An ending, a beginning, and a blessing

I started this blog my junior year at Hood College as a part of my Online Journalism class. 48 posts and over 3,000 views later, I am finally putting an end to this blog. Running this was so good for me. I wrote about stuff I was dealing with, as well topics my friends were working through. I hope that my words touched at least one person during my time running this blog. As of today, I have had people from 30 countries visit my site. I think that is just really cool.

So although I will no longer be adding posts to this blog, I am starting a new one! No, it will not be called postcollegechristiangirl. As many people know, I am moving to Hawaii next week. It is going to be an insane adventure and a leap of faith, but I am trusting in God each step of the way. My new blog will be called The Suite Life of Kellie, inspired by my very good friend Elaheh. I am going to post photos and stories about my Hawaii adventures, cruise life, and my walk with God while I am away from my family and church family.

Now on to the blessing part. Everyone knows I am impatient, and if you didn’t know that about me, you can read my last post I made back in March about being impatient and ready for the future. You can read it here. I talked a lot about being so restless to go and take my next step in life. Once I got offered the job with Norwegian back in June, I continued to be restless.

They told me that the process was very long, usually 4-6 weeks, to get all the certifications. But I was ready to go NOW. I couldn’t start a job here, because I had no clue when they would call me up saying they were ready for me. I spent my summer like every other summer, hanging with friends, going on short trips, and binge watching Netflix shows.

Throughout it all, I kept complaining about how I was ready to leave and start. But it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that my new friend Amber explained that maybe God was making me wait to leave so that I could enjoy my last summer at home. Once she explained that to me, my eyes were totally opened. I got to see my twin sister receive her LPN certification and get her first nursing job. I got to spend a week with my younger cousin who is dealing with cancer. I helped a lot of friends move in and see them start new chapters in their lives. I got to be a leader for the middle school group at church and go camping with them. I got to cat sit for three weeks, which has turned me into a cat person now. I made new friends and strengthened old ones. Looking back, if I had missed all of this, I would have been really bummed out.

Today at church in the middle school service, the verse of the day was Psalm 46:10, which says “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

God had me wait to leave till the end of summer so that I could spend this precious time with my family and friends. I needed this time to build up memories and fellowship, so that when I am gone for six months, I will be able to stay strong when I feel lonely and homesick. I know that God is going to use me while I am away, and he will be exalted in the earth.

Thank you all for making this blog a success, and I hope you check out my new blog from time to time:

This is Kellie signing off. Ke akua pu a hui hou. (God bless you, until we meet again.)