The Sweet in Bittersweet

Working on some glass art

This has been a newsletter I have avoided writing. It is a bittersweet moment as I share with you the news that my hours have been cut down to 16 hours - roughly 2 days - a week. Before, I was at four days and hoping to increase from there. However, with the loss of a big donation in January and not being able to raise enough funds, I have instead reduced my hours.

Moving to Abbotsford last summer and driving back and forth has been tough. Working within the community and living further away makes it difficult to feel connected. Next year, my husband and I are planning on moving to a property almost in Chilliwack. With that knowledge, I knew I would reduce my hours and look for part time work close to my new place while continuing with Langley as much as I could. Yet this came a lot quicker than I had expected.

So what does this look like for me? I am not totally sure. This is the first time in a long time where I have had to look into my future and ask God what my next steps should be when it comes to my work. For now, I am continuing with my 16 hours working in the schools in Langley with Youth Unlimited and trying to be as invested as I can. The hanger space will still be open until the end of the school year. In the summer, myself and a co-worker will continue another year of helping with gatorshades. Gatorshades is a summer program at Walnut Grove High School in which a small group of students going into grade 8 get to spend two weeks learning more about the school and preparing for what life in high school will be like. During this time there are field trips, group activities and a couple small projects for these students to participate in. Our role as youth workers is to come in as a support and help the teachers, while building relationships with the new students.

I appreciate all the love, support and encouragement all my friends and family have been for me in the past and in the days to come. I plan to use this reduction in hours as a chance to take time for myself outside of work and potentially work with youth closer to home as well. Yet at the same time, I want to use this as a chance to be fully present and in the moment with these youth on the days that I do have with them. This is a new season of life and one that I don’t quite know the final outcome but there is something so beautiful in finding the sweet in the bittersweet.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

- Savannah Notenbomer


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