Georgie’s First Injury

Tonight parental peace of mind cost a mere $25 (thank you, insurance).

Georgie was playing with plastic bowls and tupperware while I was cooking and…shoot! He tumbled onto the edge of one of the bowls. The tears were immediate, which was alarming, since he rarely really cries. So, I grabbed him and tried to comfort him. I was surprised to find out there was blood, and a lot of it.

He had cut his lip.

So, after a minor freak out, an failed attempt to have him suck on a cold washcloth, a frantic phone call to husband, then to my own mom, we decided to take him to the Urgent Care Center, just in case he needed stitches.

He didn’t. Thank God.

He thought the little field trip was pretty fun. Josh and I felt much better knowing that he was okay.

Is this like hazing into parenthood? If so, I hope there are no repeat rituals.

“THE BOWL” dun. dun. dun.

Didn’t look so bad after we got him cleaned off.

Our first visit to an Urgent Care Center.

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Welcome to College, lets go hiking!

Welcoming students here in Flagstaff is a whole new ballgame compared to any college I’ve been to or served at.

So far our team has collaborated with the Newman Center to host some incredible events to welcome new and old students to Flagstaff. These are great opportunities to create friendships and to grow in relationship with students who may not be seeking out the church on campus. But, who wouldn’t be up for a hike in some lava tubes?

Here are some events we have hosted or will host this week:

  • Campus-wide game of Fugitive (about 200 students showed up)
  • Hike through the lava tubes (a cave like structure)
  • Hiking with the Bishop
  • Turn around trip to California Six Flag’s amusement park Magic Mountain
  • Dunk contest on the courts outside the Newman
  • Ice cream social
  • Barbecues after Sunday Masses
  • Hike to Mount Humphrey

Anyone else wondering why you didn’t choose to attend NAU. At least for your freshman year? (Cause I know I am.)

Here are a few pictures from these first few weeks:

Meet our team! (Father Matt, Josh, Me and G, Julie, Mirna and Matthew)

The Newman Staff Retreat/Kickoff Meetings were at a beautiful camp near Morman Lake and the mountains!

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Students preparing to enter the lava tubes. (Photo credit: Aaron Wilson)Image

One of the post mass barbecues. (Photo credit: Erika Strom)

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Students and missionaries at the Student Activities Fair. (Photo Credit: Erika Strom)

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Sending Love and Hope from FLAG.

This is the Life…in Flagstaff

Well we finally got internet, more than a week later than promised, but we’re connected now.

In the last three weeks we’ve officially relocated to a place where hummingbirds float outside, the altitude makes cookies flat and one beer feel like three, and every time we look north we are staring at postcard worthy mountains.

Flagstaff is like the lesson learned after a time of suffering. By that I’m referring to the drive. It was long, and a lot of desert. Then, just when you start to wonder if you are on a perpetual tour of purgatory, trees appear and the air cools. Josh and I were immediately convinced that we would like it here.

Despite my loathing of the moving process, and thanks to Josh’s helpful parents, we got settled quickly. I think it felt like home within the first few days.

I will post pictures soon. Promise.

This week is Welcome week for students at NAU. So, needless to say, Fall Outreach has begun and our family is going to be busy meeting new students during these next few weeks. In fact, Josh is out right now playing a campus-wide game of Fugitive (which I gather is like Cops and Robbers). This is an effort to introduce students to the Missionaries and student leaders. There will be about two hundred students gathering at the Newman to play.

Wish I could be there, but motherhood calls (aka a glass of wine and a few taped episodes of the Big Bang Theory). Pretty great. Though, I will admit, there will probably be posts soon about the difficulties of adjusting to a less than full time position.

I also promise to give updates on Georgie. Ah. He is the best.

Sending love from Flag.

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(photo credit: arizonaforvisitors.com)