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Yea! Cambodia is just a little less than 90 days away and fundraising is finally taking off! Please check out my Cambodia blog and check out my new “My Creations” page and let me know if you would like any of the items. And please check back often!



It has hit me today that I am over half-way done with grad school. This means, in a short time (and a lot more work) I will be counseling people. Like, real live people with real live problems looking to me for real live help. The kind of pressure that is shoving on me should be more than I can stand, annoying on so many levels, and make me want to rethink this crazy field I am getting into. Instead, I am completely ecstatic! Not because I think I’m gonna make a great therapist (though lets face it, I probably will, heehee) but because I have been working towards this goal since I started college in 2003! It has taken me forever to get even to this point that I am at now, yet here I am, slowly making my way to professionalism! I’ve decided that this amount of comfort can only come from obedience to the plan God has given me. Obedience is something I have struggled with my entire life and I have only now begun to submit to and I have to tell you, I don’t know why I didn’t do it before. It feels amazing! My biggest step in obedience lately was the commitment to my Cambodia trip. There are still some things that are up in the air with it (aka, I still need my passport) but being able to say that I am going with complete confidence and less fear is the biggest step in obedience that I have ever done since becoming a Christian. There is a complete happiness that comes when we are obedient to God and I’m happy to say that I am finally enjoying it!

Now if only Bella Ruth could understand the meaning of obedience….

Having an amazing Dad, one that loves like Jesus, is an incredible blessing. While I did not grow up with this, I did grow up with a lot of love. What I am proud to say is that Bella Ruth is growing up with a Daddy that loves like Jesus. Kyle Ray is an incredible father and an equally incredible husband. To see his incredible dedication to Bella, always having the energy to love her and play with her, no matter what is going on with his own needs, is a kind of sacrifice that I wish every little girl could receive from their Daddy. Everyday I am blessed to see the incredible love that exists between them and how exciting to celebrate it. I urge a celebration of their incredible relationship on a more frequent basis of course. One day in an entire year could not even begin to put all the thankfulness I have for Kyle into words and actions. Today I say thank you and I love you to the most incredible Daddy for Bella Ruth in the world.

Alright Everyone!

Here it is finally! The blog I have been talking about that will update everyone on my upcoming trip to Cambodia! Here, you will get my thoughts on the trip and the process, information about the country and the reason why we are going, and a chance to help me get there! Check it out, check it often (blogs frequently as well as announcements), and tell me what you think! 🙂

Colette In Cambodia!

I started this week with many plans to get things done! The week is half over and I have not made much progress, yet it’s been a good week. Sunday I had my meeting with my Cambodia Mission group and I would say it went pretty well. I’m seriously getting excited for this trip! My aspirations for the week regarding this trip were to finish my passport application and get my blog going… I’ve printed out my passport application and today I’ve looked at the blog… Oh man! Got a long way to go but gotta be finished by this weekend since the trip is only a few months away! Gotta get that prayer, encouragement, and financial support going! 🙂
This week has not been completely unproductive, it just feels that way when you have so much to do! To top that off, the babe has a 101 fever tonight. So, to stop procrastinating, give you a fact about Cambodia, and hit the blog building and application filling!

Cambodia: A country with a population of 14,453,680 people, where 96.4% are Buddhist, and where sex tourism is a thriving business and haven for pedophiles from around the world.

Rescued through Love : mission for the oppressed children in Cambodia

So, I’m not really sure what did it, but something made me completely forget about blogging. I think it may have been facebook. And how sad is that because blogging is so much more fun and thought provoking! Anyways, an update on my life, I am half-way done with graduate school at this point. In August I will (hopefully) advance and that means I am eligible for comps exams and to start counseling (for free! wait…. why am I in school?). I should be done with school completely come February of next year and with my masters in hand I can start the long journey to meeting my 3,000 (yes, that reads three thousand) hours of internship (aka, poorly paid but still paid therapy!) and then probably about 2 years to my license. It’s all been such an amazing experience and I am floored at how much I am learning and proud that I just might be able to say that I am finally smarter than Kyle (mostly because when I ask him for his opinion on an assignment he has no idea what I am talking about. Maybe not generally smarter, but at least smarter at something!). I feel such a great fit at this school, I have met many amazing professors and colleagues and I truly think that God is doing something great with me in this field!

I quit that nasty job at I had at that company that severely mistreats their employees (and clients for that matter). It was a humbling experience to realize that I was making great money but pretty much missed a whole year of my sweet Bella’s life, for nothing but anxiety ridden annoyance. While it was extremely difficult to leave the families and children that I had become so attached to, I am proud that I took that leap of faith (even if it was a little late) and trusted God. I had three weeks off to just love on Bella completely before I started a part time deal at the church where I was able to bring Bella with me. And in four weeks after I quit, I had four job offers. I wasn’t even looking for a job at that point and I can’t help but think that God had his hand in that too. I was able to go back to one of my old families and am now a homeschool teacher for him privately. What I love most about this is I don’t have the restaraints and expectations of an outside source. It’s just me and his mother working to make his life better. I have been able to try different behavior interventions that better suit my style (not based on harshness and making the kids feel stupid like it was before I quit). Instead, I am able to show acceptance and love and I can’t tell you how amazing it is to see how far this autistic child has come in a just a few short months! Even my previous company has said that they have noticed a significant difference in him (said to his mother and what is hilarious is they think it’s something they did. suckers!). I also have been fortunate enough to start babysitting a family with two girls close to Bella’s age and it is just fantastic.

All in all, I really do have to say that life is going pretty darn well! Bella is two and a half now and never ceases to amaze me with how incredibly smart and talented she is. It’s so fantastic to see! More about that later 🙂 It’s also been fantastic to have a husband again! It’s crazy the amount of things I had to sacrifice with that last job and being able to spend quality time with the people I love is the best reward to saying no to that sort of lifestyle.

Additionally, I may be going to Cambodia on my first ever missions trip in October! I am going to be starting a blog so that everyone can learn more about it and follow my thoughts and whatnot for the process so stay tuned for that announcement (happening this next week! construction details still underway).

Thanks for catching up with me everyone! You all rock my world and I look forward to being in better communication with you!

Love and Love!

Seriously, I have had so much more time on my hands yet I am not blogging? Yuck to me.

Well it is in the plans, FYI everyone 🙂 Until then, enjoy this picture.

when i think about the fact that i just finished college, i am confronted with both wonderful and sad memories of what the past few years have brought me, the best memories including new friends and meeting my hubby, and sad memories including losing family members and friends. what a chapter it has been for me and i look at the fact that it is over and i have a degree, a family, and close friends to show for it, and i can’t help but wonder what is next for me…

i am leaning towards going back to school. already? yeah, not much you can do (or more, not much money you can make) with psych and theology bachelor degrees… sort of requires a masters to really make a living, so it’s looking like that is going to be my next step. i am anxious to start and beyond nervous for the transitions and new risks it will all require, but i think it should be fun and interesting.

lots of thoughts going on in my mind right now, and i wish i could transfer them into a blog better, but work is wearing me out! hopefully i will get to blog more. until then, hope you like the picture above from my sophomore year at vanguard. fun times fully missed!

whew! after a long, grueling, four months of no free time, i am finally finished! as of yesterday, any work pertaining to my bachelors is done! no more school! yea!!! i now have a double degree (psychology and theology) which hopefully means a better job soon and more money to come! also, perhaps i can start using capital letters. i am a college graduate after all 🙂 probably not though.

anyways, the point of this post is to tell you all that i will be blogging more again (hopefully!). it’s good to be back to reality and free time! wahoo!

that’s right, i have a blog.  i tend to forget this with the busy-ness of life, and, the bad news is, it’s only going to get worse! that’s right, as if i don’t neglect my blog enough, i will most likely be neglecting it even more. the reason? graduation. i am hoping to be done in december which means that i will be taking 29 units this semester… can i do it? hells yes, but i might not be able to do it and blog and be a wife and a mother and a worker… hmmm, so, just the warning for you all, my presence online might be limited from october-december (as if it isn’t already) and thought some of you deserved an explanation. 🙂 so, here’s to hoping you all are well and i will try to make up for my absence this next month… prayers appreciated as well as my life ends for the next four months. awesome.