busyness of my life. How busy can things be, you ask? I would like to share with you a little about my world.

As many of you know, I am married with a big family. I married my high school sweetheart, Mike, 22 years ago when I was just 18 years old. Mike just started a new career adventure working for my brother-in-law in his business. Together we have 7 kids and 2 grandkids.

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Andrew is 24 years old, has been married to Kristal for 5 years and they have 2 children. Alonzo is 3 and Celine is 2. Andrew served 4 years in the Navy and is now serving in the National Guard Reserves. Kristal is the most amazing daughter-in-law I could ask for.

Tiffany is 19 and was married this past year to Thomas whom our family has known for 15 years! It was a joy for our two families to be permanently linked together with this union. Thomas is also serving in National Guard.

Kaylie is 17, homeschooling and attending Community School of the Arts. She is a very motivated young lady and will probably graduate early.

Isaac is 14, homeschooling and learning computer animation, as well as occasionally working with Mike.

Lillia is 12, homeschooling and attends Community School of the Arts. Lillia and Isaac are active in the church youth group.

Josie, age 9, and Scarlet, age 7, attend elementary school and are doing great there. Last year when I made the decision to put them in public school, it was a big change for me. I had homeschooled my kids full-time for 16 years, but I couldn’t deny that I felt the Lord was beginning a new season in our lives. Thankfully, all of the fears I had about putting them in public school were unfounded. They are learning a lot, have great teachers and I get to have lunch with them anytime I want. 😀

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This past Fall, I began classes with Johnson University, pursuing a degree in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis on ESL. I don’t know how long it will take me to get a Bachelor’s because I am only doing a part-time load. I almost did full-time courses, but opted not to because 1) I don’t want to go in debt and 2) I want to still have a life outside of school!

I am still very busy with refugee ministry and this is something that I love doing. My church has been very supportive as we formed Woodlawn Refugee Ministry, a team of dedicated volunteers who teach English, drive the bus to pick up refugees for church, and work in the clothing closet. Behind the scenes, relationships are forming with our new refugee friends as they maneuver their way around life in the United States. When there are bumps in the road, they know we are only a phone call away.

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My apologies for not faithfully keeping up with this blog. I am assuming you will understand why after reading this post. My days are busy, or I’d rather say, fruitful. If you have any questions about refugee advocacy, I would love to connect with you privately. You can email me at brenda.weatherly@yahoo.com. May God bless you!