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Today I’m logging yet another hilarious nanny story into my chronicles.

This evening my two kiddos got into a squabble. Yelling and screaming and the ever so rare tears came into play between the two and I was left as the referee in the middle.

While discussing individually, in English, with them how they should love each other and treat each other right because they’re the only brother/sister they have (I got that line straight from my own Momma), A is nodding along and agreeing. I was very impressed with his comprehension and couldn’t help but secretly take the credit.

Then, I realized he was in a robotic repetitive state and I decided to question him. I stop lecturing and ask, “Do you understand?” And without missing a beat, my kiddo plainly states, “No,” while continuing to build his Legos.

I instantly burst into laughter over his nonchalance and wasn’t able to finish my lecture. Instead I picked up a piece just started helping him with his Legos.

So much for my awesome teacher skills.

Getting attached

Alright. So I’ve been here for about two weeks now and I’m starting to get really attached to my kiddos. I love their good morning hugs when I come walking into the flat and our good night cuddles before I leave for the day too. And right now they’re both in school and I’m just waiting until I can see them again.

A is crazy and I adore him. Yesterday we had multiple lightsaber fights and it was like the best thing in the world. Oh, and he discovered that I’m ticklish, so that’s not a good thing at all. Like at all. He thinks it’s the best thing in the world to run around a corner and scare the life out of me and then attack me with tickles. But I gotta admit it’s like the cutest thing in the world too.

Ok so that’s it. I’m in love with my kiddos already. I can’t even imagine what it’ll be like to leave them next summer. So it’s a good thing that I don’t even have to think about that right now.

I don’t know where I’m going but I’m finding my way

Yes, I definitely titled this post with One Direction lyrics. What of it.

Anyway, as you may know, I recently went on an Alternative Breaks trip for Spring Break. I decided to spend my last break in college doing something good and helping others. It was a wonderful and life changing experience that I will forever hold dear to my heart. I met some fantastic people whom I now consider family and I couldn’t have ended my college career in any better way.

I spent my week playing with adorable little kiddos on the Fort Campbell military post who were a part of the Armed Services YMCA camp and they changed me for the better. I fell in love with each of those sweet faces and it was heartbreaking to leave them.photo-4

The Sunday after returning, I was sitting in church and all of a sudden it hit me. I love to travel and I want to help people. Right then I knew, I was being called to something bigger than myself. Right then and there, I decided to take a year to spread God’s love throughout this beautiful world that we live in through a volunteer abroad program.

So, six weeks before I graduate and had been planning to go into the career field, I completely changed my life plan and decided to volunteer instead. I have no idea where and no idea how, but I know that it’ll all work out and I trust this plan that God has for my life.

I’m terrified, don’t get me wrong. Going abroad to a country in which I’ve never been, helping people whose culture differs greatly from my own and just trusting that it will somehow be taken care of financially? Not to mention the fact that I have no idea where to go or what organization is best or anything like that. Yeah, I’m probably crazy. But all I know is that I want to go to a country where I’m needed and help children. Not only by loving them, but also in the long run by teaching them so that they can go out into the world and change it. I want to spread God’s love and I want to promote diversity and multiculturalism in this gorgeous planet that God created for us.

Like I said, I know nothing about how to go about doing this. So, any input would be greatly appreciated. So far, I’ve looked into: Love Volunteers, WWF, Peace Corps, Go Corps, Mercy Ships and The World Race. I’d love any help on turning this plan into action so if you or anyone you know has any information for me, I’d be ecstatic!

I knew that going on an alternative break would impact me but I never thought in a million years that it would change me so much that I would drop everything and alter my life. I owe this decision to those wonderful, smiling little faces at the ASYMCA and know that whatever happens, I’ll be in God’s hands.