It has been quite fast-paced around NTBI as us seniors approach our trip to Wayumi, a NTM camp in Jersey Shore, PA and then graduation not long afterward.We had a great spring break in North Carolina. Check out our last blog with all of the pictures.
I was inspired to sew after the trip, thanks to the environment. I broke out all of the sewing items, complete with my first attempt at using a pattern, which is still like reading a foreign language to me! But my favorite part was the dress mannequin that Payton bought for me at Resale Depot a few weeks back. I altered 6 shirts in ½ hour. Amazing. No more pinning clothes to myself!
Look! We were finally able to submit our applications to NTM! It took both of us about 6 hours to complete them. There were very detailed questions, but I guess this is the last big one we’ll have to fill out for NTM.
Last weekend was a special time for my mom and all of us girls. We spent the morning and afternoon at a spring art workshop and then out to pizza. We all love art in some way (it was passed down to us by mom), and it was a great time for creativity and conversation. We were so glad that we could all get together for a mother-daughter thing one last time before Payton and I start moving again.
Amidst all of the hustle and bustle of school life, the community at NTBI experienced the loss of James Hatton, a dear teacher. It was a sorrowful, yet joyously hopeful time as we watched James fight liver cancer for the past few months. He, his wife Lisa, his children and grandchildren have all been incredible testimonies to God’s abundant faithfulness. I do not think I could describe to you what it felt like to be an observer in all of this. He was truly a man of God who finished His course and kept the faith. I saw so much hope mingled with the sorrow of a loss that his family knows is only temporary. Because of his faith in Jesus Christ, James is in the presence of God! I don’t think his story will ever leave me. I will store it away as a reminder of how I want to live my life, denying self, loving others whole-heartedly and loving the Word of God in a way that spills forth into every other area of life. Remember his family in prayer as they adjust to life without a father, grandfather, and husband.