Northshore Family Counseling, this is Emily. How can I help you?” My name is Emily MacKeen. I’m the Administrative Assistant at Northshore Family Counseling. I’m like the Ultimate Minion, as one of my coworkers said one day.
For the first seventeen years of my life, my dad was an officer in the Navy. This involved a lot of moving. I got to explore a lot of different places, experience different cultures, and meet some fantastic people. My siblings and I built snowmen in Washington, climbed Plumeria trees in Hawaii, and ate at In ‘N Out in Texas (I miss those fries and shakes).
My amazing mom homeschooled all four of her children. I enjoyed it for the most part. Going to Disneyland during school hours and taking vacations whenever we wanted were definitely two benefits of homeschooling. Also, mom’s homemade bread and lemon poppy seed muffins were better than any cafeteria, I’m sure. Homeschooling gave me the opportunity to explore many different interests. I danced, did gymnastics, played soccer (if you count getting hit with the ball “playing”), swam, until finding my passion for dance again in my teen years. Along with dance, I love music. Again, I explored many different things, guitar, piano, violin, and voice. Leading worship at my church is a joy of mine.
2016 was a huge year for me. I married the love of my life and gave birth to our firstborn, a son, and about a year-and-a-half later, God blessed us with our daughter. Patience is something I never thought I struggled with until I became a working mom and wife. Waking up to find poop on the sheets and all over the room because my son decided to put his hands in his diaper, is not ideal. Trying to scarf down food and cram work in to those few hours when BOTH kids are content is a challenge. As much as I love cooking, it can be hard to even throw some things into a crockpot for dinner. I have to remind myself that having patience doesn’t mean I’ll never get upset. Having patience is getting some mommy time so I can speak kindly to my son who refuses to eat anything other than noodles, greet my husband with a hug instead of the cold shoulder when he doesn’t do something “right”, and holding my baby girl in her sling because she sleeps better there than in her swing. Patience is taking a deep breath and knowing when I’ve had enough and it’s daddy’s turn. “Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.” Romans 12:12
At first I didn’t know if I should be offended when called the Ultimate Minion, but the more I watch the movie (my son is obsessed with it), the more I take it as a compliment. Of course I’m not a yellow creature who speaks Minionese (I wish I did). However, I love helping and serving people. God really gifted me with a servant’s heart, so this job suits me. Please feel free to email me or call me at (985) 661-0560. I would be honored to help you start your journey with one of our excellent counselors. They are a highlight in my life and I hope they will be in yours, too.