“Adriel, what are you doing?”

A few people have asked what I’m “doing” now that Levi is born.

Well, let me tell you… I am “doing” lots of poopy nappies (diapers), “doing” lots of breastfeeding, “doing” lots of playing, story-reading, and “talking” with my son and helping him learn new tricks (like rolling over). I’m also “doing” lots of picture-taking, loads of laundry, and plenty of other things around the house. All of that in itself is lots of “doing” if you ask me! 🙂 

But I understand what people are really asking: what am I doing with the ministry? Although I would consider myself now a stay-at-home mom (perhaps the most important of all ministries), I’m also still involved with YWAM and will continue to be more and more as family life allows. 

(On a side note, I just celebrated my 10 year anniversary with YWAM… and what a great decade it’s been!)

Together Ryan and I lead the internship for new students, and although Ryan’s taken over the actual day-to-day running of the internship since Levi was born, I am continuing to help with some of the teaching and leadership training. This is great because when I’m teaching Ryan has special time with Levi and gets to have a little of his own dream come true (he’s a wanna-be stay-at-home daddy!). 

Along with the internship, I am still involved in all of the community aspects of the base such as meetings (leadership team meetings, staff meetings), our gatherings (worship, prayer), and our community events (weekly family BBQ nights, etc). All of this combined keeps me plenty busy! 

I’ve also recently started a “mommy blog” as a hobby (I really enjoy writing) and also as a way to connect with other mommies from across the world through the internet. (It’s called The Mommyhood Memos if you’d like to check it out.) I’m also using this as a way to get into the discipline of regular writing since that is an avenue I want to pursue more seriously in the future. 

On a personal note, yes, life has changed drastically for me in the last few months! I was so ready to be a mom and so ready to step into this new season, which has made the transition from full-time ministry outside the home to full-time ministry inside the home a rather smooth one. Of course there are adjustments and of course I sometimes miss being in the thick of it like I was when I was full-time on base… but I’m so ridiculously happy to be exactly where I’m at doing what I’m doing. This is my choice as a woman and our choice as a family and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love being home with Levi and I love having a “job” with flexibility that still allows me to be involved with Ryan in our ministry with YWAM. (The best of both worlds if you ask me!) I am so blessed.

I hope that gives you the glimpse into this new season of my life that you’ve been asking for! 

With love, Adriel

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