My heart is overjoyed with gladness right now. So many wonderful things just keep happening around me and I just cant help but have a smile on my face. This week a good college friend introduced me to a high school friend of hers who is here in Grand Forks and is my age. She also doesnt know many single people so we are going to meet and hang out sometime which makes me happy. My sister is coming home on Wednesday for Christmas which makes me so happy. 5 months is a long time and now I know what she felt like when I was going to school in Iowa. Its kind of funny how are lives have been changed…now me in North Dakota and her out of state. Although these things make me happy, the thing that makes me happiest is seeing the wonderful things God is doing in my friends life. My friend Mackenzie and her husband Kevin finally have found a place that from reading about just makes me so delighted for them. Kevin is going to be a wonderful asset to this congregation. And Mackenzie is going to bring so many awesome gifts to the congregation she is going to serve as well. Also many of my classmates are being voted on this week to be called to some churchs. I pray that God is with the congregations as they vote. I am overjoyed that my good friend Collette is finally going to be ordained tomorrow. I pray that it is a joyous filled occassion and I really wish I could be there.Know that I am giving you a great big hug from so many miles away. Ali, Im so glad your ordination went so well and was so joyous. Ali and Collette, I know you both waited a long time for your calls but you are both so gifted and are bringing so many gifts to the congregations you will serve. You know so many things have happened. I cannot even think of them all at this moment but I cant help but shout Hallelujah—God is God at the top of my lungs. And honestly, it brings such hope to my own calling. I know that in God’s timing something wonderful will work out for me. I just have to be patient so I continue to pray that God gives me that patience. However today is a day full of joy as I rejoice in the wonderful things happening to my family and friends. GOD IS DEFINETELY GOOD!!!