Well, Sean and I are back in Alaska after a month of visiting family, friends, and eating at many graduation parties. Sean’s brother Ian just graduated from Calvin College in Michigan, and Heather, my sister, graduated from high school, so we were very excited that both of us got to attend our sibling’s ceremonies. The students at Alaska Christian College also graduated last month, and we are so proud of them. They all have come so far since the beginning of the school year and we are sad to see many of them go, especially the ones that are not returning in the fall.
So with that being said, we are excited to announce that we will once again be returning to Alaska Christian College for a third year and Sean’s new job description as the Resident Director. He will have more responsibilities and is excited to have the privilege to serve one more year. While he is working at the college, I will be student teaching at Cook Inlet Academy, a small Christian school, five minutes away.
As for now, Sean is currently doing C.P.E. (Clinical Pastoral Education) at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, all summer. With this internship, Sean gets Seminary credits towards his Masters of Divinity program at North Park Seminary in Chicago. This internship consists of fifty hours a week of classes, visitation, night shifts in the emergency room, and training which is very useful in becoming a pastor. As for me, my job that I got about a month ago for the summer fell through, but yet God is faithful and I just got another summer job at Sports Authority (for all the Ohioans, it’s like Dick’s Sporting Goods). So I am actually very excited about it. (Shhh….don’t tell Sean, but I also get a discount, he may buy the whole store!) So thanks for praying for me because I thought, “Who in the world wants to hire me for the next 7 weeks?” But they did.
In Alaska, we are currently up to more than 19 hours of sunlight, which is one of the best parts of the Alaskan summer. So I have taken advantage of having the sun out by taking long jogs/walks at 10 o’clock at night, in hopes that no bear or moose decide to surprise me as I stroll down the road by Sean’s parent’s house. Just a side note, when I was visiting Ohio last month, I was constantly watching for Moose as I drove along the road, and I had to keep reminding myself that I was not in Alaska. Ha. Anyways, the little things like that make me laugh, but am very grateful for the beauty that God has allowed me to enjoy while I am here. I am also very excited that we get to take advantage of the fishing up here. I am totally addicted, so starting tomorrow we are personally kicking off the fishing season.
So that is life as of recently. Thanks for reading this and praying for us.
Shannon and Sean