This story is a little late in telling, but I saw the person it is about today, and it made me think of this moment. And it was a sweet memory, so I want to share it with you. At the end of the AWANA year in the spring, one of my 4th grade girls gave me a present. I wasn't expecting it and I was busy, so I didn't open it until I got home that night. She had wrapped it in a piece of paper she had colored herself. When I unwrapped it, I found a pack of gum. It was the sweetest gift. Kids don't think about protocol or anything like that. If I, as an adult, gave someone a pack of gum, people might question it. But I knew that this gift was heartfelt and sincere, and I just wanted to give her a great big hug for thinking of me and giving of what she had to say thank you. I hope I can remember this for a long time and remember that it is not in the abundance of what I give or the monetary value of what I give, but in the sincerity of the thought and the heart-attitude that I give.
Let's see. I am in my thirties and single. I love spending time with my family, friends, reading, playing games, and spectating (but not playing) sports. I was born in Illinois, raised in Georgia, and went to graduate school in Texas. I now live back in Illinois. I work at an agency doing in-home therapy with kids and their families. I attend Bethany Baptist Church and work with AWANA, volunteer in the nursery, and am active in the Career class. My favorite drink is Dr. Pepper (I even like Dr. Pepper Jelly Bellies). Winter is my favorite time of year and in the winter I love to curl up with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate.