Thursday, July 2, 2015

Turn It Around

We have so many Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs going on in our town this summer and we just love them all! Each one has something that makes it special. The small ones offer intimate relationships and plenty of one-on-one attention. Kids seem to love that just as much as they love what we have come to refer to as "the big one". We call it the big one because there were over 350 kids that attended every evening for a week and it feels like a concert with the big screens and loud music and all of them singing an awesome version of The B.I.B.L.E.

The big one is one where I round up as many neighborhood friends as we can and organize a carpool to get them all there. We took 15-17 kids each night. I had some friends that helped drive and while it was crazy, I think it's safe to say we all also had a blast.

Of course, when you have a bunch of kids who know each other and are crazy excited and spending extra time together... you might also have a few problems.

One night I had five kids in the back of my van and we ran into a few problems on the ride. Thankfully I had realized on the way there that they all loved the song Home by Phillip Phillips. My way of dealing with whining and fighting in the car is to just turn the music up so loud that I no longer hear the fighting and it just gets to the point where the kids no longer want to try to yell over the music. As things settle down I turn the music down.

So as we were on our way home and things escalated a little in the back of the van I cranked Home. Things began to settle down and eventually I started to hear some singing along until all five had joined in and were singing along terribly. Within two minutes the mood in the van went from frustrated and crazy to one of sweet joy. I couldn't help but smile and when the song ended I hit repeat and we did it again.

These are the kind of moments that remind me why I do what I do...
The kids of moments that make it all worth it.

I love these kids!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Nothing Needed, Nothing Feared

During the last week of school, Liza brought this paper home...


While I was reading it over, she pointed to the need and fear lines and said, "I left those blank, because I don't really need anything, and I don't fear anything."

I was surprised.
I said, "No fears!? Really?"

And she replied, "Yeah... I don't really have to fear anything, because Jesus will always take care of me."

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9

Monday, June 29, 2015

More in Maryland - Tours

While in Maryland and on our drive home we toured a few places.

The Herr's Factory Tour was really neat. The amount of chips made in a day is absolutely insane! And fresh, hot potato chips... YUM! If you are ever where the Herr's Factory is, I definitely recommend stopping to check it out. It's free!

On the way home we stopped in Lancaster to tour the home of our 15th president, James Buchanan. We enjoyed learning some personal history about him and his home, and Liza and Jason thought all the old furniture was pretty neat. It was a good history lesson for all of us.

Our last stop was Hershey, PA to do the chocolate tour. The kids were slightly disappointed that it wasn't the real chocolate factory where they really make it all. I guess touring Herr's first set the bar high. But it was still a fun time and they loved seeing all the different things in the gift shop. They were amazed at the size of some of the things!

We had so much fun in Maryland and on the drive there and back! I can't wait to travel with Liza and Jason again! They're pretty awesome. :)











(That's the desk Buchanan used during his presidency.)






Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Fun in Maryland

We were a little worried that sickness was going to ruin all the fun for us while in Maryland. My sister was sick the day we arrived, and Liza was sick with a fever the following day. But on Sunday everyone was feeling just fine, so we got ready and headed out for a fun day.

We took a very very HOT hike to a lighthouse and then took another trail back that went along the Chesapeake Bay where we stopped to pick up little seashells and skip rocks. It would also be the trail that I got a tick on. Eww!

After our very very HOT hike, we made our way to a little beach area and swam in a strange lake that was huge but seemed to never get any deeper than maybe 2 1/2 feet... and the water felt like bathwater. It was actually pretty awesome.

























Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Trip to Maryland

Summer is definitely in full swing here. We kicked it off with out Last Day of School Party and the day after me, Liza, and Jason packed up the van and headed to Maryland to visit my sister and her family. This week we are doubled up with a VBS program in the afternoon and another one in the evening. Doing two is the right thing to do when your two favorite ones fall on the same week. :)

Maybe we'll have a slower paced week next week.

Anyways... here are some photos from our trip to Maryland. You will notice that I did not get any pictures of me and my sister together. Slap me on the wrist and call me a bad photographer!!!






We weren't far from Delaware so we drove to the state line, took a photo and the "walked from Maryland to Delaware" so we could say we were there.






I have more photos but I'll save them for another day. :)


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