• Reflections

    I Encountered Something More at SEEK 2019

    2 weeks ago I took a trip with some Catholic Student Ministries friends down to Indianapolis, where the SEEK 2019 conference was held by FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). Here are some things I learned along the way. Try New Things This conference was very new to me. When my friend invited me to go, I told her I would think about it. Although the thought of seeing Fr. Mike Schmitz and NEEDTOBREATHE live intrigued me, I was nervous I wouldn’t enjoy it. But God had other plans. From playing Heads Up while in an hour long line at Panera to watching dozens of priests crowd the aisle to…

  • Reflections

    My Time on Work Crew

    My phone rang next to me as I finished the last set of my core routine. I was cross training today, so maybe Mom was calling to tell me the rest of my teammates were coming to join me in the weight room after their run. “I have a surprise for you!” she sang when I answered. I could barely hear her news with the blaring music, but I was also shocked at what I thought I had heard. “You got in to Work Crew!” she said again. Gratitude Every night around ten o’clock (or eleven, or twelve depending on the workload), 45 of us Work Crew members would gather…

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    Backpacking on North Manitou Island

    I’m not sure if my parents believed me when I said I wanted to go backpacking on North Manitou Island for a week. With no experience in camping, everyone in my family questioned my decision. I wanted to go for the community. It would be my last gathering with my leader and the senior girls in the Young Life at my high school before the fall split us in different directions. Although I had the chance to spend time with them, I learned so much more in the quiet beauty of God’s creation than I had expected. Quiet Hills and Hearts  Being without my phone, miles away from land, with…