Here I am at 30. I loved everything about turning 30.
This is on the first mission trip I led for Grace Chapel. And on the trip I met a wonderful women, Marcelle Ciampa. She was a little bit older than me, and a bunch wiser, and had a heart of compassion and joy.
That was ten years ago and in the interim we have had a truly beautiful friendship. We worked together at Grace Chapel. She was there for all of the first days of dating Andrew. At the same time I watched her children grow from teens to adults. She and her husband Roy spoke at our wedding.
When I would come home from Texas, I would seek her out, because while we lived there I missed having her in my life.
Today she set aside time in her incredibly busy schedule . . . she is completing her Masters, counseling, and blessing so many people. And we went out to breakfast together.
I am so appreciative of walking through life beside other people. Marcelle has been one of my companions and mentors along the way and I am so blessed.
It has been a lovely day reflecting on our friendship and how we met (I created a little Team Portugal Facebook group today to remind all of those great people of my love for them).
Back in 2006 I wrote a bit about Marcelle as a mentor. Here is that page:
I celebrate my friendship with the Ciampas as I turn 40 and thank God for the ongoing gifts of Team Portugal!