Here are a few iPhone photos to represent the past month and half or so..
1. Lunch with my handsome husband before leaving for retreat 2. Gorgeous flowers from our yard 3. Breakfast with wonderful friends after their photos
4. Making the backyard a paint shop 5. My sweet book worm 6. My first official Mother’s Day – such a sweet gift from Peanut (and her daddy)
7. Our traveling circus 8. The gorgeous location for our awesome Orientation Leader retreat 9. More gorgeous roses from our front yard
While a lot of people look forward to summertime because of vacations that are planned or some time off, I’m pretty much the complete opposite. Ever since I became an Orientation Leader yeeeeears ago, I’ve worked like crazy all summer, every summer. Not much sleep, lots of miles walked across campus, thousands of questions answered, and years of wonderful memories.
OL Retreat has grown into one of my favorite parts of the summer. Again, lots of sweat and little sleep, but it is soooo worth it to get to know my amazing staff even better. These students have such varied backgrounds, interests, majors, strengths and perspectives, but they end the summer as a family. And this is where it begins. This is where those soft spots in their hearts get shared. Where they overcome fears. Where they block out the distractions of the rest of the world and focus on each other. Some of my dearest friends are those I worked with during those early orientation summers, and it warms my heart to know that these students might just end up building relationships that land them in each other’s weddings, and in their lives for years and years to come.
This is where they start to see what the summer really holds for them, and I love to be there to witness it. They learn about and from each other, and those bonds begin to form. It may sound cheesy, but it really is magical. I can’t wait to see what this summer holds for this group because y’all, they are already impressing me.
Right now I’m at retreat in the thick of things and wishing for a venti skinny vanilla latte, but I’m craving that coffee with a smile on my face. I’m smiling because I’m here with this group – my group – and we’re beginning what will be an amazing summer of not much sleep, lots of miles walked across campus, thousands of questions answered, and thousands of wonderful memories.
Alonzo just graduated this past Saturday, and I want to say a formal CONGRATS!!!! I’m so proud to say that Alonzo is one of my Orientation Leaders, and I’m glad he is sticking around to work with us for another summer.
Alonzo has such an easy-going personality, and you can tell he genuinely cares about his fellow students.
Alonzo, I am so glad I’ve been able to know you over the past few years. You have accomplished a lot in your time at SFA, and I hope you are very proud of yourself! I know that you’re going to continue to do great things and positively impact so many people. Thanks for letting me share in this milestone, and again… Congrats!!!