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Fall then Bald

H ey everyone! I hope you enjoyed Halloween if you had any festivities this year. And I hope you've been enjoying the cooler weather. It's given me the chance to finally try out my SMU hoodie! Fall Retreat! Once a year in the Fall, we'll invite our students to a retreat center outside the city for a weekend! It went extremely well! We worshiped together, heard several students share their stories, and spent a ton of time building relationships through games, crafts, and 1-on-1 "walk & talks" through nature! Here's the whole crew! (Besides 3 friends who had to leave early!) Rock painting (Arm...?) painting On our way to play football & volleyball (Jerry with the goggles was WAY too serious) lol Volleyball! Miles, Jerry, and Jacob Can you tell it was way too early? Firepit & S'mores! (I also thought this was a great pic of my friend Will!) And there's Fall Retreat! It was a blast and I can't wait for Winter Retreat in January, where all t

Sunset and Sunrise

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for your support and for keeping up with how God's been moving on the college campus and in our case, SMU! I hope this update blesses you. Fun stuff! I took a bunch of students to a local park and taught them how to play disc golf! We had a sweet view of the Dallas skyline and thought we'd take a selfie. From left to right we have myself, Will, Jonathan, Brenden, David, Quinn, and John! After being in college for 4 years and in campus ministry for an extra year, I finally went to a college football game. Here you'll see Will (who I'll tell you about later in this blog) and Quinn (who I've been studying the Bible with this semester!) Erin and I snagged a pic at the second game, this last Saturday! We were supposed to wear blue but don't have any SMU shirts so I wore UTD and she wore UTA lol. The FOCUS students roasted us for it when we met up with them. One of our student leaders owns an entire arsenal of nerf guns. So, after our weekl

Mini Golf and Ministry

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for your support and for checking out my September ministry update! We just finished up welcome week and are starting to get in the swing of things for the new year. I've met so many SMU freshmen in the last week! Welcome Week Our most successful welcome week event was Volleyball outside of a few dorms! We had tons of students flowing in and out over a couple hours. Funny thing is, this all resulted from a last-minute event change. Last Friday, we all went to Mini Golf at Top Golf! This was the crew from 1 of my 2 rounds. Ryan on the left and John next to him tied, and had an exciting playoff. Ryan walked away with the victory. Also, next to John is Jonathan, one of our student leaders! (We have 4 Jonathans and a John this year. Very confusing.)  He and I both got Hole in One's! Our first Thursday Night Fellowship of the year! We packed the room and had to bring out extra chairs. This was the second Thursday Night Fellowship, last night! A bunch of s

Big Month!

Hi everyone! I hope you had a restful July and stayed cool. 🌤 As you may have seen on social media, Erin and I got Married! Here are a few sneak peeks we got last week. Cute Wholesome All of the men in this picture (besides my brother), I met in FOCUS as a student at UTA. I seriously love each of them so dearly. Thank God for community! More SMU Hangouts! You may recognize the middle 2 from last week! A group of SMU students went bowling after work a few days ago. I was winning until Charles snuck up on me - then I got wrecked. From left to right we have me, Jacquelyn, Jacob, Brenden, Charles, and Abigail! Meet Jonathan! He just finished his first year of college. He's loved the time he's gotten to spend with his new friends in FOCUS, and is going to be a student-leader with us this year! He's a pretty serious student and has been feeling stressed with all his commitments so please be praying for him and for the students God will place in his path this year! I should have

Lots of pics of lots of people!

Hello friends! Thanks for checking out my monthly ministry update. For those who are new here, welcome !! Thank you so very much for your support. I pray that these monthly updates encourage you as you catch a glimpse into the many wonderful things God is doing on the college campus. Staff Trip! I've got lots of pictures  to share from this month! As of June, I've officially transitioned from the UTD FOCUS Minister Staff to SMU's! We took a hiking trip at the Palo Duro Canyon last weekend to get to know one another better before the year starts, and to meet each's significant others! From left to right we have me, Laurence, Sarah, Siena, Jacob, and Erin! I'll briefly introduce each of them to you! If you're more here for the pics, you're welcome to scroll past the intros. ;) Laurence directs SMU Focus and will be mentoring me throughout the year! We've been meeting up on a weekly basis and that's already been a sweet and enriching time. I've bee