Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Okay, so if you read my earlier post (which I think I might completely delete), I apologize for being a crying whining selfish baby. God gave me a HUGE reality check on the way home from the movies a few minutes ago. I drove past the house in our neighborhood that burned up a few weeks ago and God whopped me with, "Here you are crying over a few lost pictures while these people lost everything." So, yes, I lost some precious pictures and videos but I didn't lose everything. We're healthy, comfortable, and happy. A few pictures are nothing when compared with the things that really matter in life. So, sorry for letting my sinful nature and ungratefulness shine through. I have way to much to be thankful for to whine like that.
My lesson of the day: Think of others, not just yourself.
My lesson of the day: Think of others, not just yourself.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
|I was one of the mission leaders. That's me WAY up there on the stage. We would teach and explain crafts for up to 750 kids per day in three different sessions.|
This week was our highly anticipated VBS. I really believe we do VBS like no other church and I say that with the voice of experience. I have worked VBS at least 4 different churches and 3 of those being very large "mega"type churches. Our church, by far, has this down to an art form. The week before VBS, the entire church starts it's transformation process into whatever the theme is for the year. This year was "Big Apple Adventure," so the halls became city streets, the classrooms became scenes from around New York City like Central Park. There were Statues of Liberty, hot dog stands, taxi cabs, and skyscrapers created from a variety of materials throughout our campus. Our K-Zone (where I was) was turned into Grand Central Station (I wish you could see our super cool information booth, clock and all, in the back of the building), and the list goes on and on. Then, when we are all good and tired, it's time for the kids to come; so we drink our coffee, pump ourselves up, and get excited. One thousand children converge on our campus ready to go. They learn bible stories and truths, they are entertained, they hear about missionaries around the world, they create crafts, they play games, they make friends, they have a LOT of fun, and bring glory to God! It is a phenomenal experience and although I'm always tired at the end, I always have the VBS high. Since I've been at our church, I always end the week with one thought, "That was a GREAT VBS!!!".
|I seriously think that if I could find a job where I taught large groups like this all the time, I'd love it!|
At lunch today, the kids were talking about the VBS songs since I had the CD playing in the background (This past week was our VBS). I wasn't paying much attention until they started arguing. I clued in right about the time Z repeated in her "totally put out, you are an idiot, completely unacceptable" voice, "It does too, J______! It says Jesus is a villain! That's what they sing. That's how I know this song!" J right back to her said, "Z_____, Jesus is not a villain. A villain is aways the bad guy and Jesus is definitely not a bad guy. He's a good guy!.....Mom, Z says this song calls Jesus is a villain!" I respond, "Jesus is not a villain. I'm sure you have the words wrong." Z: "But, Mommy, it really does say he's a villain. I've been singing it all week." So, I sit down to listen to the song.
Come to find out. Jesus is not a villain. The song says, "God has called us all to be part of fulfilling the mission of His heart." But, I can totally see where villain came from. I guess we've watched too many shows with villains or something.
Lesson of the Day and Moral of this story: They may think they know the words after singing them a million times but Oh my, they sometimes have it SO wrong.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
|Part of the Decorations.|
We had 2 pools and a water slide in the backyard for their entertainment.
If you click on the picture, you can see the really cool picnic table
Alan built last weekend under the fort.
|The Birthday Girl|
We took each girl's picture with Z and her surfboard.
They were so funny. They couldn't wait for their turn.
We'll give them the picture with their thank you card.
(It's a Potater Patch birthday tradition.)
Lesson of the Day: Parties can be a lot of work but are totally worth it when it makes someone you love feel so special.
Thanks, Mom and Dad, for all your help before and during the party!!!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Lesson of the Day: Do yourself a favor, pierce them when they are a baby, find one of those places that does both ears at one time, or just wait until they can drive themselves to have it done.
Totally excitement in the Potater Patch this morning. The Ladybug is turning 5 today. So far, she has opened family presents and cards, enjoyed a pink sprinkled doughnut, and is now watching cartoons. In her world, she's had a pretty perfect morning. In just a little bit, we will go visit our new kitten, Sugar (she'll join our family at the end of next week). Later today, Z is going to get her ears pierced. She has been asking forever and we told her she at least had to be 5. So today is the big day. We'll have some chocolate cake and a birthday dinner and try to make this day extra fun!
On a sentimental note: I can't believe it's really been 5 years, but what a 5 years it has been. She is such a gift from God. I think God had a great sense of humor when he added her to our little family. She's infused our family with quirky humor. She entertains us on a daily basis. She makes her daddy and me shake our heads in wonder. She's lovable, silly, girly, beautiful, funny, artistic, expressive, and smart. She added just the dimension that our family needed. I love her to pieces and although I'm so happy for her that she is turning five, there is a part of me that's a little sad. As Alan told her last night, "I'm just going to make your birthdays go backwards. You're not turning 5 this year, you are turning 3." I think we're just trying to hold on to this precious time a little bit longer.
Happy Birthday, Little Ladybug! We sure love you and we're so happy you are ours!
Monday, June 13, 2011
Apparently, it looks like the screws were stripped. The fan was so heavy, I had a hard time maneuvering it downstairs. I don't think it was properly supported either. For all I know it could be original to the house because it was the actual metal on the blade that snapped.
What a morning and it's not even 9 o'clock!
Potater Kid Lesson of the Day: Do not toss balls in the house....even beach balls! I think they really got the lesson this time :)
|Dead fan's new home in the recycle bin|
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Summer break for kids, big anniversary tomorrow, VBS lesson prep, 5th birthday and party, new large group prep, Alan's birthday approaching, my part of 750 VBS crafts to count, cut, etc., a room to decorate by Sunday, Father's Day, a set to build and a very large room to decorate in 1 1/2 weeks, one house in desperate need of cleaning.....Oh, July...I look forward to your almost blank calendar days. I need about 3 more of me for the next 2 1/2 weeks. Pray for energy!
Yesterday, it rained for the first time since....I have no idea, it's been so long! But since it was the first Monday of summer break and about a million degrees outside (no kidding...we're setting records for days over 100 already), the kids thoroughly embraced the rainy summer afternoon. Alan snapped this shot of our two little monkeys trying to catch water on their tongues. A little while later, they were running around with no shoes or shirts and soaked to the bone. Z summed up the fun during her prayers last night with, "Jesus, thank you that J___ and I had so much fun playing in the rain without our shirts and shoes! THAT was FUN!!!!!"
Lesson of the Day: A summer rain, soaked clothes, and a little mud between the toes is sometimes the best summer fun!