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For Scotte

One year ago my friend and mentor took his life. It changed a lot of things around me. I wrote about it last year, but could never bring myself to finish the post. As the anniversary rolls around this year, I find myself reflecting on that post and wanting to finish it.

Yesterday in a meeting, we talked about grief and the one year mark. Our Pastor shared how people mistakenly think a grieving person should be over the loss and moving on in a year. He shared how it’s so easy to be frustrated when you look at how far you still have to go in order to be through the grief. It is a long journey. But he also suggested that you take a moment to look at how far you’ve already come.

This chapter isn’t finished. My grief is not over. But I know that I have come a long way, and God has been by my side for every step. In this post, I can see how far I’ve come already. And I feel it’s time to post it.

Last month my dear friend took his own life. I cannot tell you how heart-broken I am. Scotte was not only my friend, he was my boss, my encourager, my source of inspiration. I will miss his creativity and his cheesy jokes. I’ll even miss cleaning up his messes and those stinking coffee cups he left everywhere.

Scotte was a lot of things for a lot of people. He was unlike any person I’ve ever known. To me, his greatest talent was encouraging others. He was so good at making you feel special and included, which made working for him a dream. I took my job at Kidnect because of Scotte’s mission and vision and stayed working there when I wanted to leave. Being on Scotte’s team has always been special to me. I know I’m not the only one that feels that way.

Scotte encouraged me to do many things I was uncomfortable with. I went on a middle school mission trip once (middle schoolers terrify me). I went, just because he needed the help and he asked me to. When I thought I wanted to be a childcare director, he gently turned me in another direction. He saw other talents in me that would be wasted in that position. Instead, he gave me the freedom to create. Even when he thought my ideas were crazy, he let me give it a try. If I was stuck on something, Scotte’s office was the first place I’d go. He was the one who encouraged me to start this blog, encouraged me to dream big, to be better.

And that’s as far as I got. I could never finish the post. It still feels unfinished. But I think I will feel that way for a long time, maybe forever. Scotte was a dear friend and a super person. I think about him everyday.

A lot has changed in this past year. I still mourn. It looks different than a year ago. I’ve reflected a lot on Scotte’s greatest qualities this last year and the one I miss most was his ability to encourage others. To make you feel like you were special. I’m trying really hard to carry that on for the people around me. I pray that God can help me to be a mentor and a good friend to those around me. Especially those that miss it like I do.

Miss you everyday Scotte.






To blog or not to blog?

I wasn’t really sure if blogging was something I really wanted to do.  I wrestled with the idea of one for a while.  Am I really going to keep it up?  How much extra work would it be?  This summer, while my husband and I were working on Vacation Bible School sets, we talked about how many skills we’ve picked up since we began creating and how nice it would have been to have someone who could have taught us some of these things from the start.

Before we build, we always Google for ideas.  Unfortunately, Google doesn’t have very many set ideas unless you’re putting on an actual real-life theater show.  You know what I mean?  So we end up finding pictures of real-life items and then brainstorming how we can turn them into a set.  Through this blog, I will document where we get ideas from, how we decide what to build, and how we actually do it!  Hopefully, someone somewhere who Googled a set piece will find our little space on the web and be inspired!  I promise, our stuff may look difficult, but anyone can do it.

So, this is it for now.  I’m organizing photos and such so I can start posting about our previous set experiences soon.  I will start with the basics that we use every time we build, and then I will get into last year’s VBS.  This will be fun!